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  • Don’t Tell Me I’m Stupid For Taking A Resveratrol Pill

    June 30, 2019: by Bill Sardi

    In a recent column I wrote, I issued a choice of answers to the question: “What would convince you to take an anti-aging pill?” A number of Longevinex® users responded they were convinced to take this red-wine molecule resveratrol pill over a decade ago, began experiencing unusual health and vitality and have never regretted their bet that this anti-aging pill works.  Since then they have accumulated a decade of knowledge at that has confirmed their adoption of an anti-aging pill into their daily health regimen has so far, delivered on its promises.

    Given there is no way to conclusively know an anti-aging pill works until we live past the age of 100 in good health, we all make a bet on our future when we take a so-called anti-aging pill.  Betting on an anti-aging pill is similar to Blaise Pascal’s “wager,” a logical way of thinking about the existence of God.

    An anti-aging pill actually DOES exist but can’t be proven in short-time An anti-aging pill does NOT exist and can never be proven
    You believe in an anti-aging pill YOU LIVE INDEFINITELY LONG AND HEALTHY and have a greater chance of dying from a traumatic accident than from old age. NOTHING HAPPENS Waste small amount of money for possible placebo effect
    You don’t believe in an anti-aging pill YOU DIE PREMATURELY because an anti-aging pill exists but you didn’t take it NOTHING HAPPENS Waste small amount of money for possible placebo effect

    Let’s say you pay $300/year on this bet and you add 30 healthy years to your lifetime, delaying bone and muscle decay and mental decline to live to age 120 instead of living to 90.  You started taking an anti-aging pill at age 50.  So, your bet on longevity cost $21,000 in constant dollars.

    A newly released report says retirees might run out of money long before they die.  The gap in retirement savings globally could top $400 trillion by 2050.  Many longevinarians may be forced to live on Social Security only.  But there is another side to this prediction.  What does an anti-aging pill save in out-of-pocket healthcare expenses?

    The Lifetime Medical Spending of Retirees report says retirees will average of $122,000 in medical costs between the time they’re 70 and when they die.  However, 5% will be hit with out-of-pocket medical bills of more than $300,000; 1% will pay $600,000 out-of-pocket.

    One estimate is that the average couple will need $285,000 in today’s dollars for medical expenses in retirement, excluding long-term care.  According to 2018 data from HealthView Services, a provider of healthcare cost-projection software, the average healthy 65-year-old couple retiring this year can expect to incur $363,000 in medical expenses over the course of retirement.  Now retired couples are forced to reverse mortgage their home.

    It is clear that modern medicine is simply unaffordable.  In a report entitled “The U.S. Healthcare Cost Crisis,”

    • 10 percent of Americans 65 and older have not sought needed treatment in the past 12 months because of the high cost of care.
    • About 7 million seniors couldn’t afford to pay for their prescribed medications for serious health conditions in the past 12 months.

    Health care costs will predictably devour 48% of a 66-year-old couple’s lifetime Social Security benefits.

    The average retiree spends $4,300 on out-of-pocket healthcare expenses each year, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Given that the average Social Security recipient collects just under $17,000 a year in benefits, a large portion of pension checks will be diverted towards health care costs.

    A $363,000 bill for health care over the course of a 20-year retirement will cost ~$18,000/year, more than an entire monthly Social Security check, leaving a retired couple to live off the other pension check.

    A big question is whether the anti-aging pill of choice will save a significant amount in out-of-pocket healthcare costs.

    Of note, economist Martin Armstrong predicts Social Security will have to undergo an overhaul by 2021.  Its trust fund is essentially empty.  And its paltry increases don’t keep up inflation, which is really 6-8% according to economist John Williams at

    The longevity dividend

    Being younger for longer could increase worker productivity and the number of income earning years.

    Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois says: “If we succeed in slowing aging by seven years, the age-specific risk of death, frailty, and disability will be reduced by approximately half at every age.”  There will be sizable savings achieved and more money in the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds.  Given that 42% of people alive today will live past their 85th birthday, a longevity dividend may be the only way out.  No one has put a number to the personal and public savings a bona fide anti-aging pill would accrue over time.

    Researchers who study aging now suggest that “targeting the aging process per se may be a far more effective approach to prevent or delay aging-associated pathologies than treatments specifically targeted to particular clinical conditions.”  Surveys show at least some people “want to purchase dietary supplements aimed at delaying or preventing age-associated declines in mental and physical functioning.”

    Retirees don’t have time to wait for clinical trials of anti-aging pills.  The threat of long-term debilitation due to macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s memory loss and simply wasting away due to bone and muscle loss faces millions of retirees today.  Cures are a long way off.  Why try to treat or prevent each and every malady of aging as they occur when an approach to slow or reverse aging itself would be more productive, particularly over the short-term.  Researchers say we already know the gene targets to produce super-longevity (NF-kappa-B, Sirtuin1, Klotho).  Those genes are targeted by Longevinex®.

