Why is HGH so Expensive in the USA?

Why is Growth Hormone so expensive?

Why is HGH so Expensive in the USA?

HGH is way too expensive in the United States, but why?

We break it down into all the various parts. With any pharmaceutical product, there is the research and development effort to create the product, clinical trials, production and distribution. Then there is the pharmaceutical supply chain.

HGH is higher in the USA because it is over-regulated, the US government does not effectively negotiate drug prices for its citizens,  and there are very few competitors in the supply chain to drive down prices. This isn’t so in foreign markets where governments negotiate directly with big pharma. Without enough competition, and enough politicians who are willing to take on big pharma’s exaggerated pricing model in the USA, we are unlikely to see our drug prices move on par with other countries. HGH prices in the USA will likely remain high for some time to come.

The HGH supply chain in the USA is as follows:

  • HGH is produced at a manufacturing site.
  • HGH is then transferred to licensed wholesale distributers.
  • HGH is then sold and stocked at retail pharmacies.
  • HGH finally is prescribed and shipped to a patient to alleviate a medical condition determined by a licensed physician.

HGH (Big Pharma) Manufacturers – Oligarchies

  • Only a few very large multinational firms like Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly, etc. produce HGH.
  • The 10 largest Big Pharma companies (measured in US sales only) account for 60 percent of total corporate sales in all of the United States (2004).
  • Big pharmaceutical makers have the most influence over pharmaceutical prices (HGH prices).
  • Prices are determined by expected demand, future competition, estimated marketing costs, an other factors relative to what Big Pharma believes patients (customers) are willing to pay, relative to the benefit they receive.

HGH Wholesale Distributors – Oligarchies

  • Wholesale distributors are the intermediaries who buy from the manufacturer and sell to the pharmacies.
  • Wholesale distributors in the United States have been undergoing consolidation, declining from approximately 200 in 1975, to fewer than 50 in the year 2000.
  • The top 3 wholesale distributors account for almost 90% of the wholesale market in the United States.

HGH Pharmacies – Little Incentive to Negotiate

  • Pharmacies negotiate prices with manufacturers and wholesalers, yet for most prescription medications this doesn’t reduce prices in the United States as much as it should.
  • HGH usually is distributed by mail-order specialty pharmacies due to its limited distribution throughout the USA.
  • Because of the insurance model in the United States, drug prices are inflated and pharmacies have little or real power to influence competitive pricing like in other industries due to poor oversight by regulatory authorities.

Anyone with some business knowledge can observe that the US pharmaceutical model is not effective at creating true competition. Over-regulation in healthcare and pharmaceuticals creates oligarchies. Oligarchies comes from a form of government which functions in a manner where all power is vested in a few dominant persons or companies. With only 5-10 companies and 3 wholesalers controlling much of the USA-based pharmaceutical supply chain, it is no surprise why human growth hormone is so over-priced and out-of-reach for most Americans seeking its benefits.

Why is HGH so Expensive? – HGH Market Share Around the World and in the USA

The HGH Market nonetheless is a significant market in the United States and around the world. Important points about the HGH Market and why HGH is so expensive:

  • Total HGH market is estimated between 3-4 billion annually.
  • The HGH market in the USA is approximately 50% of that ($1.5B-$3B annually).
  • 50% of all sales is for children with growth hormone disorders.
  • 50% of all sales goes to adults – far above and beyond the “so-called” adult human growth hormone deficiency estimates. Hence, the majority of adults taking HGH are actually doing so to achieve results outlined in many research studies like the famous Rudman HGH study.

Demand for HGH, even without insurance coverage for most creates $1B-$2B annual HGH business where the target market is adults in the US and around the world.

Why is HGH so expensive? HGH Manufacturers.Click HGH Market Chart to Enlarge.

 

Why is HGH so Expensive in the USA – but not in other Countries?

HGH is more expensive in the USA than in other countries because of government regulations and possibly corruption between the drug lobby, politicians and regulators. As one can observe from the chart above of the human growth hormone market, if you are wealthy enough and can afford the concierge medical services and out-of-pocket expenses for HGH, you can get it, easily. The drug and regulatory industry support it for elites. However, if you are a middle-class American trying to get it, you will be ridiculed and possibly prosecuted by some government agent.

Case in Point – Peter Theil Video on HGH Treatment with Bloomberg TV – Does Peter Theil look HGH deficient to you?

Why does he get access to expensive HGH in the USA, while the average American cannot? Good question. Peter is in a more special elite class, and that’s the only reason. He gets to use his wealth and power to exploit the health care market for his benefit, based on his own beliefs, not those of the FDA or DEA. When you are a billionaire, you can get and take all the HGH you want, and you can brag about it to everyone on television, and no one in power in the government dare bother you.

Why does Peter Theil take HGH? Because he researches its benefits and believes it will help maintain his health and wellness as he ages. See famous Rudman HGH statement at the end of this blog.

 

HGH Prices in Costa Rica (Central America), Mexico, and USA

Prices showing why HGH is so expensive in the USA.

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The Rudman Study on HGH & Why HGH is so Expensive

The Rudman Study on HGH is one of the most famous HGH studies to come out of the 1990s. It started the HGH hysteria among those searching for the fountain of youth. There have been many other positive HGH studies since them, but by far the doctor Rudman study was the one that set the HGH industry in motion.

However, before we get to the Rudman study, we first need to understand why it is important. The main importance of the Rudman study is that HGH helps reverse many of the metrics modern medicine uses to predict overall health and the development of chronic disease. Let’s address these in order:

USA Overweight – Obesity Epidemic

HGH helps reduce fat. It encourages fat loss and muscle gain. Not huge muscles, just solid health muscle tone. Note that the NIH reports that overweight/obesity in the United States is impacts today approximately 70% of Americans, and its headed in a bad direction.

One reason HGH is so expensive relates to obesity.

Medical professionals and health researches alike are taught and understand that body mass index and hip to waist ratio directly correlate with diminished health and development of chronic diseases like: Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stroke/Hypertension, Cancers and more. If there is one thing in the research HGH does, it is it improves body composition.

Now let’s turn to the Rudman Study results.

Read the Rudman research paper here: <Click here>

Dr. Rudman HGH Study - why is HGH so expensive?Click Rudman HGH Chart to Enlarge.

