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.

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.

Please check out my facebook page at www.Facebook.com/ThyroidInfo, or follow me on twitter@drkirkgair.

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.

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

Mitochondria: The Key to Everything

Wellness = Energy, Energy, Energy!!!

Cell mitochondria anatomy. 3d illustration

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:

Energy =

  • 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?

  1. We can improve the Well ness & functional efficiency of the mitochondria we
    have.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Eat nutrient dense whole foods and avoid processed foods.
  3. 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.
  4. Eat less sugar and fruit – high levels are toxic to our mitochondria and metabolism.
  5. Eat more Veggies, quality protein, and healthy fats: Olive, Coconut, Avocado, MCT
    oil are good sources.
  6. 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
  • L-carnitine
  • Creatine

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:

  • Intermittent fasting
  • 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)