Ther are more and more ways to prolong human life: people have invented drug therapy, transplantation, cloning, and even cryonics. However, one has recently introduced a new method attracting those who are ready to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for their health: biohacking. Let’s examine what kind of people we are talking about, and what biohacking means.
Biohacking is a set of actions aimed at improving the quality and length of human life. It frequently includes nutrition care, exercise, meditations, intake of special drugs, and mindset training.
it is a relatively new fashionable concept of healthy living. Well, people engaged in this practice are biohackers. Nevertheless, while healthy living broadly supposes following the simple rules (do not eat sweets, starchy and fatty food, move more), biohacking has a more serious approach. Biohackers’ life improvement actions are based on analyses and medical tests: they conduct tests and begin the “treatment”, then conduct tests once again and correct the “treatment” etc.
Such a complex approach allows to determine several core principles of biohacking.
Are there any examples?
Happiness and brain for $200 000
One of Russia’s popular biohackers is Serge Faguet, the founder of Ostrovok ru. He wrote a detailed article dedicated to what he did and why. In general, everything is standard. Serge set out to prolong his healthy life as much as possible. He spent 5 years and more than $200 000 to advance himself.
According to his story, the biohacker adjusted his sleep, trainings, and food intake. He passed hundreds of tests, took a lot of pharmaceutical drugs, and consulted with qualified healthcare specialists.
Faguet’s objective results: the percent body fat decreased from 26% to 10%; maximal oxygen consumption increased up to 70%; the level of free testosterone grew by 81%. Serge says that he has become happier, more active, and smarter.
Alteration of genes
Another well-known biohacker is Josiah Zeiner, ex-member of NASA. In the end of 2017, he introduced retrovirus into his hand, which had to put a super power gene into Josiah’s DNA. According to the biohacker, the first results should appear in 6-8 months: following such a “surgery”, the muscle bulk of his body should grow, making him much stronger.
However, doctors do not share his expectations: they believe that they only thing he can get is serious inflammation.
A doctor from Novosibirsk chose the other way: he did not change his own DNA but partially turned into a cyborg. Alexander Volchek implanted special chips into his hand. These chips replace his pass to the job and other access cards.
The chip is a ferrite core with 2 × 12 mm or 1.5 × 8 mm microcircuit packed into a biologically inert glass. It is able to contain up to 1K of information, which is quite enough for simple tasks. chip is implanted into a hand using the special syringe with a thick needle.
Is it worth to apply biohacking?
The majority of approaches to biohacking can be referred to simple healthy living and daily self-monitoring. One should know when to stop here, as in the rest of things. If you are ready to spend a great deal of money and efforts for the seamless approach to life quality improvement, that’s okay. However, the devil is in the detail: do not copy anybody’s approach. Every person is unique, and a health enhancement program should be selected individually.
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