【超级富豪的“养生秘诀”:20万美元把自己冻起来】

【超级富豪的“养生秘诀”:20万美元把自己冻起来】总有人希望自己死后能在未来重生,而美国亚利桑那州的Alcor公司已经瞄上了去世的超级富豪们。Alcor有1000名付费会员,其中一些患者支付了高达20万美元的全身保存费用。在心脏停止跳动15分钟内,通过低温系统将身体深度冷冻至-196°C,这被视为一种战胜死亡的方法。但许多专家认为这没有成功的希望,因为心脏和肾脏等器官从未被成功冻结和解冻,更不用说大脑了。

Super-rich are having their brains frozen for £80,000 in the hope of being re-born and having a 'whole new life' 200 years in the future

  • Cryogenics is increasingly being seen as a viable way to cheat death
  • One businessman believes he will wake up and 'experience a whole new life'
  • The service is already being offered by two main US organisations – Alcor in Arizona, and the Cryonics Institute in Michigan
  • Alcor has 1,000 paying members, with some paying in excess of £200,000
  • However, many experts believe cryogenics has no chance of success

The super-rich are having their brains frozen for £80,000 ($100,000) in the hope of being re-born in as little as 200 years time.

Cryogenics, which involves deep freezing the body to -196°C (-321°F), is increasingly being seen as a way to beat death.

One businessman believes he will wake up in the future and 'experience a whole new life' after having his head placed on the body of another human being.

The British-born man, who wanted to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the topic, says he 'can't think of anything more exciting'.

However, many experts say there is no hope of success as organs such as the heart and kidneys have never been successfully frozen and thawed – let alone the brain.

The super-rich are having their brains frozen for £80,000 ($100,000) in the hope of being re-born in as little as 200 years time. Cryogenics, which involves deep freezing the body to -196°C (-321°F) (stock image), is increasingly being looked at as a way to beat death

The super-rich are having their brains frozen for £80,000 ($100,000) in the hope of being re-born in as little as 200 years time. Cryogenics, which involves deep freezing the body to -196°C (-321°F) (stock image), is increasingly being looked at as a way to beat death

Cryonics, also known as cryogenics and cryopreservation, is the art of freezing a dead body or body parts in order to preserve them for future use.

'I know that a lot of people will think I'm daft, but why not give it a try? Nothing ventured, nothing gained,' a business mogul in his late 60s who wanted only to be identified as 'David' told Daily Star.

'I thought I'd invest a bit of money in this and I may wake up in 200 or 2,000 years' time and be able to experience a whole new life.

'I can't think of anything more exciting,' he said.

Advocates see cryopreservation as a miracle procedure to cheat death, with the hope frozen bodies will be able to be revived in the future, when medical science has progressed far enough to cure whatever killed them.

Brain preservation is the ultimate goal in the field of cryopreservation.

The service is already being offered by two main US organisations: Alcor, in Arizona, and the Cryonics Institute, in Michigan.

Alcor has 1,000 paying members, with some patients paying as much as £200,000 ($255,000) for full body preservation.

The company currently has 149 dead patients stored in the facility, including the youngest person ever to be cryopreserved – Matheryn Naovaratpong from Thailand, who was only two when he died.

'Only my close family know I am doing this and most are very supportive. Their attitude is: "It's your money so spend it how you like",' said David.

The process can only take place once the body has been declared legally dead.

Ideally, the freezing process will begin within two minutes of the heart stopping.

At worst,  cryopreservation should not start after more than 15 minutes have passed.

The corpse needs to be packed in ice and injected with chemicals to reduce blood clotting. At the cryonics facility, it is cooled to just above 0°C and the blood is replaced with a solution to preserve organs.

Cyrogenics is seen by its proponents as the holy grail of cheating death and new technologies could soon make it possible, according to one expert in the field. Pictured are tanks  which maintain the corpses

Cyrogenics is seen by its proponents as the holy grail of cheating death and new technologies could soon make it possible, according to one expert in the field. Pictured are tanks which maintain the corpses

Earlier this year, Dennis Kowalski, 49, President of the Michigan-based Cryonics Institute, claimed humans could one day be revived from a cryogenic state, and stem cell therapy could help them bring them back to an even younger age.

He also suggested that the first human frozen by cryonics could be revived within the next 50 to 100 years.

The Michigan-based Cryonics Institute, is a non-profit organisation that offers human freezing services for $28,000 per person (£20,200).

Mr Kowalski, who also works as a firefighter, paramedic and paramedics teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, says that a lot of things that weren't possible will soon be possible with regards to cryonics.

He told the MailOnline that if reviving cryogenically frozen people is not possible, at least we are learning.

Around 2,000 people have put their names down to be cryogenically frozen by Mr Kowalski's institute and more than 100 pets and 160 people have already been frozen at the laboratory.

'After cardiac arrest, you have around 5 minutes to half an hour to revive someone,' said Mr Kowalski.

Humans could live forever by keeping their minds conscious while their bodies are frozen, Dennis Kowalski (pictured), president of the Michigan-based Cryonics Institute, has claimed. He believes scientists could reanimate one of these corpses within the next ten years

Humans could live forever by keeping their minds conscious while their bodies are frozen, Dennis Kowalski (pictured), president of the Michigan-based Cryonics Institute, has claimed. He believes scientists could reanimate one of these corpses within the next ten years

'But it depends on temperature and how long they were alive for.

'We're finding that when you cool people down you have more time,' he said.

Mr Kowalski said his work is an extension of stem cell research, and that stem cells could be injected into cryogenically frozen patients to help repair damaged cells.

'They will be not be injected with traditional stem cells while they are frozen,' said Mr Kowalski.

'This would have to happen when they have begun the warming process and the stem cells would most likely be much different then the stem cells we have today.

'We're trying to save your DNA and mind.

'If all we cared about was your DNA, we could save that and clone you and you would look no different, but it would be a totally different person,' he said.

Mr Kowalski says that in the future, if there is super advanced technology that can 'reverse engineer nature,' then there is no reason elderly people couldn't be revived and brought back, possibly even as their healthy, 20 year-old selves.

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