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Death by Neglect

December 2005

By William Faloon

President Richard Nixon, shown addressing Congress in 1971, died in 1994 at age 81 from a stroke. Vice President Spiro Agnew, seated at left behind Nixon, died in 1996 at age 77 from cancer. Speaker of the House Carl Albert, seated at right behind Nixon, died in 2000 at age 91 from aging.

What the Federal Government Should Do

President Lyndon Johnson, shown addressing Congress in 1966, died of a heart attack in 1973 at age 64. House Speaker John W. McCormack, at left, died in 1980 at age 89 from aging.
Senate President Pro Tem Carl T. Hayden, at right, died in 1972 at age 94 from aging.

We view the government’s neglect of medical and anti-aging research as a national travesty. Today’s politicians have the power to provide massive resources to innovative scientists seeking to gain control over aging, disease, and death. If these political decision makers spent more time viewing photographs of their deceased predecessors, they might realize that the choices they make as government leaders today could very well save their own lives in the future.

If funding for the National Institutes of Health were tripled to $81 billion a year, this would still make up only 3.27% of the entire federal budget. If funding for anti-aging research through the National Institute on Aging were quadrupled, it would still represent only a tiny fraction of the budget. Yet these additional funds would contribute to the discovery of cures for numerous diseases that plague aging Americans, thereby helping to extend the healthy human life span and help keep Medicare solvent longer.

Life Extension members often view government research as wasteful, yet much of the $27 billion spent annually by the National Institutes of Health does generate scientific findings that are beneficial for health and longevity. We look forward to the time when the funding of life extension research becomes the number-one priority for both government and private industry.

Life Extension-Funded Research

As you will read in next month’s issue, the Life Extension Foundation funded a record-breaking amount of scientific research in 2005. We currently support five different laboratories employing more than 30 scientific personnel involved in multiple facets of anti-aging, anti-disease, and life-extension research.

While we receive limited government support, most of our research funding comes from your membership dues, product purchases, and donations. Every time you purchase a Life Extension product designed to keep you healthy today, you contribute to an ambitious research project aimed at discovering breakthrough therapies to extend your life span in the future.

For longer life,

William Faloon


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