Peptide Therapy: Reversing The Hands Of Time

Some titles say it all – like the one on an article from the US Census Bureau announcing their report on our country’s shifting demographics. It’s title? “The Graying of America: More Older Adults than Kids by 2035.”

Even so, Americans of all ages are seeking ways to both look and feel younger. Heck, even Teen Vogue occasionally offers anti-aging advice to its youthful audience!

For many, younger-looking skin is often the place to start, with increasing options for achieving it without injections or surgery. One that you may not have heard much about yet is peptide therapy.

Peptides are short amino acid chains. When applied as creams, nasal sprays, oral tablets, or under the skin, they signal other cells and molecules, telling them what to do. They also have the unique ability to affect several different traits simultaneously such as improved growth hormone production as well as sexual vitality.

For instance, growth hormone secretagogues are unique peptides which stimulate the pituitary gland’s production of growth hormone. This helps increase lean muscle mass and decrease body fat. It also noticeably improves libido and sexual function for many men and women.

Other anti-aging peptides can be used to prevent inflammation, loss of brain function, and accelerated aging while improving mental clarity and cognitive function.

And, anti-aging studies suggest, certain peptides may increase skin elasticity and promote healthy circulation.

In one 2016 study, for instance, 20 healthy women with aged skin were recruited to apply eye and face creams that contained peptides, vitamin E, and milk thistle twice a day for four weeks.

By the end of the second week, researchers noted a 5.97% reduction in wrinkles. By four weeks, the reduction had grown to 14.07%.

Skin elasticity was increased 6.81% after 2 weeks and 8.79% after 4 weeks. Dermal density was increased 16.74% after 2 weeks and 27.63% after 4 weeks.

Skin brightness also increased, while redness decreased. No ill effects on the skin were observed.

While this is a small study, to be sure, a more recent survey of the literature found consistent results, while also noting that much more research remains to be done.

Selected peptides have excellent non-toxicity and stability records. Many of the studies shown in this review, and a variety of additional observations, clearly show the wide range of possible topical cosmetic applications of biologically active peptides, for improving the skin and its properties.

As the world of peptide therapy expands, so too does the possibility for vibrant health into one’s later years. And as mentioned, contributing to healthy, youthful skin is hardly the limit to what peptides can do!

In our South Elgin office, we include a wide range of anti-aging peptides among the many services we have to help our patients stay more youthful-looking and maintain vitality into their senior years.

We know that finding ways to naturally support the bodies’ healing systems is important. That’s why our office is devoted to finding the newest therapies to help our patients achieve longevity the natural way.

The Amazing Benefits Of Peptides.

What are Peptides?

Peptides can be thought of as small proteins that act as highly specific signaling molecules in many crucial functions in our bodies. They assist in hormone production, cell signaling, and cell-to-cell communication. Researchers and clinicians alike are looking at peptides as a breakthrough in medicine because:
  • Low toxicity
  • High chemical and biological diversity
  • High potency and specificity
  • Good efficacy, safety, and tolerability
  • Broad range of targets
  • Enhances cell growth
But perhaps the biggest advantage of therapeutic peptides is the fact that they are amenable to rational design. Therapeutic peptides can be designed to be involved in virtually any cellular process. This means that they can be designed to block interactions of proteins as long as enough of the sequence of the target site is known and conditions allow for the peptide to bind it. 
 

What Conditions Can Peptides Therapy Treat?

Peptides can be used to treat a wide range of illnesses. The list of potential conditions that can benefit from peptides is nearly endless, but here are just a few:
 
  • Insomnia
  • Inflammation
  • Cancer
  • Lyme disease
  • Dementia
  • Mold-related illness
  • Joint injury
  • HIV and chronic infections (HBVHCVCMV, etc.)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • TBI
  • Neurodegenerative conditions (Parkinson’s, MS, etc.)
  • Erectile dysfunction, low libido
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Cerebrolysin

