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Life Extension Foundation

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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.[1][2]

It claims its primary purpose as funding research.[3] 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.[4] 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."[5] 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;[6] the case is pending.[7]

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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References[edit]

  1. Heard, Alex (1997-09-28). "Technology makes us optimistic; They want to live". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C01E5D7123BF93BA1575AC0A961958260. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  2. Rose, Steve (2004-01-23). "Stephen Valentine talks about the battle to conquer death". London: The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,1129295,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  3. "Funding Scientific Research". The Principal Mission of the Life Extension Foundation. Life Extension Foundation. 1995–2013. http://www.lef.org/featured-articles/track.htm. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  4. "Report of Examination". Internal Revenue Service. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/1331008.pdf. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  5. Reilly, Peter J. "IRS Kills Tax Exemption Of Foundation Pushing Eternal Life". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2013/08/20/irs-kills-tax-exemption-of-foundation-pushing-eternal-life/. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  6. Case 1:13-cv-01219, United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  7. Life Extension Foundation, Inc Plaintiff (August 7, 2013). "Case 1:13-cv01219". Complaint for Declaratory Judgment. Life Extension Foundation. http://www.lef.org/pdf/leforg/LEF_Challenging_Complaint.pdf. Retrieved 2014-09-17.