Below are bullet points on the Rudman study:

  • Treatment was given for six months
  • Ages ranged from 61 to 81 years
  • Men were injected at 8:00 AM, with intervals between HGH injections only 1 or 2 days
  • The men followed a healthy diet directed by a dietician
  • Study found no significant change in body weight
  • Lean body mass increased by 8.8%
  • Fat decreased by 14.4%
  • Skin thickness increased 7.1%
  • An increase in bone density was observed

 

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Adult Human Stem Cells Delivery Routes and Outcomes – The Next Frontier of Natural Non-Pharmaceutical Regenerative Medicine

US and International Adult Stem Cells (MSCs) and delivery routes.

Adult Human Stem Cells – Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC)

Adult Human Stem Cells, also known and referred to as adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), are self-regenerating cells with the capacity to differentiate into most other cell lineages. What this essentially means is stem cells harvested and concentrated from a patient’s own adipose tissue (fat tissue) or bone marrow can be processed and re-injected into virtually any inflamed tissue injury [e.g., knee, shoulder, brain (stroke), heart muscle, etc.].

Stem cells seek out inflammation and home  into areas where injury has occurred (a process known as HOMING). These stem cells will go through a series of molecular adaptations known as trans-differentiation. Ideally, they take on the characteristics of the cells in the local environment in which they are re-introduced and home to, allowing for natural (non-pharmaceutical) regeneration of injured tissues without risk to the patient.

Note: Medical Error was reported as the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States in 2016. This accounts for roughly 250,000 deaths each year. Most of these deaths can be attributed to hospital acquired infections and adverse drug reactions.  Stem cells and other natural remedies offer hope at reducing these unfortunate deaths by using the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, potentially eliminating the need for risky drug therapies and long hospital stays.

Top 3 Leading Causes of Death in the United States, Year 2016

  • Heart Disease: 614,348
  • Cancer: 591,699
  • Medical Error 251,454

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Distribution of Leading Medical Error Induced Deaths

Medical error, US and International adult stem cell transplants.

Autologous Adult Stem Cells (MSCs)

Autologous stem cells are self-derived. They can virtually be harvested from any of the body’s tissues. The two most common areas used for harvesting autologous (self-derived) stem cells are: Adipose Tissue (fat tissues) and Bone Marrow.

Best Autologous Adult Stem Cells (MSCs)

There is much debate about which area (bone marrow or adipose tissue) provides the best and the most number of stem cells. This debate seems to  never end, and often doctors and researchers alike are misinformed when it comes to stem cells, nucleated cells, measurement of their density and concentration. One can review the comparison chart below of one such report.

Comparison of Adult Stem Cells: US and International

Most who argue the benefit of one MSC derived-harvest location over the other are confused and are overlooking other important factors in the human body which impact stem cell effectiveness. These include, but are not limited to: how cells are concentrated in different tissues, calculating cell ratios correctly for different sources of MSCs, and the biochemical cascading effects of MSCs once reintroduced into the body.

Allogenic Adult Stem Cells (MSCs)

Allogenic stem cells come from another person (a donor), they are not self-derived. In the majority of cases, allogenic stem cells get harvested from donated cord blood and placenta tissue obtained from full term C-section births.

NOTE: Over the past two decades there has been some controversy surrounding embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cells were being harvested from embryos, which violated the religious beliefs and the sanctity of life for many. We don’t support this area of research or  based on moral and ethical grounds. All allogenic (donated) stem cells we investigate and use in our practice are donated from cord blood and placenta tissue of mothers from full term C-section births. These tissues would otherwise be discarded.

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One of the key reasons for using allogenic adult stem cells is based on the theory of “More is Better.” The more is better believers argue that increasing the amount of good quality health stem cells provides the best chance of efficacy in any given treatment. This is true to a degree, however, in life and in business there is the law known as diminishing returns. No one can say with certainty exactly what quantity (or threshold) that must be met for efficacy, and when is too much a possible detriment to outcomes.

One also needs to take into account the overall metabolic health of the body, and the body’s ability to foster and support cell-to-cell communication. If the body’s own metabolic health is so diminished, such that it attenuates successful cell-to-cell biochemical communications, then one cannot expect success from treatment. No matter where MSCs are derived from; ether from bone marrow, adipose tissue – or for that matter donated allogenic derived MSCs from cord blood and placenta tissues, successful outcomes are determined from hundreds if not thousands of micro-environmental factors inside the body.

 

Stem Cell Fitness with Age

US & International Adult Stem Cell Fitness with Age.

 

Differentiation

As mentioned, the mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) most recently is referred to as “medicinal signaling cells” by Professor Caplan, PhD, the scientist who coined the term: Mesenchymal Stem Cell. One key reason for this relates to trans-differentiation and the Paracrine Effect. That is, the unique capacity of mesenchymal stem cells to adapt and respond to the specific environment in which they are placed, and to induce positive regenerative biochemical reactions.

For instance, stem cells harvested from adipose tissue obviously have much different characteristics than knee tissue or shoulder tissue. Yet we now know and understand that when adipose derived stem cells are harvested, concentrated, and in some cases expanded, and then reintroduced into the shoulder, they will observe, adapt and trans-differentiate to behave as shoulder stem cells. This is the power of the non-pharmaceutical mechanism for natural regeneration of the human body and its tissues.

The Paracrine Effect – Undervalued Potency of the Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cell

One of the most exciting consequences of stem cell research and the regenerative capacity of stem cell therapy is what’s known as the paracrine effect. The paracrine effect is a form of cell-to-cell communication in which a cell produces signals that induce changes in nearby cells, altering the behavior. We like to look at this as priming and seeding activity. You see, when stem cells are introduced to an injury area, in the form of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), then these chemical reactions take place at the molecular level. They do more than just allowing for the stem cells to engraft and grow. In fact, evidence shows that the actual stem cells injected may play less of a role than once previously thought. The secondary biochemical reactions resulting from a stem cell transplant may in fact be more important.

The cascading events of biochemical reactions and cell-to-cell communication stemming from the harvesting, concentration, expansion, and re-introduction of mesenchymal stem cells key. This process in effect is stimulating the natural regenerative process within the human body through chemical signaling. These effects may indeed be more important than the actual engraftment of the concentrated cells in the tissue. This cascade of biochemical events entails recruiting other chemicals, and the reactions from these chemicals, with the body’s own healing processes, promoting more growth factors, immunosuppressive factors and anti-bacterial factors, among others, supporting a boost to the natural regenerative process.

