The Promise of Immortality
"Being born isn't a crime, so why are we all sentenced to die?"
How long could we live? You might be disappointed to learn that at the moment we are not talking about “eternity” or “immortality“. Rather, the important thing is to eliminate the notion of a limit. Even if we do not wish to live forever, we do not want to die… today or even tomorrow… one day maybe, but not tomorrow: and that is the whole point! Because an answer to aging would place the choice in your hands; advancing years force our hand, suddenly we would like to live longer, to see our grandchildren grow up, or see through important projects, or for a million other reasons!
Natural death can no longer be considered a universal Law of Nature. Certain organisms like bacteria or perennial plants can overcome aging and thereby present a kind or immortality. Old age is therefore not an inescapable consequence of the deterioration of our vital functions since certain organisms can avoid it Old age brings about most serious chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or strokes. Certain preeminent scientists consider old age to be the illness, source of other illnesses rather than a foregone conclusion, and many research centers around the world are therefore working on possible treatments for the illness of old age.
Immortality may be around the corner !!
Generation YoungBy William Amzallag M.D.
4th of August 1997: we are in France, in Arles, in the region of Bouches-du-Rhône, and Jeanne Calment, a French woman born on the 21st of February 1875 has just died. She has lived to be 122 years, 5 months and 14 days old: she has lived 44,724 days, and has since become the oldest living woman, having the longest lifespan on record. At the time, most specialists thought that we had reached, through Jeanne Calment the limits of the human lifespan.
Ten years later experts are proving the opposite. From now on we can already double the current lifespan. We can not only slow down aging but also turn things around, and rejuvenate, in the true sense of the word. We know how to rejuvenate cells, tissues and organs. What we do not yet know is if this can work for every single one of us!
How many times has the thought crossed our minds: “ah, if only I were 25 years younger, with the experience I have now!” That wish could be realizable today! Better yet, why not ten extra years? Ten years of good health, ten productive years, without cancer, without Alzheimer’s! Or twenty more years to spend with our loved ones, enough time to accomplish all that we haven’t been able to! What we want is not only a longer life, but a long life brimming with energy and creativity. Investing in our well-being today could prove to be profitable in the coming years. Technologies are advancing at an exponential pace, and the healthier we stay, the more we increase our chances of reaping the benefits of this progress.
Today, many experts consider aging a sickness whose death rate is, for now, 100%. We can survive certain severe illnesses, but not aging? Many of our fellow citizens do not accept the premise that we could live ‘forever’. Many others, for various reasons, consider death to be a good thing; why these fixed ideas? Because, since our birth, we have been conditioned to accept death as inevitable, having no tools to fight it. And yet, if we look back, history shows us that our longevity has only grown over time, and there is no reason to believe that this will stop!
William Amzallag M.D.