Most drugs only treat the symptoms and not the underlying disease process itself. In other words, they don’t cure. Rather than focusing on symptoms, to create wellness, we first identify the metabolic dysfunction and ...
Most drugs only treat the symptoms and not the underlying disease process itself. In other words, they don’t cure. Rather than focusing on symptoms, to create wellness, we first identify the metabolic dysfunction and nutritional imbalances that are the root cause of the vast majority of chronic diseases. We then individualize the treatment. By doing so, we move beyond the “one-size-fits-all” approach that is emphasized in the mainstream medical community.
Unlike many so-called “anti-aging” medical offices, we do not offer spa services or cosmetic procedures. Instead, we focus on healing your body on the inside using natural and powerful therapies that incorporate thorough bloodwork, hormone optimization, neurotransmitter balancing, detoxification, nutrition, improving gut health, sleep restoration, exercise therapy, stress reduction, intravenous therapy, judicious use of medication, thermotherapy, and mitochondrial therapy.
Our powerful, science-based approach integrates the best of conventional and alternative medicine. Using some of the most advanced metabolic and nutritional therapies available, we can prevent, stop, or even reverse many of the most challenging health issues of our time. Here is a description of our arsenal of clinical tools we use to build your body’s built-in defenses against disease and help you achieve and maintain optimum health:
THOROUGH BLOODWORK: Thorough analysis of your blood profile is the place to start to prevent disease and secure a long and healthy life. You don’t have to wait until you have a serious illness to get healthy. Your blood often reveals chemical changes in your body before symptoms of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s begin to surface. This vital information gives insight into your true state of health. With this valuable information, corrective action can be taken before you are stricken with a life-threatening disease.
A key to avoiding life-threatening diseases relies not only on obtaining the correct blood tests but applying the correct interpretation as well. Many of the blood tests we obtain are rarely if ever, ordered by your primary-care physician, but are crucial for protecting your health and extending your life. Regarding interpretation, the question is not, what is a “normal” test result, but rather, what is an “optimal” test result? Optimal values should be used if you wish to enjoy optimal health.
HORMONE OPTIMIZATION: Hormones are powerful chemical messengers needed for growth and development, sexual function, metabolism, cardiovascular function, body composition, cellular repair, cognition, and overall well-being. Hormone production is impaired by environmental toxins, medication, stress, lack of sleep, inactivity, weight gain, and poor diet. As you age, this can leave you increasingly vulnerable to degenerative disease, causing your health to decline and aging to accelerate. Optimizing your hormone levels can be one of the most effective ways to revitalize your health and prevent disease.
Our state-of-the-art method is called Hormone Pellet Therapy. Tiny dissolvable hormone pellets are painlessly placed beneath the skin to deliver an even and steady level of hormones 24/7. They are designed to replace what your body can no longer produce. The pellets contain bioidentical hormones derived from natural plant sources that precisely match the molecular structure and function of human hormones. They provide protective benefits originally provided by the body and allow you to age more naturally and healthfully. In addition to pellets, we offer bioidentical hormones using subcutaneous microinjections for men and vaginal mini-suppositories for women.
NEUROTRANSMITTER BALANCING: Like hormones, neurotransmitters are powerful chemical messengers. They are used by the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves to relay information from one nerve cell to another and to facilitate communication amongst the body’s glands, organs, and muscles.
Optimal neurotransmitter levels are crucial for good mental and physical health. When they are out of balance, it can lead to anxiety, depression, anger/rage, fatigue, poor memory, lack of mental focus, loss of motivation, hyperactivity, insomnia, addictions and cravings, poor impulse control, chronic pain, elevated blood sugar, hypertension, low libido, and erectile dysfunction.
Hormones and neurotransmitters work together. Disruption in hormones can lead to neurotransmitter imbalance. Conversely, neurotransmitter imbalance can affect hormone function. Aging, genetics, environmental toxins, and poor diet can impact neurotransmitter production. A combination of natural amino acids, vitamins, and hormones are used to restore healthy neurotransmitter levels and improve your quality of life.
DETOXIFICATION: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most Americans are contaminated with heavy metals, along with a variety of toxic solvents, fire retardants, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, chemicals from plastics, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), as well as outlawed pesticides such as DDT. These various contaminants can cause cellular damage and predispose you to a variety of serious diseases. Reducing the toxic burden in the body can significantly improve our ability to prevent and reverse chronic degenerative diseases.
