Thoughts About Immortality

Here we are in the 21st century and there are getting to be more and more wonderful life-saving and disease-combating materials becoming available to us as new innovators hit the scene.

Not only are there real cures for deadly diseases and surgeries which are totally less-invasive (laproscopic procedures), but ideas are coming in thick and fast. Already a Dr Dougherty has eclipsed the popular eye-surgery, “lasik” with a new technique for attaching a new technology contact lens on top of the iris, giving some patients vision better than 20-15!

Medical thinking has never had it so good. Now a Dr Shah has perfected a method for innoculating vaccine against the build-up of plaque in the arteries, thereby reducing the threat of heart-attack by a factor of 40%! This is incredible and will certainly go a long way towards keeping people alive a lot longer. Already people are talking about 60 years of age being the new 30 in California, and the cost of medical care has skyrocketed since there are so many more people surviving deadly diseases and living longer.

At the same time, the medical profession has become a real growth industry and, while the economic world is on the verge of a real downturn, medicine is a growth industry, and anyone involved in it is guaranteed a viable income for life.

However, this trend has one rather strange aspect to it. The longer we all live, and the fitter and healthier we all become in old age, the higher the price is put on the physical defense of our lifestyles.

What I mean by this is that the more we live to a ripe old age, the less interested we will become in going after the villains and defending innocent citizens against crime, and going to war to fight terrorism. So we will soon have to add this to our agenda, if we want to continue to thrive in the year 2010.

Right now we have a universe of breathing, living, seeing, thinking and communicating beings. We should make it a priority to seek out an answer to this problem.


Good Health, Good Food, Good Habits!

We already looked at immortality. We have seen that in the future, we will be better nourished, better physically and ultimately blessed with incredible longevity.

In order to get there, we need to keep changing our eating habits and our activities, if they indeed need changing. The latest series of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” would indicate that with the heaviest youngest men weighing in at 454 pounds and only 19 years old, we should have some cause for concern! Now the show does not get into the psychological or medical reasons for the contestants getting this way in the first place. It concentrates entirely on the competitive weight loss and the really hard journey it requires to get there.

Take a look around! In the entire world, nobody is as heavy as us Americans! Actually, there are a couple of Samoan brothers on the show, and that nation probably comes close to the American standard in terms of weight gain because of their lifestyle.

How much more do we have to be reminded that we will die early, show our age earlier, or in the very least, not enjoy our life so much, if we had not taken care of our health earlier on in life. However, as Oprah Winfrey and Dr Mehmet Oz, the famous Turkish American surgeon from NYC, explained on an Oprah show recently, there are things that can be done to reverse this aging process.

Indeed, people have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and have had their biological age revealed by a series of tests which prove that if you smoke, eat unhealthy, and do not do even the most minimal exercise, your physical age of say 41, would really stack up in life-expectancy as the age of 63! Most participants who were told this, broke down in tears and promised to make radical changes, which they did. (Later on, they would be invited back to the show to reveal the effects of their work, changing their lifestyle with Dr Oz and Dr Roizen. The bottom line was that they were not only able to reverse the negative aging process, but also able to regain a few years into the bargain. One 45 year-old was told that with her current diet and exercise regimen and her commitment to a changed lifestyle had knocked 4 years off her life, bringing it back down to 41! Certainly, she looked physically amazing. There was a glow about her skin and a bounce in her personality as she walked proudly back on to the stage after her transformation.

We can all do this. We need to take some measurements of vital health signs and get some metrics from our blood work. We need to measure good and bad cholesterol, blood pressure and other blood biochemicals. We need to find a doctor who suits us and we also may need to adjust our eating habits. As a general rule of thumb, trans fats and animal fats are bad for us. Fish is generally good. Obviously, deep-fried food will not be conducive to a healthy heart because an artery can be blocked by a clot caused by this type of food. And most importantly, we need to begin the minimal amount of physical exercise, which could even be walking stairs rather than using an elevator. At least just a walk every day would make a difference. Other, more subtle things like giving up white flour and sugar, milk with any fat in it, or even giving up cow’s milk altogether in favor of soy milk, will definitely help us live longer. Lastly, we need what Oprah and Dr Oz refer to as a “health advocate” – really someone who will take part in the transformation and monitor our progress with diligence and consistency. If we fall off the wagon, they are the people who can pick us back up again.

There has been an influx of these great new reality programs on television just lately, and along with the award-winning shows like NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”, we have plenty of support to help us become the definitive nation for health and well-being. Certainly, America is no stranger to the concept of getting fit and doing well. Just think back to the Beijing Olympics at the end of the Summer last year. Did we not do well?

Psychologically, we are going through a very difficult time in America. Our nation came to the brink of financial collapse. We have seen the worst recession take place in our financial markets and everywhere people are having to cut back. Many companies are making employees take compulsory vacation with no pay and cutting back wages and salaries by between 6 and 10%. Most people are really feeling this pinch and there is very little of what we can regard as “disposable” income left for enjoyment. What is worse is that folk everywhere are being laid off and this is meaning that more people are looking for an ever-decreasing supply of jobs. we hope that President-Elect Barack Obama will move swiftly to create a few million new jobs to get everyone back working again. Until then, it will be a very difficult time for a lot of people.

We need to look everywhere for the positive efforts of people to stay happy. We need to be focused on the real pursuit of happiness. And above all we must realize that it will ultimately be down to us to effect a change back to a more healthy emotional well-being. Nobody else can do this for us.

The only way to look at all of this is to regard it as being a great opportunity to take the recession and all that it brings with it by the horns and do what we can to help each other and make the world a better place. This is entirely possible and we can all do it!

Until next time… 🙂

Hanging on to a Thread – or Bio Experimentation that does so much good!

We wonder always at stem cell research, but how much do we really know?

It has a tremendous power and we have seen the results of a girl whose eyes didn’t work properly because the cord which connects the signals coming from her eyes, didn’t quite connect with the visual cortex. Stem cells were injected and now she is getting the joy of vision.

Let’s step back a bit. Supposing you couldn’t see? Would you go the lengths of having an experimental surgery in a foreign country where there are fewer governmental rules about medical procedures, before they are allowed to be enacted?

People from the United States go to get expensive surgeries done in the country of India because the surgery and the return flight there doesn’t cost as much as the surgery alone would cost in this country.

We have some thinking to do…

Beauty at a Price

A little Asian bird told me that nightingale poop does wonders for the skin, along with pineapple slices, applied directly to the face. Along with these unconventional things, Japanese women have been drinking collagen extract to improve the texture of their skin. This has been proven to work and also has a very beneficial effect on the joints in someone’s body. I am wondering if people in America will be ready to scoop bird poop for their skin…

Lasik is no longer the only way to revive eyes without eye glasses or contact lenses. A new pioneering method involves the placing of a new generation of implantable “Crystalens” which can improve vision to 20/15! These lens are intraocular lenses (IOLs) which help restore all-distance vision to aging eyes. These are being offered by Dr Paul Dougherty, who has been working in Lasik surgery for a number of years now and has offices all over the Los Angeles/Ventura County area.