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10 Vegan Books Coming Out in 2020 We Are Already Obsessed With – VegNews

2020 is poised to be the biggest year yet for veganism, with projected product launches, fast-food partnerships, and more. And the cookbooks and literature coming out this year reflect that mainstream shift. People are more interested in plant-based living than ever before, and these 10 books are the perfect way to get your foot in the door or expand your knowledge of all-things vegan.

1. Living LivelyThe incredible eighteen-year-old activist and motivational speaker Haile Thomas is releasing her debut cookbook, packed with 80 vibrant recipes and a manifesto to inspire the next generation of leaders to take care of their health. Her inspiring work and voice is why we interviewed her in our 2019 Wellness Issue, and why we cant wait to read her book in 2020!

2. BOSH! Healthy VeganThe superstar team at BOSH!the largest and fastest-growing plant-based food channel on the webhas revolutionized plant-based cooking on the web. And with videos racking up millions of views, you can bet the recipes in their fourth book will be more stellar than ever. Plus, this book goes beyond the recipesboasting meal plans, nutrition hacks, and lifestyle tips that are perfect for both plant-based beginners and seasoned vegans.

3. Voices for Animal LiberationThis book is filled with the words and stories of longtime animal activists from Gene Baur (founder of Farm Sanctuary) to Jo-Anne McArthur (photographer and founder of We Animals Media), all with the intention of inspiring and educating readers to pursue a more ethical world. We cant wait to be empowered by the hard work and compassionate hearts of the activists in this book.

4. Vegetable KingdomFood justice activist, author, and James Beard Award-winning chef Bryant Terrys fourth book is full of stunning imagery and incredible Afro-Asian inspired recipes. Plus, each recipe comes with a suggested song pairing to listen to while you cook, so you can jam out in the kitchen. The book is organized by ingredients, encouraging readers to eat with the seasons and utilize whats fresh on the market.

5. More Plants Less WasteMax La Manna, a zero-waste chef and sustainability advocate, is soon dropping a book we all need to read this year. He ties together plant-based eating with a no-waste approach that helps vegans transform their eating habits into sustainable routines and practices. With a simple 21-day, zero-waste challengenot to mention easy eco-hacks that readers can do at homethis book is helping us further green up our eating routines.

6. In Search of the Wild TofurkyThis book tells the amazing story of Seth Tibbott, a self-described hippie with no business trainingand founder of vegan brand Tofurkywho grew a $2,500 startup into a global brand that transformed plant-based eating forever. This book proves that a good idea and a hard work ethic can change the world for the better.

7. Love is ServedLong-time plant-based eatery Caf Gratitudes new cookbook by Seizan Dreux Ellis, executive chef at the restaurant chain, brings its most popular recipes into the comfort of readers homes with un-fussy methods and accessible ingredients. We cant wait to whip up the I Am Passionate (Black Lava Cake) for a special Valentines Day treat!

8. Your Body in BalanceWritten by acclaimed vegan doctor Neal Barnard, MD, this book provides step-by-step guidance for understanding the root of your health problems and what you can do to feel better fast (hint: it has to do with your diet). Barnard ties together the connection between food and our hormones and offers menus and recipes to help readers take control of their health via nutrition.

9. Plants Only KitchenGaz Oakley (aka @avantgardevegan) has amassed over a million followers on social media with his impressive-looking vegan dishes. And now, in his third cookbook, hes bringing the focus back to plant-forward dishes that celebrate the versatility and taste of plants. Plus, with symbols flagging whether recipes are high-protein, take less than 15 minutes, or are suitable for meal prep, this cookbook makes plant-based cooking easier than ever.

10. The VegNews Guide to Being a Fabulous VeganLast but not least, in December we will all be treated to the much-anticipated debut of VegNews first book! Authored by VegNews editor Jasmin Singer (author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough), this pocket-sized guide promises new and practiced vegans alike to do good, be good, and feel good in 30 days or less. This dynamic, accessible, and witty book covers everything from the protein question, to whether or not its true that vegans have better sex (spoiler alert: we do!), to whether or not veganism is a moral imperative when it comes to taking action for the planet (spoiler alert: it is, and this book helps you get started). Each chapter ends with a delectable recipe, which will make this all-in-one manifesto easy to digest. Stay tuned at for much more about this incredibly exciting addition to the VegNews platform!

