A world-renowned oncologist and one of the architects of Obamacare will refuse medication within 10 years to meet his ambitious goal of dying at age 75 – including antibiotics, chemotherapy and other drugs.
Unlike many elites with aspirations of immortality, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, 65, will pretend that the medical leaps made over the past 200 years never happened and make no effort to cheat death.
The doctor devoted much of his career to saving the lives of America’s most vulnerable, but believes old age can become a burden on society and loved ones.
Dr. Emanuel, who served in both the Obama and Biden administrations, says there’s also a lack of dignity when you get past age 75.
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel (pictured), a former Obama administration official, said he plans to renounce all medical treatments after age 75 so he can die while still healthy and vibrant
The doctor, who is currently reportedly in good health, first wrote about his goal in a morbid essay titled “Why I Hope to Die at 75.”
Major advances in medicine allow Americans to live significantly longer now than in previous decades.
The average America now lives more than 77 years and has grown nearly 20 years in the last century from 59 years in 1923.
Dr. Emanuel notes that although people now have more years of life than before, the number of years they are healthy has not increased much.
“There is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss,” he writes The Atlantic Ocean in 2014?
“It leaves many of us, if not handicapped, then staggering and in decline, a state that may not be worse than death, but deprived none the less.
“It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 40 million Americans provided unpaid care to an older person in 2018 — the most recent data available.
About half of them care for an elderly person, usually a family member or another person in the household, on a daily basis or several times a week. In almost 40 percent of the cases, the person receiving the care is 85 or older.
Dr. Emanuel continued that people whose health slowly deteriorates over time will be remembered for who they are at the end of their lives rather than in their prime.
The version of their lives that will stay in the minds of loved ones will be someone who is weak, needy and “even pathetic” – not vibrant and full of personality.
The irony of his claims is that he is best known for his work with the Obama administration, when he served as Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health.
He worked closely with the president to draft the Affordable Care Act – which in 2010 turned out to be one of the largest expansions of public health care in the country.
The expansion of Medicaid and a host of other U.S. health care changes that came alongside the law have undoubtedly helped millions of older Americans extend their lives.
Despite his wish to die shortly after the next decade, he does not advocate euthanasia.
Dr. Emanuel does not want to die at 75, but wants to go “natural” after that age – as he puts it.
Dr. Emanuel said the elderly who need a caregiver can prove to be a burden to their family and friends
For example, if he gets cancer, he doesn’t seek treatment and instead just lets the disease kill him.
Scientists say they’ve cracked the secret to aging — and it could lead to the ‘fountain of the youth pill’
Scientists believe they have cracked the secret of aging.
A large genetic analysis of humans, rodents and fish found that the length of their DNA was directly related to their biological age.
Shorter genes were associated with a shorter lifespan, while longer genes were linked to better health and longevity.
Scientists believe that if they can hijack this mechanism, it could pave the way for a fountain of youth drugs that could slow or even reverse aging.
Dr. Thomas Stoeger, lead author of the study from Northwestern University in Illinois, said: “I think it’s very elegant that a single, relatively concise principle seems to explain almost all of the changes in gene activity that take place in animals as they age. .’
The length of a gene is based on the number of nucleotides in it. Each sequence of nucleotides translates to an amino acid and forms a protein.
Therefore, a very long gene produces a large protein and a short gene produces a small protein. A cell needs a balanced number of small and large proteins to achieve homeostasis, and problems arise when that balance becomes unbalanced.
While he would now be treated for any diagnosis, he also said he plans to have his final cancer screening at age 65.
He also notes that the burden the elderly can place on loved ones is one reason he hopes not to live too far past 75.
An elderly person’s children may need to take time off work to serve as their parent’s caretaker — or spend their savings to place them in a nursing home.
Dr. Emanuel also notes that when someone lives particularly long — into their 90s or even 100 — their children may have to spend their own pension on caring for a parent.
He admits his own daughters are not happy with his plans, and hopes he will refrain as he faces the prospect of dying in ten years.
His mother is still alive at the age of 89 and his father lived to be 92 before he died. She is also uncomfortable with his decision, The times reports.
Rahm Emanuel, Ezekiel’s brother who was Obama’s chief of staff and mayor of Chicago, regularly jokingly asks how many years he will have to put up with his brother.
His family, and others around him, often cite examples of high-profile people who are still successful past 75 and display mental acuity.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading figure in America’s fight against Covid, has just retired at age 82.
President Joe Biden was sworn in at age 79 and despite some speculation that he is on a cognitive decline, he has retained his position.
Dr. Emanuel considers cases like Dr. Fauci and President Biden, however, as outliers, saying it’s unlikely anyone will remain in excellent cognitive health well into their lifetime.
He says people of Fauci’s age are, in most cases, a burden on public funds.
For example, Medicare, the U.S. public health service available to people age 65 and older, accounts for more than 20 percent of U.S. health spending.
In 2021, according to the most recent data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), $900 billion will be spent on Medicare.
The CMS forecasts a 7.8 percent growth in Medicare spending in the US between 2019 and 2028 – making it the fastest growing healthcare spending in America.
This is because Americans are living longer and because of the rapidly rising costs of common medicines.
In 2019, the last year before the COVID-19 pandemic, the average American turned 79 – a three-year increase from 2000.
In similar countries such as Canada and the UK – which have also expanded public health systems – average residents are living past 80 years.
Dr. Emanuel has also targeted what he calls “immortals,” who invest in longevity — saying that many forget that the world can and will go on without them.
Interestingly, Dr. Emanuel does not advocate euthanasia or assisted suicide – a practice that is becoming more common in the Western world.
He says many people who choose euthanasia do so not because of an intolerable illness, but to die on their own terms and avoid psychological distress.
Instead, he believes that resources spent on assisted suicide should instead be spent on counseling and other services for the elderly near the end of life.