Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Oldest American Man Dies at 112

According to the AFP, the oldest man in America, on record, died Monday at the age of 112 years.

Born in New Orleans on June 6, 1896, George Rene Francis smoked cigars until he was 75, ate a diet heavy on milk, cheese, eggs and lard sandwiches and slept six hours a day. He died of congestive heart failure at a nursing home on Saturday.

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Francis, who in his life worked as a chauffeur, an auto mechanic and a barber, became a friend of young jazz trumpet player Louis Armstrong ...

The [current] oldest American [on record according to AFP] is 114-year-old Gertrude Baines, of Los Angeles.

The oldest person in the world [on record according to AFP] is Maria de Jesus of Portugal, 115. The oldest man is Tomoji Tanabe of Japan, 113.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Special Christmas Gift to All

Many years ago, I found myself traveling to a foreign country known for dysentery, salmonella, and E Coli illnesses, caused by consuming the local food and water. As I was discussing with a friend my concerns about getting sick while visiting this interesting country, my friend reminded me of our old childhood custom. That custom being the blessing of our meals before we eat and drink it.

I remember our family giving the traditional blessing of each meal out of gratitude of receiving the food and drink which was prepared for us. However, we speculated that perhaps the tradition was started not just to giving thanks of gratitude for our meals, but for protection from a food borne illness which the meal may also contain. After all, it was not too long ago that a simple meal could become a final meal if food or drink contain enough of an infection.

I took my friends advice, and blessed every meal I partook of, both out of gratitude and for protection; except for one fast food meal which I forgot to bless. Interesting enough, that was the only meal I felt sick after eating it.

After that experience, I realized it is not just meals that we can bless, but the home we live in, the vehicles we travel in, the appliances and tools we use in our daily lives, and even family and friends. In fact, I now believe that this is a short list of the possibilities.

Recently the movie What the Bleep Do We Know!?, demonstrated the power of thought, prayer, and blessings upon water, and our lives.

So my Christmas gift to all of you, is to bless that which you eat, you drink, you ride in, you live in, you use to work with, you use in your hobbies, and everything else that you care about; and not only bless out of gratitude, but out of protection for you and them as well.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and of course Happy New Years to you and yours!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Quest for Immortality

What did Emperor Chin (Qin Shi Huang Di) of ancient China and Aviator Charles Lindbergh have in common. Episode 7 of Achieving Immortality Channel podcast with your host, Benjamin Grundy, will answer this question for you and a lot more.

Episode 7 will also discuss a few other people who have searched for the real fountain of youth.

This podcast will then discuss a meeting that Ben Abba’s immortal friend had with Emperor Chin.

This and a lot more can be heard in Episode 7 of Achieving Immortality podcast radio.

Episode 7 of Achieving Immortality is sponsored by Ben Abba, author of forth coming books: “Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History” and now ““Wake Up! Live the Life You Love - Wake Up Moments of Inspiration”.

Both of these books will introduce to the world the possibility that one or more real immortals walk among us and what can learn from them.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Here is the Latest Status on Secrets of an Immortal

As you may or may not be aware of, I have decided to write my experiences with the "immortal" that I have successfully made contact with into a book. This was to give my a chance to lay out my experiences into some kind of order for all to read, digest, and make their own conclusions on.

I decided on this approach of telling my story after the encouragement of others who wanted the "whole story" at once and by those who could not accept only fragments of the story as I answered questions on various forums.

So for now, here is the latest status on my attempt to bring this incredible man's life experiences to the rest of the world:

1. The first book of the "Secrets of an Immortal" series is progressing; however there is still some editing left to do. The current target dates are March 1 for the eBook and June 1 for the hardcover. Since I am anxious on “doing everything right”, there is a lot of extra work being performed on this book to make it "right".

2.The hard copy book : “Wake Up! Live the Life You Love – Wake Up Moments of Inspiration”, which I will be sending out as a free gift to all of those that pre-purchase the first "Secrets of an Immortal" book, has just completed final edits and is due to be printed very soon. The co-authors of this book include: Dr. Wayne Dyer, Matt Bacak, Sonja Bendz, Krista Bloom, Maury M Breecher, Pam Garcy, Debra A. Garrison, Ernie Hudson, Onaje O. Johnston, Zachary Levi, Scott Luper, Monica Moo, Gregory Scott Reid, David Salmon, Kathleen E. Sims, Steven Turner, Liz Vassey, and Brian Tracey.

3. The eBook of “Winds of Change” by Dr. Robert Ghost Wolf, which Ben Abba is also adding as a free gift to all who pre-order the first "Secrets of an Immort" book, is in the final edit phase. The target date for releasing this item is now February 1.

Please keep checking back at this blog the latest status information on this exciting project.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Why Would Someone Be Thankful for Achieving Immortality?

On this American Holiday weekend, I have pondered my many blessings; and what things I would be thankful for by achieving immortality? Here is a short list which I invite all of you to contribute to:

1. A longer life would give one the time to do all of those things we wished we had done with our lives. We all have things that we wish we just had the time or the money or both to do with our lives. A much longer life would at least give us the time to do those things we have struggle most of our lives for a chance to do.

2. Living beyond our years will give our investments a chance to mature into a nice nest egg to retire from. We all wish we could actually make a few dollars from our savings accounts, our 401K's, our investment club's, etc. Giving any investment time, even a simple "passbook savings account" will eventually accumulate money. Some accounts take longer than others. However, if we only had the time to allow our investments to grow, say 50 to 100 years, we could eventually retire, permanently.

3. Extending our lives allows us to see other things grow around us. Many of us would love to see children, grand children ,and possibly great-grand children blossom before our eyes. Isn't it a shame, that most of us never get that chance? Would it not be a blessing if we could have the time to watch and participate in the lives of our offspring and our future generations. Perhaps spending more quality time with them as they begin their new lives?

4. Getting all of our tax money back. One day I sat and calculated how old would I have to be to get back all of my money thatI paid in taxes in the form of social security checks. I figured it would be about when I reached 127 years old. I am sure, by the time I actually reach 127 years of age, that the actual number would be much higher than that. However, the though of living old enough to get back all of my hard earn tax money back into my pocket had a special feeling about it.

5. Receiving that senior discounts, permanently. Ok, this is another money thing, but to many people, this adds up to a nice bonus. Receiving this bonus for 60 to 600 years or more, would bring about a nice little bit of pocket change. Just a nice, pleasant thought.

6. How about learning another career or a new hobby? Some people would like to try a different career or try that other hobby that they have dreamed about. Here is another benefit of receiving those extra years so we could try new things, work a new profession, and in a sense become a different person. With time on your side, all things are possible.

7. With more time on your hands and time on your side, love can become quite interesting. With more time in your life, you can find that special soul-mate, or even soul-mates, to make your new years quite enjoyable.

8. "Time heals all wounds". So the saying goes. Healing old wounds helps us live longer, healthier, and happier lives. With enough time, you can get past those painful memories or injuries.

