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#1 caliban

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 12:34 AM


Since our founding, this site has attracted individuals who are impatient for the state of medical consensus to advance and are experimenting with supplements, techniques and experimental compounds.

 

This has many pitfalls: first and foremost the risk to the individual, the flavour of chasing ‘magic’ that has always tainted the life-extension field, along with the dreadful folly of ‘testimonials’; the risk of generating the flawed impression that taking life extending supplements must somehow be ‘felt’ quickly; a turning away from the principles of scientific equipoise and the hard truths of evidence-based medicine.  

 

Nonetheless this self-experimentation goes on and has some aspects that are worth celebrating:  the intensive and personalised engagement with scientific evidence; the assumption of individual responsibility for health and wellbeing; the ongoing adventure of discovery that would not be possible without plenty of risk-takers.

 

To be clear: Faced with these perspectives, LongeCity as an organisiation maintains absolute neutrality. We do not in any way encourage or promote self-experimentation, nor do we condemn and suppress evidence of it.

 

We do however, wish that some ‘self experiments’ were more responsibly planned, conducted, and reported  with a view towards generating the most reliable dataset possible.

We have therefore set aside some potential funding to complement those experiments that have the potential to yield insights that could be of generalisable interest to the LongeCity community.

 

Generally we envisage the scheme to work as follows:

1-       An individual (the Subject) develops a supplement or other regimen based on an informed review of the literature, community advice and the available sources.

2-       The Subject develops a testing plan that assesses meaningful metabolic parameters at meaningful intervals.

3-       The Subject commences the regimen. The Subject pays for all supplies and the baseline test which must be published on LongeCity in annonymised form.  

4-       LongeCity can be approached to pay for a subsequent test. This does not entail an endorsement of the experiment but simply a desire to further asses some of the safety and efficacy parameters in question.     

 

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If YOU are interested in participating, please comment below or contact us.  


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#2 Zed

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 06:48 AM

I think this is a great idea. I would support even possibly going further and assisting with putting together a resource kit for

people who self experiment. Some kind of "best practice" case studies for example.

Very interested and happy to assist in any way.


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#3 pamojja

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 12:59 PM

Generally we envisage the scheme to work as follows:
1-       An individual (the Subject) develops a supplement or other regimen based on an informed review of the literature, community advice and the available sources.
2-       The Subject develops a testing plan that assesses meaningful metabolic parameters at meaningful intervals.
3-       The Subject commences the regimen. The Subject pays for all supplies and the baseline test which must be published on LongeCity in annonymised form.
4-       LongeCity can be approached to pay for a subsequent test. This does not entail an endorsement of the experiment but simply a desire to further asses some of the safety and efficacy parameters in question.

 
Generally with a health issue and supplementing it develops less with a plan, but more as a trial and error. And further changing of health strategies with success or set backs trough new-onset diseases.

  • - done. The whole regimen with some lab-tests strewn in cost my 450,- a month.
  • - for me was more like bargaining with my GP, like in an oriental bazar, for getting most important lab parameters checked. And having to pay a few remaining out of my own pocket less regularly. In total 280 parameters over the course of 9 years. Many regularly, some once or twice only.
  • - done. With remarkable results in reversing a 60% walking-disability from PAD and minor remissions: http://www.longecity...nal-remissions/
  • - where I can find the cashier?

Just joking. Just as in my experience with the "win $100 for 'best regimen'", only paying members of Longecity have the probability to get the price.


Edited by pamojja, 02 December 2017 - 01:01 PM.

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