Introduction To Antiaging Research
Antiaging research is currently a bit of a war zone
with battles raging over the ever highly competitive
funding pool, but more prominently, over the perception
of legitimacy. Much of the debate surrounds both the
definition and measurement of aging and antiaging. As
an example, two prominent players in this field, Ronald
Klatz says "anti-aging," however, his definition
seems somewhat at variance with that of Jay Olshansky.
Anti-Aging Research Funding
Neither of these issues are new in the world of medicine.
Many hospitals rely on funding from drug companies and
researchers are competing in a fierce corporate environment
for these same funds.
As with any new medical advances, there are those that
staunchly stick to the old school, publicly decrying
any new advances until they have been tested through
several lifetimes, those who stretch out and recognise
that if we don’t try new methods and treatments,
we wont know anything more than we do now, and of course,
those who are content to sit on the sidelines watching
the extreme players battle it out.
Perceptions Of Anti-Aging Research
Further to these internal research community battles,
their discontent extends beyond their own circle to
the general marketplace, claiming noise and nonsense
from snake-oil vendors is damaging the future of serious,
scientific anti-aging research. Their claim is underpinned
by the concern that if everyone “knows”
that anti-aging means high-priced creams and botox injections,
then an incorrect perception that the solution has been
found, will adversely impact funding availability for
ongoing scientific research into any arena of "anti-aging."
Of particular interest are the following projects:
paper re the approval of Alpha Hydroxy Acids from Harvard
Law School. [pdf]
Meets Beautry: Using Medicine to Improve Appearance
The role of a marketer has always been to generate
a perception of legitimacy regardless of whether or
not their products perform as advertised. Indeed, huge
budgets are expended to create and maintain this perception
of legitimacy. Opportunists, frauds and "marketeers"
of less than genuine products not only damage the marketplace,
but damage the future of product development.
Much of the legitimacy of a product lies with the
expectation of the purchaser. Here lies the real value
in understanding antiaging medicine, products and treatments.
As a consumer community, we are more informed today
than ever before. The Internet alone is recognised as
a major tool in pre-purchase decision making. The battles
waging within the scientific community serve to inform
us of differing perspectives, but they also add greatly
to our confusion in deciding what is the real truth
regarding a product.
This site seeks to unravel much of that mystery, but
acceptably, it is the site editors view point that is
published. The links below provide access to various
opinions of the antiaging research community, for you
to come to your own decisions.
News on Antiaging Research & Medicine
updates on Antiaging Clinical Trials
Links to Antiaging
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Expect to be challenged – that what makes antiaging
so interesting! Also check our Blog
regularly as we post any interesting tidbits that come
up in the daily media.