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Cryonics What is cryonics If you ask that question to most people they would not have a clue Cryonics is not very popular yet but interest in cryonics has increased since the process was pioneered in 1967 by James H Bedford To be specific cryonics is the controversial practice of freezing the remains of people whom doctors and the rest of the world consider dead in the hopes of reviving them when medical technology can cure what ails them The procedure itself features a very long and sometimes complicated process First when the person is considered clinically dead a team of specialists goes in and hooks the person up to a heart and lung resuscitator Then they begin to cool down the body with ice Because the body is cooling at the rate of several degrees Celsius per second there is little or none damage done to the cells Third they take the blood out of the body and replace it with an antifreeze substance Next the person is injected with drugs to slow down the metabolism of the brain and protect the cells from intense freezing Then the body is wrapped in a very well insulated sleeping bag and finally an aluminum outer covering Lastly the body is placed in a dewar which is a big steel container filled with liquid nitrogen at the temperature of 196 degrees Celsius below zero where the body remains There are many things that show the increase of cryonics First as of 1995 commercial cryonicists have signed up about 1000 customers another sixty have already been frozen Many people who have signed up are afraid dying others want to see the future and others want to see what will come about from all the improvements that have been made in medicine Another reason is that people are just interested in the whole concept of cryonics Lastly the cryonic suspension procedure is becoming more advanced and
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