Sarah McLaughlin is the New Products Editor at VegNews and is excited to continue expanding her knowledge of veganism through all of these books in 2020.

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The Two Souls of Veganism – The Bullet – Socialist Project

Environment January 21, 2020 Benjamin Selwyn

Veganuary 2020 in the UK is set to be the biggest ever. Last year over 250,000 people pledged to go vegan in January; this year the numbers are greater still. In the backdrop, more than 800,000 people gave up eating animal products in the UK last year, and ever greater numbers of the population around 6 per cent or 3.5 million people identify themselves as vegan.

This dietary shift reflects an increasingly popular awareness of the need for food systems that enhance human health and animal welfare, without destroying the planet. It is particularly popular among young people who are more likely than their older counterparts to be politically active and concerned about the global climate crisis.

While veganism is often portrayed in the mainstream media as another dietary fad, the reality is that it embodies two distinct approaches to our place in the world.

On the one hand, it is big business as exemplified by Burger Kings vegan rebel whopper and the rapid expansion of plant-based products across the retail sector. Consumerist veganism appeals to individualism and a faith in the power of capitalist markets. From this perspective, if enough people switch from meat to plant-based diets, then market mechanisms will generate environmentally friendly outcomes.

On the other hand, more radical vegan politics are hitting the headlines. Witness the employment tribunal victory by Jordi Casamitjana, sacked from the League Against Cruel Sports after revealing that the company had investments in pension funds involving animal testing.

Casamitjana argued that he was discriminated against in the workplace because of his ethical vegan beliefs. Like dietary vegans he eats a plant-based diet. However, as an ethical vegan, he also tries to avoid contact with any products derived from, or causing, animal exploitation. The tribunal judged that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief protected by law against discrimination.

Witness too, the mass petition calling on the Vegan Society to list palm oil as a non-vegan product. According to Greenpeace palm oil production has destroyed an area of rainforest almost twice the size of Singapore over the last three years, pushing orangutans and other species toward extinction.

Palm oil production is perhaps the most visible aspect of how even non-meat production has a devastating effect on animals.

Agro-industrial farming monocrop production based upon the heavy use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers is wiping out insect populations on a historically unprecedented scale. This in turn impacts upon wider food webs, contributing to plummeting bird numbers.

What Casamitjanas court case and the anti-palm oil petition have in common is a political notion of veganism. The former points to the need to protect vegan ethics by limiting the power of firms to hire and fire. The latter implies that a vegan society requires regulating the market forces involved in the production and consumption of food and other products.

The Vegan Society, founded in 1944 in the UK, aimed to establish a philosophy and way of living which excluded as far as possible all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals. Early vegans promoted the philosophy as a way of life concerned with living without hurting others which avoids exploitation whether it be of our fellow men, the animal population, or the soil upon which we all rely for our very existence.

An ideological gulf separates mainstream consumer veganism, which has nothing to say about the exploitation of our fellow men, and ethical veganisms more political foundations. In many ways the former contradicts and potentially undermines the latter.

The impacts upon the global food system of increased consumer-driven veganism will be similar to earlier processes of market enlargement land grabbing, environmental depletion, and labour exploitation. Such dynamics are epitomised by the current avocado boom, where rising consumer demand for the trendy fruit is accelerating deforestation and soil contamination in Mexico and Chile.

While consumer-driven dietary veganism contributes to continued market expansion, ethical veganism highlights how the construction of a more just world necessitates restricting the operation of capitalist markets.

Labour exploitation through poverty wages underpin many agricultural systems. In the USA for example, around one-third of farmworkers, many of whom are migrant workers without full legal rights, earn incomes below the national poverty line. Forced labour is commonplace across the southern European fruit and vegetable sector, which supplies many UK supermarkets.

The adoption of meat-free product lines by fast food chains such as Burger King is driven by the quest to maximise profits, rather than animal welfare. Such strategies aim to attract new customers to purchase a mix of original and more established products. As Jos Cil, the CEO of Burger Kings parent company, noted, Were not seeing guests swap the original Whopper for the Impossible Whopper. Were seeing that its attracting new guests.