  • Cerebrolysin is a nootropic that may enhance cognitive functions, such as memory, creativity, and motivation. Rather than being a single peptide, Cerebrolysin is a mixture of very small peptides derived from brains of pigs. The small size of Cerebrolysin means it can cross the blood-brain and the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barriers and directly act on the central and peripheral neurons. The clinical value of Cerebrolysin comes from its neuroprotective effects. It has been shown to be effective when used for:
    Studies have indicated that Cerebrolysin is safe in humans for short-term use (up to 3 years). However, it has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    Cerebrolysin and Recovery After Stroke (CARS)
    A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Multicenter Trial
    Dafin F. Muresanu, MD, PhD, Wolf-Dieter Heiss, MD, […], and Alla Guekht, MD, PhD, DMedScience
    Cerebrolysin had a beneficial effect on function and global outcome in early rehabilitation patients after stroke. Its safety was comparable with that of the placebo, suggesting a favorable benefit/risk ratio. Because this study was exploratory and had a relatively small sample size, the results should be confirmed in a large-scale, randomized clinical trial.
  • Semax

Semax is a peptide based on a fragment of the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH).
In Russia, Semax is used as a medication for the prevention and treatment of circulatory disorders including stroke, traumatic brain injury, addiction, ADHD, ADD and depression. 
Uses: peptic ulcer, learning issues, gastric protection, physical exertion, metal toxicity, anti-thrombosis, cognitive functioning, mold, chronic stress, vagal reflex
Semax is listed on the Russian List of Vital & Essential Drugs, a reference of key medications which is reviewed and approved by the Russian government.
Semax is also used as a nootropic, or cognitive enhancer, due to evidence that Semax can enhance memory performance and reduce the negative effects of stress.

How it Works

  • Increases brain BDNF levels.
  • Prevents the breakdown of enkephalins.
  • Protects the nervous system from oxidative damage.
  • Affects the expression of genes related to the immune and vascular systems during stroke.
Semax has been shown to protect the body and brain from various types of oxidative damage/stress.
Semax improved memory and attention in a Russian study of task performance in healthy men. Semax also decreased learning time in animal studies. 
  • Selank

Brother of semaxnootrophic, immune peptide, reduces histamine response from mass cells, inhibits secretion of histamine, reduces inflammation/vascular permability, ulcer control, calming affect without sedation, influences concentration and relaxation, modulates inter-lueken 6 (t-helper cell-T17, signals how lineage develops, regulates cytokines)-modulates immune function, BDNF to help with neuroplasticitysertonin metabolism, provides immediate relief, alters affinity for GABA– increases inhibitory action, antiviral activity, anticouglant, prevents weight gain, decreases blood glucose levels, creativity.
Uses:  Depression, balances sleep and wakefulness, anxiety, metal toxins, post digestion issues (higher food tolerance).

IGF-1, LR3 insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-I)

Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), also known as somatomedin C, is a protein similar in structure to insulin. IGF-1 is a primary mediator of the effects of growth hormone (GH). IGF-1 then stimulates systemic body growth, and has growth-promoting effects on almost every cell in the body, especially skeletal muscle, cartilage, bone, liver, kidney, nerve, skin, hematopoietic, and lung cells. In addition to the insulin-like effects, IGF-1 can also regulate cellular DNA synthesis.

Thymosins  Can give you a “super human” immune system

The thymus gland is located behind your breastbone and between your lungs. Although it’s only active until puberty, it nevertheless plays a crucial role in the development of the immune system and in protecting the body against autoimmunity, a state in which the body’s immune system turns on itself. It is responsible for producing and secreting a hormone called thymosin, which stimulates the development of white blood cells called T-lymphocytes or T cells. For their roles in regulating the immune system, thymosins (also known as thymic peptides) are referred to as immune-modulatory peptides. 
There are two thymic peptides commonly used in peptide therapy: Thymosin alpha 1 (Tɑ1) and thymosin beta 4 (Tβ4). Both of these peptides have been shown to have important clinical applications, such as in modulating immune responses, neuroplasticity, blood vessel formation, etc. 

