Cryogenics is referred to as cryo-preservation. It use to be called Cryonics Suspension. Whatever term you use, it is the process of freezing a body or brain for future restoration. The myth about Walt Disney being frozen did much to popularize this process. Although Walt isn’t there, Ted Williams is.
The leader in this type of cryogenics is a company based in Arizona by the name of Alcor. They claim they are not an interment or mortuary practice. They honestly believe they will be able to revive and restore life at some time in the near future. Bodies are not the only thing they store. They store organs for future transplants. This falls in line with their philosophy of maintaining life and not reversing death.
When it comes to cryogenics, there are a lot of mixed feelings. Some churches support the idea and others oppose it. Some treat it just like that of frozen embryos or unconscious patients. Some religions refuse to even acknowledge it because, to this date, nobody has been brought back to life. Yet. However, new technology and the advancement in cryogenics has enhanced the possibility of breakthrough in the future. Future medicine and mature nanotechnology could provide the ability to heal both cellular and molecular levels in the future.
The main goal in the cryogenics process is to intercept an individual during the dying process and stop it within a window of time. This process begins just as soon as the heart stops. Every cell tissue is kept alive during the cyrogenic process. This includes the brain. Blood circulation is used for the brain. No process of any type is begun until the person has been pronounced legally dead.
This method is when the legality of the justice system comes into play. Death is often not declared until a person is brain dead. Others suggest that when the heart beat is officially stopped by natural or machine maintained, that is when death is legally pronounced. This is important in cryogenics. The sooner they can get a person into the cryogenic process, the less cell damage there is.
The cost is $150,000 a person and $100,000 for the brain. This is usually paid through the life insurance of the individual. To date Alcor has about 900 individuals. They are stored at -190 degrees Celsius. This is the final temperature reached.
Many times, it is left to the family to decide whether the individual is submitted to the cryogenic process or not. This can cause a lot of stress within the family. The cryogenic process needs to be explored and discussed in advance with both the individual and the family.
In some cases, the cryogenic process will be denied by the company. They want viable subjects.
So I ask you these questions? Could the Cryogenics process be for you in the future or at the end of this time span of life? Do you think it is worth the process to try and restore you in the future? Or, is this a futile attempt at trying to live forever?