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

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

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)

How is Dr. Gerhart Becoming More Energetic, Fit, Lean, and Youthful?

I am north of 60 years of age and investing in my Wellness is one of my top priorities therefore, I want to avoid the terrible decay and suffering that my own mother, and many other seniors, experience in today’s society.

The science tells us that most of what we blame on Aging is Decay from poor Lifestyle choices that fail to fit our unique genetic needs.

With our lifestyle choices, we are either signaling for Growth or Decay – every day of our lives.

We signal Growth through exercise, healing lasers, and other healthy lifestyle choices to turn off chronic inflammation.

We signal decay and hyper-accelerated aging through poor lifestyle choices that turn on chronic inflammation which, like rust, damages and destroys our brain, body, joints, and nerves.  In fact, low-grade chronic inflammation is behind virtually every chronic disease:

  • Arthritis & joint degeneration
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, Neuropathy
  • Many types of cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anxiety, Depression, and bipolar disorders
  • Gastritis, Colitis, Crohn’s, Diverticulitis
  • Tendinitis, Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia

How do We Turn Off Low-grade Inflammation and Turn On Growth & Healing?

We can turn off the inflammation “ON” switches and turn on the “OFF” switches.  Much of our inflammation is controlled by cytokine proteins “switches”like:

Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is our most powerful “ON” switch

  • Activates decay, degeneration, & hyper-accelerated aging
    • Turned on by chronic stress, inactivity, processed foods, sugar, and toxic fats (hydrogenated fats & linoleic acid)
    • Turned off by the special FDA approved violet lasers we use at Renovare
    • A short burst of IL-6  from a short burst of intense exercise turns on IL-10 (see below) and is important for high level Wellness
    • The slow drip of chronic, low-level IL-6 is destructive – like corrosive battery acid corroding our brain and body

Interleukin-8 (IL-8) is another strong “ON” switch

  • Activates decay, degeneration
    • Turned on by chronic stress, inactivity, processed foods, sugar, and toxic fats (hydrogenated fats & linoleic acid)
    • Turned off by the special FDA approved red lasers we use at Renovare

Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is our most powerful master signal for growth and repair:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Regenerative
  • Restorative
  • Growth
  • Anti-decay and anti-aging
  • Builds a stronger, healthier, younger body for life
  • Turned on by exercise with a short intense burst of IL-6.  High intensity interval training, Chiropractic spinal adjusting, intermittent fasting, and our special healing lasers (esp. FX 450 laser) also turn on IL-10 nicely.  We combine these with our NOW-T therapy to build muscle and strength more than 300% faster than typical gym training – all in just 15 minutes of exercise 2X/week. 

Personally, I do 15 minutes 2X/week with Austin doing our NeuroOsteo Wellness (NOW-T) Exercise-Plus at our clinic.  We use  a high-intensity, variable resistance training approach that safely builds muscle at least 300% faster than weight training at a gym.  We combine this with healing lasers and our Power Plate to boost energy, mitochondrial biogenesis (making new mitochondria) and reduce soreness along with ATP Workout and HMB supplements (see article below) to even further boost muscle gain.  HMB alone boosts muscle gain another 200%.  The results for me have been beyond awesome – I feel younger, stronger, and love the way I look.  I tell my lovely wife that I am like fine wine – improving with age. 

In addition to my NOW-T exercise sessions, I have been reducing my inflammation and boosting my energy and growth with FX 405 healing laser sessions and am enjoying a level of energy, enthusiasm, and peaceful joy in helping our patients that is beyond wonderful.

Why I Supplement With HMB?

HMB stands for beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate and is naturally produced in small amounts when your body breaks down leucine, an essential amino acid.

Our muscle is dynamic with both muscle breakdown and muscle building happening throughout the day. The goal is to ensure that breakdown isn’t happening faster than building. Age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, affects approximately one in three adults age 50 and older. This decline in muscle health can contribute to fatigue, losses in strength and energy, increased risk of falling, and poor mobility.

HMB acts to keep you healthy by slowing muscle breakdown.  A well-balanced diet rich in protein and exercising regularly supports the natural balance.

HMB DOUBLES the effects of exercise on muscle growth!