9. And last but not least, with the extra days in your life, you can finally get the opportunity to clean your house; especially your bedroom; enough to meet your mother's expectations.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Is There a Cure for Human Aging on Its Way?





Episode 6 of Achieving Immortality Channel podcast with your host, Benjamin Grundy, is ready and waiting for you.

Listen Now to this podcast, click here

Episode 6 will present several articles and blog posts describing a possible cure for human aging. We will then delve into the possibility of immortality from people who know a few thingsabout the possibilities of immortality; and perhaps will reveal a few of their secrets to human longevity.

In Episode 6, Ben Abba will be devulging the secret of immortality and 7 tips of extending our lives from the 2,800 year old man whom Ben Abba has been writing about.

This and a lot more can be heard in Episode 6 of Achieving Immortality podcast radio.

Episode 6 of Achieving Immortality is sponsored by Ben Abba, author of forth coming books: “Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History” and now ““Wake Up! Live the Life You Love - Wake Up Moments - Book 2”.

Both of these books will introduce to the world the possibility that one or more real immortals walk among us and what can learn from them.

Tags for this post are: Health, Immortality, Immortals, Leonid Gavrilov, Longevity, Medieval Scotland, Ray Kurweil, Science, Secrets of an Immortal, aubrey de grey, ben abba, human longevity, telomeres, wake up moments

Monday, November 10, 2008

Supercentenarians of Record Who Lived More Than 150 Years - Part 3

The ABC network ran a recent Barbara Walters special called “Live to 150 … Can You DO It?”. This special show several segments about extending our lives from several of the experts of our time.

One segment of this TV special described how a nutrient found on red wine called Resveratol, has shown to slow down our bodies aging process. The special went on to interview a scientist who is trying to patent a concentrated formulation with Resveratol to give us a new pill for life extension.

A very interesting segment in this show centered around a group of “calorie restrictors” who weigh and measure every calorie they consume. They believe that by reducing their calorie intake by 30% from the average American, they can improve their energy, memory, eyesight, and extend their lives. Ben Abba will have present more information on the Calorie Restrictive Diet on a future podcast.

The main segment of this Barbara Walters Special was about the man well know as the authority on anti-aging, Dr Aubrey de Grey, PhD. Dr. de Grey is a British biomedical gerontologist educated at Cambridge University and is presently the chairman and chief science officer of The Methuselah Foundation and editor in chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research.

Dr. de Grey fully believes that “a cure for human aging” through science is very possible in our near future. In fact, he has identified what he concludes are the seven area of the aging process that need to be addressed medically.

Quoting Dr. de Grey:

"It's not really a matter of living forever, it's just a matter of not wanting to die. One doesn't live forever all in one go, one lives forever one year at a time. It's just a case of "Well, life seems to be fun, and I don't see any prospect of it ceasing to be fun unless I get frail and miserable and start declining." So if I can avoid declining, I'll stay with it really."

"Adam and Eve lost it, alchemists tried to brew it and, if you believe the legends, Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon was searching for it when he discovered Florida.

To live forever while preserving health and retaining the semblance and vigor of youth is one of humanity's oldest and most elusive goals.

Now, after countless false starts and disappointments, some scientists say we could finally be close to achieving lifetimes that are, if not endless, at least several decades longer.".

For more information on Ben Abba and his interviews with a living, breathing supercentenarian, check out his website at:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Supercentenarians of Record Who Lived More Than 150 Years - Part 2

So why doesn’t Guinness World Records report any of these supercentenarians, especially Li Ching Yun, as the world’s oldest person that ever lived? Obviously the Guinness people believed they either could not confirm these people from the limited records that are available about them. Or maybe, just maybe, they did not want to confirm any of these people’s incredible age. And because Guinness World Records did not confirm these 150 plus year old supercentenarians, like Li Ching Yun, most people today do not believe it is possible to live beyond 122 years.

While it is true that records dating back 100 years or more are difficult to verify, there is a likelihood that at least some of these supercentenarians of record, did survive more than 150 years. And it is even possible, and likely, that there were many other supercentenarians throughout our history, whose long lives will never be known.

Perhaps a few of them are living among us even today?

So what can we learn from all of these people who lived more than 150 years? There are a few hints of we can learn from the records that we have:

From the stories about the life of Shirali Mistlimov the is a hint of his secret to longevity. First, right up until his final moments of life, he continued to perform his daily chores in his garden and his orchard. He never smoked or drank, but he did walk and ride horseback regularly. He spent most of his life married and raised many children.

From what we know about Javier Pereira, he too walked regularly and survived 5 marriages. Henry Jenkins, who died at the are of 169 years, was known as an excellent swimmer at the age of 100 years.

However, the best information that we have is from the Granddaddy of all known supercentenarians, Li Ching Yun. According to researchers, Li Ching Yun attributed his longevity to his life long vegetarian diet and regular use of rejuvenating herbs plus “inward calm”. He was a renowned herbalist and outlived 23 wives. When asked by a pupil for his secret to long life, Li Ching Yun replied “keep a quiet hear, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”

For more information on Ben Abba and his interviews with a living, breathing supercentenarian, check out his website at:

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Supercentenarians of Record Who Lived More Than 150 Years

The Guinness World Records lists Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years, as the oldest person on record. She is said to have met the famed artist Vincent van Gogh at the age of 13 which caught the attention of the media in 1988. However, with all due respect to Mrs. Calment, she died quite young compared to other supercentenarians found in other records.

Many people first heard about supercentenarians from the January 1973 issue of the National Geographic about the Azerbaijani people who are known to live incredibly long lives and marry after reaching the age of 100 years. This issue of National Geographic also contained an article about the oldest living of the Azerbaijani people, a man named Shirali Mislimov.

In the following year, Time ran this obituary about Shirali Mislimov in its September 1973 issue:

“Shirali Mislimov, Died 1973 at 168 years in Azerbaijan, USSR. On his birthday in 1971 he rose at dawn to do his daily chores in the garden and orchard. Among his well-wishers were doctors who gave him his annual physical and judged his health perfect. He has never been ill, though forced to give up riding horseback recently. At 160 he journeyed to the capital city (his first visit). There a doctor recorded his pulse at 72 and blood pressure at 120/75 but then this was after a three storey climb! He neither smoked or drank. He is survived by his third wife, 107 years old, 219 other family members, including a grandchild aged 100 years.

Now from the News Review magazine, dated 22 December,1938 we have:

“Zaro Aga, according to the death certificate given by his doctor, died at the age of 157 years. He has died in Istanbul, Turkey although there exists a confusion about the death place probably because the body was sent to US right after his death.

He was born in Bitlis, Mutki,GundĂȘ Meydan , Ottoman Turkey and worked as a construction worker when he was young, then moved to Istanbul, worked as a porter for more than 100 years and finally retired as a janitor. He was a major attraction to press during his last years as the world's longest living man and traveled many countries including US, UK, Italy and France. His body was sent to US for research purposes after he died."