The organs involved in neutralizing and eliminating toxic chemicals and heavy metals include the liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, and skin. The liver is the chief organ involved in detoxification. Liver detoxification consists of two enzyme-driven phases: Phase I and Phase II. Both phases must work properly for effective detoxification to occur. Our protocols are designed to promote the excretion of heavy metals and other contaminants from the body and enable the liver to further cleanse the body of unwanted toxins. And better than any fad “juice cleanse” or “detox diet,” we exploit the profound cellular detoxification effects of autophagy.
NUTRITION: What you eat is the most important decision you can make that will affect whether you live to 60, 80, 100, or 110, and whether you get there in good health. Proper diet has the power to renew your body, revitalize your health, increase your resistance to disease, and slow the aging process. The concept that you can eat your way to a healthier life goes back 2,500 years when the Greek physician Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
We teach what (and when) to eat to correct nutritional deficiencies, support optimal acid-alkaline balance, achieve proper hydration, promote regularity, strengthen the immune system, normalize hunger and satiety hormones, and reduce chronic inflammation, insulin resistance, and oxidative stress. We show how certain nutrients can be combined to promote youthful stem-cell production in the brain, blood, and other tissues. We also offer optional cooking classes and host monthly potlucks to help convey important food-preparation skills.
IMPROVING GUT HEALTH: Hippocrates also said, “All disease begins in the gut.” The integrity of our gut (intestinal) lining and the balance of the gut bacteria (also known as the gut microbiome) are vital to our mental and physical health. Not only is the gut responsible for digestion, absorption, and the synthesis of important vitamins such as B12 and folate, our gut also plays a leading role in our immune system, as well as hormone regulation, protection of our DNA, elimination of toxins, and maintenance of cognitive functions, such as thinking skills, memory, and mood.
Modern-day living exposes us to a host of man-made chemicals that can damage the gut lining. These same man-made chemicals can also damage the delicate balance between the good and bad bacteria in our gut. These pathological conditions can impede normal gene expression, incite immune hypersensitivity and trigger autoimmune disease, disrupt endocrine function, induce weight gain, promote cancer, increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and interfere with proper brain function. Our protocols are designed to repair damage to the gut lining and restore balance to the bacterial environment of the gut.
SLEEP RESTORATION: Adequate sleep is vital to good health and longevity. During sleep, energy is restored, tissues are repaired, immune chemicals and cells are activated, and important hormones are released. Sleep also resets the brain’s connections which are crucial for memory and learning. It is well-known that sleep problems can significantly diminish the quality of life, but it can also decrease your length of life. Nearly every major life-shortening disease, including cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s, is associated with chronic sleep deprivation. No other risk factor shows up more often.
Having normal and regular patterns of sleep are consistently found in people who enjoy the best health and the longest lives. Sleep is just as important—if not more important—as good nutrition and exercise. Even if your diet and level of fitness are perfect, without adequate sleep, it is will not be possible to live a long and healthy life. Whether you have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep (or both), we have effective, drug-free solutions.
EXERCISE THERAPY: Exercise is indispensable to the health of every organ. Next to the food we put into our mouth, there’s absolutely no better prescription for youthfulness than daily physical activity. The ability to exercise with vigor remains one of the most accurate predictors of longevity. The human body was not designed to be sedentary. Many diseases attributed to “normal aging” are simply a result of chronic inactivity. Anyone wanting to live a long and healthy life must incorporate regular exercise into their normal routine.
Engaging in regular exercise gives new life and strength to the body, and is one of the best things you can do to stimulate full-body circulation and build a lean, functional, and powerful physique. We will teach you how the right type and proper timing of exercise can simultaneously burn fat and build muscle, increase strength and endurance, and improve flexibility and balance in only 30 minutes a day, 3 days per week. Also, you will learn how to transform ordinary walking into a true calorie-burning workout. And we will teach you how a remarkable 7-minute workout can help maintain your fitness when you’re away from home.
STRESS REDUCTION: In small and limited amounts, stress can be invigorating and revitalizing, especially when it is associated with a joyful event or life change, such as buying a new home or getting married. However, living with long-term and negative stress—such as dealing with marital or financial difficulties—can take a tremendous toll on your health. Long-term stress can literally make you sick and shorten your life by promoting inflammation, suppressing the immune system, affecting sleep, and inducing depression, anxiety, anger, and fear.
We are all familiar with stress. It’s a fact of life. Sadly, the negative effects of stress are widespread and growing. The good news is that we offer a variety of proven natural remedies that can help reduce stress, limit its harmful effects, and even reverse the much of the damage stress has already caused. The benefits include increased energy, greater resistance to disease, improved sleep, better digestion, sharper mental focus, and calmer moods.
