Telomere Extension. Cellular Debris Removal. Cellular Repair. Genetic Engineering. All these technologies can improve health on the cellular or molecular level and dramatically expand human life span. That is the future of longevity.
We have already made some progress in genetic engineering with new technologies such as ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR. Just recently, a one-year-old girl with deadly leukemia has been successfully treated with a genome-editing tool TALEN. This technique can modify donor T-cells, or immune defense cells. It edits the genome of T-cells making them impervious to the administered cancer drugs as well as to our own body immune defenses.
The doctors who treated the girl are confident that her life is not in danger any more. She just needs a bone marrow transplant, which is a routine procedure. Her premature death has been averted - that is some serious life extension!
Regarding the telomere extension, cellular repair, and cellular debris removal, these technologies still remain hypothetical and futuristic. Some people think that this future is not that distant, and the above-mentioned technologies will be available in 20, 30, or 50 years, tops.
Good for them! On the one hand, I want to share their optimism, but, as a realist, I don’t want to keep my expectation too high.
Here’s a good example, which prompts us to err on the side of caution. The Renaissance people knew about the flying apparatus by the early 16th century. That’s when Leonardo da Vinci designed one of his most famous inventions. No doubt his contemporaries were all psyched up about this invention and were desperate to see the machine fly. However, there was a little hiccup, the engineering technology wasn’t ready for the challenge yet. Humanity had to wait very patiently for another four centuries before the Wright brothers came up with an aircraft that could stay in the air.
I don’t think that we have to be that patient. Modern science moves forward at a much faster pace, and the biotech industry is in the vanguard of progress. New cellular and genetic technologies will eventually make many diseases obsolete. But currently those technologies are either taking the first baby steps or they remain just that: plausible hypotheses.
Also, I am still concerned about the lack of clear understanding of how to cope with the most complex, powerful, and currently inevitable “disease”. The “disease” that eventually kills every one of us - aging. We are just getting the grasp on what really causes aging and, let’s be real, we mostly fantasize about the potential cures.
The scientific world is divided into optimists and realists. Certain prominent scientists believe that the futuristic cures will be implemented in a few decades. Those are the glass-half-full optimists. The realist-scientists see the half-empty glass and expect a century-long slog, almost like with the da Vinci’s flying apparatus.
The other important concern is the cost of these technologies. For example, some cancer medicines cost hundreds of thousands dollars. Highly complex cellular and genetic procedures will be far from cheap for sure.
Well, if they are only affordable to the rich, then screw them. I’m not going to wait for those fancy technologies, especially if they are beyond my means.
In my opinion, waiting passively for any miraculous cure is a fool’s errand. And many of us do not want to wait. Many of us desire to live a long and healthy life right now.
I have some good news for the impatient ones. There is a proven method of life extension available for everybody immediately. The mechanism of life extension behind this method is very well known and well explained by the multiple scientific studies. It is called Calorie Restriction. Don’t confuse it with a fad diet because it is something entirely different.
Calorie restriction is a way of life and a very demanding one. It is not for everybody. It requires enormous will-power and discipline to make it work. These two preconditions explain why this method of life extension has very few adherents.
But again, don’t despair. I found a way to eliminate the negative effects of calorie restriction while preserving its efficacy. I developed a simple, undemanding, and very affordable method to extend healthy life span. It creates the calorie restriction effect without forced calorie restriction. Any person can do it.
How do I know it works? Simple. I live it. I don’t have the superman’s will of steel or any other super powers. I am a regular person who has a very human desire to live long and healthily. And I am eager to share my experience with you.