From the Sear's Wonders of the World, we have this one:

"December 5, 1830, died at St. Andrews, Jamaica, the property of Sir Edward Hyde East, Robert Lynch, a negro slave in comfortable circumstances, who perfectly recollected the great earthquake of 1692, and further recollected the person and equipages of the lieutenant-governor, Sir Henry Morgan, whose third and last governorship commenced in 1680, viz., one hundred and fifty years before. Allowing for this early recollection the age of ten years, this man must have died at the age of one hundred and sixty years."

From the April 1958 issue of Time magazine we have this interesting article:

Javier Pereira, 169, died 1958, in Columbia, S.A.

Only 4'4" tall, weighed 75 pounds. Taken to New York Hospital Cornell Medical Centre in 1956. At that time he had all his hair without any gray, teeth were all gone, skin like old brown wrinkled leather, eyes cloudy but still serviceable, hands arthritic but a powerful hand-shake firm and surprisingly youthful. Arteries showed no signs at all of deterioration. His endurance and feats were remarkable like standing on one leg and pirouetting without losing his balance, walking three blocks and climbing two flights of stairs without losing his breath. He had no immediate relatives (though married 5 times), his last grandchild had died 15 years ago at age 85 years. He was known by oldsters in his own village when they were in their teens as the "old Indian who liked to dance".

From the “Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine “ book by Gould and Pyle we have this interesting tidbits:

“Henry Jenkins, 169, died 1670, in Yorkshire England.” Present at the Battle of Flodden (1513) at age of 12. When over 100 he was still an excellent swimmer.”

"In a churchyard near Cardiff, Glamorganshire, is the following inscription: "Here lieth the body of William Edwards, of Caereg, who departed this life 24th February, Anno Domini 1668, … one hundred and sixty-eight"

"Jonas Warren of Balydole died in 1787 aged one hundred and sixty-seven. He was called the "father of the fisherman" in his vicinity, as he followed the trade for ninety-five years."

"In the chancel of the Honigton Church, Wiltshire, is a black marble monument to the memory of G. Stanley, gent, who died in 1719, aged one hundred and fifty-one.


From the book titled “History of Human Life Span and Mortality” by Acsadi and Nemeskeri we have even more interesting supercentenarians:

“Thomas Parr, 152, died 1635, in England. At the age of 130 was an active farmer, did not marry till 80, then again at 120. Presented to King Charles I in 1635. The excitement of the journey to London brought on his death-its immediate cause was over- eating. He was autopsied by Harvey who found the "internal organs in a perfect state; his cartilages were not even classified".

“John Rovin, 172, died 1741, of Temesvar, Hungry. His wife, Sarah Desson Rovin died the same year at the age of 164 after a marriage of 147 years.”

“Kentigren, 185, died 5 Jan. 600 A.D. in Scotland. Founder of Glasgow Abbey.”

"Petratsh Zartan died 1724 in Hungry at the age of 187. A few days before his death he walked a mile. Shortly before his death a Count Wallis had his portrait painted. When he died he was more than 10 years older than Abraham and 35 years older than "old Thomas Parr (who died earlier at the age of 152 years)."

In Charles Hulbert’s book titled “Museum Europaeum” published in 1825 is this interesting article:

The most remarkable instance of longevity which we meet with in British history is that of Thomas Carn, who, according to the parish register of St. Leonard, Shoreditch, died 28th January, 1588 at the astonishing age of two hundred and seven years. He was born in the reign of Richard the Second, anno 1381, and lived in the reigns of twelve kings and queens, Richard II, Henry IV, V, and VI. Edward IV and V, Richard III, Henry VII and VIII, Edward, VI, Mary, and Elizabeth. The veracity of the above may be readily observed by any person who chooses to consult the above mentioned register."


However the granddaddy of human longevity on record, is that of Li Ching Yun. The May 6th, 1933 edition of The New York Times contains an incredible article titled

“LI CHING-YUN DEAD; GAVE HIS AGE AS 197”

This article is subtitled “Inquiry Put Age At 256”

“Peiping, May 5 – Li Ching-Yun, a resident of Kaihsien, in the Province of Szechwan, who contended that he was one of the world's oldest men and said he was born in 1736 – which would make him 197 years old – died today.

A Chinese dispatch from Chungking telling of Mr. Li's death said he attributed his longevity to peace of mind and that it was his belief every one could live at least a century by attaining inward calm.”

The article continues, “In 1930 it was said Professor Wu Chung-chien, dean of the department of Education in Minkuo University, had found records showing Li was born in 1677 and that Imperial Chinese Government congratulated him on his 150th and 200th birthdays. A correspondent of The New York Times wrote in 1928 that many of the oldest men in Li's neighborhood asserted their grandfathers knew him as boys and that he was then a grown man.”

Another article found in the May 15, 1933 issue of Time magazine titled: “Tortoise - Pigeon - Dog” stated the following about Li Ching Yun:

“In the province of Szechwan in China lived until last week Li Ching-Yun. ... By his own story he was born in 1736, had lived 197 years. … Some said he had buried 23 wives, was living with his 24th, a woman of 60, had descendants of eleven generations. The fingernails of his venerable right hand were six inches long. Yet to skeptical Western eyes he looked much like any Chinese 60-year-old. “

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Achieving Immortality Channel Releases Episode 5 - Where's The Proof?

Episode 5 of Achieving Immotality - Where’s The Proof That a 2,800 Year Old Man Really Exists?

Episode 5 with your host, Benjamin Grundy, is ready and waiting for your listening pleasure.

Episode 5 will present 3 articles from Ben Abba starting with Ben’s article”Where’s the Proof?”. The next article are “How Can Anyone Believe That a 2,800 Man Really Exists?” which will follow with “More Questions About Do Immortals Really Exist?”

This and a lot more can be heard in Episode 5 of Achieving Immortality podcast radio.

Episode 5 of Achieving Immortality is sponsored by Ben Abba, author of forth coming books: “Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History” and now ““Wake Up! Live the Life You Love - Wake Up Moments”.

Both of these books will introduce to the world the possiblity that one or more real immortals walk among us and what can learn from them.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Did the Knights Templar Find the Real “Staff of King David”?

Did such an artifact ever exist?

Did it ever possess any special powers?

And if it does exist, where is it today?


King David Presenting the Sceptre to Solomon by Cornelis De Vos

from Canvaz.com


When I ask the 2,800 year old gentleman, whom I have been writing about, what was the most significant artifact he has ever seen and he describes for me in detail an artifact which he calls the "Staff of King David". I have never heard of such a relic, but it does make sense that the King David of ancient Israel would have a staff or scepter.

By the way this real life immortal described his memories of the Staff of King David, it was very apparent that this was important religious artifact to many. According to him it was the most noteworthy souvenir, he was aware of, which was found by the Knights Templar in ancient Israel. And from what he was told, it held powers similar to those of the Arc of the Covenant.

However, as I searched for any supporting information on this unknown piece of history, I found very little information, except for one interesting tidbit.

