1st School of Thought: Fountain of Youth
Cynthia Kenyon stunned the world by announcing that her laboratory had suppressed a single gene in earth worms, consequently doubling their normal life span. Other genetic changes discovered later, extended the worm’s life by six times. But just as important, the worms she worked on remained healthy and robust almost until they died. (Duncan in The New Science of Health, 2009)
Based on these findings researchers are now working to create a human anti-aging pill which has the ability to “turn on” a hormone system essentially needed later on in life. It is the human growth hormone which starts declining around the age of 21. After 60, only a small trace is left in the body and as a consequence our potency declines gradually and we become vulnerable to a number of degenerative diseases.
Modern medical science now treats aging as a disease which is controllable. Aging is defined by science as a disease that can be seen as a breakdown of various parts of the body and identified as blood pressure, asthma, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, etc. All of these aging symptoms could be reversed by maintaining hormone levels at a younger age – around 21 to 30 years of life. Since there is a receptor site in every cell in the human body for the human growth hormone this reversal process is quite possible.
A number of medical researchers are in the early stages of developing such a pill, which triggers a person’s own human growth hormone to be released again by stimulating the anterior pituitary to secrete HGH and therefore helping the body to heal itself.
What makes us age?
A group of genes called “Sirtuins” have been found to be associated with the process of aging.
According to researchers at Harvard Medical School, these genes are responsible for regulating the cell’s gene activity and DNA repair mechanisms. As we age, more of our cells require DNA repairs, and lead to an extreme workload for the sirtuins to handle – sirtuins are simply overwhelmed. There are too many cells to repair due to a toxic environment, lack of nutrition, sleep, or exercise. This is why our bodies show signs of aging.
In a study in which scientists added copies of sirtuins to mice, the mice’s lifespan increased by 24 to 64 percent. The results possibly demonstrate that with more sirtuins, DNA repair in cells become more efficient, enabling the mice to stay younger longer.
Based on these initial findings, it is likely that the process of aging may one day be reversible.