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1995 No. 4        LIFE EXTENSION SOCIETY NEWS         Oct. 1995

LES Develops Plan to Acquire Cryonic Stabilization Kit

After extensive discussion, the Life Extension Society has developed
a plan to acquire a cryonic stabilization kit for the benefit of
cryonicists in the mid-Atlantic region.  The kit will include
equipment and supplies sufficient for at least the cardiopulmonary
support phase of stabilization.  As membership grows, the equipment
will be upgraded and additional equipment and supplies will be
acquired, including additional CPR-phase equipment and total body
washout equipment and supplies.  The LES initiative will result in
quicker, higher-quality cryonic stabilizations, especially for those
persons who deanimate unexpectedly.

According to the plan, acquisition costs will be financed by a new
class of LES membership, "stabilization members."  Each stabilization
member will pay both regular annual LES membership dues and
stabilization membership dues that finance equipment, supplies, and
certain training-related costs.  Each stabilization member will pay
the same amount in cumulative stabilization membership dues.  If the
stabilization member is signed up for cryogenic preservation with a
cryonics organization that provides remote stabilization services, LES
will arrange a "standby" for the stabilization member when his or her
deanimation is imminent and will ensure that its kit or another kit is
available on-site for the ensuing stabilization.

LES also will make the kit available on request for the stabilization of
non-stabilization members.  In all cases LES will charge use fees, based
on replacement costs and amortization, to cryonics organizations that
use its kit.  LES will charge a delivery charge and a surcharge if the
person to be stabilized is not a stabilization member.  In the event
requests for the kit compete, stabilization members will receive priority.
At the LES Board meeting in September, all eleven people in attendance
-- some of whom are not even signed up for cryogenic preservation --
pledged to become stabilization members.  At the October meeting, the
LES Board will finalize the plan's details and set the fee schedule for
1996.  Thereafter, LES President Mark Mugler and LES Vice President Guy
G*pson will contact other mid-Atlantic cryonicists to solicit participation.

LES will apply for "501(c)(3)" status as a charitable institution.  LES
also will seek donations of equipment, supplies, and funds.  Donations
made after approval of 501(c)(3) status will be tax deductible.

Contact LES to inquire about stabilization membership and receive a
detailed description of the plan.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

October 15, 1995:  Cryonics Society of New York bi-monthly meeting. 
For information, contact Janet Pinkney, 201-444-7493.

October 29, 1995, 2:00:  Life Extension Society meeting at Exhibits,
Inc, 4929 Wyaconda Rd., Rockville, MD.

November 10-12, 1995:  1995 Venturist Festival, Phoenix, AZ.  For
information, contact The Venturists, 1547 W. Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ 85020,

February 16-18, 1996:  Alcor Cryonics Technology Festival,
Scottsdale/Phoenix, AZ.  For information, contact Alcor Foundation,
7895 East Acoma Drive #110, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, 602-922-9013, fax
602-922-9027, email

Partnerships for Survival -- Guest Article

The forms of association among cryonicists have proliferated as the
industry has grown.  Interests in non-profit organizations, profit-making
organizations, unincorporated associations, and even trusts currently
are available to provide a variety of life-extension and related services. 
More exotic organizations are being tried, including pure trust contracts,
communal groups, and new country projects.

One alternative, the partnership, offers a time-tested opportunity for an
individual to supplement basic cryonics arrangements by diversifying his
or her "portfolio" in order to reduce financial risk.  Partnerships may
invest freely to benefit the owners (who are the partners).  They are
relatively free of burdensome regulation, such as the double taxation of
profits and dividends that for profit ventures face.  Like corporations,
partnerships may exist continually as young, new partners join to
perpetuate operations.

Whereas a partnership cannot maintain a contract with the legally
deceased, it can protect the interests of the dearly departed through
"mutual survivor" provisions of the partnership agreement, through
surviving partners serving as appointed estate officials, and through
trust mechanisms as successors in interest.  The surviving partners are
bound by mutual interests under a contract that directs their support of
and maintenance of their deceased comrade's cryonics interests.

