artigos anti envelhecimento

  Fatores determinantes da capacidade funcional em idosos longevos
Oficinas para idosos
Reversão do processo de envelhecimento em ratos
Fotomedicina regenerativa
Aproveite o III SIMPÓSIO DE GERIATRIA E GERONTOLOGIA DE BLUMENAU
Saber viver, saber envelhecer: os pilares de um envelhecimento saudável
Do indesejável ao inevitável: a experiência vivida do estigma de envelhecer na contemporaneidade
O processo de envelhecimento no Brasil: desafios e perspectivas
O processo do envelhecimento vem acompanhado de uma série de alterações fisiológicas no organismo
Envelhecimento ativo
A saúde do idoso aliada ao lazer
A fosfatidilserina e cognição senil
Os quatro estágios do envelhecimento
O ingresso na universidade após os 45 anos: um evento não-normativo
Considerações acerca de um jovem país que envelhece
Trabalho voluntário: uma alternativa para a promoção da saúde de idosos
As diferenças de gênero na velhice
Representações sociais sobre a saúde na velhice: um diagnóstico psicossocial na Rede Básica de Saúde
Oficina inventiva e os desafios do envelhecimento saudável
A velhice: algumas considerações teóricas e conceituais
Impactos da longevidade na família multigeracional
Envelhecimento, obesidade e consumo alimentar em idosos
Brasília ganha primeiro serviço de oftalmologia para a terceira idade
A influência das quedas na qualidade de vida de idosos
Alterar hábitos alimentares após os 60 anos pode prevenir doenças
Saúde bucal não tem idade: situação da pessoa idosa
Manifestações iniciais da velhice
Qualidade de vida das atletas com mais de 60 anos
Envelhecimento da população brasileira
Relação entre religiosidade e longevidade
Imagens de velhice, imagens da infância: formas que se pensam
Avaliação do envelhecimento facial relacionado ao tabagismo
Envelhecimento: aumento da massa muscular
Uma casa segura para o envelhecimento saudável
Prevenção da osteoporose e longevidade
Dados sobre a Longevidade
Reflexões sobre o estar envelhecendo
Óleos vegetais: propriedades para a longevidade
Longevidade na cozinha
Sexualidade no processo do envelhecimento
Compostos do vinho tinto aumentam a longevidade
Meditação retarda envelhecimento cerebral
Envelhecimento Cerebral, Memória e aprendizado no trabalho
A Audição no Envelhecimento
Aposentar-se cedo não aumenta expectativa de vida
Alimentação adequada no anti-aging
Bioengenharia desenvolve proteína prolongadora da vida
Remédio para câncer combate envelhecimento precoce
Menopausa-Soja na prevenção da tensão pré-menstrual e do climatério
Humanidade vive processo de envelhecimento
Obesidade e fumo envelhecem o DNA, diz pesquisa
Declínio da capacidade cognitiva durante o envelhecimento
Como a alimentação equilibrada pode desacelerar o processo de envelhecimento
Para homens acima de 60 anos
Modificações causadas pelo envelhecimento
Estudo revela como células ‘podem ter vida eterna’
Comportamento Biomecânico e Biossintético de Fibroblastos Humanos Normais e da Pele em Envelhecimento
Envelhecer – uma tarefa que exige cuidados simples
O envelhecimento físico de órgãos e sistemas
Envelhecimento morfofisiológico e bioquímico do sistema nervoso humano
Biologia do envelhecimento
Homem mais velho da Alemanha atribui longevidade a sedentarismo
Recorde de longevidade
Deleções do DNA mitocondrial no envelhecimento: efeito da disfunção na fosforilação oxidativa
Cerveja contra envelhecimento
Será que alguns alimentos aceleram o envelhecimento, enquanto outros o revertem?
Redução no consumo de açúcar retarda o envelhecimento
A expectativa de vida no Brasil ultrapassou os 70 anos
Envelhecer com saúde
Médicos relacionam longevidade com maior inteligência
Envelhecimento bem-sucedido
Mulheres com mais de 50 anos erram na alimentação
A Busca pela pílula da inteligência
Envelheça com saúde
Pausas nos rítmos humanos
Medicina Antienvelhecimento?
Envelhecimento Oral
Longevidade e maior inteligência
Mantendo a saúde na velhice
Vinho tinto estimula enzima antienvelhecimento
Hormônio do crescimento
Envelhecimento e os elementos da saúde
A Longevidade Ao Alcance De Todos
Dor Crônica e Envelhecimento
Envelhecimento – Curiosidades
Deficiência de GH em adultos
Envelhecimento fisiológico
Prevenindo o envelhecimento e o câncer da pele
Envelhecimento cutâneo
Sol x envelhecimento da pele
A Morte Programada
Cérebro fica mais lento após os 40
Cientista Português Sugere que o Segredo da Eterna Juventude Talvez Se Encontre em Répteis
Morbidade
Musculação nas doenças e no envelhecimento
A base genética do envelhecimento e a maneira de retardá-lo
Envelhecimento e Exercício
Ditado sobre envelhecimento
Diabetes e Envelhecimento
DHEA
Aspectos Psicológicos do Envelhecimento
Teorias sobre o Envelhecimento
Sistemas Sensoriais no Envelhecimento
Promoção do Envelhecimento Saudável
Os dez maiores vilões do envelhecimento
O Envelhecimento
Morte e Envelhecimento
Modificações no envelhecimento
Hábitos para um envelhecimento saudável
Ginkgo Biloba-Planta combate o envelhecimento mental
Genes, Percepção Sensorial e Envelhecimento
Existe um limite para longevidade?
Estou envelhecendo
Envelhecimento por intoxicação
Excelente artigo científico sobre o Envelhecimento na Mulher…
Dhea – Isso é real ?
Entenda um pouco sobre Telomerase…
Combatendo o Envelhecimento
A história do envelhecimento
Dicas para quem está envelhecendo…
A idade não é uma doença…
Envelhecer
Afrodisíacos
Anúncios

O Anti-Aging no combate aos efeitos causados pelo stress

É bastante conhecido que o stress crônico pode prejudicar a saúde e promover o envelhecimento precoce. Estudos publicados nos últimos anos sugerem que o stress pode simplesmente varrer uma década ou mais de vida saudável de uma pessoa.

O principal estudo sobre o assunto, publicado no Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, e coordenado pela Universidade da California, São Francisco (http://www.totalhormonegenetherapy.com/chein-stress.pdf), analisou biologicamente estruturas localizadas no final dos cromossomos humanos, os chamados tolomeres, que agem como medidores da idade biológica do ser humano. O relatório de 2005 é o primeiro e único a mostrar uma ligação direta entre o stress crônico e o envelhecimento.

Stress crônico e o envelhecimento

Quando encontramos uma situação estressante, o sistema nervoso responde com uma variedade de processos metabólicos. As glândulas adrenais secretam adrenalina, aumentando os batimentos cardíacos, a respiração e a pressão arterial.  Isso faz com que a concentração de oxigênio no sangue apóie a ação de enfrentar ou fugir do perigo. Os sentidos se tornam mais aguçado, a tolerância a dor aumenta e os músculos recebem quantidade adicional de açúcar e gordura, para que possa queimar energia.   
 
Os hormônios secretados durante o stress, fazem o corpo reordenar o sistema sanguíneo e os nutrientes para outras áreas, deixando de circular corretamente na pele. O corpo começa a se fechar para funções não tão essenciais como o sistema imunológico, para conservar energia para a batalha.  Enquanto isso é bom para uma situação de perigo de morte, é extremamente prejudicial para o corpo e mente quando se apresenta de maneira crônica e contínua.

Após a passagem do perigo ou do agente estressor, o corpo pode ter dificuldade de voltar ao normal, prejudicando a saúde e causando o envelhecimento precoce. As terapias da Medicina Preventiva Anti-Aging ajudam o corpo a acalmar e promovem o reparo aos estragos acumulados que foram causados por anos convivendo com o stress crônico.

O envelhecimento afeta tanto o corpo como a mente.  Como o passar dos anos, especialmente quando se está sob stress, às células, tecidos e órgãos do corpo começam a se deteriorar.  Um exemplo é a diminuição da circulação sanguínea na pele, causando rugas, sulcos, desidratação.

O stress também libera agentes químicos inflamatórios no corpo o que pode causar ou piorar a acne, insônia, pressão alta, problemas gástricos são maiores naquelas pessoas que lidam com o stress crônico. No cérebro, o stress diminui a memória as respostas cognitivas e pode contribuir para o aumento da depressão e ansiedade.  O tratamento da Medicina Anti-Aging tem seu principal objetivo reverter esse processo.
 
Stress crônico e o hormônio Cortisol

Durante os períodos de stress, o corpo produz um hormônio chamado cortisol, que existe para regular a pressão do sangue, a imunidade, a insulina, o metabolismo do açúcar e a resposta inflamatória do corpo.

Com o passar do tempo, o nível de cortisol prejudica a performance cognitiva, diminui a densidade dos ossos, diminui a imunidade, aumenta os depósitos de gordura no abdômen, prejudica a função da tireóide e desbalança os níveis de açúcar no sangue. Ao controlar o stress com terapias da Medicina Anti-Aging, o hormônio cortisol diminui e os efeitos negativos para a saúde param, encorajando assim o reparo dos tecidos e órgãos prejudicados.

Fonte: http://stress.lovetoknow.com/Managing_Stress_with_Rejuvenation

Anti-aging

“Exames de sangue para detectar baixos níveis de determinados hormônios ou excesso deles, colesterol alto, análise dos hormônios da tireóide, modulação do testosterona, estrogênio, melatonina, hormônio do crescimento, quantidade de nutrientes no sistema sanguíneo, tudo isso faz parte do dia-a-dia da medicina preventiva anti-aging, baseada especificamente na detecção precoce de doenças, prevenção do envelhecimento e tratamentos de bem estar e rejuvenescimento”, explica Dr. Ricardo Vallejos, diretor médico da RenuLife, Geriatra com experiência em medicina anti-aging e membro da World Society Of Anti-Aging Medicine (França) e World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (EUA) e membro da Sociedade Longevidade Saudável (Brasil).

