Re: [GRG] RIP Dr. Denham Harman, father of “free-radical theory of aging, ” 1916-2014

On Tue, 25 Nov 2014 wrote:


Thereis a certain group of people that can be defined as those who would come to myattentiion by dying, and then after a light search it seems that they practiceda supplementing/and/or otherwise healthy lifestyle. I have no idea how big thegroup is, but deaths are becoming few and far between, and at advancedages. Just three since 2006.

Inow add Denham Harman to the list. Average age at death 95+ since 2006. Still nothing on heart disease. Thesedata are suggestive that the hearts of such people should last to about 100.Cancer deaths are dropping as well, we are doing something better in thisregard, it seems.

Here’smy ongoing record. Can anyone add, or ammend it?

Iknow of only 14 life extentionists who have died or contracted some serious agerelated disease as of Jan 2012. 11 had cancer with nine dying of it, orcomplications related to it. One, Jim Fixx, the jogger, died of congenital heart disease at age 52,and was not known to have used supplements or a healthy diet. Jack LaLanne diedof pneumonia.

Asof ’09 the record shows 11 cases of agerelated cancer, and no cases of another age related disease. The cancer deathsare strangely grouped very closely to age 69. Three are deaths due to braincancer, and all three presumably took growth hormone. Mintz claimed to, whileSouth and Donaldson wrote an article and a book praising its use. Saul Kent hasapparently survived a brian tumor, and took growth hormone for a short while.

Nietherthe 11 cancers vs no other age related diseases nor the four brain tumors canbe conincidences.

Theobvious conclusions are, growth hormone causes brain cancer, and thesupplemental, and life style regimens developed in the ‘90’s are greatly moreefficous against vascular diseases than cancers. On these data alone theefficacy could be strongly negative on cancer while being null on vascular disease,or null/negative on cancer while being positive on heart disease. No affect onboth is statistically very, let me say very, very, unlikely.

Theliterature as a whole is conclusive that life style and supplements protectagainst vascular disease which would rule out the former possibility.

Thetake home message is to continue or adopt the life style/supplementationregimens popular in the late 90’s and look for more modern interventions thatprotect against cancer. These would be low calorie diets featuring carrots,apples, cruciferous veggies, and tomato juice simmered for one hour with oliveoil. Hi green tea consumption or extracts for women, (very hi for men), milk thistle, vitamin K2, and turmeric or curcumen. All of these havebeen strongly documented in medically accepted literature except green tea andcurcumen which are on the verge of being further documented if ongoing trialsreport positively.

Belowis a complete list of all the examples I know of. Can anyone add to it? Publicor private examples. I particulary seekfalsifying examples i e age related vascular diseases.


Name/age at death Condition L/D Regimen

*AdelleDavis 70 D bone can Diet, supplements
AllanMintz 69 D brain can growth hormone
*BenHess L neck can supplements
FM-2030 70 D pancreatic can ?
*JamesSouth 62 D brain can growth hormone, supps
JimFixx 52 D congential CVD Jogging
*LinusPauling 93 D prostate can vitamin C,B
*Mrs.Pauling 76 D stomach can vitamin C, B
NathanPritikin 69 D Leukemia/suicide Diet, exercise
SaulKent L braintumor? supps,
*TomDonaldson 61 D brain can supps, growth hormone
*JackLalanne 96 D pneumonia supps exercise attitude
Bernard Strehler 76 D stroke CR?
*RoyWalford 79 D ALS CR supps
JoeWeider 93 D Amyloidosis exercise supps
*DenhamHarman 98 ?? lifestyle/antioxidents

2CVD cases. 7 cancers one pneumonia one ALS in 9supplementers
3brain cancers for growth hormone users and Kent took GH for a few months

9of these (the ones with an asterisk) are reasonably well documented to
havesupplemented heavily. 6 had cancer, one pneumonia, and one ALS.

Thelast to have died of cancer is Thomas Donaldson in Jan, 2006, or James
South atabout the same date. We have now gone six years without a cancer
death. Couldsomething we are now taking, but were not before 2005 be
protecting us?

