Vampires, Jesus Christ, And Parabiosis: Science Meets Blood Mythology In Search For Anti Aging, Longevity, And Immortality

Charisse Van Horn

What do vampires and Jesus Christ have in common? They both believe that drinking blood holds the key to immortality, although Christ was speaking metaphorically. Blood mythology dates back thousands, if not millions of years. Adherents to Christianity believe you must symbolically drink the blood of Jesus Christ in order to gain eternal life. The belief in vampire mythology is that the blood of a supernatural creature will spare you from immediate, human death.

We are surrounded by stories that the secrets of anti-aging, longevity, and immortality are in the blood. Vampirism and Christianity aren't the only belief systems or religions that focus on blood as the path to immortality. Take a look at any ancient religion, and you will find the belief system is based on blood. Blood sacrifices are a common theme, and most ancients believed blood held sacred power. Blood mythology is giving way to science in the search for the fountain of youth. Controversial, yet exciting, is the theory that infusing healthy blood cells from the young can reverse and possibly cure age-related disease. It's called Parabiosis.

In religion, you see a type of Parabiosis when the blood of a vampire or god is infused with the recipient's blood. In religion, the outcome is always the same. The new system provides many benefits when compared with the old. The advantages of receiving the blood of a deity or vampire improve life. Some of the benefits include longevity, anti-aging, super strength, and immortality. Science is testing whether Parabiosis through blood transfusions, plasma, and stem cell treatment may hold similar benefits. Can young blood reverse aging? Can Alzheimer's be cured with stem cells? Can humans live forever if they are continually infused with young blood?

Parabiosis is getting new media coverage after billionaire and PayPal co-founder, Peter Thiel, spoke to Inc. Thiel expressed excitement over clinical trials and discussed new life extension techniques. Thiel stated he was investigating Parabiosis and the blood of the young in his search for anti-aging treatments, longevity, and immortality.

Though some in the media have run stories portraying Thiel as a modern day Dracula, Thiel stated he's investigating Parabiosis and hasn't started any treatments or trials.

"I'm not convinced yet we've found a single panacea that works. It's possible there exist single-point things that could work. I'm looking into Parabiosis stuff, which I think is really interesting. This is where they did the young blood into older mice and they found that had a massive rejuvenating effect. And so that's... that is one that... again, it's one of these very odd things where people had done these studies in the 1950s and then it got dropped altogether. I think there are a lot of these things that have been strangely underexplored."

Celebrity reality star Kim Kardashian underwent a blood facial treatment. The video went viral and sparked interest in the bloody procedure.

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