Longevity medicine provides a preventative approach to aging gracefully. Longevity Medicine has a focus on reducing the risk factors of chronic illness such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and cognitive decline / neurologic illness.
The greatest threat aging population is facing right now is not cancer or heart disease, it is Alzheimer’s Disease. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women with suffer and die because of Alzheimer’s. Currently 6 million people are diagnosed; 215 billion dollars is spent annually, and by 2030 the prevalence will increase 200% at its current velocity.
This is a personal interest for me because my mother could not remember me the last 2 years she was alive. Her quality of life was literally a nightmare. Quality of life is more important that quantity of life. By time you get diagnosis the Alzheimer’s it had begun estimate 20 years prior; therefore with preventative medicine aging gracefully is very plausible.
Accelerated aging’s greatest obstacle is the mitochondria. The mitochondria is the power house of the cell. We inherit our mitochondria from our mothers, not our fathers. You can inherit mitochondrial genetic problems. Most medical providers do not even test for the inherited gene issues. You can also induce mitochondrial dysfunction with poor diet, environmental exposure to toxicant, and then there are viruses which always love to mess with peoples DNA. Aging gracefully requires excellent mitochondrial strength. Luckily there this can be treated with supplements, diet, exercise, stress management, peptides, detox, IV’s, and avoidance of things that damage or reduce mitochondrial function.
Longevity Medicine’s focus was on supporting a healthy lifespan is often associated with hormone therapy. I proudly accept and acknowledge the nickname I have been given from patients and colleagues as the “Hormone Queen”, or “Hormone Whisperer”. I love a hormone challenge and customize all hormone therapies. This may include herbs, homeopathics, and bio-identical hormone replacement.
Vanity lead to this area of longevity medicine. Being a DES daughter, I had many health challenges. Hormones and healthy aging was on the top of my list of things to get good at personally and as medical provider. After a carbon monoxide poisoning, toxic mold exposure, … I was challenged to run a medical practice and was the one only primary care naturopath in our area while being a single mother of a young child. I could not have done this without balancing and supporting hormone pathway. My reputation of specializing in adrenal fatigue, thyroid and hormone issues drew patients from around the country.
In 2007 while practicing in the Mt Hope Plaza (Cottonwood’s only health food store), I was interviewed by Hugh Down’s team and by Susan Somers’ Team about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy about Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Soon after that interview I became a referral physician for Susan Somers’ books Breakthrough; Eight Steps to Wellness and Knocked Out her cancer book. This of course made me hunger for more continuing education. My Naturopathic Primary Care had transformed into a Nationally recognized Anti-aging practice. I then focused my training in Endocrinology taking courses through the International Society of Endocrinology and Academy of for Anti-aging (A4M).
A good Longevity Focus with include supporting health heart, strong bones, and of course a sharp mind.
Treating and preventing Alzheimers and Dementia, I focus on 5 major causes:
DES Daughter: https://www.cdc.gov/des/consumers/about/effects_daughters.html