Thoughts of a lucky soldier – or is it just luck?

I often feel like a lucky soldier participating in a long and deadly battle, a soldier whose closest comrades and friends are constantly being wounded or killed.  The battle, of course, is against the ravages of old age and the challenge is to stay alive and healthy.  All my relatives and many of my friends in my age cohort are already dead.  One of my closest college friends is going in for heart bypass surgery Monday; another has diabetes, has experienced unexplained heart stoppages and is having a pacemaker installed Monday; a close friend is having a hip replacement also on Monday; and two more friends are being treated for deadly cancers.  And the problems are increasingly with people 10-25 years younger than I am.  A son in law has already had two knee replacements and is scheduled to have a shoulder replacement.  I, on the other hand, have had a few less-serious orthopedic problems in the last 10 years like a rotator cuff tear from heavy lifting.  But I seem to be free of the debilitating diseases of old age – cancers, dementias, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, etc.  I just had my blood lipids and C-reactive protein checked and they all came in normal.  My annual physical exams are boring.   I ask myself is this the result of blind luck, having a good initial set of genes, or following my anti-aging regimens?  I clearly can’t say for sure.  However if I am as active, alert, productive and disease-free at the age of 109 as I am now at 79, I will then know the answer.   The anti-aging firewalls will get most of the credit.  And, by that time the firewalls should be far more sophisticated and enable me to keep going for a long additional time.  I am betting on it and have to be careful not to ruin the program by getting run over by a bus.

About Vince Giuliano

Being a follower, connoisseur, and interpreter of longevity research is my latest career. I have been at this part-time for well over a decade, and in 2007 this became my mainline activity. In earlier reincarnations of my career. I was founding dean of a graduate school and a university professor at the State University of New York, a senior consultant working in a variety of fields at Arthur D. Little, Inc., Chief Scientist and C00 of Mirror Systems, a software company, and an international Internet consultant. I got off the ground with one of the earliest PhD's from Harvard in a field later to become known as computer science. Because there was no academic field of computer science at the time, to get through I had to qualify myself in hard sciences, so my studies focused heavily on quantum physics. In various ways I contributed to the Computer Revolution starting in the 1950s and the Internet Revolution starting in the late 1980s. I am now engaged in doing the same for The Longevity Revolution. I have published something like 200 books and papers as well as over 430 substantive.entries in this blog, and have enjoyed various periods of notoriety. If you do a Google search on Vincent E. Giuliano, most if not all of the entries on the first few pages that come up will be ones relating to me. I have a general writings site at and an extensive site of my art at Please note that I have recently changed my mailbox to
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