The overall impact is to strengthen, rather than fundamentally alter, the existing business model. In the case of the fast food sector, this means continuing sales of meat-based products.

Ethical veganism contains notable anti-market philosophical foundations. It points to a more holistic understanding of the world, rooted in an aversion to exploitation. In the current context, it has much in common with overt political protests, such as the youth climate strikes, and Extinction Rebellion.

The production and consumption of healthy, environmentally sustainable food free from animal and human exploitation, requires more than shifts in diet, however widespread. It necessitates nothing less than a fundamental transformation in the way humans relate to each other and interact with nature.

While consumer-driven dietary veganism contributes to continued market expansion, ethical veganism highlights how the construction of a more just world necessitates restricting the operation of capitalist markets. These two souls of veganism are antagonistic: veganisms consumer variant promises to undermine the objectives of ethical veganism.

As much of the excitement about Veganuary reflects big food corporations hopes of new profit opportunities, veganisms ethical, political potential, is becoming more visible. If it blossoms and begins to influence how we think about the policies necessary to enhance the welfare of humans, animals and the natural world, then big changes could be afoot.

This article first published on the Le Monde diplomatique website.

Benjamin Selwyn is Professor of International Relations and International Development, University of Sussex, UK. He is author of The Struggle for Development, and forthcoming Green Food, Green Planet.

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Transhumanism: Repairing and Improving the Human – MedicalExpo e-Magazine

The American sociologist and bioethicist James Hughes talked to us about transhumanism, artificial intelligence, genetic modification and other new technologies that could create new capacities and senses for human beings.

MedicalExpo e-mag: What is transhumanism?

James Hughes: Transhumanism is the idea that we can use technology to transcend the limitations of the human brain, body and reproduction. It is a small philosophical and cultural movement, but it represents a broad trend in the kind of ideological developments in Western thought. For hundreds of years there have been thinkers advocating that we could transcend sickness and death. Its been a thread of utopian imagination ever sincebut in the 21st century we actually have the technologies [to do that] and it comes at a very uneven pace.

ME e-mag: CRISPR-Cas9 is a new method of genome editing. Is it a complete revolution?

James Hughes: It is a complete revolution that raises many social-ethical questions. We have been arguing about this for a while: People were saying it is science fiction, and all of a sudden science fiction becomes real. So thats why its very important to have these discussions now because who knows what will happen tomorrow?

For hundreds of years there have been thinkers advocating that we could transcend sickness and death. Its been a thread of utopian imagination ever sincebut in the 21st century we actually have the technologies to do that.

One of the risks we have to take very seriously with CRISPR is biosecurity. People, either accidentally or intentionally, could create microorganisms or even bigger things that could pose a catastrophic risk, such as tailored gene plagues or tailored insects. Modified humans would be pretty easy to track down and shoot. Microorganisms, not so much. For example, the U.S. CIA tried to bring down Fidel Castro. One of the things they imagined 30 years ago was creating a plague that would just kill Cuban crops, but they didnt have the technology. The apartheid government of South Africa wanted to develop a plague that would just kill black people. And now they have the technology.

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So I think we live in a world that is on the cusp of that kind of danger. But we cant prevent those technologies. The best response is to have widespread surveillance for microorganisms and widespread capacity to create vaccines and therapies for them. We basically need a global immune system.

ME e-mag: In the end, CRISPR is good news or bad news?

James Hughes: With CRISPR, we could create more genetically modified organisms (GMOs) very easily. I believe that GMOs can be very good because we need to feed a lot more people on this planet with fewer fertilizers in a world where the climate would be declining very quickly, and to do that we need GMOs.

ME e-mag: But we dont know the possible long-term effects of GMOs on health.

James Hughes: Yes, but CRISPR precisely means that if we make a mistake we can fix it. For example, theres a disease called sickle-cell anemia that Africans and African Americans are more prone to, and that seems to have provided stronger protection against malaria. People say: If you take sickle-cell anemia out of future generations then they wont have that immunity to malaria. But we have many other better ways to get rid of malaria. We could also get rid of the mosquito that transmits malaria, thanks to CRISPR. Plus, in a hundred years, if we decide: Oh my God! We took out sickle-cell anemia, we need to put it back!, we can put it back!

