There is a place called the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, and there works a man by the name of Mikhail Blagosklonny. He has been monitoring the progress of an anti-aging drug, and while Everolimus, a rapamycin analog, is a little late, it is better than never for this new component which can improve the immunity in old humans and extend life in the process. It is eight years since prophesized, but Everolimus makes it so that the medical community can stop viewing aging as a disease. That is a misguided approach which was always destined to fail. View Mikhail’s profile on Google Scholar
Instead, the proof that this new treatment works helps to validate the hyperfunction theory which views aging as just a continuation of growth instead. It is an exciting time for the oncologist as this is something of a “fountain of youth” drug which will improve everything about aging, and make all of these years of research worthwhile. The analogs that are being tested are considered so safe that the pharmacokinetics have been studied in healthy volunteers to great effect. The list of maladies which can be treated in this innovative ways is great and includes cancer, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic disorders, and autoimmunity. Similarly, a myriad of diseases including everything from osteoporosis to Alzheimer’s is likely to be handled appropriately in patients so that there really will be a reason to question what might cause human death in the near future if all of these can be treated so well.
Mikhail Blagosklonny posits that it may still be some fifty years before medical advances with rapamycin will allow us to reach post-aging age. That may well be in the realm of an optimistic future for many alive now. As a professor of Oncology at the esteemed Roswell Park Cancer Institute, he certainly hopes that the passions of his life have culminated in such a great turning point as what might be compared to when humans first realized that the planets revolved around the sun rather than the geocentric model in which everything orbits around the Earth at the center of the system. Visit classroomvoices.org to read more about Mikhail.
His theory is the aging hyperfunction theory, and it is his baby. When it was first proposed, there were many in the medical community who were quite opposed to it. But, now the evidence continues to stack up on the side of the theory being true, and there is no shortage of genius at the Roswell Park Cancer Center. So, external forces are likely to be the only real causes of human death in a future which fully embraces his brainchild and implements all of the necessary accessory technology in order to deliver it to an aging population which wants to defy the natural causes of death which have limited so many in so many ways. Would you be willing to proceed with such a therapy if it meant that living well past the oldest human ever as is noted by the Guinness Book of World Records? We should know soon.