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Can aging be halted or reversed?

Updated on September 25, 2015
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Nadine’s research for her visionary fiction novel series about the awakening of consciousness has led her to insights that she shares here.

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Longevity

Pro-immortality "longevity" laboratories have been founded in several countries to provide support for research to find an anti-aging and radical life extension solution as fast as possible.
Many claim to make it possible to provide access to such technologies to the majority of people alive today.

The videos I have included here are really sad cases of deformities, but could these children hold the key to biological immortality? A rare condition resulting in slowed-down aging and various cognitive defects has affected the stars of the videos.

Does the Girl who never ages hold key to 'biological immortality?
Forty-year-old trapped in child's body
20-year-old woman trapped in child's body

Can scientists discover the mystery of aging through these children? The everyday lives of these families and the doctors who have dedicated their careers to studying the signs of aging are determined to find an answer.

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Scientist tells us that the free radicals age us

Scientists keep preaching that there are many types of radicals, but those of most concern in biological systems are derived from oxygen. Free radicals are a group of atoms that have one or more unpaired electrons. Radicals can have positive, negative or neutral charge. There is also a large body of evidence indicating that oxygen radicals are involved in inter-cellular and intracellular signalling. Despite their beneficial activities, reactive oxygen species can clearly be toxic to cells.

My research is now getting too complicated so let’s look at our anti-aging industry.

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Anti-aging is a huge industry.

Millions of people spent a fortune on anti-aging products. So it’s a huge money making machine!

Remember that we have been told that as a person ages, they have more free radicals floating through their body, causing cell damage, so the anti-aging industry came up with the term antioxidant supplements.
Some scientists recently found out that It appears that by taking extra antioxidant supplements this may in fact, be speeding up the aging process. Why? While free radicals fight against it, by boosting free more radicals due to the extra antioxidant supplements, these pills were actually increased the lifespan of free radicals!

Antioxidants are an inherent part of a healthy diet, as in fruit and vegetables, and yes these foods all have links to a healthier life by providing essential vitamins and minerals, but by taking extra antioxidant supplements, this isn’t particularly effective in stopping the effects of aging.

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If Death Is natural then why are some species on earth Immortal?

Why, for example, do some creatures live many times the average human life? What is it that makes them better, more natural, more suited to or worthy of longer lives than us? Some animals living in our world seem to be kicking death just by hanging around and doing what they do. These species have managed to stick around the planet for mind-blowing amounts of time.

  • Lobsters Don't Actually Get Older, Just Bigger
  • Turtles Are Technically Stuck as Teenagers for Centuries
  • Bdelloids : a type of microscopic organism that live in fresh water, yet can survive out of water for years by Stealing DNA from Other Species.
  • The jelly fish I mentioned in my article: What about if aging never mean to happen?

Some animals, in particular in worms, have shown that mutating certain genes can increase one’s lifespan about 4-fold. For humans, that would translate to about 300 years old! Do these results support that there are genes that determine how long we live?

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One of my favorite authors Julian May

Julian May an American science fiction author with her Galactic Milieu Trilogy has inspired me no end. All her works are situated in the same 'world' - our earth from now till 22nd century and six millions years before...The major differences are the development the mind powers, rejuvenation by choice and an alien milieu ready to receive humanity into a mental unity and a one-way gateway to Pliocene Earth.

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Q: What about higher mind functions? Do you believe that they exist?

Julian May: Certainly not to the extent in which they are described in my books. I do believe that people currently hold these abilities, but to a limited extent. We have people who are healers and those who possess a certain animal magnetism. The potential is certainly there.

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Do you believe that humanity will find a cure for aging?

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Could Humans live forever?

What would it be like if we could live for many hundreds of years and keep looking between 30 to 40 years of age? In my visionary world, the world of Tulanda in my novel: Parallel Realities, we have centenarians walking around with people who have lived for 500 or 1,000 years.

Ray Kurzweil claims that by 2045, an event known as "the singularity" will occur, and humans will become one with machines. That reminds me of the third movie in the Matrix series. Other futurists envision a world in which a computer serves as backup for our brain and silicone parts will take the place of frail limbs. This reminds me of a Trans-humanism society.

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying." said American director Woody Allen.

Aubrey de Grey also claims that aging is merely a disease

Aubrey de Grey a computer scientist, self-taught bio-gerontologist and researcher, is a man of ideas, and he has set himself toward the goal of transforming the basis of what it means to be human.

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The cure for aging

David Sinclair is a scientist and entrepreneur working on increasing human health, productivity, and lifespan. His research is aimed at understanding why we grow old and using this knowledge to prevent and treat both rare and common diseases. He is working on a 'cure for aging' and believes modern medicine can significantly extend the human lifespan.

