LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, the CompX Research Institute published "Complex X and the Growth Process – A Proposed General Theory of Senescence," a conceptual framework that explains exactly why humans lose functionality over time. Today, the founder of the Institute published a blog that provides additional insight into the Growth Process.
"A multitude of studies have confirmed that whenever a healthy human of any age exercises at a level of intensity that raises blood levels of lactate, his or her pituitary gland secretes human growth hormone," said the founder. "Whenever a healthy human of any age exercises at a level of intensity that raises blood levels of lactate, his or her blood levels of brain derived neurotrophic factor increase in proportion to the levels of lactate." HGH is associated with the growth and health of all organs other than the brain. BDNF can be likened to HGH for the brain – it triggers the growth of new neurons and helps repair and protect brain cells. Elevated levels of lactate in the blood also trigger elevated levels of all other growth hormones, stems cells and other progenitor cells, steroids, AMPK and a number of other substances.
"The same stimulus – elevated blood levels of lactate – activates the release of dozens of substances that are associated with growth and rejuvenation," said the founder. "It happens every single time and in proportion to the amount of lactate in the blood. Remarkably, prior to the publication of the Hypothesis, no one had recognized that this cascade of hormones and other substances must constitute a single coordinated process – the Growth Process."
Many of the substances involved in the Growth Process are ineffective in the absence of others, and some are harmful if not metabolized quickly. The presence of elevated levels of these substances is incompatible with homeostasis. Thus, the Growth Process must be a discrete process that occurs quickly.
"The Growth Process is evolution's mechanism for conforming genetic potential to environmental reality," said the founder. "We believe that substantially all disorders that relate to organ or system malfunction are caused by the failure to activate the Growth Process on a regular basis. The knowledge contained in the Hypothesis will lead to the development of interventions that will correct that failure and thus allow all of us to function at our optimal genetic potential for the duration of our lives. That does not just mean the best that we ever have been. It means the best that we ever could have been."
The Institute has created a website: http://www.compxtheory.com that explains the profound implications of the Hypothesis. The Hypothesis can be downloaded from the website.
About the CompX Research Institute:
The CompX Research Institute is a nonprofit institution whose mission is to further develop and raise public awareness of the Hypothesis.
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