A technology executive who spends $2 million (PS1. 6million) a year to stay young is using blood infusions from his 17-year-old son as part of the process.
Bryan Johnson, 45, a Silicon Valley mogul, hopes to reverse biology by making his organs function like those of a teenager and has employed a team of 30 doctors and experts to help with what he calls Operation Blueprint.
He has also now recruited his 17-year-old son, Talmage, and his 70-year-old father, Richard, into the youth-restoring project.
Mr Johnson revealed on Twitter this week that he and his son Talmage, who is 17 years old, as well as Richard, his father, have participated in the “world’s first multigenerational plasma swap” at a spa near Dallas Texas last month.
Talmage went first in the three-generational blood-exchange, having a litre of his blood extracted and converted by a machine. The sample is then distilled into liquid plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets.
After undergoing the same procedure, Bryan had his son’s plasma instilled back into his veins. The process was then repeated for Richard, 70, who had Bryan’s plasma infused after having his own blood drained to make room for the fluids.
Talmage, described by Bloomberg as a “model of health”, had the least to gain. About one fifth of his blood was drained, but he did not get any other fluids back.
His dad boasts about his plasma being “pristine” because its colour is similar to that of his son. Bloomberg describes Richard’s plasma as “reddish and murky”.
The infusion of plasma from multiple generations is new, but Bryan Johnson is not. He says that he receives infusions regularly, usually coming from anonymous young donors who are screened to ensure their health, and have an ideal BMI.
The trend is popular among wellness gurus for its apparent anti-ageing benefits, which are purported to include staving off cognitive decline. Mr Johnson measures his blood and organ performance in minute detail so that he will be able to quantify any change.
The practice became popular after studies were conducted on mice. There is not enough evidence that it can have the same benefits on humans.
In a video documenting the process on YouTube, Mr Johnson acknowledged it was an “experimental, invasive therapy” with “some level of risk”. However, he said, it was possible that infusing his plasma into his elderly father “will help him in a variety of ways”.
Mr Johnson has previously detailed his rigorous regimen for Bloomberg. The routine includes wearing goggles for 2 hours to block blue light before going to bed at the same hour every day. He then wakes up at 5am and conducts an hour-long workout with 25 exercises, takes dozens of supplements including creatine, and rinses his teeth with tea tree oil. Following a strict vegan diet, he eats 1,977 calories per day, including almond milk, walnuts, flaxseed, berries and lots of blended vegetables.
It all appears to be working according to his medical team, who say he now has the fitness level and lung capacity of an 18-year-old, and the skin of a man aged 28.
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