Youthful Vitality – Even as We Age

We all want to live well – to the very end of life.

The top biomarker of healthy aging is muscle strength.  How do we test this?

The most researched metric is Hand Grip Strength – over 400,000 research papers in Pub Med.   Why?

Grip strength is more than muscle – it is a measure of nerve activation and nervous system health – especially of the brachial nerve plexus from the spinal cord to your arm, heart, lung, thyroid, and parathyroid glands.  This means a weak grip strength can relate to thyroid problems, osteoporosis (parathyroid problems), heart, lung problems and much more.

We improve this by boosting your nerve activation to recruit significantly more muscle fibers resulting in stronger grip strength. The Neural Drive that Powers Grip Powers the  Heart, Lungs, Thyroid, Parathyroid, and much more!

Get your Grip Strength Bio Age tested & Start Boosting Your Neural Drive to Maximize Your Wellness!

Call Renovare Today to schedule your Grip Strength Bio Age Testing! 623.776.0206

What Is Zerona and Age Reversal?

ZERONA is the easy way to remove unwanted fat!  ZERONA is a great way to kick-start a weight loss program.  ZERONA is the first medical device cleared by the FDA for the circumference reduction of the waist, hips, thighs and arms.  Zerona laser treatments work by using low-level laser energy to cause fat cells to gradually release the fat they’re holding, which is then removed by the body’s natural cleaning process.

The FDA has cleared ZERONA as both a safe and effective method to reduce unwanted fat and inches off your hips, waist, and thighs. In just 3 weeks (after nine treatments) you can expect a contoured waist, hips, and thighs. ZERONA does not require an extensive time commitment: Each treatment lasts only 40 minutes.

With the cost of liposuction ranging as high as $12,000 per treatment, Zerona Body Contouring offers a low-cost, non-invasive, non-surgical alternative. Factor in the ZERO recovery time and no risk of scarring, and the Zerona price is even better! 

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Healthy Metabolism determines our energy, health, lean fitness, and Wellness.  Almost 80% of our population suffers with Metabolic syndrome also known as Insulin resistance.  This means that instead of our food converting efficiently to energy it converts to fat and destructive free radicals that drive massive inflammation.

Repairing Your Metabolism

This is the holy grail of fat loss.  When you repair your metabolism, you never need to diet again.  We combine Zerona with NOW-T sessions (interval training to turn on your metabolism), Power Plate therapy (to drain fat and toxins via your lymphatics), and painless keto fasting (skip breakfast and replace with coffee/green tea and MCT oil).   Supporting your healthy eating and creating a customized supplement program are part of your Metabolism Repair program.

Join us for our Renovare Metabolism Repair Event

 October 15th at 5:30 PM  (623) 776.0206

Register early as seating is limited.

Renovare Pulsed Wave Therapy

I (Dr. Gerhart) have suffered with chronic low-level nagging pain in my neck, shoulders, midback, low back and legs for many years.  I have invested thousands in deep tissue massage, Rolfing, Gua Sha adhesion release, and every other therapy you can think of.  While most have helped, nothing has reversed the scar tissue & adhesions to create the deep, long-lasting improvements I really wanted.  

I had a large collection of adhesions, scar tissue, and tender trigger points.  My fascia and muscle layers were glued together into a nasty mess (red cross hatch lines in graphic below) resulting in chronic pain. Healthy muscle & fascia fibers are in blue.

Scar tissue can pinch, twist, squeeze nerves triggering chronic pain. Scar tissue itself can be up to a 1000X more pain sensitive than healthy tissue.   Enter Pulsed Wave Therapy (aka Radial Shock Wave Therapy) which works by:

  • Signaling our cells to turn on major healing and repair pathways via mechanobiology – an exciting new field of research.
  • Turning off chronic pain and inflammation cycles to Close the Pain Gate
  • Age reversing effect via Stem Cell formation & activation for youthful vitality in our stiff, tight, injured areas including cartilage regeneration.
  • Can even reverse calcification in tendons, ligaments, and muscles especially in the shoulder.
  • Activating revolutionary cell communication via mechanotransduction
  • Creating new bone & blood vessels to support youthful muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons.
  • Increases cell energy for healing
  • Releasing Substance P – a key neurotransmitter responsible for turning off pain

Personally, I have experienced more pain relief & softening of hard knots than I thought possible with my initial therapy sessions.  I can’t wait to get more.

