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Could You Live For A 1,000 years?

The Human Life-Span

 

An ancient book stated that people lived hundreds of years in the past. Can this be even scientifically possible or is it just a myth and the making of good stories? I invite you to consider the possibility.  What are these assumptions based on? Well read on and decide for yourself! Oh, and at the bottom you can give your opinion. Feel free to share it around and see what others think. 

 

For most the present length of our life-span is just a known fact. They feel it should be viewed as neither strange nor subject to change. “It has always been this way and it always will be,” they say. They don’t claim to know the cause of aging and death. But really nothing can be done about it, so diet, exercise program, preventing sports injuries, exercise recovery, “facts about fat loss“, etc, etc, can ultimately stop the aging process.  It like we have a built in self destruct program in our DNA.

 

What do you think? Have you looked into the subject at all? Has life-span always been so short? Is it really unchangeable, and is it “unscientific” to think otherwise?

 

Did you know that medical scientists are still uncertain as to why we grow old and die, why we don’t have health in old age? The book Science Year states that, at a four-day meeting of gerontologists (specialists in the study of aging), it was agreed that the aging process is still largely a mystery. ‘We do not have the faintest idea what causes aging,’ said Dr. Nathan W. Shock, Baltimore, Md.

 

There are many theories about aging. Most involve the death of cells. In a grown person it is estimated that every minute over three thousand million cells die and are replaced. So what happens? Evidence shows that an imbalance develops between the death of old cells and the formation of new ones. The decline in cell production is believed to cause deterioration—loss of muscle tone, slowing reactions, fading senses, brittle bones, wrinkles and the impairment of organic functions, our bodies tend to put on weight and we do not burn more calories than we eat, and we sleep less therefore not getting the benefits of sleep.

 

An article in Science Digest of February reports: The collective failings of the cells appear as symptoms of the degenerative diseases and the ravages of age, according to Dr. Howard J. Curtis of Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, L. I.

 

When does aging start? Dr. Shock, after ten years of research, is quoted in the same article as believing that “aging begins when growth stops,” that is, at about eighteen to twenty years of age. The article continues: “Almost all functions then start declining slowly. At 30, they begin deteriorating at a faster but still modest rate which remains constant until death. In plain language, we go over the hill at 20.”

 

The problem is that the scientists still do not know just why that human cells fail to reproduce. It is as if something has been programed into our DNA to stop producing new cells.  If we could figure out how to turn off this switch then what?

 

16283716_mHow Long Could We Live?

 

Some people, as we know, do live to a hundred years or more. In modern times, the verified 4 oldest people recorded are: 1. Jeanne Calment from France died at 122 years 164 days, 2. Sarah Knauss from the US died at 119 years 97 days, 3. Lucy Hanna from the US died at 117 years 248 days, and 4. Marie-Louise Meilleur from Canada died at 117 years 230 days.

 

Do you believe those are the maximum ages anyone could live? It is said for example, that “Moses was a hundred and twenty years old at his death. Perhaps you will accept this as possible especially since Mrs Calment lived longer!

 

What, then, of Moses’ ancestor Abraham, who, according to the Scriptural Record, lived “a hundred and seventy-five years” before dying? And what of Abraham’s ancestor Shem, who is reported living six hundred years, or his great-grandfather Methuselah, who it is said was nine hundred and sixty-nine years old. Would you draw the line somewhere between certain ones of these men and view the other ages as “unscientific” and “unreasonable”or even utterly outrageous?

 

Well consider the following: The Encyclopedia Britannica has stated that the average age men now live and the number of years a man could live are two different things. How long could a man live? The Encyclopedia says the span of life possible is “a theoretical number whose exact value cannot be determined from existing knowledge. Presumably there is a maximum life span for the human race, but until there is discovered some property of protoplasm that definitely limits the possible duration of human life, the exact duration of man’s span of life will remain unknown.”

 

Do you find this surprising? Continuing, the article says: “At first thought, this statement seems irrational. Surely no human being can live 1,000 years. Even though all may agree that the likelihood of an individual living 1,000 years is infinitesimal, there is no scientific proof that this statement is, or is not, true.”

 

People, then, may reject the possibility of Methuselah’s age, even joke about it. But they cannot do so on scientific grounds.

 

What age would you set as the maximum that a human could live? Suppose you were to set the positive maximum at 125 years. Would you then adamantly refuse to believe that a man could live 125 years and one minute? And if you are willing to accept an extension of one minute, then why not 125 years and one day, or one week, month, year, and so on?

 

Dr. Harold F. Dorn, who served in the Biometrics Research Branch of the National Heart Institute as chief during 1960 to 1963, used virtually the same illustration in the article on the human life-span. In view of the evidence presented, his conclusion was, “based on existing knowledge of longevity, a precise figure for the span of human life cannot be given.”

 

 

Can Medical Science Cause Longer Life?

 

What hope do medical scientists and researchers offer for the future? Do they expect man soon to rival the tortoise in passing the hundred-year mark?

 

True, now and then some rather sensational predictions are made in newspapers or magazines of great advances expected by scientist. But there is no solid evidence of any progress toward a dramatic increase in the human life-span. As the Scientific American magazine of March 1968 put it:“Even if the major causes of death in old age, heart disease, stroke and cancer were eliminated, the average life expectancy would not be lengthened by much more than 10 years. It would then be about 80 years instead of the expectancy of about 70 years that now prevails in advanced countries.”

 

What do you think is it possible to live a lot longer than we currently do? Do you think the ages in the Bible are just pure fiction? Give us your opinion below!

 

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