Jeanne Calment smoked since she was 16 years old, and tried first with 117 to stop. Without success, with 118 of them had a relapse. In 1997 she died in Arles. The French woman was 122 years and 164 days old and is in the Guinness book of records as the oldest man that ever lived. Calment herself was convinced that port wine, a little Sex, a lot of sleep and quite a lot of garlic, favoured her long life.

Two of the Russian researchers doubt, however, in the story. Your accusation: The old record is based on a fraud. Therefore, is not died in 1997, Jeanne Calment, but their only daughter, Yvonne, at the age of 99 years. In order to circumvent the estate tax, could Yvonne have already been adopted in 1934, the identity of their mother, as this had died of a pleurisy, suspect the mathematician Nikolai Sak and the doctor Valery Novoselov.

17 indications contra-the secret of longevity

Together they enquired over a period of months biographies of Jeanne Calment, Interviews, and photos, eyewitness reports, and publicly available government data of their South of France home city of Arles. They came to the conclusion that it was the 1997 deceased’s impossible to Jeanne.

their studies they published on research gate under the title: “Jeanne Calment: the Secret of Longevity” (Jeanne Calment: the secret of longevity). Among the 17 evidence for their hypotheses, the researchers listed a copy of Jeanne Calments ID of the thirty years, information about eye color and body size with the appearance of the later Jeanne are the same. Also, Calment is said to have old photos of themselves destroyed, after they became famous.

in addition, there are alleged inconsistencies in the Reports of Jeanne Calment. So, you have claimed that the famous painter Vincent van Gogh I bought in the Shop of her father. Jeanne Calments father had, according to the researchers Sak but no Load. Her husband, the father of Yvonne,. An independent investigation is not yet available, however.

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As a doctor, he had always been his doubts as to Calments age, says Novoselov. “The condition of your muscles not agreed with by peers and seniors,” he said. “She was able to sit upright without assistance, and showed no signs of dementia.”

“Impossible and ridiculous”

In the case of other scientists, the claim has come in for strong criticism. The French Gerontologist Jean-Marie Robine said he had never doubted Calments documents. He had checked the details of the woman before she was taken to the Guinness book of records. The Russian scientists would not have considered facts, which speak for the long life of Calments.

The former mayor of Arles, Michel Vauzelle, keeps the theory of Russian researchers for “completely impossible and ridiculous”. Jeanne Calment was cared for over the years by several Doctors and been monitored.

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The head of the French Institute for demographic studies (INED), Nicolas Brouard, even to exhume the mortal Remains of Jeanne and Yvonne Calment and to investigate their DNA. Shortly after Calments death, scientists had regrets that no autopsy was performed, to investigate the reasons for their longevity.

the idea, to investigate the case of Jeanne Calment closer, came to Sak in the search for a mathematical model for the life-span of considerably over a hundred years. “The more I researched, the more I found contradictions,” he says. Calments should be a record deleted, would the US citizen Sarah Knauss, the new record holder. She died in 1999 at the age of 119 years.


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