3 Good Reasons to Live Longer

Last week I blogged about an absolutely amazing conference where I had the opportunity to speak about extreme longevity. I shared the stage with Arianna Huffington (see photo), Kevin Harrington, Daymond John and other luminaries.

Joe Polish pulled off the event of the year. More info at geniusnetwork.com.

Although the educational conference centered on entrepreneurship and marketing with speakers and attendees representing a wide variety of industries, the wellness field was the most heavily represented. Brian Kurtz who runs Boardroom, Inc is one example. Fitness queens such as Kathy Smith and JJ Virgin were there, and Dr. Daniel Amen presented, among others.

There was enough energy in that room to launch a rocket. Virtually everyone I met had such a zest for life that I just had to share it with you.

Don’t forget, this was a business/marketing conference. But most would be surprised at what makes a successful businessperson. It’s the same as what makes any person “successful.” Dan Sullivan, Strategic Coach founder builds “character” as well as teaching success strategies to his thousands of clients.

In fact, before you even think about success in business, Dan teaches you to be an accomplished friend, spouse, parent and basically a well-grounded well-integrated person. He coached thousands of entrepreneurs… more than anyone in the world.

So what did he talk about?

How to build successful relationships. How to reach and maintain your peak energy levels. How to grow your confidence. Why you should set 25 year goals… regardless of your age. How to appreciate and absolutely… LOVE life. He even revealed an easy way to multiply your desired outcomes (whatever they may be) by TEN TIMES.

And Dan was just one example. Dean Graziosi, who has been on TV every day for 13 years running, and who is the top current real estate investor guru, didn’t preach marketing or give any real estate tips. No. He talked about being a good husband and father.

In fact, these were common themes that were weaved throughout the conference. I didn’t meet one person there who did not have a specific purpose of life. They were long term thinkers. And just like you and me, they face their share of problems Like us, they experience heartbreaks.

But they bounce back. They see problems as opportunities. Most of them find something good in every pitfall. And what does this kind of mindset lead to?

Happiness. A reason and a strong will to live healthfully… and for a very looong time.

It’s not about the money. Most are prosperous. But money was a byproduct of their attitudes.

Joe Polish has been a Dan Sullivan student for about 17 years. Long ago, when he was telling me how amazing Dan’s program is, I asked him how much more income he made as a result. Joe does extremely well, but he looked at me like I was nuts. It wasn’t about earning more (although that happened too), it was all about self-development and self-worth.

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When I met Joe, he had no interest in longevity pursuits. Now he’s an avid life extensionist. I think it may have something to do with how much he grew as a person.

Self-esteem is critical if you want to be happy in the long term. And without happiness, living long may not be appealing.

I’m here to tell you, self-esteem isn’t something that is handed to you. It’s earned. It’s something you LEARN to build. Anyone can do it. Enduring happiness is the reward. If you want to learn more, read The 6 Pillars of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden.

So here are your three good reasons to live longer – to max out your extreme longevity:

1. Open-ended Happiness
2. Open-ended Opportunities
3. Open-ended Love

More Life,
David Kekich

P.S. I’s never too late to start. One of the speakers, in his mid-80’s, often puts in 14 hour days because of his passion for what he does. He keeps looking forward… NOT BACK.

P.P.S. Go to Amazon and devour at least ONE of Dan Sullivan’s books. Don’t worry… although power packed… they are extremely reader friendly.☺ And don’t forget to check out 10xtalk.com and geniusnetwork.com.

The People Who Will Keep You From Aging

Once we solve aging, if you look far enough behind the curtain, you would be shocked to see what a diverse and surprising group of individuals had a hand in your “second chance.”

Last week, I attended and spoke at the most incredible conference I ever saw. There was a sold out overflow crowd of approx. 250 attendees. Actually, I should say “participants,” since it was an interactive experience.