Our cognitive capacity is now super powerful because we all carry smartphones around. We have access to all the worlds knowledge at our fingertips if we know how to use it, so thats the first step towards experiment capacities of the brain.

ME e-mag: What are the other technologies that help the development of the post-human?

James Hughes: Artificial intelligence, and in general, information and communication technologies. Our cognitive capacity is now super powerful because we all carry smartphones around. We have access to all the worlds knowledge at our fingertips if we know how to use it, so thats the first step towards experiment capacities of the brain.

The Exiii HACKberry bionic hand (Credit: Exiii Inc.)

The next step is to connect our brains directly to computing and that would require nano-neural interfaces. Were beginning to develop those with prosthetics limbs that you can indirectly control with your mind. For people with severe paralysis, we are also beginning to put chips into their brains so they can communicate directly with computers, but these are very crude. What we need now are very tiny robots that could communicate directly to our neurons. And were probably about two decades away from that.

Weve already got things like nanodust. They are tiny bits of computing power that you could distribute inside the cortex. Theyre non-invasive and they are powered by external, non-damaging radiation. You dont need to open the skull, thats the key thing.Also right now we dont have very good materials for putting in the brain, so we need advances in biocompatible materials. And we need advances in miniaturization of computing and telecommunication capacity inside the brain.

The next step is to connect our brains directly to computing and that would require nano-neural interfaces. Were beginning to develop those with prosthetics limbs that you can indirectly control with your mind.

ME e-mag: You often talk about silicon brains? What does that mean?

James Hughes: We are modeling more and more of the capacities of the brain in silicon, meaning computing power. One of the consequences of that is that for instance we are developing what is called neuroprosthetics. The hippocampus is very important for memory. On rats and mice with damaged hippocampuses, weve been able to develop a computer chip that mimics the input and the output of hippocampus and allows them to create memory. We can imagine not only replacing damaged parts of our brain but also giving our brain new capacities and senses.

We already have cochlear implants, which are just on the cusp of becoming more capable than ordinary hearing.With the cochlear implant you can have Bluetooth, you can connect it to your phone, you can tune it so that you hear higher frequency than most humans can hear. With future artificial eyes, we will be able to tune them so they can see infrared, radiation and things like that.

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Human Longevity Announces the Acquisition of DoctorsForMe – Yahoo Finance

Clients now have access to Massachusetts General Hospital physician network through DoctorsForMe to help treat disease and support long-term health

Human Longevity, Inc., an innovator in providing data-driven health intelligence and precision health to physicians and patients, announced today the acquisition of DoctorsForMe, Inc. The acquisition now allows clients of Human Longevity to access world-class physicians and services of Mass General, well trusted by patients worldwide as one of the best hospitals in the world.

David Karow, MD, PhD, President and Chief Innovation Officer of Human Longevity, commented, "DoctorsForMe uses Big Data and AI technologies to match a patient with a doctor that perfectly matches the patients specific need. The acquisition enables Human Longevity to provide a complete health intelligence solution for our clients from early disease detection to personalized treatment, all with the goal of living a longer, healthier life."


Human Longevity provides unparalleled, precision health analytics to individuals through the Health Nucleus in La Jolla, CA. The Health Nucleus provides an assessment of current and future risk for cardiac, oncologic, metabolic and cognitive diseases and conditions. This is provided via a multi-modal approach, integrating data from an individuals whole genome, brain and body imaging via MRI, cardiac CT calcium scan, metabolic tests and more, using machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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Preventive Health Care is Key to Long Life: Experts at India’s First Anti-Aging Conference – India New England

New DelhiThe medical community from India, Asia Pacific and the USA joined the speakers here in New Delhi on Sunday at a two-day conference and workshop over fundamental doctrines of anti-aging.

As many as 300 doctors, including world renowned clinicians and researchers in the field of integrative medicine, participated in the conference to sensitise people on the importance of intermittent fasting and long life.

