By Greg Critser
Combine the newest and such a lot rigorous medical examine, irrepressible outdated entrepreneurship, and the traditional human wish to dwell endlessly (or a minimum of much longer) and the result's today’s exploding multibillion-dollar antiaging undefined. Its achievements are to date normally marginal, yet its grants circulate with the entire attract of a twenty-first-century fountain of teenybopper. In Eternity Soup, acclaimed technological know-how 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 restrict Society, whose members—inspired by way of definite laboratory findings regarding mice—live their lives in a nation simply above hunger. (“It’s in basic 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 trying to recapture flagging sexual energy. the following, 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? in its place, we should always simply easy methods to fix and exchange organs and tissue that holiday down, like a classic vehicle collector who retains a century-old version T shining and operating like new.
Eternity Soup is a simmering brew of testosterone patches, human progress hormone (so promising and so most likely dangerous), theories that view getting older as a curable affliction, laboratory-grown substitute organs (“I are looking to construct a kidney,” says one proponent. “It is any such stup-eed organ!”), and bountiful different troubling, hilarious, and invigorating parts. Critser reveals lots of chicanery and credulousness within the antiaging realm but in addition a stunning measure of optimism, even between a few previously sober skeptics, that we may well certainly be at the cusp of anything vast. And that elicits its personal new set of matters: How will our society deal with 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 desiring to fit the inevitable loss that incorporates toughness? Eternity Soup is an illuminating, wry, and provocative attention of a long-dreamed-about global which may now be turning into a truth.