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Living Long Enough to Live Forever
Right now it’s not possible for a human to live forever. However, medical technology is progressing so fast (due to exponential growth in hardware and data) that it is estimated it will be a real possibility around 2035.
Your chances of dying in any year double every 8 years, so that does mean the older you are the harder you’re going to have to work to make sure you’re the right side of medical technology advances. Therefore it’s critical to take measures TODAY to improve your life expectancy and make preparations to maximise your chances of being able to live forever.
To enjoy immortality, or however long you choose to live, we suggest following the four HALES principles:
- Health – avoid the big killers to buy time until medical technology catches up.
- Augmentation – enhance your body with improved muscles, vision and direct brain interfacing.
- Life Extension – slow aging and rejuvenate your body with new cells and organs.
- Survival – even when biologically immortal you’ve still got to avoid dying from accidents or natural disasters.
Remember, there’s no such thing as nearly living forever – immortality is an all or nothing game.
Anti-Deathist FAQ – Fight Aging!
If you have ever tried to persuade people that it is in fact a great plan to try to cure aging by controlling its root causes, you will have found that deathism is in fact very prevalent
Probably a good time to remind you to read the DISCLAIMER at the bottom of the page. I am making no recommendation about the efficacy or safety of these providers – these links are for information only!
BioViva – https://bioviva-science.com/
We target cellular aging. We are developing therapies to regenerate muscle and tissue.
Third of UK believe we will live forever – Kantar – 17-Apr-2018
34% of people believe technology will keep people alive indefinitely.
4% think this will happen within their lifetime.
51% of UK believe brain backups will possible at some point.
9% think it will probably occur in their lifetime.
Lightspeed surveyed 1523 people in the UK.
Should we all get a health check? – The Guardian – 9-Apr-2018
May just find problems that probably don’t need treatment.
NHS offers a health check every five years to people aged 40 to 74.
British Heart Foundation says 7m UK citizens have undiagnosed high blood pressure.
Though 40% of those diagnosed don’t achieve optimal targets.
PSA test benefits are small and the risks are considerable.
The body is full of abnormalities and we don’t know how to interpret everything we see.
Whole body scanning can unearth incidentalomas – spots on organs.
Intervention might well do more harm than good.
Beating ageing is set to become world’s biggest business – This Is Money – 18-Mar-2018
Silicon Valley billionaires are investing in slowing the ageing process.
In 20 years’ time, the race to extend life will be the biggest business in the world.
Jim Mellon, one of Britain’s most successful investors who is leading the anti-ageing race on this side of the Atlantic predicts that medical breakthroughs in age-related diseases such as cancer, new drugs and healthier lifestyles will drive the average life expectancy up to between 110 and 120 years over the next three decades.
People born after 1970 could live forever – Yahoo news – 20-Feb-2018
Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson predict indefinite life extension by 2050.
May take another 10 years to be affordable for everyone.
Genetic engineering could extend the body’s life expectancy.
Or people could upload their minds into VR.
How do you build a healthy city? – The Guardian – 11-Feb-2018
Copenhagen aspires to be one of the healthiest cities in the world.
E.g. making it attractive to cycle, serving nutritious lunches in its institutions.
Special garbage bins designed for easy use when cycling.
Offers free stress clinics for anyone who needs them.
To make changes in public health you need a long perspective.
Healthy thriving people are more likely to complete an education and find employment.
Quest to cure ageing like a disease – BBC News – 5-Feb-2018
Listen to recent episode of the BBC Tomorrow’s World podcast.
Discoveries suggest biological ageing may be entirely preventable and treatable.
Stem cell therapy provides tissue with replacements for cells that die during ageing.
New approaches may give patients an extra 30 years or so of life.
By then De Grey hopes the therapies could be reapplied as version 2.0.
8 things more likely to kill you in 1970s – BBC News – 4-Feb-2018
Eight things more likely to kill you in 1970s Britain than today.
2. The workplace
4. Britain’s roads
6. Cardiovascular disease
8. Lung cancer
No safe limit to smoking – BBC News – 25-Jan-2018
One cigarette a day increases chance of developing heart disease by 50%.
Likewise a 30% increase for having a stroke.
One cigarette a day still has half the risks of 20 a day.
Cardiovascular disease, not cancer, is the greatest mortality risk for smoking.
Analysis of 141 studies, published in the BMJ.
COMMENT: this should be a wake up call to social smokers
The Men Who Want to Live Forever – NY Times – 25-Jan-18
Today several biotech companies, fueled by Silicon Valley fortunes, are devoted to “life extension” — or as some put it, to solving “the problem of death.”
