Getting Older is Inevitable – Aging is Optional!
Modern Medicine does not consider aging as an illness like it does when one suffers from Heart Attacks, Strokes, Auto Immune Diseases and Chronic Infections. Yet, all these conditions-including aging, on a cellular level, is due to the same thing, INFLAMMATION. Inflammation, along with inefficient use of oxygen by the mitochondria (commonly referred to as the powerhouses or batteries of our cells), is what ultimately determines our fate. In fact, many anti-aging/rejuvenative medicine specialists including myself, often refer to aging as “INFLAMM-AGING”!
At ICAM, our medical staff continually strives to offer the newest and most comprehensive therapies to address all the conditions that is presented to our clinics. As we expand our knowledge and offer more medical modalities, we not only improve upon your results but learn as to what is needed to achieve optimal health. This is something that not even the NIH (National Institute of Health) truly understands or tries to improve upon. The name NIH is a misnomer in that nearly all medical care given in many if not most countries is not HEALTH CARE but rather ILL CARE. To truly make a lasting improvement upon our health we have to first define what HEALTH is and from there make personal, environmental, clinical and professional adjustments through lifestyle changes to make even the slightest impact upon our health and quality of life.
WHAT IS HEALTH? Wellbeing is a keyword in the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION definition of health: “a state of complete physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and social well- being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
As more and more Anti-Aging/Rejuvenative therapies such as Growth Hormone, Bio-Energetic Therapies, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Stem cells and Exosomes become available, our results in terms of patient satisfaction through a reduction in symptoms as well as an improved state of well-being and goals for optimal health become closer and closer to achievement. As these therapies along with one’s personal lifestyle changes synergistically connect with one another, we as clinicians and patients can see and feel changes in the way we feel, sleep, work, play and interact with and perceive our surrounding environment.
Perception is a physiological process through which everything in this world is interpreted and understood. And our perception is based on our thoughts, beliefs and behaviors – which then define the way we think, and therefore the way we act. The only perception you have control over is your own. Perception is not reality, but, admittedly, perception can become a person’s reality (there is a difference) because perception has a potent influence on how we look at reality. Our perceptions influence how we focus on, process, remember, interpret, understand, synthesize, decide about, and act on reality. When individuals have a preconceived perception of a given person or situation will result in their expectations becoming a reality. Identifying and understanding the way the brain processes information through our senses is one of the most beneficial tools of the cognitive mind. Can thoughts alter reality?
Before your thoughts can change the world, they must change you. When the conversation shifts to the power of positive thinking, setting intentions, Think and Grow Rich, the Law of Attraction, fake it until you make it… … one crucial point often gets lost. What is a false perception of reality?
Psychotic disorders or episodes arise when a person experiences a significantly altered or distorted perception of reality. Such distortions are often caused or triggered by hallucinations (false perceptions), delusions (false beliefs) and/or disrupted or disorganized thinking. Your perception of me is a reflection of you; my reaction to you is an awareness of me.
OKAY, so for now this is the end of PERCEPTION: 101 but the potential beginning of being the change you wish to see in this life/world.
I believe as I age in chronological years, I grow younger in thought and wiser and more aware of my surroundings and what means most to me. This has not always been the case in fact I have only recently been able to be outside looking in at myself. I do know that its is quality of life that I seek over the amount of time I have left on this earth. Perhaps an epiphany? A message from above? Or realization that I am about to enter the last quarter of my life and have more work to accomplish before my passing? Probably all of the above in addition to what I believe several months ago allowed me to see more clearly and be more aware of my surroundings and priorities in life.
SEGWAY TO NAD…………………….
Over the years I have brought many therapies and modalities to ICAM that have literally changed the lives of many who received them. I recall the first best kept secret I was exposed to in my ICAM practice was that of a simple medication known as IV Colchicine which for hundreds of years was used medicinally for inflammatory conditions and the cure for gout over a decade ago. IV Colchicine or IVC has been used by over a hundred forward thinking physicians for over 75 years to help those suffering from Disabling Disc Disease and Related Spinal Pathology with a documented success rate of 85% even in those who had failed previous back surgery. Since the opening of ICAM nearly 25 years ago, we have performed over 30,000 treatments with similar success rates!! Another modality that had been kept from my armamentarium was OZONE THERAPY followed by NAD. Now as a disclaimer, None of t
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Please keep in mind that as impressive and promising as NAD is portrayed, it nor any other medication, treatment, therapy, supplement etc. is a panacea and it does have its limitations. Suffice it to say, if there were truly a fountain of youth for reversing aging, restoration of cellular energy and eradication of Addictions and elimination the severest forms of Mood Disorders, NAD would be it. My clinical and personal experience with NAD after reviewing and analyzing the data and trial of therapies with hundreds of treatments (NAD- IV) given to our patients, we see one consistent finding……. “IT WORKS!!!”