Research has shown by tracking mesenchymal stem cells in vivo that these cells are not detectable 7-14 days after transplant. Furthermore, only a small percentage of these cells successfully home to (and persist in) the intended injury site. Yet, a beneficial regenerative process can still be observed through an indirect effect of the in vivo (natural-medicinal) biochemical reactions caused by a stem cell transplant.

It’s understood, that even with local injection of stem cells to a specific injury site, only 1-5% of these cells engraft within the target location for regeneration.

There is something much more powerful at play here. It is not just the quantity and quality of stem cells, it is also the body’s ability to respond at the molecular level to a stem cell transplant. Suffice it to say that in order for a patient to get the best outcome from any cellular therapy, including platelet-rich plasma all the way up to stem cell therapy, it is important to consul and advise the patient on the importance of:

  • Metabolic health – optimal endothelial cell health as measured by pulse wave velocity, lipids, insulin resistance, and other biological markers. These elements of course must also play an important role in determining successful engraftment and cell-to-cell signaling of MSCs.
  • Consistency of Process – Standardizing the process of harvesting stem cells and delivering them is critical. Far too many stem cell transplant clinics do not use tools, policies and procedures that reliably and consistently standardize harvesting and processing, reducing the chances for human error. Just like in aviation technology, the more you reduce the human error component, the more consistent and predictable the outcomes.

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For more information on bioidentical hormone replacement, please see the following Hormone Replacement Therapy page.

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Regulation of Human Growth Hormone Secretion

HGH Secretion – Physiological Regulation of Growth Hormone Secretion

Human Growth Hormone is secreted in pulses.

The half-life of HGH is approximately 14 minutes. In between pulses, serum growth hormone is minimal or undetectable. Generally, growth hormone pulses occur approximately 10 times per day, lasting 90 minutes in length, and are separated by 128-minute intervals.[i]

Although it is typical in the US to suggest and require growth hormone to only be assessed in 24-hour sampling intervals for determining growth hormone deficiency and/or pituitary dysfunction, IGF-1 has been used successfully in various research for many years to assess HGH deficiency and optimization. The benefit of using IGF-1 is two-fold: 1) it is a safer and easier to test it with a blood test, and 2) IGF-1 is directly proportional to HGH production and is more stable, making it a good marker of measurement.

Human growth hormone decline is estimated to be around 50% every seven years in aging adults. This is dependent on a variety of factors. Many unique environmental influences related to one’s lifestyle can determine the quality of one’s human growth hormone secretion. Some of the more common factors are:

  • Nutritional factors
  • Sex Steroids
  • Ghrelin
  • GHRH
  • Sleep (GH normally reaches its peak within 1-hour of DEEP SLEEP.)

Promoters of Growth Hormone Secretion

Nutritional Factors – HGH Stimulators

  • Fasting can increase growth hormone secretion[i]
  • High protein meals[ii]
  • Intravenously administered amino acids[iii]

Sex Steroids – HGH Stimulators

Growth hormone is needed to control the tempo and progression of puberty in young boys. There is evidence of rising serum androgen concentrations and peak amplitude of human growth hormone in pubertal boys.[iv] Sex hormones can act centrally by regulating HGH secretion and peripherally by regulating HGH responsiveness. Sex hormones modulate HGH secretion directly and indirectly through IGF-1 modulation.[v]

GHRH – HGH Stimulators

The most well-known regulator is growth hormone releasing hormone GHRH. It is a 44 amino acid peptide hormone produced in the hypothalamus. The primary function of GHRH is to stimulate the release of human growth hormone in the body. GHRH is is released from neurosecretory nerve terminals and is carried through the hypothalamo-hypophyseal portal system to the anterior pituitary gland where it stimulates growth hormone secretion.  IGF-1 is a down-path hormone produced in the liver and other organs in response to growth hormone activity. IGF-1, along with HGH, work to cause metabolic and growth activities in the body.

Control of GHRH works similarly in the body to a thermostat system on an air-conditioner or furnace for temperature control. Stimulators marked in green in the chart stimulate, while inhibitors marked in red work to limit growth hormone secretion. As one side gets lower, the other side gets higher until balance or homeostasis occurs.

In many individuals, levels may not be optimal. This is potentially due to health status and age-related factors. Because of the obesity epidemic (70% overweight/obese) in the United States, growth hormone secretion is very often less than optimal. Other hormones such as testosterone and estrogens are influenced to a much greater degree by environmental and lifestyle factors than once believed. New evidence is showing hormone regulation is disrupted due to these factors. For one such example, see Testosterone Decline in Men – News <Click here>.

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Ghrelin

Ghrelin is a gastrointestinal peptide hormone which acts as a nutritional positive regulator of human growth hormone. Ghrelin is secreted by the stomach, and stimulates human growth hormone production. It has been observed that Ghrelin in obese children is reduced compared to leaner children, hence, this may be similar for adults as well.

 

Inhibitors of Growth Hormone Secretion

 

Somatostatin

Somatostatin acts to inhibit human growth hormone release. It is released from the hypothalamus and it binds to five receptor sub-types.  Somatostatin is also known as a growth hormone inhibiting hormone (GHIH). Somatostatin also inhibits insulin and glucagon secretion. Release of somatostatin in the pituitary inhibits release of growth hormone, thyroid-stimulating hormone, and prolactin.  Somatostatin is also released in the gastrointestinal system to suppress the release of certain gastrointestinal hormones related to digestion and pancreatic hormones.

 

IGF-1

Insulin-like growth factor-1 mediates many of HGH’s peripheral actions and works to inhibit HGH secretion directly. IGF-1 is secreted in response to the activation of the growth hormone receptor by HGH secretion. IGF-1 is believed to be responsible for bone growth. It is also believed that growth hormone independent of IGF-1 partially promotes bone growth as well, since mice studies show IGF-1 at good levels along with very low levels of growth hormone had shorter bones. Both HGH and IGF-1 seem to have beneficial growth effects for bones, even as levels of IGF-1 are used to regulate growth hormone.

HGH stimulates IGF-1 secretion. It is estimated that approximately 75%-90% of IGF-1 production is done in the liver as HGH metabolizes. Fasting for one week has been shown to reduce IGF-1 by 50%. This seems counter-intuitive as fasting increases growth hormone secretion, yet still IGF-1 is halved. Yet, under normal circumstances an increase in growth hormone secretion generally increases IGF-1 when it metabolizes through the liver. It is believed this effect is due to a reduction of growth hormone sensitivity and growth hormone receptors under a fasting state.

