By Jesse Anson Dawn
Tips on Keeping Mind and Body Young
Jesse Anson Dawn, age 54, author of the national award-winning book, Never "Old", speaks out about a most stirring subject: how and why we age.
Presently answering the question: Dear "Youthman" Dawn: "I've read where you say that a lot of aging is based on 'myth'. What are some of the so-called 'myths' about aging?"
Perhaps the major myth that I hope to dispel in my research and writings is the myth that "aging is NOT a disease" - despite the fact that much of the "pharmaceutical community" has spent billions of dollars looking for evidence that somehow proves the theory that our bodily cells age in a fixed time frame. Why chemical-based laboratories and researchers spend so much time and money looking in this direction is obvious, because if we become thoroughly convinced that only drugs or surgery can alter the inevitably "natural" process of decrepitude and infirmity, then our only hope lies in chemical and/or surgical interventions that they can sell us at enormous prices. But the unavoidable truth is that both drugs and surgery leave out the crucial learning process needed for true de-aging, for how we age is unremovably linked to personal perception, and neither a pill nor an operation can teach us a different way to perceive and think.
Indeed, no matter how hard they try to push such a belief, I don't buy the hype that "aging" can be "fixed" like hemorrhoids or a yeast infection via salves, pills or a surgeon's knife. Nor should "aging" be blotted out with numbing drink or painkillers. Rather it is something to be challenged comprehensively and daily, challenged like a psychological ailment.
What I find is that if you can shake "aging" off a year, then a year can double into two years, and then two can turn into four, four into eight and so on. In the very same continuously-cell-doubling, shedding-off-old-cells-for-new process, skin and organs are perpetually renewed via the ongoing process that biologists call "mitosis". But nowadays much of the "scientific community" is claiming that mitosis, the continuous renewal of skin and organs long believed to be ongoing for untold amounts of time, has a "built-in" time limit that creates, even on a cellular level, what is now referred to as "natural senescence". Hence arises the "Natural Senescence" theory, a theory which some scientists claim is valid due to laboratory tests where animal or human cells have been "cultured" (fed and sustained with nutritional potions in laboratory glassware) to the point of indicating that mitosis is not continuously ongoing as previously believed, but test cells are aging and dying in a predictable time frame. This new hypothesis, the "natural senescence" of cells, is opening up a vast new profit market for pharmaceutical companies looking for that magic "anti-aging" pill that wins the war against "natural" cell death. But I must strongly emphasize that the "Natural Senescence" theory is one that I feel compelled to refute, so much so that I will put my thoughts into proudly bold letters and call the next section of this column:
"Natural Senescence" is a Lot
And to shed a little light and lightness on the subject, I'll summarize my anti-"Natural Senescence" feelings with another of my little song-poems, one titled:
The Senile Cells Blues
Now the science boys with microscopes, claim theirs is the BIG story, Claiming cells get "old" and "senile", when cultured in a laboratory. But when "cultures" age, dying like flies, I find it no surprise, Cut off from their mind, stuck in a jar, no WONDER the thing dies. But still they say cells get "senile", then oops, down goes the boat, So should I move to a "rest home", or knit me a suicide note? Anyway, that's their claim, that cells have a "limited" bloom, But bloom THIS I say, don't slot ME, for no old folks house of doom!
And just as America was founded on dissent, so is my Rejuvenation Revolution, which just so happens to be the title of a new book of mine, one which I hope you get a chance to read. Meanwhile, happy springtime and happy rejuvenating!
For the whole "anti-aging" story, Jesse Dawn's 258-page book, Never "Old" (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and winner of the National Association of Independent Publishers Award for Content) can be quickly received by charge card. Call World Changing Books at their toll-free number 1 (800) RENEW-22 (736-3922) or send a check for $11.95 (includes book, first-class postage and handling) made out to World Changing Books and send to P.O. Box 5491, Hilo, HI 96720.
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