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Friday
Apr062007

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M)

anti-aging-medicine-logo.gifCNN.com has an article on the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine (The A4M). It's general journalism and, while not too flattering, isn't a complete hatchet job. Since there's been a number of comments on this site about forming a recognized body of some sort, I thought I'd link to the CNN article and see what everyone thinks.

The American Medical Association does not consider anti-aging an official specialty. Unlike Casas, who is board-certified in internal medicine and was an assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School, many anti-aging practitioners are not certified in traditional fields. Robert Goldman and Ronald Klatz, the co-founders of A4M, are osteopathic physicians who were once ordered by the state of Illinois to stop identifying themselves as MDs.

Some observers say the whole field is an expensive hoax. "There is no such thing as anti-aging medicine," huffs Jay Olshansky, a sociologist at the University of Illinois who studies medicine and longevity. "As long as humans have existed, we have always desired to live longer. Every society, every religion, every culture. Of course, they all failed at dramatic life extension." Olshansky was slapped with a $120 million dollar defamation lawsuit by A4M after he accused the organization of promoting quackery. He counter sued and both sides eventually agreed to drop their cases.

Reader Comments (4)

"As long as humans have existed, we have always desired to live longer. Every society, every religion, every culture. Of course, they all failed at dramatic life extension." Olshansky.
My comment. The average life expectancy 2 generatoins ago was in the 40's. Now its approaching 80. I hardly call that a failure. Will my grandchildren live to 140 or beyond... perhaps.
As the director of the NIH observed, we don't have a "healthcare system", we have a "disease management" system in this country. Why? my guess is that there is no profit in health, only disease. The pharmaceutical industry, who by coincidence funds most research in this country, has no interest in keeping the population healty.
There's no money in it for them.
There are many studies that prove bio-identical hormone replacement dosed correctly has a very beneficial effect on health. Will it increase longetivity in humans? Several studies have shown increased longetivity in animal models. But, to determine the same in humans would take long term studies approaching 50 or more years in length. Those who say they need more information before they have a definitive answer probably won't be around before those "definitive" results become available. But, so far HGH and bio-identical hormone replacement look very promising. In the 20 years that it has been on the market we have not seen an increase in cancer rates clinically which some critics claim is theoretically possible. My money is on bio-identical hormone replacement and nutritional supplements.
In terms of "expert opinion": The experts thought the world was flat and the earth was the center of the universe. I have the same data at my disposal as the "experts" do. And the way I interpret the data is that those who do not take nutritional supplements and bio-identical hormone replacement are missing out.
Just some thoughts to think about....
04.7 | Unregistered Commenterbotoxdoc
Botoxdoc,

Have you succesfully incorporated supplements and hormone therapy into your practice? There are so many supplements on the market, as well as being sold on the internet for cheaper it is hard to determine what would be a good fit. Just started to look into the hormone side and wondering if you had a direction you could lead me in.
Dear Medspabuzz:

There are several clinics devoted to hormone replacement therapy only. Several charge an upfront fee for their services. However, my interest is not to make a profit, but to give patients an alternative/complimantary choice to the usual "disease management" system. I'm doing a fellowship with A4M and that is a very good source of information. My suggestion, however, is to get thoroughly trained in HRT before dispencing.You're dealing with powerful hormones like insulin and thyroid hormone. Its best to know what you're doing first. I've seen several med-spas offer HGH. My personal veiw is that way of doing things can be dangerous and probably the reason why HGH has gotten such a bad rap letely. I haven't started HRT in my practice as I don't as yet feel comfortable doing so. Once I finish the fellowship, I'll be adding it to my menu, however.
04.9 | Unregistered Commenterbotoxdoc

Blah blah blah

03.27 | Unregistered CommenterJames

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