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The Eternal Youth

Eternal youth is the concept of human physical immortality free of ageing. The youth referred to is usually meant to be in contrast to the depredations of aging, rather than a specific age of the human lifespan. Eternal youth is common in mythology, and is a popular theme in fiction.

The Eternal Youth

The difference between eternal life and the more specific eternal youth is a recurrent theme in Greek and Roman mythology. The mytheme of requesting the boon of immortality from a god, but forgetting to ask for eternal youth appears in the story of Tithonus. A similar theme is found in Ovid regarding the Cumaean Sibyl.

The idea that the human body can be repaired in old age to a more youthful state has gathered significant commercial interest over the past few years, including by companies such as Human Longevity Inc, Google Calico, and Elysium Health.[8][9][10] In addition to these larger companies, many startups are currently developing therapeutics to tackle the 'ageing problem' using therapy.[11][12] In 2015 a new class of drugs senolytics was announced (currently in pre-clinical development) designed specifically to combat the underlying biological causes of frailty.[13]

The "loss of youth" or ageing process is responsible for increasing the risk of individuals to many diseases including cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and others. As a result, in recent years, many high net worth individuals have donated large amounts of their money towards initiatives towards scientific research into the ageing process itself or therapies to slow or reverse the ageing process.[14] These people include Jeff Bezos, Ray Kurzweil, Peter Thiel,[15] Aubrey de Grey, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Dmitry Itskov, Paul Gallen,[16] and Mark Zuckerberg.[17]

Two hundred years have passed since his birth, and the style of writing novels that he invented remains ever alive and young. I have a feeling that in the next two hundred years, his way of writing will remain vigorous, in a state of eternal youth.

We live in a society permanently obsesed with the idea of youth. Therefore, it is not surprising to find supposedly miraculous potions, ointments and elixirs that offer precisely that. But the idea of permanent youth is not a new idea, it comes from way back, as does the notion that young blood would help rejuvenate those chosen by the powers-to-be. But how much truth is there in those legends of old?

When they arrive, Poison Ivy disguised as Dr. Daphne Demeter welcomes them and introduces to all the guests a new product called Demetrite that would give them the "eternal youth". Ivy tells them that the compound is in everything in the spa, the food, the water, and even in the air they breathe. Meanwhile, Commissioner Gordon informs Batman about a missing person and Batman investigates her apartment in search of any clues he finds that the woman had received the same videotape as Bruce Wayne inviting her to the same spa. Bruce calls Alfred to ask for the missing woman in the spa, but apparently, the woman left some time ago of her own will; Bruce however noticed that Alfred is speaking in a different way than he normally does.

The Guardians of Eternal Youth, formally known as the Immortal Student Council, are a group of babies that guard and give the ability of eternal youth. Skips worships them so he doesn't die. The Guardians of Eternal Youth are five big chubby babies with deep voices that granted Skips eternal youth.

I am wondering what Bible scripture references you are referring to when you say, "the gospel promises us eternal youthfulness and beauty." I am familiar with the scriptures that tell us about no more pain, suffering, etc. but have never heard scriptures that promise eternal youthfulness and beauty.

An old, frail man, he asked the men he had stopped to help about his father Finn MacCool, and they told him that Finn had died many years before. Broken-hearted and many hundred years old, Oisín died soon after, but not before he shared legends and stories of Fianna, his father great Finn MacCool, and the magical land of eternal youth that is Tír Na nÓg. And even today in Ireland, these legends live on.

But beware: Eager as you might be to purchase youth in a bottle, a new study says there's zero scientific evidence that growth hormones are any more effective at turning back the clock than tap water or snake oil. On the contrary: Researchers found that if taken by healthy adults it could cause a host of unhealthy side effects, including joint pain, soft tissue swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome, increased breast size in men, and a heightened risk of diabetes and pre-diabetes."Growth hormone should not be used for anti-aging purposes," says Hau Liu, a research fellow in endocrinology and health policy at Stanford University and author of the new study appearing in the January 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. "This costs hundreds to thousands of dollars a month and there is no scientific evidence supporting it and very real, potentially serious side effects." Liu's team reviewed published studies of healthy senior citizens using growth hormones. At best, they found that the drugs increased lean body or muscle mass by slightly more than two kilograms (just over four pounds) and decreased fat mass by roughly the same amount. But Liu says the body changes did not translate into benefits: Longevity, bone density, cholesterol levels, stamina and blood sugar levels did not significantly change or improve. "If you went to a gym pretty regularly, you might get that change without breaking into too much of a sweat," he says, "and you wouldn't spend $1,000 to $2,000 a month on something that appears to have minimal or no benefit and has the potential of some very serious side effects." Liu notes that the biggest surprise was the dearth of data in this area, given the widespread popularity of GH as a supposed anti-aging therapy. In fact, he says, researchers reviewing scientific evidence found that there were only about 500 patients involved in rigorous controlled trials and that only a few more than 200 of them actually received growth hormones. Human growth hormone is a protein naturally produced by the pituitary gland (at the base of the brain) that helps regulate growth during childhood and metabolism in adults. Production peaks during childhood and in the teen years and starts dipping at around age 30 and continues to decline into old age. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved the drug, now produced synthetically, to treat children with short stature (caused by growth hormone deficiency and some diseases and other growth problems)--and to treat adults who suffer from a growth hormone deficiency causing conditions like bone loss, high cholesterol and low energy.The FDA bars pharmaceutical companies from marketing growth hormones for off-label uses such as anti-aging. But that hasn't stopped mostly Internet vendors from peddling--and thousands of people from snapping up--pills, sprays and injections supposedly containing GH as a passport to the Fountain of Youth. It is estimated that as many as 30,000 people in the U.S. used human growth hormone as an anti-aging agent in 2004, about 10 times as many as in the 1990s, despite the hefty price tag and the fact that it is not approved for such use. Growth hormones took off as an anti-aging sensation in 1990 after a paper was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that presented the findings of a study involving a dozen men over age 60 injected with growth hormones three times a week for six months. At the end of the treatment, they had increases in lean body mass and bone mineral, unlike a group of nine men who had received no treatment.The authors of that study did not make any claims that the treatment had reversed the aging process and stressed that more research was needed to draw any conclusions. But they did note that the increase in muscle and decrease in fat were "equivalent in magnitude to the changes incurred during 10 to 20 years of aging."The statement attracted a heap of media attention, which triggered an explosion in use of growth hormones for anti-aging purposes. The NEJM tried but failed to quiet the hype with an editorial accompanying the article-- and one in 2003-- that warned against using growth hormones as an anti-aging therapy. "My suggestion is that growth hormone should not be used for anti-aging," Liu says. "Rather than looking at growth hormone as a magic bullet or [ticket to] the fountain of youth, if you want to increase your chances of living a long and productive life, you should do the things that your moms and doctors always told you: Eat right, exercise often, get enough sleep, and don't smoke." Rights & PermissionsABOUT THE AUTHOR(S) 350c69d7ab


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