|About the Book|
Why are we mortal? What are the causes of aging, and how, if at all, can the process be halted? These questions form the backbone of Dr Walker’s gripping exploration into the theories of aging and the latest scientific research on discovery andMoreWhy are we mortal? What are the causes of aging, and how, if at all, can the process be halted? These questions form the backbone of Dr Walker’s gripping exploration into the theories of aging and the latest scientific research on discovery and control of the mechanism of aging itself.The issue of aging, which so thoroughly consumes our youth-loving culture today, has only gained traction in the last century. Prior to this, disease, accident, or other misfortune caused the majority of deaths, rather than the effects of old age. As medicine advanced, vanquishing many diseases and adding decades to life expectancies, so old age and the natural shutting down of the human body became a trial for all to bear. With this came an increased fear of aging as a precursor to death, and along with it, the rise of longevity medicine, anti-aging ”solutions”, and the youth mania of today. On a medical front, as old age becomes an almost universal experience, the aging body in turn becomes an imperative area for research.A self-professed “obsession” with aging and its effects led Dr Walker into a lifetime of his own scientific research on the way we age and the reasons for this aging process. Now, Dr Walker brings to light a real possibility in this age of advanced scientific prowess: the extension of the biological human lifespan beyond its current natural limits. By examining the aging process, scientists can isolate what causes our bodies to age, and therefore, also learn how to control this mechanism. Dr Walker believes that we could be seeing huge advances in this area before the end of the century, and here he explains why. By unlocking the key to aging, a task that Walker determined to “conquer” in his own work, we can also understand how to find that all-elusive “cure” which so preoccupies researchers and public alike.The book is organized into sections which each deal with a specific theory or question of aging, progressing historically through the often misunderstood relation between aging and death, the effects of aging, the theories on why we age, and ending with a tantalizing glimpse of a future without aging. Dr Walker takes a measured look at these complex issues, giving weight to each discussion with key evidence from several scientific fields. He discusses how “biological immortality” could be possible, by systematically examining evidence and theories to show why this concept could be achievable sooner than we think. The book is not designed as an academic thesis- rather, it is aimed at the average reader keen to understand their own experiences of aging and learn about the exciting advances scientists are making into this field of research.Dr Walker combines a lifetime’s experience dedicated to research on aging with a gift for narrative in order to document both our personal and universal medical battles against aging and death itself. Dr Walker’s enthralling discussion of “biological immortality” and the evidence that backs it will grip all readers who have ever wondered if there could indeed be a “cure” for aging. An engaging and thought-provoking read, Why we age: Insight into the cause of growing old provides a comprehensive account of the theory of aging and a fascinating meditation on a new, upcoming era of humankind.