The National Academy of Medicine, an independent group, recently dedicated funding to “end aging forever.” Many billionairs such as Peter Thiel, Jeff Bezos started investing in life extension researches.
Historically, people believed they were invincible. They saw their own bodies as entirely theirs and other people’s bodies as at their disposal.
But men who hope to live forever might pause on their eternal journey to consider the frightening void at invincibility’s core. Death is the moment when all of us must confront exactly what so many women have known all too well: You are a body, only a body, and nothing more.
How to Plan and Carry Out a Simple Self-Experiment – Fight Aging – 12-Jan-2018
Process of setting up and running a self-experiment of candidate senolytic drugs.
Optimized for simplicity and cost rather than for maximal effectiveness.
Side-effects and related risks to health are an important consideration.
Outline is not to encourage people to immediately set forth to follow it.
One cigarette almost always leads to a regular habit – The Guardian – 10-Jan-2018
69% of people who try a cigarette end up smoking daily for some period of time.
Providing fewer reasons for young people to try a cigarette is a good idea.
Every year around 200,000 UK children try cigarettes for the first time.
Data pooled from eight surveys this century including the UK and USA.
How long could we live? – BBC News – 20-Dec-2017
What are the secrets of the superagers?
Could drugs delay the diseases of ageing?
Now scientists in the United States believe drugs could be on the horizon that delay the diseases of old age and increase the healthy years of life.
But could such treatments also mean we live longer?
Will only the rich cheat death? – Marketplace – 5-Dec-2017
Some of the biggest names in tech are on a quest to live forever.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Oracle’s Larry Ellison and Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin have invested a lot of money in life-extension technologies, including cryogenics and digitizing our minds and uploading them into robots.
Here are the ways Silicon Valley plans to conquer death – National Post – 3-Nov-2017
Billionaires are now pouring millions into longevity research.
Upgrading the human immune system with tiny bloodborne robots.
Senolytics to sweep the body’s senescent cells.
Replacing organs whenever they wear out.
What’s the Japanese secret for living longer? – Telegraph – 20-Sep-2017
The Japanese top the global table for life expectancy: on average, they can expect to live for 83.7 years.
The secret could be in their diet as it is lean and balanced, consisting mainly of fish, seafood, whole grains, vegetables and tofu.
The other factor is The Japanese healthcare system, which is considered one of the world’s best.
Some studies suggest their longevity may simply be down to having good genes.
Poor Healthspan in Australians Linked To Poor Lifestyle Choices – Huffington Post – 15-Sep-2017
According to a new report heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease are among some of the biggest health conditions killing Australians.
Poor diet, tobacco, high blood pressure — these are all highly modifiable risks that individuals can take charge of and prevent Australia’s disease problems.
Australia fared worse than the global averages found in the report for lifestyle and obesity-related health conditions that cause deaths, the figures represent a worldwide trend.
Want to live longer? Find your ikigai – The Guardian – 3-Sep-2017
In Japan, retiring and not keeping your mind and body busy is seen as being bad for your health since it disconnects your soul from your ikigai (a reason for being).
Finding your ikigai is felt to be crucial to longevity and a life full of meaning.
Japanese keep doing what they love, what they are good at, and what the world needs even after they have left the office.
The idea is to keep mind and body active in order to fill yourself with purpose and ikigai on a daily basis.
This is one of the key reasons why Japan have the longest life expectancy in the world.
Reading books may add years to your life – SCMP – 19-Aug-2017
Reading novels for more than 3.5 hours a week could increase your lifespan by two years.
12-year survival rate 6 per cent higher for book readers.
Surprising given it’s a sedentary activity.
Reading books increases cognition, which causes a survival advantage.
Reading newspapers or magazines do not have the same effect.
Data adjusted for age, sex, race, education, wealth, marital status, and depression.
Yale University study looked at 3,635 Americans over the age of 50.
Kitchen sponges may be a ‘bacteria hotspot’ – but no need to worry – NHS – 3-Aug-2017
Sponges contain bacteria from hundreds of different operational taxonomic units (OTUs). Some risk group 2 (RG2) found that may cause disease, but only if enter body via wounds or burns. Most bacteria are harmless or have a useful role in biological processes. Heating sponges in microwaves to kill bacteria doesn’t work particularly well. Recommendation is to replacing sponges and washing up clothes weekly.