Thymosin Alpha 1 (Tɑ1)

Thymosin alpha 1 is a naturally-produced peptide of 28 amino acids that can enhance the body’s ability to recognize and respond to foreign invaders. At the cellular level, Tɑ1 interacts with proteins called Toll-Like Receptors (TLRs), and it is the interaction with TLRs on dendritic cells and precursor T cells that results in immune-stimulating effects, including:
  • Increased natural killer cell activity
  • Increased expression of TH1-type cytokines
  • Increased levels of cytotoxic T cells 
  • Reduced apoptosis of immune cells
  • A shift of T helper cells to Type 1 T helper (TH1) cells
  • Activation of dendritic cells 
Studies show that immune dysregulation and/or immunosenescence (gradual deterioration of the immune system associated with age) results in an imbalance of TH1 and TH2. TH1 and TH2 cells secrete proteins called cytokines that exhibit protective effects. TH1 cells produce interferon (IFN) -g and interleukin (IL)-2 which tend to be pro-inflammatory, while TH2 cells produce IL-4, IL-5, Il-6, IL-10, and IL-13 which are anti-inflammatory. 
TH1 and TH2 cells produce also differ in the types of immune responses they produce. TH1 cells typically deal with pathogens that get inside cells, such as bacteria and viruses. On the other hand, TH2 cells parasites that attack from outside the cells as well as toxins and allergens. 
Both sides need to work together to have a well-balanced immune system. Neither should be in a dominant position. However, in some people, there is a prolonged period of time in which either TH1 or TH2 dominance occurs, leading to health problems. In particular, an increase in TH2 relative to TH1 has been linked to:
This is one of the most significant clinical applications of Tɑ1. As an immunomodulator, Tɑ1 restores balance to the body by increasing TH1 and decreasing TH2, thus breaking the cycle of immune dysfunction so often found in these illnesses.
Several clinical studies have shown that Tɑ1 can benefit a broad range of conditions, some of which include:
Due to the success of these clinical trials, drugs containing Tɑ1 have been approved for clinical use in over 35 countries (including the U.S.) and have had very few reports of adverse effects so far.
 

Thymosin Beta 4 (Tꞵ4)

Thymosin beta 4 is also produced in the thymus gland and is also the predominant form of thymosin in the human body. This means it can be found in all human cells, although it is typically found in high concentrations in wound tissue and in certain blood cells involved in wound healing. 
Despite being a peptide of only 43 amino acids, Tꞵ4 is involved in modulating a wide range of regenerative activities. When the wound healing process begins, Tꞵ4 aids in:
  • Promoting formation of new blood vessels to the injured area which carry essential reparative substances 
  • Increasing “good” inflammation that can help the wound heal faster
  • Increasing the amount of cell-building proteins such as actin 
  • Restoring tissue structure and metabolism
  • Promoting hair growth
  • Reducing acute/chronic wounds

BPC-157  Helps You Heal Like “Wolverine”

 – BPC 157 is a partial sequence of body protection compound (BPC) found in human gastric juice.
– BPC 157 can be used to accelerate healing of a variety of wounds including tendon-to bone healing and healing of damaged ligaments.
– Acts systematically in the digestive tract to combat leaky gut, IBSgastro intestinal cramps and Crohn’s disease
– Protects and prevents gastric ulcers
– Can be used to protect liver from toxic damage (alcohol, antibiotics, etc.)
– Promotes healing of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
– Improves healing of many types of wounds
– Protects intestinal organs and prevents stomach ulcers
– Combats leaky gut, IBSgastro-intestinal cramps and
Crohn’s disease
– Accelerate healing of skin burns
– Works as an anti-inalmmatory
– Maintains integrity of mucosal lining GI tract
– Repairs tissues of GIT, tendons, ligaments, brain, bone, etc.
– Improves digestive function
– Protects and promotes healing of liver due to toxic stress.
– In response to tendon and ligament injury, BPC-157 accelerates healing by increasing type 1 collagen in these tissues.
– BPC-157 is cytoprotective and thus helps maintain the mucosal lining of the GI tract.
– As an anti-inflammatory, it aids in the protection and healing of inflamed intestinal tissues.
– BPC-157 also aids in tissue damage repair by increasing blood flow to damaged tissues.
– Additionally, BPC 157 acts as a neuroprotective by modulating serotonin and dopamine production in the brain.

