LONGEVITY

3/7/2018

Dispersed throughout all biological life is a predetermined expiration date that follows each species with an upper limit. The alarm clock of death. Life expectancies are charts that utilize statistical information gathered from the past, and incorporate data from new technologies that have developed to increase the future life span of a particular organism. Humans are primarily interested in extending the life of humans. In 1900, the life expectancy of an American was around 40 and today it is 79. The biggest boost to this increase is the lowering of infant mortality through medical advances. If 50% of the children died before age 2, this has a huge mathematical effect on the outcome, even if the rest of the population lives to 80. Numbers can be deceiving. If a country such as the USA can tout its life expectancy, to say, 85 in the future, but 80% of them are ‘living(?)’ in nursing homes, what are you promoting? An extremely large tax burden on the young to cover the prodigious costs of maintaining the geriatric generation. Dogs average 7 to 16 years of life depending on the breed. With a doggy-assisted living plan, we could throw 4 more years on those numbers and create many industries that would support this, such as doggie diapers, quadruped wheelchairs, and doggie dialysis. Nature knows when to step in and call the game. If medical science wants to be a hero, find a way to slow down the aging process between 35 and 45 years. Make it 3 decades long and then go back to normal speed. People in this age group have survived their stupid and susceptible years by the mere fact that they are still here. They also have a skill set, responsibilities, and an income source that allows them to do things like travel, build, and communicate intelligently. This group still has their looks, vitality, creativity, optimism, stamina, and rarely has any medical issues, which is exactly why medical science won’t attempt this exciting experiment. There’s no money in it. 

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