British billionaire gambles on an anti-aging upstart – Endpoints News – 26-Jul-2017
We are at an inflection point for the treatment of aging. We can generate molecules with pecific molecular properties. The biotech will also look to effect change in the mitochondria.Expects to raise $20-50 million raised from friends-and-family this year.
Heartburn drugs linked to premature death – NHS – 4-Jul-2017
PPIs reduce the amount of acid in the stomach.
Used to treat heartburn and people at risk of stomach ulcers (e.g. if taking low-dose aspirin).
Cohort study of over 300,000 US veterans shows an association – not cause.
Not seen in people taking H2 blockers like ranitidine (Zantac).
Living Forever – Proto – 13-June-2017
Review of current thinking from the Massachusetts General Hospital – the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.
Experiments with model organisms have delayed age-related diseases by replenishing stem cells, protecting telomeres and cleaning out senescent cells.
Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME) trial will study observed reduction in mortality using diabetes drug.
Rapamycin was shown to extend the lives of mice by roughly 10%.
Foods you find at the supermarket could tweak their products’ composition in ways that promote longevity.
Human life span also depends on lifestyle, relationships, environment, psychology and exercise.
David Wood – We Should Prepare for the Future Now – LEAF – 13-June-2017
Interview with David Wood – Chair of the London Futurists. David talks about the bottlenecks to progress in rejuvenation biotechnology. Also some of the potential issues we might face in developing therapies that address age-related diseases.
Washing hands in cold water ‘as good as hot’ – BBC News – 1-Jun-2017
Washing hands with hot water doesn’t kill more germs.
Study compared 20 people using water at 15C and 38C.
Volunteers were also asked to experiment with varying amounts of soap.
No difference in the amount of bugs removed as the temperature of the water or the amount of soap changed.
NHS advice is to wash hands for at least 20 seconds and to cover the whole surface of the hands with soap.
Billionaire Jim Mellon invests in anti-ageing research firm – pharmaphorum – 11-Apr-2017
Insilico Medicine applying big data analytics to extend healthy longevity.
pursuing internal drug discovery in cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, sarcopenia and in geroprotectors.
Investment will fund validation of the many molecules discovered using machine learning.
Company has published studies including minute changes in gene expression between young and old tissues.
Can Flossing Help You Live Longer? – Health Central – 30-Mar-2017
Good dental health may have direct effect on the heart and cardiovascular system.
According to study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Gum disease is associated with a 12% higher risk of earlier death in older women.
Study involved more than 57,000 women 55 and older.
9 things you can do to live longer and fight ageing – Independent – 9-Jan-2016
French surgeon and personality Michel Cymes puts together a twist on the usual list.
Includes eat more garlic, clean your fridge, invest in good sunglasses and change your pillow.
Stop feeling guilty for not being perfect.
Consistently enjoying life could make you live longer – Medical News Today – 27-Dec-2016
Earlier findings showed that enjoyment of life during a single moment in time was associated with a longer life.
University College London (UCL) researchers wanted to know how important is sustained well-being?
Enjoyment of life was assessed three times at 2-year intervals between 2002-2006.
Those people most enjoying life had 17% reduction in risk of death over 10 year study period.
Study included 9,365 adults with an average age of 63 years.
How to lengthen your healthy life – Knowridge Science Report – 26-Dec-2016
In summary – eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and stay away from bad habits.
Seventh-day Adventists have a life expectancy nearly 10 years longer on average than most Americans.
Their behaviors include regular exercise, a vegetarian diet, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Combination of different types of exercise—aerobic, strength and balance training, and flexibility—is important to healthy aging
Genes account for less than one-third of your chances of surviving to age 85.
Arguments against life extension – H+Pedia – 8-Dec-2016
A nicely categorised list of common issues raised when discussing life extension.
– Quality of Life (e.g. unnatural, eternal boredom)
– Social (e.g. immortal dictators, selfish)
– Environmental (e.g. overpopulation, sustainability)
– Technical (e.g. limits of biology)
Arguments have greatly differing levels of credibility.
Understanding scepticism crucial for more effective discussion.
Looking on the bright side helps you live longer – Telegraph – 7-Dec-2016
Studied data from a national survey of 70,000 women over eight year period.
People who were 30% less likely to have died from from any disease during study.
Researchers believe that higher optimism directly impacts biological systems – possible boosting immunity and lowering inflammation.
Optimism can be altered with relatively uncomplicated and low-cost interventions.
Extend your healthspan by caring for yourself daily – The Daily Progress – 18-Nov-2016
Living long and living well are not the same.