Segundo ele, 90% das doenças em adultos são conseqüência do processo de degeneração causado pelo envelhecimento. “Isso inclui tanto as condições estéticas como rugas, sulcos e ganho de peso, como doenças do coração, cânceres, diabetes, obesidade, o stress crônico, a pressão alta, osteoporose, doenças auto-imunes, glaucoma, Alzheimer”, completa. E é aí que entra a Medicina Preventiva Anti-Aging.

Medicina Preventiva Anti-aging é uma nova especialização mundial que entra para detectar, prevenir, curar ou reverter o processo do envelhecimento, e as conseqüentes doenças relacionadas a ela, uma profunda quebra de paradigma na maneira de se tratar as doenças humanas.

O especialista também ressalta que os hormônios não caem ou aumentam porque nós envelhecemos. Nós envelhecemos porque há um desbalanço na produção de hormônios. Tudo começa a partir dos trinta anos, quando as pessoas passam a sentir uma perda de energia, concentração, começam a ganhar peso, e a perceber o desaparecimento do viço da pele, perda da capacidade funcional corporal, baixa de imunidade, stress, além das rugas, manchas e flacidez, sintomas comuns do envelhecimento.
 
Os 10 mandamentos da medicina anti-aging

1) Diagnóstico: 
O primeiro passo para iniciar-se no mundo da Medicina Anti-Aging é saber sua idade biológica, muitas vezes diferente da idade cronológica.  O diagnóstico através de exames clínicos e laboratoriais são feitos, utilizando aparelhos de última geração.

2) Terapia de Modulação Hormonal:
O desequilíbrio hormonal – falta ou excesso – traz consigo uma série de sintomas de envelhecimento precoce. A Terapia de Modulação Hormonal, com hormônios bioidênticos (não sintéticos) traz uma eficácia evidente e baixíssima possibilidade de efeitos colaterais indesejados.

3) Dieta rica em anti-oxidantes:
  Os Anti-oxidantes eliminam os estragos feitos pelos radicais livres na pele, resultando em saúde e aparência rejuvenescida.

4) Reposição de nutrientes:
A Vitamina C é muito efetiva na reversão dos sinais do envelhecimento, além de dar suporte a formação do colágeno, fundamental para a elasticidade e juventude da pele. Vitamina E apóia o sistema imunológico e combate a oxidação promovida pelo stress, consequentemente o envelhecimento.

5) Exercícios regulares: Exercícios físicos regulares combatem o stress e promovem o rejuvenescimento, através do crescimento de músculos no corpo, diminuição da gordura localizada, desintoxicação o corpo, melhora na circulação e o sistema linfático. 

6) Beber água: A Água ajuda a liberação das toxinas do corpo, promove a estabilização do pH e mantém a membrana celular da pele saudável.

7) Exercitar a mente: O stress aumenta a possibilidade de perda de memória, porém a atividade mental estimula e reverte o envelhecimento mental.

8) Controlar o stress com atividades relaxantes: As massagens, por exemplo, melhoram a circulação sanguínea e linfática, liberam substâncias químicas de prazer para o cérebro e trazem uma sensação de calma.

9) Dormir pelo menos 8 horas por dia: Adequar o número de horas de sono é vital para a saúde mental e do corpo. Falta de sono pode dificultar a convivência com situações de stress, trazer doenças e promover o envelhecimento precoce.

10) Procedimentos estéticos: É importante estar sempre em busca de cuidados estéticos não invasivos na pele do rosto e do corpo, como incremento da auto-estima.

OS TRATAMENTOS DA MEDICINA ANTI-AGING

A Clínica RenuLife é filiada ao The New York Institute for Preventive Medicine e ao Salerno Center, do famoso Dr. John Salerno, de Nova York, especialista que trabalhou com o famoso do Dr. Atkins (Atkins Center), e oferece tratamentos anti-aging.

O primeiro passo do tratamento é fazer alguns diagnósticos tais como: a presença de metais pesados no sangue, percentual de lesões causadas pela ação dos radicais livres no organismo, capacidade funcional corporal, alergias alimentares, ritmo do metabolismo, constituição corporal, nível de stress e alterações estéticas da pele da face, são algumas das avaliações realizadas. Exames clínicos e laboratoriais são feitos, utilizando aparelhos de última geração.  Ao final é possível fazer uma comparação entre a idade biológica (funcional) e a idade cronológica do paciente.

A partir daí, uma equipe de médicos treinados poderão identificar deficiências hormonais, nutricionais, metabólicas e estéticas, a fim de preparar um programa específico para cada necessidade. O principal diferencial do tratamento está exatamente na junção de terapias que equilibram os hormônios e a deficiência de nutrientes, controlando o stress, um plano alimentar individualizado, atividades físicas e procedimentos estéticos. 

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Life extension science, also known as anti-aging medicine, experimental gerontology, and biomedical gerontology, is the study of slowing down or reversing the processes of aging to extend both the maximum and average lifespan. Some researchers in this area, and “life extensionists” or “longevists” (who wish to achieve longer lives for themselves), believe that future breakthroughs in tissue rejuvenation with stem cells, molecular repair, and organ replacement (such as with artificial organs or xenotransplantations) will eventually enable humans to have indefinite lifespans (agerasia[1]) through complete rejuvenation to a healthy youthful condition.

The sale of putative anti-aging products such as nutrition, physical fitness, skin care, hormone replacements, vitamins, supplements and herbs is a lucrative global industry, with the US market generating about $50 billion of revenue each year.[2] Medical experts state that the use of such products has not been shown to affect the aging process, and many claims of anti-aging medicine advocates have been roundly criticized by medical experts, including the American Medical Association.[2][3][4][5][6] Bioethicists question whether and how the human lifespan should be extended.

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[edit] Average and maximum lifespans

Main article: Senescence

During the process of aging, an organism accumulates damage to macromolecules, its cells, its tissues and its organs. This accumulated damage is the result of oxidation damage to the cell contents caused by free radicals. The maximum life span for humans is currently maximized at approximately 120 years, whereas the maximum lifespan of a mouse, commonly used as a model in research on aging, is about four years. Genetic differences between humans and mice that may account for these different aging rates include efficiency of DNA repair, types and quantities of antioxidant enzymes, and different rates of free radical production. The most important and challenging factor remains the telomere limitation of each individual species.

Average lifespan in a population is lowered by infant and child mortality, which are frequently linked to infectious diseases or nutrition problems. Later in life, vulnerability to accidents and age-related chronic disease such as cancer or cardiovascular disease play an increasing role in mortality. Extension of expected lifespan can often be achieved by access to improved medical care, vaccinations, good diet, exercise and avoidance of hazards such as smoking.

Maximum lifespan is determined by the rate of aging for a species inherent in its genes and by environmental factors. One widely recognized method of extending maximum lifespan in organisms such as nematodes is calorie restriction. Another technique used evolutionary pressure such as breeding from only older members.

Theoretically, extension of maximum lifespan could be achieved by reducing the rate of aging damage, by periodic replacement of damaged tissues, or by molecular repair or rejuvenation of deteriorated cells and tissues and the enhancement of telomerase enzyme activity. Future research will be geared towards telomere repair strategies.

[edit] Current anti-aging strategies and issues

[edit] Diets and supplements

Much life extension research focuses on nutrition—diets or supplements—as a means to extend lifespan, although few of these have been systematically tested for significant longevity effects. The many diets promoted by anti-aging advocates are often contradictory. Two diets with different approaches and some support from scientific research are the Paleolithic diet and Caloric restriction.[7][8][9][10]

The free-radical theory of aging suggests that antioxidant supplements, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Q10, lipoic acid, carnosine, and N-acetylcysteine, might extend human life. However, combined evidence from several clinical trials suggest that β-Carotene supplements and high doses of Vitamin E increase mortality rates.[11] Other substances proposed to extend lifespan include oxytocin, insulin, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and erythropoietin (EPO). Resveratrol is a sirtuin stimulant that appears to extend lifespan in simple organisms such as nematodes[12] and short-lived fish.[13]

Some supplements, including the minerals selenium[14] or zinc[15][16] have been reported to extend the lifespan of rats and mice, though none has been proven to do so in humans, and significant toxic effects were observed. Metformin[17] may also extend life span in mice.

[edit] Hormone treatments

The anti-aging industry offers several hormone therapies. Some of these have been criticized for possible dangers to the patient and a lack of proven effect. For example, the American Medical Association has been critical of some anti-aging hormone therapies.[2]

Even if some recent clinical studies have shown that low-dose GH treatment for adults with GH deficiency changes the body composition by increasing muscle mass, decreasing fat mass, increasing bone density and muscle strength, improves cardiovascular parameters (i.e. decrease of LDL cholesterol), and affects the quality of life without significant side effects.[18][19][20] The evidence for use of growth hormone as an anti-aging therapy is mixed and based on animal studies. An early study suggested that supplementation of mice with growth hormone increased average life expectancy.[21] Additional animal experiments have suggested that growth hormone may generally act to shorten maximum lifespan; knockout mice lacking the receptor for growth hormone live especially long.[22] Furthermore, mouse models lacking the insulin-like growth factor also live especially long and have low levels of growth hormone.[22]

[edit] Scientific controversy regarding anti-aging nutritional supplementation and medicine

Some critics dispute the portrayal of aging as a disease. For example, Leonard Hayflick, who determined that fibroblasts are limited to around 50 cell divisions, reasons that aging is an unavoidable consequence of entropy. Hayflick and fellow biogerontologists Jay Olshansky and Bruce Carnes have strongly criticized the anti-aging industry in response to what they see as unscrupulous profiteering from the sale of unproven anti-aging supplements.[4]

[edit] Ethics and politics of anti-aging nutritional supplementation and medicine

Politics relevant to the substances of life extension pertain mostly to communications and availability.[citation needed]

In the United States, product claims on food and drug labels are strictly regulated. The First Amendment (freedom of speech) protects third-party publishers’ rights to distribute fact, opinion and speculation on life extension practices. Manufacturers and suppliers also provide informational publications, but because they market the substances, they are subject to monitoring and enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which polices claims by marketers. What constitutes the difference between truthful and false claims is hotly debated and is a central controversy in this arena.[citation needed]

[edit] Proposed strategies of life extension

[edit] Nanotechnology

Future advances in nanomedicine could give rise to life extension through the repair of many processes thought to be responsible for aging. K. Eric Drexler, one of the founders of nanotechnology, postulated cell repair machines, including ones operating within cells and utilizing as yet hypothetical molecular computers, in his 1986 book Engines of Creation. Raymond Kurzweil, a futurist and transhumanist, believes that advanced medical nanorobotics could completely remedy the effects of aging by 2030.[23]

[edit] Cloning and body part replacement

Some life extensionists suggest that therapeutic cloning and stem cell research could one day provide a way to generate cells, body parts, or even entire bodies (generally referred to as reproductive cloning) that would be genetically identical to a prospective patient. Recently, the US Department of Defense initiated a program to research the possibility of growing human body parts on mice.[24] Complex biological structures, such as mammalian joints and limbs, have not yet been replicated. Dog and primate brain transplantation experiments were conducted in the mid-20th century but failed due to rejection and the inability to restore nerve connections. As of 2006, the implantation of bio-engineered bladders grown from patients’ own cells has proven to be a viable treatment for bladder disease.[25] Proponents of body part replacement and cloning contend that the required biotechnologies are likely to appear earlier than other life-extension technologies.

