The Calorie Restriction Society was featured on 60 Minutes tonight. I’ve run across them on a couple of sites, but I have never known much more than what they have on their site, http://calorierestriction.org so this show was of interest to me.
The CRS is *not* a specifically raw, vegan, or even vegetarian organization, but it does promote a number of issues important to raw vegans, so I think it is important to pay attention to what they are doing.
As it turns out, Washington University is studying the claims of CRS, and its members, with an eye to their belief that “Hunger strengthens the Survival Gene”. (I had never heard about the “Survival Gene” before, but the information is interesting, and its implications are, at the same time, scary.
Researchers are now attempting to create a pill to mimic Calorie Restriction, a pill which, essentially, mimics diets. This pill would be a highly concentrated form of Resveratrol (yes, the one you see advertised in Facebook sidebars), which would provide the Resveratrol equivalent of approximately 1000 glasses of wine. This research is seen as having important implications for Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and Cancer treatment
Researchers have found that mice given resveratrol did not gain as much weight as those which were not fed the supplement, and, upon autopsy, were found to have more youthful organs, even though both groups had been fed the same high-fat diet.
Tests on people have showed lowered glucose and insulin levels.
At the same time, the program acknowledged that 9 out of 10 tests that look good in mice failin human tests.
This formula, which is seen as allowing people to remain more youthful and healthier without any alterations in diet, has been bought by Glaxo-Smith-Kline. What could that mean? Will they bury the product? Will they bring it out? Will it be available to the hoi-polloi?
Meanwhile, the members of the CRS as well as raw vegans all know that the secret to health and longevity if eating healthy food in moderation.