Biostasis Associates, Ltd. (BAL) is a new partnership that currently is
finalizing its prospectus and official documents.  BAL intends to provide
a source of auxiliary suspension funds (much like the Reanimation
Foundation).  BAL may act as a trusteeship for funding, will provide
record keeping for deceased partners, and plans to provide low-cost
internment methods in the future as emergency backup in the event of
fiscal, social, or legal crises.  Finally, BAL will act as a patient
advocate and supplement to primary cryonics providers' transport teams
with information and personnel support.

For more information, contact BAL c/o Shane Allen Mohler, P.O. Box
6459, San Mateo, California 94403.

Equipment and Training Update

On August 31, 1995, two Pittsburgh residents, Merrill Westfall and
Timothy Cornmesser, completed the BioPreservation, Inc. training course
in cryonic stabilization, including hypothermic cardiopulmonary support
and total body washout.  For information, contact Biopreservation, Inc.,
10743 Civic Center Drive, Rancho Cucamanga, CA 91730, 909-987-3883,
email, fax 909-987-7253.

BioPreservation, Inc. will deploy a complete cryonic stabilization kit
in the New York area on a temporary basis.  The Cryonics Society of New
York, for its part, will provide a state-of the-art portable ice bath.

Alcor Foundation has announced tentative plans to hold its next training
session in cryonic stabilization in January, 1996.  Contact Alcor for more

New Cryobiology Research Company Formed

The August, 1995 issue of the Alcor Phoenix announces the creation
of a new, for-profit cryobiology research company, CryoSearch.  The
company will perform research into organ preservation techniques,
including vitrification.  The company also may undertake joint research
with nearby Alcor to seek solutions to problems, such as cracking, that
cause currently irreversible damage to a cryopreserved brain.

Contact CryoSearch, 7895 East Acoma Drive #111, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

LES Member Updates, Maintains CryoNet Archives

Life Extension Society board member Keith Lynch has put the complete
archives of the Cryonet on-line discussion list (maintained by Kevin Q.
Brown), and related files (mostly maintained by Tim Freeman) on the
World-Wide Web.

The Cryonet mailing list has over 5900 messages on numerous topics
relating to cryonics -- everything from technical briefs to cryonics-related
humor.  The principals of all the major cryonics organizations and
hundreds of other people from all over the world who are interested in
cryonics have posted to the list over the seven years it's been operating.

Keith has indexed the archives by date, by key word, and by author, and
is working on giving each message hypertext links to every earlier
message that it refers to and to every later message which refers to it.

The archives can be reached on the Web at, or via anonymous ftp as
/pub/access/kfl/public_html/les/cryonet/README.txt on host
Keith can be reached on-line at

A Life Extensionist's Cornucopia: Life Extension Magazine, September 1995

The September, 1995 issue of the Life Extension Foundation's Life
Extension magazine is chock full of valuable information for life

The issue includes a description of LEF's picks for the top ten life
extending drugs; a very informative article on protecting against
brain aging; the latest FDA Raid Report, which focuses on the FDA's
atrocious persecution of cancer pioneer Stanislaw Burzynski; a
thought-provoking seven part plan for achieving physical immortality;
an exclusive report on DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone -- a natural human
hormone) and aging; the September, 1995 issue of the Newsletter of the
American Aging Association in its entirety; and abstracts of recent
research on the key life-extending nutrients phosphatidylserine,
acetyl-l-carnitine, deprenyl, melatonin, DHEA, hydergine, and piracetam.

For subscription information, contact the Life Extension Foundation, P.O.
Box 229120, Hollywood, FL 33022, phone (800) 841-LIFE.

Evidence Mounts for Benefits of DHEA, Melatonin

Numerous human hormones decline with age.  These include Human
Growth Hormone (HGH), dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and
melatonin.  While the mechanisms of decline and cause-and-effect are
not clear, it is clear that hormones play key roles in cell repair, protein
synthesis, energy metabolism, and immune response, and that reduced
levels of these hormones in the blood are associated with increased
symptoms of aging.