The use of human stem cells, particularly embryonic stem cells, is controversial. Opponents’ objections generally are based on interpretations of religious teachings or ethical considerations. Proponents of stem cell research point out that cells are routinely formed and destroyed in a variety of contexts. Use of stem cells taken from the umbilical cord or parts of the adult body may not provoke controversy.[26]

The controversies over cloning are similar, except general public opinion in most countries stands in opposition to reproductive cloning. Some proponents of therapeutic cloning predict the production of whole bodies, lacking consciousness, for eventual brain transplantation.

[edit] Cryonics

Main article: Cryonics

For cryonicists (advocates of cryopreservation), storing the body at low temperatures after death may provide an “ambulance” into a future in which advanced medical technologies may allow resuscitation and repair. They speculate cryogenic temperatures will minimize changes in biological tissue for many years, giving the medical community ample time to cure all disease, rejuvenate the aged and repair any damage that is caused by the cryopreservation process.

Cryonicists do not believe that legal death is “real death” because stoppage of heartbeat and breathing—the usual medical criteria for legal death—occur before biological death of cells and tissues of the body. Even at room temperature, cells may take hours to die and days to decompose. Although neurological damage occurs within 4–6 minutes of cardiac arrest, the irreversible neurodegenerative processes do not manifest for hours.[27] Cryonicists state that rapid cooling and cardiopulmonary support applied immediately after certification of death can preserve cells and tissues for long-term preservation at cryogenic temperatures. People, particularly children, have survived up to an hour without heartbeat after submersion in ice water. In one case, full recovery was reported after 45 minutes underwater.[28] To facilitate rapid preservation of cells and tissue, cryonics “standby teams” are available to wait by the bedside of patients who are to be cryopreserved to apply cooling and cardio-pulmonary support as soon as possible after declaration of death.[29]

No mammal has been successfully cryopreserved and brought back to life, and resuscitation from cryonics is not possible with current science. Some scientists still support the idea based on their expectations of the capabilities of future science.[30][31]

[edit] Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS)

Another proposed life extension technology would combine existing and predicted future biochemical and genetic techniques. One such theoretical strategy proposes a cure for cancer, stem cell treatments, addition of new enzymes to the human body and moving mitochondrial DNA to the cellular nucleus.[32] There is no scientific evidence that supports this strategy,[5] and has been called pseudoscientific because its proposed techniques are speculative.[3]

[edit] Genetic modification

Gene therapy, in which artificial genes are integrated with an organism to replace mutated or otherwise deficient genes, has been proposed as a future strategy to prevent aging.[33][34] Targeting catalase to the mitochondria resulted in a 20% lifespan increase in transgenic mice, and improved performance in AAV therapeutically infected mice.[35]

[edit] Fooling genes

In The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins describes an approach to life-extension that involves “fooling genes” into thinking the body is young.[36] Dawkins attributes inspiration for this idea to Peter Medawar. The basic idea is that our bodies are composed of genes that activate throughout our lifetimes, some when we are young, and others when we are older. Presumably, these genes are activated by environmental factors (this is known as epigenetics), and the changes caused by these genes activating can be lethal. It is a statistical certainty that we possess more lethal genes that activate in later life than in early life. Therefore, to extend life we should be able to prevent these genes from switching on, and we should be able to do so by “identifying changes in the internal chemical environment of a body that take place during aging… and by simulating the superficial chemical properties of a young body”.[37]

[edit] History of life extension and the life extension movement

In 1970, the American Aging Association was formed under the impetus of Denham Harman, originator of the free radical theory of aging. Harman wanted an organization of biogerontologists that was devoted to research and to the sharing of information among scientists interested in extending human lifespan.

In 1976, futurists Joel Kurtzman and Philip Gordon wrote No More Dying. The Conquest Of Aging And The Extension Of Human Life, (ISBN 0-440-36247-4) the first popular book on research to extend human lifespan. Subsequently, Kurtzman was invited to testify before the House Select Committee on Aging, chaired by Claude Pepper of Florida, to discuss the impact of life extension on the Social Security system.

Saul Kent published The Life Extension Revolution (ISBN 0-688-03580-9) in 1980 and created a nutraceutical firm called the Life Extension Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes dietary supplements. The Life Extension Foundation publishes a periodical called Life Extension Magazine. The 1982 bestselling book Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach (ISBN 0-446-51229-X) by Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw further popularized the phrase “life extension”.

In 1983, Roy Walford, a life-extensionist and gerontologist, published a popular book called Maximum Lifespan. In 1988, Walford and his student Richard Weindruch summarized their research into the ability of calorie restriction to extend the lifespan of rodents in The Retardation of Aging and Disease by Dietary Restriction (ISBN 0-398-05496-7). It had been known since the work of Clive McCay in the 1930s that calorie restriction can extend the maximum lifespan of rodents. But it was the work of Walford and Weindruch that gave detailed scientific grounding to that knowledge.[citation needed] Walford’s personal interest in life extension motivated his scientific work and he practiced calorie restriction himself. Walford died at the age of 80 from complications caused by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Money generated by the non-profit Life Extension Foundation allowed Saul Kent to finance the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, the world’s largest cryonics organization. The cryonics movement had been launched in 1962 by Robert Ettinger‘s book, The Prospect of Immortality. In the 1960s, Saul Kent had been a co-founder of the Cryonics Society of New York. Alcor gained national prominence when baseball star Ted Williams was cryonically preserved by Alcor in 2002 and a family dispute arose as to whether Williams had really wanted to be cryopreserved.

Regulatory and legal struggles between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Life Extension Foundation included seizure of merchandise and court action. In 1991, Saul Kent and Bill Faloon, the principals of the Foundation, were jailed. The LEF accused the FDA of perpetrating a “Holocaust” and “seeking gestapo-like power” through its regulation of drugs and marketing claims.[38]

In 1992, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) was formed to create what it considered an anti-aging medical specialty distinct from geriatrics, and to hold trade shows for physicians interested in anti-aging medicine. The American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes neither anti-aging medicine nor the A4M’s professional standing.[39]

[edit] Ethics and politics of life extension

Leon Kass (chairman of the US President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005) has questioned whether potential exacerbation of overpopulation problems would make life extension unethical.[40] He states his opposition to life extension with the words:

“simply to covet a prolonged life span for ourselves is both a sign and a cause of our failure to open ourselves to procreation and to any higher purpose … [The] desire to prolong youthfulness is not only a childish desire to eat one’s life and keep it; it is also an expression of a childish and narcissistic wish incompatible with devotion to posterity.”[41]

John Harris, former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics, argues that as long as life is worth living, according to the person himself, we have a powerful moral imperative to save the life and thus to develop and offer life extension therapies to those who want them.[42]

Transhumanist philosopher Nick Bostrom has argued that any technological advances in life extension must be equitably distributed and not restricted to a privileged few.[43] In an extended metaphor entitled “The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant”, Bostrom envisions death as a monstrous dragon who demands human sacrifices. In the fable, after a lengthy debate between those who believe the dragon is a fact of life and those who believe the dragon can and should be destroyed, the dragon is finally killed. Bostrom argues that political inaction allowed many preventable human deaths to occur.[44]

[edit] Aging as a disease

Most mainstream medical organizations and practitioners do not consider aging to be a disease. David Sinclair says: “I don’t see aging as a disease, but as a collection of quite predictable diseases caused by the deterioration of the body”.[45] The two main arguments used are that aging is both inevitable and universal while diseases are not.[46] However not everyone agrees. Harry R. Moody, Director of Academic Affairs for AARP, notes that what is normal and what is disease strongly depends on a historical context.[47] David Gems, Assistant Director of the Institute of Healthy Ageing, strongly argues that aging should be viewed as a disease.[48] In response to the universality of aging, David Gems notes that it is as misleading as arguing that Basenji are not dogs because they do not bark.[49] Because of the universality of aging he calls it a ‘special sort of disease’. Robert M. Perlman, coined the terms ‘aging syndrome’ and ‘disease complex’ in 1954 to describe aging.[50]

The discussion whether aging should be viewed as a disease or not has important implications. It would stimulate pharmaceutical companies to develop life extension therapies and it would also increase the regulation of the anti-aging market by the FDA. Anti-aging now falls under the regulations for cosmetic medicine which are less tight than those for drugs.[49][51]

[edit] List of life extension funding, research, and advocacy organizations

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[edit] See also

anti aging

Anti-aging: Is it really possible?

Although it is obviously not possible to turn the clock back entirely, we can take many steps now to ensure that not only do we slow down the aging process, but we can also reverse many of the signs of aging that we may presently be experiencing.The biggest key in the fight against aging is of course our diet and nutrition. The old adage, “you are what you eat” is absolutely true!

It is impossible to expect to be healthy and vital if we are not eating the nutrients we need to keep our bodies performing at its best.I truly believe that the increase in lifestyle diseases that we are presently seeing is in great part due to poor diets and junk food. It is very important to try to increase the amount of whole foods that we eat and decrease the amount of processed foods that we eat. Processed foods have almost no nutrients left in them … they are considered “empty calories”. But even worse than that, the preservatives, additives and chemicals that are in these processed foods interfere with many bodily functions including hormones.

These chemical toxins are called “xenoestrogens” and they often trigger a condition called “Estrogen Dominance”. What is Estrogen Dominance? Simply explained, it is when the ratio of Estrogen and Progesterone get out of whack and you have higher levels of estrogen, compared to progesterone.