No, it wasn’t a biotech conference. Not an anti-aging or medical conference either. Attendees were a group of high-powered marketing oriented entrepreneurs. You know… the kind of people who make the world go around. As you may know, nothing happens till someone sells something. (And ironically, salesmen get a bad rap.)

My good friend, Joe Polish, held the event in Newport Beach, CA, and people lined up with $10,000 checks in hand for the privilege of being there. The information was groundbreaking, inspiring… and worth every dime to the attendees. The consensus was that on average, the experience will translate to $250,000 extra profit to each attendee.

And that’s borne out by the 150 people who pay Joe $25,000 annually to meet three times a year to exchange ideas. Most original members have renewed for 6-7 years running.

Some of the speakers were: Kevin Harrington and Daymond John from Shark Tank; Peter Diamandis, X-Prize founder; Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and Tim Ferris, author of “4 Hour Work Week.”

Surprising to me was how well represented the health and wellness industry was.

My topic of course… was extreme life extension.

More about this event in another blog, including why some of the lessons learned will make your longevity “satisfyingly happy.” For now, let’s take a look at how the people there will contribute to YOUR longevity.

The primary contribution is they (or others like them) will accelerate research.

They’re not researchers, so how is that possible? (I actually did spend time there with two biophysicists with a breakthrough stem cell technology.)

For a long time, I’ve been saying progress is held back more to the lack of marketing than from solid science. (But at http://maxlifesolution.com are breakthrough natural products that a new technology just developed… that actually defy aging.)

Some of these and other marketing genius entrepreneurs will apply their marketing skills, directly or indirectly, to raising the capital needed to push research forward to actually control aging. And some will contribute management expertise to new startups in this field as well.

The two most important ingredients to companies in general are innovation and marketing. In fact, all or nearly all revenue is spawned by those two. Tons of innovation now is screaming to be funded.

Here’s a link to one of the more fascinating, educational, productive… and FUN groups on the planet. It’s already changing the world.


More Life,
David Kekich

Technology is a Double-Edged Longevity Sword

A good while ago, I had a local speaking engagement. Before going on stage, I had a discussion about obesity and health in general. I had many similar conversations, mostly prompted by my frustration with two diverging trends.

On one hand, the health consciousness and probability of seeing extreme life extension capabilities in our lifetimes continue to get more widely spread and accepted. That in turn leads more people down healthy lifestyle paths and attracts more support for research.

At the same time, the masses get fatter and unhealthier every year. Two thirds of Americans are overweight, one third obese, and the average woman’s waistline ballooned by over two inches in the past 15 years. Just when staying healthy can ultimately pay off in huge longevity dividends, millions are unintentionally committing lifestyle suicide.

Here are some excerpts from an essay by Reason at Fighting Aging.org that illustrates my point.


“The combination of the present stage in our technological development and our evolved urges has brought us to a temporary comfort trap.”

“As a species we are presently succeeding ourselves into a harmful pit. We’ve succeeded in the goals of our ancestors (eat, feel good, evade pain, become wealthy) to the point at which we’re breaking the evolved metabolic processes intended to deal with a short and brutish life of privation.

“We became fat and now surround ourselves with more food than we need, in other words – not a condition that our bodies respond well to, and so we suffer for it. The collection of symptoms suffered as a consequence of being fat, not exercising enough, and eating a lot is termed ‘metabolic syndrome.’

“It’s a step along the way to more serious failures of your organs and bodily systems, such as diabetes, that result from the damage being done by fat through the years.”

“Unfortunately, while we’ve succeeded enough to get into this hole, we’ve not yet succeeded enough to be able to dig our way out through medical science. Until that happens, indulgence will continue to have adverse consequences on your health and your longevity – lost years, lost money, sickness, and pain.”

As Reason points out, just as technology will deliver the ability to transform us from old to young, other technologies’ byproducts that make life so easy for us today might keep us from living long enough to benefit from radical life extension capabilities.