It is both possible and common to outlive your health.
Average American will live through nine years of disease and disability.
If you commit to managing your condition and focus on regaining the greatest level of wellness available to you, you can extend your healthspan despite having a chronic condition.
3 Ways To Slow Aging – Huffington Post – 27-oct-2016
The 85-and-older population is projected to increase by 351% between 2010 and 2050
Infectious diseases no longer the number one killer.
Food, temperature and physical activity affect healthspan in most animal models.
Our biggest problem is too little of the right kind of stress.
Daily routine of startup founder planning to live to 180 – Insider Australia – 10-Oct-2016
Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof Coffee, has spent over $300,000 on research using data to optimise his mind and body.
Regular routing includes:
Lying underneath an ultraviolet light for 10 minutes.
Standing on a biovibration platform.
Cryotherapy chamber with -260 degree nitrogen-iced air for two minutes.
Works out intensely only once a week.
Cools house down to 20 degrees Celcius just before bedtime.
Cool your beverages to reduce risk of cancer – Harvard University – 6-Sep-2016
Nonalcoholic beverages consumed above 65° C (150° F) may contribute to the risk of esophageal cancer.
Applies to tea, coffee and even hot water.
It can take 8 minutes for coffee to cool to 65 degrees in normal mugs (see https://marco.org/2011/08/10/coffee-joulies-review for more info)
Research also determined that these beverages are not, at cooler temperatures, carcinogenic.
Metastudy of 1,000 studies conducted in the past 20 years.
How to Add 18 Years to Your Life – Men’s Journal – 30-Aug-2016
Canadian study analysed data from 90,000 Canadians to identify the biggest lifestyle threats to longevity.
Best versus worst lifestyle choices adds 17.9 years to life expectancy.
Biggest impacts are the usual smoking, lack of physical activity, poor diet and excessive drinking.
Many people lack the motivation and ability to follow the standard advice – only about 3% of Americans follow all four.
COMMENT: 18 years is a huge amount of time in medical advances – that could easily make the difference between being here, or not, when the cure for aging is discovered
Expectations of old age determine desire for longevity – Science Daily – 24-Aug-2016
1 in 4 want to live more than 100 years – about the same chance as someone born in the 1990s.
1 in 6 want to live less than 80 years – less than current average life expectancy.
After adjusting for self-reported happiness and health results did not depend on age, gender or education.
Having fewer negative expectations distinguishes people who want to live beyond current levels of life expectancy.
Telephone survey of over 1600 young to middle-aged adults in the USA.
COMMENT: It would be interesting to see the results if given the option of youthful physical and mental ability – this tends to have a massive affect on longevity desires.
Living Forever Has Never Been More Popular – Motherboard – 12-Aug-2016
Zoltan Istvan reports from RAAD Fest – the biggest life extension festival in history.
1000 attendee strong festival signals the growing trend of the life extension movement.
Speakers included anti-aging leaders, CEOs and a key note by Ray Kurzweil via robot.
US government is unlikely to fund life extension science while high numbers of representatives publicly believe in an afterlife.
8 Strange Hacks To Live Longer – Medical Daily – 9-Aug-2016
Article links to studies showing increased life expectancy and reduced chronic disease, based on every day activity including:
– Drink coffee
– Have more orgasms
Tattoos can cause cancer – Independent – 26-Jul-2016
Due to composition of inks used for tattooing.
Red ink has been linked to dermatitis due to it containing mercury sulphide.
Black or ‘neutral’ henna may be so toxic that it is illegal to use it on the skin.
Inks are not currently regulated in the EU.
Work Longer, Live Longer – Forbes – 3-Jun-2016
People who retire after age 65 reduce the risk of dying by 10 percent.
Both healthy and unhealthy late retirees live longer.
People in Boston College study had “meaningful work” – though this isn’t defined.
Often the transition from high engagement in challenging tasks to a leisure mode isn’t healthy
COMMENT: maybe those who chose to work longer were in fulfilling jobs and so had better mental health.
Green spaces may help you live longer – Spectator – 18-Apr-2016
Researchers at Harvard University found that people with access to a garden or living close to a park had a lower chance of developing cancer or respiratory illnesses.
12% lower mortality over duration of study.
Large proportion of the benefit seems to be connected with improved mental health.
Data gathered from 108,630 women over 8 years.
Italian village where 15% of residents are over 100 – New York Post – 12-Apr-2016
Acciaroli is a small village on the southern end of Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
Area has low rates of Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
University of California at San Diego to study their gene pool and observe their habits.