Our Pulsed Wave Therapy unit has FDA approval for a large number of conditions:

Each therapy session takes about 20 minutes to treat one area for a fee of 79.  Adding laser therapy if needed adds a synergistic even more profound healing effect for a fee of 97.  Just 4-6 sessions typically needed to effectively treat a problem area for lasting results.

The goal during the therapy is a little mild pain for lots of gain as the sound waves activate our cellular healing. Possible temporary after-effects: mild swelling, redness, light bruising (MUCH less than Gua Sha), & soreness after treatment (esp. first treatment). Use of heat, stretching, and light exercise after is helpful.   Add ice only if soreness is more than mild. Rev.   20210827                          
Reference: International Journal of Surgery Volume 24, Part B, December 2015, Pages 147-153. Shock wave as biological therapeutic tool: From mechanical stimulation to recovery and healing, through mechanotransduction

We are as Young as Our Cytoplasm

We are as young (or old) as our cytoplasm.  The quality of our structured water intracellular gel determines the health and function of our mitochondria, cell, and entire body and brain in profound ways.

Our medical science establishment has been focused on the nucleus and the DNA within with failed results for chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, …

The past 20 years of research into Epigenetics has shown us that the influence of the cell nucleus and DNA is quite limited in chronic disease – 10 -20%.  The environmental influences that affect the cell are 80 -90%.

We are now learning that the cell cytoplasm (intracellular structured water/gel) that surround the nucleus that houses our mitochondria and cytoskeleton (microtubules, actin, vinculin) is a profound reflection of environmental influences on cell health.

How can we affect this?

  1. Our thoughts, feelings, and relationships
  2. Meditation, chanting
  3. Healing music
  4. Our time in nature
  5. grounding in nature
  6. Sunlight, NIR sauna
  7. Healing lasers
  8. Movement – an active lifestyle
  9. Exercise, NOW-T, HIIT
  10. Biodynamic food
  11. Structured water, low deuterium water
  12. PWT, Ultrasound, Pulsed Magnetic Field therapy
  13. Supplements: Drainage Detox Homeopathic, L-glutamine, Ashwaghanda, ALA Max CR, Resveratrol, NAD+Gold, ATP Ignite, Nitric Balance, CoQ Max Ubiquinol,
  14. Adversely affected by harmful, synthetic EMF – eg. 5G, microwaves
  15. FEAR, Worry, ANXIETY, Depression, self-hatred are profoundly harmful
  16. Toxins like Glyphosate

Understanding Inflammation

Key Points:

  1. Excessive chronic inflammation is the primary cause of virtually every chronic disease of aging:
    • Arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis
    • Chronic Pain
    • Osteoporosis
    • Dementia: Alzheimer’s type, Lewy Body, Vascular dementia
    • Heart attacks, stroke, and vascular disease
    • Multiple Sclerosis, ALS,
    • Diabetes & Obesity
    • Most forms of Cancer
    • Feeling Old
  2. Inflammation is controlled by our Immune System (which is controlled by our brain)
  3. 80% of our Immune System is located around our digestive tract (gut)
  4. Our lifestyle is either activating the “ON” switch of inflammation or activating the balanced On/Off regulation of Wellness
  5. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) aka photo biomodulation is a powerful tool to turn off excessive inflammation and the lasers we use at Renovare are FDA level 1a cleared (the most stringent research-based approval available) to reduce nociceptive chronic pain ANYWHERE in the body.
  6. The resolution of inflammation is fibrosis (scar tissue) that creates joint and fascial restriction and chronic pain. These tissues need to glide and slide to close the pain gate and keep us flexible and pain-free. 
  7. Resolution of inflammation in the lung (from asthma, infection, pneumonia, COVID, COVID vaccines) is fibrosis leading to scarring and lung damage.
  8. Spinal adjusting/manipulation of joints and soft tissue is required to improve the mechanical integrity lost from fibrosis to create the neuro sequence closing the pain gate & restoring healing and health.