Our children will be born into a world where technology will keep them youthful, healthy and strong regardless of what they do. Meanwhile, we don’t enjoy that luxury. If you want open-ended youth, it won’t be handed to you. You’ll need to work at it. I made it easy for you by writing Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100.

I gave away a predecessor book, but people don’t usually value what they get for free. I spent years writing it and gave away a digital version, because I want as many people as possible to be able to shortcut their way to its life-saving information. Even though many tell me they get tremendous value from it, I’m finding that of those who actually do download it, many don’t read it.

So I’m selling it as well. I was hoping the free version would take off like a rocket with minimal promotion, because I don’t have enough spare time to market it successfully. Sigh! Maybe Kindle and other electronic readers will boost distribution. Both Kindle and the hard are available soon on Amazon.

BUT YOU CAN STILL GET IT FREE at www.MaxLifeSolution.com.

Resisting Aging Ages You Faster… How to Keep That from Happening

Resistance makes you suffer. And it ages you.

Let me explain.

Some things are simply out of your control. Past events for example. They happened. They’re over. And you can’t change them, no matter how much they may make you suffer.

Things like chronic physical problems, other people’s words and actions, the economy and wars, are usually out of your control. So is aging. No matter what you do, the passage of time (entropy) eventually takes its toll.

So what do most of us have a tendency to do? We fret over what we can’t manage. We resist what we can’t control. And that makes it worse. Fretting and resisting lead to being frazzled and stressed… and accelerated aging. Resisting robs you of control of your life, happiness, clear thinking, sound sleep and optimal productivity. It can tear families apart and destroy your most cherished relationships.

So how do you recognize when you are resisting?

It’s usually when you are uncomfortable about something, when things aren’t going your way. If resistance is the poison, what is the antidote?

Watching! Witnessing! Pure and simple, the act of observing yourself as if you were watching someone else’s feelings when feeling discomfort often leads to a life changer.

While observing your resistance every time things aren’t going your way, be curious as to what is happening and how it is affecting you. Stand back, let things play out and totally accept the situation. If it’s out of your control, understand the damage you are doing to yourself by futilely resisting.

If you discover the circumstance is something you have control over, then improve your health and stress by finding solutions and fixing it.

Some health related examples are smoking or eating sugar-laden or high simple carbohydrate foods. Be conscious about every step. Watch how you suck poisonous gas into your lungs with every drag. With every bite, observe the toxins you put into your mouth traveling down to your stomach, into your intestines and eventually into every organ, tissue and cell of your body.

If you can intellectualize and actually witness yourself doing that with laser beam focus, how long do you think you would keep up those deadly habits?

So if you want to quit smoking or change your damaging diet habits, from now on, smoke or eat consciously.

Discomfort is usually a result of conscious or unconscious resistance to what is going on. The solution to resistance is to watch your thoughts, feelings and behaviors as if you were curiously watching them happen to someone else. Consciousness leads to understanding consequences. Unconsciousness does the opposite and results in destructive behavior.

I think and talk a lot about the negative effects of aging. So much so, that I find myself resisting the process. And by doing so, I have come to realize that I am actually accelerating my aging process by resisting the wrinkles, graying hair and my failing eyesight.

Ironic, huh? Are there things I can do to slow aging? Sure. I do them every day, and I talk and write about them. Will I be able to actually have my aging process reversed someday and look and feel like a 25 year-old again? That’s what MaxLife is all about. With lots of hard work, clear thinking, money and luck, it should happen in my lifetime.

Meanwhile, I’m undermining my personal chances by resisting the process of aging. I’m resisting aging so much that I am also missing some of the pleasures of the passage of time. By resisting, I’m actually missing a good part of life. Resistance (not what is being resisted, but the resistance itself) is the source of any physical, mental or emotional discomfort you and I may have.

Don’t try to stop resisting, just mentally step aside and watch yourself thinking, feeling or doing. The awareness generated by noticing or watching will cause the resistance, and the discomfort that always accompanies the resistance, to dissolve. Learning how to do this takes time. I know, because it’s an ongoing challenge for me. But it is a major key to health, longevity, happiness and inner peace.

