“With an Iron Fist, We Will Drive Humanity to Happiness”, Lenin & Co.
There is an awe-inspiring group of people who have found the fountain of youth. They are the members of the Calorie Restriction Society (CRS), and they follow a severe calorie restriction diet as a way of life.
Many of the Calorie Restriction Society members are senior citizens. Don’t pity them, though. There are several major characteristics that distinguish a CRS senior from your average old geezer. A typical elderly person has a customary bouquet of chronic illnesses, including arthritis, diabetes, and cardio-vascular disease. A typical Calorie Restriction Society elderly individual is unbelievably healthy and not just in general terms, but clinically healthy. This guy’s biological markers are better than of a healthy young person.
There’s another illustrious distinction. A typical old geezer looks like... an old geezer. The burden of years and multiple chronic diseases make the seniors look decrepit. You see it in their every move or rather absence of it. You immediately recognize an old person from a distance.
The CRS guy looks young and fit, with a vibrant youthful gait and a confident stance. And if it wasn’t for the ragged skin and grey hair, you would have easily confused him or her with a 30-something year old.
And finally, the old geezers “grunt and sweat under a weary life” while the Calorie Restriction Society folks enjoy their lives to the fullest.
What’s their secret? Are they privy to the mythological Methuselah effect?
Well, it has nothing to do with mythology. Firstly, they have a very strong desire to be healthy and live longer. But, more importantly, because they can. They do everything necessary to evoke the power of youth and then euphorically project it.
So, here’s an interesting situation: science has a proven working recipe for a long and healthy life. Then, why so few of us know about this fountain of youth?
This CR recipe has been tested in many animal species in multiple controlled scientific studies. When subjected to severe calorie restriction, worms lived twice as long, flies lived 50% longer, while mice and rats added 40 percent to their lifespan.
But forget the worms and rodents, monkeys, who’s genome is 98.5 % human, lived 30% longer when on highly restrictive diet. They stayed active and healthy when their ad libitum fed counterparts got sicker and sicker and died prematurely. Ad libitum food consumption is somewhat similar to a Las Vegas buffet. Only instead of crabs, 2-pound steaks, and endless desserts monkeys are given what monkeys like: fruits.
And, of course, the CRS members who can vouch for this fountain of youth first hand. These folks have an international society, they write books about sever calorie restriction, they give lectures at the prestigious universities, and they don’t hold back from proselytizing.
Nevertheless, this group remains very small and will stay that way - there are no indications that its numbers will increase dramatically any time soon. So, again, the grand existential questions are, ‘Why do so few people jump on the Calorie Restriction Society bandwagon? Why so few want to imbibe this elixir of youth?”