These are so many different viewpoints on the topic of aging, and I’m sure that the pharmaceutical companies would be aghast if there would be a pill available like David shows at the conclusion of his talk. Or if a pill will one day get onto the market it’s probably so costly (if pharmaceutical companies get hold of it) that its only available for the super rich.

The age of Methuselah

The meaning of Methuselah's age has engendered considerable speculation. As the oldest man mentioned in the Bible his story fascinated me as a child. Methuselah was 969 years, older than Noah who was 950 and Adam who was 930, as well as several others whose ages approached 900. Were they perhaps living in the times when the Bosnia Pyramids were built?

The Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids is located in the Visoko River Basin 30km N/W of Sarajevo.
In my article: Was ‘aging’ ever mean to happen? I mentioned more about the discoveries of the Bosnian pyramids; that there were three different types of energies found.

1 the energy goes to the very top and has a frequency of energy 28 kHz
2 the energy flows within the pyramid and improves our molecular structure
3 the energy goes off the pyramid in concentric circles affecting the crops and whole societies

Dr Osmanagic says in this video; when we once again have a clean and permanent energy source that we can use for anything we want, like communication, space travels, transport and it can even manipulate time and space, we would enter into the new world.

Funding for the research

Dr. Paolo Macchiarini of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is pushing the boundaries of the emerging field of regenerative medicine, which involves using a patient's own cells to rebuild tissues and organs.

Modest philanthropic funding for SENS research commenced in 2005 under the administration of the Methuselah Foundation of which I’ve been a member. The total funds raised grew to more than $7 million by 2009 - and kept going.

Their motto on the website read:
By advancing tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, we want to create a world where 90-year olds can be as healthy as 50-year olds—by 2030.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      yes you have a good point there, even Ponce de Leon was searching for the mythical fountain of youth. I'm sure its already been discovered but not yet been proven. In the next 30 years we will know.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      Humans have been seeking immortality even before Ponce de Leon. It's interesting all the research being done about aging. It doesn't seem fair when we compare our life span to that of certain animals.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Peggy I believe that there is more than enough land mass on the planet for double the amount of people of today to live on, but then humanity must all be vegetarians and we need to have a way to make salt water drinkable.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is certainly an interesting topic but unless there was enough food and water, etc. on earth to sustain all of us, living longer could actually become a nightmare. We would have to find a way to live off planet!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Dianna thanks for reading about this topic on aging. I do understand where you are coming from, but maybe if we would live longer, 'humanity' could fix their mistakes due to the wisdom they might have acquired without being hampered by the stigma of 'the elderly.'

      Imagine if an 90 year old would look like forty. They would not behave or think as a forty year old, but instead they would have a far greater understanding about the reality we seem to share.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      With the way the world is now I'm not so sure I want to extend my age and youth. I suppose they will one day find a way to halt aging. Your topic is interesting to read.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Flourish thanks for your comments but in my visions there are no dead end jobs. People who hate their work or worry to much do not attract a long lifespan, because their mindset is negative. They need to discover how to attract work they love to do, and get paid for it. Then you can hardly call it work.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Wow, from a practical side if they figure out how to make people live hundreds of years think what that will do to the meaning of a dead end job. You could be working in a job you hate (or love) for centuries! Or, you may have to worry about how to support yourself during retirement for like 150 years instead.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I love your comment lady Guinevere. I totally go along with your thoughts that something or some beings put a wrench in it. The history we have been spoon-fed from the cradle to our grave for many hundreds of years is a lie. Yes we are here to awaken to the truth.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      I wrote a hub about Life On The Planet and I have found through research that we are all programmed to be and do things at certain ages in our lives. I also think that those species that have lived the longest also have the slowest metabolism. Could it not be that we are programmed to live a long life and something put a wrench in it....perhaps that is what the creation stories are about---not the apple or the religious sin, but something altogether different? All the creation stories say the same things. You do great with your hubs by opening our minds to other possibilities as to why we are here and what our purpose is here on this planet.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Dear travmaj and I can so relate to you about turning back in time - genetically! That would be a total rejuvenation process no matter what age we are. So far this is only possible through story telling, but who knows, fiction can easily be truer that facts not so?

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Robin and I'm glad that you support my idea about keeping healthy until we choose to leave this reality.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your reply Daniel and I'm now going to look at the link you gave me. Never heard of them. Yes we also have the Urantia book in our library. Keeping our bodies at a 30+ stage through nutrition and the power of our spirit sounds great to me, but If humanity can clean the surface of our planet is at the moment questionable. I'm now ready posting my second hub on the same topic before the day is past, so looking forward to your comments.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Ruby thanks for your comments. Glad you liked my topic. There is more to come. Cheers

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Sorry for mentioning an article that I had not yet published DDE

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I was not aware that my post mention anything about genetically modifying practices bravewarrior. That scientists are searching for the reasons of aging that is for me different. The aim of my writings is more to bring forward proof that we have been mislead about many things including the fact that we experience illness, aging and death of the human form.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for reading my post Randi

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Fascinating article, well researched and documented. Personally, right now, I'd welcome a turn back in time. Whoops, obviously an age problem!