So until science fixes aging, accept the fact that you are going to slowly decline, just like everyone else. You can accelerate the decline or slow it down. The counterintuitive way to slow it down is to let it happen. Observe your reactions to it and completely accept it for what it is. Then keep up your healthy habits, support life extension research when you can, and you will improve your extreme longevity odds.

Resisting Aging Ages You

Stem Cells and the End of Aging

I often give basic conclusions and benefits of lifestyle changes or of research that will extend your life, maybe open-endedly. And this is all you might be interested in seeing or hearing.

But for some, these conclusions are not believable. Maybe they’re too simplistic or even too good to be true. After all, we’re conditioned from birth to accept growing old, falling apart and dying as an inevitable process of life. So you might ask: “Who does Dave Kekich, an admitted layman, think he is to tell me everything I learned and believe about aging and death may be wrong?”

This is a totally legitimate response. Yes, I’m not a scientist. I slept through biology in school. In fact, I was far from the brightest bulb on the evolutionary tree. So why should you believe me? Because I have spent about 15 years hanging around many of the brightest bulbs who do the research. And some of the science rubbed off on me, at least enough to come to my own conclusions, and more importantly, to be able to understand their conclusions.

If you have any intellectual curiosity about some of the underlying science, watch this video to get a better understanding as to how aging affects your health, why you are prone to life-ending heart disease by not following a sensible lifestyle, and most importantly, how stem cell research may play an important part in your longevity.

Remember, stem cells are just one of the pieces of the aging puzzle. Watching this still current video lets you appreciate just a bit of the enormous amount of tedious research going on behind the scenes in this, and in all other disciplines, that will ultimately end aging. Click on this link:


What is Your Real Age?

When you were a teenager, were you like me, did you want to look older?

Most of my friends did too. We all thought it was cool to look and act older than we were. But now?

What would you give to shave a few years off your biological age? How about five years, or ten, or even twenty? Most of us dream about it, and fewer do something about it. The proper combination of diet, exercise and the other five steps in Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100 will certainly do it for almost everyone. And by now, you know how that could translate into a longer healthier lifespan, which in turn could position you to take advantage of future radical life-extending technologies.

Have you ever visited www.RealAge.com? It’s a credible website that has been operational for years. They offer a free test that gauges your “real age.”

You know what your chronological age is. I get painfully reminded every birthday. But that’s not necessarily your biological age. Let’s face it, we age at different rates. Have you attended a high school reunion recently? The last one I went to blew me away. There was at least a twenty year difference between how old some of the youthful ones looked compared to the ones who aged badly. In fact one of our teachers who attended looked younger than most of my classmates.

So why the difference? Genetics? In many cases, sure, but only partially. We can attribute about 25-35% to genetics. The rest is, by far, under your control.

I took RealAge’s test years ago and don’t remember the exact results, but I was happy with them. Then Phil Sumner, one of my subscribers and fellow Pennsylvania native, sent me a direct link to Real Age’s test. Here’s what Phil said about it:

“This one is absolutely amazing! This will either scare you, elate you, or make you change some habits!! If you answer truthfully, it is a cool tool. You may be younger… or older than you think!”

By the way, Phil’s numbers when he took the test were 64.1 for a virtual age (biological age) and 99.9 for his Life Expectancy. Since he was 78 calendar-wise then, that’s something to be proud of.

Way to go Phil, and thank you for this link to the test:


How scientific is this test? They seem to know what they are doing, and it’s a reputable seasoned site. I’d say it’s far from precise but a very good place to start. So you need to keep monitoring your blood work, take other tests, check biomarkers, and most of all… continue to follow healthy habits.

Take the test now, and have fun with it. It can be a great reminder that you are doing the right things, or it can be a wake-up call. Either way, you benefit.

