Saturday Aug 13, 2022

Where is the Fountain of Youth?

The Fountain of Youth is a legendary spring that supposedly makes anyone who drinks from its waters young forever. Humanity has never stopped searching for such magical waters since the dawn of intelligence. The tales date back at least to the time of the Alexander Romance in the West. In the East, efforts to seek permanent youth were recorded in the Huangdi Nei Jing (the Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine), China’s oldest medical classic, written 2,000 years ago.

In 1513, the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León believed that the magical spring was on the island of Bimini, or “beemeenee” called by the natives. Unfortunately, the explorer did not find Bimini, but ended up in St. Augustine of Florida. The landing site is now part of the “National Archaeological Park Fuente de la Juventud”.

While Juan Ponce de León was sailing towards the legendary spring, the ancient Chinese believed that the fountain of youth was actually inside our body: the “qi”. The qi within our body is part of the qi that is spread throughout the universe. The fountain of youth is the vital force present in all living beings. Thousands of years of civilization have extended our life, but permanent youth remains a dream with more fascinating stories. The longest living person was a Japanese Shirechiyo Izumi, who reached the age of 120 in 1986.

Gerontology now reveals that the fountain of youth is, in fact, within our bodies. But it is not the “qi”, it is the genes within each cell of the body of each man and woman.

As gerontologists continue to isolate and characterize more and more genes related to longevity and aging in laboratories, humanity has gained more and more knowledge in designing genetic interventions to reverse the symptoms associated with aging and further spread our life expectancy.

For example, GH-Releaser, a clinically proven capsule has the potential to safely turn your biological clock back with HGH ( or Human Growth Hormone, and look and feel younger.

We finally reached the edge of the Fountain, but we are still a few steps away from fetching the waters.

Copyright @ 2005, Bruce Zhang

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