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Graduated UC Berkeley with degree in Biochemistry. UC San Diego charter class graduate with MD degree. Founder and Medical Director of Los Gatos Longevity Institute -- the oldest continuously running Anti-Aging center in the US.
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Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Reverse T3 Thyroid

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Reverse T3 Thyroid

  ] Hashimoto’s Auto Immune Thyroiditis Hashimoto’s is an auto-immune condition.  Where your body sees thyroid as “foreign” or “not self.”  This stimulates production of antibodies against to your own thyroid.  There are a host of auto immune conditions including Sjogren’s (Sicca Syndrome). Lupus, Scleroderma, CREST Syndrome and Rheumatoid Arthritis. [Important note: It is vital to recognize that the TSH test is being used as a screening test.  See previous blog.  It will not diagnose Hashimoto’s.  It will totally miss…

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Tyranny of the TSH

Tyranny of the TSH

The Tyranny of the TSH Let’s talk about further thyroid testing.  In an effort to reduce laboratory costs and find ever cheaper methods of evaluating thyroid function, the TSH has become the more commonly accepted first line test with “reflex” follow-up. Now this assumes three very important concepts. The feedback mechanism between the pituitary and the thyroid is intact and functional. It assumes a “normal distribution.” That is, a typical “bell shaped” curve of all values from low to high….

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Aging Research Topics and Meetings

Aging Research Topics and Meetings

Aging and Age-Related Conferences and Updates: [We are indebted to John Furber for these timely and comprehensive updates on aging and anti-aging research, meetings and conferences] (updated 9 April 2016)   Disease Drivers of Aging:  2016 Advances in  Geroscience Summit April 13-14, 2016, New York City Co-sponsored by AFAR, GSA, NIH, NYAS www.nyas.org/Geroscience2016   Cognitive Aging Conference April 14-17, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, USA http://cac.gatech.edu/   31st International Conference Alzheimer’s Disease International April 21-24, 2016, Budapest, Hungary http://www.adi2016.org/   Biomedical Innovation…

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The Why and How of Thyroid Dosing

The Why and How of Thyroid Dosing

Thyroid assessment and treatment Your thyroid is a master controller of vital human functions.  It controls your rate of metabolism and is the seat of your immunity.     There is an array of firmly held opinions, explanations and approach to treatment. Characterization and symptoms Hypothyroidism, an under active thyroid gland,  is common and is a frequently under-treated or un-treated endocrine disorder.     It is characterized by any of a number of symptoms including: fatigue weight gain or inability to lose weight depression…

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aging conferences update

aging conferences update

Aging Related Conferences [with special thanks to John Furber] Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 68th Annual Scientific Meeting “Aging as a Lifelong Process” November 18-22, 2015, Orlando, Florida Abstracts due March 5, 2015. http://www.geron.org/annual-meeting   Society for Redox Biology and Medicine: 22nd Annual Meeting. November 18 – 22, 2015, Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts USA Abstracts deadline: 1 Sep 2015 http://www.sfrbm.org/sections/annual-meeting/information   FDA Public Workshop Neurodiagnostics and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Medical Devices Workshop,  November 19-20, 2015   BIT’s 3rd Annual World Congress of…

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Anti-Aging Medicine — the Promise of a better tomorrow

Anti-Aging Medicine — the Promise of a better tomorrow

Anti-Aging Age Management Medicine the Future of Health and Wellness Anti-Aging Medicine / Age Management Medicine.  What is it?   Is it real? Are there real controversies here? In a word, yes.   Can it be fulfilled in today’s guideline, task force, economic environment? We are poised at a very important juncture.   Anti-aging medicine offers promise of a goal oriented path to optimal health and well being.  Or we can pursue restrictive policy driven, algorithms of cookbook medicine. What…

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Exercise Health Benefits

Exercise Health Benefits

Exercise – how it benefits your health Exercising.   Is there anything new we can say about the benefits of exercising?   You have seemingly heard it all from the exhortations to buy the latest exercise tape to the knowledge that this is a nation of larger and larger people – fat. There was a tiny note in the news many years ago that the seats at Wimbledon were being increased by 2” – too many “strawberries and cream.” So…

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Menopause-andropause

Menopause-andropause

Menopause and Andropause: The Next Passage Menopause / Andropause is the result of age related waning sex steroid levels. Think steroids.   What’s the first thing that comes to mind?   What’s the first image?   Bulked up Olympic Athletes?  Baseball players testifying before congress?   Or something else? Sex hormones — it’s what keeps us youthful, vital and playful. We live in a world loaded with images and mis-perceived words. Menopause has become so much more”acceptable” to talk about. You…

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Staying Competitive in the Workforce

Staying Competitive in the Workforce

Staying Competitive in the Workforce It is a recurring theme, the baby boomers lead once again. Why? There are 76 million of us turning 50 at the rate of 1 every 18 seconds for the next 20 years. It remains a potent force as it has for the last 5 decades. You can’t ignore us because the population bulge in the modern world continues to favor the baby boom population. We are an aging society. The World Health Organization and…

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Osteoporosis detection and prevention

Osteoporosis detection and prevention

Osteoporosis — the preventable epidemic California Age Management Institute Osteoporosis.  Now you thought this was a problem of 70 and 80 year olds. What was once heard described by a patient quoting her physician, “well, Mabel it seems you have moldy bones.” But some of the largest and well known HMOs won’t even begin testing for this until after 60 — until it may be quite late in the game.  So why be concerned? Osteoporosis by definition is a lack…

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