Hey Guys! Aging is for the Uninformed: Hormone Therapy at AIM

by Dr. Brooke Azie-Rentz

shutterstock_167782049If you listen to sports radio you have no doubt heard the following commercial with these three questions:

Do you want more sex drive?

Do you want more energy?

Do you want to feel younger?

The tag line is, “If you said yes to any of these questions, then you may have low Testosterone.” We at AIM don’t know anyone that wouldn’t want more sex drive, more energy or to feel younger!  But why and how can we accomplish that goal? Let us explain how hormone changes occur, what to expect, and how to continue living a youthful lifestyle.

Hormone changes are a natural part of aging both in men and women.  In women, the hormonal change is usually dramatic, with symptoms like hot flashes and irregular menstrual cycles; while in men, the decrease in testosterone can occur gradually and be less obvious.  Kind of like the boiled frog scenario–you wake up one day,look in mirror and proclaim, “When did that happen?!”  

shutterstock_1022806717The term “male menopause” or “andropause” is sometimes used to describe decreasing age-related testosterone levels, or a reduction in the bioavailability of testosterone, and the symptoms associated with that reduction.  

In evolutionary terms, ours bodies have not caught up to the advances of modern medicine.

Men live much longer today than they did hundreds of years ago. With the invention of antibiotics, surgery protocols, anesthesia and electricity to keep our food safe, we no longer have survival of the fittest.  However midway through our lives, our bodies start to shut down as if there is no longer a need for optimal levels of testosterone. A thousand years ago, when you reached 40-50 years of age and could no longer hunt, you were an extra mouth to feed and were expected to leave the village, that is if you were not 

already dead!  That’s right: the decrease in shutterstock_1038674425testosterone was really a sign that it was time to die! Today, the average life expectancy for men is 76-years-old, however, our bodies still expect us to die at 50, so we continue to see a decrease in testosterone starting at age 30 at a rate of around 1 percent per year.

Symptoms of low testosterone levels include: changes in sexual function and sleep patterns,  increased body fat, decreased muscle mass and emotional changes. Low testosterone can even be a precursor to other diseases such as insulin insensitivity and heart disease.  

shutterstock_145716929Here at AIM, we offer a comprehensive array of treatments to increase testosterone.  From conventional hormones, to treatments such as acupuncture, herbal supplements, and our specialty, bioidentical hormonal preparations available in pills and creams.  This includes The Wiley Protocol for Men©. Those commercials on sports radio are usually offering synthetic options such as androgen gels or testosterone shots. At AIM, all our options are natural and do not include the same side effects as synthetic testosterone.  

Book a consultation, and tell age to take a seat.  You’ve got a lot more life to live!

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Detoxification is for Everyone!

by Dr. Victoria Nguyen

shutterstock_351566993Spring is here! Commonly, spring is the signal of new beginnings as flowers start to bloom and spring cleaning is on people’s minds. Not only does spring cleaning evoke thoughts of clearing physical space but a lot of Naturopathic Doctors think about clearing the physical body. Cleanses and detox programs are methods to clearing our bodies because we are constantly exposed to toxins. These various toxins are found in the products that we use, the foods that we consume, the clothes that we wear, and even the water that we drink. A number of these toxins have been found to increase our aging mechanisms and increase our risk of cancers. As Chanda and I developed our detox program, we explored different ideas of where to start and both agreed that the gut plays a major role in detoxification.

Our gut is not only responsible for breaking down our foods and absorbing nutrients but also is responsible for eliminating waste and toxins. If we are not eliminating regularly or completely, these toxins have the potential to be reabsorbed and recirculated throughout the body. So if there are so many toxins in our environment, what can we do? Continue reading

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Sleep more! It’s good for you.

by Dr. Erin Cheatum

sunlight-exposure-stretchAround 30% of adults in the US report getting 6 hours of sleep or less a night3. While of course we are all unique, research shows the average adult needs 7-9 hours a night. Kids and teenagers need even more sleep! If you aren’t waking up feeling rested, chances are you aren’t getting enough good quality sleep.

With work, kids, and life it can be difficult to prioritize sleep, but your body and brain need sufficient sleep. Not getting enough sleep can cause decreased concentration, increased distractibility, incoordination, and, Continue reading

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Medically Supervised Weight Loss and Diet Coaching at AIM

By Chanda Zeigler, LMP

shutterstock_459739003Many of you have heard by now that Dr. Victoria Nguyen and I have been working hard at developing programs to support long term weight loss, detoxification and overall vibrant health.

We have designed these programs to support not only your body in the cleansing of extra weight and toxins, but also your lifestyle. We’ll be your coach, helping you find the right balance to reach your goals and maintain improved health and well being.

Our programs are medically supervised by Dr. Nguyen, along with weekly appointments with myself as your Nutrition and Lifestyle coach. Continue reading

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Winning the Fight Against Cold and Flu

By Dr. Erin Cheatum and Dr. Victoria Nguyen

 

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It’s that time of the year again: cold and flu season! Fall, Winter and even early Spring tend to be the times when most people get sick. The common cold and flu are caused by viruses, therefore antibiotics are very unlikely to be helpful in these cases. What’s more, the flu this season is particularly bad! There are many supportive treatments to help with the symptoms of a cold – runny nose, cough, congestion and sore throat. The flu tends to produce similar symptoms but may also include a fever, headache, and/or body aches. 

Here are some simple ways to help ease these symptoms: Continue reading

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The Prostates, They Are A-Changin’

The Prostates, They Are A-Changin’

By Dr. Mohammad Shegeft

 

Your prostate is changing, and that is Ok.

shutterstock_246585895In both men and women, reproductive system changes are closely related to changes in the urinary system.  Unlike women, men do not experience a rapid change in fertility as they age.  Instead these changes are more gradual.  One of the changes seen in men is the enlargement of the prostate gland.  The prostate gland is replaced with scare-like tissue with age.  This process or condition is commonly referred to as BPH or Benign Prostatic Hyperplaisa.    Thought the most common, BPH is not the only condition concerning the aging prostate.   Others include acute and or chronic inflammation of the prostate gland called prostatitis and prostate cancer.

As we discus each of these conditions in more detail, it is important to know that one change does not lead to another.  For example, having prostatitis does not increase your risk of prostate cancer or BHP.  It is also important to note that age does not predict male fertility and neither does prostate function.  In fact, a man can father a child even if his prostate gland has been removed. Continue reading

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Acupuncture to boost brain power/ memory/mental clarity

Acupuncture to boost brain power/ memory/mental clarity

Ko Ching Lu EAMP, L.Ac.

 As the year ends, parents are working hard and students are in school, learning hard.  This is a good time to get acupuncture treatments to enhance their memory and focus.  According to Chinese medicine, there are four organ types that are closely connected to memory. The organs are spleen, heart, kidney, and liver. And each of those organs controls their own emotions. For example, the spleen controls worry, the heart controls happiness, the kidneys are in charge of fear, and liver is associated with anger.  Also, those four organs types have mutual relationships. For example, if the spleen is deficient, it will not be able to provide blood to the heart and can lead to insomnia and poor memory. Continue reading

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