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Alternative Health / AI & Life Extension

Date Tuesday - November 12, 2019
Host George Noory
Guests Benjamin FuchsVincent Peters

A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy, Benjamin Fuchs is a registered pharmacist, nutritionist, and cosmetic chemist who has been compounding custom medication, formulating nutritional and skin care products, and consulting with doctors and patients for decades. In the first half, he shared tips for maintaining good health through diet and supplementation. Rather than getting the flu vaccine, he recommends reducing stress, and taking nutritional substances like Vitamin C that strengthen the immune system. People have become "medicalized" – thinking that the medical model takes care of every possible health issue, he commented, but for many ailments, we can treat ourselves with such things as proper nutrition, exercise, and mental health strategies.

The paradigm of medicine that we are just doomed to fall apart and come down with diseases is not accurate, said Fuchs. The body has a built-in healing mechanism, he suggested, which can be unlocked by a variety of methods such as nutritional supplements and deep breathing, and these help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Chronic pain is often associated with inflammation, he cited, and he advises taking a look at the digestive system or center of the body first. To do this, a person can fast for a day or two, then carefully reintroduce various foods, making a chart of what they eat, and how the body feels. The body often reacts negatively around 20 minutes after eating something problematic, and that is how one figures out which foods to eliminate, he explained.

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Transhumanist Vincent Peters has studied at West Point, MIT Sloan School of Business, and Oxford Sloan School of Business. A technologist, and inventor with eight professional certifications, in the latter half, he spoke about many positive aspects of the AI revolution, and how it may radically extend human life. "There are companies that people are anticipating to exist in the next 10 or 15 years that will be looking to produce organic human bodies," he said, and these could potentially house brain meshes and implants to communicate with computers. His company, Rex Mundi, plans to offer high fidelity representations of those no longer with us, but are able to react much the same as they did in life, via uploads of their memories and life experiences.

The idea of the soul or consciousness is complicated, he conceded, so it will be interesting to see how these digital representations compare. As far as a Star Trek-like technology of teleporting individuals, Peters noted that one stumbling block is that the physical copy of the person would have to be destroyed at the first location, and the new recreation would have to be exactly the same as the initial person. He suspects that safe implementation of this kind of innovative travel may yet be a century away. He also talked about his background in creating sports predictions, by correlating different data sets, automated through software.

News segment guests: Lauren Weinstein, Dr. Peter Breggin

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