Theonly death since 2006 has been Jack Lalanne at age 96. Could we be
sufferingdeath at a rate much lower than standard? If there are one
hundred such people,median age 60, we should be seeing a death every year
on average. Now in 2013Joe Weider at age 93. And now in 2014 Denham
Harman at age 98

===>So…no modern life-extensionist has lived as long as
“Father of Gerontology” Michel-Eugene Chevreul (1786-1889).
While the population as a whole HAS been living longer.
Many ways to spin the stats…


About Johnny Adams

My full-time commitment is to slow and ultimately reverse age related functional decline to increase healthy years of life. I’ve been active in this area since the 1970s, steadily building skills and accomplishments. I have a good basic understanding of the science of aging, and have many skills that complement those of scientists so they can focus on science to advance our shared mission. Broad experience Top skills: administration, management, information technology (data and programming), communications, writing, marketing, market research and analysis, public speaking, forging ethical win-win outcomes among stakeholders (i.e. high level "selling"). Knowledge in grant writing, fundraising, finance. Like most skilled professionals, I’m best described as a guy who defines an end point, then figures out how to get there. I enjoy the conception, design, execution and successful completion of a grand plan. Executive Director Gerontology Research Group (GRG). Manages Email discussion forum, web site, meetings and oversees supercentenarian (oldest humans, 110+ years) research. CEO / Executive Director Carl I. Bourhenne Medical Research Foundation (Aging Intervention Foundation), an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Early contributor to Supercentenarian Research Foundation. Co-Founder Geroscience Healthspan Forum. Active contributor to numerous initiatives to increase healthy years of life. Co-authored book on conventional, practical methods available today to slow the processes of aging – nutrition, exercise, behavior modification and motivation, stress reduction, proper supplementation, damage caused by improper programs, risk reduction and others. Fundamental understanding of, and experience in the genomics of longevity (internship analyzing and curating longevity gene papers). Biological and technical includes information technology, software development and computer programming, bioinformatics and protein informatics, online education, training programs, regulatory, clinical trials software, medical devices (CAT scanners and related), hospital electrical equipment testing program. Interpersonal skills – good communication, honest, well liked, works well in teams or alone. Real world experience collaborating in interdisciplinary teams in fast paced organizations. Uses technology to advance our shared mission. Education: MBA 1985 University of Southern California -- Deans List, Albert Quon Community Service Award (for volunteering with the American Longevity Association and helping an elderly lady every other week), George S. May Scholarship, CA State Fellowship. BA psychology, psychobiology emphasis 1983 California State University Fullerton Physiological courses as well as core courses (developmental, abnormal etc). UCLA Psychobiology 1978, one brief but fast moving and fulfilling quarter. Main interest was the electrochemical basis of consciousness. Also seminars at the NeuroPsychiatric Institute. Other: Ongoing conferences, meetings and continuing education. Aging, computer software and information technology. Some molecular biology, biotech, bio and protein informatics, computer aided drug design, clinical medical devices, electronics, HIPAA, fundraising through the Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals. Previous careers include: Marketing Increasing skill set and successes in virtually all phases, with valuable experience in locating people and companies with the greatest need and interest in a product or service, and sitting across the table with decision makers and working out agreements favorable to all. Information Technology: Management, data analysis and programming in commercial and clinical trials systems, and bioinformatics and protein informatics. As IT Director at Newport Beach, CA based technology organization Success Family of Continuing Education Companies, provided online software solutions for insurance and financial professionals in small to Fortune 500 size companies. We were successful with lean team organization (the slower moving competition was unable to create similar software systems). Medical devices: At Omnimedical in Paramount CA developed and managed quality assurance dept. and training depts. for engineers, physicians and technicians. Designed hospital equipment testing program for hospital services division. In my early 20’s I was a musician, and studied psychology and music. Interned with the intention of becoming a music therapist. These experiences helped develop valuable skills used today to advance our shared mission of creating aging solutions.
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