ISRAEL - Reverse Human Aging?

Arno Froese

Israeli scientists say they have managed to successfully reverse the biological aging process—using only oxygen.

Recent research led by Tel Aviv University’s Prof. Shai Efrati, together with a team from Shamir Medical Center, found that when healthy adults over the age of 64 were placed in a pressurized chamber and given pure oxygen for 90 minutes a day, five days a week for three months, not only was the aging process delayed—it was actually reversed.

Specifically, the study, which is published in the peer-reviewed journal Aging, focused on whether the process could reverse two key indicators of biological aging: the shortening of DNA telomeres and the accumulation of resultant senescent cells.

Some 35 adults over the age of 64 were involved in the study and were administered hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) utilizing 100% oxygen in an environmental pressure higher than one absolute atmosphere to enhance the amount of oxygen dissolved in the body’s tissues.

The participants did not undergo any lifestyle, diet or medication changes during the duration of the study, which could have altered the results.

“We are not [just] slowing the decline—we are going backwards in time,” Efrati said. 

Efrati has been studying the aging process for a decade and runs the Aviv Clinics in Florida. This study, he said, is proof that the cellular basis for the aging process can be reversed, adding that it “gives hope and opens the door for a lot of young scientists to target aging as a reversible disease.” 

Will it make people live longer? 

The effect’s duration is yet to be determined in the long-term, Efrati said. But “probably yes. We know that people with shorter telomeres die earlier, so it makes sense.”

Efrati added the experiment was conducted using a scientific, monitored HBOT chamber and people should not try this at home. He said, “There is a lot of junk out there” claiming sacs inflated with air are hyperbaric treatments. “This is not what is being used in the studies, it is not effective—and moreover, it could be dangerous.”, 21 November 2020

Arno's Commentary

There is no denying that science—in this case, medical science—is one of the major contributors to the significant increase in life expectancy across the world. lists the top ten countries by life expectancy at birth:

1. Hong Kong
2. Japan
3. Macau
4. Switzerland
5. Singapore
6. Italy
7. Spain
8. Australia
9. Channel Islands
10. Iceland
(USA is 46th)

What we see in these statistics again is that most of these countries are extremely successful; very rich, with a rather low crime rate. Israel is listed at number 12 with an 83.5-year life expectancy.

The question is, will it make people live longer? Probably, but in the end, nothing really changes, as we read in Hebrews 9:27: “…It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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