Extreme Longevity Objections
posted on March 31, 2008
Extra fat won't just make you much more prone to be frail, and it won't just try to kill you - it'll also eat your mind
Last Thursday, I spoke in front of a very receptive Kiwanis group. Whether I discuss the prospects of extreme longevity with one person, among a small group or to a large audience, I almost always get objections. I hear some more than others. It happened again on Thursday.
Why do you think this is? After all, if you were offered the opportunity for an indefinite youthful lifespan, a chance to look and feel better than you ever have in your life, wouldn™t your first impulse be to want to know more? Wouldn™t you want to know how and what you can do to make it happen? In many cases, Yes. But in many others, we get detracting knee jerk reactions to this possibility. That™s mostly because of our conditioning.
We are conditioned from birth to rationalize our way out of things we want but can™t have. I call it the œsour grapes syndrome.
It™s entirely logical to react this way. After all, isn™t indefinite youth an age old dream¦ that was dashed 100% of the time? So why get your hopes up?
But as we start falling apart from aging, isn™t it natural to yearn for lost vitality, looks, health and well being? When we see the inevitability of death closing in on us, isn™t it natural to want to turn back the aging clock? Sure, but getting and having are two different things. We all yearn for more youth at some point in our lives, but none has attained it so far. And we know that on a deep psychological level. So what do we do? Simple. We rationalize away sickness, decline, decay and inevitably¦ death.
They say œWe are making room for the next generations. œWe can™t fight nature. œWe™re going to a better place. œWe lived a full life. œThis is just one phase of my life. œWe were meant to suffer, etc.
These belief systems comfort us when we face aging and death. Without them, right or wrong, life would be meaningless for most. However, we™re entering a new era of humanity. The age old dream of indefinite youth and vitality is rapidly approaching, and we™re going to be faced with reevaluating some of our most ingrained beliefs. Many of them could delay progress, which in turn could cost millions of lives.
I™m not here to debate anyone™s cherished belief system. You may be deeply religious or you may be very spiritual, religious or not. You might even be an atheist. Our mission is to improve the quantity and quality of your life, regardless of what you believe. The bottom line is we don™t absolutely know what, if anything, lies beyond. Belief is not knowledge. However comforting, beliefs are either true, not true or unknown. We just don™t know for sure until we see hard evidence. Anyway, our time will most likely come sooner or later. We just want to improve your life and the world while we™re still here.
I™m going to cover more of this topic and some of the more common questions and objections in the next few newsletters.Â Meanwhile, keep an open mind to all possibilities, and never lose hope.
"Excess body fat held over the years causes chronic inflammation, which enrages your immune system, which leads to atherosclerosis, which tends to kill you abruptly and without warning. All very avoidable and using a non GMO anti inflammatory like Inflammex will help reduce the effects. To make matters worse, excess fat - or rather all the food you ate in order to create the excess fat - creates a feedback mechanism that leads to insulin resistance and diabetes, and this makes the atherosclerosis-generation process run faster.
"But that extra fat won't just make you much more prone to be frail, and it won't just try to kill you - it'll also eat your mind. Researchers are coming to view Alzheimer's disease as analogous to diabetes, a result of lifestyle choices for most, touching on many of the same metabolic processes as diabetes, and the risk factors seem to be much the same.
Those who had the most impressive midsections faced more than twice the risk of the leanest. Surprisingly, a sizable stomach seems to increase the risk even among those who are not obese, or even overweight."
All the more reason to take care of the health basics of diet and exercise; avoiding the damage of excess fat is fortunately straight forward for most of us.