American Academy of Antiaging Medicine (A4M) with Smart Group conducted Indias first anti aging International conference.

Speaking at the event, Dr. B K Modi,Founder-Chairman, Smart Group said, There is an uncanny similarity between ancient Indian science fundamentals of Anti Aging, it is my earnest wish that India leads this global anti aging era.

I am very glad that doctors in India are taking a keen interest in preventive health. I wish more people discover the benefits of preventive health, and can lead happy & healthy lives, beyond 100, he added.

Dr Modi also announced to create wellness cities in New Delhi and Modipur and Rampur Aby 2025.

A host of converging technologies like artificial intelligence, Robotics, Virtual Reality, Digital Biology, sensors, will clash into 3D printing, blockchain, quantum computing and global gigabyte networks in the near future and it will completely change the dynamics of the healthcare industry and how it will be delivered, said Preeti Malhotra, Chairman, Smart Bharat & Chairman, Organising Committee Smart A4M India Conference.

Preventive healthcare has a profound effect on human longevity, awareness and mental wellbeing. I am very happy that we have been able to bring A4M to India to initiate this conversation, much needed in a country like ours, she noted. (IANS)


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Moderna Partners with AWS to Explore the ‘Software of Life’ – BioSpace

The software of life. Thats how Stephane Bancel, the chief executive officer of Moderna, described messenger RNA (mRNA), which is at the core of Modernas drug development process.

Moderna is pioneering mRNA drugs that are believed to be able to direct the body to produce any protein of interest, including antibodies and other proteins that can create therapeutic activity. Bancel said mRNA is an information molecule.

Its like software, he said.

The company, which has secured enormous investments over the past few years, is inching closer to being a commercial company in developing personalized therapies for a wide range of diseases, including cancer. In order to create those personalized medicines, the Cambridge, Mass.-based company relies on gene sequencing and a partnership with one of the worlds largest companies Amazon.

In an interview with CNBCs Jim Cramer during the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference this week, Bancel said the company relies on Amazon Web Services to compare every letter of DNA in the sequencing process. Once that is done, the company can deduce what needs to be done to develop personalized medicine, Bancel explained.

Amazon Web Services, the fastest growing division of the company, according to CNBC, provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to companies. Moderna is currently using Amazon Web Services with more than a dozen drug candidates in its pipeline, which means the high-tech platform plays a central role in the companys drug development program. As CNBC explains, the company is using the powerful cloud-based service to speed up the time it takes a drug candidate to move from the preclinical to the clinical phase. In addition to Moderna, Amazon Web Services is being used by several pharmaceutical companies, including San Diego-based Human Longevity Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and more.

The reliance on the high-speed program could lead to the company finally becoming a commercial entity 10 years after it was launched. Last week, just ahead of JPM, Bancel pointed to one of the companys clinical candidates as a potential blockbuster, an experimental treatment for cytomegalovirus (CMV), the most common infectious cause of birth defects in the United States.

Moderna said the analysis following a Phase I trial, which was taken after the third and final vaccination, shows continued boosting of neutralizing antibody titers in patients. The mRNA-based vaccine, mRNA-1647, is designed to protect against CMV infection. Cytomegalovirus is a common pathogen and is the leading infectious cause of birth defects in the United States with approximately 25,000 newborns in the U.S. infected every year. CMV is passed from the mother to her unborn child. Birth defects occur in about 20% of infected babies. The defects can include neurodevelopmental disabilities such as hearing loss, vision impairment, varying degrees of learning disability and decreased muscle strength and coordination. There is no approved vaccine to prevent CMV infection.

In October, the company received Fast Track Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mRNA-3927, its investigational mRNA therapeutic for propionic academia, which is caused by the inability of the body to breakdown certain proteins and fats which leads to the build-up of toxic chemicals. Moderna plans to initiate an open-label, multi-center, dose-escalation Phase I/II study of multiple ascending doses of mRNA-3927 in primarily pediatric patients.

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Chip Walter is dying for you to read his new book on immortality. Or is he? – NEXTpittsburgh

Is it possible to cure aging?