There are many things in our modern society that contribute to this imbalance including birth control pills, caffeine, alcohol and xenoestrogens (which are caused by external toxins and pollutants like detergents, pesticides, plastics etc.), as well as impaired liver function and even stress!

The hormonal imbalances caused by Estrogen Dominance have many negative effects on the body and can make you feel a lot older by triggering many symptoms like poor memory, “foggy brain”, weight gain and difficulty losing weight, increased facial hair, decreased sex drive, vaginal dryness, darkened skin pigmentation, water retention and much, much more. Estrogen Dominance also increases the risk of many lifestyle diseases like cancer, fibrocystic breasts, breast cancer, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and much more.Estrogen Dominance is much more common than people think, thanks to the world we live in. And it is happening to women at younger and younger ages, even to women in their twenties or thirties!

So how do you combat estrogen dominance? One of the most important changes you can make is losing weight if you are overweight, since this triggers a vicious cycle of hormonal imbalances and weight gain, especially in the abdominal area.But of course, how you lose weight is just as important, if not more, than just losing weight. If you lose weight following unhealthy weight loss diets, you could be unbalancing your hormones even more. The better method is to lose weight in a slow, steady fashion by eating healthy, nutritious food and NOT starving yourself. If instead of following an unhealthy diet, you follow a healthy eating program you will not only lose weight, but will have many health benefits as well.

Check out these little-known, powerful anti-aging benefits you get from eating a healthy, balanced diet:- Eating a healthy diet decreases free radical production through proper nutrition, which is a powerful anti-aging technique, as well as decreasing the risk of developing different types of cancer – Eating healthy also helps to promote anti-aging by lowering cholesterol and triglycerides to healthy levels – When you follow a healthy diet and do not skip meals or starve yourself, you actually speed up your metabolism and increase fat burning capabilities.

Dieting is one of the best ways of slowing down your metabolism, which of course makes losing weight very difficult. Yo-yo dieting is a good example of this. Each time you lose weight and gain it back, you are slowing down your metabolism so that each subsequent diet gets harder and harder to lose weight. – It is also possible to make a few simple changes to your diet so that the food you eat stabilises your blood sugar levels and reduces insulin and improves insulin resistance … ultimately decreasing the risk of Diabetes.

And did you know that Insulin is a major culprit in weight gain? – And here is a very powerful anti-aging secret: eating a healthy, balanced diet supports your liver! If your liver works better, your body detoxifies more efficiently, which improves all areas of your health (including cellulite reduction the natural way), as well as supporting your immune system which is of course very important for good healthAnd not only do unhealthy diets unbalance your hormones, one thing that many people don’t think about when they decide to lose weight following unhealthy fast weight loss diets: the faster you lose weight, the bigger the chances that you will be left with loose, sagging skin!

A healthy eating program decreases the chances of having loose, sagging skin, because you lose weight in a slow, steady way, which gives your body a chance to firm up your skin. There are also many foods you can eat that promote healthy, firm skin tone. (The “Diet Free … At Last!” Weight Loss Program teaches which foods promote anti-aging and also which foods you can eat to help to improve skin tone and prevent loose, sagging skin.)

About the Author Geri Richard is the owner of the “Diet Free … At Last!” Weight Loss Program website. This program teaches you how to lose weight the healthy way, without hunger, food cravings or starving yourself on endless diets. Visit the website at http://www.weightloss-dietfree.com to see how you can get a free e-book on how to reverse aging.

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Reverse Atherosclerosis

 

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Is there a real possibility that you can reverse atherosclerosis, blocked arteries and coronary heart disease? The mainstream medical community would like you to believe that they are the only powers that know the answer to that question and of course you know what they say don’t you? Yet, there is plenty of evidence existing today, some of it made known years ago, that suggests that the form of heart disease characterized by atherosclerotic plaque is not only preventable but even reversable. This should be good news, especially if you or a loved one suffers from coronary heart disease also known as coronary artery disease. You may also be wondering how to reverse atherosclerosis disease and the resulting blocked arteries and that is exactly why I created this site. However …

In order to begin reversing atherosclerosis disease, you must learn the real cause so you may begin to address and eliminate the real problem.

* Can atherosclerotic plaque actually be reversed or dissolved?
* How does one go about safely reversing artery disease and clogged arteries?
* Is there a “how to” manual on reversing atherosclerosis disease?

 

Heart Disease Caused by Atherosclerosis

The #1 Killer of both Men and Women is Coronary Heart Disease

Heart Disease is the # 1 Killer of both men and women. Coronary Artery Disease caused by atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) is the form of heart disease that claims the most lives.

Over 70,000,000 people, in the USA, suffer from heart disease according to published heart disease statistics.

“Cardiovascular disease claims more women’s lives than the next five causes of death combined — about 500,000 women’s lives a year.” – American Heart Association.

I’ll wager you thought breast cancer was a woman’s worst enemy didn’t you?

The # 1 killer of women is heart disease. 1 of every 2 women will die of some form of heart disease – 50%! Heart disease is no longer a ‘mans disease.’ Heart disease has become an equal opportunity killer and atherosclerosis is the major enemy.

Atherosclerosis is usually a slow building, complex disease that starts as early as childhood. As a person ages, atherosclerosis is likely to worsen as more plaque is deposited in the arteries. In some people – even those in their 30’s – atherosclerosis progresses quickly.

Atherosclerosis In A Nutshell
While the exact cause of atherosclerosis remains controversial, many researchers believe that the build-up of arterial plaque begins when the innermost layer (endothelium or intima) of the artery becomes damaged by free radical attack (oxidation) and associated inflammation. Either as the body’s attempt to repair this damage, or simply because they become trapped, substances such as: LDL and vLDL cholesterol, fibrin, calcium and other metals collect at the site of damage forming a plaque that narrows the affected artery opening.

Arteries carry blood rich in oxygen and nutrients to the tissues of the body, providing the fuel needed by the cells to function properly and repair effectively. When the arteries narrow, such as is the case with atherosclerosis, less nutrients and oxygen will be delivered to the tissues associated with those narrowed arteries. Lowered nutrient and oxygen supply leads to progressive cell death and loss of tissue function.

 

Important!

Caution! Dropping Your Cholesterol Levels …

May NOT Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease, Heart Attack, Or Strokes! Discover the TRUTH as Dr. Dwight Lundell Whose Remarkable Resume’ Includes: Cardiovascular And Thoracic Surgeon – 25 Years Pioneer – “Off Pump” Heart Surgery, Beating Heart Hall of Fame, Phoenix List Top 10 Doctors – In Ten Years Performed Over 5,000 Heart Surgeries Literally “Spills the Beans” About The Great Cholesterol Lie

What is Atherosclerosis and …

Could you already have it?

Atherosclerosis (ath”er-o-skleh-RO’sis) comes from the Greek words athero (meaning gruel or paste) and sclerosis (hardness). It’s the name of a process in which deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium and other substances build up inside the inner lining of an artery.

Atherosclerosis, often called hardening of the arteries, is an insidious form of heart disease that sneaks up on its victim like a thief in the night with a large majority of people never realizing they have it until it’s to late. In fact, the first sign that you have atherosclerosis may be a stroke or heart attack.

Atherosclerosis is showing up in the western hemisphere populations at an early age. Due to the western diet which lacks good nutrition and fiber, lack of exercise and the growing rate of obesity it is no longer uncommon to find 20 and 30 something’s with atherosclerosis, even a first heart attack or stroke.

If you are 30 + it may definitely be a good idea to start paying attention to your long term health by learning more about atherosclerosis and what you can do now to either prevent it or reverse it should you already have it.

 

WHY Be Concerned About Atherosclerosis?

Here is WHY you should be concerned ….

Atherosclerosis causes serious complications and arterial plaque often enlarges to the point it begins to curb or even stop blood flow to cellular tissue.

Coronary Artery Disease
When plauque builds up and narrows coronary arteries it can cause hypertension (high blood pressure), chest pain, heart arrhythmia, heart attack, heart failure and disability or death. If the build up of plaque occurs in the neck or brain atherosclerosis can cause disability or death from stroke.

Vulnerable Plaque
Vulnerable Plaque is the most deadly form of atherosclerotic plaque. When the plaque build up from atherosclerosis occurs as vulnerable plaque, which means it does not harden, it can easily rupture causing immediate blockage of an artery in the heart or brain which of course could result in serious disability or death. This type of plaque amounts to approximately 20% of plaque accumulating in diseased arteries yet it is responsible for upto 80% of heart attacks.

Peripheral Arterial Disease.
When atherosclerosis occurs in the legs or torso it is known as peripheral artery disease or PAD. If a renal artery (kidney) becomes blocked it could damage your kidney(s) to the point you suffer heart failure, need dialysis to survive or both. PAD can also create blood clots that travel when they break off. If one travels to a cornary artery and blocks it you have a heart attack. When one travels to the brain you of course have a stroke. Artery blockage in your legs can also cause a form of gangrene and you could lose toes, a foot even a limb or two.

Stroke and TIA’s
Strokes and mini-strokes (TIA’s) occur when the build up of plaque narrows or cloggs and artery such as the carotid artery found on both sides of your neck or one in the brain itself which means atherosclerosis can cause disability or death from stroke.

I would hope you can now understand why you should be concerned about atherosclerosis. It is a form of heart disease that is preventable and if you have it, there is good news, atherosclerosis can be reversed.

 
 

Severe Atherosclerosis Leads To …

Angioplasty or Bypass Surgery

Do you want this? I would hate to go through Bypass Surgery. I don’t even like blood tests. Emergency angioplasty to stop a heart attack has its place and is sometimes necessary to save lives but bypass surgery is not always the only or best course of action. Unless it’s an emergency or the only course of action why go under the knife?
 
 
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What Are The Symptoms Of Atherosclerosis?

These Warning Signs Could Save Your Life

The specific symptoms of atherosclerosis depend on what arteries are affected with plaque, restricting blood flow. Atherosclerosis causes heart attack and stroke and when it presents in the torso, legs for example, can even cause a form of gangrene. Thousands upon thousands of people become disabled or die each year. The REAL sadness comes from the fact that many of the heart attacks, strokes, organ failures and limb amputations could have been prevented. But…

Unfortunately a lot of people don’t listen to their own body’s warning signals and so the first sign of danger or symptom they recoginize is a heart attack or stroke and then it may be to late. They pay more attention to their car and the signals it may give to warn of impending problems than they do their own body. Learn to listen to what your body is telling you because it’s extremely important and could save your life.