Since human hormones are not food but affect the body, the FDA has
attempted to classify them as "drugs."  Since it costs over $300
million to obtain FDA approval of these hormones as safe and effective
in the treatment of specific diseases, they have not been approved for
any use in the United States except in the case of HGH for children
deficient in the hormone.  The FDA's classification efforts have been
held in abeyance thus far by the Congress (most recently in the
Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994) and by its habit
of losing cases against nutrient suppliers on Constitutional grounds.

Experiments performed in Mexico have demonstrated that HGH reverses
many effects of aging.  For years, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, who
are the authors of Life Extension and The Life Extension Companion,
have advocated the benefits of HGH supplementation.  Since HGH is
expensive and difficult  to  obtain  without a prescription, Durk
and Sandy formulated Power Maker, one of the first supplements
designed to boost natural release of HGH.  Many of their products are
available from Life Services Supplements, of Neptune, New Jersey.

Compared to HGH, DHEA and melatonin are the new kids on the research
block.  The Life Extension Foundation, of Hollywood, Florida, has been
one of the strongest voices in the wilderness for supplementation with
DHEA and melatonin.  Their Life Extension Report and, more recently,
Life Extension Magazine have reported research findings that otherwise
were ignored.  However, reports on melatonin and DHEA increasingly
are appearing in the mainstream media.

DHEA is a steroid produced by the adrenal glands.  Unfortunately,
because it is mildly anabolic, DHEA is classified as a "controlled
substance," along with other anabolic steroids and notorious baddies
such as amphetamines and heroin.  The FDA banned DHEA from health
food stores in 1985.  Now it is available only by prescription, direct
from abroad, or through a buyer's club.  (You may find it strange to be
prohibited from supplementing something your body produces naturally. 
However, just think of it as your contribution to the government's War
on Drugs Not Used by the Majority of Voters, Inexpensive Therapies, and
Cheating in Sports.  This state of affairs will be discussed in the
forthcoming issue of the News.)

In June, 1995, the New York Academy of Sciences held a major meeting
on "DHEA and Aging."  Although the functions of DHEA were unknown for
a long time, it now appears that DHEA may serve as a brain-boosting
"smart drug," enhance immune function, protect the circulatory system,
and have other life-extending properties.  Research results presented
at this meeting were reported in the major media.

Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland and is
best-known as a regulator of sleep.  Now, new evidence is emerging
that melatonin may be a powerful anti-oxidant (free radical
scavenger), immune system booster, and cancer-fighting agent.
Most tantalizingly, melatonin appears not only to regulate the
body's daily rhythms, but perhaps also to govern an "aging clock."

News on melatonin has appeared in the newspapers such as the
Washington Post, on "Good Morning America," and on National Public
Radio.  Newsweek carried articles on both melatonin and DHEA in a
recent issue.

See the News, 1994 no. 3, for a list of nutrient suppliers, including
sources for DHEA and melatonin.


Bock, Steven, Stay Young the Melatonin Way, Dutton.

Cowley, Geoffrey, Melatonin, in Newsweek, August 7, 1995.

Cowley, Geoffrey, Nature's Other Time-Stopper?, in Newsweek, August 7, 1995.

F*hy, Gregory M., DHEA and Aging, Exclusive Meeting Report, Part 1, in
Life Extension Foundation, Life Extension Magazine, September, 1995.

Jacobs, Sandra, Controversial Claims for Melatonin, in Washington Post,
August 22, 1995.

Pierpaoli, Walter and Regelson, William, The Melatonin Miracle, Simon &

Pierpaoli, Walter, Regelson, William, and Fabris, Nicola, The Aging Clock,
the Pineal Gland and Other Pacemakers in the Progression of Aging and
Carcinogenesis, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Volume 719.

Sahelian, Ray, Melatonin, Nature's Sleeping Pill, Be Happier Press.

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