NAD: Could This Be Yet Another Piece of the Puzzle to Growing Younger?
Thousands of people worldwide are now beginning to reap the benefits of NAD for multiple conditions including but not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Schizophrenia, Mania/Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Autism/Spectrum Disorder. Interestingly, the majority of the patients in my clinical population are receiving IV NAD as a “rejuvenating therapy” to obtain the feeling of well-being and promote health, longevity and to improve and extend quality of life. We have now added this therapy as an adjunct to those with all types of medical conditions including chronic infections, cancers and autoimmune diseases as all of these conditions share one thing in common-decreased NADH in the mitochondria of all cells. Restoration of this product is essential to reestablishing the optimal functioning and production of cellular energy in the form of ATP. By recharging the cells batteries (mitochondria) we are often able to reverse illness and reboot the immune system to function at a more optimal level.
FAQ Regarding NAD:
- How is NAD administered?
Do not waste your money on any other method of delivery other than IV. Oral routes absorb a maximum 20% in healthy individuals. Other routes of administration are nasal, sublingual and I believe an inhaler form has also been developed. Various doses have been tried but it would appear after testing clinically as well as anecdotally that the IV method of NAD administration is the most effective at a dose of 750 mg per dose over a 1 ½ to 3 ½ hour time frame.
The IV route bypasses the liver, and all the NAD goes to the bloodstream and into the tissues-especially when given rapidly as mentioned above.
- How often do you need to receive treatments?
The answer is based on the diagnosis you are treating and your past medical history. Suffice it to say, most people require between 5-10 treatments given over a 7 – 14-day time frame as a “loading dose” followed by one drip per month to provide optimal results. Do not consider this therapy if you are not able to physically or financially follow these guidelines.
- How long do the therapies take to do?
As mentioned above, the most comfortable drips are when the therapy lasts between 1 ½ to 3 ½ hours. We have had a few patients take the drip over twenty to thirty minutes! This is insane and not necessary and only serves to give you an additional 90 minutes during the day to do something else crazy that these people generally do. There is no medical reason or advantage that would be obtained by receiving the drip in under two hours. Some take up to four hours to lessen the “discomfort” frequently experienced with this somewhat uncomfortable IV drip.
- How much does it cost?
This also depends on where in the country you get the drip and the clinic performing the service. The range is between $750-$1500 per drip. Most clinics offer a discounted price if you purchase in bulk. At ICAM our bulk prices are less than $750 per drip. However, our new supplier has been very gracious in significantly reducing the costs because they believe in the product and what to offer it to everyone! We are now able to give a package price of $4000 for ten drips which were previously priced out as over $6500.
- What conditions are helped with NAD?
The simplest response for this question is what doesn’t NAD help? Let me just say that NAD acts as “spring cleaning” of the mitochondria throughout your body. In so doing, we are limiting the amount of toxins that build up in the mitochondria and lead to premature aging and disease. As we age, we get a build-up of a metabolite or by-product of cellular metabolism known as NADH. It is this lowered ratio of NAD:NADH that causes cellular aging and apoptosis or cell death through shortening of our telomeres and chromosomal damage. With that being said, cellular repair of the mitochondria will likely help any and all acute and chronic conditions if given IV and in appropriate dosages and frequency.
- What are the contraindications for NAD therapy?
Other than a sensitivity to the NAD itself there are no known contraindications to using NAD with perhaps pregnancy. (This is only because of the litigious world we live in.)
The side effects seen in those receiving the purest form of IV NAD are minimal differ in every individual (for unknown reasons). The speed or rate at which the infusion is given is directly proportionate to the presentation of the side-effects. The most common side effects are chest discomfort, abdominal pain and cramping, flatulence and belching, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness. I have not personally experienced nor have treated a patient that experienced any or many of these symptoms that lasted beyond a few minutes after the IV infusion was completed. Admittedly, NAD infusion are uncomfortable, they are certainly not troublesome enough to stop any patient thus far from receiving another NAD infusion.
- Where do I find a practitioner that offers IV NAD?
At this time, there are only perhaps 100 physicians in the United States that advertise they offer this service. Unfortunately, there is no medical society nor association of NAD practitioners belong to that provides a list of NAD physicians. Google is likely your best bet next to word of mouth.
- Will my insurance cover the expense of NAD?
It is unlikely that any insurance company will cover the cost of an NAD therapy unless perhaps you have “out of network” benefits or are receiving the therapy as part of an inpatient service.
Below you will find a brief but very informative YouTube Video explanation of NAD by one of the NAD pioneers and my mentor, Dr. Craig Koniver. Research more sites and listen to testimonials from those who have experienced NAD firsthand. Then, once you have found a practitioner, ASK QUESTIONS???