Anti-Aging

What is “Anti-Aging” Medicine?

Growing evidence shows that the human life can be extended beyond the norm such as the example of some Japanese Okinawans living up to 120 years of age. But how can we accomplish this in modern American society? By focusing on early detection, prevention and reversal of chronic age-related diseases and conditions, anti-aging remedies can result in greater than 80% improvement of conditions such as:

Mood Disorders & ADD Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Rheumatoid Arthritis
Fibromyalgia Gastric Reflux PCOS & PMS
High Cholesterol High Blood Pressure Sleep Disorders
IBS Infertility Osteoporosis

Whether it be the extension of life or the fact that we can actually live productive, happy and disease free; it has been shown that balanced hormones, an integrated mind- body connection, good nutrition, and detoxification, can keep us healthy for a longer period of time.

Also known as Restorative, Regenerative or Functional Medicine, this new genre of holistic medicine applies advanced technologies and research to reduce common symptoms such as:

Fatigue Anxiety Decreased Libido Allergies
Insomnia Depression Muscle & Joint Pains Weight Gain

How do you know if Anti-Aging is for you?

Ask yourself, ‘How do I want to live my life after the age of 50?’ The gradual wasting away of the body over the course of decades is not a necessary or normal component of aging. Modern medicine focuses on treating existing conditions. For instance, taking insulin after you get diabetes or getting bypass surgery after you have a heart attack. Wouldn’t you rather restore optimal function and prevent these diseases prior to them taking over your life?

What is Involved in Regenerative Medicine?

Each person’s needs are different, however, the following are the steps to regaining your energy, vitality and health:

1. Restore Your Cellular Balance

Aging involves changes in hormones and decreased ability to repair damaged cells and digest. There are 5 vital areas to prevent disease 1) Balance Hormones 2) Correct Nutrient Deficiencies 3) Eliminate toxins 4) Manage stress 5) Strengthen the body’s structure

2. Balance Your Hormones

At some point our organs ability to produce hormones declines regardless of lifestyle and genetics. The Neuroendocrine Theory of Aging states that we age because our hormones decline, not vice versa. Hormonal deficiencies and imbalances can start at age 25. By age 50, most experience a 50% reduction in the in the production of hormones such as: testosterone, thyroid, DHEA, melatonin, pregnenolone, growth hormone. Almost every cell of the body (brain, skin, heart, nerve, done, vascular, etc.) has a hormone receptor. If we replenish depleted hormones, we can improve: sexual desire, fatigue, anxiety, depression, weight gain, insomnia, mental sharpness and prevent degenerative diseases such as heart disease, stroke, dementia, and osteoporosis. When necessary to replenish hormones naturally, we use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

3. Restoring Nutrients

As a nation, America is mineral and vitamin deficient. This is due not only to America’s diet but the decrease of nutrients in food. It’s an unfortunate fact that it takes about 20 peaches today to equal the same vitamin A content of one peach in 1950. Where are our nutrients going and why can’t we seem to get the needed amount? The answer lies in understanding how soil has been depleted of nutrients from popular farming practices.

Given this nutrient weak food, it is important evaluate our body’s nutrient status and how we eat. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for every cell reaction in the body, whether it be to activate a brain chemical or break down fat. If we are not able to get adequate amounts of nutrients through food, we may need supplementation.

4. Detox

In the United States, we are exposed to nearly 50 times the amount of toxins as other developed countries. These toxins attack our bodies through the air, water, industry, shampoos, lotions, preservatives, plastics and fumes. These toxic chemicals then move into our bowel, liver, and fat tissues and cause chaos for our chemical reactions. To get rid of these toxins in our systems, we must utilize regular bowel, liver and tissue detox to get our body working properly again. At Merge Medical Center , we can assess your body’s specific toxicity to help you decide which detox program is the best choice for you.

5. Balancing Mind and Body

Fostering mind and body balance has been shown to be one of the most powerful approaches for total body restoration. The Far East embraces the mind-set that in the last half of our lives, we have the potential to be at our greatest strength. After adolescence, marriage, and childbearing/rearing we are able to focus on our energy. There is extensive scientific evidence supporting the effect that mind, body and spirit balance has on healing and prevention.

At Merge Medical Center, we are a leader in anti-aging medicine in the Charleston area. We design a holistic customized program to accomplish the 5 steps with the use of nutraceuticals, herbs, diet, vitamins, bioidentical hormones, detoxification, lifestyle modification, acupuncture, life coaching, a

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