This is from Andrew Gough’s Arcadia website:

“This is the story of Will, an informant who in 2006 disclosed his alleged involvement in a covert, state of the art treasure quest off the coast of Oak Island, Nova Scotia …

Before long the team discovered a tubular capsule imprinted with what appeared to be a Knights Templar seal. The capsule, which was made of extremely hard balsa wood and secured with hardened tar, contained 14 crest-wraps each emblazoned with a family crest; one of which appeared to be that of the biblical patriarch King David.

… I personally saw the seals (about 4 ft away). I personally saw the Templar's crest (which looks NOTHING like that crappy Da Vinci Code movie or any junk you see in books; revisionists love creating their own fantasy), the emblazoned / branded wax inset into the wood that said KING DAVID in a language that could only be translated by the highest-ranked Mason I have ever met (the billionaire, himself). I believe he was a Rosicrucian of the highest order. I mean TOP of the chart, or one level into the next step up from Grand Master.

… There is something on Birch Isle that could retire most men, but I am not sure exactly what it is - but I am 100% positive it exists. The staff of King David or some sort of sceptre? There were no plans to return to search for it. The capsule was found, and that was the only goal.”

Friday, September 19, 2008

Episode 4 - Extending Our Lives With The Help of Nature

Episode 4 of Achieving Immortality with your host, Benjamin Grundy, is ready and waiting for you.

Listen Now to this podcast, click here

Episode 4 will present 3 articles from scientists about animal longevity and what we can learn from them about extending our own lives.

Also in Episode 4 is an article by Ben Abba titled: “Does the Movie “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” Off a Secret of Immortality?”

This and a lot more can be heard in Episode 4 of Achieving Immortality podcast radio.

Episode 4 of Achieving Immortality is sponsored by Ben Abba, author of forth coming book: “Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History”

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Chapter 10: Changing Time with Leonardo da Vinci

I have over 100 different people advising me about what to do with the material I have collected researching and interviewing a real man whom I now fully believe is nearly 2,800 years old. And the general consensus from all of these advisors is to put what I can into a book and to "do it right".

So I have begun the process of creating my first book to be published about my experiences locating and meeting this remarkable man. As part if the book writing process I created a book proposal with a sample chapter. This particular chapter is one of those I consider quite interesting to any reader of this book. Consequently it has received the most edits, although i still have yet to complete the final edit of this entire book.

By popular request, I am now posting some excerpts from this sample chapter, Chapter 10 of "Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History", for your review.

The following excerpts are copyrighted by Ben Abba:




Chapter 10: Changing Time with Leonardo da Vinci

“You knew Leonardo da Vinci?!?” I was so excited I could hardly blurt out the question. As those words left my lips I heard a roaring laugh from Shojan that shocked me right out of my chair. I picked myself up, gathered my wits about me, and sat back down. I clearly saw a smirk on his face. A twinkle of fondness formed in his eyes as he looked beyond me to his past.

“Yes I knew him! I knew him very well. I met him as a young man and we worked together on a project for nearly three years”, Shojan exclaimed.

...

It had been my hope that Shojan had heard of Leonardo da Vinci during Renaissance times; or at least seen some of his early work. He shared with me a story about Leonardo that was beyond and above what I could have possibly imagined.

As I regained my composure, I asked: “How did you come to meet Leonardo da Vinci?” With that characteristic gleam still in his eyes he answered:

“I was searching for someone to help me draw plans for a project I was working on. I was told by a mutual acquaintance that Leonardo was a gifted drawer and a quick study. He was living near me at the time. He was very young, in his late 20’s or early 30’s, and a brilliant artist. I found his ability to learn quickly combined with his engineering skills, quite remarkable for the time. I quickly decided he was perfect for what I was looking for so I hired him on the spot. Although we worked together for around three years designing and building a clock tower. Although we used common building materials to build this clock tower, but it was quite unique in its design.

...

“Can you tell me anything more about Leonardo da Vinci?”

“He had dark-colored hair and dark-colored eyes. I remember he was tall, but not too tall, and he was strong, but not strong-looking. He had a rather deep voice, but not that of a large man. His demeanor was one of curiosity and determination; but never of desperation or forcefulness. He often spoke in quiet tones yet his voice carried significant weight. I enjoyed speaking with him immensely because he often added a bit of humor into his dialogue. He seemed to enjoy life and all that life offered him. He was exceedingly confident in his ability to perform any task, complete any project, and solve any problem. He did not have one special gift but many incredible talents. He would occasionally joke about God giving him so much talent that he often wondered exactly what his life’s purpose was other than to explore everything. He used his art to support himself, yet art was also a tool he used to express himself and communicate his ideas.

...

The Clock Tower and Changing the River of Time

My natural inquisitiveness kicked in as I started to think about the project Shojan and Leonardo created together. “Can you tell me more about this project you needed drawings for?” Shojan answered me:

“I was attempting to find a person who could help me draw out this clock tower idea I had in my mind. I felt strongly that I could observe and affect the invisible river of time that flowed all around us. I needed a clock, which I could manipulate. And I needed a power source to do run this clock. The windmill was a perfect answer to making my vision come true. I would often speak to Leonardo at great length about how time was flowing around everything, how we could tap into something that we could not see; and that with a windmill powered clock we could affect time.

Remember in those days we could not see the wind, just the effects of the wind. And we did not have any other usable form of energy; like the invisible force we call electricity today. However, back then, we felt that wind, power, and time were all linked together somehow. We did not know how, we just believed they did. So off we went drawing and then finally building this windmill powered clock tower near Rome.


I have enough material about my immortal friend's experiences with Leonardo da Vinci to write an entire book. However, I have decided to write this first book about the more interesting highlights of his life; with one chapter devoted to each period of his life.

As this book has come together, I am truly amazed at the picture it paints of this extraoridnary man. I fully beleive you too will enjoy his story once you finally see it in print.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Learn the Secrets of Immortality from Those Who Have Already Found It.

Yaktivate.com proudly presents its new podcast channel - The Achieving Immortality Podcast Channel.

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Can we really extend our lives to 150 years and beyond? Has anyone in our past or present accomplished such a feat? And if so, what can they teach us about achieving our own fountain of youth?

The Achieving Immortality podcast channel is a place to learn the secrets of immortality from scientists of our age, philosophers of our past, and, on occasion, from real life “immortals” who have lived past 150 years.

The Achieving Immortality Channel is the creation of Ben Abba, the author of the forthcoming new book: “Secrets of an Immortal – An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History”. This book will reveal for the first time that real immortals are living among us today; and they have much to teach us about human longevity, about world history, and about ourselves.

The debut podcast is titled “When Fact is Stranger Than Fiction” which describes Ben Abba’s experiences searching for and find real life supercentarians.

Episode 2 of the The Achieving Immortality Channel is titled “Living More than 150 Years by Those Who Done It” which will review the many of those people, on record, who have survived more than 150 years.