What’s the ONLY Disease? (Hint… It’s not Aging)

Last Saturday, I got two complimentary articles that may surprise you (if you haven’t been paying attention to me the past few years ☺).

Every time I get one like this, it makes me want to climb the highest mountain and scream to the world…

“Stop contributing to your early demise. Hear this stuff NOW.”

When it comes to wellness, we’re usually our worst enemies.

The first article, by Dr. Mark Sircus of The International Medical Veritas Association’s (IMVA) states it clearly. Here are some excerpts…

“According to Dr. Gary L. Tunsky, there is only one disease — cellular malfunction — and all other “diseases” are just labels that tell us the location of the cellular malfunction.”

“What he should have said, to be more specific, is that there is inflammation.”

“Inflammation is the common denominator that levels the playing field of medicine.”

“Toxicity and inflammation are brothers in arms teaming up against the cells.”

“A partial list of common sub-clinical symptoms would include but not be limited to: fatigue, lethargy, depression, headaches, allergies, chronic infection, frequent colds, nervousness, sudden anger, sensitivity to perfume/odors, memory loss and joint pains.”

“What is cancer but inflammation?”

Despite the investment of hundreds of billions of dollars
in research, not even a single degenerative disease
has been cured in the past hundred years.
─Dr. Alan Greenberg

This is why modern medicine has to reorient itself to treat inflammation instead of the diagnostic labels hanging around a patient’s neck.”

“The 21st century is presenting all primary health care workers with a daunting challenge, how to help people and their children survive the toxicity, stress and inflammation and a medical and dental system dead set on making matters worse by further poisoning everyone they have contact with.”

This is one reason why I put everything else aside a couple of years ago, invested heavily in a sophisticated artificial intelligence technology designed to unwind the mysteries behind inflammation, the aging brain, weight loss, aging itself as well as other aging-related conditions.

I started with inflammation because it’s overall, the most serious of these in the immediate term. And we usually show no symptoms as it silently eats away at us for years before killing us.

I know you’ve seen this before, but I URGE you to take one more peek. Inflammation Intervention.

And if for some reason, you don’t want to take this proactive step, at least read this free report. And then adopt at some of the tips at minimum.


Here are some excerpts from the second article…

Oxidative stress and inflammation – two things that age humans the fastest
─by S. D. Wells

“When people hear the term neurodegenerative disease, they either run the other way and just pray that they never have to deal with it, or they have no idea what it means.

When millions of Americans take prescription drugs to cover up and temporarily minimize symptoms of chronic health ailments, they are actually increasing oxidative stress and inflammation, pouring ‘salt in the wound.’

“Will you have Alzheimer’s?”

“How can you destroy your cells for 30 or 40 years and take a chemical prescription to fix it? You can’t. How can you strangulate your cells and cut off oxygen to the brain for years and then quell the “symptoms” with medication? You can’t.”

“That’s the scam of Obamacare and the ‘Inflammation Nation.’ America is fed GMOs, pesticide-laden food meant to DESTROY insects and weeds that kill agricultural profits. It kills people!”

The article goes on and gets a little technical. You might want to check-out the Health Ranger’s anti-inflammatory foods with good fat sources. http://www.naturalnews.com/

More Life,
David Kekich

P.S. And don’t forget this critical step.

Another Argument for Radical Life Extension

I keep finding supporting evidence that our predictions for radical life extension in our lifetimes could become a reality.

Here’s info from an article I found in my archives:

Five years ago, I read this Science Daily article which hits you right between the eyes if you are sensitive to life-extending implications. After you read these excerpts, tell me how you interpret the report.

Being Isaac Newton: Computer Derives Natural Laws from Raw Data

If Isaac Newton had access to a supercomputer, he’d have had it watch apples fall – and let it figure out the physical matters. But the computer would have needed to run an algorithm, just developed by Cornell researchers, which can derive natural laws from observed data.

