Healthy after 100 ?

Is living 100 years in good health a dream or reality?

The process has already started. In Europe, each year life expectancy grows by a trimester. In 2040 or 2050, life expectancy in France could approach 95, for both men and women. Additionally, over the past several years scientists have told us that the human body is built to live between 120 and 140 years. We are already able to remain healthy, and live beyond 100, if we apply certain principles for prevention.

But humans damage themselves. How can we fight against the violent effects of time?

There are many techniques. Tissue engineering allows whole organs to rebuild themselves, in both form and function, inside the body rather than through transplants. We're not quite there, but around thirty laboratories today are working on this subject around the world. They are copying the salamander, who can reconstruct everything from the smallest gene to the least tendon.

Should we believe those who affirm that immortality is not far off?

I don’t support this transhumanist vision of complete immortality created by man. Some people will have the means necessary to survive artificially, while others won’t. This is not right. This doesn’t stop scientists from visualising it already. They consider that the human body is a machine, where each module is replaceable and modifiable. Think about an Airbus 20 years ago. Each piece is regularly verified and, if there is a risk of failure, replaced. In the end, the Airbus seems like new, and is improved as technology advances. Transhumanists think the same way about the human body. For me, this is a fundamental error, as the human body has other emerging values other than being considered a machine. By Christophe Doré, Le Figaro, Published January 7, 2011.

*And man created life, Joel de Rosnay, LLL, 304 pages

Micro-genetics and nutrigenomics: the path of the future for good health and “ageing well”

A new discipline, called “epigenetics” (modulation of genetic activity through changes to behaviour, especially nutrition), is today considered as a fundamental breakthrough in the comprehension and maintenance of good health and the slowing of the ageing process.

In a recent article, requested by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Health in the US, the impact of epigenetics was evaluated, as well as the prevention of certain cancers through daily consumption of natural products, which already make up part of the daily diet in numerous countries.

Micro nutrition studies the impact of micro nutrients, such as vitamins and trace elements, on health. As for nutrigenomics, it studies the influence of the components of a diet (macro and micro-nutrients) on the whole of an individual's genes, as well and on the metabolic changes they bring on.

An interesting conference on micro nutrition was held at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industries on March 19th and 20th, 2011. Below you can find the speaker’s list as well as a summary of the presentations, which dealt principally with epigenetics, epigenomes, the role of mitochondria, or the effects of resveratrol...

Click here Download Micro Nutrition Conference CSI 190311 (in french)