Re: [GRG] Robert Young, Wikipedia, and “Quackery”


For reasons unknown to me, someone on Wikipedia decided to re-create my article.

Now, it’s up for deletion, and out come some false insinuations regarding what my career is about:

Delete. The article was deleted before basically because the
purported sources didn’t amount to anything more than passing mentions.
Adding some more of the same doesn’t fix that. The lack of depth in
coverage makes it impossible to ensure NPOV, and that is vital because
this article lies in the toxic intersection between biography, fringe
medical claims and profitable quackery. Guy (Help!) 06:59, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Comments such as the above hurt the GRG, not just me. They are also patently FALSE. I NEVER sell anything that could possibly be construed as quackery. All my work is focused on researching supercentenarians, validating or invalidating age claims, trying to figure out how long humans have lived in the past and present, debunking the myths of longevity, etc. It’s utterly unacceptable to have persons make unfounded allegations that are the 100% mirror opposite of what I stand for…scientific method and integrity.

So, I’m going to say this: I really couldn’t care if Wikipedia has an article on me, or not. But I do care when anonymous editors continue to spew false allegations toward myself and the GRG (negative comments were also made on Dr. Coles’s talk page, such as this):

Given the obits, he probably clears the bar of GNG, barely. I have
cleaned the article a bit, but perhaps more should be done. His
“scientific publications” are a bit silly (just listings ant tables of
supercentenarians). It would appear that his notability is not as a
scientist (just have a look at his citation record and he also never
seems to have occupied a regular academic position), but (given his two
books) as a quack peddlpromoting “natural” products for life extension/cancer treatment. –Randykitty (talk) 14:38, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

While Dr. Coles did write a book regarding 

L. Stephen Coles (2011) Extraordinary Healing: How the discoveries of
Mirko Beljanski, the world’s first green molecular biologist, can
protect and restore your health. Freedom Press, Topanga, California; ISBN 9781893910898.

to my knowledge Dr. Coles did not actually sell any substances to promote human longevity.

Comments on my AFD talk page would be appreciated, particularly to counter the false assertions being made. 

It’s also pathetic that they are using a 2007 “biography” for me that has substantially changed since then…for example, I now have two Master’s degrees, including one in gerontology.


Robert Young

Director, GRG Supercentenarians Department


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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