Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging

Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging

Greg Critser


combine the most recent and so much rigorous medical study, irrepressible out of date entrepreneurship, and the traditional human wish to stay ceaselessly (or at the least much longer) and the result's today’s exploding multibillion-dollar antiaging undefined. Its achievements are up to now typically marginal, yet its delivers circulation with the entire attract of a twenty-first-century fountain of teenybopper. In Eternity Soup, acclaimed technology author Greg Critser takes us to each outpost of the antiaging panorama, domestic to zealots and skeptics, charlatans, and inventive clinicians and academics.

We stopover at a convention of the Caloric limit Society, whose members—inspired via convinced laboratory findings related to mice—live their lives in a kingdom simply above hunger. (“It’s in simple terms the 1st 5 years which are uncomfortable,” says one.) We meet the recent wave of pharmacists who're reviving the erstwhile artwork of “compounding”—using mortar and pestle to combine extravagantly ecocnomic potions for getting older boomers looking to recapture flagging sexual power. right here, too, are the theorists and researchers who're looking to comprehend the cellular-level reasons of senescence and getting older and others who say, Why hassle with that? as an alternative, we should always simply the way to fix and exchange organs and tissue that holiday down, like a classic car collector who retains a century-old version T shining and operating like new.

Eternity Soup is a simmering brew of tes­tosterone patches, human development hormone (so promising and so probably dangerous), theories that view getting older as a curable illness, laboratory-grown substitute organs (“I are looking to construct a kidney,” says one proponent. “It is one of these stup-eed organ!”), and bountiful different troubling, hilarious, and invigorating parts. Critser reveals lots of chicanery and credulousness within the antiaging realm but additionally a stunning measure of optimism, even between a few previously sober skeptics, that we may perhaps certainly be at the cusp of whatever vast. And that elicits its personal new set of issues: How will our society take care of a projected new cohort of one million fit centenarian americans? How will they release themselves from the age segregation that shunts them off to “God’s ready Rooms” within the sunbelt? the place will they locate pleasure and intending to fit the inevitable loss that includes toughness? Eternity Soup is an illuminating, wry, and provocative attention of a long-dreamed-about global which can now be changing into a fact.

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