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4/15/17

The last person born in the 19th century has died (age 117)



My favorite part of the story came at the very end:

"Her longtime doctor says Morano subsisted on
two raw eggs in the morning, an omelette for lunch, and chicken for dinner—
almost never consuming fruits or vegetables.
"

I wanted to send that article to these people, and ask them ...

How much longer would she have lived?

The only way I could eat 10 pieces of fruit a day, is if they were ...

grapes


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2/13/17

Scientists are learning how calorie restriction extends life ...

Ribosomes get time to make repairs and perform better


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5/12/15

Yet another candidate for "The Fountain of Youth"



Above: Images of cells in the brain's hippocampus
show that the growth factor TGF-beta1 (stained red)
is barely present in young tissue but ubiquitous in old tissue,
where it suppresses stem cell regeneration
and contributes to inflammation and aging.


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10/29/14

Classic Emails (1 page)

I recently emailed the C.D.C.
regarding their list of the top causes of death in the U.S.

C.D.C. Leading Causes of Death

Look what they left out

Deaths From Medical Accidents

They left out the #3 cause of death!

I can understand omitting a minor cause - but #3?
It's also suspicious that the cause they omitted,
just happens to be the one that reflects negatively on their profession.

I then had the following email exchange with the C.D.C.

My email exchange with the C.D.C.

The C.D.C. replied to my email by claiming I wasn't clear enough
(even though I supplied them with the link above).
When I pointed out that I could not have been any clearer,
and that many people besides myself, have to be wondering
why the C.D.C. is ignoring one of the major causes of death ...
they chose to stop further communications.

Spreading joy and making friends ... it's what I do.



About a year later - the fight resumes ...

Classic Emails (1 page)

I sent the following email to the editors at Medical News Today:



There is an error in Hannah Nichols' article

What are the top 10 leading causes of death in the US?

The #3 cause of death should be "In-Hospital Medical Errors"
with almost 200,000 per year (and that figure was from 10 years ago).

Here is the link to the article, containing supporting data
on deaths due to in-hospital medical errors


That link is from your own web site.

Last year I sent that link to the CDC, asking them why they did not include "medical errors" on their list, as it gives the impression that the medical profession is trying to hide something.

They responded that they did not understand me!
They said I needed to "elaborate further."

I replied that I could not have made it any clearer, and repeated the question:
Why did they refuse to include the #3 cause of death on their list?

The CDC then stopped communication.

The ball is in your court MNT.

You can either deal with this embarrassment or ignore it like the CDC ...
the choice is yours.

(I'm predicting they will hide under their rock just like the CDC did;
but this is one time ... I wish I were wrong)



Here's what I got the next day:

Take a look at this bullshit, "go-away kid - you bother me" email
that they sent back to me


I took enough of that evasive crap last year from the CDC. Now it's time to ...

Let the games begin!

By the way, I found recent data - and it only makes my case ... stronger.

Recent data



UPDATE (another year later)

Well, Well. Looky what happened here ...

2 years ago the C.D.C. ignored me.
Let's see if they ignore Scott Pelley of CBS news.


After that show aired, I sent the C.D.C. the following email ...

To: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(I included the link to the CBS Special here)

"So my question is ...
when are you going to add this in at #3
on your list of leading causes of death?

(it doesn't even appear in your top 50)

You wouldn't do it 2 years ago when I contacted you.
Is it safe to assume that you will do it now?

neo 
"

(I won't be holding my breath for a reply)


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1/9/14

Advance in "aging" research

From what I can tell,
scientists are working wonders on increasing the life span ...

of flies

If I were self-centered, I might almost conclude
that scientists were waiting until my death ...
before moving on to human trials.


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9/25/12

Scientists make old muscles young again.

I think "The Terminator" might be interested in this one.




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12/28/09

Biologist Michael Rose extends the lifespan of fruit flies ... fourfold.

Watch all 3 parts (~10 minutes each)

Now, a new study on longevity offers an explanation of how delayed reproduction works.

Older dads produce longer-living offspring

Now, what did you learn?
If you said that the children of older dads live longer - hang your head
(don't feel bad, I had to hang my head too).

Steven Novella of the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe
pointed out that the headline was nothing more than journalistic sensationalism.
If you read the article carefully, it only said
that the greater telomere length, inherited by children with older fathers,
"may" give them a chance to live longer.
But other factors (mentioned at the very end of the article)
may nullify the advantage of the longer telomeres.

Just a thought: another way to verify this theory
would be for Rose to test his flies for telomere length.


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The Mind


3/16/17

New drug may be able to prevent Alzheimer's before it can take hold




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5/30/15

Scientists obtain evidence that memories lost to Alzheimer's
are not necessarily "lost" ...

they are merely difficult to retrieve

In Podcast #339

that is exactly what I said (2:15)


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3/12/15

Major breakthrough in the war on Alzheimer's




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5/12/14

           A life leading nowhere       Somewhere to go ...
      the direction has been chosen





Those who find a purpose in life ... live longer

I would like to take a moment to thank all my enemies
without whom, I would be standing at the end of that pier


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12/9/13

Many diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's may soon be cured ...

by this new breakthrough in protein-folding therapy


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10/10/13

A drug that targets a compound called PERK contributes to another ...

Alzheimer's breakthrough


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