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How the world got lost on
the road to an anti-aging pill
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April 7, 2017: by Bill Sardi
The race to prove the first anti-aging pill just got a bit more interesting if not closer to reality. The latest anti-aging pill is POOP. Yep, you heard it right. Excrement.
The bacteria from the feces of young killfish was transferred to older killfish with a startling prolongation of life — +41% longer, enough to nearly equal the long heralded doubling of the healthspan and lifespan of rodents achieved by a calorie restricted diet in the animal lab.
March 28, 2017: by Bill Sardi
Want to achieve superlongevity as the Biblical patriarchs were reported to have achieved? Lengthen your telomeres (end caps on chromosomes) say some scientists.
Want to live an unlimited lifespan? Switch on a family of survival genes known as Sirtuins. Resveratrol pills do this.
Deprive yourself of food. Eat only one modest meal a day and go hungry most of the time. This same dietary practice doubled the healthspan and lifespan of laboratory animals and likely does the same for humans.
March 24, 2017: by Bill Sardi
Time and again science reporters leave their reading audiences wanting as they break a news story about yet another high technology anti-aging pill they say will be years in the making but fail to point to readily available off-the-shelf remedies that do the same thing.
March 22, 2017: by Bill Sardi
On the heels of a study published last year that showed the red wine molecule resveratrol and its metabolites are found in human cerebrospinal fluid and therefore penetrate the blood-brain barrier, for the first time metabolites of the red wine molecule resveratrol have been detected in ocular tissues of humans as well. [Neurology Oct 2016], Journal Ophthalmology March 20, 2017]
Inability to obtain biopsy specimens from tissues in the brain and eyes of humans had previously thwarted confirmation of resveratrol or its metabolites in nervous tissues.
March 13, 2017: by Bill Sardi
Some skeptics have called resveratrol pills a “hopeless illusion.” They claim resveratrol is hiding behind “non-human research as a cover” for back-door marketing of resveratrol supplements.” Resveratrol “may indeed turn out to be nothing more than a sleight of hand.” [Pharmacological Research Dec 2014]
February 1, 2017: by Bill Sardi
The newly published study is compelling — especially given the fact one medication is not likely to result in control of blood pressure. Just 50 milligrams of resveratrol used as a companion with lisinopril (ACE inhibitor) meaningfully increases the effectiveness of anti-hypertensive therapy. [Experimental & Therapeutic Medicine 2017]
The medical control of blood pressure is low, between 30-50% with an additional 20-30% resistant to treatment. The frequency with which the target control blood pressure level can be achieved with use of a single drug is also low. It usually takes two drugs to meaningfully control blood pressure with fewer than half of the patients achieving control. [American Journal Hypertension 2001; Centers for Disease Control]
January 30, 2017: by Bill Sardi
Although a thrombus (blood clot) in a coronary artery that supplies the heart with oxygenated blood is the most frequent cause of death among men, “its immediate cause has always been wrapped up in mystery.” — Pathologist Paris Constantinides, Journal American Medical Assn.,1964.
In 1990 an article published in The New York Times stated that cardiologists “had a nagging sense that a big piece of the puzzle of why people have heart attacks was missing…. although doctors conventionally attributed heart attacks to severe narrowing of the heart’s arteries from fatty deposits, they found in studying the coronaries of heart attack victims that the vessels were often relatively clean. And some cardiac patients had none of the known risks, like smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.”
January 24, 2017: by Bill Sardi
Another regime change – Americans have endured a few of them. But has any new administration in Washington DC made even a dent in the relentless increase in the cost of medical care?
January 18, 2017: by Bill Sardi
With recognition human studies of aging and longevity would take many decades to produce conclusive evidence, researchers who study aging must resort to studying animals with shorter lifespans in an attempt to discover strategies for humans to live longer and healthier.
One such strategy is calorie restriction that doubles healthspan and lifespan of lower life forms and small animals. For larger-bodied longer-living animal studies, the primate monkeys, researchers had to wait more than two decades when animals began to die off to determine differences in survivability.
January 9, 2017: by Bill Sardi
Why are researchers at an obscure university in India lecturing western doctors over the misdirection of modern medicine in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease?
Investigators at little-known Bharathidasan University in Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu State, India, who labor under the motto “we will create a brave new world,” (no, not Johns Hopkins Medical School or Harvard Medical School or the Mayo Clinic in the USA) boldly cite how the red wine molecule resveratrol is superior to statin drugs in addressing the buildup of beta amyloid (cholesterol-like) plaque in the aging brain that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.