Healthy Aging

Telomerase Activation, Inhibition of Cellular Aging Becomes a Clinical Reality

By August West - Vol. 12, No. 2. Summer, 2011

Cellular longevity is governed by telomeres, the DNA caps on the ends of chromosomes. Telomere length is regulated by an enzyme called telomerase. When telomerase activity is high, so is telomere length, and this delays cellular senescence. Substances including Omega 3s, vitamin D and folate have been shown to slow telomere shortening, but until recently researchers had not found anything that could actually activate telomerase and lengthen short telomeres. That changed with the discovery of a unique compound within the root of the Astragalus plant.

Food Sources of Vitamin K

By John Neustadt, ND / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 1. Spring, 2011

Phylloquinone, a naturally-occurring form of vitamin K, is found in several different types of foods.

Are We Inducing Osteoporosis?

By John Neustadt, ND / Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 1. Spring, 2011

Commonly used drugs like broad-spectrum antibiotics, oral corticosteroids, and anti-ulcer meds, have deleterious effects on bone, increasing the risk of osteoporotic fractures.

Calorie Restriction Mimetics: New Tools for Reducing Chronic Disease, Promoting Longevity

By Stephen Holt, MD / Contributinig Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010

 

Calorie restriction—by as much as 50%-70% of normal intake—is the only intervention consistently proven to extend lifespan. But that’s not a realistic treatment option for most people. Fortunately, natural substances including resveratrol, carnosine,  and carnitine can mimic the beneficial effects of calorie restriction.

Treating Skin Disorders From the Inside Out: An Interview with Dr. Julia Hunter

By Roby Mitchell, MD / Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010

Many dermatologists will lip-service the ideas that, “beauty begins from within,” and “Skin health is a reflection of overall health.” But very few of them practice that way. Dr. Julia Hunter, a holistic dermatologist in Los Angeles, is a rare exception. In this interview with Dr. Roby Mitchell, Dr. Hunter shares insight on connections between the skin and the gut, the role of vitamin C in skin care, skin care ingredients to avoid, and much more.

Telomeres, Aging, & Disease Prevention: Do Telomere-Targeted Treatments Have a Role in Clinical Practice?

By Stephen Holt, MD, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. Fall, 2010
Telomeres—segments of chromosomes that prevent aberration or loss of genetic information during cell division—are among the hottest research topics these days, and they’ve become the focus of “anti-aging” and chronic disease prevention strategies. Like many areas of genetic research, the work on telomeres raises as many questions as it answers. Anti-aging specialist Dr. Stephen Holt explores the many nuances of telomere and telomerase research, offering his own clinically tested recommendations.