An Overview fo Symptoms

When arteries to the brain are affected, symptoms of atherosclerosis include:

– Headaches
– Dizzy spells
– Ringing of ear
– Memory problems
– Poor concentration
– Mood changes

When arteries to the heart are affected, Coronary Artery Disease, symptoms of atherosclerosis include:

– Chest pain (angina), even if it is just a twinge beware!
– Indigestion may be nothing more than indigestion or GERD but many times indigestion can be a major warning signal
– Elevated blood pressure
– Heart arrhythmia (some heart arrhythimas cause sudden cardiac death)

When arteries to the arms or legs are affected, Peripheral Arterial Disease, sysmptoms of atherosclerosis include:

– Aching muscles
– Fatigue
– Cramping pains in the calves (intermittent claudication)
– Pain in the hips and thighs (may be present depending on which arteries are blocked)

If you have any of these warning signs see your doctor, NOW! Make sure he or she takes you seriously and have them do a complete work up including a chest exray, thallium treadmill and echocardiogram if you are experiencing even slight chest pain.

 
 

Do you have CAD or PAD?

Artery disease is the REAL Problem

Whether you have CAD or PAD you also have atherosclerosis; artery disease. The ONLY exclusion to this fact is found in a form of peripheral arterial disease caused by some sort of trauma (broken leg) that has created an artery blockage for example. To reverse atherosclerosis and artery disease you’ll need concrete, truthful information regarding the causes and how to neutralize or eliminate them. You won’t find any help via mainstream medicine because …

Mainstream medicine doesn’t want to reverse your atherosclerosis preferring instead to feed you expensive, toxic heart drugs in order to “manage” your coronary artery or peripheral arterial disease in hopes that they can collect surgery fees in the future as well.

Do you want to know how to reverse atherosclerosis and regain your health? If so, I urge you to get my free eCourse. In my eCourse I’ll explain to you the simple, safe and cost effective way to reverse atherosclerosis. It’s information your cardiologist doesn’t want you to learn and definitely something he or she doesn’t want you to use because …

If ALL his or her patients with artery disease found out about this safe, effective, non – invasive method of reversing atherosclerosis he or she wouldn’t be able to buy their mercedes, homes and exotic vacations! In fact, if all of the “cash cow” diseases were eradicated mainstream medicine would need to generate another source of revenue. So …

Don’t let mainstream medicine snow you. You can reverse atherosclerosis and rid yourself of artery disease safely and fairly easily without breaking your bank account, swallowing toxic drugs or reverting to surgery.

 
 

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IMPORTANT Statins Deplete CoQ10

CoQ10 is present in every cell of your body however the highest concentrations are in your heart. CoQ10 helps strengthen the walls of the heart which inturn helps your hearts ability to pump fresh oxygenated blood through your cardiovascular system. If you are on statin drug therapy to lower cholesterol beware because it is a fact that statins also inhibit your bodys ability to produce CoQ10. If you are on a statin drug it is extremely imperative that you supplement with CoQ10.
 

The REAL Story on Cholesterol …

Is Cholesterol a Friend, Enemy or Both?

We often read or hear about cholesterol and the negative effects too much of it can have on our health. The US Centers for Disease Control reports that 17% of adults age 20 years and over have high blood cholesterol levels, which can lead to atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease (a form of heart disease) which is the number one killer of men and women in the US. If you want to manage your cholesterol, it makes sense to know something about it. So …

What is Cholesterol and what does it do?

Cholesterol is a lipidic, waxy alcohol found in the cell membranes and transported in the blood plasma of all animals. High levels of cholesterol, in circulation within the bloodstream, are associated with atherosclerosis.

Cholesterol can be ingested in the diet, recycled within the body through reabsorption of bile in the digestive tract, and produced de novo. For a person of about 150 pounds (68 kg), typical total body cholesterol content is about 35 g, typical daily dietary intake is 200-300 mg in the United States and societies with similar dietary patterns and 1 g per day is synthesized de novo.

The name cholesterol originates from the Greek chole (bile) and stereos (solid), and the chemical suffix ol for an alcohol, as François Poulletier de la Salle first identified cholesterol in solid form in gallstones, in 1769. However, it was only in 1815 that chemist Eugène Chevreul named the compound “cholesterine”.

Cholesterol is found in every cell in your body and is used by your body to build healthy cells, as well as some vital hormones. It is also nature’s band-aid in the fact that cholesterol seals up cracks and leaks in the blood vessels themselves. These leaks occur when the walls of our blood vessels crack due to stress, pressure and inflammation. If it weren’t for cholesterol chances are we’d die very young from internal bleeding. However …

When you have high cholesterol, you may develop fatty deposits, called plaque, in your blood vessels. This plaque is a form of heart disease called atherosclerosis and eventually, these deposits make it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries. And because of these plaque blocked arteries and blood vessels your heart may not get as much oxygen-rich blood as it needs, which increases the risk of a heart attack. Decreased blood flow to your brain can cause a debilitating and/or life-threatening stroke.

High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) is largely preventable and treatable. A healthy diet, low in fat, high in fiber, with plenty of fruit and vegetables coupled with regular exercise can go a long way toward reducing high cholesterol and if those don’t get the job done there are other ways to safely lower cholesterol.

Our bodies transport cholesterol through the bloodstream in something called “lipoproteins,” which are like small packages composed of fat on the inside and protein on the outside. There are three types of lipoproteins, low density lipoprotein (LDL), very low density lipoprotein (vLDL) and high density lipoprotein (HDL).

Good Guy Vs Bad Guys

The good guy is HDL cholesterol and helps protect us from coronary artery disease. HDL, is like our internal liquid plummer in the regard that it helps clean our vascular system. Since HDL cholesterol helps to keep arterial plaque from forming it is essential that our HDL cholesterol blood serum levels are as high as possible; preferrably at least 40mg/dl and HDL levels of 60mg/dl or more is a good thing indeed.

The bad guys, vLDL and LDL cholesterol, are not natural bad guys. However, the abuse abuse they receive can cause their “turn-coat” ways. The good news is that the “bad cholesterol” can easily be kept from turning bad once you know the secret. However, to learn the secret you’ll need to either do a lot of research or sign up for my free “Reversing Atherosclerosis” eCourse.

Know Your Cholesterol Levels

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), your total combined blood cholesterol level, LDL and HDL, should be less than 200 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter). A level between 200-239 is borderline high, while a level of 240 or more increases your risk for heart disease. The government recently reset the LDL goal at 100 for healthy people. Nobody knows the optimal normal level of LDL cholesterol so at this point one might conclude the lower it is, the better. However, when you take into consideration that it’s the LDL cholesterol that acts as natures band-aid, plugging holes and leaks, that may not necessarily be true.

The balance between the types of cholesterol tells you what your cholesterol level means. If your total cholesterol level is high because of a high LDL cholesterol level, you could be at risk for heart disease or stroke. If your total level is high only because of a high HDL cholesterol level, that’s a good thing and you probably are not at risk. Knowing the ratio between the components is important. The following data explains the different levels and what they mean, based on the recommendations of the NIH.

Major Risk Factors for High LDL Levels

– Cigarette smoking
– High blood pressure (140/90 mmHg or higher or on blood pressure medication)
– Low HDL cholesterol (less than 40 mg/dL)
– Family history of early heart disease (heart disease in father or brother before age 55; heart disease in mother or sister before age 65)
– Age (men 45 years or older; women 55 years or older)
– Obesity
– Physical inactivity

Cholesterol Testing

There are usually no signs or symptoms of high blood cholesterol; therefore, many people don’t know that their cholesterol level is too high until they develop the symptoms of heart disease, such as angina (chest pain). That is why it is important to have your blood tested.

As we age, it becomes more important to know our cholesterol levels. Younger women tend to have lower LDL levels than men, but after age 55, that changes. People should begin having their lipid panel monitored based on family history, but generally at about 30 years old. Depending on what your cholesterol levels are and what other risk factors for heart disease you have, your physician might want to check it annually.

Different types of tests measure the cholesterol in your blood. A lipoprotein profile, which requires fasting, will provide information about your total cholesterol (LDL and HDL). This test also measures triglycerides, another form of fat in your blood (a triglyceride level of 150 mg/dL is desirable).

LDL cholesterol levels

* Less than 100 is best
* 100-129 is near optimal
* 130-159 is borderline high
* 160-189 is high
* 190 and above is very high

HDL cholesterol levels

* Less than 40 means increases your risk for heart disease
* 60 or higher reduces your risk of heart disease

If you cannot get a lipoprotein profile done, knowing your total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol can give you a general idea about your cholesterol levels. Testing for total and HDL cholesterol does not require fasting. If your total cholesterol is 200 or more, or if your HDL is less than 40, you will need to have or should have a lipoprotein profile done.

If you have been told your cholesterol is high and want to know what the big deal is exactly or you’ve been diagnosed with atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) causing coronary artery disease or peripheral artery disease and you’d like to learn how to reverse it without drugs or surgery then my free ecourse is for you. Just look for the big arrows or black box on this page to sign up.

 
 

How to Improve Cholesterol Levels

Hint: Things are not always what they seem

According to mainstream medicine eating healthy foods (unless you grow your own food you’ll never eat healthy food in the 21st century) low in cholesterol and saturated fat along with regular exercise are two keys to lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and your risk of heart disease. Exercise is extremely important and people underestimate the effect exercise can have on improving risk factors for heart disease. Very few people get enough exercise. And very few people are ABLE to eat healthy in todays world of commercial farming and pre-packaged food.

Convenience (pre-packaged) or fast foods (burgers,fries, and other junk) and our sedentary lifestyle are big factors that contribute to heart disease. Our ancestors probably had very low cholesterol levels but they didn’t have fast food, high stress jobs and cars. Instead they raised their own food and exercised daily.

A heart healthy food menu is important for general good health, but it might not play as big a role in lowering cholesterol as exercise does. Exercise seems to have a greater capacity to reduce LDL. People in the know used to recommend 30 minutes of exercise three to four days a week, but current recommendations are for one hour of exercise five days a week. The intensity of the exercise you do is a big factor and try to do something you like so you will stick to it. Make it convenient for yourself.

