Magic Pill

As a youngster growing up in the little town of Westford, Mass., with a mother who had Parkinson’s Disease but who could function pretty well because she was young, I was afraid of death and told my mother I would invent a magic pill that would keep me alive forever. So I decided to major in chemistry at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. But after a couple months of frustrations in my Quantitative Analysis class — I just didn’t have the patience to carry out the measurements plus the instructor was horrible — I said “To heck with this!” and switched to physics. After all, physics had been getting a lot of media play, what with the atom bomb and all, and might satisfy another craving I had which was to understand the universe. ha ha Well, I actually ended up as a physicist back in the 1950’s but as the years went on I gradually switched over to more mundane engineering work such as computer simulations of solid state transistors. My childhood dream of a pill to extend life forever had become a long forgotten and silly youthful fantasy.

But wait! Just recently I read where red wine can extend the lifespan of mice dosed with resveratrol, an ingredient of some red wines. In fact the report states that some scientists are already taking resveratrol in capsule form. The report also states that serious scientists have long derided the idea of life-extending elixirs. However, quoting from the report, “the door may now have been opened to drugs that exploit an ancient biological survival mechanism, that of switching the body’s resources from fertility to tissue maintenance. The improved tissue maintenance seems to extend life by cutting down on the degenerative diseases of aging”.

OK, is there still hope for me? And I didn’t even have to work on the magic pill project! ha ha

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  1. barbara’s avatar

    Hi Mardé,

    That is touching how some of our childhood experiences,can affect our choices as adults.

    I honestly think that we all have been like your younger self, wishing to cure or fix something in life.
    Ahhh… so you are physicist ? Interesting; now I know why you read all these scientific books !

    Our MD always said that a glass of good red wine is excellent for the health ! Now, we can work on our longevity too.

    Cheers to you 😉

  2. Aileni Noyle’s avatar

    Red wine always gave me a headache… I think it had something to do with drinking too much of it.

  3. geologyjoe’s avatar

    Well if the pill doesn’t work, at least the wine could be fun.

    to aileni: the headaches are probably from the sulfates.

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks for your nice comment, Barbara. And yes, as Joe says the wine can at least be fun, provided one doesn’t overdo it and find the sulfates kicking in. Who wants eternal life to be a headache?

  5. Minds Erased’s avatar

    So you’re a lush *and* a genius? Heh. Just joking you, Marde.

  6. Land Projects UK’s avatar

    I have read also some articles about red wines that it extends lifespan. And I do hope that you’ll come up with that pill. 😉

  7. Mardé’s avatar

    Well, thanks Minds Erased and Land Projects UK, but I’m not a genius although I’ve had lush tendencies in the past. I’m beginning to realize that I had that life-after-death thing backwards: rather than wish for life after death I should be wishing for birth after life. HAHAHA No kidding, that’s not such a dumb idea I’ve come to realize after many decades being supposedly alive. HOHOHO

    But there again I may be wrong. I have had a number of Eureka moments, as I’m sure many people have had, but am I unconsciously wishing for that REALLY BIG Eureka moment when all is revealed to me? Do I hope that the “now we see through a glass darkly but then we will see face to face” sort of thing is actually true?

    Could be. Trouble is that too may be illusion, in fact, many would say IS illusion. Oh well… I’m going to Boston for three days, and that should be fun!
    :roll: 👿 😆

  8. Men's Skateshoes’s avatar

    I have to say nothing is impossible. Good to know the benefit of drinking red wine. I will drink red wine each day. :)

  9. Mardé’s avatar

    Way to go, Men’s Skateshoes! But be careful you don’t drink too much of it everyday, especially if you’re on skateshoes. The ice is hard!

  10. eulogy samples’s avatar

    I think there is no point in trying to prolong death..

    It is going to come anyway…

    I dont want to live too long and see myself as some old man who can barely walk and talk.

  11. Mardé’s avatar

    Yup, you’ve got a point there, eulogy samples. (Could I find a sample eulogy on your site?) So far, even at my advanced age, I’ve been able to walk and talk, if not always walk the talk.

    And yes, you’re right. Everything ends, maybe even the universe itself, as we know it, or as we think we know it.

  12. Best Man’s avatar

    Death should be the driving force for all of us to live fully… I think death adds value to our life…

    To me life is the smile of a child and death, my final surrender.

  13. Tampa Real Estate Agents’s avatar

    I think the best way to respect death is to not talk about it.

  14. Mardé’s avatar

    Sure, great idea, TREA, don’t talk about it. Think new homes in Tampa, Florida. I’m sure business there needs to pick up.

  15. New Music Release’s avatar

    ha ha ha. You can never have a pill which doesn’t end death. There is death at some point in your life. It’s all fate. Not only you everyone has to face death.

    You cannot escape death.

  16. Mardé’s avatar

    You cannot escape death, but in the meantime you can listen to the music of Dizzy O’ Brian, right? I checked it out and it sounds good on first listen.

    How to get a free ad: post a comment on Seevsplace!
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha 😆

  17. Government Money Grant’s avatar

    No one can escape death. One day everyone should face it.

  18. Home Inspector New Jersey’s avatar

    hahahaha… If only immortality was that easy… I’m willing to try though… No harm from some wine every now and then…


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