AOD 9064

Antiobesity, better with females than males, want to lose 20-30 lbs, lipolytic affecting peptide, activated HgH receptor, increased peripheral IGF-1, does not compete with gH, improved production of lipopolysaccharides, cell activity in the gut, improves thermogenesis
Uses: weight, insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, diabetes, cancer, edema, metabolic disorder.

In our South Elgin office, we include a wide range of anti-aging peptides among the many services we have to help our patients stay more youthful-looking and maintain vitality into their senior years.

Gut Health Is Key To Protect Against A Virus

How is the gut related to the immune system? The immune system-gut-connection is a complex topic, one that researchers are constantly still learning about.

We know that billions of beneficial bacteria are present within all of us, forming what’s called our “microbiomes.” The microbiome is an internal ecosystem that benefits us in many ways, including by helping us to absorb nutrients, keeping us healthy overall, regulating our appetite and body weight, and much more.

This “community of microbes” living inside each and every one of us is mostly located inside our digestive systems (or guts).

Just how much of the immune system is located in the gut? It’s now believed that the gut houses between 70 percent and 80 percent of all immune cells.

The Immune System And Gut Connection

Amazingly, it’s estimated that within the body there are more microorganisms than there are human cells, mostly concentrated within the GI tract.

It’s now believed that overall gut health can contribute to overall health. This is why maintaining the integrity of the gut as well as overall gut health are crucial aspects of health.

The presence of bacteria, specifically the “good guys” kind called probiotics, plays a role between the gut microbiota and immune system.

What are probiotics? They are microorganisms introduced into the body for their beneficial qualities. They help to balance the ratio of “bad guy” bacteria and “good guy” bacteria.

How does gut bacteria support a healthy immune system exactly?

  • Probiotic supplements and foods contain “good guy” bacteria that populate your gut and support its health.
  • Certain gut bacteria can impact how your body extracts nutrients from your diet, including vital minerals and nutrients like zinc, iron and vitamin B12.
  • Generally speaking, some microbes influence gene expression, either positively or negatively.
  • And because there are pathways between the central nervous system and microbiome that send signals back and forth to one another, your gut flora can affect how you produce neurotransmitters, which impacts your energy, outlook and sleep.

How to Support Gut Health Naturally

To support a healthy gut and a healthy immune system, it’s important to eat a nourishing diet.

The foods you eat, the types and amounts of bacteria you’re exposed to on a daily basis, along with your stress levels, sleep, exercise and genetics all play a role in establishing your gut microbiome. Low nutrient availability and more can all take a toll on your gut and immune system health.

Below are key supplements to boost gut health and your immune system:

Ortho Biotic is a unique probiotic formula designed to
deliver active organisms shown to promote healthy gut
microflora, protect intestinal integrity and boost immune
function. Included in this formula is Saccharomyces
boulardii, an extensively researched microorganism shown
to help restore microflora balance by enhancing commensal
organism function. Each Ortho Biotic capsule provides seven
proven probiotic strains chosen for their ability to withstand
the harsh gastrointestinal (GI) environment and adhere to
the intestinal tract to deliver superior results.

IgG Protect Powder is a highly concentrated (40%)
immunoglobulin G (IgG) formula that provides essential
nutrition for improved immune health. The immunoglobulin
and growth factors in colostrum extract can promote passive
immunity, or the transfer of immunity from one organism to
another. IgG Protect Powder’s pure and high-concentration
formula provides improved immune modulation and
strengthens the gut-immune barrier. Consistency in potency
and purity of colostrum extracts is a primary concern for
clinicians; advanced filtration and purification techniques
make IgG Protect a superior clinical tool. IgG Protect Powder
provides 2,000 mg of IgG and 4 g of protein per serving.

SBI Protect is the only purified, dairy-free source of
immunoglobulin G (IgG) available as a dietary supplement.
Serum-derived bovine immunoglobulins (SBI) provide the
highest IgG concentration available for GI and immune
challenges where allergens are a significant concern. Pure IgG
helps to maintain a healthy intestinal immune system by binding
a broad range of microbes and toxins within the gut lumen. SBI
Protect provides 1,200 mg IgG in a one-scoop serving.

