by Dr. Bruce Dooley
Aging is an inevitable part of life, and so many of us resign ourselves to accepting it with grace. The truth is, although growing older is unavoidable, many of the effects of aging are preventable. With the right diet, lifestyle and hormonal and nutritional support, degenerative diseases and age-related health problems can be avoided or minimized.
The Conventional Approach
Conventional medicine is unreasonably cynical about anti-aging therapies. Most traditional doctors will tell you that anti-aging medicine is “quackery,” believing drugs and surgery are the best ways to battle age-related disease. While these tools of conventional medicine can save lives in an emergency, they cannot prevent disease or promote health, wellbeing and longevity.
How We Approach Anti-Aging
Our definition of anti-aging medicine is the utilization of safe, effective therapies that address the underlying mechanisms of aging. The goal is not to prolong life to some unrealistically advanced age but to promote successful aging—staying healthy and functional up to the end of a long, productive life. The focus should be on proven natural therapies to prevent and minimize age-related diseases, including targeted nutritional supplements, natural hormone replacement and specific dietary and exercise recommendations.
Slow Down the Aging Process with Targeted Nutrients
While aging isn’t caused by one factor, free-radical damage is the dominant theory of why we age. Free radicals are implicated in such diseases as atherosclerosis, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, late-onset diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. During your consultation you will learn how antioxidants such as glutathione, vitamins A, C and E, and beta-carotene fight-free radicals slow the rate at which we age and reverse some of the damage already inflicted over the years.
In addition to free-radical damage, your body’s everyday processes generate a lot of waste products that must regularly be detoxified and cleared out. I can show you how to make sure that your cells have enough “housekeeping tools” (including vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid) to get the cleanup job done.
Our brains are affected by the same processes that contribute to overall aging, so how well we take care of ourselves affects not only our general health but also our mental function. The doctor may choose to utilize natural herbs such as Ginkgo biloba and ginseng to help boost brainpower and increase mental energy and stamina.
Your Personal Anti-Aging Program starts with an in-depth consultation to create the specific program that will match your anti-aging goals. Many people begin to experience hormone changes in their 20s and 30s, and, as time goes on, the physical and emotional impact can take a toll.
To schedule a personal consultation, please visit our website www.drdooley.com. It is important that you do not reduce, change or discontinue any medication or treatment without consulting your physician first. This article’s recommendations should be considered as “generally informational” only and not as specifically applicable to any individual’s medical problem(s), concerns and/or needs.