Fight Aging and Win
Aging is not a single process. It consists of a dozen or so processes each of which leads to the loss of our physical, sensory, and mental capabilities. In their new book, Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever, Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, M.D. will show you how to dramatically slow down these processes and in many cases to stop or even reverse them. In this way, you can stay young until we have even more knowledge to become even younger.
Science is quickly developing the technologies needed to radically extend the quality human lifespan. Meanwhile, we need to stay healthy long enough to take advantage of these scientific breakthroughs. In their new book, Ray & Terry explain how you can take full advantage of the information that is already available to help you eliminate your chance of disease and to drastically slow down the aging process - starting right now.
While Fantastic Voyage contained 2000 citations from the medical literature and was designed to make the case for the prospects of radical life extension, TRANSCEND was written to provide practical advice and suggestions for how to do so.
The BenefitsThe goal is not simply to live longer, but to be as happy and healthy as possible for as long as possible. Following a specific plan to improve and maintain your health status offers many benefits:
- Quality of Life-enjoy better sleep, improved mood, healthier weight, and fewer discomforts and disorders
- Feel Better-increased energy levels and improved sense of well-being
- Healthier Future-reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer
- Stall Aging-preserve your long-term health to take advantage of developing technology
TRANSCEND presents a practical plan for health and life-extension, giving you the tools to assess your current status and actively work to reprogram your biochemistry.
Paradigm ShiftingWe have moved from the old paradigm in which the progress in health and medicine has been unpredictable to enter a new era in which healthcare has now become an information technology. And, as Ray has written about extensively, a key characteristic of information technology is very rapid exponential growth.
We've already started to reap the fruits of this new knowledge. We now have the means to dramatically reduce the risks of our biggest killers, heart disease and cancer, and to dramatically slow down the aging process itself.
Unfortunately, most conventional healthcare practitioners are still caught up in the old paradigm and still don't practice medicine as an information technology. In order to make maximal use of the latest medical knowledge that is already available today, you need to take control of your own health status.
The Human MachineOur genes are essentially little software programs that evolved when conditions were very different than they are today. For example, the fat insulin receptor gene essentially says "hold onto every calorie because the next hunting season may not work out so well," which made a lot of sense tens of thousands of years ago at a time that food was almost always in short supply and starvation was a real possibility.
Today, the fat insulin receptor gene underlies an epidemic of weight problems with two of three American adults now overweight and one in three obese. What would happen if we suddenly turned this gene in the fat cells off? Scientists actually performed this experiment on mice at the Joslin Diabetes Center. Those animals whose fat insulin receptor gene was turned off ate as much as they wanted, yet remained slim. And it wasn't an unhealthy slimness. They didn't get diabetes or heart disease, and they lived and remained healthy about 20 percent longer than the control mice which still had their fat insulin receptor gene working. The experimental mice experienced the health benefits of caloric restriction - the only laboratory proven method of life extension - while doing just the opposite and eating as much as they wanted. There are now several pharmaceutical companies rushing to bring these concepts to the human market.
Consider how often you update the software on your computers. Yet the software in our bodies has not been updated for millennia and is now obsolete. How can you work to actively reprogram your outdated system?