When IGF-1 is injected into insulin resistant type-2 diabetes, insulin sensitivity improves. This is one indicator which may be linked to the positive benefits associated with improved body composition. Below are outcomes from those injecting exogenous growth hormone achieving higher IGF-1 levels taken from the Dr. Rudman HGH study shown below.

HGH IGF-1 and body composition shown in Rudman HGH Study. Click here to enlarge chart.

 

Glucocorticoids

Glucocorticoids are a class of corticosteroids. These play a role in metabolism. Wikipedia: The name glucocorticoid (glucose + cortex + steroid) is composed from its role in regulation of glucose metabolism, synthesis in the adrenal cortex, and its steroidal structure (see structure to the right). They work as feedback in the immune system to reduce inflammation. Glucocorticoids up-regulates the expression of anti-inflammatory proteins and mutes proinflammatory proteins. Cortisol is the one important glucocorticoid as it regulates metabolic and homeostatic functions.

 

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[i] [Giustina A, Veldhuis JD. Pathophysiology of the neuroregulation of growth hormone secretion in experimental animals and the human. Endocr Rev 1998; 19:717.]

 

[ii] [[Jaffe CA, DeMott-Friberg R, Barkan AL. Endogenous growth hormone (GH)-releasing hormone is required for GH responses to pharmacological stimuli. J Clin Invest 1996; 97:934.]

 

[iii] [Jaffe CA, DeMott-Friberg R, Barkan AL. Endogenous growth hormone (GH)-releasing hormone is required for GH responses to pharmacological stimuli. J Clin Invest 1996; 97:934.]

 

[iv] [Gh and Igf-1 Physiology in Childhood, Kavitha S Rozario, Catrin Lloyd, and Fiona Ryan.]

 

[v] [Pituitary Research Unit, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia. Meinhardt UJ, Ho KK 2006.]

[i] [Toogood AA, Nass RM, Pezzoli SS, et al. Preservation of growth hormone pulsatility despite pituitary pathology, surgery, and irradiation. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1997; 82:2215.]

 

Senseless Deaths in the USA – Las Vegas Massacre in Perspective

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Las Vegas Massacre in Perspective – Senseless Deaths in the USA

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas Massacre, much attention has been placed on preventing senseless attacks like these in the future to avoid unnecessary loss of life. So far, estimates are 58 dead and 500 or so injured. Close to 90% of the news narrative following the tragedy overwhelming focused on how better gun control would somehow prevent or reduce these types of senseless deaths from occurring from gun attacks in the future.

The Las Vegas shooting was most definitely a horrible human tragedy, which no family should ever have to experience, but it’s just one of many senseless tragedies experienced by US families each day,  yet they go under-reported by major media. Those deaths are senseless deaths associated with chronic diseases like heart disease, cancers, diabetes and others.

We in the health care industry turn our attention to the raw numbers to gain a sense of perspective. In the United States roughly 614,000 people die each year of heart disease. Around 590,000 die each year from cancers. Another 250,000 or so die each year from medical error.

Just from heart disease alone, we expect over 1,600 deaths each day. This is like having ONE Las Vegas style massacre every day in over 27 cities. and that’s just for heart disease! Much of these tragic deaths are accepted because we’ve grown accustom to them as part of growing old in America. However, most of these deaths are senseless, and avoidable with proper diet and lifestyle modification.

The table below estimates the average daily deaths from these diseases.

Las Vegas Massacre - 1,000 can be saved from senseless deaths.

Based on these statistics, over 1,600 people die each day from heart disease. That’s like having 27 or more Las Vegas massacres every single day, except instead of death by gun, it is death by lifestyle. That is just for heart disease alone.

Cancers kill 1,621 people every single day in the United States. The combination of heart disease and cancer deaths is equivalent to having 56 or more Las Vegas massacres every day.

The sad truth is these diseases are in large part lifestyle diseases, and in most of the cases can be prevented with basic lifestyle changes. In a recent research finding, it was estimated type II diabetes is 90% avoidable, cardiovascular disease is 80% preventable, and cancer 70% preventable with lifestyle. See chart below.

Download the research paper here <Click here>.

Las Vegas Massacre - today 1,600 plus, senseless deaths.

The real conspiracy is the cover-up of avoidable, preventable, senseless deaths.

If we drill down into the statistics a bit further, we can literally calculate the odds of death by disease, forces of nature, and even gun violence.

Las Vegas leading causes of deaths and risks.

 

Senseless Deaths in USA – Odds Makers – Massacres – Where is the news? 

Ironically, Las Vegas is home to odds makers. Individuals and companies that use highly sophisticated mathematical models to statistically manage games of chance. All things consider, we can use similar models using statistics and estimate the odds of dying by a certain cause of death. Below are some interesting odds:

  • Heart Disease / Cancers: 1 in 7 chance of dying from these diseases.
  • Stroke: 1 in 30 chance of dying from this ailment.
  • Alzheimer’s: 1 in 43 chance of dying from this disease.
  • Influenza: 1 in 73 chance of dying.
  • Assault by Gun: 1 in 370 chance of dying.
  • Airplane: 1 in 9,820 chance of dying. (Should airplanes be legal?)
  • Mass Shooting: 1 in 15,323 chance of dying. (Outlaw bump stocks just in case.)

VIDEO – How Las Vegas Massacre and Senseless Death Relate Mathematically

Research has been done and clearly shows the most optimal diet for humankind is a High-Order Primate Diet™. The High-Order Primate Diet™ focuses on eating foods that the human body was designed to eat based on our physiology. When followed, heart disease, cancers, stroke, Alzheimer’s and other lifestyle influenced chronic diseases can be avoided and in some cases reversed.

Las Vegas Massacre - death risk - real problem not gun control.

The Las Vegas shooting is a tragedy affecting thousands of families with senseless loss of life. It will be a lasting memory on our country’s history. However, in the big picture, thousands around the country are living with tragedies every day with senseless deaths occurring from heart disease, cancers, stroke, diabetes, and other diseases which can be controlled and even avoided with lifestyle modification.

Our hope and wish is for society to awaken and see how avoidable lifestyle diseases are massacring thousands daily with very little attention given to it.