“Why Haven’t We Heard About Any Immortals in Our News” is the title of the third podcast of Achieving Immortality Channel. This third Episode will review the possible reasons why real life eternals avoid revealing their secret identities.

Episode 4 of the The Achieving Immortality Channel is titled “Extending Our Lives With the Help of Nature” which will review examples of immortality in the animal kingdom and the secrets they hold in extending our own lives.

Finally Episode 5 of the The Achieving Immortality Channel will be titled “Where’s the Proof That Immortals Exist?”. This podcast will attempt to review what evidence is currently available that physical immortality is possible and that real immortals may be living among us today.

Each extraordinary episode on www.Achieving-Immortality.com will reveal another secret of extending our lives from those who are researching anti-aging and from supercentenarians who have already beaten the odds.

Yaktivate.com is a podcast network that features podcast shows on channels that reflect a wide range of topics -- from golf to business strategies to twenty-somethings and beyond. Yaktivate.com is always on the lookout for new podcasting talent and businesses that are seeking an effective and cost-effective way to reach their niche marketing audience.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Would You Like to Immortalize Yourself ?


Would you like to immortalize your business?



For a limited time only, if you pre-purchase 10 or more copies of Ben Abba’s new book “Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History”, you will receive a free sponsor spot on one of Ben Abba’s future Achieving Immortality Channel podcasts.



Each podcast becomes a permanent part of the internet and is downloaded by thousands of people over. And each podcast has the potential of being heard by over a million podcast listeners worldwide.


So become a part of world history and immortalize yourself or your business with a message to the world.


Contact Ben Abba by leaving a comment on this blog or through Yaktivate.com for more details.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Achieving Immortality Channel Now on Yaktivate Internet Radio

Introduction of newest podcast show on Yaktivate.com - The Achieving Immortality Channel: for those who would seek to learn the secrets of immortality from those who have already found it.

Yaktivate.com, a leading podcast network on the Internet announces The Achieving Immortality Podcast Channel: for those who would seek to learn the secrets of immortality from those who have already found it.

Is it possible to extend your quality of life? Are there people alive today living to be 150 years or more? If it was possible to live longer than 150 years, would people choose to do so?

Human Immortality: A Scientific Reality?
The Achieving Immortality podcast channel is a place to learn the secrets of immortality from scientists of our age, philosophers of our past, and, on occasion, from real life "immortals" who have lived past 150 years. The Achieving Immortality channel is the creation of Ben Abba, the author of the forthcoming new book: "Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History". This book will reveal for the first time that real immortals are living among us today; and they have much to teach us about human longevity, about world history, and about ourselves.

In Episode 1, guest host Benjamin Grundy presents an article by Ben Abba titled "When Fact is Stranger Than Fiction"; about Ben Abba's experiences locating and making contact with a real life supercentarian living among us today.

The podcast will also include a review of articles by David Smith titled "2050 and Immortality is Within Our Grasp" and by Gary Vey's article: "Human Immortality: A Scientific Reality?".

Each extraordinary episode on www.Achieving-Immortality.com will reveal another secret of extending our lives from those who are researching anti-aging and from supercentenarians who have already beaten the odds.

Yaktivate.com is a podcast network that features podcast shows on channels that reflect a wide range of topics -- from golf to business strategies to twenty-somethings and beyond. Yaktivate.com is always on the lookout for new podcasting talent and businesses that are seeking an effective and cost-effective way to reach their niche marketing audience.

For more information on Ben Abba's books, please visit www.Secrets-Of-An-Immortal.com.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Living More Than 150 Years by Those Who Have Done It.

Episode 2 of Achieving Immortality is now ready for your listening pleasure. Your host for this podcast is Benjamin Grundy of Mysterious Universe.

Episode 2 will present an article by Ben Abba titled "Living More Than 150 Years by Those Who Have Done It.".

This article describes the oldest known people of record starting with Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years, G. Stanley who survived 151 years, Thomas Parr who lived to 152 years, Zaro Aga who reached the age of 157 years, Robert Lynch who lived 160 years, Jonas Warren lived to 167 years, William Edwards and Shirali Mislimov who lived to 168 years, Henry Jenkins and Javier Pereira who are known to have reached 169 years, John Rovin who survived 172 years, Petratsh Zartan who saw 187 years, and the grandaddy of them all, Li Ching Yun, who is on record to have lived 256 years.

Next this podcast will review the recent Barbara Walters ABC Special: "Live to 150 ... Can You Do It?"

We will then wrap up Episode 2 with an update on Ben Abba's project to bring the secrets of achieving immortality to the world.

This episode of Achieving Immortality is brought to you by Ben Abba, author of forth coming book: "Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History"

Friday, July 18, 2008

Pay It Forward - Free Gift Offer

As a big fan of the movie "Pay It Forward", I believe if everyone would give or do something extra to just 3 strangers before receiving anything from them, our world would totally change in a very positive way.

This past February of this year I found a very interesting blog by Serena Art and Design that was promoting "Pay It Forward" throughout the blogsphere and I agreed to participate. Well I got really busy trying to get my new book ready for the editors and time slipped by me faster than I realized. So today is the day that I will attempt to pay this gift forward.

Here is how you can get a free gift from me. I am offering a copy of my new book, "Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History" in eBook format, to the first 3 people who do the following:

1. Leave a comment on this blog requesting to join in on my "Pay It Forward" exchange.

2. The 3 people chosen must then post on their own blogs promising 3 different people an act of kindness gift. Because this is a blogsphere "Pay It Forward" program, you must have your own blog to participate in this exchange.

3. I will then notify each of the 3 people that they have been chosen and they will then need to email me so that I can email back my "Pay It Forward" gift to them.

4. Right now it is looking like my eBook is still about 2 months away before the final edit will be complete, so I will send a certificate for a free copy of this eBook as soon as the 3 people who have agreed to the Pay It Forward exchange post their Pay It Forward offers onto their blogs.

In the spirit of the original blogger, I am requesting that the gifts that you offer are gifts that you have created yourself in some fashion.

Good luck and of course Pay It Forward!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Biblical Stone Story Causing a Stir on the Internet

There is a story circulating around the Internet right now:

"Biblical stone causes stir reevaluation of Jesus story"

I have not found any more information on this story other than it appears to have originated on The Drudge Report.

However there appears to be an insinuation that there is some historical stone that was found that sheds light on the historical man known today as Jesus the Christ. Regardless on whether this stone or what it facts it supposedly contains on this issue: I do have a living eyewitness to the real Jesus the Christ.

While I cannot describe in detail, at this moment, everything this living eyewitness recalls of this real man we call Jesus Christ; I fully intend to someday.

For now, what I can tell you that there is a man living today who had a 6 year friendship with the real man which is know throughout the world today as Christ. He saw real miracles, he saw real sermons, he saw many followers, and he saw a kind, caring man who was a strong leader among men; and yes there was a real crucification.

For more details, keep checking back on this blog or my first book on this incredible man's eyewitness accounts of 2,800 years of history.