Our Newest Healing Laser: FX 405

FDA APPROVED TO TREAT LOW BACK PAIN, PLANTAR FASCITIS, AND CHRONIC PAIN ANYWHERE

The regenerative powers of this healing laser technology can energize our cells, reduce inflammation, eliminate pain, and accelerate healing. This process of cellular regeneration is often referred to as photobiomodulation.  Low level therapy utilizes coherent light energy to boost cellular energy by up to 50% to power healing and Wellness.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has 10,000+ published research papers to show:

  • Healing with No Drugs, No Surgery, No Side-Effects
  • Pain Relief
  • Reduced Swelling & Inflammation
  • Accelerated Tissue Regeneration
  • Extended Range of Motion
  • Systemic Energy Boost – Give Your Cells Back the Energy of Your Youth!
  • Antimicrobial Effect – Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Bacterial
  • Clinically Proven Results

How does Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Work?

  • Provides Natural Energy Required for Cells to Heal
  • Increases Communication Between the Cells of the Body
  • Increases Blood & Oxygen Flow in Damaged and Inflamed Tissues
  • Stimulates Mitochondria to produce ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), the fuel for cellular function.
  • Boosts stem cell production and migration to needed areas
  • Supports healing and return to Wellness

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) research proven effective for:

  • Acute & Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Neck & Shoulder Pain – FDA Cleared with Erchonia EVRL
  • Lower Back Pain – FDA Cleared with Erchonia FX 635 & 405
  • Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain – FDA Cleared with Erchonia FX 635 & 405
  • Nociceptive Musculoskeletal Pain – FDA Cleared with Erchonia FX 635 & 405
  • Anxiety, Stress and PTSD Relief
  • Insomnia & Sleep Issues
  • Preventing and reversing the plaque and neurofibrillary tangles of Alzheimer’s type dementia.  The research shows powerful benefits and FDA approval for treatment of Alzheimer’s is in process.
  • Autism – again the research shows powerful benefits and FDA approval appears likely in the near future.
  • Post-Surgery or Injury Accelerated Healing
  • Disc herniations & injuries
  • Frozen shoulder & Rotator Cuff injuries
  • Tennis or Golfer’s elbow
  • Tendinitis & Tendinosis
  • Post Liposuction Pain – FDA Cleared with Erchonia XLR8
  • Post Breast Augmentation Pain – FDA Cleared with Erchonia XLR8
  • Digestive Issues
  • Cognitive Enhancement
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tissue Regeneration – Muscle, Ligament, Tendon
  • Helps Kill Infections – Viral, Bacterial, Fungal, Strep, Staph, MRSA
  • Acne – FDA Cleared with Erchonia EVRL
  • Vaccine Reaction Relief
  • Shingles, Hives
  • Wound Healing
  • Detoxification
  • Gout
  • Arthritis
  • Respiratory Challenges – COPD, Asthma, Pneumonia
  • Increasing Range of Motion

Deeper Healing Is Achieved using healing lasers by Adding Natural, Ideal Frequency Energy to Deficient or Damaged Organs, Tissues, Cells & Mitochondria.

Most impressively, the pain reductions continued to improve after stopping treatment. After 12 months, the pain reduction was a stunning 75% – after just 8 sessions in the first 4 weeks.

Why Erchonia Corporation’s Lasers?  Erchonia lasers are Class II lasers, which means they are low power, non-thermal, or “cold”, eliminating the risk of over exposure or negative thermal effects.  They use proven wavelengths of 635nm (red) and 405nm violet.  Since cells, tissues and organs resonate at differing frequencies, Erchonia has provided the ability to program thousands of frequencies into their lasers for further synergistic healing.

The Erchonia Laser was granted the 1st ever market clearance by the FDA for Low-Level Laser after completing 2 randomized double blind clinical trials in which 66% pain reduction was observed after one single treatment…  Yes, you read correctly… one single treatment!!

This non-invasive clinically-proven technology is revolutionizing the practice of Functional Medicine.  In Skilled Hands, The Erchonia Laser Provides an Additional Therapy Tool to accelerate your brain and body healing response – often dramatically.

At Renovare, we have available three different Erchonial Laser systems to accelerate you to high level Wellness.

