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Human Longevity – Is Aging Simply a Matter of Choices?

09/26/2018 - 11:48am

As we all know, we live in a city dominated by senior citizens. Although the story that follows may sound commonplace, the point of this article is that it should not be so. A Cute Elderly Couple As I pulled my car into our local grocery store parking lot recently, I came upon a traffic jam. Looking ahead, I noticed the line of cars backed up as an elderly couple, a man and woman slowly made their way across the crosswalk. The man was using a cane, the woman, a walker. Both appeared to have multiple disabilities: back, knee, hip weakening. Everyone in the line of cars waited respectfully. When...

The Problem With Back Pain

08/30/2018 - 2:06pm

Throughout my childhood, I was fortunate to have two of the most wonderful grandmothers in the world. Sadly, beginning in early middle-age, both suffered from back pain: deformities caused by scoliosis, degenerative discs and osteoporosis. Their last fifteen years were hampered by a poor quality of life until they were finally unable to care for themselves at all. I vividly recall how proud my grandmother was when I received my medical degree. She told me, “I hope you can straighten out my bent body now.” Her statement hurt…research had little to nothing to offer at that time. Focus now on a s...

A Must Read…If You Eat Food, Breathe Air or Drink Water

07/27/2018 - 5:55pm

By now, common knowledge says that toxins are extremely dangerous to our health. But, less considered are the potentially dangerous chemicals that can be found in every room in your home. And…, according to a recent report by Cleveland Clinic, “If not properly stored or used, these products could cause minor to serious and even life-threatening health problems for you or your children. Unfortunately, we see people daily at The Renewal Point, already exhibiting symptoms of toxic exposure. One of the best defenses for your and your family is to learn when potentially dangerous chemicals can be f...

5 Brain Tests You Must Know About

07/02/2018 - 1:45pm

A Hopeful Solution to a ‘Grim Reaper’ “It is impossible to escape the grim news about Alzheimer’s disease,” so says Dr. Dale Bredesen, The End of Alzheimer’s. “There is no reliable way to prevent it, and the disease has for decades beaten the world’s best neuroscientists. Despite the billions and billions of dollars spent by governmental agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and biotechnology wizards to invent and test drugs for Alzheimer’s, 99.6 percent of what we have come up with have been abysmal failures.” A sad commentary, because we fear Alzheimer’s as we fear no other disease. Why? ● It...

Coming Off Anti-depressants...harder to do than you may think

05/31/2018 - 1:10pm

At The Renewal Point, we have been inundated with patients trying to wean off psychotropic medication. We know it can be a frustrating endeavor. Consider the difficulty Ms. Robin H. encountered. (Taken from a story that recently appeared in the New York Times.) Robin, a 54-year-old mother of four who lives near Concord, N.H., began taking the antidepressant Paxil 21 years ago for severe premenstrual syndrome upon the recommendation of her gynecologist. “He said, ‘Oh, this little pill is going to change your life,’” Robin said. “Well, did it ever.” The drug blunted her PMS symptoms, but also ca...

Bioidentical Hormones - Unnecessary?

05/03/2018 - 4:09pm

“Unnecessary?” I wondered as I tried to understand exactly what my patient’s Internist was referring to. “The bioidentical hormones that Dr. Watts prescribed for you are unnecessary for life.” Gloria’s primary care physician had further explained and then questioned, “Why take them?” Now I understood. Most doctors are not taught about bioidentical hormones in medical school, so rather than allow Gloria to get in the middle of a medical controversary, I spoke with her Internist directly. “Do you have any patient Gloria’s age in as good condition as she is?” “I do not,” her doctor replied. “Glor...

Has Sex Left Your Relationship? Why Your Sex Life Matters and What You Can Do About It...

03/27/2018 - 5:13pm

Why your sex life matters and what you can do about it! Consider this common scenario… A 61 year old patient expresses concern about “mild vaginal dryness but nothing that bothers me.  What bothers me is that I’m not able to have an orgasm and it is frustrating to me and my husband.” A physical exam reveals significant clitoral retraction.  (Since the clitoris is the female sexual appendage ~ equivalent to the male penis ~ it is a vital part of stimulation).  She was given a care plan consisting of vaginal exercises and hormonal vaginal cream to apply nightly for 2 months in ord...

Environmental Toxins: The Elephant in the Room

03/02/2018 - 11:50am

Doctors report shocking increase in cases of toxic exposure. Here’s why and how to keep these nasty culprits from wrecking your health. As author Chris Kresser writes, “Toxins from our environment are ubiquitous and almost impossible to avoid. But, if you are taking steps to limit your exposure, should you be worried about the low levels that are still undoubtedly in our system?” As a physician and health doctor, I could not agree more. If you eat food, drink water, breathe air or apply cosmetics to your body, you are exposing yourself to toxins. Common exposures include: Health and beauty ai...

Toxins in the Brain Equals Danger!

02/06/2018 - 3:52pm

“Cognitive decline is largely a matter of three fundamental threats to our brain”: So says Dr. Dale Bredesen in his best-selling book, The End of Alzheimer’s. 1. Inflammation 2. Shortage of brain boosting nutrients such as natural hormones 3. Toxins To further emphasize the importance of this, the NIH website now lists thirty thousand articles on the dangers of toxins in the brain. Heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead are neurotoxins (kills brain tissue), and most of us do not know we have been exposed to them. Remember, the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland? His character was...

Weight loss, hormones

Lose Weight Without Exercise or Calorie Restriction?

12/07/2017 - 1:41pm

 A must-read breakthrough... Sounds too good to be true, but that is exactly what researchers at the medical center of the esteemed University degli Studi, Naples, Italy, found and reported this year in a large, peer reviewed study. "In a woman's life, menopause is characterized by significant physiological changes often associated with an increase in body mass and obesity associated sickness." Numerous studies have described the effect of hormone deficiencies in aging, energy run down, and obesity in menopausal women.  The aim of this study was to determine whether obese, but otherw...

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