Chip Walter says yes. The author spent years researching and writing his new book Immortality, Inc.: Renegade Science, Silicon Valley Billions, and the Quest to Live Forever which explores the efforts being taken to cure aging and hence dramatically prolong life.

This is not a work of fiction.

Walter, a science journalist, filmmaker, skeptic and former CNN bureau chief interviewed many authorities, including Craig Venter, the scientist who accelerated the completion of the first human genome and Robert Hariri, one of the worlds leading stem cell experts.

The book, published by National Geographic, is available in bookstores and online. As part of his tour to promote the book, Walter will appear at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland on Thursday, Jan. 16 to discuss the death of growing old. The event, which is part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lecture Series, is free with registration.

The topic is fascinating with so many implications. NEXTpittsburgh caught up with Walter to ask him some burning questions of our own.

Define immortality. Is it infinite or are we talking hundreds of years?

None of us is going to live forever. Sooner or later well be hit by a bus or lightning, or maybe an angry spouse who just cant stomach celebrating their 400th anniversary! We used the title Immortality, Inc. in the book to differentiate it from simply living a couple of extra years or even a couple of extra decades. So, this book doesnt pretend to have revealed science that will guarantee infinite life, but it does explore scientific advances on the horizon that will very likely diminish and then eliminate aging. And since aging and age-related diseases are the number one reason why we die (one million people a week die of age-related disease), curing aging would radically lengthen healthy life spans into the hundreds of years, crazy as that may sound.

Do we have to cure cancer and conditions like depression first?

The opposite, I think.

If scientists solve aging, then it would also vastly reduce the number of people who die from cancer and many other diseases. The reason most people get cancer is because they are aging. If science can solve the underlying, biological causes of aging, these killer diseases would largely disappear. Well basically grow younger. And, as a rule, most people do not die when they are young unless its from an accident, murder or a severe genetic problem.

So, by curing aging, we will, in one fell swoop, cure much of the cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers and other major diseases. This arguably makes solving aging the best way to eliminate a whole group of diseases, rather than try to track each one down individually like were playing some game of whack-a-mole. In fact, you could argue that these diseases will never be eliminated unless aging is eliminated first. Well just create a series of band-aids, but eventually something will get us.

Issues like depression are more problematic because they are not directly related to aging (though they sometimes can be). But, an additional bonus is that as science attempts to cure aging, we may well develop cures for many diseases that afflict people in their youth genetic diseases, mental and emotional syndromes, viruses, childhood cancer because we will understand the genomics of the human body so much better.

How close are we really to achieving immortality and what will be the first discovery?

I doubt there will be a silver bullet any more than scientists found a silver bullet that would cure cancer when the war against cancer was launched in the 1970s. Its just too complex. But, I do believe that some major advances will be revealed and in use within the next four years. These advances will be incremental, but they will also gather speed. First, I expect to see a far broader use of stem cell technology to repair damaged and diseased bodies from arthritis to kidney disease. A company and scientist I explore in the book (Celularity) is tackling that.

Next, will come major advances as we better understand the human genome. We are gathering more and more information that is enabling us to decode the genome so that we can understand and develop drugs tailored to each individual. But first we have to understand what interactions within our DNA unravel the human body in the first place. ( I explore a company called Human Longevity, founded by genomic pioneer Craig Venter, that is working on that.) Third, based largely on genomics, will come advances that truly unveil why we age at all. Clearly we do. But why? Calico and Apple Chairman Arthur Levinson is working on that.

How will we solve all of these complex problems? Only the development of increasingly robust computing can solve that problem, and that software is advancing at an exponential pace. Ultimately, those machines, working with scientists of many stripes will crack some of these profoundly complex challenges. Generally, I believe those are the four forces that I believe will lead to the end of aging.

Has there been an actual breakthrough and if so, what is it?

There have been breakthroughs, but no cures (because, again, I doubt there will be a silver bullet). But as I reveal in the book, scientists now know, definitively, that genetics is the source behind why we age (or one of the key sources). We also know that certain key genes in other animals (like mice) can be switched, and when they are, the mice live far longer and healthier lives, sometimes more than four times longer. We also know that some mammals simply dont age. They die of other things, but not aging. This was discovered while I was writing the book. Scientists in the book also have discovered what they suspect is the explanation of youth. Why are we born young? How does that happen and then why and how do we age? So, we have already seen significant fundamental advances, and theyll continue to come.

