The goal of antiaging medicine is to increase the life span as well as improve overall health. It emphasizes early detection of illness, preventive strategies, and lifestyle changes. This requires improving the diet, reducing stress, detoxifying the body, boosting the immune system, healing the GI tract, correcting hormonal imbalances, improving cardiovascular function, and rebuilding brainpower.

Change is never easy; as with all passages, most of us enter it kicking and screaming. We are comfortable with our pharmaceutical drugs. We are used to taking a pill for every ailment. We are used to side effects; for instance, a woman takes an antibiotic for a yeast infection, which then requires another antibiotic for the new strain of infection that has compromised the gut flora, so she takes yet another medication to rectify this new problem, and so on.

In its way, antiaging medicine has put the brakes on this crazy hamster wheel and said, "Slow down, it's not working; let's find another way." Let's reintroduce common sense and the "art of medicine." Let's take advantage of intravenous treatments, chelation, detoxification, nanotechnology. In other words, let's first try to improve health without chemical interference. Let's reserve pharmaceuticals for their original intention, which would be extreme medical intervention as in acute illness, infection, mental illness, and pain; then pharmaceuticals are the miracles they are meant to be...the last card in the practitioner's back pocket.
Reprinted from Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness by Suzanne Somers. Copyright © 2009. Published by The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.


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