A Deeper Perspective On Aging
”What Makes Us Different?”
In May, 1998, I drew a chart made up of 960 squares. Each square represented one month – for a total of 80 years. It looked something like this: Note: Each row is equivalent to 2 years.
Oops! I’m running out of squares!
You’ll notice some of the squares are filled in. And some are empty. The solid squares represented the months I already lived. Actuarial tables tell us men my age (55 at the time) can expect to live to about 80 years of age. Then they die. The empty squares therefore represented the number of months I could expect to have left. However, I’m already 77. ☹
I noticed a serious problem. I already used up most of my squares. And the most healthy, vibrant and productive ones at that. So, after some thought, I came up with a solution.
And that’s how Maximum Life Foundation was born.
Some Personal History
Just what led up to the day I drew my squares? Let’s go back in time for a moment to 1978.
Life takes funny turns.
42 years ago, I was a rising young entrepreneur who had set up the largest master general life insurance agency in the country. I felt like I stood on top of the world. Besides the millions of dollars that were about to come my way, I enjoyed being in great shape. I was a long distance running, dedicated weight training, vitamin popping health fanatic. I was also an avid golfer with an all-star girlfriend, an ocean front home and a new Mercedes convertible. I guess you could say I had it made.
Then came a twist of fate that dramatically changed my life. And it directly affects you. Let me explain.
I was working out in the gym when something popped. The next day, I found myself staring at the ceiling of a hospital room, connected to machines and monitors and unable to move or feel anything below my chest. A freak spinal cord injury kept me confined to a wheelchair ever since. My injury eventually cost me everything – my business, my ocean front home, my girlfriend… a complete personal and financial wipeout. But most of all, it cost me my attitude! One minute, I was on top of the world – then suddenly, a hopeless paraplegic. Let me tell you, I wasn’t much fun to be around for a long time after that. I was depressed, irritable… and even suicidal.
Yet, in a strange way, lots of good came out of that sharp turn in my life. Besides giving me a much needed dose of humility, it made me much stronger emotionally. I almost “threw in the towel” when my accident happened, but instead, I finally made a commitment to do two things. First, I needed to make myself financially secure again. I managed to do this by working out of my bedroom in a new business to me… venture capital.
Next, I committed my life to conquering the diseases we all bundle under the umbrella of “old age”. Why did I do this? At first, I raised funds for spinal cord injury research. But since I studied life extension since my 20’s, I realized only about 150,000 Americans suffer from SCI while 300 million are aging. I also realized I would be very old before I could ever walk again. So guided by some of the most renowned aging scientists in the world, I had a unique insight into how to extend or even save the lives of the 37 million people a year who die “prematurely” from aging related causes. Then my long-term goal, walking, took a back seat to a bigger and more important goal… a dramatic increase in the length of time a person can live a normal healthy life.
I’m not a quack. And I’m not a promoter. I’m realistic, and I grew to know first-hand the negative aspects of aging. So my primary focus was to establish a charitable foundation that could help unravel the biological mysteries of aging. And I’m happy to say we’re on the verge of actually REVERSING the human aging process. Meanwhile, researchers have already discovered ways to add at least ten active years to our lifespans. So is my magic number now 90?
I also wanted to make it possible for donors to be among the first to enjoy the health benefits we might develop in the future.
And of course, I want to live long enough to cure my own paralysis. I want to run again. And I want to recapture some of the lost youth my injury took away from me.
Will I realize my dreams? I really don’t know. But I do know incidents like paralysis and suffering and most of the ravages of aging will be things of the past one of these days. And I do believe we have a fighting chance to reap the benefits of those “miracles” in our lifetimes. I also believe the worst thing that will happen from this project is, we’ll add some healthy years to our lives and will make small fortunes in the process.Now let’s go back to that day I drew my squares and conceptualized MaxLife.
Maximum Life Foundation
Our mission is to:
“Maximize health and longevity… in Minimum time and Maximize your chance to benefit from emerging age-reversal technologies.”
We do this by showing you how to add 10 or more youthful years to your life NOW… while developing technologies that are designed to extend your healthy lifespan by at least 20 years in the intermediate future. This will help ensure you will be able to take advantage of the medical miracles of tomorrow’s age-reversing technologies.
