The search for the “fountain of youth” is something that we have read about in many myths and stories. The most famous explorer on the search for the fountain of youth is Ponce de Leon, whose search took him to Florida in the early 1500’s. However, he was not the first to go looking for this fountain said to give you the power of endless youth. Historically, explorers have also been intrigued enough by the allure of the mysterious fountain that they have been looking for it dating back centuries. The desire to stay young may date back to the beginning of mankind itself. Although, as civilization has advanced through the centuries, most people have given up on a magical fountain that extends your life while making you young again, and turned to exercise and eating foods that slow down the aging process, to stay and feel young.
Nevertheless, Russian scientists think they may have found the equivalent to the mythical fountain of youth in the form of an ancient 3.5 million year old bacteria called Bacillus F, that was found deep in the permafrost of Siberia’s Sakha Republic in 2009.
One scientist is quickly gaining fame pertaining to Bacillus F. His name is Dr. Anatoli Brouchkov, head of the Geocryology Department at Moscow State University, who recently found himself thrust in the spotlight after admitting to doing something unexpected. ‘After successful experiments on mice and fruit flies, I thought it would be interesting to try the inactivated bacterial culture on myself,’ he told The Siberian Times. Since then (it has been 2 years) he says he has more energy and has not gotten sick.
The first reactions of many people will be that Dr. Brouchkov is a madman for being his own guinea pig, but there are a few facts that show he is more of a scientist that looked at the risk/reward and determent that it would help his health with little chance of causing harm.
Firstly, the “biological active substances” in the bacteria can activate the immune status of experimental animals and in doing so have amazing age defying and rejuvenation properties. According to Dr. Viktor Chernyavsky, an epidemiologist in Yakutsk, this is why “mice grannies not only began to dance, but also produced offspring,” in one experiment.
Additionally, Dr. Brouchkov, and many of is fellow scientist, believe the bacteria is able to protect itself, and, because of this fact, are immortal!
“I would say, there exist (in the world) immortal bacteria, immortal beings. They cannot die, to be more precise, they can protect themselves. Our cells are unable to protect themselves from damage. These bacteria cells are able to protect themselves. It would be great to find the mechanisms of protection from aging, from damage and to use them to fight with our aging. It’s the main riddle of mankind and I believe we must work to solve it.
“Now we have a key, ancient bacteria, which scientists have found in an extreme and ancient environment.’ He admitted that some people need convincing of the significance of the discoveries. ‘Of course the discussions are ongoing. There are a lot of sceptics who do not believe that bacteria are really old….
“I believe that we all need to start studying these immortal beings, but at the moment not so many of us are doing this. We are arguing, discussing, instead of (doing sufficient) research. We need to use the fact that such bacteria were found in our permafrost. We have such opportunities for study. I believe that this bacteria could be very useful.”
Finally, Dr. Brouchkov told the Seribian Times why he was not worried about being injured,
“Besides, the permafrost is thawing, and I guess these bacteria get into the environment, into the water, so the local population, the Yakut people, in fact, for a long time are getting these cells with water, and even seem to live longer than some other nations. So there was no danger for me. “
As you can see, Dr. Brouchkov saw very astonishing results during experiments conducted on old female mice, that the bacteria were effectively immortal (which could explain said results on the mice) and felt the change of being injured were close to non-existent. In this context, he hardly looks like a madman so obsessed with regaining his youth he would risk death to obtain it. He, instead, looks like a scientist who felt we needed to know if the bacteria had the same results on human and decided not to wait for funding to conduct human trails. So, he used himself as a guinea pig instead of someone else.
The human health benefits of the bacteria have some amazing potential, but Dr. Brouchkov making himself a guinea pig was far from an official scientific experiment which looks into how the bacteria specifically effected the doctor’s immune system, nor do scientists currently understand the exact mechanism that gives the bacteria the ability to activate immune systems in humans or animals. So, they are very early in the process of understanding its full anti-aging capabilities on humans, or what makes this bacteria so special. However, the mice studies and Dr. Brouchkov feeling younger, with more energy and the fact he has yet to get sick since, certainly has peaked the imaginations of many, leading them to ponder the question:
“Have we found the fountain of youth?!”
Incidentally, scientists are very hopeful that the bacteria have applications that extend outside the realm of health. In particular in the area of growing crop.
According to Prof Petrov,
“Now we are focused on experiments with the crops. The bacteria stimulates the growth of crops, increases productivity. This year we completed the laboratory studies and went to the field trials. We will look at the results. Before sowing seeds we put them into a solution containing a culture of the bacterium. We have harvested but the results are not completely processed yet.”
“In the laboratory we got very good results. The bacteria not only stimulates growth, but increases frost resistance. The seeds sprouted at a temperature 5 degrees celsius. It is very important in our Siberian harsh conditions, when a sudden frost can come in May and even June.
“We can say that the bacteria enhances photosynthesis. It is also very important for our northern areas with short photo period. The plants have time to fully mature….
“…At the moment the use of plant growth promoting bacteria is a very promising direction. It is clear that bacteria are much more effective than chemicals. Our Bacillus F has a great potential, as it managed to survive in permafrost. I believe its potential is much higher that other growth promoting bacteria. Besides it can help to withstand frost, which is so important for our conditions.”
This is absolutely huge for a few reasons, besides the obviously amazing results. The first is the biotech industry has controlled the world’s farming industry under the pretense that chemical fertilizer, seeds with their genetics tampered with and chemical herbicides and pesticides are essential to maintain the crop yields needed to feed the world (despite every long term yield study showing most GMO crops perform worse than their organic counterparts). Untold damage to both the environment and human health all over the world has occurred because of this change in farming practice. These studies, conducted on Bacillus F, are beginning to show that the bacteria is effective at improving crops’ ability to resist extreme climates and in doing so, exposes the fallacy that we need these toxic practices to feed the world.
The other added benefit is that the nutrients and other components in plants that promote health in humans and animals that eat them, come from the soil the plants grow in. So, anything, human or animal, eating crops planted in soil fortified with the bacteria will also be eating the bacteria that has made its way from the soil into the plant itself.
Unfortunately, like with the medical applications, we do not know the exact mechanism inside the bacteria that makes plants grow faster and become resistant to extreme cold. One thing is for sure, the little we have learned about the bacteria shows it has the capabilities to drastically improve the human race.
The most important thing Dr. Brouchkov has done pertaining to the amazing bacteria, is expressing the need for sufficient research.
After all, we spend billions of dollars a year researching ways to make more proficient weapons to kill each other, “medicines” that are extremely toxic and dangerous, and less provident devices in the energy sector. Isn’t it time we stop allowing the government to funnel money (and scientific manpower) to things that are detrimental to not only humans, but the planet itself, and start focusing on things that can transform our health and the planet?
We all know the answer to that question is an undeniable YES!
Why not start with Bacillus F?