How much of the book is about the personalities and how much is about science?

I did not want to write a book that was just a bland science survey filled with a bunch of facts. Theres a difference between fact and truth. When I first set out to explore and research Immortality, Inc., the main question in my mind was this: are we actually now living in a time when science could solve one of the greatest mysteries the human race has ever faced? And if science can accomplish that, what does it mean? To tell that story I needed to understand the history of the key scientists, and the finances and thinking of those involved. And I needed to gain access to them. It wasnt easy, but eventually I did. Much of what I found is exclusive information. Unknown until now.

In the end I wanted to thread all of those themes together into one larger, compelling story. How did something like this come to be? Who were these scientists? What motivated them? Are they crazy or geniuses? So, I spent a lot of time with all of them and I wrote about who they are and what led them to undertake such a monumental task. Who does that? Once I set the stage for outlining the personalities and the cultural and historical and financial issues, then I dove into the science that these scientists and companies were developing. I think this makes the book a much more compelling human story. At least I hope so.

How would you respond to critics who think the book is more about very wealthy older people in a quest to cheat death?

Well, the simple answer is thats not what the book is about. So folks should read it and theyll see that such an assumption would be off-base. I am sure that there are many well-heeled older people who would like to live longer and healthier lives. And I am sure that there are many not-so-well-heeled people who would as well. That doesnt make them evil. This is only evil if the rich, and only the rich, hold on to technologies that would lead to longer life. That would be wrong. But history shows that as new technologies evolve, costs drop and then they become more ubiquitous. I believe that will happen here. Insurance companies will begin to see that they can save a lot more money by enabling people to remain healthy longer than by paying to have them go into the hospital again and again.

When it comes right down to it, does anyone want to die (unless you are facing horrible physical, emotional or mental pain)? I mean when each of us is facing death, that day, do we really want to blink out? Living is literally wound into our DNA. Every living thing does everything it can to remain alive, until it simply cant anymore. From the beginning of time we have always tried to avoid dying. Thats the origin and purpose of Medicine with a capital M. Now, if we solve that problem and huge numbers of us live exceptionally long, will that create problems? Absolutely. But again, will most people say, Its okay, Ill die so we dont have an over population problem. Lets imagine someone has cancer and science offers a potential solution, do they say, No thanks. Not usually. I suspect the same will be true of drugs and treatments that extend life. A bigger issue in my mind is how, as a society, we are going to deal with a world in which we are living, not decades longer (as we already are), but hundreds of years longer. These advances are going to capsize everything. So I suggest we get a handle on it now.

Did you discuss immortality with any religious leaders or people in the death care industry? What were their thoughts?

I did speak to those people, but I didnt get deeply into it in the book or it would have been 600 pages long. Peoples feelings about this are all over the map, pro and con. There is, however, no religion that fundamentally holds that we must die. Some people, however, do feel its wrong to want to cheat death. That somehow its unnatural or that God wants us to die. But if this were universally true, then why take antibiotics? Why try to save people from automobile accidents? Why try to cure or treat any disease? All of these are basically ways to cheat death, at least for awhile.

But again, I want to clarify that my goal with this book isnt to advocate one way or another for outfoxing the grim reaper. I am simply trying to tell the story of these forces and people who are creating profound and fundamental change in the human story. I wanted to tell that tale, not explore the theology and philosophy of life and death because its not about my point of view. Its about whats happening and why its important.

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Over 300 doctors gather in Delhi to emphasize importance of intermittent fasting – Outlook India

New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) Over 300 doctors from across the globe congregated in the national capital and emphasised the importance of intermittent fasting as a preventive healthcare to lead a healthy life.

They said practices such as intermittent fasting are known to regulate the lipids in the body thereby maintaining the glycemic index. Apart from being a weight loss remedy, it also helps in developing a more active lifestyle.

Highlighting the ways for healthy living, renowned doctors, healthcare practitioners from India, USA, Canada, China, Vietnam, Australia and South Africa took part in the anti-aging conference.