Our Erchonia EVRL with a combination of Violet and Red Lasers has already helped several of our active patients achieve a higher-level of optimal health. Both the EVRL and our Erchonia FX 405 Lasers have multiple FDA clearances.

Patients are reporting amazing positive results with…

  • Acne
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Anxiety, Stress, & Depression
  • Back, Neck & Shoulder Pain
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Brain, Cognitive & Emotional Issues
  • Concussion Recovery
  • Bursitis & Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain Conditions
  • Chronic infections (that often contribute to inflammation & pain)
  • Dental & Orthodontic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Loss of Taste and/or Smell
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Nerve Root & Neuropathic Pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Planter Fasciitis & Heal Pain
  • Post-Operative Pain & Healing
  • Scar Rejuvenation
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Sports Injuries
  • TMJ Pain/Dysfunction
  • Toe Nail Fungus
  • Viral Infections
  • & More

Erchonia Laser standard treatments are cost & time effective, with most taking only 15 minutes.  Beneficial as an Add-On or Stand-Alone Treatment for Chronic or Acute Conditions.

“My passion and determination to heal myself lead to decades of advanced education and training to help myself and my patients. These healing lasers are having profound effects on the brain and body.  We are excited to have as many as possible experience these amazing laser therapies, as we work to Give the Gift of Hope and Healing to Those Ready for Wellness.”

Timothy C. Gerhart, D.C., D.A.B.C.I., Dip. Ac., B.C.N.  Chiropractic Physician & Internist, Diplomate in Acupuncture, Board Certified in Neurofeedback

Disclaimer: Although research demonstrates effectiveness of LLLT for many diseases and conditions, at Renovare we do not use LLLT to prevent or treat disease.  Only drugs and medical procedures are allowed for this.  Instead, we work to move beyond symptoms to uncover the underlying root causes to solve your puzzle to help you truly get Well.

We have a limited number of complimentary FX-405 Laser sessions to experience this FDA approved safe, effective therapy for chronic pain & inflammation.

Call us at 623.776.0206 to schedule your laser session to turn off inflammation and turn on youthful growth so you can start enjoying the benefits of an energetic lifestyle free of pain or limitation.

My Favorite Supplements for Stress Resilience & Peaceful Brain Balance

Start with eating brain smart. Supplements don’t fix crappy, processed, artificial, fake Frankenstein semi-synthetic food from food coffins.

The “Core 4” are the foundation of most supplement programs:

  1. A professional grade multi designed for 4 – 6 caps per day like MegaMulti Pro or ProMulti Plus
  2. Magnesium in the form that fits your needs:
    1. Acti-Mag for those with experience loose stools or diarrhea or worse with  magnesium supplementation.  This glycerophosphate form does not create the hydroshell effect in the gut triggering diarrhea even at high doses or 8 grams per day (just 2 scoops)
    1. Mag Citrate for those with constipation that is helped by magnesium
    1. Mag Glycinate for those with major malabsorption problems
    1. Brain Relax Max – for those who need multilevel support for internal stress or anxiety

Magnesium is nature’s healthy sedative and is critical to make peaceful energy, relax, sleep and manage blood pressure.

  • Vitamin K2-D3 plus:  Critical for happy brain, immune system, reduced inflammation and strong, happy bones.  Get a blood test – we don’t know it’s working without testing. Vitamin D has many roles:
  • Omega Essential Fatty Acids.  My favorite is Omega Boost 1300, a professional grade, clean, concentrate.  By using the monoglyceride form, absorption is increased by 320% making one capsule equilavent to 3 – 6 capsules of other types to save money and number of capsules to swallow.

I also LOVE our new supplement, Thiamine 50

I especially love combining Acti -Mag, our ultra high dose no-diarrhea magnesium with Balanced B8.  Research shows that B-8 has the calming, anti-anxiety effects of Valium, without drug side-effects.

Balanced B8 is myoinositol which functions as a second messenger to carry our major neurotransmitters like serotonin and Gaba into our cells. Those suffering with depression and anxiety typically have very low levels.  Research shows significant improvements in mood, sleep, anxiety, agitation, and hopelessness after 4 weeks.

Contact our office at 623.776.0206 to find out more about these supplements or to schedule an appointment!