Ice Water In Your Veins… Will it Keep You Alive?
Hasan Alam and his team at Massachussets General Hospital in Boston have reported success in saving lives of animals suffering from critical injuries by pumping ice-cold fluid into their veins. According to an article in England’s Daily Mail, “Dr Alam has successfully performed his ‘suspended animation’ technique in operations on hundreds of pigs and now hopes to begin tests on humans.”
So is this a big deal? Another step in the road towards cryonics?… further proof that cryonics advocates will not only have the last laugh, but that laugh will occur centuries after the skeptics have turned to dust?
I checked with Aschwin de Wolf, M.S., Director and researcher for Advanced Neural Biosciences and a member of Alcor’s Research and Development Committee. He commented:
It’s not a “pioneering new treatment.” Hypothermic circulatory arrest research goes back to at least the 1960s. The use of cold temperatures in emergency medicine has had its ups and downs and currently is popular again. As a matter of fact, Alcor did some research on this topic in the 1980s.
I do not think such procedures should be called suspended animation because the temperatures employed here are still too high to permit long periods of
circulatory arrest without damage.
Since cryonics is basically an extension of the idea of hypothermic circulatory arrest at even lower temperatures, the increased popularity of such treatments is good news for cryonics though.