The highlights of the lecture sessions included discussions on advanced cutting edge technology and futuristic innovations in the healthcare for a better and healthy living.

While medication has taken an exponential leap this century, many people are still unaware that preventive health has had a profound effect on human longevity, awareness, mental wellbeing, BK Modi founder-chairman, Smart Group, said via a video conference.

"I wish more people discover the benefits of preventive health. Though people are becoming very health conscious and hence intermittent fasting is one of the ways that has attracted 30-40% of the people for the same. Seeking the benefits, more number of people are opting, as it not only triggers weight loss but also helps the body to combat various chronic ailments," Modi said.

People are always looking for something new way of losing weight, and intermittent fasting is a very old method used by people for weight loss and body cleansing, another doctor said.

Unless any patient has a history of some chronic disease, diabetes, hypertention etc, people in any age bracket irrespective of gender are recommended.

"It is glad to see that doctors in India are taking a keen interest in preventive health. With the introduction of featured new age topics including intermittent fasting, regenerative medicine, autoimmunity, biochemical detox, and sub-fertile male amongst others, these techniques have gained attention for it''s incredible effects on both weight loss and curbing down chronic diseases," said Micheal Brown, director, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

The conference was organised by Smart Group, a diversified business conglomerate with interests in mobility, finance, healthcare and technology sectors, in collaboration with American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, a not-for-profit medical society dedicated to the detection, prevention and treatment of diseases associated with aging. PTI PLB ABHABH

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India’s first anti-aging international conference talks of benefits of preventive health. – Daily Pioneer

In order to create awareness about healthy life style, Indias first anti-aging International conference was organized in the National Capital which was attended by more than 300 doctors and featured the most cutting edge and futurists innovations in healthcare.

Preeti Malhotra, president of organising committee said that medicine has taken an exponential leap this century. Preventive health has had a profound effect on human longevity, awareness and mental wellbeing of the people.

I wish more people discover the benefits of preventive health, and can lead happy and healthy lives. This technique has gained attention for its incredible effects on both weight loss and on diseases. Since weight loss is a long journey for some, it is seen quite often that people who opt for healthy lifestyle be it by changing their diet or incorporating exercises in their day to day life, people tend to continue the healthy practice and hence we have seen people continuing the practice. said Dr M (BK Modi) founder and Chairman of Smart Group.

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Live Longer And Healthier By Regularly Doing This Simple Activity – International Business Times


For many years, the human race has been on a quest for ways to improve longevity. Through scientific studies, researchers were able to point out unhealthy practices that you should get rid of to enjoy a longer life. Some of these include quitting smoking as the habit increases your risk of developing several serious ailments like cancer. Although avoiding known unhealthy lifestyle practices play a vital role in achieving longevity, there is a connection between enjoying simple past-times and longevity.

Own a Dog

A new study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes reveals that owning a dog has been associated with living a longer life. It also showed that those who own dogs also have better cardiovascular activities. Those who live alone and have had bouts with a heart attack and stroke are advised to indulge in such activity. dog ownership longevity lifestpan Photo: MabelAmber - Pixabay

The outcome in the published study was based on two other studies, which showed that dog ownership was associated with a reduction in the factors that play a role in cardiac arrest and other heart-related events.

As a result, since cardiac arrest and cardiovascular events are reduced, the mortality rate associated with these diseases is likewise reduced. Although these studies do not necessarily prove that dog ownership is linked to lower mortality rates, the results clearly suggest this.

Other Benefits Of Dog Ownership

According to previous studies, by owning a dog, social isolation is alleviated. It also helps improve physical activity and also helps in lowering blood pressure. They also found that this is very much evident among dog owners as compared to those who dont own one.

The study looked into the data that was provided by the Swedish National Patient Register. Swedish residents aged between 40 to 85 years old became part of the study. They were the ones who experienced a stroke or a heart attack.

Out of these residents, it was found that those who owned a dog were said to have a lower risk of death thereafter. The possible reasons pointed out include decreased loneliness and depression. They also had better socialization because of their dogs. Furthermore, it was found that by owning a dog, they are better motivated to keep themselves active and physically fit.

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