NK-Stim is a targeted formula specifically designed to support
the body’s immune response by boosting natural killer (NK)
cell activity. NK-Stim includes a synergistic combination of
larch arabinogalactan, oleuropein (the active ingredient found
in olive leaf extract), acemannan (the immune-stimulating

constituent of aloe vera concentrate) and chelated zinc. NK-
Stim’s unique preparation supports immune function, boosts

NK cell activity, promotes healthy microflora in the gut, and

helps maintain bacterial balance throughout the body. NK-
Stim is the ideal preparation for those with immune challenges

and gastrointestinal-related concerns.

Mitocore is a scientifically formulated blend of nutrients
specifically designed to boost cellular and mitochondrial
energy production, maximize antioxidant capacity, support
detoxification, and strengthen immune response. Based on
peer-reviewed, double-blind research, Mitocore provides
a unique blend of acetyl L-carnitine, alpha lipoic acid and
N-acetyl cysteine. All have shown to produce a dramatic
increase in immune function and energy output. Mitocore
also includes key micronutrients and phytonutrients,
including green tea, broccoli seed extract and resveratrol,
to protect the mitochondria and continually renew the cycle
of energy production.

 

Peptides THYMOSIN ALPHA-1: CoronaVirus

Thymosin alpha-1 (Ta1) is a peptide originally isolated from thymus gland as the compound responsible for restoring immune function. Ta1 helps regulate the immune response.

The Natural killer (NK) cell system is your body’s immune system that shows strong function against stressed cells such as tumor cells and virus-infected cells. NK cells are made for killing. They are constantly on patrol, looking for harmful cells that would like to take up residence in your body and destroy your health, like cancer cells and virus-infected cells.

Thymosin alpha-1 (Ta1) enhances the Natural Killer (NK) system and stimulates the immune response by stimulating stem cells and augmenting the production of new immune cells. The immune system, now activated, then acts in concert to kill bacterial, fungal, or viral infections and tumor cells. It also improves the response to vaccines by stimulating antibody production.

When NK-cells find these “body invaders”, they activate your immune system. Unfortunately, NK-cell function, power, and activity fluctuate throughout your life. As your NK-cell function wears down, your response declines, your “immune system” doesn’t attack and kill the “bad guys” as vigorously as it should, leaving you more vulnerable to illness.

In 2009, a novel influenza A/California/07/09 (A/H1N1v) virus, was first identified in the United States. It caused outbreaks of disease in several countries, triggering the first pandemic of the 21st century.

Thymosin Alpha-1 peptide was tested during that time as an immune enhancing peptide that potentiated the efficacy of viral vaccines especially in patients who had a weakened immune system. It has since been used in the treatment of several cancer and viral infections because of its direct influence of killing virally infected cells and cancerous cells.

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Ta1 has proven to be useful in a wide range of clinical indications. Over 4400 subjects have been enrolled in US, European and Chinese clinical trials investigating the use of Ta1, including primary treatment for subjects with acute infections, such as seen in severe sepsis, and for chronic infections including chronic hepatitis B (CHB), chronic hepatitis C (CHC), and HIV; as an adjunct treatment for cancers, including melanoma, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and NSCLC; and as an enhancement to both hepatitis B and influenza vaccines in immune-depressed individuals.

Food & Nutrition for Brain Health

Let’s talk about your brain and how to keep it healthy.

“You are what you eat” is a tale as old as time, but it is SO true. What we feed our body becomes our body, especially our brain! Diets rich in healthy fats, grass-fed meats, and organic fruits & vegetables packed with vitamins and minerals, and loads of water are best for your brain!

Water

Our brain is 73% water, and it only takes 2% dehydration to affect our attention, memory, and other cognitive skills.

The recommended daily water consumption is half your body weight in ounces of water. For example: If you weigh 200 lbs, you should drink 100 ounces of pure water. Although that task might sound daunting, the benefits of consistent water consumption are extremely beneficial.

