A major issue regarding the field of anti-aging and its implementation into one’s lifestyle, is, “Where do I begin?” There are just so many choices out there: anti-aging therapies, drugs, creams, gadgets, books, experts, etc…
Just walk into any health market and scan the nutrition supplement aisles. It can get quite confusing and overwhelming. This is one situation where the educated consumer is definitely the best customer!
Anti-Aging-Today deals with as wide a range of topics as possible, but for the sake of simplicity as well as holistic philosophy, the primary focus will be to address the fundamental building blocks of life and how one can recalibrate his/her lifestyle in very profound, yet simple and elegant ways, using knowledge and technologies that are both ancient and modern.
A wise person once stated that the future is nothing more than a journey into the past; an “Archaic Revival” you might say. It is a modern anti-aging paradox in which many of the currently emerging principles regarding longevity and personal well-being are really applications of knowledge that was recorded by enlightened individuals from societies that existed many millennia ago. This particular aspect of anti-aging, i.e., the integration of modern science with ancient knowledge, is an extraordinary topic that will be discussed in much greater detail in future posts.
If you want to do a little extra credit work for your own curiosity and well being, the ancient Sumerian “Epic of Gilgamesh’s Quest For Immortality” is exceedingly recommended as a terrific starting point.
Building Blocks Of Life
As mentioned earlier, the fundamental building blocks of life, which will be the primary focus of this website and of future posts and newsletters, are:
- Air / Oxygen
- Food / Nutrition
No one can disagree about the fundamental nature and importance of these basic necessities of life. This is not to deny that there are other very important human needs that range from love to security to spiritual, but just ask yourself,
“How long can I live without breathing?”
“How long can I live without water?”
“How long can I live without food?”
The point here is that there are a number of very simple and fundamental lifestyle changes that one can make with relatively little effort and expense, that will guarantee a greatly enhanced potential for a longer and healthier life, which is what anti-aging is all about!
At the most fundamental level, by optimizing the air that we breath, the water that we drink & bath in, and the nutrition that we derive from the foods that we consume, we can reclaim our health and to a very large degree, our youthful strength and vigor. Experts now claim that the human lifespan is, by genetic design, capable of reaching at least 120 years with many scientific studies suggesting that much greater life spans are theoretically possible.
There are many new and emerging technologies (and quite a few that are not new at all) that will undoubtedly, ultimately enable human beings to live to ages that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Nanotechnology and genetics immediately come to mind. Speaking of the mind, there are the cognitive sciences which are transforming and enhancing our understanding of the human mind in unimaginable (or should I say “imaginable”) ways.
As you can clearly see, anti-aging is a very wide area of interest and study, with new and intriguing discoveries and developments occurring almost daily. This is not too difficult to understand as we all would gladly welcome the ability and opportunity to live long and healthy lives. How long and how healthy? Considering the knowledge and the technology that exists today, the answer to this question is a personal choice that each one of us will finally be given the chance to make, to a much greater degree than was ever thought possible, at least by modern standards.
Human Life Expectancy: Is There a Biological Limit?
Is there a maximum biological limit to the human life span, somewhere around 120 years? Or could we live much longer, given the right conditions? Answers to these and other fundamental questions about aging may now be within reach.
One hundred and twenty two years, as far as we know, is the longest that anyone has ever lived. A woman in France, Jeanne Calment, reached the age of 122 years in 1997, according to details provided by her retirement home. No precise cause of death was recorded. A man in Japan, Shirechiyo Izumi, reached the age of 120 years, 237 days in 1986, according to documents that most experts think are authentic. He died after developing pneumonia.
Those “blessed” with long lives always make us wonder:
- What is the secret to longevity?
- Does it lie in the genes?
- Is it where people live or the way they live — something they do or do not do?
- Eat or do not eat?
- Is the human lifespan something that with modern technology we can extend?
Did Jeanne Calment approach some built-in, biological limit? Is there a maximum human lifespan beyond which we cannot live no matter how optimal our environment or favorable our genes?
Whether or not there is such a limit, what happens as we age? What are the dynamics of the aging process and how do they make life spans short, average, or long? With an understanding of these dynamics, can we use this understanding to extend the human lifespan to 120 or even, as some scientists speculate, to much greater ages?
And finally, but potentially most importantly, how can insights into longevity be used to fight the diseases and disabilities associated with old age to make sure this period of life is healthy, active, and independent?