      Seriously, this is food for thought and a subject of discussion, theory and conjecture for generations and undoubtably for the future. It is intriguing. Thank you.

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      Robin 3 years ago from Cape Town South Africa

      Your article was well researched and thought provoking. Personally I support the idea of a healthy life until we choose to go. Way to go!

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      somethgblue 3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      I don't know if you follow the website whoneedslight.com but they just posted an interesting (channeled) article that follows what is written in Gnosis and the Law and the Urantia Book about the Lucifer Project (Rebellion) that ties in nicely with this article as well.

      I find the synchronicity of knowledge so very interesting as it happens more and more frequently as this planet's spiritual vibrational frequency rises. The Agarthians keep their bodies at a 30+ stage through nutrition and the power of our spirit. I see no reason we can't do the same if we can cleanse the surface of our planet and return it to the Paradise it was originally intended to be.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I like the idea of 90 year olds can be as healthy as a 50 year old. I also like Woody Allen's comment. I'm not too sure if aging can be halted, but i do believe that a person's lifestyle can cause aging. ie, smoking, obesity, etc. I would like to live a long life and be healthy, beauty fades but life can still be good. I like this topic, makes me put my thinking cap on...Cheers

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Isn't this amazing that you should talk about ''The Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids is located in the Visoko River Basin 30km N/W of Sarajevo.

      In my article: Was ‘aging’ ever mean to happen? I mentioned more about the discoveries of the Bosnian pyramids; that there were three different types of energies found.

      1 the energy goes to the very top and has a frequency of energy 28 kHz

      2 the energy flows within the pyramid and improves our molecular structure

      3 the energy goes off the pyramid in concentric circles affecting the crops and whole societies'' I found that most interesting and informative.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Interesting, yet very controversial topic, Nadine. I'm not sure I agree with prolonging human life. There's a natural process to life and part of that process is death. We see it in plant life, and in all living creatures. If God wanted us to live infinitely, He would have made us to do so. It's bad enough scientists are messing with the DNA of our food to change its makeup. I don't think we should be genetically modifying humans as well.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Very interesting and thought provoking! Thank you for sharing!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Daniel yes I know what was written in the book 'Gnosis and the Law,' and I will soon post another article on the same topic. Loved everything you said in your comments. Many thanks.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Gosh becoming a machine is the last wish on my list Poetryman. I will go for the rejuvenation cure and keep looking around the age of 30+, so I never have to reincarnate and go through the whole childhood and teenager stage again. It will have to be my own choice when I want to leave this reality. I feel strongly that the longer we live in a healthy and fit human body the faster our human specie will evolve towards a more advanced society where the problems of to day are no more.

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      somethgblue 3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      In the book Gnosis and the Law (which you recommended) the first core root races of humanity lived from 900 to 14,000 years old. The first Annunaki hybrid according to the Lost Book of Enki (Adapa) lived to be over 53,000 years old.

      Geneticists have yet to find the aging gene and they say that the human body regenerates every living cell every seven years.

      I think the human body was designed to live indefinitely but along the way an aging disease was introduced, possibly for population control. My thinking is it has to do with food, water and how the mind is conditioned, sort of like addiction. If you are conditioned that death is natural then you will convince yourself that you will die.

      The Hollow Earth inhabitants only die when they choose to do so and live as long as they want to.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Let's hope we can turn back to clock. Becoming a machine is number 11 in my top 10 ways to live forever!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Kathleen nice to meet you. I've been onto your page and replied to some of your posts from my tablet this morning. You have some great articles so you will see me back.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Brie glad you find my article interesting. There are many reasons why some people feel we should not pursue physical immortality due to some form of indoctrination. In truth we all are already immortal spiritual beings, but for me it's the same thing. Physical or spiritual immortality is united and can never be pursued outside of the I AM - Divine - God-consciousness. All what is needed is to awaken to our true selves, which has been prohibited for eons for many reasons, mostly to do with control issues.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Billy thanks you for your comment and have a great weekend as well.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Eric thanks for stopping by. Yes there is much to contemplate on this topic.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Very interesting piece! Leaves much food for thought. Thanks for this!

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Interesting article, the Bible actually hints at this although it doesn't endorse the pursuit of immortality outside of God.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A fascinating topic for sure. We may one day learn how to halt aging....I'm not sure I would be for it, however, but that's a topic for another day. Have a great weekend.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent article. Much to ponder on the philosophical side.