 

Research Studies of Interest:

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD – Cleveland Clinic, Reverse Heart Disease <Click here>

PREMIER Study on Blood Pressure  <Click here>

 

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Phentermine Weight-Loss Long-Term Treatment & Lifestyle

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Phentermine Medical Weight Loss: Long-term Drug Treatment for Obesity: A Systematic and Clinical Review

Medical weight-loss using weight-loss medications combined with a lifestyle modification program is shown to be an effective form of weight loss treatment in adults. Our approach is to combine our systematic AgeMetrics™ protocol along with a nutritionally dense High-Order Primate Diet™ Lifestyle program creating evidenced-based optimal metabolic wellness in patients who comply.

Essentially, the program consists of the following:

  • Physician consultation & Medical History
  • Biochemical Assessment – Age Related Blood Testing
  • EKG
  • Prescriptions Supporting Weight Loss – (i.e., Phentermine, etc.)
  • Prescriptions Replacing and Optimizing Hormone Deficiencies based on Lab Testing
  • Body Composition Measurements – Bi-monthly
  • AgeMetrics™ Key Health Indication monitoring of BMI, Body composition, lipid levels, blood sugar levels, BP, and other key health related metrics we found support optimal results in our patients.
  • Recipes and meal plan development and coaching based on our High-Order Primate Diet™ oriented eating model.

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Phentermine Medical Weight-Loss Program Efficacy

No weight-loss program can be successful without patient compliance. Our goal from the beginning was to build a program that promotes patient compliance. We use evidenced-based research isolating many of the lifestyle factors leading to the overweight / obesity epidemic plaguing the USA. The program is not a calorie restriction program – it is a nutrient dense form of our High-Order Primate Diet™.

The fact is, the human race’s physiology is designed to eat a much more whole foods diet, which includes reducing meat, dairy, processed foods, and processed oils. By doing so, patients avoid foods high in sodium and saturated fats, which most Americans eat far too much of. Research confirms using whole foods in a more natural unprocessed state is healthier and more nutrient dense, supplying the cells with nutritious calories and not empty calories. Weight loss is healthier and easier to comply with since calories are not restricted (within reason), and meal plans can be designed around favorite whole-food meals, but with targeted modifications to key ingredients which tweak them just enough so they increase metabolic health, metabolism, and satisfy hunger better.

OVERWEIGHT-OBESITY EPIDEMIC NOW 70% in USA

According to CDC and NHAMES data (2013-2014) the overweight-obesity epidemic in the United States is approximately 70%. Weight gain and unhealthy body mass index levels are key markers to suffering from age related chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, and cancers. Overweight and obesity is also increasing at an alarming rate for both adolescents and young adults, so these diseases are impacting a larger and larger percentage of younger adults, robbing them of their Quality of Life (QoL), reducing energy, influencing libido, sexual dysfunction and other lifestyle based problems which are related to being overweight.

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Weight-Loss Overweight-Obesity Men and Women

The overweight-obese problem is pretty evenly distributed among men and women.

  • Overweight-Obese Men: 73.7%
  • Overweight-Obese Women: 66.9%

What is Phentermine

Phentermine is a stimulant like an amphetamine. It works as an appetite suppressant by working on the central nervous system. Phentermine should always be used with a closely monitored lifestyle improvement program involving medical counseling and dietary coaching that set reasonable objectives and frequent feedback and biometric measurements. Then, making adjustments and adapting as required based on the unique needs of the patient.

Why Should I Sign Up for Medical Weight-loss (Phentermine)?

Recently studies are showing the lifestyle factors are leading to a major epidemic in chronic diseases. Nearly 1 in 4 will die of a heart attack, which is approximately 600,000 deaths each year. 1 in 3 will experience some form of cancer, accounting for approximately 590,000 deaths each year. Much of the medical and scientific community now understand these are lifestyle related diseases for the most part.

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Never before in human history have we had as much understanding and readily available research on how lifestyle modification can influence weight-loss, quality of life (QoL), and longevity. Even with the awakening of the research and scientific community, still far too many physicians remain in the dark about how to help their patients achieve weight-loss effectively.

That’s where we differ. Our programs are heavily evidenced-based programs and we work very hard at helping patients to understand why it is important to learn our multifaceted approach to successful weight-loss.

Conclusion on Phentermine and other Medical Treatments

Research shows that medications approved for long-term obesity treatment, when used in conjunction with proper lifestyle education and modification.

By reducing body fat, improving body composition, and reaching targets in our AgeMetrics™ profile, along with a healthy BMI (or hip-to-waist ratio), patients will be less likely to develop chronic diseases later in life by significantly reducing their risk factors for these diseases.

 

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TESTOSTERONE DECLINE IN MALES – CHEMICAL CASTRATION

Testosterone Decline in males - African clawed frog, and Chemical Castration

Testosterone Decline in Males leading to Chemical Castration – The Under-reported Problem Facing American Men.

The Feminization of Men leading to Low Testosterone, Increased Risk of Chronic Diseases, and ED.

For years mainstream medical professionals have been telling men decline in testosterone levels is just a normal part of aging. New evidence suggests this may not be 100% correct. A clear example of this is research being done on African clawed frogs exposed to the environmental endocrine-disrupting toxin known as Atrazine.

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Male Testosterone Decline (Low-T) Results in Chemical Castration from Atrazine

Atrazine is one of the most commonly used pesticides in the world. According to Tyrone B. Hayes et. al. 2010, atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide contaminant of ground, surface, and drinking water.  Researchers in the US and Australia have identified atrazine as a potent endocrine disruptor. So powerful, it results in the decline of testosterone levels in African clawed frogs. Up to 10% of these frogs transform sex from male to female, capable of copulating, and reproduction.

10% of African clawed frogs in studies transform from male to fully functional females when exposed to the atrazine pesticide.

The frogs may not be the only ones suffering from this form of chemical-castration due to declining testosterone levels. It is likely impacting species higher up in the food chain, including potentially feminizing men all over the world who are exposed to this commonly used pesticide and hormone disruptor.

Atrazine and other industrial chemicals, including herbicides, pesticides and other environmental toxins may be disrupting hormones and feminizing men.

