Pain – Aging sucks

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Funding Aging Research


posted on June 12th, 2012

Dear Future Centenarian,

In the off chance I haven™t made myself clear the past six years, let me put it this way:

œAging sucks!

Almost, but not everything about aging is negative. Sure, we should gain more wisdom, accumulate fond memories, see our children and grandchildren evolve and hopefully become financially secure.

Before I get into the negative aspects of aging, let™s look deeper into the positive ones I have mentioned.

  1. Wisdom “ Close to half of us get Alzheimer™s by age 85. More after that. So wisdom gets erased. If you dodge dementia, aging kills you, and there goes the wisdom for those who do not get demented.
  2. Fond memories “ See #1.
  3. Progeny “ We™re limited as to how many generations we can enjoy. Then you break their hearts when you die.
  4. Financial security “ Most people kiss their nest eggs goodbye to pay for late-age medical care. If you™re real lucky, you die rich and leave your hard-earned fortune to others to enjoy.


Before I go any further, let me point out I™m not being cynical, just realistic. It may not be politically correct to burst the rosy picture that aging proponents and apologists paint and glorify, but we™re not going to solve a problem as major as curing aging by being delicate.

Now to get into the meat.

Here is a partial list of the aging-related horrors we are determined to put an end to:

  1. Chronic pain “ Intense pain, acute or chronic, may be the single most difficult thing to cope with, young or old. When it gets severe, it overrides nearly every thought you may want to hold on to. You know what I mean, don™t you? Unfortunately, chronic pain goes hand-in-hand with aging more often than not.
  2. Heart disease “ The single biggest killer. Solving aging goes a long way to eliminating this one.
  3. Cancer “ This horrifying disease is the second biggest killer and is largely a disease of aging.
  4. Arthritis “ Cure aging and mostly eliminate the fear of being crippled by this painful disease.
  5. Osteoporosis “ This is not a friendly prospect. It™s crippling and causes deadly falls.
  6. Dementia “ Lose your sense of identity and death can be a welcome reprieve.
  7. Hearing loss “ This goes way beyond an annoyance and keeps getting worse with age.
  8. Visual impairment “ I don™t know of a single aged friend who does not need reading glasses with the exception of some nearsighted people. Then consider cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and more.
  9. Loss of independence “ Animals in the wild die from this. People decay in nursing homes.
  10. Loss of strength, energy and endurance “ Are you feeling this yet? It gets worse.
  11. Faded looks “ Who doesn™t want to look their best? We just don™t when we™re old.
  12. More¦ including of course, the inevitability of death


No wonder people don™t dwell on this issue. Except for some philosophers, throughout history, we usually learned to suppress these thoughts. And wegenerally found some rationalizations or even good in aging and death. Why not? We couldn™t stem the tide. It was our destiny to deteriorate and die, so we made the best of it.

But I™m here to tell you, it™s a new era. We finally know how aging may be cured and are building the tools to make it a reality. With enough support, it can happen in your lifetime.

More Life,
David Kekich

P.S.  Two weeks ago, I offered you a free Kindle version of Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100? Were you one of the many hundreds who downloaded it? If so, did you get a chance to read it yet? If you did, you now understand how and why we can expect to be rejuvenated one of these days. You also now know how you can improve your odds.

P.P.S. If you found my book worthy of a 5 star review, won™t you take a moment to give it one on the Amazon site? Please go to and click on œCreate your own review.


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