|EDITORIALWindows of Opportunity|
recent paper suggests that a time window in the development of Alzheimer's disease exists wherein a cholinomimetic agent (such as galantamine) may not only rescue critical brain cells but may actually ward off the disease. If this is true, and if such biomedical rescue operations could be established for other conditions as well, wouldn’t this alter your sense of urgency concerning a supplementation program for each such window that could be established, or even conjectured? I think it would.
There are those who believe that aging is a disease that will be cured in the next 30 years or so. If this is true (and who can be sure of the timetable?), then in order to take advantage of this revolution, it will be necessary to accelerate your supplementation program and be prepared to wring the most from the great advancements that will surely take place.
You still can’t be sure of the outcome, of course—not even with genetic testing, the best diagnostic equipment, and the best medical oversight, and not even if the singularity is near*—because it’s impossible to know the course your life will take. Although you can’t be certain how to ensure that you land on the right side of biomedical progress, you can improve your odds. You owe it to yourself to be more vigilant and more studied (and more affluent, which might help). But mostly, you need to be more prepared.
Think about it. There is a solemnity to every moment of our lives, because at any point we could take a wrong turn, encountering a biomedical problem that we could not handle, or an accident that rendered us helpless in the face of injury or disease (a human-transmissible avian flu, say). So we must do all that we can to preserve and protect our health.
This message is brought to you by someone who truly enjoys his life and has the desire for more—on nearly any terms, but preferably ones that grant him stamina, vigor, strength, prowess, youthfulness, understanding, wisdom, delight, anticipation, and much, much more.
In the early days of Life Enhancement, we did a cover depicting French windows open to a verdant spring and the rising sun of a bright future. May that be your future, and may you live a long and prosperous life.
- Origlia N, Capsoni S, Domenici L, Cattaneo A. Time window in cholinomimetic ability to rescue long-term potentiation in neurodegenerating anti-nerve growth factor mice. J Alzheimers Dis 2006;9(1):59-68.
Will Block is the publisher and editorial director of Life Enhancement magazine.