When you are fully hydrated, your brain will thank you by:

– Helping to balance your mood and emotions

– Maintaining memory function

– Increasing blood flow and oxygen to your brain

– Preventing and relieving headaches

– Reducing stress

Fats

Our brains are roughly 60% fat by dry weight, making it the fattiest organ in the body!

Fat, in the forms of omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids, are vital for optimized brain health and function. But why?! Low levels of omega-3s result in brain shrinkage equivalent to two years of structural brain aging.

To get these awesome fats into the brain, you need Phosphatidylcholine (PC for short)! PC is a major component of cell membranes and works to transport DHA and EPA into the brain, creating optimized functionality.

In short, PC is cognition ammunition!

Vitamins

Vitamins and minerals are utilized in every cellular function in our body, brain included!

A healthy diet with a variety of organic fruits and vegetables ensures enough diversity of vitamins and minerals for optimized usage.

B-Vitamins, which the Keto//OS® Max are packed full of, assist in making the neurotransmitters of the central nervous system help nerve-cell membranes quickly send and receive cell to cell communication.

Both vitamins and minerals help convert food into adenosine triphosphate (ATP) that all cells use for energy, especially fuel-hungry brain cells.

Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence.

Invest in what you put into your body, not because you want to look & feel better, but because you want to be BETTER. Our mind and body are not separate, what affects one affects the other.

Keto Diet and Ketosis

Ketones!

In addition to providing cellular energy, ketones have a plethora of associated health benefits.  Some benefits include (but are not limited to):

– Regulated energy levels
– Reduced oxidative stress and inflammation
– Reduced anxiety and depression
– Improvements in conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer
– Improved body composition

Ketone bodies are natural compounds formed in the liver and include β-hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetate, and acetone.  Similar to carbohydrates and fats, ketone bodies can provide energy for our cellular needs.

They are produced in the liver when 1) glucose levels are low and the pathway that breaks down glucose slows down, and 2) high levels of fatty acids are available either from dietary fat or fat stores.

Fatty acids can be broken down completely to provide energy directly to certain tissues or they can be broken down partially and transported to the liver.  In the liver, these partially broken down fatty acids are then converted into ketone bodies through a pathway called ketogenesis.

Ketone bodies are water soluble unlike fatty acids, so they travel easily through the bloodstream to reach other tissues to be used for fuel.

The brain uses ~100% glucose for energy when carbohydrate is present in the diet.  However, when ketones are present, the brain can derive up to 60% of its energy directly from ketone bodies.  The liver can convert substrates like proteins into glucose (i.e., gluconeogenesis) which can then fuel the other 40% of the brain’s energy during carbohydrate-restriction.

All cells have the capacity to use ketone bodies, except liver and red blood cells, however some cells prefer ketones.  Besides the brain, the heart and intestines also prefer to use ketone bodies for fuel.

Ketone Supplementation

KETO DIET AND KETOSIS EXPLAINED VIDEOS

Individuals may elevate circulating ketone bodies by fasting long-term or chronically restricting dietary carbohydrates.  If those ketone-producing strategies are not feasible to maintain as a lifestyle, ketones may also be consumed in order to elevate blood ketone levels.  These are called “exogenous ketones” because they are made outside of the body whereas “endogenous ketones” are made inside the body in the liver.

Entering the metabolic state known as ketosis, your body begins to utilize ketones, the energy source produced by the liver as it breaks down fat. To maintain a ketogenic diet is done so with a HIGH FAT, low carbohydrate diet. This can be difficult for some, so the supplementation of exogenous ketones helps you maintain a higher level of ketones in your body!

Studies have shown success with using exogenous ketones as a therapy for certain conditions in infants and adults.  Ketosis, or elevated ketone levels, has become a hot topic in the nutrition, health, and athletic performance fields, and rightfully so. With the positive outcomes that both a very low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones are demonstrating, researchers are hopping on board to study how ketone bodies affect various aspects of health and human performance.  It is an interesting decade for nutrition, as ideas on “good nutrition” seem to be dramatically shifting and the shift is in favor of carbohydrate-restriction due to the associated ketone body production.

Click here to take the 10 Day Challenge to see the benefits of drinking ketones.