Atrazine exposed male frogs suffered from depressed testosterone, decreased breeding gland size, demasculinized/feminized laryngeal development, suppressed mating behavior, reduced spermatogenesis, and decreased fertility. These data are consistent with effects of atrazine observed in other vertebrate classes.[1]

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Male Infertility – From Strong Masculine Desirable Males to Unnatural Biochemical She-Men

Male fertility is in decline. Recent estimates suggest between 60-80 million couples each year suffer from some form of infertility. Research also suggests that 40%-50% of reported infertility is due to men.[2]

Historically, the medical profession has been focusing primarily on semen quality. But other pathways leading to follicular stimulating hormone function may be playing a larger role than previously understood. Endocrinologist and other medical professionals focus heavily on treating diseases when perhaps preventing diseases with toxin avoidance and healthier lifestyles is what should be the priority.

As far back as the 1990’s, it was estimated that roughly 6% of adult males were likely infertile (Purvis & Christiansen, 1992). An increased exposure to so-called “Xeno-Estrogens” is thought to be responsible for prenatal and postnatal testicular dysfunction in men. Xeno-estrogens impact fetal development by inhibiting proper Sertoli cell development, impacting sperm production in men.

Potential (controllable) Factors to Male Infertility

  • Xeno-estrogens
  • Hormone Imbalances due to Lifestyle
  • Heavy Metal Exposure
  • Pesticide Exposure
  • Unknown Chemicals and Multi-Chemical Exposures

 

Men with Erectile Dysfunction

Historically, erectile dysfunction in men below 40 years of age was considered psychogenic. Although most of these cases may be related to performance anxiety, new evidence shows as many of 20% of these males have a real physiological problem. There is likely a combination of anxiety and physiological issues compounding ED problems even more.

For the most part, all physiological erectile dysfunction can be categorized as one of the following three problems:

  • Vascular dysfunction
  • Nerve sensitivity
  • Endocrine dysfunction of disruption

Our Evidenced-Based Approach to Manhood

We’ve been investigating these and other testosterone (hormone & lifestyle) related factors for many years. Our approach is new and revolutionary in that we are the first Age Management Group to combine an AgeMetrics™ formulated approach which includes the following:

  • A HIGH-ORDER PRIMATE DIET™ program which is a heart healthy (vascular improvement) program to stop and reverse vascular dysfunction with a whole food plant-based diet, the only diet shown to stop and reverse heart disease [Esselstyn, Ornish, and others.]
  • AgeMetrics™ Lifestyle program where deficiencies and key performance indicators to optimal health is used as decision support tools for counselors, doctors and patients to objectively measure and confirm progress towards optimal wellness.

We have found that with both of these steps are followed with our program, men especially are more likely to experience rapid improvement in their libido, endurance, body composition, and significantly reduce their risk factors of all age related chronic diseases.

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[1] Atrazine induces complete feminization and chemical castration in male African clawed frogs. Tyron B. Hays et. al. March 9, 2010, PNAS 4612-4617, Vol. 107, no. 10.

 

[2] Potential pathways of pesticide action on erectile function – A contributory factor in male infertility, R.P. Kaur et. al. Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction 2015: 4(4) 322-330.

Increase HGH Naturally with AgeMetrics and Ipamorelin – Even if You’re Not a Billionaire

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HGH Secretagogue – Ipamorelin & AgeMetrics™ – Potential HGH benefits, even if you’re not a billionaire.

Benefits of Ipamorelin over Human Growth Hormone in US:

  • Similar HGH Benefits when combined with an AgeMetrics™ Lifestyle Program
  • Less Expensive than Human Growth Hormone
  • Less Regulated and Less Burdensome for Pharmacies
  • Less known side-effects than seen with other HGH Secretagogues

Ipamorelin is a selective growth hormone secretagogue first synthesized by researchers at Novo Nordisk in the mid-1990′ s. Ipamorelin is classified as a growth hormone releasing peptide (GHRP). It works in concert with the hypothalamus and the anterior pituitary gland to produce human growth hormone pulses.

Ipamorelin is gaining in popularity as a human growth hormone substitute treatment for treating adult human growth hormone deficiencies in the United States and abroad. Adult growth hormone deficiencies are considered rare by conventional mainstream medical bodies, and to some degree, regulators. However, new evidence is shedding more light on the subject. A growing desire by the public to improve quality of life (QoL) and avoid chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes demands a second look at hormone disruption in the US and other westernized countries. Hormone disruption may be caused by age, but more and more we are learning how exposure to endocrine disruptive environmental toxins impacts us as well.

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Growth Hormone Deficiency – Overview: HGH Ipamorelin

Growth hormone deficiency is a chronic disease with multiple causes, some of which are well-documented, and others which are ignored and/or suppressed. For instance, children with human growth hormone deficiency generally are shorter than their peers.  They may also present a tendency towards obesity, another clue and issue related to the rising obesity epidemic in the US and around the world. Pediatricians and/or endocrinologists will frequently prescribe human growth hormone to short-statured children with the goal of promoting growth, also referred as “Catch-up growth” by some.

Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency – HGH Ipamorelin

According to consensus-based medicine, adult-onset growth hormone deficiency is generally related to pituitary adenomas or as a result of brain trauma.  Pituitary adenomas are small tumors which are generally benign. These tumors are slow-growing; arising from inner and nearby cells around the pituitary gland. Brain trauma occurs with injury either in childhood or later in life and may go undetected until later in life if not properly diagnosed.

According to major medical and governmental agencies, the prevalence of adult human growth hormone deficiency occurs in approximately 1 in 10,000 adults.

The estimated 2016 population of the United States is 323 million. The total estimated adult population in the US is 249 million. According to these figures, roughly 25,000 individuals may be suffering from adult human growth hormone deficiency.

Adult HGH Deficiency Paradox – Is Ipamorelin a solution?

  • The current global human growth hormone market is estimated at $3-$4 billion annually.
  • 50% of the total HGH market is in the USA – $1.5-$2B annually.
  • The US HGH market sales estimates 50% sales for children and 50% sales for adult HGh deficiency.

If we estimate 25,000 total adults projected with HGH deficiency, then we can take total adult human growth hormone sales in the USA at $1B and divide it by 25,000, which equals $40,000 USD earned per patient for treating adult human growth hormone deficiency.

