Targeting Aging And Extending Healthy Life Expectancy Worth Trillions To Global Economy

These days, politicians can often be heard expressing concern about the increasing costs placed on healthcare systems by aging populations. The implicit argument seems to be that because people are living longer, taxes will have to rise in order to pay for the resulting economic burden on society. A new study published in the Nature Aging journal looks at this challenge from a different angle, however. According to its authors, implementing treatments that target aging and extend healthy life expectancy could be worth trillions of dollars in economic gains.

Published by researchers from the United Kingdom and the United States, the study examines scenarios involving slowing aging, the reversal of aging, longer health expectancy but shorter life expectancy, and longer life expectancy but worsening health. Based on a model they designed using economic, health, and demographic data from the United States, the researchers found that interventions addressing aging are likely to simultaneously increase health expectancy and life expectancy. Significantly, they show that a slowdown in aging that increases life expectancy by one year is worth $38 trillion. Increasing life expectancy by ten years would be worth $367 trillion. Ultimately, the researchers say, the more progress that is made in improving how we age, the greater will be the economic value resulting from further improvements.

The study also makes the valid point that although life expectancy has increased dramatically over the past 150 years, not all of the years gained are healthy ones. Instead, the proportion of life people spend in good health has remained broadly constant, thus implying increasing years spent in poor health. This is why politicians are presently concerned about the burden aging places on healthcare systems.

The researchers say their estimates suggest that treatments targeting aging are extremely valuable. They also stress that if the cost of such treatments is low, then access to them will be widespread. Conversely, if costs are high, issues such as ensuring access will become important. The researchers therefore emphasize the need to ensure widespread access to treatments targeting aging if the full value of the social gains they offer is to be realized.

Improving health and extending life is already possible

As interesting as this Nature Aging study is, it is unfortunate that it makes no mention of either nutrition, micronutrients, or dietary supplements. Instead, the only treatment it refers to is metformin, a pharmaceutical drug used in type 2 diabetes, whose commonly reported side effects include lactic acidosis, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. The study’s omission of effective, safe, natural health approaches from its analysis is a shame, as science-based nutritional and Cellular Medicine research shows that improving health and extending life is already possible.

The scientific discoveries of Dr. Matthias Rath and studies conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute reveal that good health is determined by the proper functioning of the billions of cells composing the human body. The most frequent cause of cellular malfunction is a long-term deficiency of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other essential micronutrients. The main function of these crucial dietary elements is the provision of bioenergy to the cells. Ensuring cells have an optimum supply of the correct micronutrients makes it possible for us to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, and extend the human lifespan.

The enormous potential of natural health approaches to achieve the economic gains described in the Nature Aging study stands in stark contrast to the financial destruction that is being wrought upon global healthcare systems by the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease.’ With the latest drug treatments for cancer costing over $500,000, and the world’s most expensive drug priced at an eye-watering $2.1 million, the Nature Aging study gives us a thought-provoking glimpse into a different way of looking at things. Our politicians would serve us well by taking it seriously.

Author information

Paul Anthony Taylor

Executive Director of the Dr. Rath Health Foundation and one of the coauthors of our explosive book, “The Nazi Roots of the ‘Brussels EU’”, Paul is also our expert on the Codex Alimentarius Commission and has had eye-witness experience, as an official observer delegate, at its meetings.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Paul’s background was in the music industry, where he worked as a keyboard player and programmer with artists including Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Bill Withers, the Verve, Texas, and Primal Scream.

He first became interested in natural health after falling ill with a chronic fatigue syndrome-related disorder in 1991 and subsequently making a full recovery through the use of natural health therapies. After meeting Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki at an anti-Codex rally in Berlin in 2002, Paul was inspired to make a life-changing decision to leave the music industry to work for the Foundation and help defend the right of patients worldwide to have free access to natural health approaches.

You can find Paul on Twitter at @paulanthtaylor

Der Executive Director der Dr. Rath Health Foundation ist einer der Koautoren des explosiven Buchs „Die Nazi-Wurzeln der Brüsseler EU“. Paul ist auch unser Experte zum Thema „Codex Alimentarius-Kommission“ und hat Augenzeugenerfahrung als offizieller beobachtender Teilnehmer bei diesen Treffen.

Bevor er seine Arbeit bei der Stiftung antrat war Paul in der Musikindustrie aktiv. Er arbeitete als Keyboard-Spieler und Programmierer mit Künstlern wie Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Bill Withers, the Verve, Texas und Primal Scream.


Sein Interesse an natürlicher Gesundheit wuchs, als er 1991 an Störungen erkrankte, die aus einem chronischen Erschöpfungssyndrom resultierten. Durch natürliche Gesundheitstherapien wurde er schließlich vollständig geheilt. Ein Treffen 2002 mit Dr. Rath und Dr. Niedzwiecki bei einer Anti-Codex-Demonstration in Berlin inspirierte ihn zu einer lebensverändernden Entscheidung und er verließ die Musikindustrie um für die Stiftung zu arbeiten und das Recht der Patienten zu verteidigen, weltweit freien Zugang zu natürlichen Gesundheitsverfahren zu haben.

Auf Twitter ist Paul unter @paulanthtaylor zu finden.

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