Doug Casey: The Rich Will Be First in Line for Living Forever
Doug Casey: The Rich Will Be First in Line for Living Forever for Casey Research
Justin’s note: We’re on the verge of another Industrial Revolution.
And much like the first Industrial Revolution, this period will be marked by profound change. According to Doug Casey, matter, energy, space, and time will “soon be manipulated on a cosmic scale”… thanks to rapid advances in technology.
For example, life extension breakthroughs could soon solve the problem of aging. If that happens, Doug says you could “be, do, and have everything that you can imagine.”
That makes it one of the most important advancements to watch going forward. So I recently got Doug on the phone to learn more about the implications of life extension. We hope you enjoy this brand-new interview.
Justin: Doug, how far along is life extension science? Could the average person soon start living well beyond the age of 100?
Doug: In 1982, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw – two close friends of mine – wrote a book appropriately titled Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach. I don’t have the book in front of me, but it’s about 600 pages. Parts of it are quite scientific, as its title would indicate. It was a New York Times bestseller for many weeks.
Back then, there were a half-dozen dominant theories about why people aged and died. The main thing you could do at the time was proper diet, exercise, good mental attitude – and having long-lived ancestors. Those things, and trying to slow down the natural destruction of your cells by taking a lot of vitamins and antioxidants.
Back then it was quite hard to get decent supplements. If people were aware at all, perhaps they’d take a One a Day, with enough vitamins to ward off scurvy, rickets or beriberi, but not enough for optimal health. In addition, many formulations were in the form of rock hard tablets, made under heat and pressure. They’d go right through you without even dissolving. And even if they did dissolve, the ingredients were totally compromised.
Things have changed considerably. Durk and Sandy continue to engage in super-nutrition. As do I.
It used to be just about antioxidants. But there are now other compounds like coenzyme Q10, resveratrol, and metformin that may let you live longer. And there are many other things you can do besides super-nutrition.
Justin: Like what? What are some other ways to extend your life?
Doug: Calorie restriction is another thing that makes sense.
Roy Walford was, among other things, the physician on the Biosphere 2 project in the Arizona desert. He developed the theory of super-nutrition combined with calorie restriction. He came to several meetings of the Eris Society to talk about his findings. He was planning on living to 125 – the probable natural genetic limit on lifespan – but died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease at 79. The fickle finger of fate can point at any of us…