Re: [GRG] Economics of Aging Solutions

Hi all,

In order to create good anti-aging material, or refer people to the best currently available material rather than bad material, it’s important to understand all sorts of different flaws anti-aging material may have.

Understanding flaws is a huge part of human learning. By criticism, we can find out what not to do, and identify opportunities to make an improvement or take a different (better) approach.

Below are some specific comments on flaws with anti-aging material. All of this material is stuff that some people thought was good as-is. I propose they were mistaken, and would have done it differently if they’d known more. And by pointing out criticism, people can learn and do better in the future.

Criticism is not a complete solution, but it’s an important step. Without knowing what’s wrong, it’s really hard to fix anything or make anything better. By carefully analyzing current efforts and their weaknesses, we can get a better understanding of where to direct future effort.

Some people regard criticism as overly negative, but it’s important to keep in mind the constructive purpose of criticism. Knowing about problems enables people the option to solve them or avoid them.

I hope that people will reply with further criticisms of this material and other material, in addition to proposed solutions or better approaches. All of that would contribute to our knowledge of how to do anti-aging advocacy.

On Dec 18, 2014, at 10:58 AM, John M. Johnny Adams, GRG Exec Director wrote:

> White paper abstract. Entire paper is available for purchase.
> Substantial Health And Economic Returns From Delayed Aging May Warrant A New Focus For Medical Research
> http://ift.tt/17nFHoa

I think it’s problematic to regard a paper as an important part of advocacy of ideas if it’s behind a nasty[1] paywall. And the issue isn’t just your own access, a discussion needs everyone involved to have access. If you can give people a free link, it’s much easier to get discussion going.

[1] It’s only for rent, not purchase. So you can’t just take your time with it and refer back to it later. And a one day rental of the paper costs more than a book. I don’t think they are seriously trying to sell this to the public.

But I wonder if he meant this other paper. Regardless, I took a look at this one:

http://ift.tt/1BREnDl

It’s a white paper from the healthspan campaign people who did the video. It’s available to the public. I think it has some flaws, I’ll talk about two to start with:

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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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