You’ve probably heard by now that your gut is responsible for 70% of your immune system. This is generally true but there’s more involved. You’ve also probably heard or have been personally affected by the rise of auto immune diseases. The rates of Type I Diabetes and Celiac disease increased by >20% in the last 10 years. 50 million Americans suffer from an auto immune disease. Common autoimmune diseases are: Hashimotos, Thyroiditis, Celiac, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and more. There are over 150 autoimmune diseases.
Your diet and gut can stave off, prevent and assist in your immune response, giving us hope in healing. Your guts microbiota (microbial community/bacteria) has evolved over millennia and plays a key role in eliminating pathogens (bad bacteria, yeast, parasites and viruses) and keeping your immune system balanced. Certain foods and lifestyles can impact your gut immunity in both a negative and positive way.
Hormones lower Alzheimer’s incidences. A study in Psychoneuroendodrinology (2005) and reviewed again in 2015, showed women ages 65 to 84 that had the greatest total estrogen exposure showed the least cognitive impairment. The women using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement, estradiol, had an average of 40% reduction in the risk of cognitive impairment.
Bio identical estrogens, as well as progesterone and testosterone in lab animal studies, provided importantneuroprotection in the brain.
To summarize, “Based on extensive laboratory evidence, it seems likely that menopausal hormone replacement may enhance cognitive function and reduce the risks of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”- Dr. Johnathan V. Wright, M.D, published author and pioneer in hormone replacement.
Thinning hair and hair loss can be very frustrating, often impacting self-image and confidence. Hormonal Imbalances are often to blame. Common imbalances to consider are Thyroid, Testosterone, Cortisol, DHEA-S and Progesterone.
“I find progesterone is well underappreciated in hair protection and regrowth potential. I also find women with high stress lifestyles and adrenal hormone issues suffer from low progesterone and the connection could be in lifestyle and stress management.”- Dr. Lewerenz
Intermittent fasting is very en vogue right now and has gained popularity in the press. Why? Well, intermittent fasting is excellent for weight loss, gut health, blood pressure control, longevity and anti-aging. Intermittent fasting is essentially a way to reboot and start a gentle detox. The key component of intermittent fasting is consuming limited amounts of calories within a specific time frame. Best results occur when eating within an 8-hour window, while fasting throughout the night. Intermittent fasting can be defined as a few days a week, not typically consecutive days.
A study published out of Harvard School of Public Health in 2018 showed that intermittent fasting along with other quality lifestyle choices could add 12 years of life. “I call it a metabolic switch to better health. I believe we were not physiologically designed to eat whenever, wherever. Add fasting into your healthy lifestyle for better health, today!”- Dr. Lewerenz
There are many medications that deplete you of good nutrients and health. A few commonly known medications: Statins, Corticosteroids, Allergy Medications, Antibiotics, Birth Control Pills, Diabetic Medications, Antacids and MANY MORE, are known to deplete the body of essential nutrients for health.
The problem is the depletion of nutrients that support thyroid hormone production. Selenium is often robbed from you with the use of prescription medications. “You cannot have healthy thyroid functioning without the mineral, selenium. Selenium is found in the soil that we use to grow crops, but due to commercial farming and pesticide use, selenium levels are now reduced.
I always optimize selenium levels for our patients with underactive thyroid, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or Hypothyroidism. Our goal is also to be on the least amount of prescription medications. The Longevity Protocol is to reduce your prescription burden and optimize your health.”- Dr. Lewerenz.
Studies routinely show old fashioned cruciferous vegetables or brassic as (a member of the mustard family) provide significant protection against cancers.
Cornell Cancer Research Laboratory at Rockefeller University in New York and other researchers have a large body of evidence that broccoli and other cruciferous veggies reduce 16x hydroxyestrone. For every 10 grams of cruciferous veggies you consume each day, your 2/16x hydroxyestrone increases by 8%, based on a Swedish study (2001). Women in this Swedish study showed women who eat the highest daily brassica vegetables had a 42% lower cancer risk than those who ate the lowest amounts.
“A common supplement recommended at Longevity Health Institute is Estroblock (IC3 and DIM), an extract of cruciferous vegetables. Eating your veggies is of utmost importance! EAT WELL!”- Dr. Lewerenz.
Is Your Aspirin Regimen Doing More Harm Than Good?
How often have you heard that an aspirin a day is an excellent way to help prevent heart attack and stroke? Maybe you have been instructed to take a daily dose of aspirin. As it turns out, not everyone is suited to an aspirin a day, especially older adults. In fact, popping this pill regularly could cause serious harm.
