I would like to use this blog as a platform to appeal to Roman Abramovich (and other donors) to establish a fund to provide nootropics to Holocaust survivors. Mr Abramovich has already donated billions to good causes, including some 500 million to worthy Jewish and Israeli ones. What better cause can there be than to improve and lengthen the lives of those who survived the Shoa?
Let’s improve the health and increase the lifespan of Holocaust survivors
Fewer than 200,000 Holocaust survivors remain in Israel, not to mention those in other countries. Many live in poverty and suffer ill health.
New anti-ageing supplements decrease biological age
Today there are nootropics on the market which have drastically improved the lives of many thousands of people. For instance there are abundant reports that drugs which lead to an increase in levels of NAD+ (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) can lead to a decline in biological age and drastically improve health. A new drug which improves these levels even more – NMN – shows even greater promise. One of of the world’s leading ageing researchers, David Sinclair of the Harvard Medical School, reports that his biological age is now 25 years less than his real age and that his father has the energy of someone nearly half a century younger. Many of those who take these supplements reports similar benefits.
Donors can play important role in promoting health
We cannot expect the pharmaceutical industry – which earns hundreds of billions of dollars due to people’s poor health – to promote anti-ageing. I’ve been following health news in the media for more than 50 years and have noticed that competiton for profits has caused too much confusion in the scientific community. And governments are conservative by nature.
A first step would be for donors such as Mr Abramovich to establish a fund to provide these kinds of supplements to Holocaust survivors worldwide so that they can testify for future generations. And live longer!
Hopefully governments and insurance companies will follow and make these medications available to everyone. This would cause health costs to plummet and provide an enormous boost to the economy.
Asaf Shimoni is an author, journalist and translator who returned to Israel in 2016 after spending 40 years abroad, most of them in the Netherlands. He grew up near Boston, made aliyah while living on a kibbutz (from 1973 to 1976), and graduated from Syracuse University in 1978. He also lived some 5 years in Sicily. He believes that the media should be as critical and truthful as possible.