What is metabolism? Metabolism is converting fuel to energy…OR food to fat and free radicals (which creates massive inflammation and damage. This is like rust on the inside and creates hyper- accelerated aging) A damaged metabolism massively weakens our immune system. Why? Because our immune systems needs energy, energy, energy to work correctly.
The Mitochondria is in every cell of body. This is where we make energy. Metabolism really happens on the cell level. We want them to be efficient. LLLT (Low Level Light Therapy) or Photbiomodulation, uses low levels of light to activate or energize and rev up the mitochondria so that we not only make more energy, but make more of the mitochondria. Our metabolism depends on how many mitochondria we have! This is called Mitochondrial Biogenesis. If we are healthy, we have up to 2000 per microscopic cell in our heart and our brain. When they work right, they generate energy called ATP. This ATP is recycled many times and a 145-pound male should make at least 160 pounds of ATP a day. When we are not healthy, we don’t make enough. Now we are tired, we put on fat, we ache, and many other problems.
By 2030 half of all Americans will be overweight. If you are even a little overweight, chances are you are also inflamed. They are probably overweight in the belly – which is known as the “fat that kills”. Excess belly fat, especially that around the waist, is a major source of inflammation.
What kind of diseases caused by too much inflammation? Alzheimer, Cancer, heart disease, arthritis, dementia, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, accelerated aging, etc. The risk of pneumonia and Covid risk also goes way up.
The average American diet per year is over 150 pounds of sugar. Sugar makes us fat, especially in the mid section – the gut area. We have been told fat makes us fat. This is Not true. Healthy fats make us lean. Sugar makes us fat! The worse kind of sugars are the ones you drink (Sodas, energy drinks, etc.) Eating unprocessed food is one of the number one things you can do to make the biggest difference in your health.
Eat only fresh, live foods.
Minimize food that comes out of food coffins – plastic, boxes, aluminum foil, cans.
Where do you find these healthy foods in the supermarket? Around the outer aisles.
Meta – inflammation
We as Americans eat too many calories and too few nutrients. Think of junk food such as a Twinkie. It is full of calories and no nutrients. We want to eat foods that are the opposite – they have a ton of nutrients and very few calories such as Kale. Too many calories without enough nutrients creates inflammation, throughout the body called Meta Inflammation,
Chronic overnutrition and obesity induces low-grade inflammation throughout the body. Termed “meta-inflammation,” this chronic state of inflammation is mediated by macrophages located within the colon, liver, muscle, and adipose tissue. Especially around the belly.
When we treat the belly with laser, people lose inches, but we are really reducing their inflammation because inflammation damages our metabolism.
If you want to know more about Metabolism Repair, call Renovare Wellness at 623.776.0206
We have multiple choices to help you get on the right path including laser therapies to help improve your mitochondria and reduce belly fat, Wellness Mentors for assistance with improving your food, stress reduction and nutritional choices or schedule a consultation with Dr. Gerhart to get you started on a Metabolic Age Reversal Program.
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?
Our thoughts, feelings, and relationships
Our time in nature
grounding in nature
Sunlight, NIR sauna
Movement – an active lifestyle
Exercise, NOW-T, HIIT
Structured water, low deuterium water
PWT, Ultrasound, Pulsed Magnetic Field therapy
Supplements: Drainage Detox Homeopathic, L-glutamine, Ashwaghanda, ALA Max CR, Resveratrol, NAD+Gold, ATP Ignite, Nitric Balance, CoQ Max Ubiquinol,
Adversely affected by harmful, synthetic EMF – eg. 5G, microwaves
FEAR, Worry, ANXIETY, Depression, self-hatred are profoundly harmful
A lot has been written about the connections between Hashimoto’s and gluten, environmental toxins, leaky gut, etc. However, very little has been discussed about the potential use for Cold Laser therapy, even though several recent research studies found some promising results.
Hashimoto’s antibodies can lead to destruction of thyroid tissue, which can result not only in the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction, but also changes in thyroid appearance on ultrasound, and the presence of abnormal blood markers.
