RADICAL LIFE EXTENSION
Is radical life extension possible? We don’t know for certain, but we have tantalizing hints from science and literature that a human could live for several hundred years. In fact, the current average American life expectancy of about 80 years is itself a huge leap from what used to be the norm. A century ago, the average was a little more than half of that, 43 years.
The most important factors in our increased longevity we now take for granted: improved sanitation, effective vaccines and pharmaceuticals, better nutrition, and reliable medical care.
This doesn’t mean we have to be satisfied with our current expected lifespans. There is some evidence from ancient literature that the last three or four millennia have actually seen a radical reduction in the average human lifespan. According to the Book of Genesis, most of the patriarchs before Noah lived for more than 900 years. Methuselah, the oldest man of all time, lived for 969 years. After the Great Flood, God shortened man’s life expectancy to 120 years. Sometime between the Hebrew conquest of Canaan and the founding of Israel’s monarchy, the average seems to have dropped again to “three-score and ten years, or if there is great strength, eighty”.
If these accounts are accurate, then our current life expectancy falls far short of our potential. What went wrong, then? What can we do about it?
We will not address any spiritual or moral aspects of the question, which are beyond our competence. By different routes, anyway, many researchers are now exploring the prospect of radical life extension.
A certain drug, rapamycin, has been proven to extend youth and vigor in mice. It now awaits approval for trial in humans.
Plasma transfusions from young people are proven to reverse signs of aging in elderly patients.
Some scientists are investigating how to manipulate DNA, the basic building block of life. Telomeres, the caps at the end of each strand of DNA, protect our chromosomes, but the telomeres grow shorter with each generation of replicated cells. Eventually, they become so short that they block cell division, and we die. Some scientist have found ways to extend the telomeres, but they make them too long, which encourages the growth of cancer cells. It will take more study to determine how to lengthen the telomeres enough, but not too much. If this project is successful, it could increase our average lifespans to 150 years or more.
We will have to wait a few years, at least, to benefit from these lines of research. In the meantime, you can best preserve your own youth and vigor by following a few simple rules: a well-balanced diet with sharp limits on refined sugar and flour, regular exercise, plenty of sunshine, and a relaxed mental attitude. The most overlooked health care regimen, though, is detoxification.
The best detoxifier is our clay. If begun early in life, regular clay therapy can promote fairly radical life extension. David Smith, the founder of our company, stated in one of his books that regular clay therapy is likely to add 25 years to one’s life. He cited the Hunza, a Himalayan tribe whose members are stronger and more agile at 70 than most Americans are at 20, largely because each of the Hunza drinks 2 or 3 ounces of hydrated clay daily.
Much more radical life extension may be possible for us within a few years. In the meantime, make regular use of the health promotion regimens available to you now, including detoxification with our 100% pure calcium bentonite clay.