Biohacker who spends $2m a year to get 18-year-old’s body repeats weird mantra every time he drives
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A biohacker who spends $2 million a year in a bid to get an 18-year-old's body has a strange mantra he repeats to himself every time he drives.
The entrepreneur – who sold his payment processing tech business, Braintree Venmo, to PayPal for $800 million (then £492 million) a decade ago – has a team of 30 doctors headed by Cambridge-based anti-ageing expert Dr Oliver Zolman, who closely monitor his blood, heart, liver, kidneys, brain, blood vessels and sexual health.
As well as having the lung capacity and fitness levels of an 18-year-old, Johnson says he has the heart of a 37-year-old, the skin of a 28-year-old, putting all this down to a rigorous daily routine that includes a 1,977-calorie diet, exercising for at least an hour and a precise bedtime of 8.30pm.
During a new interview with TIME, Johnson described his approach as ‘the most significant revolution in the history of Homo sapiens’.
He also discussed how he wears a baseball cap that shoots red light into his scalp, collects his own stool samples and sleeps with a bizarre device attached to his penis to monitor nighttime erections.
Absolutely every aspect of Johnson’s life is regimented.
Before he starts driving, he even has a mantra that he repeats to himself, which journalist Charlotte Alter saw in action as she drove to Blueprint’s offices with Johnson, saying he drives an electric Audi ‘very slowly’.
As he pulls out of his driveway, the eccentric tech mogul says: "Driving is the most dangerous thing we do.”
Alter said her interviewee is aware that his ‘singular focus on living forever might make an accidental death somewhat embarrassing’.
Johnson explained: "What would be more beautiful irony than me getting hit by a bus and dying?"
Elsewhere in the article, Alter also noted how his bedroom has ‘almost nothing in it: no photos, no books, no television, no glass of water, no phone charger, no chair with piled-up clothes he tried on once, no dry cleaning he meant to put away, no towels, no mirror, no nothing’.
Johnson said: “I only sleep in here. No work, no reading.”
The only two objects in the room apart from the bed are a ‘laser-face shield he uses for collagen growth and wrinkle reduction’ and the ‘device he wears on his penis while he sleeps to measure his nighttime erections’, which Alter said looks like ‘a little Airpods case with a turquoise strap, like a purse worn by a penis’.
“I have, on average, two hours and 12 minutes each night of erection of a certain quality,” Johnson continued.
“To be age 18, it would be three hours and 30 minutes.”
He sees nighttime erections as a ‘a biological age marker for your sexual function’ - one that also has implications on one’s cardiovascular fitness.