Anti Aging

A Letter to our Patients Concerning Anti-aging

Over the years, Dr. Tracy and I have become more concerned with helping our patient’s live healthier problem free lives. While we both love adjusting it has become apparent that simply adjusting is no longer enough to restore our patients to optimal health. As a result we have become increasingly involved in other techniques and tools that may help achieve this healthier lifestyle. Many of you over the years have been prescribed vitamin E, B-vitamin supplements, calcium, magnesium, etc. and as you know this can be extremely effective. Unfortunately, this approach is a narrow focus and only addresses the acute problem at hand. More and more of our patients suffer from a gradual continuing decline in health as they age. Suffering from more degenerative and age related problems. We have also noticed that patients have a harder time holding their adjustments. Yet, a very few patients seem to age without these problems.

We live in a world that is increasingly more toxic and stressful. Internally, this results in the formation of harmful chemicals (free radicals) that degrade and damage us on a cellular level. Eight of the 10 reasons that people die today are directly linked to free radical damage. Thankfully, we have a built-in defense system to neutralize these free radicals. Antioxidants fight free radicals and are readily available in the foods that we eat. Unfortunately very few of us eat enough of these vegetables to adequately supply the antioxidants needed to fight the free radicals we are producing. We can however supplement our diet with vitamin supplements, which will easily provide the antioxidants we need. Researchers and physicians alike agree that dietary vitamin supplementation is beneficial and necessary.

Dr. Andrew Weil states in the October 17, 2005 Time Magazine, “The more regularly we supply our bodies with antioxidants and phytonutrients, the better our health. Most of us simply cannot do that with food, hence the need for supplements.” “… Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. … It appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.” Robert H. Fletcher, MD, MSc; Kathleen M. Fairfield, MD, DrPH, Harvard University Journal of the American Medical Association 2002; 287: 3127-3129

Sincerely, Dr. Richard Keim

Why Antioxidants are Essential to Your Health: A letter from Dr Sharell

Antioxidants are your body’s defense against oxidative stress and FREE RADICAL DAMAGE.

EVERY DISEASE OF AGING IS ACTUALLY FREE RADICAL DAMAGE (heart disease, arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, etc) So are many diseases not considered to be caused by aging, such as most kinds of cancer, and periodontal disease.

So, what is free radical damage and oxidation? Two names for the same thing. Think of a rusty iron skillet, old chipping house paint, and discolored fruit such as a banana or apple. These are the result of oxidation and are things you can see. A similar thing is happening inside your body all of the time even though you can’t see it. When our body produces energy it also produces a by-product of free radicals. The free radical is a molecule that is missing an electron, and it wants to fill that empty space so bad that it steals an electron from a perfectly good molecule, which then damages that molecule. If that molecule happens to be a part of your cells or DNA, then it is damaged and cannot reproduce a perfect cell to keep you healthy unless its electron is returned. This is going on ALL THE TIME in your body, many hundreds of thousands of times a day, and after awhile the tissues are not able to function correctly (picture the decaying apple, and hardened paint) and some condition or diseased organ is then diagnosed, all because of free radical damage.

What’s a body to do?
Well, fortunately we are not helpless victims, if we are informed and aware. Nature has been kind to us and given us ANTI oxidants. Antioxidants are found in our fresh foods such as green, red and yellow vegetables, fruits, and raw nuts.

You can begin to make changes in your choices of foods, activities and nutritional supplements. . This is your first line of Body Defense. Many of us find it difficult to eat enough of the oxidative fighting foods and rely on supplements to give us a boost, while we still strive to eat better and avoid the things that increase oxidation.

Two excellent books for learning more about antioxidants and how to slow down the aging process are:

The Antioxidant Revolution, by Dr James Balch

The Metabolic Plan, by Stephen Cherniske, M.S.

If you are like me, you may sometimes lose sight of why you need to eat well. Here are a few reminders why we all need to keep an eye on our diets and antioxidant levels.

Heart Disease
Everybody knows that the plaque that causes hardening of the arteries is dangerous for the heart. But do you know that the plaque is made up of LDL cholesterol that has been damaged by free radicals? Did you know that if the lining of the wall were smooth the plaque would not be able to stick to it? The reason the cell walls are not smooth is because they have been damaged by free radicals creating a hook for the plaque to hang on. Together, the antioxidants, vitamin E and vitamin C can strengthen the arteriole wall and repair and suppress the damage caused by free radicals to both the LDL and cell wall. Vitamin E and vitamin C are both very important antioxidants.

Energy (or No Energy)

Mitochondria are like little factories in our cells creating energy. Free radicals love to attack our mitochondria. But if we have enough antioxidants such as vitamin C and superoxide dismutase they will swim around and intercept the free radicals before they can damage our mitochondria. Free radicals contribute to low energy.The body can create the powerful antioxidant, superoxide dismutase, if there is an adequate supply of copper, selenium, zinc and manganese, in the diet.Those little mitochondria factories have a byproduct and, just like smog, it is a free radical. But fortunately, there is an antioxidant called alpha lipoic acid that loves to help the mitochondria produce energy and neutralize the free radicals.

Alpha lipoic acid also helps stop the formation of tumors and cancer by counteracting the effects of the oncogene activator, which is the cause of uncontrolled cell growth.

Carotenoids are an important antioxidant that enhances communication between pre-malignant cancer cells and normal cells sending messages to the pre-cancerous cells to regulate their growth, stopping cancer.

Carotenoids are the pigments that make our fruits and vegetables bright yellow, bright orange, and bright red. Along with helping reduce the risk of cancer, carotenoids help our immune system, help protect our eyes from macular degeneration, and protect our skin, our liver, and our lungs.
Eat your fresh fruits and vegetables!

Our environment makes wellness a challenge; together we will learn how to meet it.