UPDATE:

It appears the Drudge Report was referencing a New York Times story about a 3 foot tall stone tablet that contains 87 lines of Hebrew that speaks about a messiah who will rise from the dead after 3 days. The stone tablet was supposedly found 10 years ago, but because it was a slow news day, the New York Times decided to print this story.

Sounds like another archeological find that confirms the Book of Isiah to me.

A three-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew that scholars believe dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is causing a quiet stir in biblical and archaeological circles, especially because it may speak of a messiah who will rise from the dead after three days.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Can you imagine living for more than 150 years? How about 250 years?

Why not 500 years?   If you could, would you?

 

These questions have plagued me much of my lifetime, and perhaps they have preyed upon you, too.

 

Several years ago my search began for the answers.   One serendipitous day, to my utter surprise, the people with the answers came into full view.  They not only knew how to extend their lives, but were actually living well beyond 150 years.

 

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My preference for learning new skills by example is easy to admit, for the 'monkey-see, monkey-do' method brings involvement and instant recall. (Sitting in a classroom or doggedly reading a book presents little excitement or retention.)   So, such was the method used years ago to improve my quality of life, at which time I set about following the advice of those whom I felt were the most astute health professionals:  regular checkups, yearly vaccinations, a healthy diet and exercise as rigorous and often as would fit into my busy day.

 

In a sense, modeling their lifestyles in an effort to extend my years became my way of life, all the while anxiously awaiting the golden years when retirement would become a reality. 

 

The Goal:  Collecting my pension and relaxing comfortably by some large body of water.

 

And then it happened!  A friend handed me a cassette tape - Dead Doctors Don't Lie - by Dr. Joel Wallach.

 

From that day forward, my life was forever changed. 

 

A veterinarian-turned-naturopath, Dr. Wallach became well-known for attributing many of today's diseases to mineral and vitamin deficiencies.

 

His tape made a sound case:  many health professionals - including large numbers of doctors - live shorter lives than the average person. 

 

Clarity entered my consciousness:  health professionals are not necessarily good examples to follow.  It was difficult to grasp the idea that life could be extended by avoiding the daily routine my doctor was preaching. 

 

My decision, however, came swiftly:  I was to begin my search for the people who DID live longer, healthier lives - and to learn their secrets of longevity.

 

The idea of extending our lives is not new.  Several articles and books by Dr. Aubrey De Grey, a biologist, and Dr. Leonid A. Gavrilov, a prominent research scientist, suggest the lengthening of our life span past 120 years is now not only possible, but physical immortality is also within our reach.  Their theories of eating a healthy diet with plenty of exercise is good advice, but 'monkey-see, monkey-do' people like me need a solid representation after which to pattern our lifestyles.

 

My search then began for the longest-living person alive - today. 

 

Not only was I to find one of the oldest people in the world, but my goal was further to find one practicing a healthy lifestyle.

 

It would be necessary, of course, once the person was found, to do my best in

striking up a friendship which would evolve into a trusting relationship - trusting enough so this person would be willing to share with me how he (or she) lived, what he (or she) ate - and how he or she had survived for so many years. 

 

With everything in my power, I would then begin to model my life closely to that ideal.

 

Using some advanced research techniques, I began to find people who are alive today, living past 150 years.  Quite a few appear to have lived for more than 250 - and some even 500 - years.  All seem to have blended into society as typical senior citizens.

 

It took me awhile to finally locate and make contact with a gentleman - one of the living 'immortals' - to learn his secrets of longevity.  He was reluctant at first, but after much persistence, agreed to a meeting in a park near his home.   Our paths finally crossed.  Meeting him was one of the most incredible moments of my life.

 

They say words constitute only nine percent of our communication.  When we finally met, though he said very little, it was obvious to me this was the man I had been seeking.  His face, his gestures and his demeanor clearly suggested he had been living for more than a century.  As he quietly shared his essence and experience, I soon realized he had seen nearly 2,800 years of life through his eyes.  He told me about his incredible life and how he had survived so many generations.  The information he gave me was quite detailed, but I will summarize it the best I can.

 

His motto is quite simple:  Live life to its fullest everyday and don't sweat the small stuff.   To him, death is a choice, not a predetermined event.  He focuses each day on living life rather than preparing for death.  He says he notices too many people are so focused on death they forget to live their lives.

 

His daily rituals are equally simple.  He lives his life in moderation with almost no stress.  He walks everywhere he can and eats as little as possible (usually freshly prepared food) three times a day.   He drinks three glasses of water every day and finishes his day with a glass of fine wine.

 

All of these lifestyle choices are common sense and should already be part of our lives.  However, this man had another practice I feel is important.  He believes it is imperative to share at least one meal a day with another person.  It is his belief that while our bodies need food each day to sustain our life, our souls need a daily dose of another's spirit to truly survive.   He believes living a life of total solitude will lead to certain death.

 

While it may be impossible for me to prove scientifically that this gentleman has experienced nearly 2,800 years of life, I can most certainly share his memories.

 

More importantly, I can share his secrets to a long and healthy life.

 

To those who say you cannot live your life to the fullest, for as long as you desire, tell them this old Chinese Proverb:

 

A person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the man doing it.

 

This story is copyright 2008 by Ben Abba

 

Author of "Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History"

http://www.Secrets-of-an-Immortal.com

http://www.Wake-Up-Live-the-Life-You-Love-Wake-Up-Moments.com

 

 

 

Friday, June 27, 2008

Is Gratitude the Secret to Abundance? And Immortality?

Is it possible, by living your life in a total state of gratitude, of everything that you have, or everything that you are, and for everything that has been given to you, is the secret for attracting abundance in your life?

Is it true that living a life in a constant state of fear, does the opposite and chances away your abundance?

Is it true that living a life of total gratitude, in the mind, heart, the body, and in the heart, will "attract" immortality in our lives?

Perhaps this is the real secret that "The Secret" was all about?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

What If Life Is a Series Of Choices and Consequences?

What if there is a universal "Prime Directive" that we all have free will?

Would that mean everything in life is our own choice and the consequences of the choices we make?

Does this mean, we all have the choice to be rich or poor, to be smart or dumb, and possibly .... how long we can live and when we will die?

Is this "Prime Directive", is this universal free will, is this possible choice of how long we can live here on Earth ... Is this a secret, perhaps The Secret, to physical immortality?

Stay tuned for the answers to these questions. in the meantime, ponder the possibilities.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ben Abba to Host a Call In Show on June 27th

I am planning for a call in show, which we will podcast after wards, at 9:00PM EDT on Friday, June 27th. The format will be to for me to answer any of the callers questions , as best as I can, on this call in show.

The topics for this call in show will be about Ben Abba’s experiences with immortals, physical immortality, and his new book “Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness account of 2,800 Years of History”.

Please leave a comment on this blog or the Achieving Immortality blog for the call in telephone numbers if you would like to participate in the show.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Coming Soon: Immortality?