Ipamorelin, HGh substitute, Less expensive form of HGH therapy.
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Under various scenarios, such as the comparison of human growth hormone products’ cost in pediatric and adult patients, it is estimated that $20,000-$24,000 annual treatment costs for adult human growth hormone replacement. Norditropin came out ahead of all major brands due to its cutting-edge delivery system resulting in less waste. It is estimated that annual costs for Notditropin HGH to be at around $20,000 per year.

Based on three estimates, we figure that over 50% of the adult HGH market in the USA is for off label HGH prescriptions. Many of these prescriptions are given to wealthier patients seeking the benefits observed in the Dr. Rudman human growth hormone study in 1990.

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Below are bullet points on the Rudman Human Growth Hormone Research study:

  • Treatment was given for six months
  • Ages ranged from 61 to 81 years
  • Men were injected at 8:00 AM, with intervals between HGH injections only 1 or 2 days
  • The men followed a healthy diet directed by a dietician
  • Study found no significant change in body weight
  • Lean body mass increased by 8.8%
  • Fat decreased by 14.4%
  • Skin thickness increased 7.1%
  • An increase in bone density was observed

Learn more about the Dr. Rudman Published HGH Research Study <Click here>

We estimate that it is also likely that adult human growth hormone deficiency may also be under-diagnosed in many overweight adults suffering from chronic diseases like heart disease, hypertension, among others. Therefore, it is probable that the majority of HGH sales in the USA currently is going to elites with the financial ability to buy it for age management benefits. Since treatment in the USA is roughly $20,000-$25,000 per year, which means much of the top 1% are more than likely being treated for some form of adult human growth hormone deficiency.

Peter Thiel – Billionaire, Tech Entrepreneur, and Biotech Investor:  Wants to Live to age 120, and Takes Human Growth Hormone.

Watch the King of Techtopia do the HGH Moonwalk…

Ipamorelin – HGH Replacement Option

Ipamorelin may be a very economical alternative to Norditropin HGH for US based patients considering HGH replacement therapy. It is much less expensive and much less regulatory burdens are involved. You do not need to be part of the Elite group of billionaires to get access to age management health care with Ipamorelin.

Our experience shows, patients will get the most benefit on Ipamorelin if they comply with the following guidelines:

  • Eat a predominately whole food plant-based diet, such as our High-Order Primate Diet™.
  • Get moderate exercise 3-4 days per week.
  • Have your doctor examine and treat any other hormone difficiencies you may have such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, DHEA.
  • Have your doctor examine and treat any nutrient deficiencies such as B12, Vitamin D and others.
  • Avoid environmental toxins as much as reasonably possible by eliminating processed foods, drinking purified water, including distilled water or reverse osmosis water.
  • Follow our AgeMetrics™ wellness program and achieve a certain level of bio-markers related to wellness and longevity.

More about Endocrine Disruption and Environmental Factors

Many Americans remain unaware about hormone decline related to endocrine dysfunction due to environmental chemicals. Over the past 100 years, more than 200 million tons of new chemicals have been created. Many of these are leading known endocrine disruptions.

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Click to enlarge dramatic rise of toxic chemicals which may be affecting hormone levels and accelerated age-related decline of HGH, testosterone, and others.

Reducing Cancer Risk for those on HGH or Ipamorelin Therapy

Probably one of the best and effective ways to reduce cancer risk is to eat a High-Order Primate Diet™ tailored for humans, and reduce intake of meat and dairy to less than 5% of total calories.

We refer you to Dr. J Fuhrman MD, Eat to Live, see information graphic below.

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We also refer you to Dr. T. C. Campbell and his work at Cornell University related to dietary intake of cancer and its relationship to protein intake in lab animals and through epidemiological research in China.

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Ipamorelin Clinical Trials <ClinicalTrials.Gov>

Contact us today and see if we can assist you with your health and wellness goals. We go heavy on evidence-based research and light on hype.

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Overview – Is it Right for You?

Bioidentical hormone therapy is an innovative approach to healthy aging when combined with a healthy lifestyle. There has been a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding the use of bioidentical hormone replacement. Here we take a closer look at some myths associated with hormone replacement. We also explore its role in the health and wellness of all of us in the modern age.

History of Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy was first reportedly used in the Sumerian city of Lagash in the 21st century BC.[i]  This type of hormone therapy was called castration. Although a crude form of therapy, castration was generally performed without consent of younger males prior to puberty. It was done so the male could take on a unique role as a servant or slave.

It is known that Aristotle new about the effects of castration on males. Aristotle’s hypothesis on fertilization is one of the first scientific encounters in reproductive biology.[ii] Castration was used primarily as a form of punishment or an effort to create docile and unassertive slaves out of young men. More recently is was used to create a “castrato” singing voice. Young males were castrated prior to sexual maturity to prevent a boy’s larynx from physiological changes due to puberty, resulting in a distinct singing tone.

Unlike medieval hormone therapies, modern hormone therapy came of age around the 1930’s, with the goal of replacing deficiencies to more optimal healthy (youthful) levels. That was the period when the hormone progesterone was first identified as well as testosterone. Testosterone was promoted as early as the 1930’s as the “Elixir of Life.” Many forms of advertising still promote testosterone therapy and supplements to this day as an “elixir,” which often leads to controversies and debate among those in medicine and regulatory bodies.

Without going into medical or regulatory controversies, it is important for all of us to understand that hormones are an important signaling mechanism for orthomolecular regulatory function within our bodies. Hormones can influence growth, mood, quality of life (QoL), body composition, and overall health – especially as we grow older and weaker.

When we are young and healthy, hormone function is considered to be at optimal levels.  Unfortunately, in the modern era, although we are generally living much longer lifespans, we are not living healthier lifespans. Our unhealthy modern lifestyle leads to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, which in turn negatively influences our hormone levels.

Historically, hormone declines were considered a normal part of the aging process. However, new evidence is suggesting hormone decline and disruptions is more related to lifestyle and exposure to certain types of environmental toxins known as endocrine disruptors. Lifestyle-environmental influenced hormone disruption is one of the most significant factors for determining if hormone replacement is right for you, so it’s important to understand what influences the body’s hormones in our modern world.

Types of Hormone Replacement Therapy

There are two types of hormone replacement therapy. Non-bioidentical and bioidentical. There are large differences between the two related to health and research. Here we take a quick look at some of the differences.

Old Way: Non-bioidentical – Risky Cancer Relationships

Beginning in the 1960’s, advances in chemical engineering enabled scientists to synthesize hormones. Doctors began prescribing hormone replacement for postmenopausal women.  It was common knowledge at the time that hormone replacement helped women feel better, potentially reduced their heart attack risk, and influenced healthier aging.

