The Ultimate Biohack: Life Extension

Going against the clock on life set by nature, a company called Sens is going after ageing and has the ultimate aim of making people (who can afford it) live till the age of 1000.

It is looking at various cellular and genetic approaches to fight the deterioration of the human body through the years.

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How biohackers are trying to upgrade their brains, their bodies — and human nature

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A human desire to explore all the frontiers of nature, space and our own biology takes its form in the practice of biohacking.

  • Some people don’t want to die.
  • Some don’t want to be sick.
  • Some want to be young and strong.
  • Some want to be super smart.

A lot of individuals get motivated to biohack themselves when they are diagnosed with something that will take their health or their life in a short time. The practice of biohack then becomes a quest to beat the odds and stay alive and healthy, as a challenge to the laws of nature.

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Biohacking: A Primer

Biohacking manipulates one’s brain and body to ‘hack’ it, outside the realm of mainstream science and medicine.

Biohacking, or doing biological activities on oneself, is a broad term and covers stuff like performing ‘Young Blood Transfusion’ or tracking one’s sleep patterns. It took wings from Silicon Valley, where people started broadcasting their intermittent fasting, crazy diets, DNA injecting and the popular dopamine fasting.

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Biohacking differs from traditional medicine based on why it is being undertaken. Medicine is to cure a certain ailment, but biohacking may be an experiment to go beyond our bodies and minds shortcomings.

Some people claim that all of modern medicine and cosmetic surgery is primarily biohacking. Most people who try the extravagant and high-tech stuff are trying to break the barriers of human existence, like old age, loss of memory, or death. They see it as a technical problem waiting to be solved.

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  • Vipassana Meditation where one lays off any kind of sensory stimulants for weeks, or Intermittent Fasting, where one does not eat anything for 12 to 18 hours, are common biohacks for centuries.
  • Today, biohacking can mean altering your body’s cells/DNA, or injecting a formulation to control a certain disability or to enhance a certain function of the body/mind.
  • A lot of modern biohacking relies on data, which it gets from smartwatches, smartphones, or even implanted computer chips in one’s body to give it semi-android like abilities and sensors.

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  • No amount of existing regulations can make sense of biohacking as it is trying to go beyond the limits of what it means to be human.
  • This makes a lot of biohacks exist in a grey area in legal terms. Many biohacks like Glow-in-the-dark beer making kits, or Do-It-Yourself gene-editing tools have come under the net of the FDA.
  • Making things illegal, however, only moves the action underground, which is more dangerous.

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  • Ancient biohacks like mindfulness meditation are proven and backed by thousands of years of research.
  • Newly marketed fads like near-infrared saunas and implantation of chips inside the body do not yet have significant research, especially on the long-term effects.
  • Some biohacks like the vampiric sounding young blood transfusion gained popularity even without any scientific research in Silicon Valley.

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When people experiment with other people to challenge the limits set by nature, the question of the risks of biohacking arise. Humans have been altering nature since the beginning of time, with animal harvesting and agriculture to name a few examples.

Biohacking may be controversial but its root cause of fear is the fear of the new, the fear of the unknown. Humans have been evolving as fast as they can since thousands of years and new technologies always help in making the transformation and the evolution happen at a faster rate.

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It can be described as citizen or do-it-yourself biology.  For many,  this consists of making small, incremental diet or lifestyle changes to make small improvements in your health and well-being.

It does have some merits, but experimenting on yourself without taking all the proper precautions can lead to unexpected side effects.

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Biohacking: Definition, Safety, and Top 11 Hacks for Beginners

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Neurohacking

We have ways to hack anything nowadays. Neurohacking is a broad term involving the manipulation of brain functions or brain structures to enhance our experience of the world around us.

Neurohacking treats the brain as a piece of hardware that can be upgraded and modified using several mind-blowing techniques!

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Can we actually hack our own brains? A neuroscientist breaks it all down

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Fasting means abstinence of some or all food for a period of time.

Intermittent fasting ranges from eating a few calories all day every other day or several times a week to fasting for 16 hours or more every day.

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The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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