Anti-aging therapy is here to stay

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THE 20 MILLION AARP households and their families who rely on The Bulletin for important information on a comprehensive range of issues affecting their daily lives were treated to the headline "Anti-aging humbug?" in the April 1997 issue. Author Beth Baker, a freelance writer, says, "But according to leading experts in the field of gerontology, no one really knows how to stop the aging process." She continues. "There's not a single bullet, not a [pill] or magic diet that's going to solve all the problems of aging," quoting George A. Martin, M.D., director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Beth Baker frets that Americans spend billions annually on books, supplements, cosmetics and surgery aimed at staying young.

Why do people like the author of this article and practitioners of medicine look to the past when information was not readily available to the "masses"? Medicine is referred to as the "practice of medicine" because it requires constant re-education and re-evaluation to maintain proficiency and accuracy. The important information to look for is research on anti-aging therapeutics written by the best and brightest minds and published by some of the most authoritative texts and journals in the world. But in less than five years from now we will know twice as much about anti-aging medicine and biomedical technology as we do today, and 10 years from now we will have more than five times as much knowledge of this subject.

Because of the ever-expanding knowledge base of medicine, the most that any author can hope to do is wisely and prudently to put forth theory and practice as best as it is currently known. Books are not intended to provide medical advice or to be used as a substitute for advice from your physician. If you wish to initiate any of the programs or therapies described in the book(s) of your choice, you must consult a knowledgeable physician before doing so. Recruit him/her as your partner in optimal health and longevity. With his support begin to utilize the ideas discussed as the most prudent and powerful path to maximum life span and total well-being available through the new paradigm of anti-aging medicine.

To find a physician who is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) call 773-528-4333.

In response to the recent cautionary public alert from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) and the AARP editorial "Anti-aging humbug?" both of whom deny the health value of anti-aging hormones and nutritional supplements, we at A4M want to know, "Are they saying, `grow old and die a miserable death from degenerative diseases of aging, but first give us your money.'" A4M, with 1500 members in 36 nations, is the world's largest society of physicians, scientists and researchers dedicated to slowing, stopping, or reversing the physical effects of aging.

Aging is not inevitable, and we have the medication, diagnostic methods and tools to slow aging starting now. Why isn't the NIA spending its over $500 million plus budget to search for methods of slowing, reversing, curing and eliminating age-related disorders (anti-aging medicine) instead of mounting a multi-million dollar public misinformation campaign down-playing the clinically-proven age-ameliorating effects of estrogen (HRT), Human Growth Hormone (HGH), DHEA, and testosterone?

This is a disheartening action on the part of the NIA, especially in view of the just-published research study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on hormone replacement therapy. The study in last week's issue credits estrogen replacement therapy with the ability to extend women's life spans. Estrogen replacement diminishes the incidence of aging-related disorders such as heart disease, osteoporosis, thinning and drying of the skin, and also has the benefit of reducing the incidence of Alzheimer's Disease, as well as improving the memory of those who already have that dreaded disorder.

The anti-aging therapy, of which estrogen is just one example, not only improves the quality of life, but also extends the life span as well. We at A4M are baffled by both the number and the vigor of recent attacks against hormone replacement therapy. What is the controversy all about? We don't have any problem replacing insulin in a diabetic. Why then is it strange that replacing hormones in the elderly leads to improved health and vitality? IT WORKS. It improves people's lives, and that's what I became a doctor to do.

The NIA's Michael Miller is quoted as saying, "It's taken four decades for scientists to determine how much estrogen to prescribe. However, most of us do not have 40 years to wait until final, conclusive research results confirm what practicing anti-aging physicians already know: that it is possible to delay or prevent the onset of degenerative diseases usually associated with aging."

How many studies on vitamin C and antioxidants do they require before they consider them part of an anti-aging program? We may all be dead by then. What about the potentially negative effects of the NIA's statements? Perhaps we have the wrong players on our team. If this were an Olympic race, would we want teammates who think running a four-minute mile is impossible? If, in fact, anti-aging medicine is a hoax, why are we living so much longer and healthier today? And why is the fastest-growing segment of the population 85 years and above?

In his just-released book from HarperCollins, Grow Young with HGH, my colleague, co-founder, and president of the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Ronald Klatz reports, "thousands are now using HGH (and other anti-aging hormones) with near-miraculous results, including hundreds of physicians." Patients routinely report effortless fat loss with both bone and muscle gain. This therapy also improves mental performance, sexual arousal and function, vision, facial wrinkling and thinning of the skin, cardiac strength and output. It also restores, repairs and regrows weakened organ systems. Many HGH users report objective physiologic improvements equivalent to biological rejuvenation and de-aging of up to 20 years.

While we agree with the NIA that hormones and hormone-releasing supplements are powerfully effective compounds and must be carefully used under the supervision of a knowledgeable physician, with proper laboratory analysis, we believe that the NIA's and the AARP's "anti" anti-aging message will only serve to confuse the public and needlessly hinder the advancement of a critical new clinical specialty of medicine.

The first certified physician specialists in the new science of anti-aging medical therapies will be introduced at the 5th Annual Conference on Anti-Aging Medicine and Biotechnology in December 1997.

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by Dr. Robert Goldman, President, National Academy of Sports Medicine

AAAAM UPDATE
The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is an international professional/medical society founded in 1992. Members consist of 1500 forward-looking physicians, scientists and researchers dedicated to the belief that the process of physical aging in humans can be slowed, stopped, or even reversed through medical and scientific interventions.

A4M's mission is to promote, develop and provide continuing education and information about medical practices, technologies, pharmaceuticals and processes that retard, reverse or suspend the deterioration of the human body resulting from the physiology of aging.

Through the society's newsletters, abstracts of scientific information, worldwide web site, conferences and publications, A4M makes life-extending information available to practicing physicians and assists in developing therapeutic protocols and innovative diagnostic tools to aid in the implementation of effective longevity treatment.

Among the society's many achievements A4M has conducted six world-class international conferences and exhibitions on anti-aging medicine and biotechnology (one each in Spain and Singapore, four in the United States) launched the Yearbook of Anti-Aging Medicine to provide up-to-date information about practitioners and providers of the new medical specialty. It has provided university sponsored American Medical Association and American Osteopathy Association recognized continuing education for thousands of physicians and surgeons, and conducted educational meetings on Capitol Hill for the purpose of informing key legislators about the necessity of funding anti-aging research into clinical anti-aging therapies.

The society's president, Dr. Ronald Klatz, has recently agreed to appear weekly on the nationally syndicated talk-radio program "Carpe Diem/Seize the Day." The program is co-hosted by Lawrence von Ricker, a biochemist, humorist and author and Jamie Jamison, an entrepreneur, spiritualist and author. This call-in format will afford an estimated seven million listeners the opportunity to express their views and pose questions to Dr. Klatz during his interviews.

Contact the A4M at 1341 West Fullerton, Suite 111, Chicago, Illinois, 60614. (773)528-4333, fax (773)528-5390.

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