The conventional medical model suggests that health is merely the absence of disease. Within that model, aging is thought to be a progressive deterioration of vitality that culminates in disease. Contemporary medicine then focuses all of its resources to treat the disease with invasive diagnostic procedures, costly pharmaceuticals, and multiple surgical interventions.
Age Management Medicine recognizes that health is more than the absence of disease. Rather, it views health as the embodiment of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being. The focus, in this new model, is away from disease and onto prevention, lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, hormonal balance, and meditation and prayer.
Age Management Medicine recognizes that to be healthy, the doctor shifts from being an authority figure to a teacher, who instructs and empowers his patients to move towards wellness. Similarly, the patient becomes an active participant who accepts responsibility for their health and, through guidance learns the principles of health and healing and applies them in every day life.
Age Management Medicine acknowledges that aging is a natural process that can be effectively managed. You cannot stop your biological clock. There are real challenges meeting you at various times in your individual aging process. The key is how you live out your years and meet those challenges.
Current scientific studies have demonstrated that most adults have significantly lower levels of several essential hormones by age 40. Those key hormones include DHEA, thyroid, cortisol, estrogen and testosterone. Insufficient levels of these major anti-stress hormones are linked to memory lapses, mood swings, fatigue, low libido, menopause/andropause, muscle and joint pain, loss of skin elasticity, osteoporosis, and increased body fat.
This progressive decline in health, associated with lower hormone levels, was once thought to be inevitable, resulting in both doctors and patients stating the same mantra, “What do you expect; I'm getting older” or “I guess I just have to learn to live with it”. Click here to check out the new study on menopause and acupuncture as reported on ABC NEWS. Dr. Gallagher is a certified medical acupuncturist and uses the technique to help manage the symtoms of menopause.
The current scientific breakthroughs in age management now suggest that although your hormone levels may be declining (along with your health), your hormone receptors do not decline with age. Therefore, the complications of aging can be managed by replacing the declining hormone levels with human identical hormones that can reactive your hormone receptors and start improving your health.
The 'Age Management Program at Medical Wellness Associates begins with a comprehensive history & lifestyle evaluation to determine your specific metabolism, the status of your hormone levels and the overall functionality of your physiology. Our program also includes functional laboratory tests for brain and body aging, metabolic errors, genetic markers, traditional risk factors, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, heavy metal toxicity, and structural integrity of your muscles and joints.
Following your comprehensive evaluation, an individual age management program will be reviewed with you by the physician. Treatment programs may include diet & lifestyle modification, human identical hormone therapy (bio-identical hormones), nutraceuticals (USP vitamins, enzymes, botanical medicines, homeopathics, etc), and structural integration (medical acupuncture, prolotherapy, spinal manipulation, etc.).
Ultimately, the philosophy of our age management program is, “better health and functional longevity” is not an accident but rather a choice. Come with us and experience how to regain your health and maximize your health potential.