In the mid 1990’s, a small group of cutting edge physicians got together and shared their ideas of where medicine is, and which direction it needs to go. Medicine at that time was a “sickcare” system instead of a “healthcare” system. Disease was treated very effectively with pharmaceutical drugs and very little was done with respect to disease prevention. The reason for that was a lack of true knowledge about the best way to prevent disease except for the typical “don’t smoke, don’t drink, eat healthy, lose weight, and exercise”.
Cholesterol lowering became even more of a focus, mainly because it has been mostly controlled by medication to the tune of billions of dollars of sales each year. Creating more and more drugs for disease and spending less and less time with each patient was a formula for disaster. This small group of doctors saw a different future for medicine, a paradigm shift from conventional thinking, and out of that was born anti-aging medicine. Those few physicians turned into over 15,000 and counting members of the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
It is not enough to just tell the patient to “eat healthy, exercise, and take some vitamins”. It is necessary to instruct the patient on exactly how to do all the above correctly. The specifics of each element will vary from patient to patient based on genetics, lifestyle, health concerns, and goals. That is why a comprehensive evaluation is important in order to individualize the program and assure better compliance and results.
FOUR MAIN ELEMENTS
ARE YOU AN APPROPRIATE ANTI-AGING MEDICINE PATIENT?
Though people of all ages can benefit from proper diet, exercise and nutritional supplements, hormone supplementation would most commonly benefit patients between the ages of 40-65. Therefore, in order to optimize patients’ time and results, Dr. Hammer restricts new patients to just that age group.