The body’s “fountain of youth” could be in the hypothalamus, an important part of the brain for emotional regulation:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12143.html

For the role the hypothalamus plays in emotions see here: http://www.preservearticles.com/201104185522/role-of-hypothalamus-in-emotion.html

 

Part of my graduate work was tying together the soft science of yoga with the hard science of neuro-endocrinology. My thesis was that breathwork could result in stimulating the various endocrine glands to secrete the necessary hormones for re-starting brain growth in regions like the hypothalamus and amygdala, which are responsible for emotion. Additionally, as many people, including Leonard Orr and Jim Leonard postulated, emotional integration helps one live longer, theorizing correctly that negative emotions (and the related stress hormones like cortisol) are what actually kill us.

In the yogic tradition the location of the hypothalamus coincides with what is known as bindu visarga. From that point emanates amrita, which is roughly translated as the nectar of immortality. It is considered that it flows downward from that point and gets consumed by the digestive system. Certain techniques, usually involving inverted body position, reverse the flow of amrita, which can than get assimilated by the body.

Myron Stoloroff also talked about the deep connection between emotional healing and a life of vitality in his book Thanatos to Eros.

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From New Scientist:

The key gene that keeps embryonic stem cells in a state of youthful immortality has been discovered.

The breakthrough may one day contribute to turning ordinary adult cells into those with the properties of human ESCs. This would end the need to destroy embryos to harvest the cells for new medical treatments.

ESCs are unique as they are “pluripotent” – capable of differentiating into the different cells in the body – and hold great potential for treating damaged or diseased organs. But until now scientists did not know how a stem cell renews itself or develops into an new kind of cell.

The gene found in mouse ESCs and some human equivalents appears to be the “master gene”, coordinating other genes to allow stem cells to multiply limitlessly while still retaining their ability to differentiate. It has been christened Nanog after the land in Celtic myth called Tir nan Og, whose inhabitants remain forever young.

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Living to 1000 and Beyond

February 28th, 2003 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Living to 1000 and Beyond)

Ask yourself this question – if you could live indefinitely in perfect health with endless opportunities for happiness and prosperity would you? If not, why not? My personal take is I’m going to live forever or die trying. When I first became an immortalist around the age of 12, most people including my parents thought I was being silly or fanciful. They never once asked me how I thought such a thing was possible let alone likely if I played my cards right. The basic argument was first explained to my knowledge in 1978 by Robert Anton Wilson in his article Next Stop: Immortality.

Assuming you are in your 40’s or younger now, you can expect to live at least another 30 to 40 years without any further advances in medical technology. That means you will still be around in 2030. But think about all of the medical advances happening now and will become practical in the next 10 years – adult stem cell organ regeneration, genetic therapy, cures for diabetes, alzhiemers and parkinsons, and possibly even several forms of cancer. By 2020, we are likely to see dramatic advances in nanomedicine, where nanomachines in our bodies will clean arteries, repair cellular and genetic damage and possibly repair/regenerate the telomerase. So by 2020, a combination of advanced genetic therapies, organ and cellular regeneration, lifespans could easily be extended by an additional 40 years, bringing us to 2070. But we are still hanging out in 2020. Between 2020 and 2040, and assuming we don’t destroy ourselves in the process, nanotechnology will likely reach full maturity. With fully mature nanomachines our bodies and any damage that would occur from aging or disease could be repaired and even reversed. This means that if you look and feel like a 70 year old in 2030, by 2040 you will look and feel like a 25 year old again. No more aging. This is no joke, as wear and tear on our bodies is just collective damage at the molecular level, now repairable by nano-enabled molecular repair machines. End result by 2040 – indefinite lifespans.

So if you play your cards right, eat, exercise and take care of yourself you will live to see an accelerated return on longevity, where the increase in average lifespan increases faster than we age. So, are you ready and willing to live indefinitely? Now that you could live to see your 1000th birthday, what are you going to do with your life?

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