The PgE2 (Prostaglandin E2) Inflammation Pathway involves:

Eicosanoids – inflammatory prostaglandins: our Omega 3/6 ratio controls this signaling pathway to a large extent

  • The same cascade that creates inflammation creates cancer
  • Too much Omega 6 high linoleic vegetable oil drives inflammation – the wrong fats may be even worse than too much sugar
  • Quality Omega 3 EPA-DHA Fish oil dampens inflammation
  • Low level lasers dampen inflammation with NO SIDE EFFECTS, only side benefits like:
    • Systemic Energy Boost – Give Your Cells Back the Energy of Your Youth!
    • Reduced Swelling & Inflammation and Pain Relief
    • Accelerated Tissue Regeneration
    • Activation of anti-aging/longevity pathways
    • Improved blood flow to promote accelerated healing & repair
    • Neurogenesis – making new nerve cells
    • Mitochondrial Biogenesis – making new mitochondria
    • Stem cell production and integration
    • Healing of Leaky Gut and Leaky Brain
    • Promote all antioxidant systems including glutathione
    • Protects from free-radical damage                
    • Increased parasympathetic activity/Vagal stimulation for calm, peaceful, digestion, detox, and reduced inflammation
    • Repair and protect against DNA & RNA damage & telomere shortening
    • Decrease stress hormones and promote youth hormones like HGH
    • Healing with No Drugs, No Surgery, No Side-Effects

635 nm Red Lasers (LLLT) knocks out COX /prostaglandin, IL-18, & TNF Cytokine pain pathways. Violet lasers knock out IL-6 cytokine pain pathway.

Understanding Cytokines

  • Interleukin 6 (IL-6) is the most powerful Cytokine “ON” switch for inflammation and is converted in the liver to hsCRP, a key inflammation heart attack & stroke risk lab marker that appears on lab test panels.
  • 405 nm Violet Laser knocks out the IL-6 Cytokine pathway especially well
  • 635 nm Red Laser knock out IL-18
  • Both lasers turn on IL-10  – an ideal combination

VAT is an Inflammation Factory

Visceral (around the abdominal organs) Adipose (fat) Tissue is abbreviated as VAT.  This is often called the “Fat that Kills” since it strongly elevates heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, dementia, chronic pain, and chronic disease risk. VAT turns on inflammation dramatically.

VAT can be stubborn and resistant to most weight loss programs. What works is repairing our Metabolism to correct Insulin Resistance or Metabolic Syndrome

Based on our years of experience and training in functional medicine and functional neurology, we have created an Integrated Metabolism Repair program below:

Renovare Metabolism

Repair & Fat Burn Programs

2X/week sessions:

  • Zerona FDA approved Fat burning laser sessions
  • 30 min NOW-T and Power Plate session after Zerona session
  • Custom supplement, lifestyle, and support program to help you each step of the way in repairing your metabolism

The FDA approved Zerona Laser system energizes fat (adipose) cells to release their stored triglycerides (fat) into our circulatory system where they can be carried away to be burned as energy in our mitochondria.

An awesome quick and easy boost to fat loss in any area of the body

Contact US Today to Schedule an appointment at 623-776-0206

The End of Aging?

Cutting edge research in cellular genetics is showing us that aging is not normal or inevitable.  In fact, the top research labs are showing us that Aging is a disease that can be prevented, slowed, and potentially even reversed.

Most of us are going to live longer than we think. Are we going to live better – enjoying high level energy, fitness, and a happy brain throughout our lifespan?

Is there any point in keeping our bodies alive if our brain is failing & we FEEL decrepit & even older than our age?

Is suffering with decay, degeneration, inflammation, pain, fatigue, and depression really living? Is it inevitable? This “accelerated aging & decay” is the root problem.

Extending our health span – so we enjoy high level energy and youthful vitality to the very end of our lifespan is the most important. Imagine, no chronic disease, no need for drugs, no doctor visits for disease problems, no suffering in a nursing home.