The Risks of Daily Aspirin for Older Adults
In a new trio of studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, there is no significant benefit for healthy older adults to take a daily low dose of aspirin, but it could cause other serious health problems, including:
More bleeding: Participants in the first study had an average age of 74 and were considered healthy at the time of enrollment. Half the participants received 100 milligrams of aspirin every day (a low-dose has 81 milligrams) and the other half a placebo. After five years, there was a higher rate of bleeding in the group that took aspirin, compared to the placebo group.
Likelihood of hemorrhaging: The second study found that there was a significantly higher risk of “major hemorrhage” with aspirin than the placebo, particularly involving upper gastrointestinal and intracranial bleeding.
Higher cancer-related mortality rate: The third study found a “higher all-cause mortality” among healthy older adults who took a daily aspirin, most of which were attributed to cancer-related death. This was an unexpected result when compared with previous studies.
These studies support a 2015 Dutch study in which 28,000 women with an average age of 55 were followed over 15 years. Those on a low-dose aspirin regimen were three times more likely to make a visit to the emergency room with serious bleeding than to go there with a heart attack or stroke. Aspirin-takers were also six times more likely to suffer bleeding than prevent colon cancer. Read Dr. Lewerenz’s newsletter from 2015.
In short, millions of people on a daily low-dose aspirin regimen are being told it’s preventing heart attack and stroke. However, aspirin use in millions of Americans may be doing more harm than good. A more natural approach to heart disease and colon cancer may be safer and more effective.
The Personalized Approach to Warding Off Heart Disease and Cancer
Patients with a history of cardiovascular disease or colorectal cancer who take a daily aspirin can reap benefits that outweigh the risks of taking aspirin. However, healthy older adults may be told that medication is the best and only preventive measure against health problems. Just because you’ve reached senior or elderly status, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to change your lifestyle to make you healthier and live longer.
Maybe low-dose aspirin is right for you? Perhaps there is a better way to take it, whether on an empty stomach, with a warm glass of water, or relying on the coated version. What’s important is to follow the medical route that is most beneficial for you.
Dr. James Lewerenz is a board-certified general physician in family medicine who is focused on each individual patient. Personalized attention, customized care – this is what good healthcare is all about. At the Longevity Health Institute, you are an individual, and your overall health history, cardiovascular risks, cancer risks, and bleeding history are all evaluated to determine the methods of preventive health care that are best for you. Watch Dr. Lewerenz speak more about the risks and benefits of a daily low-dose aspirin regimen. Then, make an appointment to discuss your unique health needs and concerns. Get cutting-edge, evidence-based healthcare care that is prescribed for you alone.
Vegan diets are growing in popularity in young individuals, especially females. This new trend is a purposeful approach for better nutrition, ethical issues, using the earths resources and avoidance of antibiotics and growth stimulants in animals themselves. What is real health and nutritional status of a vegan diet?
To summarize a multitude of research*, vegans are thinner, have lower cholesterol and blood pressure, lower cardiovascular disease risk and lowered cancer of both colorectal and prostate.
Studies also have concluded that vegan diets could negatively affect bone health, BMD, poor supplementation and poor Vitamin D levels. You also need to watch Iron, Protein and B12 levels. More studies are needed and will follow but with adequate insight and supplementation a vegan diet looks at least as good as vegetarian and lactovegetarian diets.
“My only concern is more studies to address any association with diabetes and vegan carbohydrates and long-term potential protein depletion on muscle mass”- Dr. James Lewerenz. (*Presented at the “Fifth International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition. 2018. CA.)
You want to live longer, healthier and reduce cardiovascular risk? Then let’s get FAT! New studies published in The Lancet showed that a high carbohydrate intake is associated with an increase of mortality. Even more interesting is that total fat and types of fats were associated with lower mortality.
Fats help to make up the structure of cell membranes. Think of all your cells; eyes, skin brain, heart… Good fats: Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats help all organs. “What I experience with many of my patients is if they do not consume good fats, they will reach for more carbohydrates for energy. Good fats will keep your energy supply high as well as metabolic and health needs met”
A new published study in Movement Disorders and the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has found a connection between B12, Homocysteine levels and Parkinson’s Disease. The study looked at over 680 patients, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, over a 2-year period. Elevated homocysteine levels were associated with worse mental status and cognitive decline. The patients with lowest B12 status developed greater morbidity (illness) and worsening ambulatory capacity. Brain atrophy rates have also been linked to omega 3 levels and homocysteine levels.
“The one size fits all approach for neuro-degenerative diseases is not adequate. Each individual’s biochemistry are major influencers on his or her health. Check and optimize B12 and homocysteine for prevention to avoid future memory decline and movement disorders”