[GRG] Editorial: Nine Obvious Steps to Immortality

To Members and Friends of the Los Angeles Gerontology
Research Group: Maria’s
Editorial in Russian/English edited into better English below. Her heart
is in the right place, but she needs to do a better job in bleaching her
hair if she insists that everyone needs to know what she looks like with
her nail polish up front :-)… — Steve Coles  
To:
From: “Maria Konovalenko”

Subject: [New post] Nine Obvious Steps to Immortality
Maria Konovalenko posted:
1. Use personalized medicine services. Get a lot of data
about the state of your own body. First of all, it?s various ?omics?:
genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. You
can purchase a US$100.00 23andme test or a half-million dollar
analysis…”
“New post by Maria
Konovalenko”

 
 

9 Obvious Steps to Immortality
by
Maria Konovalenko
 Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 19:14;
1. Use personalized medicine
services. Get a lot of data about the state of your own body.
    First of all, it?s various ?omics?: genomics,
transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. You can do a
US$100 23andme test or a half-million dollar analysis the way Dr.
Michael Snyder, Chair of Genetics at Stanford University, did. He
measured 40,000 of his own biological lab parameters over quite a long
time.
2. Participate in clinical trials of geroprotector drug candidates.
Several pharmacologic drugs are now known to extend the lifespans of
model animals. The time for human clinical trials has come. Of course,
another option for those who don’t want to participate themselves is to
support such studies financially and/or organizationally.
3. Personalized science —  treat your health as a scientific
objective. You should identify the existing and potential pathologies in
your body and figure out a way to treat and prevent them.
    Right now the elements of personalized science are
used in treating cancer: People do cancer cell-genome sequencing and
compare it to the genome of a healthy cell to identify what went wrong
and led to the diseases. They also do experiments with the tumor by
transplanting it into mice to identify the drugs that may work for the
particular patient. This basically means that experiments are done to
tackle the problem of a given person. To stay healthy, it is a good idea
to start fighting those diseases that haven’t yet manifested and try to
avoid them.
4. Organize scientific research. Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, wasn’t treating
his cancer for the first several months after it was detected; he was
relying on yoga and meditation [and carrot juice]. What he could have
done was to build an Institute for Bioengineering Pancreas and Liver and
engage in scientific studies. There are a lot of great experiments that
need to be organized, for example, studying integrated longevity gene
therapy or else one could become an amateur scientist and build a home
lab and test geroprotector candidates in old mice.
5. Be friends with people with no harmful habits, who are on
calorie-restricted diets, physically active, and interested in science.
And be that way yourself.
6. Create crowd-funding campaigns in the area of longevity. Researchers
need a lot of money to do good science. Studies into the phenomenon of
life extension and basic mechanisms of aging have pathetic levels
funding. We need to advertise the work of scientists that will save
millions of lives with the help of crowd-funding platforms.
7. Increase your own competence. Knowledge quite literally extends
lifespan. The mechanism of this is not clear yet, but maybe it is due to
neurogenesis. New neurons are formed in our brains, but if we don’t use
them to form new knowledge, they die. Perhaps it is best to study
molecular biology, because this kind of knowledge can be applied to your
own health.
8. Sign a cryonics contract for neuropreservation and leave as much
information about yourself as possible.
9. Promote the value of human longevity. Public opinion defines
government policy. It is necessary to make the government realize the
main right of every citizen  is the “right to live.” Aging
kills the  vast majority of all humans. Various social institutions
have to appreciate this and start solving the problem.

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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. http://www.AgingIntervention.org 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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