Life Extension Foundation
The Life Extension Foundation (LEF) is an organisation primarily concerned with pushing dubious dietary supplements, in the cause of greatly advancing the average lifespan of humanity, or a portion thereof. It is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and was founded by Saul Kent (a longtime transhumanist and "life extension advocate") and William Faloon in 1980.
It claims its primary purpose as funding research. It does this by selling dubious supplements claiming to be for anti-aging and preventative medicine purposes, as well as "sports performance".
It used to be a nonprofit, but was so egregiously oriented to its sales focus that the IRS revoked its nonprofit status in May 2013 ... retrospective to 2006. Forbes tax blogger Peter J. Reilly noted that "The IRS’ problem with the Foundation is [...] an entirely worldly one: it asserts the membership organization’s operations seem to be too entwined with the for-profit Life Extension Buyers Club." LEF filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment on August 7, 2013, in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the IRS' allegations; the case is pending.
The Life Extension Foundation puts a lot of effort into supporting "health freedom", so that it can keep pushing dubious supplements.
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