11 thoughts on “Aging”

  1. Patients on an anti-cancer drug with gray hair see it turn dark again.

    Call me when they have one that makes it grow back. 🙂

    1. Didn’t that happen to the mice who had their senescent cells cleared out?

      OK, mouse fur isn’t human hair, but it seems to hold some promise of restoration.

  2. I remember reading, several years ago, about researchers trying to understand why the cells responsible for hair color stop working and/or die, trying to see if there was any info they could glean to fight cancer. The idea seemed to me to be crazy enough to maybe have merit. Wow. I wonder if this is going to end up being really big.

  3. I think it’s all about the money. My doctor gave me 6 months to live. I said “Doc, I can’t pay your bill!” He gave me 6 more months…

  4. I have some anecdotal evidence on the hair color issue; my aunt had several courses of chemo for breast cancer (that had spread) and it nearly killed her, but she recovered and is in remission. She had greying hair at the start, but full dark hair by 6 months after, not one grey hair. And so far, two years later, her hair is still all dark.

      1. But, it is always a running battle, and the cost may be excessive. There is some point at which you have to ask, are you really even you any longer?

        I’m not the guy I was yesterday. Nor the day before. And, almost nothing like 3 decades ago. Sometimes, I like to think that guy died, and I just picked up his body and ran with it.

        What makes you, you? Is it a semi-continuous progression of consciousness, punctuated by EAP’s “little slices of death”? Is it some configuration of a critical mass of a specific lump of gray matter, maintained by unfathomably complex regulatory systems within a specific operating range? Some catalog of memories that appear to stretch back in time to a particular beginning state?

        Personally, I have a few goals I want to accomplish, and after that, I’d just as soon lay down and rest without awakening. I will have done my part, and it will be someone else’s problem at that point.

        1. I’m a simple guy, philosophically. I’m someone with a sense of identity, who enjoys living, and wants to continue to live as long as I continue to do so.

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