'Promote Life Extension'/Recruitment

Don Ashley dashley at TENET.EDU
Fri Mar 3 03:30:39 EST 1995

We are recruiting manpower to research and expand on these concepts.

Would welcome coordinated efforts in your community.

On 2 Mar 1995, Ronald B. Keys J.D. Ph.D wrote:

> Dear Don, EBB Moderator & Interested Others: 
> DEFINING THE PROBLEM: There is both life extension science and culture. The
> problem is moving it from the fringe to (1) mainstream science and (2)
> culture.  Some people perceive it even as being a lunatic fringe.  The life
> extension sciences can be divided further into (a) life extension academic
> science and (b) its related clinical sciences.  Life extension clinical
> sciences can be divided further into mainstream pharmaceutical medicine,
> nutritional pharmacology, herbology, homeopathy and other
> sub-classifications.  Life extension, at this time in human history, is in
> its infancy and is both a fringe science and culture.  
> 1. POLITICAL PROCESS: Influence the mainstream political process in our
> state and federal congress by turning up the heat in its kitchen where its
> ovens are located. Ask and encourage politicians and would-be politicians
> to take positive positions supporting bills in our legislatures that
> promote all of the different aspects of life extension science (funding
> research projects) and culture (educational programs in our elementary,
> junior, senior high schools, medical schools and law schools).  Find
> politicians, develop mentor-protege relationships and forge
> power-relationships with them since people will benefit with LONGER 
> FUNCTIONAL LIFESPANS. Educate those who you speak with that the emphasis is
> prolonging longer functional lifespans, enhancing range of function of
> those currently disabled, enhancing treatment outcome and quality of life. 
> Educate people that its time to retire the concept of "retirement" as we
> know and experience it, today. Influence the political processes at all of
> our local universities to incorporate basic concepts of the life extension
> science and culture into mainstream academic and training programs, now.
> This includes nursing, the entire dietary and food management industry,
> accounting, law and particular, estate planning, clinical medicine in all
> of its forms, art, science, literature.  There is a political process that
> operates clearly at all colleges and universities that is connected to the
> political process at state and federal levels.  It is all part of the same
> continuum that requires a comprehensive political stratetgy. 
> 2. EDUCATIONAL PROCESS: Specialized educational curricula, age-specific
> computer programs and teaching materials have to be developed for  children
> at the youngest age that includes appropriate reading materials, coloring
> books, dolls that show  shifts and changes in shape, body compartments and
> changes in lean body mass as a function of age, changes in skin integrity
> as well as video materials. Children have the capacity to understand life
> extension science and culture(developing a new concept of personal hygiene
> for children)  but do we have the capacity to teach it?  Teaching materials
> have to be modified for continuing the flow of information from our
> research computer databanks directly to our junior and senior high schools
> and then to our medical and law schools. Bioethics of aging have to be
> incorporated into basic literature coursework, into our law school property
> and estate planning courses, and into mainstream clinical medical and
> nutritional practice.  
> 3. POPULAR CULTURE: Screen and TV script writers should be encouraged to
> develop more material about the positive aspects of a continued functional
> lifespan well into the 80s, 90s and beyond since their works have such a
> substantial impact on popular culture. More talk shows should cover this
> subject without turning it into a freak show only for laughs and ratings. 
> So, take a screen and/or TV script writer for dinner or lunch some time. 
> Search out and talk to upcoming local reporters, TV and radio personalities
> and develop credible, personal relationships with them. Encourage
> playrwriters to develop drama materials that puts the process of aging in a
> positive, constructive light. Develop graphic arts projects and comedy
> shows that can be used in the media to teach, educate and entertain the
> masses on positive aspects of aging.  The soil of popular opinion can be
> influenced to reflect the exciting changes and ideas increasingly coming
> off of the studies in our science computer databases. Life extension
> science and culture is not just for oddballs but for everybody, if the soil
> of popular opinion is cultivated. 
> When the soil of popular opinion is properly cultivated, resources and
> funding will come for further scientific research and the  evolution of
> life extension science and culture.  Avoid a "true believer" (book by Eric
> Hoffer) mentality and keep your center as you move forward, striving to
> advance (1) functional ranges in aging people, (2) clinical outcome and (3)
> their (your) quality of life. 
> The children can learn, but, will we teach them?  
> >From the cutting edge, 
> Ronald B. Keys, JD, PhD (rkeysphd at pipeline.com) (3-2-95) Queens, NYC (718)
> 460-3966 
> American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, American Aging Association,
> International Association of Biomedical Gerontology, National Academy of
> Elder Law Attorneys, American Academy of Clinical Gerontology, Life
> Extension Foundation,   

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