Posted: Sun, May 05, 2013 | By: Indefinite Life Extension
by Tom Mooney, director of the Coalition to Extend Life
I believe that the issue of “life extension” is beginning to gain traction among many people.
Of course, there remains a huge amount of work that needs to be done in order to have this issue taken seriously among the
public in general. In my analysis though, 1) people are beginning to hear about this issue, 2) fewer think it is an impossible
dream, 3) many are willing to express their opinion about extending their life.
At the same time efforts are underway to assist doctors and scientists as they try to find cures for diseases that have a very harmful impact on life extension.
Two new initiatives have arrived. The first one is the President’s decision to map the brain. We all know that dementia has a terrible impact on society. 4.1 million citizens are afflicted and the costs to the individual, their family and society, is enormous. Mapping the brain to gain an understanding and a cure for these odious conditions - which occur more frequently
in older people - should be applauded by all of us. No one wants to live indefinitely if he or she has a malfunctioning brain. I believe this is a small step in the right direction that should be supported by all who support indefinite life extension.
Also, the proposed fiscal budget sets aside 31 billion dollars for NIH (the National Institutes of Health) to enhance research aimed at defeating Alzheimers. The budget request states that the entire 80 billion budget for NIH is pointed at “basic research” on the fundamental causes and mechanisms of disease, new technologies to accelerate discoveries, and new investigations and new ideas. The budget will focus on research that aims to increase understanding of the brain.
It is obvious that the President is desirous of people living longer and healthier lives. Political change is incremental but I think a reasonable interpretation of his NIH budget comes from a man that cares about life and wants to extend it as far as possible.
I was encouraged by his words and I hope some of us can acknowledge that to him.
Slowly but surely we are beginning to grow. People for the most part don’t want to die but they feel they have no alternatives. The people reading this are different. They have concluded that death should and will become a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that day has not yet arrived and that allows you to become active in saving your own life. In other words,“GET INVOLVED NOW”.
We need your help - together we can defeat the insidious evil called “DEATH”. Talk to your friends, relatives, neighbors. Start a small local group.
I will be glad to help you any way I can. We must become a larger, more active group of citizens.
If you are interested in becoming more involved contact me HERE