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Life Extension Magazine August 2013
As We See It  

When “Rules” Are Broken

By William Faloon
  When “Rules” Are Broken
Former Vice-President Nelson
Rockefeller
died at age 70 from
a heart attack. Former President
Gerald Ford
died at age 93 from
arteriosclerotic cerebrovascular
disease and diffuse arteriosclerosis.
Former Speaker of the House Carl
Albert
died at age 91 probably of
vascular disease based on his history
of multiple heart attacks and triple
bypass surgery. Photo courtesy
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

The people you see throughout this article were the most powerful group in the world.

They now share one common problem…they’re all dead.

These individuals are partially responsible for their demise because they inadvertently created and maintained rules that interfere with medical progress.

The catastrophic result has been needless suffering and deaths of tens of millions of Americans.

This article describes the development of what was considered a technological impossibility. The only reason this breakthrough happened was the willingness of an individual to break the rules, which put his personal liberty in jeopardy.

This rule breaker is now a hero and is credited for saving lives.

The dilemma is that most brilliant individuals today lack the confidence to risk prison and lose everything they have. They instead adhere to rules that strangle the kind of advances humans need to reverse age-related disease.

We will send this article to every member of Congress. Our objective is to persuade Representatives/Senators to recognize their power to amend archaic rules that impede scientists from curing old age disease.

Jet Engine Controversy

When World War II broke out, nations rushed to develop weapons that would give them a tactical advantage. When a group of British scientists proposed expending research funds to develop a jet engine for aircraft, the consensus of their opposition was that this was impossible and would be a waste of scarce wartime resources.1

What the British did not know was that the Germans were already pursuing jet engine technology. Fortunately, it came to fruition too late in the war to produce a Nazi victory.

As you’ll read next, narrow-minded limitations on this kind of technology are not limited to the 1930s.

The Battle to Build Iron Dome

   Senator Arlen Specter
Senator Arlen Specter died at age 82
from complications of non-Hodgkin’s
lymphoma. © gettyimages.com

Israel is a tiny country surrounded by enemies that routinely fire rockets and missiles into it. Israel responds to these attacks with its own bombs and missiles, along with land invasions that cost many lives.

In late 2012, thousands of missiles and rockets were fired into Israeli population centers from the Gaza strip. While not particularly accurate, the volume of this weaponry would normally inflict many Israeli injuries and deaths.2

  Senator Daniel Inouye
Senator Daniel Inouye died at age
88 of respiratory complications.
© gettyimages.com

This time around something unexpected happened. A new technology called Iron Dome resulted in 84% of these deadly projectiles destined to hit Israeli population centers being destroyed in mid-air.1

If you are not impressed by what Iron Dome accomplished, what you read in this article will enlighten you to a scientific achievement the world has never witnessed.

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Iron Dome is that it would have never been developed had an Israeli general and defense minister not broken bureaucratic rules.2

We at Life Extension contend these same kinds of advances would occur in the medical arena if Congress would abolish rules restricting the development of lifesaving medical therapies.

Bureaucratic Opposition to Iron Dome

The Israeli military establishment did not believe Iron Dome had a chance of working and was vehemently opposed to it. So-called “experts” at the US Pentagon voiced similar opposition and dismissed Iron Dome as doomed to fail.

Despite these bureaucratic obstacles, a lone Israeli general pushed the project through, breaking laws and rules in the process that could have landed him and others in serious personal trouble.2

Technical Challenges

Senator Warren Rudman
Senator Warren Rudman
died at age 82 from cancer.
© gettyimages.com

The pessimism of the military bureaucrats was nothing compared to the technological difficulties faced by the Iron Dome creators.

Rockets and missiles of all types are fired into Israel from only a few miles away. They fly erratically and can hit Israeli communities within seconds. Most are just a few feet long and a few inches wide. In some years thousands rain down (over 4,000 in the year 2008 alone).2

To counter this armada of rockets, a system had to be developed that could continuously scan enemy territory, detect a rocket the instant it was fired no matter how big or small, pinpoint its likely strike location and calculate if it was likely to hit a population center, and finally, if it was going to hit a city, blast it out of the sky with a missile. The system needed to do all that within about 15
seconds
.

Additionally, interceptor missiles would need to cost about one-tenth of an average air-to-air missile, or else Israel’s rocket-flinging foes would be able to bankrupt Israel. And instead of taking 10 years or more to develop, typical for new weapons systems, Iron Dome needed to deploy in half that.

These daunting challenges deterred most from even considering this project, but not General Daniel Gold, who was director of Israel’s new weapon’s research department. General Gold has a PhD in mathematics and took up the rocket’s challenge with enthusiasm seen in very few individuals.