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From: "John de Rivaz" <>
Subject: Alan and Sylvia Sinclair on This Morning
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 11:41:10 -0000


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Eternal Life

Alan Sinclair 67, a retired electrical engineer, is married to Sylvia 54, a
housewife. The couple live in Peacehaven, East Sussex and have 4 grown up
children. They have been together for 38 years, but only married 7 years ago
in Gretna Green.

Alan's fascination with 'Cryogenics' started 20 years ago, when he saw a TV
programme about the subject. "Part of the reason that it interested me is
because I fear death. Most people don't want to die and I am one of them.
Since I signed up to be cryogenically frozen, I am less concerned about what
happens to me when I die, because I feel I may have a second chance at

10 years ago, he began putting  112 a month into an insurance policy to pay
for his own body to be frozen and then resuscitated. As Sylvia is more than
10 years younger than Alan, her policy is far cheaper, at  60 a month.
"Sylvia and I felt the same way as soon as we saw the show, it just seemed
like the most sensible thing in the world and we can't understand why more
people don't want to do it, it is worth the money. It's quite romantic
really, the thought that we could meet up again at some point in the

Upon death, a team of specialists will rush to their bedside and pump them
full of a special type of anti-freeze. This will prevent their bodies from
shattering as they will be immersed in liquid nitrogen. Their bodies will
then be put on a plane to Arizona where they will be stored at almost minus
200C in a tank that looks like a huge thermos flask. They will be kept there
for hundreds, if not thousands, of years until advances in medical science
eventually mean they can be brought back to life. "People think that it's
like a science fiction film such as Demolition Man, in which Sylvester
Stallone is cryogenically frozen and then thawed in the 21st century. But I
believe science fiction follows real life rather than the other way round".

Alan and Sylvia are among a growing number of Britons who plan to achieve
immortality thanks to "cryonics", which is a form of cryogenics. They both
knew that firms in the US had been offering the service for years, so
started to investigate the possibility of having it done in the UK. At the
end of the show they watched about Cryogenics, a telephone number of an
American company was advertised and after receiving a detailed information
pack from them, Alan set up a group called Cryonics UK. The group now have
regular meetings and have developed a 'standby' team, who with the help of
an undertaker, perform the freezing process. Experts from the US had to come
over to train them in the embalming process.

In Alan's opinion "People may say it's gruesome but I think this idea is
really going to take off. After all, who doesn't want to live for ever? The
thought of being brought back to life is surely one of the most exciting
concepts in medical science. If you are buried or cremated that's the end of
the matter. But if doctors can preserve your body, it's just a case of
waiting until the time is right to wake up again. It might take 50 years or
it might take 1,000 but I'm confident it will happen at some point".

What is Cyronics?

Cryonics is the preservation of legally dead humans at a very low
temperature (below -200 F, -130 C) in the hope that future science can
restore them to life, youth and health. Cryonicists are people who use
cryonics to greatly extend life and youth.

All diseases, including the progressive deterioration known as "getting
old", are the result of damage to organs, tissues, cells and cellular
components. With enough progress of medicine and molecular repair
capability, all diseases should eventually be curable, including aging.
Medicine in the future should be able to restore and maintain people in a
condition of youth and health.

The Myths-according to the world of Cryonics

Myth 1: Cryonics is consumer fraud.

Some people believe that cryonics is a scam intended to separate grieving
families from their money. 'Alcor' and 'The Cryonics Institute' however
claim that they are operated by people who sincerely believe in the worth of
cryonics, and who want cryonics available for themselves, people they care
about, and the world in general. Their primary interest is therefore
attracting young and healthy people to join up and help build the cryonics
field. They claim to have no interest in pushing cryonics on people who are
dead or dying.

Myth 2: Cryonics preserves dead people

The purpose of cryonics is to save the lives of living people, not the
bodies of dead people. Death is a neurological process that begins after the
heart stops. A stopped heart only causes death if nothing is done when the
heart stops. Cryonics proposes to intercept and stop this dying process
within the window of time that it may be reversible in the future. The first
few minutes of clinical death are certainly reversible, even today. There
are good reasons to believe that this window will extend further in the
future. That is why cryonics is sometimes implemented even long after the
heart stops.

Myth 3: Experts say cryonics cannot work.

Most experts in any single field will rightly say that they know of no
evidence that cryonics can work, however very few scientists even know
anything about the process. The situation is comparable to the development
of space travel before World War II. At that time, "aeronautical experts"
were adamant that space travel was impossible. Only a few German rocket
scientists knew that multi-stage rockets could escape the earth. As is often
the case, the experts best qualified to comment on a new field are the
experts working in that field. No properly qualified expert has ever said
cryonics can't work.

Myth 4: Cryonics conflicts with religion.

The goal of cryonics is to overcome serious illness by preserving and
protecting life. Cryonics is therefore consistent with pro-life principles
of both medicine and religion. Hypothermia victims have been revived after
more than an hour without breathing, heartbeat, or brain activity. Deep
cooling is sometimes used to "turn off" patients for long periods during
neurosurgery when the heart must be stopped. Human embryos are routinely
cryopreserved and revived. If cryonics works, it will work because it is
fundamentally the same as these other forms of "suspended animation" that
are already known in medicine. Patients in these states are understood to be
in deep coma, not death. Cryonics patients are theologically equivalent to
unconscious patients in a hospital with an uncertain prognosis.

Myth 5: Frozen famous people

There have been a lot of rumours about Walt Disney being frozen, but it is
now thought not to be true. Very few famous people have actually been
cryogenically frozen to date. Probably the most famous person in suspended
animation today is baseball great Ted Williams, who's head was removed and


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Cryonics Europe, Longevity Report, The Venturists, Porthtowan, Alec Harley
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