The researchers have taught a computer to find regularities in the natural world that become established laws – yet without any prior scientific knowledge on the part of the computer. They have tested their method, or algorithm, on simple mechanical systems and believe it could be applied to more complex systems ranging from biology to cosmology.

The researchers tested the method with apparatus used in freshman physics courses: a spring-loaded linear oscillator, a single pendulum and a double pendulum. Given data on position and velocity over time, the computer found energy laws, and for the pendulum, the law of conservation of momentum. Given acceleration, it produced Newton’s second law of motion.

The researchers point out that the computer evolves these laws without any prior knowledge of physics, kinematics or geometry.

Fascinating, huh? In fact, it’s amazing. And five years of progress passed since.

If we would have seen an article like this fifteen years ago, it would have made international headlines. So why did it slip by, largely unnoticed by the press?

Because rapid progress has been sneaking up on us for a few decades now, and we take what used to be considered as scientific miracles for granted, as they are reported along with a thousand other news items.

OK, so we’re desensitized to scientific breakthroughs. We’re overloaded with information and are spending our time trying to master the newest smart phone technology before it becomes obsolete. We spend so much time trying to keep up that we usually don’t step back and analyze how some of these technologies could impact our lives.

Let’s take a moment now though to see how this Cornell research could affect you.

Grasp the implication. A 2009 computer rediscovered one of the one of the key laws of physics, first discovered by one of the most brilliant men of all time, and arguably the most important man in history. Virtually every mechanical and electronic device can trace its roots to Newton’s Laws of Motion. Just about every convenience you enjoy and every bit of technology you and the world depend on can be traced to Newton.

That includes the computer at Cornell which duplicated a big part of his work, without the benefit of Newton’s prior education.

In a nutshell, this means computers are getting smarter all the time, at an accelerating rate, and will surpass human intelligence sooner than most think. While that is happening, and after it happens, scientists will use these computers to help solve the aging and disease processes that currently kill us.

The same forces that are creating a health revolution are killing us

Fifteen years ago, when I formed Maximum Life Foundation, www.MaxLife.org, we saw very little in the news about longevity, let alone radical life extension. Now, hardly a day goes by where you don’t see some reference to longevity in the national or world news. I just Googled “aging” and got 50,600,000 results. “Longevity” yielded 11.6 million.

Then I went to Amazon’s book section. “Aging” got me an astounding 35,417 results. Virtually all of them were published in the past ten years. “Longevity” had 5,022.

We’re in the middle of a life extension revolution. Health and wellness is becoming a way of life for millions. So why are we as a nation and as a world, getting fatter, and in many cases, dying sooner? This really bothers me, because with the emerging extreme life extending technologies, the stakes in this longevity game are being raised well beyond an extra 10-20 years to possibly open-ended youthfulness.

Look, for the first time in history, we have a shot at the longevity brass ring. From the beginning of civilization, people have yearned for extended youth and an escape from the ravages of aging. You are part of the most fortunate generation ever. So count your blessings, and cherish and take advantage of your first-time-in-the-history-of-the-world opportunity. Benefit from what most people squander.

Along with these great life-extending technologies come tasty, but poisonous food choices. Technology makes food cheaper and life a lot easier as well. So easy in fact, that most people get away from regular exercise. On one hand, science gives you a life-saving opportunity while tempting you to not take advantage of it with the other. High-tech living can also be unpredictable and stressful.

My good friend Rose Cole, along with Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil and other notables, published a longevity book called Audacious Aging.

Rose is a top natural health advocate and speaker. In this anthology, She shares her story of moving from a sugar addicted, psoriasis suffering fashion model to the sought after health professional she’s become by choosing food that promotes “thriving instead of surviving.”

In the book, Rose explains the connection between our physical bodies and the food with which we fuel it: Says Rose, “98% of the atoms that comprise your body now will be replaced in six months; those cells are made primarily from food. If you’ve messed up your health over the years, you can have a new body in ninety days. All food has a vibrational core. Food that makes your body function well has a higher vibration, whereas food that drags your body down has a lower vibration.”