It is also about staying healthy to beyond age 100 or beyond age 120 and living our passion and making a difference in the world – right up to the end of our lifespan.

Summary:

  • Aging is not inevitable – it can be prevented and even reversed
  • The DNA blueprint to be young is always present – even when we are old
  • Most of feeling “old” is not from DNA damage (our computer hard-drive) but from epigenetic problems (our software)
  • We have a software backup of youth – even when we are old
  • We activate this epigenetic software of youth through:
    • Intermittent fasting – this can be done easily with ketogenic fasting
    • High Intensity Interval Training – just 15 minutes 2X/week can do the job – especially when combined with Intermittent fasting.
    • Low Level Laser Therapy – the kind of lasers we use at Renovare have been shown to directly boost NAD+ and indirectly boost this anti-aging pathway as well.
    • Temperature challenges – get warm as in a sauna or summer in Arizona and then get cool as in a cold/cool shower or immersion in an unheated pool in the winter
    •  Specific nutraceuticals:
      • Methylated Resveratrol – Resveratin Plus is what I use.
      • Nicotinomide Mononucleotide (NMN) – a NAD+ precursor – needs to be liposomal and combined with trimethylglycine to be most effective.  NAD+ Gold from Quicksilver Scientific is best.
      • Time released Alpha Lipoic Acid. ALA Max is what I use.
      • Berberine, Burdock Root, Curcumin, Tumeric, and Quercitin.
    • Great sleep and stress management – Our Peaceful Brain Training Class is a fun, easy way to learn the tools that work best for you

Too much comfort, too much artificial, nutrient-deprived processed food, too little physical challenge, too much stress, too much sitting in the easy chair ACCELERATES our aging.   We need some discomfort & challenge to stay youthful.

COMFORT KILLS

What if chronic pain, excessive inflammation, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, osteoporosis, and arthritis are just SYMPTOMS of accelerated aging & decay?  What would happen if be changed our focus to ending this plague of accelerated aging & decay?

The good news is that research with identical twins shows us that only 20% of our aging and health-span is genetic.  The rest is our lifestyle choices and is in our hands.

Dr. David Sinclair, Ph.D is a molecular geneticist, professor at Harvard,  and leading researcher in aging.  His research delves into why we age – the underlying cell mechanisms behind aging. In his excellent book, “Lifespan – Why we Age and What We Can Do About It” explains that aging is not caused by problems with our DNA.  Rather, aging results from breakdown in our epigenetic cell repair programs for DNA.

Our genes containing the blueprints to make every protein & body part are the Hardware of our computer.  Our epigenetics is the software.  Without our software (epigenetics) working properly, our computer is just a heavy piece of frustrating junk.

Like our personal computer, our genetics (DNA) is the hard drive that stores the information and programs.  Our epigenetics is our software that includes DNA repair programs.  Much like hard drive disc repair programs, our epigenetic software must keep up with repairs or our software becomes corrupted and our computer “ages” and slips towards “dis­-ease”.

In our cells, some DNA damage is inevitable and normal. This is not the cause of aging.  We have complex DNA repair pathways called “epigenetics” that quickly and efficiently repair our DNA damage when working properly. Failure of these epigenetic “software” programs to keep up with needed “hardware” repairs leads to decay and aging.

You can also think of DNA like a beautiful Steinway Grand Piano.   Our Epigenetics is the pianist – the piano player that determines & plays the songs as well as repairing & tuning our piano so we enjoy music (Wellness) rather than the noise, decay, decline, & disease of Aging. We need a skilled and healthy pianist to enjoy the music of Wellness for Life.

Dr. David Sinclair’s research-supported Information Theory of Aging describes aging as a breakdown of our epigenetic software triggered by lifestyle choices that fail to fit our unique needs.  This leads to so much DNA damage that our software fails to keep up and our cells breakdown leading to the damage, inflammation, & decay that we call Aging. This is neither normal nor inevitable.

Dr. Sinclair’s lab has shown that there is a backup copy of youth in our cells. In mice, his lab has reset the youthful copy to reverse aging. With cloning, using a cell from an older animal results in a youthful “baby”, not an old baby for this reason.

