Metabolism – The “Holy Grail” of Wellness

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.

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

Could Cold Laser Be The Next Big Thing In Helping Thyroid Patients?

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:

  1. Reduce TPO antibody levels
  2. 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
  3. Increase the amount of cellular antioxidants such as glutathione
  4. Improve thyroid tissue and vascularization on ultrasound examination
  5. 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
  6. Decrease the activity of inflammatory molecules such as nuclear factor kappa beta and interleukin 6
  7. Stimulate the repair of tissue damaged by the thyroid auto immune attack
  8. 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.