The synthetic hormones developed in the 1960’s, were non-bioidentical. They weren’t 100% molecularly equivalent to the natural hormone molecules circulating in the human body. These hormone products were patented synthetic hormones obtained from chemicals taken from animals and synthetically manipulated, so they could be taken orally. That way, when capsules or tablets were taken orally, they could pass through the digestive system and liver, and still produce a hormonal effect. The hormone released still appeared close enough to the body’s natural hormones, but the minor molecular differences would lead to negative side-effects. Large research studies that followed women using these hormones began identifying adverse side-effects to long, prolonged, use of these hormones.

One of the largest hormone replacement trials was published in 2002 from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). The study reported the following:

  • The risk of dying from breast cancer doubled for women taking synthetic HRT over a placebo.
  • 25% increase in the risk of breast cancer for those on synthetic HRT over those on a placebo.

It was shorty after this study that synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy began to be discouraged by many in the health industry. Rightly so, as cancers are the second leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in approximately 590,000 deaths per year. See chart.

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The percentage increase as a major risk factor for disease and death is impossible to ignore.

Bioidentical Hormones are 100% Identical to Natural Hormones

Bioidentical hormones offer the improved quality of life (QoL) of hormone replacement, but without the same risks as identified with synthetic hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormone replacement uses 100% bioidentical hormones. This means they are the exact molecular structure currently circulating within the human body.

With respect to women and their risk for breast cancer, stroke and heart attack, there is strong evidence that bioidentical hormone replacement is the preferred choice. Hormone replacement offers many benefits relating to mood, libido, bone density, body composition, all important quality of life and risk factors for common age related diseases.

Factors that Cause Hormone Deficiencies

For years medical researchers have claimed hormone deficiencies are a natural part of aging. They state that the levels of the cell receptors progressively decline with age, putting the body into various states of endocrine decline. However, this claim is oversimplified, and new evidence relating to diet and lifestyle proves it is incomplete.

Hormone Replacement Misconception – It’s the Natural Part of Aging

For years consensus medicine has been telling patients’ hormone disruption and deficiencies are a normal part of aging. New and increasing evidence suggests otherwise. One is a study on the population-level decline in serum testosterone levels in American men. It found significant declines in comparable aged men from the 1980’s, 1990’s, and early 2000’s.[i]

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Lifestyle Factors

Lifestyle factors may be the most important factors to your health and longevity. We now understand better than in past generations, that most of our leading causes of death, heart disease, cancers, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimer’s, are actually lifestyle diseases.

For instance, it was recently reported and confirmed that the following chronic diseases were preventable by the following percentages.  Type II diabetes is reportedly 90% preventable. Coronary heart disease is 80%, with stoke and colon cancer rates preventable by up to 70%, solely determined by one’s lifestyle.[ii]

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There is a huge library of easily accessible scientific research that supports lifestyle modification factors which optimize nutrition, exercise and metal health, significantly correlates with increased life-span and aging, including the lengthening of telomeres, an accurate indicator of longevity. [i]

Few dispute that the United States and other parts of western civilization has an obesity epidemic. With nearly 67% of the US population overweight or obese, the health consequences are staggering. But should the obesity epidemic be called something else? Perhaps, a malnutrition epidemic? The standard American diet is often referred to as an acronym: “SAD.”

The US population is eating far too many calories in the form of meat, dairy, processed foods, processed oils, and too few nutrient dense whole foods, like fruits and vegetables. Therein lie important keys to lifestyle factors and the influence on overall health and hormone function.

Environmental Factors

In addition to Lifestyle factors impacting hormone levels, we also have to look at our environment, and potentially toxic substances we come in contact with every day without even thinking about it. Over the last 100 years, we introduced approximately 200 million tons of new molecular structures into the world know to be toxic. The Center for Disease Control reports it has identified 148 toxic chemicals in Americans of all ages. Toxic chemicals we come in contact with through food, water, clothing, furniture, air, etc., get absorbed into our bodies daily. Many of these chemicals are recognized as endocrine disruptors.

Endocrine toxins hormone deficiencies in Tampa Bay
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There are twelve commonly found endocrine disruptors which are the most prevalent in the environment. They are:

  • BPA
  • Dioxin
  • Atrazine
  • Phthalates
  • Fire Retardants
  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Mercury
  • Perfluorinated Chemicals
  • Organophosphate pesticides

Some of these you may be familiar with. Each plays a role in endocrine disruption. Some impact our bodies more than others do. Atrazine, for example, is a herbicide used heavily on corn crops. It is one of the more commonly used pesticides in the world. It is a potent endocrine disruptor. Male frogs exposed to this chemical became feminized. In fact, 10% of genetic male frogs exposed to atrazine actually developed into functioning females that copulated with other males, producing viable eggs. [i]

They also found a 10-fold decrease in testosterone levels in male frogs exposed to atrazine. It’s believed that atrazine promotes conversion of testosterone to estrogen in exposed male frogs. The studies used realistic exposures at 25 parts per billion of atrazine to achieve these effects.

Hormone Therapy can be an important Healthy Lifestyle Choice when combined with proper nutrition program.

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REFENCES

[i] Maekawa, Kazuya (1980). Animal and human castration in Sumer, Part II: Human castration in the Ur III period. Zinbun [Journal of the Research Institute for Humanistic Studies, Kyoto University], pp. 1–56. / Maekawa, Kazuya (1980). Female Weavers and Their Children in Lagash – Presargonic and Ur III. Acta Sumerologica 2:81–125.

[ii] Center for Reproductive Medicine and Andrology, University Hospital of Munster, Munster, Germany, and the Center of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  Center of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology, University Hospital of Münster, Münster, Germany2Center of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Center

[iii] A Population-Level Decline in Serum Testosterone Levels in American Men. Thomas Travison, A. Araujo, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

[iv] Lifestyle and nutrition, caloric restriction, mitochondrial health and hormones: Scientific interventions for anti-aging – Luis Vitetta and Bill Anton, Unit of Health Integration, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Australia

[v] Dean Ornish, Jue Lin, June M Chan, E. Blackburn (2013-September) The Lancet

[vi] T.B. Hayes, V. Khoury, March 9, 2010, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.