Sometimes healthier food choices, exercise, stress reduction and other lifestyle changes are just not enough to lower cholesterol to a safe level according to current mainstream medicine guidelines. If not, your doctor might prescribe drugs, especially if you have other risk factors. One thing to keep in mind however …

Those drugs will most likely be one of the “statins”. Statin drugs can cause serious side effects, including death and even if you are taking medicine, you’ll still NEED to continue to eat well and exercise, to keep your cholesterol at the recommended level. So with that in mind …

If it were me (my opinion only) I’d look for a safer way to lower cholesterol levels. In fact, I’d want to know the real culprit, the real bad guys in the cholesterol story and so I’d either do a lot of research and reading or I’d find a good one-stop source like my “Reversing Atherosclerosis” eCourse, learn the real story about cholesterol, along with preventing and reversing heart disease caused by atherosclerosis.

There are good, safe alternatives available that are very effective at lowering LDL cholesterol levels. The good news is that the damage to your arteries is reversible with proper knowledge and alternative treatment. You can quickly receive suggestions by signing up for my free ecourse. Simply look for the big black box or Big arrow links on this page for easy access.

 
 

Raising Your HDL Levels In Order To Reverse Atherosclerosis

Increasing the GOOD cholesterol

HDL cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, appears to scour the walls of blood vessels, cleaning out excess cholesterol. It then carries that excess cholesterol, which otherwise might have been used to make the “plaques” that cause coronary artery disease, back to the liver for processing. When doctors measure a person’s HDL cholesterol level, they could be measuring how vigorously his or her blood vessels are being “scrubbed” free of cholesterol.

HDL levels below 40 mg/dL result in an increased risk of coronary artery disease, even in people whose total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels are normal. HDL levels between 40 and 60 mg/dL are considered “normal.” However, levels greater than 60 mg/dL may actually protect people from heart disease. Indeed, for several years, doctors have known that when it comes to HDL levels, the higher the better.

How can We Increase Our HDL Levels?

Aerobic exercise. Many people don’t like to hear it, but regular aerobic exercise (any exercise, such as walking, jogging or bike riding, that raises your heart rate for 20 to 30 minutes at a time) may be the most effective way to increase HDL levels. Recent evidence suggests that the duration of exercise, rather than the intensity, is the more important factor in raising HDL choleserol. But any aerobic exercise helps.

Drop the Fat. Especially belly fat. Obesity results not only in increased LDL cholesterol, but also in reduced HDL cholesterol. If you are ove*rwei*ght, a reduction should increase your HDL levels. This is especially important if your excess fat is stored in your abdominal area; your weight-to-hip ratio is particularly important in determining whether you ought to concentrate on shedding some pounds.

Stop smoking. If you smoke, giving up tobacco will result in an increase in HDL levels. (This is the only advantage that smokers may have over non-smokers — it gives them something else to do that will raise their HDL.)

Cut out the trans fatty acids. Trans fatty acids are currently present in many of your favorite prepared foods; anything in which the nutrition label reads “partially hydrogenated vegetable oils” so eliminating them from the food list is not a trivial task. But trans fatty acids not only increase LDL cholesterol levels, they also reduce HDL cholesterol levels. Removing them from your food list will almost certainly result in a measurable increase in HDL levels.

Alcohol. The advantages of alcohol: one or two drinks per day can significantly increase HDL levels. More than one or two drinks per day can lead to substantial health problems including heart failure and there are individuals who will develop such problems even when limiting their alcohol intake to one or two drinks per day.

Increase the monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats such as canola oil, avocado oil, or olive oil and in the fats found in peanut butter can increase HDL cholesterol levels without increasing the total cholesterol.

Add soluble fiber. Soluble fibers are found in oats, fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and result in both a reduction in LDL cholesterol and an increase in HDL cholesterol. For best results, at least two servings a day should be consumed.

Other foods for increasing HDL. Cranberry juice has been shown to increase HDL levels. Fish and other foods such as flax seed, containing omega-3 fatty acids, can also increase HDL levels. In postmenopausal women (but not, apparently, in men or pre-menopausal women) calcium supplementation can increase HDL levels.

If you have atherosclerosis risk factors such as:

1) Family members who have been diagnosed with peripheral or coronary artery disease,
2) Low HDL cholesterol, high LDL cholesterol or both, and, wish to prevent atherosclerosis or
3) You have been diagnosed with peripheral or coronary artery disease and want to reverse it without drugs or surgery be sure to sign up for my free ecourse. Simply look for the big black box on this page for easy access.

 
 

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Caused By Atherosclerosis

How You Can Prevent Or Reverse PAD

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a progressive circulatory condition in which the arteries that supply blood to the legs become blocked by plaque (fatty deposits), causing poor circulation and intermittent claudication (leg pain while walking). While only 50% of people with peripheral arterial disease have blockages severe enough to experience pain, complications can lead to gangrene, limb amputation, heart attack and stroke.

Symptoms of PAD

Many people with PAD have mild or no symptoms, but the first noticeable sign for most is intermittent claudication (IC). Characterized by muscle pain or cramping in the legs, IC is triggered by activities such as walking, but goes away after a few minutes of rest. However, not everyone experiences pain; some might feel a numbness, weakness or heaviness in the muscles. IC can range from mild discomfort to debilitating pain, and the location of the pain depends on the location of the blocked artery. As the disease progresses, IC may be experienced at shorter walking distances.

Other symptoms of PAD include the following:

  • Numbness of the legs or feet at rest
  • Cold legs or feet, especially compared to the other leg
  • Hair loss on the lower extremities, especially the toes
  • Changes in toenail growth
  • Change of color of the legs or feet
  • Paleness or blueness (cyanosis) of the legs or feet
  • Weak or absent pulse in the extremity
  • Ulcers or sores on the legs or feet that don’t heal
  • Walking abnormalities

Depending on the severity of the blockage, a person may experience pain while at rest or lying down (ischemic rest pain). In some cases it may be intense enough to wake a person during sleep, but walking around can help to temporarily relieve the pain.

 

Causes of and Risk Factors fo PADThe most common cause of PAD is atherosclerosis causing a reduction in blood flow to the legs. Other causes, though less common, include blood clots in the arteries, limb injury, unusual anatomy of the ligaments or muscles and infection. Age also plays a role in the development of the disease, especially in people 50 and older.

Other risk factors for PAD include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of PAD, heart disease or stroke
  • High cholesterol or triglycerides
  • High blood pressure
  • High levels of homocysteine, a protein component that helps build and maintain tissue
  • Obesity (a body mass index over 30)
  • Excess levels of C-reactive protein, a general marker of inflammation
  • Men have a greater risk of developing PAD than women

Smokers and people with diabetes have the greatest risk of complications. For smokers, quitting is the single most important step an individual can take to help stop the progression of PAD and reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Treatment OptionsThe two main goals of treatment are to manage symptoms, such as leg pain, and to stop the progression of atherosclerosis throughout the body. PAD can often be successfully treated by quitting smoking, exercising and eating a healthy diet. Doctors may also prescribe medicine to prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and control pain and other symptoms. For patients experiencing IC, angioplasty, bypass surgery or thrombolytic therapy may be necessary to treat the symptoms of PAD.

In extreme cases, especially if the leg has gangrene, doctors may recommend amputating the lower leg or foot. However, more than 90% of patients with gangrene who are seen by vascular specialists can avoid amputation or have it limited to a small portion of the foot or toes.

Staying Healthy

Lifestyle changes that can help manage PAD include:

  • Managing diabetes by maintaining healthy blood sugar levels
  • Lowering high cholesterol
  • Lowering high blood pressure
  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating foods low in saturated fats and calories
  • Maintaining your ideal body weight
  • Exercising and walking regularly (at least 30 minutes 3 times a week)

 

If you suspect you may have or you’ve been diagnosed with, peripheral arterial diseasePAD, learn what you can do to reverse it by signing up for my free ecourse. Simply look for the big black box on this page for easy access.

 
 

What Can Be Done To Avoid Atherosclerosis?

7 Steps You Can Take NOW!

If heart attack, stroke or peripheral arterial disease, caused by atherosclerosis runs in your family you may be wondering as to what steps you can take to avoid serious complications resulting from atherosclerosis.

There are so many variables that determine your heart and cardiovascular health that it’s difficult to know whether or not you currently have plaque building in your arteries or if you’ll suffer from illness caused by atherosclerosis in the future. But…

There are some major indicators:

* General health
* Weight
* Age
* Lifestyle
* Genetics

There are some steps you can take immediately to help you live a longer, healthier life and these include the following:

1) Overweight? Lose it. Being overweight is extremely unhealthy and causes many problems such as metabolic syndrome which has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. Even 10 pounds of excess fat makes your ticker work harder to pump blood and increases your risk of heart disease. Belly fat is the worst type and you should take every feasible action to rid yourself of it.

2) Smoke? Quit! Cigarettes, tobacco, contain carbon monoxide which can literally cause your heart to suffer from oxygen deprivation. Breathing enough carbon monoxide can cause death by carbon monoxide poisoning and carbon monoxide is proven to build-up in body tissues via prolonged or continuous exposure. That doesn’t mean you’ll die from carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoking; you’ll probably never chain smoke enough cigarettes to accomplish that but it, carbon monoxide, certainly doesn’t help your heart to breathe easy.

Cigarrettes and tobacco contain over 300 different toxins and carcinogens and may be why smoking is THE major cause of lung cancer and a major contributor to heart disease.

3) Start Sweating. If you’re sedentary begin a sensible exercise program that your doctor approves. Exercise increases HDL cholesterol (the good stuff that cleans your arteries) and raising your HDL just a few points can be extremely beneficial in the fight to keep athersclerosis at bay.

4) Eat Healthy. Eat a well balanced diet and I am not talking a burger, fries and a shake. I’m talking lean protein, high fiber foods like wheat bran found in cerals, whole grain foods (oats, barley, wheat), beans and lentils, fruits and veggies high in fiber and anti-oxidants.

5) Saw Logs. Get 8-9 hours sleep each night. Good, deep sleep is essential. Your body repairs itself while you sleep. If you continually deprive your body of precious sleep time, your body will not be able to complete necessary repairs and you will eventually suffer from disease.

