What takes place inside of the body just prior to and when one dies of old age? What are the signs that this is about to happen? How much warning does a person get before the actual time comes? Does this person have time to get his/her affairs in order once the signs appear? Is dieing of old age ALWAYS painless and does it ALWAYS happen in ones sleep?
Dr. McDougall’s newsletter article on living to 100 (Jan. 2006) has the following about dieing from old age:
“We should all seek long lives free of disease and disability, and then die quickly and quietly when we reach the end of the normal lifespan—when we are worn out through our natural processes of aging. With the elimination of disease a proper death from old age comes peacefully—ideally, one night we simply fall asleep and we pass on.”
He says, ideally, we fall asleep and do not wake up. BUT is it ALWAYS this way?
I do not mean to be morbid. (Quite the opposite, really!) I used to fear having to endure painful and disabling illnesses when I got older and wondered how I would ever cope! Now, thoughts of my becoming ill (from diet and lifestyle related diseases) do not cross my mind! I now have my sights on living an extremely long, happy, useful life and then painlessly dieing of old age at a very old age many years from now -- after my work on Earth is done.
Of course, anyone can get hit by a car, contract a fatal viral or bacterial infection, or the like -- but, even so, I think the odds of us McDougallers dieing from nothing but old age are pretty good!
I believe we McDougallers can have a loud enough voice to influence enough people to cut back on livestock consumption/farming that we CAN have a positive impact on global warming -- if we REALLY try!