Currently, most traditional medical treatments aim to control the symptoms or get the TSH and T4 into the medical normal range while often ignoring the underlying root causes and the destruction that occurs in the gland.
The exciting thing about these studies on lasers and their effects on the thyroid is that they appear to not only trigger tissue regeneration, they also seem to help normalize function and decrease the need for medications, without any side effects.
The most recent study comes out of the July 2015 edition of the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology. In this study, the thyroid glands of rats were damaged with gamma radiation, and then were treated with low level laser of 632 nanometers for 6 sessions. The study concluded that the laser improved the rat’s thyroid function, liver function, antioxidant levels, and blood cell markers. No side effects were noted. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25975382
The August 2014 edition of the journal Photomedicine and Laser Surgery found that cold laser treatment to patients with autoimmune thyroid disease significantly increased levels of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25101534) Why is this important? The August 1991 edition of the Journal of Autoimmunity found that TGF-β1 could calm down and suppress auto immune attacks, and that it may even prove helpful in causing remission of Graves disease. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1777015)
Patients with autoimmune thyroid disease often have altered blood flow within the thyroid. The 2012 journal ISRN Endocrinology found that 10 laser treatments improved blood flow within the thyroid, as visualized with Dopplar ultrasound. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23316383)
But perhaps the most exciting study I came across was in the August 2010 journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Patients were given 10 treatments over 5 weeks. They found that all patients needed less thyroid medication, including 47% who did not require any medication through the 9-month follow-up. Can you imagine being able to go 9 months without needing thyroid medication?
Furthermore, the medication dosage needed in the other participants decreased, and remained decreased even 9 months later. TPOAb (thyroid antibody) levels also decreased, and thyroid tissue appearance improved on ultrasound. This means that thyroid tissue damaged by auto immune attacks was actually getting repaired with laser stimulation. Again, no side effects were noted. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20662037)
These are just a few of the exciting studies that support the use of lasers in thyroid disease, but the applications go even beyond just the thyroid. As far back as December 1993, there was a far reaching study from Japan in the Keio Journal of Medicine that found that laser therapy on cancer cells “inhibits growth and increases cell-specific destruction”, and that “other immune system-related diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, some forms of eczema, asthma and asthma-related ulceration, have responded well to” laser therapy. I found numerous other studies that also suggested that cold laser was effective even for helping with thyroid cancers. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8126975)
So let’s review what these studies found. Cold laser therapy was shown to:
Reduce TPO antibody levels
Reduce the need for T4 medications in a majority of patients, even 9 months after treatment, and eliminate the need in nearly half the patients in one study
Increase the amount of cellular antioxidants such as glutathione
Improve thyroid tissue and vascularization on ultrasound examination
Increase levels of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), which calms down the auto immune activity and may have the potential to cause remission of Graves’ disease
Decrease the activity of inflammatory molecules such as nuclear factor kappa beta and interleukin 6
Stimulate the repair of tissue damaged by the thyroid auto immune attack
Have no side effects
These are all pretty powerful findings. I was surprised to find the data going back over 20 years supporting cold laser’s use on auto immune diseases, considering that most of us have never heard about it in mainstream media or from our doctors.
Obviously more studies are needed, but the current research suggests that lasers may provide significant help for the growing numbers of auto immune thyroid patients out there. Have any of you out there tried this therapy or heard about it from your doctor? If you have, please comment with what your results have been.
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This information is for informational purposes only and should not replace the diagnosis and treatment of your qualified healthcare professional. Do not undertake using a laser on yourself without proper evaluation and supervision of a licensed healthcare provider. As always, Dr Gair recommends that you seek the help of a healthcare professional trained in functional medicine and following their advice.
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.
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
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.
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):
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
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:
Atherosclerotic heart disease
Dementia – esp. Alzheimer’s type
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:
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.
Our energy comes from our mitochondria which are tiny energy factories packed into our cells – we have 2000 mitochondria packed into the tiny cells of each heart and brain cell.