6) Increase Knowledge. Learn as much as you can about staying healthy. You’ve heard that knowledge is power, well, that’s not entirely true. Knowledge + action = power. Learn all you can about keeping fit, healthy and happy and then take the necessary actions to achieve good results.

7) Pay Attention and Listen. Pay attention to your body and any warning signs it may be giving you. This is an important step. Learn to listen to your body, and yes, I know that may be difficult for a lot of people since most people don’t even know how to properly listen or pay attention to a conversation with a friend but…

You need to learn to listen to what your body tells you and if you are feeling off, and it lasts more than a day or comes back often to visit you I suggest you find out WHY, because, it could save your life.

Important note…

If you have been told your cholesterol is high or diagnosed with atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) causing coronary artery disease or peripheral artery diseaseand you’d like to learn how to reverse it without drugs or surgery simply look for one of my ecourse sign up links which can be found in various locations on this page.

 
 

3 Natural Ways to Clear Plaque from Your Arteries and Prevent, Even Reverse Atherosclerosis

The Natural Approach To Plaque Prevention and Reversal In 3 Steps

Coronary Artery Disease, also known as C.A.D. or atherosclerosis is a debilitating and often deadly disease characterized by insidious deposits of cholesterol, calcium, fats and cellular waste products that gradually build up in arteries and form a substance called plaque on arterial walls injured by inflammation and inflammatory changes. Plaque is dangerous in several ways.

1) It narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to supply the heart muscle.

2) The plaque can rupture causing blood clots or break loose from artery walls, both, leading to obstructions that cause heart attacks and strokes.

3) Plaque also causes further inflammation within the blood vessel, narrowing the artery even more. Ideally, we should all follow healthy lifestyles that minimize the likelihood that plaque will begin building up. Yet sometimes our poor diet and exercise habits catch up with us, and for others, heart disease and vulnerability to atherosclerosis simply run in their families.
Nowadays, the most common mainstream medical solution to plaque accumulation is to prescribe cholesterol-lowering statins such as Crestor and Lipitor. These drugs have many downsides though, including a number of potentially serious side effects, among them muscle and liver damage. A natural approach to prevent or reverse atherosclerotic plaque entails a number of simple but powerful and effective lifestyle changes.

So what can you do?

Eating proper, healthy food is step 1.

A heart-healthy, anti-plaque-and anti-inflammation diet consists of whole, fresh, nutrient-rich foods and a minimum of processed products. Limiting processed foods is vital because they are low in nutrients yet full of unhealthy and inflammation-causing fats, sugars, sodium and additives. When it comes to healthy foods, your list of favorites should include large amounts of these foods:

*Cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and kale, which are abundant sources of disease-fighting antioxidants.

*Pomegranates, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other colorful fruits. These are packed with phytonutrients called flavonoids that possess potent antioxidant properties.

*Fiber-rich foods that not only boost digestive health, but also help the body eliminate cholesterol and balance blood sugar levels. Choose unrefined whole-grain cereals like oats (oatmeal), whole grain breads, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, oat bran, legumes, nuts or seeds. They’re easy to incorporate into nearly every meal, and a handful of walnuts or almonds makes for a heart-healthy snack.

*Oily, cold-water fish such as wild salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines and herring. These are rich in healthy, inflammation-fighting fats known as omega-3 fatty acids. Eat at least two servings a week. Other good dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids are flaxseed and walnuts.

Work Up A Sweat – Exercise

Even if you follow a healthy diet, sitting at the computer all day and watching TV all evening is like signing up for heart disease. Exercise keeps you healthy by controlling blood lipid abnormalities and improving circulation. It can also help control stress, a well-known contributor to heart disease.

If you are in good health but have been inactive, start with 10 to 15 minutes of aerobic activity (brisk walking, biking, etc.) three times a week. Gradually work your way up to 30 to 45 minutes four to six (ideally seven) times weekly. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, consult your physician before embarking on a new exercise program.

The simple secret to a successful exercise program is to find an activity that you truly find fun, whether it’s dancing, swimming, riding a bike or taking a brisk walk. For greater enjoyment and accountability, schedule regular exercise dates with a friend, neighbor or coworker.

Take Vitamin Supplements

In addition to diet and exercise, there are effective, well-tolerated products and natural supplements that help dissolve plaque, fight the major cause of athersclerosis and strengthen arteries. In order to learn more about the real major cause of atherosclerosis, along with the products and supplements that can safely dissolve arterial plaque simply sign up fro my free, no obligation eCourse “Reversing Atherosclerosis.” To sign up look for the big black box or big arrows on this page.

 
 

Discover HOW to Prevent – Even REVERSE Heart Disease

Without drugs or surgery

When wanting to prevent or reverse heart disease you can become overwhelmed, even confused, by all of the information available on the Internet about reversing atherosclerosis, cleaning blocked arteries and how to reverse heart disease.

However, most information you’ll locate has nothing to do with reversing heart disease without drugs or surgery. And it’s important to keep, one thing uppermost in your mind and that is: mainstream medicine isn’t there to actually cure your heart disease, rather, mainstream medicine is concerned only with keeping you alive and managing your heart disease for as long as you can pay; so that you may undergo various forms of treatment such as angioplasty or by pass surgery and take costly heart medications. These protocols are BIG business and bring in HUGE revenues.

Heart surgery for blocked arteries, called angioplasty (ballooning, stenting) and bypass surgery (they split your chest open) are both an extremely significant source of revenue for hospitals, surgeons, cardiologists, lab technicians and drug companies. And so …

They don’t want you to die, they want you to live. And the reason they want you to live is for the sole purpose of extracting more money from either you, your insurance carrier or both. Whether or not you live a life of quality is not relevant, only that you live to under go therapy.

Imagine life and a world without heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and other diseases … it would be great for people like you and me but how on earth would doctors, surgeons and drug company executives buy their fancy cars, expensive homes and exotic vacations?

Now, please understand, there is a place for angioplasty and bypass surgery. In the event a coronary artery is blocked 95% – 100% and has either caused a heart attack or heart attack is definitely eminent then surgery is a life saving and necessary proceedure. But …

What about the person who has mild to moderate atherosclerosis and has time to reverse it before an eminent heart attack? Why not get rid of it and abolish the danger? Ah yes, because we are told it’s impossible! And WHY is it impossible? It’s impossible because, big Pharma hasn’t yet come up with an expensive drug with which they can bleed you dry!

Are there cures available for various diseases?

Taking into consideration the vast amount of “brain power” and curiousity in the science world, I have no doubt. I also suggest that main stream medicine and drug companies pay to keep those cures, especially if there is no way to extract huge fees for services or medications, from the public. And, if some brave soul decides to expose the truth, they are labeled as “quacks,” ostracized and often reported to the FTC (consumer protection gestopo). I also believe that when you are able to find quality, life changing information prudence dictates that one take immediate action and give it a try.

That’s why I urge you to read what a former heart surgeon has to say about how to prevent, even REVERSE heart disease. You can pick up this extremely rare and valuable information using the link below.

 
 

Is Green Tea Good For Your Heart?

 

A few months after the Food and Drug Administration declined to award a health claim to the makers of green tea, a study from Japan was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing a significant reduction in deaths from cardiovascular disease among drinkers of green tea.

The study was initiated in an attempt to study a possible association between the consumption of green tea and reduced mortality. Investigators in Japan enrolled over 40,000 people in this study, and followed them prospectively for more than 11 years. And…

During that time, individuals who drank more than 5 cups of green tea per day had a risk of overall mortality, and of mortality related to cardiovascular disease, that was 16% lower than for individuals who drank less than 1 cup of green tea per day. And…

The protective effects of green tea was stronger in women than in men. Furthermore, green tea was also associated with a reduction in the risk of stroke.

In general, the health benefits from green tea were seen in individuals who drank at least 1 cup per day.

Several potential mechanisms have been postulated for beneficial effects mediated by green tea, including its antioxidant properties and its favorable influence on hypertension and LDL cholesterol.

It is entirely likely that in 10 – 15 years, once definitive clinical trials are at last completed, the FDA will finally declare green tea to be useful in reducing cardiovascular disease. You can wait for this to happen if you want or you can drink green tea and decide for yourself.

Sources:

Kuriyama S, Shimazu T, Ohmori K, et al. Green tea consumption and mortality due to cardiovascular disease, cancer and all causes in Japan. The Ohsaki study. JAMA2006;296:1255-65.

 
 

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A Personal Note from Dr. Chein

Predicting Life Expectancy, Extending Health Span,
And Reversing Biological Age

How Hormone Balancing Therapy Can Reverse the Effects of Aging

 

The human aging process takes each and every one of us on an incredible – and sometimes disturbing – journey. You begin the journey in your mid-20s with a young, powerful, and flexible body. You can hardly imagine being in any other state than youth. But over time, this once beautiful and young body slowly loses muscle mass and accumulates fat. Your skin becomes thinner, begins to sag, and develops age spots and wrinkles. Your hair turns gray and starts to fall out. At the end of your journey you are the same person, but you are traveling in a completely different body. Your body continues to change each year, increasing your chances of death.

Some animals do not go through this aging process. Seagulls are known to live as long as 100 years. Older seagulls move as fast and function as well as young seagulls. When the life span of a seagull is up, it simply falls into the ocean and dies. No seagull has ever suffered from arthritis, stroke, heart attack, or angina

Because of positive developments in anti-aging and longevity medicine, humans may be able to avoid the aging process as well. The discovery of the telomere, that portion of human DNA that controls life span in cells, is one such development. Another is the discovery of the enzyme telomerase, which keeps the telomere of our DNA healthy and operational, capable of giving human cells immortality.

Since telomerase will not be available for several years, it is of special significance that scientists have discovered HORMONES to be the only substances to positively impact telomerase. It is no wonder that hormone balancing therapy has been so successful in improving age-related diseases and reversing biological age.

In the past, scientists believed that our hormone levels dropped because we aged. Today we know that the converse is true: we age because our hormone levels drop. We know that maintaining hormone levels can prevent age-related diseases and turn back our biological age, thereby increasing our health span and life expectancy. Most of all, it improves our quality of life by bringing our hormone levels up to those of a young adult.

