ELP – The Extended Life Program:
The essence of ELP: using what’s natural to thwart nature. The most brilliant part of Gerry Wallace’s discovery is that it doesn’t require either drugs or surgery – the prevailing tools of modern medicine. There is no reliance on therapy, techniques or herbs, all lesser, but significant members of the medical lineup in the 20th Century. Instead the focus of his approach relies on extending the regenerative power within us all. His treatment, such as it is, relies on reintroducing stems cells into our bodies, cells that come from us, cells that are stimulated making them more active and more effective. Basically his hyperactive cells restore powers of regeneration that allowed us to grow and mature in our youth. Medical science is already flirting with these discoveries. An aging population is a relatively new phenomenon, a modern experience introduced in the last century. ELP will happen! It is just a matter of time.
However, are we ready? Do we really want to live indefinitely? Were we designed to live forever? Maybe we can modify our physical capabilities to allow long extended life but are we mentally ready to add to our life burdens, accumulating more worries and frustrations without any end for the foreseeable future?
“Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
There are many implications of living indefinitely, not the least of which is a heightened sense of vulnerability. The consequences of failure are severe for one who is destined to live indefinitely. This is but one aspect of the many traumas and concerns that face those on the ELP program. ‘2020 Hindsight’ is intentionally provocative, designed to produce discussion and debate about what we may face as life expectancy leap frogs ahead.