Dirty Little Secrets

by Dr. Brooke Azie-Rentz

 

shutterstock_29772169It seems like everyone is opening up about their sex lives.  Jada Pinkett Smith is talking about how she is open and honest with her kids, sex scandals in our political climate are on the cover of every news outlet, and research is showing that millennial’s are having less sex than their parents!  Well maybe the taboo about talking about sex has changed over the decades, but there is some simple, basic advice that hasn’t changed over the years; and that is how to stay safe and protect yourself. Continue reading

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Men’s Health at Alpine Integrated Medicine

By Dr. Daniel Riordan, ND

shutterstock_1158337468November may have come and gone, but Men’s Health and Prostate Health are year round concerns for Men.

While erectile dysfunction may be the first thing people think of when it comes to men’s health, prostate cancer has become the number one diagnosed visceral cancer in the U.S. and second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths of American men.

When caught early, prostate cancer treatment is very successful.  However, men usually fear going to the doctor for prostate screenings because of the digital rectal exam.  The good news is that blood tests such as PSA are available and in fact, many organizations no longer recommend digital rectal exams for screening.  The caveat though is that typically PSA is most useful when your doctor can compare readings over a span of time, so it is important to see your doctor on a regular basis and get a baseline lab run. Continue reading

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The ménage a trios of oxygen

by Dr. Brooke Azie-Rentz, ND

 

aim-web-102So what is this threesome anyway?  A single oxygen atom is very unstable; it likes to be paired up as O2.  However, when we introduce an energetic force on O2, we can separate those molecules for a split second, and sometimes when they reform, some reform as O3.  But this too is very unstable, so it only lasts for a few minutes before it goes back to the stable form of O2.  But it is the instability of O3 that we are using for the medical application of ozone.  When ozone gas is mixed with blood, it reacts in a process known as peroxidation, where it binds with the lipid layer of the cell membranes.

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Stem Cells 3D Rendering

This process releases natural hydrogen peroxide, which is the mechanism by which viruses, bacteria and fungi are killed by immune cells in our bodies.  This and many other processes happen during the interaction of ozone and your blood that promote overall detoxification, activation of the immune system, improved utilization of oxygen, release of growth factors and the activation of stem cells to repair and rejuvenate tissues and overall pain reduction and decrease in inflammation. Continue reading

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Genetic Testing and Medically Supervised Weight Loss

By Dr. Victoria Nguyen, ND

 

aim-web-114One of the tools we utilize as part of our weight loss program is a genetic test called GxSlim. It is a genetic test that only requires a cheek swab, similar to other genetic tests available on the market. However, what makes this test different is that they look specifically at genes that are contributing to weight loss ability.

Remember, genetic testing looks at genetic tendencies and susceptibilities based on research of various genetic mutations/variants and doesn’t give you information about you current state of health. However, what is great about utilizing genetic tests is that they allow us to know what we are working with. Continue reading

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Pain Relief with Ozone Therapy (Ozone Part 1)

By Dr. Mohammad Shegeft

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Dr. Brooke has been extolling the virtues of Hyperbaric Ozone Therapy for much of 2018.  To explain all the things that ozone therapy does, and how, is not an easy task and it can’t be done in a small article.  That is why I have broken this down to two parts:  Part I -The role of ozone injections in form of Prolozone® and Part II – general role of ozone in longevity and anti-aging.

For some this may be too scientific and that is Ok.  Just know that ozone therapy can help and it is not hocus pocus, there is actual science and 100s of years of research behind it.

 

How can Ozone therapy or Prolozone® help with pain? 

shutterstock_790940857 (1)To answer this question we first need to ask another.  What causes pain?

Pain is caused by lack of circulation to ligaments and/or joints.  Have you ever noticed that most of your pain is in or around a joint?  That is because, anatomically, joints and ligaments have less blood circulation and therefore less oxygen utilization than other areas.  Aging further decreases both circulation and oxygen utilization.  This is aggravated by trauma or injury. Continue reading

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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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