Anti-Aging or Lifestyle Change – Which Term is Best Used When Talking About Delaying the Onset of Diseases of the Elderly?

Over the past several weeks, I have had the pleasure of helping my daughter take care of her new premature infant. As I did a number of the late night feeds on my newly adopted grandson, I was able to reflect on some of the things that led me to the path of being a Pediatrician. Why was this so important to me? Some of you may know my family history – my dad died…

Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion

Drug-induced nutrient depletion may be one of the most significant side effects that people are not aware of when they take prescription (and some over-the-counter) medications. So the question is how many people are at risk of developing drug-induced nutrient depletion (DIND)? With nearly one billion office visits in the US alone, more Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs. Over 40 percent of the visits had between two and seven drugs prescribed. Some of…

Take Supplements During Cancer Treatment?

Recently, I was asked if it was safe to take nutritional supplements while undergoing cancer treatment? The answer is not so simple. I answered this question with yes and no! The reason I “hedged” is because some supplements might interfere with chemotherapy, while others may help the body defend against tumors. Some doctors say patients should hold off during chemo, while others say supplements may have cancer-fighting properties and help reduce treatment side effects. Is…

How Important is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)?

Coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) or Ubiquinone – What Is It? Coenzyme Q10, also known as Co-Q10 or ubiquinone, is found in the mitochondria of all cells. It is naturally made in our bodies using the same pathway as the production of cholesterol. Coenzyme Q10 is found in most body tissues with the highest amounts in the heart, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. As we age, tissue levels of coenzyme Q10 decrease with age. It’s main function is…

Age Accelerators

Aging is not just the way we look… Your skin is your largest organ in the body. We look at aging differently if we are consumers or physicians. If we get wrinkles, or aching joints or grey hair, it’s easy to think or feel that we are getting older. But your skin is just at the surface because physicians look at other bio-markers as we age. It’s not the wrinkles we should worry about, but…