Learn more about Rose at www.WellnessWithRose.com. She has transformed the lives of clients all over the world by balancing their body chemicals to self-heal with astounding results. Her methodology addresses the root causes of why the body creates excess weight, depression, disease or just a lack luster performance.

My book, Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100? is more wide-reaching, and I suggest it as a “must read” if maximizing your wellness and healthy longevity are your goal.

Your life, your choice. Get Rose’s book and her programs, get my book HERE, read other health books, join a gym, eat sensibly, see an anti-aging physician, manage your stress, and read Life Extension Express for free at www.MaxLife.org.

Will I see you in the future?

More Life!

Stem Cells and You

What are stem cells, and what can they do for you? Let me answer the second question first.

If you are injured, sick or aging, stem cells will most likely have a giant positive impact on your life. They hold the promise to cure you from what ails you, to make you more attractive, resilient, independent and disease resistant.

They will make you more youthful too, and let you live longer. They will ease your pain and reverse damage from injuries. They may even let you grow amputated limbs and replacement teeth and organs. Deaf or hard of hearing? That may not be a problem one day soon. They could restore your vision and even let you digest your food like you did when you were young. You could end up with teenage skin and hair. You name it, and stem cells will probably fix it.

On top of all the stem cell news over the years, lifting restrictions on embryonic stem cell research seems to be a major breakthrough. Well maybe, and maybe not.

It enables thousands of scientists to study hundreds of lines of cells that were developed but not available for research due to past restrictions. It’s positive from the standpoint of taking most of the uncertainty out of the future of stem cell research. Investors and institutions are more likely to fund stem cell research along with government grants, and more young scientists are likely to enter the field. So it is a breakthrough for stem cell research in general. But embryonic stem cells?

Although we have much to learn by studying them, therapeutic value may lie mostly in adult stem cells. I think that is the future of what I predict will be the biggest industry in the history of medicine.

As a primer… several days after conception, we’re made up of stem cells to a large degree, and they remain part of us all our lives. They are your body’s master cells with the ability to grow into any one of your more than 220 cell types: muscle, skin, blood, eye, kidney, etc. Stem cells divide and renew themselves in addition to becoming highly specialized when they replace cells that die or are lost.

Embryonic stem cells are derived from the inner cell mass of an early stage embryo known as a blastocyst. Human embryos reach the blastocyst stage 4–5 days after fertilization, at which time they consist of 50–150 cells.

Embryonic Stem (ES) cells are pluripotent. This means they can differentiate into all specialized cells. Pluripotency distinguishes ES cells from multipotent progenitor cells found in the adult; these only form a limited number of cell types. But discoveries have made it possible to make adult stem cells pluripotent as well.

Because of their plasticity and potentially unlimited capacity for self-renewal, ES cell therapies have been proposed for regenerative medicine and tissue replacement after injury or disease. But so far, no approved medical treatments in the U.S. have been derived from embryonic stem cell research.

Adult stem cells such as bone marrow, adipose and cord blood stem cells have so far been the only stem cells used to successfully treat any diseases. Conditions treated by these non-embryonic stem cells include a number of diseases, including heart disease, cancers, spinal cord injuries and more. Besides some ethical concerns of stem cell therapy, there is a typical technical problem… rejection. However, these problems may be solved using autologous (your own) stem cells or via therapeutic cloning.

Adult stem cells are found throughout the body after embryonic development that divide and multiply to replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissues.

Scientific interest in adult stem cells has centered on their ability to divide or self-renew indefinitely, and generate all the cell types of the organ from which they originate, potentially regenerating the entire organ from a few cells. Adult stem cell treatment is rarely controversial, since they are derived from adult tissue samples rather than destroyed human embryos. And if you get treated with your own stem cells, you avoid the risk of rejection.

In the very near future, you will be using stem cells to enhance your health and beauty in ways you can’t even imagine. For some conditions, successful treatments are taking place worldwide.