We have 3 genes on the body that reverse our aging when we turn them on.  Jelly fish do this all the time so they don’t age.  We are learning to do this in mice, dogs, and even humans.

Three of the major age reversing genes that we all share are called Sirtuins, mTOR, and AMPK.  These 3 genes are critical to maintain our youthful, healthy software(epigenome):

Sirtuins

  • Especially effective at maintaining our youthful epigenomic software
  • Activated by methylated resveratrol (pterostilbene) concentrates
  • Activated by Nicotinomide Mononucleotide (NMN) – professional-grade supplements that are liposomal formulations combined with trimethylglycine appear the most effective.  The formulation I trust and take personally is Quicksilver Scientific’s NAD+ Gold.  NAD decline underlies accelerated aging and inflammation.  Boosting NAD levels with NMN is key to support:
    • Improved mitochondrial function
    • Youthful metabolism
    • High level stamina and youthful vigor
    • Cellular repair and protection
    • Improved Brain health: youthful memory, focus, and concentration

Harvard researchers have found that injecting NMN into old mice for just one week resulted in their mitochondria becoming like those of young mice.  In fact, when NMN was first give to old mice, they broke the treadmill!  The lab staff called it the “Great Mouse Treatmill Failure of 2017” when the old mice exceeded the tracking program limit of 3 kilometers – no mouse of any age had ever exceeded this before! Imagine being able to run an ultra-marathon as a senior citizen.

We can also activate our age-reversing Sirtuin gene with:

  • Low level Laser therapy (LLLT) or healing cold lasers like our Erchonia PL-T, FX 405, or EVRL lasers. 

The graphic below shows how the LLLT stimulus activates receptors leading to elevated sirtuin (Sirt1) activating the anti-aging effects of making brand new mitochondria (mitochondrial biogenesis), apoptosis (getting rid of decrepit old cells that create disease), and cell protecting anti-oxidant effects.

Intermittent fasting: I use green tea, MCT oil, and Collagen protein in my breakfast drink on my workout days.  It increases my strength up to 20%.  This carb fasting approach triggers ketosis so I am burning fat for fuel which is much more efficient than burning sugar leading to increased muscle strength & efficiency.

  • High intensity interval training – I combine intermittent keto fasting with my NOW-T exercise sessions 2X/week with Austin in our clinic.  It takes just 15 minutes of variable resistance training 2X/week to powerfully activate the anti-aging pathways while boosting mitochondrial wellness.

The mTOR/mTORC1 gene pathway (shown above) integrates the signals between food availability and cell growth.

Food available = cell growth. Too much food available = too much growth leading to:

  • Cancer
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Dementia – esp. Alzheimer’s type
  • Obesity
  • Polycystic ovarian disease
  • Insulin resistance and most of the chronic diseases of decay and aging.

No food available = stop growing and start repairing.  We NEED a break from food.  Intermittent fasting is a simple, painless way to activate this critical anti-aging signaling.

Inhibiting mTOR turns on the “stop growing and start repairing” switch.  Nutrients that also do this include:

  • Resveratrol
  • Quercitin
  • Turmeric

To learn more: https://thefastingmethod.com/fasting-and-autophagy-mtor-autophagy-1/

AMPK is our master switch for metabolism.  It is our “Fat Switch” – when turned on we burn fat for fuel, when turned off we store fat. Critical AMPK activating nutrients include: resveratrol, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Berberine, Burdock Root, Rose Hips, Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA’s are made from fiber by a healthy microbiome).  Exercise esp. high intensity interval training and fasting also activate this critical youth promoting pathway.  My favorite supplements to turn on our AMPK “Fat burning” switch are Glycoberine MX and ALA Max (time released high potency Alpha Lipoic Acid)

For the first time in the history of the world, we have more people over age 65 than children under the age of 5. What are we going to do with an ever-aging population that is decaying with an ever-growing list of chronic diseases headed towards a nursing home?  We are facing the bankruptcy of not only our health care systems but our entire economy.  This is in addition to the massive pain and suffering of those decaying through excessive inflammation, exhaustion, depression, and dementia. We MUST reverse the terrible decay & aging that plagues our aging population.