From a recent AP article published by CBS, author and inventor Ray Kurweil, says breakthroughs will allow immortality within 20 years.

He “plans to live forever … As part of his daily routine, Kurzweil ingests 250 supplements, eight to 10 glasses of alkaline water and 10 cups of green tea… The famed inventor and computer scientist is serious about his health because if it fails him he might not live long enough to see humanity achieve immortality, a seismic development he predicts in his new book is no more than 20 years away. “.

In his book: "Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever.", Kurzweil guides people to better health “so people can live to benefit from a coming explosion in technology he predicts will make infinite life spans possible.”

Kurzweil tells of “nanobots” that will extend our lives “by swarming through the body, repairing bones, muscles, arteries and brain cells.”

Kurweil also believes “ human intelligence not only conquering its biological limits, including death, but completely mastering the natural world.”

"In my view, we are not another animal, subject to nature's whim," he said.

“In his latest book, Kurzweil defines what he calls his three bridges to immortality. The ‘First Bridge’ is the health regimen to keep people fit enough to cross the ‘Second Bridge’, a biotechnological revolution.”

“The ‘Third Bridge,” Kurzweil believes, is the nanotechnology “to deliver the nanobots that work like repaving crews in our bloodstreams and brains.”

“Immortality would leave little standing in current society, in which the inevitability of death is foundational to everything from religion to retirement planning.”

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Quotes on Secrets of Immortality

“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality. “ -- Abraham Lincoln.

“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.” — Woody Allen.

“You can believe in God without believing in immortality, but it is hard to see how anyone can believe in immortality and not believe in God.” — Ernest Dimnent.

“There is only one way to get ready for immortality, and that is to love this life and live it as bravely and faithfully and cheerfully as we can.” -- Henry Van Dyke.

“Each life makes its own immitation of immortality.” — Stephen King.

“Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” — Susan Ertz.

“It was a love of the air and sky and flying, the lure of adventure, the appreciation of beauty. It lay beyond the descriptive words of men-where immortality is touched through danger, where life meets death on equal plane; where man is more than man, and existence both supreme and valueless at the same time.” — Charles Augustus Lindbergh.

“The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.” — Herb Eugene Caen.

“A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. ‘I reckon,’ he asid, with a twinkle in his eye, ‘It’s because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.’” — Dorothea Kent.

“A man has only one way of being immortal on earth: he has to forget he is a mortal.” -- Jean Giraudoux.

“Probably I chose immortality because mortality is a universal human obsession.“ --
Joan D. Vinge.

“Immortality is a long shot, I admit. But somebody has to be first.“ -- Bill Cosby.

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” -- Brandon Lee.

“I believe in the immortality of all creatures.” -- Egon Schiele.

“When immortality becomes for us no longer a matter of academic discussion, but the most vital of all questions; we shall find our comfort where so many before us have found it, in the ancient words.” -- Henry Norris Russell.

“I would like immortality.” -- Len Wein.

“Immortality... Is that a super power?” -- Mark Wahlberg.

“For love is immortality.” -- Emily Dickinson.

“If you are an antichrist, you won't believe in the bible prophecy from the beginning. Which means, you won't believe that physical immortality will become possible.” -- Alex Chiu.

“What is the secret to immortality? It’s quite simple; I don’t believe in death.” – From the book “Secrets of an Immortal – An Eyewitness to 2,800 Years of History” by Ben Abba.


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ben Abba' Survives First Night on the Nightwatch Radio Show

I was on the 2nd hour, last night, of the Nightwatch Radio Show, hosted by Todd Sheets. The topic I spoke about was immortals. And the show has been posted on their archives here. It is also available for podcast here. To hear just my segment of the show, forward the audio 57 minutes into the show.

Here is my personal critique of my interview:

It was my first attempt at a radio interview; ever. And I believe I did ok. No matter how prepared I was, it has always been a little stressful for me to do any kind of public speaking; and this was the biggest audience I have ever spoken to so far.

Right off the bat, I noticed that my phone connection was fading in and out; and was quite noisy at times with background static. I could hear other voices in the phone I was using which confused me at times as to whether or not it as my turn to speak. Soon, I was talking quite fast and I believe I may have slurred a few words, here and there. However, as I compose myself, and began to relax a bit, I was able to get my story out for those that were listening to hear my adventures at finding a real immortal. And I was able to spill a few glimpses into this 2,800 year old man's secret life.

All and all it was a very enjoyable experience for me. I look forward to the next opportunity to speak on this topic which I am so passionate about; achieving immortality through following those who have already accomplished this incredible feat.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Ben Abba Makes First Appearance On Live Radio

Ben Abba has been invited to make his radio debut on the Nightwatch Radio Show this Tuesday night, May 27th at 7PM PDT. The invitation is open topic, but expect some discussions about finding a 2,800 year man, his new book "Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History", and possibly Ben's experiences with "remote viewing".

"The NightWatch Show is all about the things that go bump in the night... Join legendary horror film director Todd Sheets and guest as they explore and expose your senses to ghost, folk-lore, legends, conspiracy and mystery."

For archives of the show, check out the Nightwatch Radio archive link.

For a podcast of the show, check out the KCHost podcasts page.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

New Podcasts Are on The Way

New podcasts for the Achieving Immortality Channel are on its way. There has been several delays in delivering these podcasts to the Yaktivate podcast radio station for broadcasting.

The next podcast should be posted very soon.

Apologies for the delay and stay tuned for more "Secrets of an Immortal"!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Looking for Gabriela or Gabriella

In 1996 Art Bell interviewed a person claiming to be an immortal on his Coast to Coast AM Show. I found the interview was quite interesting and was wondering what parts of her story was left out of the interview.

I would really like to talk to or meet with this interesting immortal. So if you are this Gabriela or Gabriella who was the immortal on Art's 1996 Show, would you please leave me a comment here on my blog so that I could interview you further? You can remain anonymous if you so choose.

If you know how I may contact this immortal, please leave a comment here on this blog as well.

I am moderating all comments here, so your comment will not be posted for all to see if you do not wish it so.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Secrets of the very old - Looking for the whys of long lives

I found this very interesting article today by Mark Roth, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The article starts talking about how a tortoise named "Big Mo" who recently died at the approximate age of 70 years.

The article discusses supercentenarians within the animal community, including: the Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises who have been known to live to 150 and more along with the rough-eye rockfish bowhead whales, and the ocean quahog clams who all have been known to live past 200 years and more.

The article then went on to describe how telomeres may be the key to animal longengivity. "Telomeres are the protein caps at the ends of chromosomes. When cells are grown in the lab, the telomeres shorten each time the cells replicate, eventually becoming so stubby that the cell culture dies off."

However this interesting quote appeared in the article: "I'm a little bit skeptical about the idea that telomeres contribute that much to aging," said Dr. de Magalhaes, given the fact that mice, which live about four years, have longer telomeres than humans. In the laboratory, he added, scientists have been able to create mice with short telomeres and with long telomeres, and "the mice with long telomeres don't have a significant difference in life span."

