As the legend that is Queen asked, hitting it right in the bullseye: “What is that thing that fills our dreams yet slips away from us? Who wants to live forever?”
“That thing that fills our dreams” is the dream of immortality that has haunted the far too soon mortal human realm since the dawn of mankind and its simultaneously emerging wish to continue on living, loving, being and experiencing indefinitely. From the first ancient alchemies seeking for eternal life, all the way to the modern age and the medicine and technology trying to perform its own “magic”, eternal life is the ever elusive, ever present taunting possibility. It is a possibility? Well, “forever” is to be taken with a grain of salt, as it does not necessarily mean infinite existence in time but it may very well mean doubling your standard life expectancy and disposing with the preprinted date of expiry stamped upon your person. There have been documented cases of people living several hundred years seeded across all cultures, there are stories of yogis living 400 years or more and monks and nuns in ashrams keeping their vitality and strength well into their three digit old lives. So yes, it is possible, we are not bound by biology here as it would seem but by the way of life that doesn’t support what the biology offers.
Each chromosome is built in a way that its ends have a sort of a protective cap that guards the information stored within the genome. The caps are called telomeres and act in a similar way that a cap at the end of a shoestring would, to prevent the string from untangling and fraying. When we are born the telomeres are strong and long but, as we grow older and depending on our lifestyle choices, each new division and duplication results in loss of a bit of telomere mass. It declines to the point where the telomeres are so damaged or nonexistent that the chromosome cannot allow multiplication any more due to the compromised information without the telomere protective caps and this is when disease, decay and the aging of the body occurs and it is very much dependent on the levels of chronic stress, the diet we chose and the amount of exercise and challenge we put on our bodies. The interesting thing is that the telomeres can be fixed and regenerated and aging process reversed. The usual speed of telomere decay through division sets the normal life span at cca 120 years. The way to reverse the process was found by the scientists that were awarded the Nobel Prize for it in 2009. – Carol Greider, Elisabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak. They discovered an enzyme but had no idea what its purpose was within the cells… until they payed attention to the location of the enzyme which was concentrated at the tips of the chromosomes, around the telomere “caps”. They called the enzyme telomerase and discovered that its function was to repair and regenerate the damaged telomeres – effectively reversing the aging process, rejuvenating chromosomes, cells and tissues and allowing for longevity. Introducing more telomerase can actually repair the already damaged or depleted reserves.
Your body is made to heal itself to an amazing extent, to fix and recuperate even what we’ve considered to be unfixable for most of human history and science. What you need is already there and available and your body was designed to live “forever”. Old age is not something associated with frailty and suffering as we are used to view it. It is an age of vital wisdom and aliveness– if we only get out of our own way and allow the body to heal. You will benefit from the kick start the modern medicine gives, but the deeper fuller healing is up to you and your choices. The body already knows what to do to heal itself. Let it.