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(10-10-2015, 02:45 PM)mr_yak Wrote: Philosophically, I rail against this approach. Humans are meant to live and die ... withing a finite period. Extending life would be a disaster. The last thing I want is to have a 'renewed' version of AlGore lecturing my grandchildren about global warming/cooling version 8.1. The lingering existence of a few influential humans basically means that we would become stuck in their rut. The greatest threat to all humanity will be a few lingering humans. Saggy aging dinosaurs that cling to their old reality and squish anything that comes along to challenge it. It would be our death knell as a species.

Aren't we at present going through the very thing you are railing about Jack? In Neolithic times, the average age of an adult human was in his/her thirties. It has been gradually moving upward. Now at the age of 70, I would be an exception a few hundred years ago. Rameses II lived to the unheard of age of over 90, but that was a one in ten thousand, or one in a million, occurrence.

I see nothing wrong with living a much longer life, just as long as I don't have a long, drawn-out deterioration period. S5
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(10-10-2015, 02:45 PM)mr_yak Wrote: ...Humans are meant to live and die ... withing a finite period. Extending life would be a disaster.
Maybe not so. It looks to me that the human design has always been a work in progress, and should culminate in something to be proud of, not to be disappointed in.

In my generation, Mankind has left the surface of his home planet to begin to populate the Universe. Mankind has also begun the medical experimentation to solve the process of aging and disease. Both steps have come at the same time and will only happen once in history. Isn't it hugely coincidental that they both occur simultaneously?
Antioxidants have not been getting good press lately. The first salvos were against Antioxidants and exercise. This brought up a tremendous amount of questions: "Do the really work? At that point, things were really confusing, and awaiting more data.

Here's the latest, and it involves cancer: Swedish scientists found antioxidants 'double rate melanoma spreads': Comes after their past study showed they hasten lung cancer spread. They do protect healthy cells from free radicals, which cause cancer, But study suggests they may protect tumours, allowing them to spread.

Quote:In January 2014, a study at the academy, part of the University of Gothenburg, demonstrated that the compounds aggravated the progression of lung cancer.

Mice that were given antioxidants developed additional, and more aggressive tumours.

Furthermore, experiments on human lung cancer cells confirmed the findings.

Given the well-established evidence that free radicals can cause cancer, the research community had simply assumed antioxidants, which destroy them, would provide protection against the disease.

They are found in many nutritional supplements, and are widely marketed as a means of preventing cancer.

However, follow-up studies at the academy have now found that antioxidants double the rate of metastasis - spread - in malignant melanoma.

Professor Bergö said: 'As opposed to the lung cancer studies, the primary melanoma tumour was not affected.

'But the antioxidant boosted the ability of the tumour cells to metastasize, an even more serious problem because metastasis is the cause of death in the case of melanoma.

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This just goes to show that today's dogma, can well become tomorrow's pariah. This reminds me of the hype about the dangers of too much salt, which was also proven to be false.
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John,

RE:Longevity ...

Thomas Jefferson 83 ... died July 4, 1826
John Adams at 90 ... died July 4, 1826
Benjamin Franklin at 84
Charles Carroll 95

People live longer primarily because they don't spend most of their lives starving ... at least in this country. And getting decent health care helps as well ... good genes, getting proper nutrition, not dying from a fracture or bad laceration ... yep we are all living longer ... but the top end is about a century. The opinion that I had from your earlier posts was something akin to a quest for immortality. And immortality for some would almost certainly spell doom most of the rest of us. I would expect somebody like Mark Zuckerberg to chase this stuff with big bucks in a few years when he realizes he's mortal like everybody else. Can you imagine the disaster if Mark Zuckerberg was made supreme leader of Earth for a couple centuries??
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(10-11-2015, 11:30 PM)mr_yak Wrote: John,

RE:Longevity ...

Thomas Jefferson 83 ... died July 4, 1826
John Adams at 90 ... died July 4, 1826
Benjamin Franklin at 84
Charles Carroll 95

People live longer primarily because they don't spend most of their lives starving ... at least in this country. And getting decent health care helps as well ... good genes, getting proper nutrition, not dying from a fracture or bad laceration ... yep we are all living longer ... but the top end is about a century. The opinion that I had from your earlier posts was something akin to a quest for immortality. And immortality for some would almost certainly spell doom most of the rest of us. I would expect somebody like Mark Zuckerberg to chase this stuff with big bucks in a few years when he realizes he's mortal like everybody else. Can you imagine the disaster if Mark Zuckerberg was made supreme leader of Earth for a couple centuries??

Perhaps wealth, and education played a good part with them Jack. But if you take the total population at the time and then do a percentage, it will be much less than one would like.

Personally, I'd love to be healthy and live a couple hundred years. Note the healthy part: both physical and mental.
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channeling displaced aggression can be a good thing, especially if it is able to relieve those tendencies. Here's someone making money at the trade.

Customers have smashing time at new 'rage room'.
Citizens who live in Lodz, Poland have been discovering a new amenity in the form of a stress relief "rage room" where they can smash household items up with a weapon of their choice.
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Want to live to be 1000 This doctor thinks it possible that there is already someone born that will be able to achieve it.

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Oh Boy, there's now some hope.

Blocking enzymes in hair follicles promotes hair growth: Two FDA-approved drugs reawaken dormant hair follicles

Quote:Inhibiting a family of enzymes inside hair follicles that are suspended in a resting state restores hair growth, a new study has found. In experiments with mouse and human hair follicles, researchers found that drugs that inhibit the Janus kinase (JAK) family of enzymes promote rapid and robust hair growth when directly applied to the skin.

