- my “summer from hell” years ago,
- my shingles attack last spring,
- Washington’s record-breaking summer heat and humidity.
- "DNA repair"
- "cellular detoxification"
- "energy production" and
- "protein function."
Under normal circumstances, a self-promoting nutraceutical with a dystopian name and the implied gift of life extension would be easily dismissible, akin to Reiki or juicing. Basis, which first became available last year, bypassed the FDA's screening process, and Elysium is effectively using its customers as human test subjects, sometimes reviewing their Fitbit and other health-tracking data to determine if the pill delivers on its promise -- or causes unexpected problems.
But what promise! Basis and the other pills that will likely follow in the next five to ten years are the fruits of a scientific backwater that has been working toward this moment for a quarter-century. These drugs and supplements are aimed to be a hack of the heretofore most intractable condition of human existence, the invisible countdown clock with which evolution has equipped our bodies. They just might postpone the onset of the most common afflictions of our dotage, from cancer to heart disease to diabetes to Alzheimer's. We won't necessarily enjoy longer maximum lifespans (though that's a possibility), but we very well might enjoy longer health spans, meaning the vital productive chunk of our lives before degeneration kicks in.
I'm also pleased that I have a contact in the Elysis organization to consult with.