Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine

It’s inevitable. We will all age; the question is how. I saw a poster with 2 pictures on it. One was an elderly woman hunched over a walker and an aide was assisting her. She looked frail, had muscle wasting, a sunken face and a blank stare on her face. The other was a grey haired woman walking up... Read More
You are only as young as your oldest part, so what’s aging you? Is it your bones? Do you exercise; are you weak in one area? It’s that weak part that will fracture with a fall. Perhaps you are losing your balance. The changes are so subtle that you hardly notice until you try to recover from a f... Read More
We are all mortal and some people will go to great lengths to live longer. The quality of life is just as important and telomeres, the cap at the end of each strand of DNA has been associated with both. Telomere length may be a predictor of cancer risk and cancer fatality. One of the theories on ag... Read More
The list of benefits of adequate levels of Vitamin D keeps growing. In a recent article July Archives of Neurology, Participants whose serum concentration of the vitamin was at least 50 nmol/L had a 65% lower risk of cognitive decline than those whose levels were below 25 nmol/L. The lower limit of ... Read More
As we begin to understand the subtle health effects of very low dose herbicides and pesticides in and on our food, buying organic produce becomes more of a necessity. However, in these hard economic times, I get asked a lot if it’s really necessary to buy everything organic. The answer is No. If a... Read More
The sun, as pleasant as it is when it is shining, has harmful UVA and UVB rays that age the skin and may cause malignant skin cancer. Yet, use of sunscreens can be a double-edged sword. It can give people a false sense of security to stay in the sun longer, which increases the risk of cancer. Some a... Read More
The standard of care for people with risk factors for heart disease and high cholesterol is statin therapy. Since not everyone reacts well to medication or other treatment modalities, by looking at genetic variants we can better determine who is at risk and what the most effective treatment is. Prev... Read More
Doesn’t it seem like every time you try to do something healthy there is some problem with the “health food” and you feel like you are in a Catch 22 situation? Many researchers and healthcare professionals tout the benefits of fish oil, yet a group that tested ten fish oil supplements and foun... Read More
Contrary to popular belief, your genes don’t necessarily determine your destiny. While many genes are static and determine our sex, eye and skin color, others need to be turned on or off to express a genetic trait. The on or off switch lies on top of the genome or genetic material and is the basis... Read More