How well our cell energy factories (mitochondria) generate ATP (the fuel that powers us) determines our biologic age.
We can’t change our chronological age (number of birthdays) unless we lie (not that anyone we know would ever do that) 🙂
We can change our biologic age – the age we function. We all know people who are age 50 but look and feel age 80 as well as people age 80 who look and feel age 50. My Dad is a great example of the latter.
A key part of aging is losing many of our precious mitochondria. To make matters worse, our remaining mitochondria suffer damage leading to an energy deficit. Remember, Wellness is energy, energy, energy. To sum it up:
number of mitochondria in each cell
Health & efficiency of those mitochondria
We are as Young as Our Mitochondria!
What can we do to support our mitochondria?
We can improve the Well ness & functional efficiency of the mitochondria we have.
We can make new mitochondria (biogenesis) – at any age!
Improving the Efficiency of Our Mitochondria
If we are not making energy efficiently, we are instead making fat & destructive free radicals. Here are some steps that are proven to work:
635 nm wavelength red coherent laser therapy. The Erchonia professional grade cold lasers (do not generate harmful heating) are the most effective available anywhere to do this – with the research to back it up. These healing lasers boost energy production by our mitochondria between 40 and 50%. An amazing “battery charge”. This laser photonic energy also triggers multiple anti-aging cellular pathways. The violet and red laser combination we use also trigger making new mitochondria.
Eat nutrient dense whole foods and avoid processed foods.
Avoid the nasty mitochondrial poison, glyphosate (Roundup), which is sprayed on our crops and concentrated in our vegetables, meats, and processed food. Eating organic is phenomenally important to minimize exposure. The average American has 1 pound of this toxin in their body – no wonder we are so fat, sick, tired, anxious, depressed, and inflamed.
Eat less sugar and fruit – high levels are toxic to our mitochondria and metabolism.
Eat more Veggies, quality protein, and healthy fats: Olive, Coconut, Avocado, MCT oil are good sources.
Supplement smart – the Core 4:
A high-grade Multiple Vitamin/Mineral like Mega Multi Pro
A bioavailable source of high potency magnesium like Acti-mag
Vitamin K2-D3 at optimal dose based on blood lab testing
A high quality, clean, bioavailable Omega 3 like Omega Pure 1300 Pro which is 320% better absorbed than regular fish oil.
7. Advanced Supplementation:
A probiotic like MegaSpore Biotic to support our Microbiome – the 100 TRILLION bacteria/microbes that live mostly in our gut. Did you know that our Microbiome talks to our Mitochondria? We MUST have a healthy, diverse, balanced Microbiome for our Mitochondria to work well.
Time-released Alpha Lipoic Acid. I use ALA-Max which we have found to be the most effective form.
A bioactive high-grade methylated resveratrol. I take our Resveratin Plus (Resveratrol/Pterostilbene Complex) to activate the Sirtuin pathways to turn off the aging cell signaling pathways.
Coenzyme Ql0 I CoQl0 I ubiquinone – we especially like the more active Ubiquinone form.
Pyrroloquinoline Quinone I PQQ I Methoxatin
8. 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 my increased muscle strength & efficiency.
9. High intensity interval training – I combine 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.
10. Exposure to cold. I use cold (cool in the summer here) showers and cold immersions in our unheated swimming pool in the winter.
11. Great quality and quantity of deep, restful sleep is profoundly important for our mitochondrial health and wellness.
12. Effective relaxation techniques – especially meditation
13. Get enough Sunlight while avoiding sunburns – we are “solar powered”.
Making New Mitochondria
This is called mitochondrial biogenesis and can be turned on at any age. Most of what works to improve the efficiency of our Mitochondria also works to trigger biogenesis. Here are the top triggers for making new mitochondria:
High intensity interval training – I combine fasting with my NOW-T sessions 2X/week with Austin in our clinic. Takes just 15 minutes of variable resistance training 2X/week to powerfully activate the anti-aging pathways while boosting mitochondrial wellness.
Supplement with bioactive methylated Resveratrol (pterostilbene)
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