Nanotechnology and Anti-aging
One of the great buzz words today among engineers and futurists is “nanotechnology.”
Basically “nanotechnology” is a broad term that has to do with being able to manipulate matter at the “nano” or molecular level. It has far reaching applications, from robotics to information technologies, and even bio-mechanics and medicine.
Nanotechnology and Medicine
Nanotechnology is a major leap forward from conventional chemistry or engineering. When a scientist is trying to synthesize a certain chemical, for example a drug, to produce a particular reaction in the body – to kill germs or cancer cells – he or she must rely on conventional chemical reactions to make atoms and molecules hopefully recombine to form the organic structures he or she hopes will have the desired effect.
Using nanotechnology, that same scientist can literally pull apart a molecule, atom by atom, and recombine them, like Lego bricks, in the exact structure he or she desires. Once perfected, you can see how such techniques can result in much more targeted and effective therapies, with far fewer side effects.
One of the other promises of nanotechnology in the medical field is the possibility of building self-replicating, “micro-robots,” or “nano-bots,” that could be introduced into the bloodstream and travel to the site of diseased or damaged tissue, and like miniature surgeons, effect repairs.
While much of this is all speculation, and a long way off, there are already some medical uses of nanotechnology.
Primarily, nanotechnology right now is being used for more efficient drug delivery systems, where patches and topical creams filled with nano-particles are able to reach deep below skin layers and directly target specific microscopic receptor sites.
Search engine giant Google, even recently announced that its medical research division is working on a pill that contains thousands of nanoparticles, which when swallowed would be released and monitor your body for the development of specific diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Parkinson’s.
According to the report, “a wristband would scan the nanoparticles once a day with light and radio waves to help diagnose health conditions in the early stages.”
Nanotechnology and Age Management
Perhaps one of the most exciting areas of nanotechnology, especially to a practitioner of anti-aging medicine such as myself, is how it may someday be used to radically extend the human lifespan.
Once we have perfected the ability to manufacture and control medical “nano-bots,” it is conceivable that we could effectively eradicate aging, through a process of chromosome replacement. This is certainly the stuff of science fiction for now.
However it is theoretically possible that microscopic medical nano-bots could travel throughout your body, like policemen on patrol.
Whenever they come across a cell that is wearing out, or dying, basically “aging,” they could re-insert new chromosomes that identically match your genome, repairing and revitalizing that cell.
Which means, in theory, your cells would never die, and you would not grow old.
So, if this is all so much fantasy right now, why even mention it? Two good reasons:
- one, it is not as far-fetched as you might think, progress is being made in labs around the world every day.
- The second, and perhaps the more important reason, is for you to take every effort you can, use every real-world technique we have available for age management right now, to remain as young and strong as you can for a tomorrow when these amazing technologies may become a reality!
Do you think we should continue research into nanotechnology?
How would you feel about mini-robots injected into your blood?
If nanotechnologies could deliver on a promise of near immortality, would you want to live forever?
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