Reverse The Effects Of Erectile Dysfunction

Sonic Wave Therapy or (Shockwave Therapy) is a safe, comfortable and proven procedure for men to optimize sexual performance and to reverse the effects of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) due to poor blood  flow.

Sonic Wave Therapy utilizes high frequency, low intensity sound waves to improve blood flow to the penis. The sound waves repair aged blood vessels, stimulate growth of new blood vessels, and stimulate the removal of micro-plaque.
MHB uses a specific protocol designed by men’s health expert Dr. Morgentaler to optimize efficacy, safety and results.

After an evaluation by one of our providers, each treatment takes between 15-20 minutes. Some men experience results after the first treatment.

Some of the results our patients have reported are:
– Return of morning erections
– More firm, full erections
– Spontaneous erections without medications
– Erections with medication, when ineffective before
– Increased sensation
– More stamina

 

 

12 Benefits of Cold Showers

A freezing cold shower isn’t the most welcoming sight first thing in the morning. But, if somebody told you that stepping into what is essentially an ice cave could be the key to glowing skin, glossy hair, boosted energy and even an improved immune system, you might see it differently.

A big benefit of having ice cold water pelted at your face is that it’s surprisingly good for your skin. Heat strips away the natural oils your skin produces, leaving it dry. That’s why our skin hates us during winter time when our radiators are on full-blast.

From day one, I noticed a difference to my skin. It felt tighter and my pores were smaller. If you live or work in a place with high levels of pollution, throwing some cold water on your face can be really beneficial. It stops the pollutants in the air absorbing into your skin so quickly.

Washing your hair with warm water is great. It opens up the hair follicles and helps the shampoo and conditioner give an even deeper cleanse. If you finish your hair wash off with a blast of cold water, it locks in the moisture by constricting the hair follicles.

Cold showers and ice baths are very popular amongst sportsmen and women. They’re a great (albeit cold) way to aid recovery, especially if you’re training for a marathon or a sporting event which calls for more regular and structured exercise.

12 BENEFITS OF COLD SHOWERS

  1. Promotes fat loss
  2. Improves immunity
  3. Gives better circulation
  4. Drains lymphatic system
  5. Promotes emotional resilience
  6. Lowers stress
  7. Lowers chances of depression
  8. Increases testosterone levels
  9. Improves fertility
  10. Promotes faster muscle recovery
  11. Enhances skin and hair
  12. Ensures better sleep at night

Top 3 Reasons To Visit Your Chiropractor After A Car Accident

We can all agree that motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s) are scary and you are often left with a mile long to-do list to get yourself back on the road soon after. We realize that it is important to get yourself back on the road soon after but we also want you to think about how incredibly important it is to pay attention to your own body’s needs following a MVA. According to Yale University, it only takes 8.2 mph to cause lasting damage to your musculoskeletal system following a motor vehicle accident, in everyday terms… a fender bender with little to no damage to your vehicle could cause lasting damage to your body! A chiropractic visit to Lifetime Health and Wellness should be at the very top of your to-do list following an MVA for this very reason, more specifically within the first 72 hours following an MVA.

WHAT ARE THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT REASONS TO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR FOLLOWING AN MVA?

1. Whiplash is not always obvious: While broken bones and bruises are easy to spot, whiplash is not always apparent in the immediate aftermath of an accident. If you are involved in an accident, your adrenaline levels will spike, which could disguise symptoms of pain and inflammation until your body calms down. It may take a few days for obvious whiplash symptoms like neck pain/stiffness, headaches, blurred vision, and dizziness to occur. Dr Schening and Dr Moore use techniques such as spinal adjustment and special exercises to control damage, minimize pain, and reduce swelling. By seeing this specialist immediately after an accident, you can avoid weeks of pain and discomfort and start the recovery process right away.

2. Acute Injuries lead to Chronic Injuries if not treated:  Ignoring the pain associated with a car accident could lead to long-term damage. Symptoms of whiplash can continue for years if you do not seek treatment, and this chronic condition can lead to emotional anguish to match the physical pain. Another example is if you suffer a minor injury to a joint or bone, you could cause substantial damage in another accident such as a trip and fall incident because your body is in a weakened state already. This weakened state can also lead to early degeneration, especially in weight-bearing joints such as ankles, knees, hips, and the many joints within the spinal column. Seeking chiropractic treatment immediately after a car accident can boost your chances of a full and speedy recovery.

