A recent article in the NY Times follows the “Vigor Quest” of baby boomer, John Bellizzi (51), retracing his journey through the male menopause known as andropause and discussing how integrative and functional medicine helped him get his edge back and regain control of his health.
Here’s what BodyLogicMD Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Alicia Stanton had to say on the subject:
“I am a physician that has been practicing Integrative Medicine for 7 years. Many of the patients that I couldn’t help with traditional medicine are doing much better on their current regimens which focus on balanced nutrition, regular exercise, lifestyle changes, supplementation and, when needed, bioidentical hormone therapy.
Many of my colleagues do not understand the connection between diet, stress levels, environmental toxins and subsequent hormone levels. Our current population is incredibly out of balance and this is creating many of the symptoms and subsequent disease states we are seeing today. Low hormone levels create sleep disturbances, heart disease, hair loss, obesity, fatigue, low libido, erectile dysfunction, memory problems, depression and a host of other symptoms. Often, my patients can be counseled on their diet, lifestyle and supplementation and it may be enough to resolve their symptoms. However, sometimes it’s more than just “eating more vegetables and getting a little more exercise” which is the standard advice they receive. In my practice, we look at actual hormone levels, nutrients and markers for inflammation to give the patient the whole picture as to what is going on inside their body.
Our current model of medicine is NOT a disease prevention model. Pap smears, mammograms and PSA testing are aimed at EARLY DETECTION, not prevention – that is a big difference. There are numerous studies for men that demonstrate the deleterious effects of low testosterone – heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, Alzheimer’s and overall, mortality from all causes is higher in men with low testosterone. Yet, the Endocrine Society does not recommend testosterone therapy for men who demonstrate low testosterone… Would they rather have the men on all of the medications used to treat the symptoms that low testosterone produces? Imagine the number of prescription medications (and their associated interactions) that could be prevented if we treated the source of the problem rather than the symptoms!
Choosing this type of medicine does not have to break the bank. I work with a national network of physicians at BodyLogicMD who specialize in Integrative Medicine and have helped thousands of patients. The annual cost for our patients including testing, appointments and prescriptions is around $2000 per year. Our bioidentical hormone doctors are highly trained. In addition to their medical education, they also complete the Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine which requires hundreds of hours of extra education.
I understand that there is continued controversy and confusion regarding Integrative or Anti-Aging Medicine. I also understand that there is a wide range on the spectrum from conservative, traditional medicine to “full tilt” Anti-Aging regimens. However, I appreciate that we have the opportunity in this country to do our own research and have options for our health care.”