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Within 3 weeks, mice that received topical ruxolitinib or tofacitinib had regrown
nearly all their hair (right photo; drug was applied only to the right side of the
mouse). Little to no hair growth occurred in control mice during the same timeframe (left photo).
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Remember the old saying that the appendix is really not needed and no longer has a role to play with our bodies? Well, it seems that this is not as true as thought.

Immune cells make appendix 'silent hero' of digestive health
New research shows a network of immune cells helps the appendix to play a pivotal role in maintaining the health of the digestive system, supporting the theory that the appendix isn't a vestigial -- or redundant -- organ.
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850 years old squashes seeds grow again
Quote:After sitting in a clay pot for 850 years, ancient squash seeds are bearing fruit. In 2008, archaeologists uncovered a sculpted clay ball used to store seeds at a dig site on the Menominee reservation near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Within this seed ball, seeds from a previously unknown variety of squash were found. Squash-growing pioneers successfully germinated these ancient seeds and produced the first Gete-okosomin squash crop in centuries. The seeds of this squash are now being distributed to indigenous communities throughout North America.

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Talk about strange and unusual............

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I meant to post this the other day, but somehow forgot about it. Shame on me because this is really interesting, especially for all of us who are aging.

More evidence emerges for 'transmissible Alzheimer's' theory: Autopsies reveal plaques in the brains of people who died after receiving grafts from cadavers.

Quote:For the second time in four months, researchers have reported autopsy results that suggest Alzheimer’s disease might occasionally be transmitted to people during certain medical treatments — although scientists say that neither set of findings is conclusive.

So far this is just speculation, and not substantiated. Also, this would have trouble fitting in with the concept that Alzheimers is a form of "diabetes of the brain" theory.

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Do Smaller Balls Make Better Dads?
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(02-05-2016, 08:55 PM)John L Wrote: Do Smaller Balls Make Better Dads?

Therefore, Castratti make the very best Dads ...one problem though...
(02-05-2016, 09:10 PM)WmLambert Wrote:
(02-05-2016, 08:55 PM)John L Wrote: Do Smaller Balls Make Better Dads?

Therefore, Castratti make the very best Dads ...one problem though...

Ahh, two plus two equals twenty-two, eh? S5
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So when confronted with the eradication of all mosquitoes, there are at least 10,000 internet idiots who signed a petition to prevent the trial.

Here.

When Ruckleshaus, under Carter, ignored the findings of a seven-month-long court of science and outlawed DDT, he killed more innocent victims than all the World wars and police actions. With safe DDT being used, Malaria was over. The EPA hearing examiner, Judge Edmund Sweeney, concluded that "DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man... DDT is not a mutagenic or teratogenic hazard to man... The use of DDT under the regulations involved here do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds or other wildlife." In little more than two decades, DDT prevented 500 million human deaths. Maybe one or two deaths worldwide. Without DDT, which was proved NOT dangerous to Peregrine Falcons and brown pelicans, the death tolls rose to the old levels.

Rachel Carson was famous for her book, "Silent Spring", in which she flagrantly lied with her statistics and numbers won the day. Ruckelshaus never attended a single hour of the seven months of EPA hearings on DDT. Ruckelshaus' aides reported he did not even read the transcript of the EPA hearings on DDT. He certainly read her book. (Round of applause for another Democrat politician fouling the nest.)

With all the epidemics being caused by the little blood suckers - there have been no outcry of bad effects that might happen because of their eradication. Maybe those 10,000 idiots who signed the on-line petition are Chiropteraphiles. There may be a connection between Democrats and Vampires.
BTW: anyone who thinks mosquitoes is a good thing should be forced to sit through "The African Queen" with  Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Never mind the leeches.

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I agree with your point about DDT.  But the article is typical stuff put out by the "Enemedia".  I saw this word the other day and it is Right On!  They're also Whores.  

Here's what I mean: 

Your dream of a world without mosquitoes is one step closer to coming true - Oh really?  Just who is stating that one?

Destroying the mosquito population may soon become more than just a dream for the bug-averse.

Then pretty Emma clarifies this by stating that the they want to "cut down on the Aedes aegypti strain".    Well, that's more like it, and even at its most successful.  But eradication?  Give me a break!  

Oh, on an aside, note that the graphic in the article is from the Brazil Ministry of Health.  And can you guess where all this "Microcepahly scare is coming from?  

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I've got to go back and root around some more just to see if there really is more reported cases, in other countries than Brazil.  After all, what does Brazil have that is different from other countries?  How about the over use of pesticides in an unreal amount.   And look at the proclaimed percentages reported.  Does anyone in their right mind believe this for one moment, when confronted with the real facts?

Oh, I totally forgot.  Bureaucrats and politicians, realizing they have a golden opportunity, naturally tend to believe this.  Just think of all the possibilities here.
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If you used to believe that inter-racial unions were a bit over the top, check this out.  Inter-species match-ups are now all the rage.  S13

Get a roo-m! Kangaroo and a pig 'who have been in a relationship for more than a year' are pictured getting intimate... but what does the goose make of it all?

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Local man and the animals' owner, Greg Dick, said the kangaroo was named 'F*** It', and the pig was named 'Apples'

There's no question, these two really have a thing going...................
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