In a radio interview some years ago, the host started out by asking the well-known American entrepreneur and author Robert Ringer, “In order of importance, what would you say are the three most essential rules when it comes to making money?” Without hesitation, he blurted out: “Rule No. 1: Stay alive. Rule No. 2: Stay healthy. Rule No. 3: Stop losing money.” The phones rang off the hook for a full hour.
Not only would adding more healthy squares to peoples’ lives be a profitable and humanitarian thing to do… it would also change your life for the better in ways you may not be able to imagine. We’re determined to dramatically extend the healthy human lifespan within the lifetimes of our followers. We may not be able to create more hours in your day or more days in your year, but there’s a strong likelihood that we can create more years in your life!
Recapture Your Perspective
Remember how foreign or abstract death seemed to you when you were a teenager? Imagine how you would feel now if you know you had 50 youthful years ahead of you. How would you plan? What would you do?
Think about this for a moment: If I described the physical signs and eventual prognosis of aging to you, but you didn’t know how old the person was that I was talking about, would you seriously consider the condition to be something nobody should look into addressing medically? Aging takes a healthy, vigorous person and progressively leads them down the path to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, joint problems, overall weakness and immune dysfunction… and eventually kills that person. Without fail.
When we see these symptoms in children, we call it progeria, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone suggesting that we should just “let nature take its course” and let these children get sicker and sicker to the point where they die. Rightfully, we attempt to address their health challenges with therapies like aspirin, blood pressure pills, and cholesterol-lowering drugs. In addition to these conventional treatments, we also support research along possible avenues to find more effective treatments that strike right at the source of this condition – the genes and underlying biology.
Sometimes these symptoms start appearing in young adults – a sort of “late-onset progeria”. This condition, Werner syndrome, results in the initial appearance of rapid physical aging following puberty. Individuals with Werner syndrome commonly die in their forties or fifties. Notice anything interesting about the Werner prognosis? Though the expected lifespan of an individual afflicted with Werner syndrome is actually comparable to the average lifespan just over a century ago, this condition is considered something that an individual would want to fight against with all available medical resources.
Why then, does society ignore the terrible widespread disease that is aging? Why is there no widespread, organized urgency to do something about it? Compare this with attitudes towards equally horrible medical conditions that afflict far fewer people. Small scientific armies – and supporting funding – have been raised and directed to cure cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, malaria, diabetes, Parkinson’s and many other conditions. But aging, the condition we all suffer and die from, the source of so many other conditions we name and fight, is largely ignored or accepted. Cure aging, and these diseases that usually emerge late in life would mostly become non-issues.
Does the stubborn resistance to change kick in no matter how beneficial change might be? We are moving from an era in which nothing could be done to defeat aging into an era in which advancing biotechnology will give us the tools to do overcome it. All the old attitudes are no longer relevant, and have in fact become quite harmful:
Now, at the dawn of the biotechnology, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence era, dying from aging will no longer be inevitable. The research establishment – if sufficiently funded and motivated – could make spectacular inroads into repairing, preventing and reversing the root causes of aging within our lifetime.
We’re so used to people dying from age related causes that we accept it as a normal part of life. And we become desensitized to this death. But let’s look at it from a different angle and see if we can think about it differently.
- 100,000 lives are lost every single day from aging related causes. They’re scattered all over the world. We hardly notice unless we know them. But what if 4000 jetliners fell out of the sky in a single day? We would be astonished, outraged and sickened. Yet effectively, that’s equivalent to 4000 jetliner crashes.
- What if we could avoid… or at least postpone most aging related deaths?
- If 4000 planes crashed every day, wouldn’t the world marshal all its powers to insure aircraft safety, especially if we had no choice but to fly? They quickly did it for the dreadful COVID-19, yet suffering and death from aging over time dwarfs that from all viruses combined.
- Then why isn’t treating aging a #1 priority?
A key to our ambitious undertaking is to hit at least one breakthrough that will make the world take notice. One goal is to rejuvenate lab animals (turning old mice into biologically “young” mice). We already developed a seven-step plan to accomplish this based on already accepted scientific disciplines and are now taking some of our technologies directly to humans.
I invite you to join us in the most important venture in history.
“Every life form fights for survival. That’s how each evolved. Therefore… The Purpose of Life is, and always has been… To Delay and Avoid Death.”