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Found, Secret of Easter Island

Updated on March 2, 2013

Statues on Easter Island

Only one of the secrets
Only one of the secrets

The Cure

Ever since the giant statues of Easter Island were found, the Island has teemed with scientists trying to fathom the mysteries they may unlock.

How did they get there? Who put them there?

It would now appear though, that the Island held another secret, perhaps that of the “fountain of youth”. If it did, then it is this that has been found.

Some children suffer from a disease known as Progeria. This disease causes the children’s bodies to rapidly age. Cruelly this lets parents see their children’s bodies grow into those of old people in a few short years.

Somehow scientists learnt that something in the soil of Easter Island can stop the effects of this disease.

After tests were made, a drug in the soil was isolated as being the active ingredient in the cure. This drug is now known as Rapamycin.


Tests show promise
Tests show promise

The Future

This discovery has once again put Easter Island on center stage to the scientific world.

The question now being asked, of course, is could this drug have an equal affect on a normal person?

If it did, then it would mean that it could be used to stop natural ageing. This would truly be an amazing find and could be highly sought throughout the world. It really would be a “fountain of youth”.

Up to this time, Tests carried out on mice have proven favorable.

Although the Island has now given up one secret, it seems intent on keeping its other, more known secret.

Is it the first time this secret has been found? Had it been found before, in more ancient times? Is it this that inspired the building of the statues?


Easter Island has certainly proven itself to be a mysterious Island. Does it hold any more secrets we are not yet aware of?

Are the two secrets we are aware of, linked in any way?

The statues certainly aren’t talking but thanks to the soil, we may be around long enough to find out.


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      mib56789 6 years ago

      Dear rafken - the HOPE is we won't destroy our planet. The REALITY - it looks like that's exactly what we're doing. I make light of global warming in one of my HUBs but there are those who are doing what they can to preserve our resources because they know what to do and work for the good of everybody even though they may have to struggle with "unbelievers". We should all do our part however small it is, whatever it is we can do. FACT IS it's an awesome universe, but we've only got one planet to live on: EARTH.

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      mib - I agree with you. I think the cures for all are illnesses caught on Earth, are on Earth. I just hope we don't destroy any along with the rain forests.

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      mib56789 6 years ago

      Good day rafken! This is a great HUB. Though I don't get your references to aliens. I mean I don't get the connection. Regardless though I have always believed that when God created the universe, specifically the earth, He gave us everything we need to live on this planet. So I believe there's a cure for all diseases. We just have to figure it out. We can do it. There are those who are blessed with the intelligence necessary to do it. I didn't make these comments to get into an argument or discussion over the existence of God. It's what I believe. I don't believe in the fountain of youth. But it's a fun thought. I do believe in cures for diseases. It's a very serious and sobering thought.

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      Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Rafken, excellent story. Love this stuff.

      (MapleThorpeJ, just search online for Progeria and "Easter Island." Lots of info out there.)

      I'm curious to find out if the bacteria is unique to the island, evolved only there, or if might exist elsewhere in the world... say, Shangri-La?

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Is it a promising discovery of another chapter in the search for the fountain of youth?

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      Jerad Maplethorpe 6 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn.

      Very interesting. It's astonishing that I never hear about this stuff through the mainstream media sources.

      Can you supply the article that you got the majority of this information from?

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      mikaylab93 6 years ago from Middleton, Idaho

      Very interesting, I've seen people with Progeria I thought it was sad, and an interesting disease. I'm interesting to know where this goes and if it truly keep people from aging as fast. Thanks for the post!

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      What a great story. Hope it works out to be right, Time is running out for us old guys. Thanks Peter