Can you have have the spine of a 70-year-old when you feel like a healthy 55-year-old? The answer is YES. Women, especially around the age of 50, can experience loss of bone density after reaching menopause.
To truly understand aging and disease, we have to drill down into the disease. Osteoporosis is commonly hormone-mediated, and frequently in conjunction with declining estrogen levels. Specifically, bone destruction, which is a normal metabolic process, begins to occur more rapidly than bone rebuilding.This process is regulated in part by estrogen, which, along with vitamin D and other nutrients, plays an important role in calcium uptake into bone.
You can see in this broad understanding of osteoporosis, that it is actually the product of an imbalanced hormonal system. It's an outward manifestation of a deeper problem with the brain, which produces or regulates about 90% of our hormones.
At PATH Medical, we look at all organ systems with diagnostic tests to detect problems with Bone Density, Brain Function, Hormone Imbalances, Kidney Health, Heart Health, etc. Then we treat you with a whole-body approach.
Even when we're young, very few people are extremely high in only one brain chemical, or only low in another. Most of us are a combination of highs and lows. In fact, brain chemicals are synergistically related to each other: When one is high, the other is low. Dopamine and Acetylcholine are the brain's "on" switches, providing you with lots of energy. GABA and Serotonin are the "off" switches - they help calm the body.
When your brain is balanced, you are creating the exact right amount of each chemical, and you'll feel energetic, creative, and calm, and will have the ability to reset your brain with restful sleep at night. But as we get older, the structure of the neuronal highway gets worn down and becomes less efficient as both a chemical producer and transmitter. That's when you start to lose the speed of Acetylcholine or the energy of Dopamine. Without these, you'll feel the low-Serotonin blues, which lead to higher anxiety as GABA becomes imbalanced, which forces a low-Serotonin inability to sleep.
All these symptoms can contribute to your feeling older than your actual age, because they are literally aging your brain. This is why a youthful brain is perhaps the most crucial challenge of aging, and why you must keep your brain as young as possible throughout your life. We at PATH Medical can help you balance your brain for a Younger You.
With an epidemic of Kidney Disease on the rise, robbing more and more people of their health, it's time to become aware of this burgeoning threat. Characterized by a progressive loss of the kidney's ability to filter toxins from the blood, kidney disease also accelerates aging.
There are numerous causes of of kidney disease, such as metabolic syndrome, resistance to metabolic hormones (insulin, leptin, etc.), and increases in parathyroid hormone levels; but obesity appears to play a central role. Overuse of NSAIDs, as well as exposure to heavy metals may also impair kidney health. Heavy metals (such as mercury and lead) are especially damaging because they resist removal, and wreak havoc on a number of organs and tissues.
At PATH Medical we assess patients' blood for heavy metals, and then meet the challenge with chelation therapy for those with heavy metal contamination. We also use a targeted nutritional support strategy. With so many Americans walking around with kidneys that are on their "last legs," it's time to protect your Kidneys for a longer life.
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.