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Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 10:32:27 -0400
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                Cryo-debate opens lid on freezing process.

                Charles Beresford says most people are surprised to learn that 
                does not keep dead bodies in his freezer.

                Beresford, president of
                International, has
                received a barrage of
                telephone calls from
                journalists and other
                inquisitors in the wake
                of news reports that
                baseball legend Ted
                Williams has been
                cryogenically frozen in

                But Cryogenics

                International isn't responsible for freezing Williams -- or 
                anyone else,

                for that matter. The company uses a patented cryogenic process 
                treat tools, engine parts and many other common items to make

                them perform better and last longer. It also sells the equipment
                in the cryogenic process.

                "You can use cold temperatures for things other than turning 
                into Popsicles," Beresford said.

                One reason for the confusion is that many people don't know the

                difference between cryogenics and cryonics, he said. Cryogenics 

                a general term referring to the science of working with 

                cold temperatures. Cryonics refers specifically to the practice 
                freezing human bodies in the hope of someday thawing them out
                and reviving them once the necessary technology has been

                Beresford said the methods used by
                cryonics firms are much cruder than
                the process he uses. He has
                developed a patented,
                computer-controlled system that
                monitors and adjusts temperatures to
                provide slow and controlled cooling. It
                takes eight to 12 hours to cool the
                materials, and they are kept at a
                temperature of minus 320 degrees
                Fahrenheit for 24 hours before being
                thawed out in an equally controlled

                The cooling process slows down the individual molecules that 

                up all matter, thereby causing them to line up in more organized
                patterns. This increases strength and durability of the material

                removes structural flaws. Even when thawed, the materials retain
                                their more organized structure, Beresford said.

                "The pressure of being cold squeezes out imperfections."

                The primary function of cryonics, on the other hand, is to 

                store bodies at extremely cold temperatures for long periods of 
                Beresford said.

                One problem with the procedure is that it sucks moisture out of

                human tissues, often causing cracks in the frozen bodies, he 

                Another is that freezing tends to rupture individual cells, 
                essential chemicals to become displaced.

                Beresford said even if technology is developed that can repair 
                individual cell, the chemical displacement in the brain would
                effectively "erase" it like a reformatted hard drive.

                "You'd wake up as an (adult) child," he said. "You wouldn't even
                able to speak. Your memory, personality, every essence of you
                would be gone."

                Alcor Life Extension Foundation, the nonprofit group in 

                that has reportedly frozen and is storing Williams' body, 
                explains on

                its Web site there is "no guarantee cryonic suspension ever will
                allow for future revival." Still the company asserts that the 
                development of nanotechnology and cloning techniques make

                revival a growing possibility, and that there is nothing to lose

                being placed in cryonic suspension, since bodies already must be
                                legally dead before they can undergo the process.

                Alcor officials are not talking to the media and could not be 
                for comment.

                Beresford said unlike cryonics firms, his company can guarantee

                results -- in the form of tools and equipment lasting two to 
                four times

                longer than normal. The process also improves the sound quality 
                stereo components, musical instruments and CDs or DVDs, he

                Anyone can have possessions cryogenically treated. Cryogenics
                International charges by the pound, anywhere from $1 to $9 per

                pound, depending on the size of the order. It also offers fixed 
                for CDs ($2 each), rifle barrels ($45) and many other items.

                Beresford said the cryogenics industry has been growing steadily
                                since the company was founded in 1986. Still, there are many
                misperceptions about what cryogenics is all about.

                "Nine out of 10 people are going to think we're freezing 
                people," he
                says. "That's cryonics, not cryogenics."

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