Did Einstein Discover The Fountain of Youth

by Robert E. Rainer, MD

 

 

Never discount Albert Einstein. His famous formula, E=MC2, universally states that energy can be created by accelerating matter at very high speeds. C, in this equation, is the speed of light. Additionally, E is energy and M is matter. This groundbreaking formula served as the premise for the atomic bomb, a rather horrific chapter of human existence. However, something of noted interest is that we may also integrate Time into this equation since speed is equivalent to Distance divided by Time. If we solve for time, our equation becomes T=√D2x M x 1/E . This is of particular importance, since this suggests that matter traveling greater distances will have increased measurable time. I would like to proclaim this formula to be the Life Expectancy Formula as a function of Time. The variables of the equation are as follows: T is time or life expectancy; D is distance traveled in a lifetime; M is mass of the organism; E is energy or calories consumed by the organism. In fact, utilizing this equation shows that airline pilots are calculated to have a slightly longer life span by virtue of traveling greater distances over a life time. It explains why calorie restricted humans live longer. Additionally, it also provides some degree of logic as to why the life span of many birds often exceed 100 years and why that life span is substantially shortened in caged captivity. Furthermore, and rather coincidentally, French researchers recently showed that people who walk faster live longer. This study even managed to correct for study subjects with similar hypertensive and cholesterol profiles.

Is this study result merely validation of Einstein's theory? Can we buy more time in life by merely covering greater distances and consuming less calories? I once tried to delve into the deeper message in one of Albert Einstein's quotes. His quote stated the following, "Life is like riding a bicycle... to keep your balance you must keep moving." Is Albert suggesting that we dismiss the manufactured magic potions and lotions that many believe to be their own personal fountain of youth? I believe Albert's message for sustained youth is rather simple. In effect, whoever logs in the most amount of distance covered in a lifetime remains the most youthful and will subsequently have the greatest longevity. So, throw out that expensive mud pack and invest in a quality pair of sneakers. Cut down on your caloric intake. Put more pep in your step and make an effort to walk to the corner grocery store as opposed to driving the family automobile. Clearly, the established general consensus is that exercise vastly improves health. But, we may be able to extrapolate the amount of additional life years as a function of the amount of miles our body logs over a given lifetime. No one will ever dispute the importance of a healthy diet. But miles traveled over time may actually be the true measure of life expectancy. So, let's all attach a mile counter to our ankle and move forward to a long and productive future. Taken a step further-- Could it be that the investment in periodic space travel isn't such a bad deal after all?


Robert E. Rainer, MD, is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology in 1995 and shortly afterward established his medical practice (see: www.brooklyngynplace.com ). Dr. Rainer's practice flourished and is now a leading OB/GYN practice in New York City. Get his book: www.doctorsguidetowealth.com/index.htm


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