INTRAVENOUS THERAPY: Intravenous (IV) therapy is a method of administering vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other therapeutic substances directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract where many nutrients are partially lost due to poor absorption or are altered by gut bacteria. It is a safe and highly effective method for quickly restoring key substances needed for energy production and optimal cellular function. IV therapy is a powerful tool for preventing and treating of a wide variety of chronic diseases.
Our advanced IV drips can provide a powerful “jump-start” to improving your health. IV therapy is the most effective way for your cells to receive nutrients. It drives these nutrients into the cells within mere seconds by delivering them directly into the body’s circulation. This provides better bioavailability compared to oral nutrients and avoids side effects like nausea, heartburn, and diarrhea that can accompany high oral doses. The resultant cellular repair and revitalization is often rapid and dramatic.
JUDICIOUS USE OF MEDICATION: It is important to be open-minded when searching for solutions to overcome life-altering or life-threatening illnesses. Sometimes, “off-label” or alternative use of FDA-approved medications may be the best option for your condition. Life-saving treatments and breakthrough options are available. There are drugs being successfully used at doses much lower than the doses originally approved (“micro-doses”), or for purposes other than what they were originally indicated for. They are often ignored by mainstream medicine but can offer new hope for illnesses and symptoms that do not respond to traditional therapy.
We are committed to helping you live longer and in good health. As such, we consider all viable options in order to provide the best possible treatment to fight the effects of aging and reverse disease. In order to accomplish this, we consider all appropriate therapies, including small and precise doses of certain medications. By taking the best of conventional medicine and combining or integrating the best of alternative medicine, we can achieve far better outcomes for our patients with less risk of side effects.
THERMOTHERAPY: Proper body heat is fundamental to good health. Normal body temperature is 98.6° F with an acceptable range of 98.0° F to 99.1° F. When the body’s operating temperature is consistently below normal (<98.0° F), immune function decreases, metabolism falls, and enzyme activity drops. Because doctors focus more on high temperatures (fever), the negative consequences of low temperatures are often not recognized. This is not a trivial matter. Many people who suffer from poor health and chronic disease have low body temperatures. Raising body temperature to normal is essential in order to reclaim a vigorous state of health.
Thermotherapy using proximal far-infrared heat is one of the safest and most effective ways to elevate and maintain normal core body temperature. By doing so, we strengthen immune function, increase the metabolic rate, and stimulate enzyme activity. We also dilate capillaries and increase blood flow, strengthen cardiovascular function, lower blood sugar, burn calories and excess body fat, decrease blood pressure, promote tissue repair and regeneration, improve muscle strength, decrease joint pain and muscle spasms, relieve anxiety and depression, increase energy, and improve mental acuity.
MITOCHONDRIAL THERAPY: From the electric-powered devices we use in our homes to the gasoline-powered cars we drive, everything needs a source of energy (power) to function. The human body is no different. Instead of electricity or gasoline, the body is powered by an energy-releasing molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is made from the food we eat by the tiny capsule-shaped cellular structures called mitochondria. Mitochondria are often referred to as the “powerhouses” of the cells. They generate energy in the form of ATP that our cells need to do their jobs.
It is ATP that powers the energy-intensive cellular mechanisms needed to maintain our health and fight disease, such as tissue regeneration; preventing cell injury and death; DNA and cellular repair; the killing of bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells; and the removal of toxins, just to name a few. Without sufficient energy in the form ATP, our body’s ability to fully carry out its normal functions is undermined.
Recent discoveries in cellular biology have found that the root cause of disease (and even aging itself) may all boil down to decaying energy production. When mitochondria become dysfunctional (damaged) and/or diminish in number, the supply of ATP drops. Our cells then face an energy crisis and the body is unable to function at full capacity to maintain our health and fight disease. More and more medical researchers are finding that such defects in mitochondrial energy production and the resultant ATP deficiency may be an unrecognized healthcare crisis.
Having abundant and functional mitochondria is essential to maintaining a normal physiologic state and equipping your body to handle nearly any problem as you age. Therefore, having an effective way to repair dysfunctional mitochondria, as well as stimulate the growth new mitochondria, would offer a powerful approach to promoting youthful vitality at the cellular level, preventing and fighting disease, and increasing longevity. This is a promising new area of medicine and it is available at our office. By combining of oxygen therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy, thermotherapy, systemic photobiomodulation, and targeted nutritional supplements, we can increase the production of ATP by stimulating mitochondrial function as well as the growth of new mitochondria.