Obviously researchers are quite divided over with the length of telomeres affect the life span of an organism, or not.

However, what researchers are mostly in agreement with in extending animal lifespans are their ability to protect themselves from tissue damage:
"(The ability) to neutralize normal tissue damage protects the turtles during hibernation and may also lengthen their lives ... And someday, the scientists say, these biological repair capabilities may offer some clues for how to expand human life span."

So perhaps the ability to protect are bodies from harm and giving our bodies whatever they need to heal, are the keys to longevity; and possibly even immortality?



Saturday, May 3, 2008

Does the Movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" Offer a Secret to Immortality?

Does "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" offer a hidden secret to obtaining human immortality? It may appear to be a stretch; but yes I believe it does.

I went and saw this new documentary by Ben Stein at the theaters this week. Even though a vast majority of the film critics hated this movie, just like they did the original Star Wars movie when it first came out, I decided to give it a try anyway. Ironically it was one of the best documentaries I ever watched. So I am guessing that the only reason these movie critics didn’t care for “Expelled” is because it was too politically incorrect for them to approve of it.

In case you are not aware of what this movie is about, it basically about how modern day scientists and professors are being shunned from their employers and peers, simply by discussion the topic of “intelligent design”. In other words, this documentary discusses the many possible reasons why free speech is no longer acceptable in the scientific community.

I really did not come here to start my own debate on the topic of human evolution. For I too have been shunned by fellow scientists and my peers in the scientific community on a variety of topics; including the debate on human evolution. I am going to say that this movie did bring home to me another secret of human immortality that I am now willing to share with the rest of you.

Point # 1 - A common belief in a Creator. All of the people I have met or researched that are 100 years of age and older, all have a common belief in the existence of a creator. That is they all believe our universe was the work of an intelligent designer. While their beliefs are not considered scientific evidence, the fact that centenarians, supercentenarians, and immortals all have this one common trait does make a compelling case for the existence of a Creator and that humans are the result of an intelligent design. If there were more evolutionists and Darwinists who lived past 100 years or more, I would have to feel the other way about this fact. However, there are no Darwinists or evolutionists that I have found who have survived as long as these centenarians.

Point # 2 - If “Intelligent design” does exist what is our expiration date? So if we are the result of an intelligent design, what did our Creator design our lifespan to be? I did not see anything from the scientists in the movie “Expelled” to tell me what our age limit should be. There was a discussion about how our cells might have evolved from lower forms of life, or not, but the question of whether any of these cells had a known lifespan was left quite unanswered. In fact, as I search for the answers of what is the “expiration date” of a single cell, the answer various. It various on the type of cell, it various on the type of organism the cell is a part of, and it various on the conditions the cell is subjected to. In other words, none of our cells were ever given an exact expiration date; and under the right conditions many on our cells can live on indefinitely. Could this possibly be a case for “intelligent design”?

Point # 3 - In order to become a real immortal, a belief in intelligent design is a requirement. One item that the movie “Expelled” pointed out in many ways was the frailty of human life and how we often find ourselves killing each other for different reasons. Often the ego of one person can cost the lives of many others, sometimes in the millions. This is proof on the need for a Creator in order to survive on this planet. Without some kind of spiritual intervention odds are we would easily find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. I have clearly made note of, from my research into the lives of people who have lived past 150 years and more, that they all somehow avoided danger at the right time. When a war broke out or an egomaniac went on the rampage, they all found themselves a safe distance away from the threats to their life. It was clear to me, from their stories of survival, that they all experienced some kind of spiritual intervention at least once in their lives. Many of these supercentenarians attribute their beliefs in God as their real secret to survival. How can any argue their beliefs in an “intelligent designer” when they already have outlived us all?

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Fox's "New Amsterdam" TV Series Status Unclear

The Fox TV Network treated us to 8 episodes of its new TV series "New Amsterdam". This TV show depicted a fictional 300 plus year old immortal who goes by the name of "John Amsterdam". This fictional man became an immortal because of an "ancient spell" cast on him by a Native American girl he rescued during the time when New York City was a Dutch colony known as "New Amsterdam". This fictional immortal spends his life witnessing the birth of New York City and in the present time spends his time and experiencing working as a New York City police detective.

Although this TV series does have a hint of the more famous TV series "The Highlander", there is no swordplay nor decapitating heads. In this new TV series, there is only one immortal and his demons are on the inside and not so much on the outside.

One interesting item that I can relate from this TV series to real life immortals that I am aware is how others deal with the improbability of living past 120 years without showing one's age. In the TV series, people that John Amsterdam meets have great difficulty in believing that anyone can be an immortal, much less live past 150 years. Mr. Amsterdam also has elderly children and grandchildren that appear older than he does. I too have seen a son that appears the same age and possibility older than his father does.

Right now, Fox has stopped showing the "New Amsterdam" TV Series after just 8 episodes; and its fate is currently unclear. Whether Fox does bring "New Amsterdam" back or not, it was a very entertaining look at an immortal's life.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Achieving Immortality Channel Debuts on Yaktivate Internet Radio





Introduction of new podcast show on Yaktivate.com -- The Achieving Immortality Channel for those who would seek to learn the secrets of immortality from those who have already found it.

Summerlin, Nevada (Press Release) April 17, 2008 -- Would you like to extend your quality of life? Would you like to live 150 years or more? If you could live longer, would you? The Achieving Immortality podcast channel is a place to learn the secrets of immortality from scientists of our age, philosophers of our past, and, on occasion, from real life “immortals” who have lived past 150 years. The Achieving Immortality channel is the creation of Ben Abba, the author of the forthcoming new book: “Secrets of an Immortal – An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History”. This book will reveal for the first time that real immortals are living among us today; and they have much to teach us about human longevity, about world history, and about ourselves.

In the debut show, guest host Benjamin Grundy of MysteriousUniverse.org, presents an article by Ben Abba titled “When Fact is Stranger Than Fiction”, followed by a comments from reader to Ben Abba’s blog. Next this podcast will discuss a couple of articles about achieving immortality through science. The first article by David Smith is titled “2050 and Immortality is Within Our Grasp” which will be followed by Gary Vey’s article: “Human Immortality: A Scientific Reality?” . Mr. Grundy then wraps up Episode One with an update on Ben Abba’s project to bring the secrets of achieving immortality to the world.

Each extraordinary episode on http://www.achieving-immortality.com/ will reveal another secret of extending our lives from those who are researching anti-aging and from supercentenarians who have already beaten the odds.

Yaktivate.com is a podcast network that features podcast shows on channels that reflect a wide range of topics -- from golf to business strategies to twenty-somethings and beyond. Yaktivate.comis always on the lookout for new podcasting talent and businesses that are seeking an effective and cost-effective way to reach their niche marketing audience.

For more information about Ben Abba, please visit his main blog at http://www.ben-abba.com/. For more information on Ben Abba’s books, please visit http://secrets-of-an-immortal.com/.