3. Proof for an insurance claim: Although filing a claim is most likely one of the last things you will be thinking about in the immediate aftermath of a car accident, the reality is you may find yourself making one in the short weeks after. Unfortunately, the longer you wait to receive a diagnosis and treatment for your injuries, the harder it is to prove that the injuries stem from the motor vehicle accident. If you visit a chiropractor for treatment relating to the injuries sustained in your accident, it is easier to link those injuries to the incident in the claim.

 

Seeing a chiropractor within 72 hours following a motor vehicle accident is incredibly important for diagnosing and treating possible musculoskeletal injuries such as whiplash. Chiropractors are trained and educated in diagnosing these acute injuries and can offer relief of pain and symptoms in addition to saving their patients lots of pain and discomfort in the future. Chiropractic care is also beneficial for proving injury by diagnosis and treatment early after the car accident occurs which can help with future insurance claims. Remember, just because your car is not seriously damaged does not mean your body is not injured, it only takes 8 mph to cause damage to your body!

 

Benefits Of Chiropractic Care

One of the reasons for the continued rise and growth of chiropractic care in the medical field is due to the wide array of benefits

that can be derived from it. Plus, many recommend this particular treatment method due to the non-invasive approach and its

insistence on awakening the body’s natural ability to heal.

Common Chiropractic Benefits

Dysfunction in your muscoskeletal system does not exclude anyone. Therefore, anyone will benefit from the healing ability of

chiropractic care to provide relief from any form of discomfort that one undergoes when they have misaligned spine, back, or

neck. But for individuals who are required to remain active, the presence of such dysfunction disables them from performing well

and limit their motor capacity. This is due to the fact that any form of movement on the traumatized area of the body can result

to pain or discomfort.

Regardless of the cause of your initial discomfort, among the benefits you can enjoy are as follows:

• Improved circulation
• Reduction or elimination of lactic acid
• Smoother travel of oxygen and nutrients in the body
• More flexibility
• Elimination of any pain or soreness
• Faster recovery time
• Reduced muscle spasm
• Prevention of future injury
• More relaxed feeling

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Combination Treatments

To enhance the results, you must try to develop a routine that incorporates the following physical activities:

• Keep your body properly hydrated.

• Follow a healthy nutritional plan.

• Do some stretching exercises or develop a healthy exercise routine.

Additional Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Several people have misconceptions about chiropractic care. One of them being that it is not a valid form of treatment and is

used only for mild cases of back pain, headaches, and the like. However, this form of treatment method offer adjustment benefits

even to those suffering from extreme cases of spinal or vertebral misalignment. But the benefits extend beyond muscoskeletal

and different people who suffer from these illnesses experience varying results as well:

• For pregnant women, they are able to deliver much easier.

• For babies, they have improved developmental abilities and prevent the possibility of acquiring scoliosis.

• For kids, it helps prevent asthma, ear infection, bedwetting, among other things.

• For adults, they are able to generate more energy and increase productivity.

• For senior individuals, they attain better balance and prevent injury caused by falling off.

Meanwhile, overall results and benefits reported from patients who’ve undergone chiropractic care includes the following:

• Boost in the functions of the immune and nervous system.

• Patients attain improved vitality.

• Breathing becomes easier.

• Better digestive function.

• Sharper vision.

• Improved overall health.

When Do Results Become Evident?

Following chiropractic treatment, your body will start to realign and relieve yourself from any pressure that is causing pain in

your joints. In mild cases, a patient will immediately experience relief soon after undergoing chiropractic care. Hence, this is one

of the advantages of opting for chiropractic care over surgical or medical procedures that often require a long recovery period.

In other cases, there might be a slight feeling of soreness or aching that can be felt with chiropractic treatment. The reason for

this is that your body has to readjust to the realignment done after being misaligned for a while.

However, it shouldn’t take long either before your body can regain its normal function and mobility.