Initial observations include:
Everybody eats rosemary
Anchovies appear in almost every meal
the air they breathe is unpolluted
villagers spend lots of time outdoors
It’s a stress-free life
Sunbathing could help you live longer – News Medical – 22-Mar-2016
Nearly 30,000 Swedish women followed for 20 years.
Those with active sun exposure habits had decrease in heart disease causing a relative increase in death due to cancer.
More research required to determine if effect is mediated by vitamin D.
Want more birthdays? Science can help – Popular Science – 23-Feb-2016
How to hit the biological pause button.
Special feature including:
Why Do We Age?
How To Stay Young And Healthy
How To Live Long And Prosper
Quiz: How Long Will I Live?
Who Will Be First To “Hack The Code” Of Aging?
Long Live Dogs (And Everyone)
Homeopathy effective for 0 out of 68 illnesses – Independent – 19-Feb-2016
Systematic review of 176 trials of homeopathy looked at 68 different health conditions.
No discernible convincing effects beyond placebo.
Homeopathy founded in 18th century when blood-letting was a common treatment.
How Science Can Make Us Immortal – IEET – 12-Feb-2016
Many respectable scientists now believe that humans can overcome death.
We will simultaneously defeat many other diseases.
Alternative ways to achieve immortality:
1. conquering our biological limitations
2. exponential growth of computing power will make it possible to upload one’s consciousness into a virtual reality.
3. Upload one’s brain to a genetically engineered or robotic body.
Our descendants will resemble us about as much as we do the amino acids from which we sprang.
No safe way to suntan – BBC News – 9-Feb-2016
New NICE guidance warn that any tan is bad for you due to risk of skin cancer.
Existing tan provides little protection against sun exposure.
To benefit from vitamin D sun exposure should be for short periods.
6 Habits That Can Age You, Both On The Inside & Out – Bustle – 27-Jan-2016
If you’re not avoiding these you’re seriously reducing your risk of living forever:
4. Not Sleeping
5. Sitting Around
6. Eating Junk Food
Kind Drivers Live Longer Than Road Ragers – Counsel & Heal – 24-Jan-2016
Researchers used a simulator to categorise type of driver.
Anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate measured.
Up to six years after aggressive road rage behaviour person will suffer health impacts.
150 already in reach; end of death possible – Biznews.com – 20-Jan-2016
Biznews.com interviews Derek Yach who leads WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Longevity and is Chief Health Officer of the Vitality Institute.
About one-quarter of people will suffer serious effects on how their thinking processes happen.
Technology companies are starting to provide better ways of detecting changes in your mental health.
Companies are seeing health as something demanded by consumers – which drives innovation.
Have a mainly plant-based diet.
control your blood pressure.
Strengthen your social interactions.
Keep your brain active.
In a future brave new world will it possible to live forever? – Irish Times – 18-Jan-2016
Natasha Vita-More has designed a prototype whole body prosthetic she calls Primo PostHuman.
No-one wants to stay alive drooling in a wheelchair.
Vita-More sees technology as freeing us from societal and biological constraints.
Existing Longevity Therapies that are Technically Feasible, but Difficult and Expensive to Obtain – Fight Aging! – 28-Dec-2014
Stem cell therapies
Enhancing native stem cell activities
Immune cell infusions
Clearance of transthyretin amyloid
Picture of Health Report 2015 – New Scientist – 30-Oct-2015
Sample of 2,002 adults from the United Kingdom.
45% actively manage their health.
66% of those who do not actively manage their health believe they would benefit from doing so.
88% of those using technology to manage their health say this has led to a positive change of habit.
6 billionaires who want to live forever – Tech Insider – 1-Sep-2015
Peter Thiel – cofounder of PayPal – in 2006 he pledged $3.5 million to the Methuselah Foundation
Larry Ellison – founder of Oracle – has donated about $430 million in grants to medical researchers
Larry Page – cofounder of Google – founded Calico with an investment of $750 million from Google
Sergey Brin – cofounder of Google – has donated more than $150 million to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease
Mark Zuckerberg – established Breakthrough Prize which awards $3 million for new ways to extend human life
Sean Parker – cofounder of Napster – has donated millions to searching for a cure for allergies and for cancer research
Can Google solve death? – Time Magazine – 30-Sep-2013
Google CEO Larry Page discusses the launch of Calico.
Will focus on health and aging in particular
Gearing up to seriously attempt to extend the human life span.