    Longevity has already contributed to the GNP

    Yale economists point out that already-achieved increases in longevity now account for 40 per cent of the growth in Gross National Product (GNP) as life expectancy has increased by 30 years since 1900.  In their landmark study, Yale researchers said: “”Between 1970 and 2000 increased longevity yielded a ‘gross’ social value of $95 trillion, while the capitalized value of medical expenditures grew by $34 trillion, leaving a net gain of $61 trillion.”  That is putting real numbers to the pursuit of longevity.

    Taking an anti-aging pill that prolongs health span by 7 years may spare Medicare and Social Security from insolvency but will it keep an individual retiree from living poor in old age?  Giving out awards to people who stay healthy for the public good doesn’t address the financial challenges retirees face as they live longer.

    Anti-aging pill users are throwing a tiny pill against the ravages of aging, switching genes to molecularly mimic a calorie-restricted diet.  As described in prior reports, what controls the speed of aging is the accumulation of minerals, largely iron, copper and calcium, in the human body.  A pill like Longevinex® that chelates (key-layts) loose excess minerals and disposes of them will switch the aforementioned genes and predictably yield an indefinitely-long lifespan.  A pill that eradicates senescent “zombie” cells in the body would avert the frailty of old age.

    What registers with the public

    But frankly those are objectives that are too clinical for the public.  They want to glance into the mirror and look and feel young again.  Thick hair, smooth skin and “Viagra baby,” or ability to maintain independent living, retain sharp eyesight, balance a checkbook and retain a driver’s license, are greater motivations to live longer than save Social Security from bankruptcy or cut down on health care expenses.  Now “old age” is worth living.  And retirees don’t become such a burden on their family members.

    Towards those ends, Longevinex® Advantage was formulated to include extra ingredients like hyaluronic acid to thicken hair, eradicate wrinkles and produce smooth skin and pain-free joints; the strawberry molecule fisetin to eradicate senescent cells that predominate over time and induce frailty; lutein/zeaxanthin to protect the eyes and skin from damaging UV rays; and thiamine vitamin B1 (benfotiamine) to facilitate the transport of oxygen to tissues and organs above the heart (brain, eyes) that grow old due to lack of oxygen.

    Does it work?

    Don’t believe all those mouse studies in the laboratory that resveratrol pills don’t prolong life.  There is a sleight of hand there.  Laboratory mice internally produce their own vitamin C whereas human have a genetic flaw and don’t.  When researchers experimentally produce laboratory mice who don’t endogenously synthesize vitamin C in their liver, they only lived about a third as long (8.5 months) as naturally-secreting animals (24 months).  Make the lab animals so they don’t internally produce vitamin C and then test a resveratrol anti-aging pill.

    Does it work?  I’m 74 years of age, have a young-sounding voice that is heard on radio nationwide, have no cataracts, no cholesterol-like deposits (drusen) at the back of my eyes (91% of adults in my age group have retinal drusen), can still run to the end of the block on my toes, take no medicines, and put in 8 hours of arduous labor in the yard when necessary.  I don’t need to take a blood thinner, blood pressure pill, anti-inflammatory pill, blood-sugar/insulin controlling pill, cholesterol-lowering statin drug – Longevinex® does all that for me.  Except for having a scalp wound sutured up in the emergency room from an accident I had while gardening, I’ve only had to go to the doctor once in the past two decades.

    No, I’m not Superman.  Three years ago I had a temporary, believed-to-be stress-induced blockage in a coronary artery that was remedied with aspirin + nitroglycerine without damage to my heart.  (A late contentious divorce in life takes its toll.). So-far, so-good.  Resveratrol pre-conditions the heart and brain (switches on protective enzymatic antioxidants glutathione, catalase, superoxide dismutase) to prevent damage should oxygen supply be reduced.  As an aside, if one can survive a contentious divorce, they can survive anything!

    Both the scalp wound and the temporary coronary artery blockage were completely paid for by Medicare as I entered into the hospital emergency room for care, so I haven’t had a doctor’s office bill to pay in the past 19 years while I’ve been taking Longevinex®.  I guesstimate I’ve saved ~$50,000 on doctors’ bills over that time.

    So here is the tongue-in-cheek guarantee to you.  If you take Longevinex® and you live to your 100th birthday, send us your birth certificate and we will provide you with Longevinex® free for the remainder of your life.  If you don’t live to 100, send us the receipts of your purchases and we will refund your money back. J  Of course, that is a disingenuous offer, being six feet under the ground to collect on this offer.  We have to have some humor in all this.

    We have to compare an anti-aging pill to something, so let’s compare a resveratrol-pill to aspirin, which is also billed as an anti-aging pill.  Thirty to fifty years from now we will know who was right – the few thousand anti-aging pill users or the 50 million aspirin users.  By the way, if I told you 3000 people a year die from taking resveratrol pills you would likely spit them out and nobody would ever take them again.  But in fact, ~3000 people die every year from side effects caused by aspirin tablets and 50 million Americans still keep taking them.  There hasn’t been a single report of a serious side effect associated with resveratrol pills by the Poison Control Centers of America in over a decade.  Don’t tell me I’m stupid for taking a resveratrol pill.

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