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How the world got lost on
the road to an anti-aging pill
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October 2, 2011: by ResveratrolNews
So many times this author has lamented at how brainwashed Americans have become. Shown a picture of a 100-year old man blowing out the candles on his birthday cake, almost every person responds by saying “I never want to live that long.”
Strange isn’t it, the promise of super longevity, what Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon long sought after, to conquer aging, the scourge of humanity, is no longer on the minds of most Americans.
An anti-aging pill didn’t top the list of desired inventions in an MIT survey conducted years ago – beat out by biodegradable plastic, a driverless car and an fully automated home, of all things.
While we may distance ourselves from any idea of lining up to die like people did in the movie Soylent Green, where people who had expired were processed into food in an overpopulated world where food shortages were rampant. But most Americans say they favor quality over quantity of life, as if these two never coexist.
True, modern medicine has created an over-medicated society that never gets well and lives its last years with chronic disease while early genetic discoveries over four decades ago that would have likely resulted an anti-aging pill were thrown back in the closet for fear of what they would bring. The life insurance industry was privately briefed on the possibility of living super-long lives and worked to table these discoveries over fear that Americans wouldn’t die on time and their profits would vanish.
Then there is at least one shining example that shuns the prevailing mindset. It is Hedda Bolgar, age 102, a Los Angeles-based therapist who is still working at her job, who claims she is “too busy to die,” and chides one of her clients, an 80-year old man who tells Bolgar he is chronically miserable and in failing health.
In a Los Angeles Times article Bolgar says: “He wakes up in the morning and all he wants to do is die or go back to sleep,” said Bolgar, who has suggested that he do something useful, like reading to the blind or helping out at a school.
Says Bolgar: “What I grew up with was, if there’s an unmet need in the world, you try to meet it, and if there’s a problem, you try to solve it.”
At the age of 100 Bolgar became computer savvy and began explorations on psychoanalytic research.
Bolgar went on to say: “I’ve lived through revolutions, famine, war. Things like that.” That gives us a hint that maybe, just maybe, calorie restriction, which doubles the life of laboratory animals, actually works in humans.
She also said she was “put on this earth to accomplish certain things” and “I’m so far behind, I can never die.” At least one American isn’t lining up early at the Soylent Green factory. – © 2011 Bill Sardi, ResveratrolNews.com