The cells of our bodies reproduce every several months or years, depending on what type of cells they are. But the young cells do not keep us young. A wrinkled mother skin cell will produce a wrinkled daughter skin cell. How do these cells know our biological age? The information about our biological age is communicated to the DNA by hormones. As hormone levels in the body decrease, less hormone is attached to the cell wall, and a weaker electrical signal is given to the DNA of the reproducing mother cell. This is the signal that tells the DNA that our body has aged. Therefore, the daughter cells will be reproduced in the old or diseased state of the mother cells.

By increasing the hormone level, the DNA of the mother cell can be signaled to work again. Once the DNA receives the signal that the body is that of a 20-year-old, it will reproduce young, healthy daughter cells, and these cells will reverse our biological age.

Scientists have known for some time that the aging process and hormone levels are connected, but that knowledge has been virtually ignored by most physicians. How often does the average physician check a patient’s hormone levels during an annual physical examination? How often do we visit the doctor’s office complaining about fatigue because we no longer have the physical stamina we once had?

If we have no serious medical condition or pain, most doctors will answer our complaints with the remark, “You’re just getting old, and we can’t do anything about it.” The same doctor will not hesitate to give you medication when your blood pressure goes up, even though that is also a sign of aging. As you can see, there are two standards. When doctors are faced with high blood pressure, they don’t hesitate to treat it. But when faced with declining hormone levels, they do nothing.

Our Commitment to Your Health and Longevity

At the Palm Springs Life Extension Institute, we take a different view. By restoring your hormone levels to those of a 20-year-old, you can restore your energy, productivity, physique, and appearance, as well as your virility. This has been proven by athletes all over the world, to the point that some hormones are being banned by the International Olympic Committee and other athletic organizations. Any risk associated with restoring hormones can be controlled by not restoring them beyond the 20-year-old level and by using bio-identical hormones that are not chemically synthesized.

The Palm Springs Life Extension Institute was the first in the United States to discover, advocate, and patent total hormone balancing therapy. We were also the first to replace and balance human growth hormone in adults, to advocate and practice replacing the thymus hormone, and to discover the best sites for transdermal testosterone application to avoid increasing harmful dihydrotestosterone levels that can cause prostate enlargement. We were also the first to advocate replacing and balancing the hormone pregnenolone.

Today, the Palm Springs Life Extension Institute continues to bring you the latest advances in longevity medicine. Our commitment to ongoing research ensures that you will be among the first to be offered cutting-edge medicine. Our research has discovered how arteries can be unblocked and how the disease multiple sclerosis can be reversed.

While the Palm Springs Life Extension Institute was the first in the United States, many clinics now offer telomere-sustaining hormone replacement therapy. Choosing a longevity clinic deserves serious thought and investigation. The quality and length of your life are at stake. If I were looking for a longevity clinic, I would look for a program that checks and replaces all hormones, not just one or two. (If all hormones are not balanced, replacing only one or two hormones may actually be detrimental to one’s health.) I would also choose a clinic with an experienced staff who has treated many patients and continues to track them carefully. The Palm Springs Life Extension Institute has a superb record in these areas.

You owe it to yourself to remain young and healthy so you will be around to avail yourself of the knowledge, experience, and wealth that you have gained with age. We are confident that the Palm Springs Life Extension Institute is the best choice to help you get those extra years and to enjoy what you have earned.

Yours Sincerely,

Edmund Chein, M.D.

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Health Benefits of Reversing Age-Related Thickening of Blood

By John Steinke, L.Ac.

Increased thickening of blood – or elevated blood viscosity – is a common age-related condition that contributes to a number of significant health problems. In addition to impairing circulation and nutrient exchange at the cellular level, when blood is too thick, cardiovascular function is stressed, placing an increased workload on the heart while reducing cerebral blood flow and contributing to the formation of dangerous blood clots.

While conventional medicine relies on blood thinning agents (aspirin, coumadin, warfarin, etc.) to reduce viscosity and limit the incidence of heart attacks and strokes, little attention is paid to the deleterious effects of “blood stasis” – the gradual, systemic reduction of healthy blood circulating throughout the body’s web of tiny, microcapillaries responsible for conveying oxygen and nutrients to tissues at the deepest cellular level

How Damaged Blood Cells Impair Oxygen Delivery

No physical process is more fundamental to life than respiration – the intake of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide. Healthy red blood cells (erythrocytes) absorb oxygen gathered in the lungs for delivery to cellular tissues by means of a vast capillary network woven throughout the body. To support this process the bone marrow must produce a continuous supply of new blood cells, giving birth to an astonishing 2 million fresh red blood cells every second. Each day the body produces over 200 billion new red blood cells, and at any given moment there are over 25 trillion blood cells in circulation in the body.

Unlike other body tissues, red blood cells lack a central nucleus, consisting of a flexible outer membrane packed with hemoglobin – the unique protein molecule that allows cells to absorb, transport and release oxygen. Since red blood cells are about 25 percent larger than the body’s smallest blood vessels, the flexibility of this outer membrane is what allows the cells to fold over so they can squeeze into the tiniest microcapillaries to deliver oxygen to tissues.

Each red blood cell has a “shelf life” of approximately 120 days. As they near the end of their lifespan, the outer membrane become inflexible and begins to stiffen, making it difficult for the cells to fold. This loss of flexibility makes the cells more prone to damage from sheer stresses as they are forced into the smallest capillaries. Over time this damage transforms the once smooth and flexible blood cells into rigid, jagged structures that can no longer pass quickly into the lungs, nor reach into the deepest peripheral capillaries to deliver oxygen.

When old red blood cells are too damaged to be useful they are routed to the spleen where they are destroyed and eliminated from the body. Throughout life, the creation and destruction of red blood cells continues on a regular basis.

As with many physical processes, advancing age can slow down the birth and death cycle of red blood cells. As blood cell production drops, the elimination of old damaged cells also begins to slow down. Over time the proportion of non-functioning red blood cells in circulation tends to increase. As the balance of healthy cells declines, distribution of nutrients and oxygen to tissues is impaired, and removal of biological waste products slows down. Additionally, as older, stiff red blood cells careen through the circulatory system, the fragile microcapillaries are damaged as they interact with the mal-formed cells.

Rouleaux formations

 

Another problem that occurs with aging red blood cells is the increased production of rouleaux formations. Rouleaux formations occur when damaged red blood cells become sticky and misshapen, allowing the cells to clump together (See example ‘b’ in Fig. 1, above). As these stacks of red blood cells increase, it becomes more difficult for the individual cells to pass through the capillaries. Rouleaux formations are especially problematic for diabetics, and contribute to the development of microvascular occlusive retinopathy.

Additional factors known to contribute to increased whole blood viscosity include elevated hematocrit and fibrinogen concentrations. Elevated cholesterol levels and hypertension have also been shown to increase blood viscosity and contribute to increased risk for ischemic heart disease and stroke.

Reducing Viscosity for Healthier Blood, Improved Microcirculation

As a professor and physician, Dr. Yan received extensive training in both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). And in Chinese medicine blood stagnation is considered to be the primary underlying cause of many issues. When blood stagnation occurs, the body’s internal organs don’t receive their normal nutrients, and waste products aren’t carried away at a sufficient rate. This impedes the organs from performing their functions, resulting in weakness and aging.

Dr. Yan recognized that the Chinese view of blood stagnation had a strong corollary in Western medicine – especially in the case of blood sugar issues that affect microcapillaries and blood flow to the retinas, kidneys, and peripheral nerves. Basically, this can be viewed of as an accelerated form of normal aging in the way it relates to blood composition and circulatory issues.

Noting the similar role circulation plays in aging Dr. Yan theorized that many of the age-related health issues he observed in his older patients might be traced to underlying blood and circulation issues. He also believed that these issues were affecting vital tissues and organs.

Dr. Yan joined with other leading medical researchers at the Shanghai Medical Hospital to form a new research team called the Blood Stasis and Aging Research Group. The research group gathered blood samples from young and elderly volunteers for evaluation. They quickly noticed that blood samples from young adults were thinner and had a brighter red color than the samples from the older adults. Intrigued by this simple visual correlation between blood stagnation and aging, the researchers wanted to test the beneficial effects of a number of natural herbs on blood and microcapillary function.

After eight years of gathering clinical data on microcirculation and evaluating changes in blood flow, Dr. Yan’s team arrived at a formula made up of 10 powerful herbs that were shown to promote overall health, enhance energy, and maintain healthy circulation.

Dr. Yan’s proprietary blend of herbal extracts has been shown to aid in controlling age-related increases in blood viscosity, improve microcirculation, increase blood flow, reduce plasma viscosity, and repair capillary damage while restoring internal organ function. Dr. Yan’s formula has also been shown to exert a positive effect on the shape and health of red blood cells, leading to improved oxygen uptake in the lungs and proper delivery of oxygen to cells.

In one 30-day study of Dr. Yan’s formula, peripheral hemograms revealed that structural abnormalities of red blood cells were significantly reduced, leading to increased restoration of normal cell structures. At the end of the study the researchers concluded that Dr. Yan’s formula could aid in improving the quality of circulating red blood cells commonly observed in aging and various cardiovascular disorders.

In another study of 50 patients using Dr. Yan’s formula for thirty days, researchers noted significant improvements in albumin protein levels and the albumin/globulin ratio, indicating a reversal of conditions that promote the clumping of red blood cells into rouleaux formations.

Clinical Benefits of Dr. Yan’s Circulatory Support Formula

In addition to restoring circulatory performance and de-aging blood components, Dr. Yan’s formula has been clinically proven to enhance energy and improve blood circulation while reducing many of the biomarkers associated with human aging. The following is a partial list of conditions shown to have improved in a clinical study involving 150 elderly patients receiving Dr. Yan’s circulatory support formula:

Chest Pains and Tightness
Palpitations
Insomnia
Coughing, Shortness of Breath
Dizziness
Edema (Puffiness of Lower Limbs)
Poor Appetite
Mood and Complexion
Blood Pressure
ECG
Microcirculation
Immune Function
Plasma Proteins
Renal Functions

The study compared healthy individuals, ranging in age from 50 to 89 years old, with patients diagnosed with hypertension, coronary heart disease and other age-related illnesses. Each patient was given Dr. Yan’s formula twice daily. Some patients were treated in two, four-week sessions, with a 5 to 7 day break between sessions, while others were treated continuously, with no breaks. The observation from these cases demonstrates that Dr. Yan’s formula produces profound anti-aging effects while providing a range of therapeutic benefits for those with illnesses related to the aging process.

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