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THE DOCTOR IS IN

By Dr. John J. Pierce, DO COEP, Aabaarm

Laser Therapy for Hair Growth

Hair-loss is a real concern for many.  Alopecia is the clinical term for it, and it affects up to 70% of men and 40% of women.  Fortunately, science and medical professionals have found alternatives to the not-so-hot hair plugs and invasiveness of hair transplants.  Laser therapy, used to combat the loss of hair, has been consistently rising in popularity.

In the teen years, our full head of hair produces healthy, thick hair follicles.  Over time, due to hormonal changes and environmental factors, these same follicles begin to get thinner and maybe even wither away.  By using low-level laser therapy, the same shaft of hair can be stimulated in a non-chemical and noninvasive way.  The light energy is converted at the follicle and begins to stimulate cellular metabolism.   

Many laser devices have come out touting their effectiveness in treating hair loss.  What started as an in-office treatment has now turned into a home therapy device that patients can operate themselves.  The method I recommend to my patients is the Capillus 272.  It’s a cap with 272 medical grade laser diodes, giving their follicles maximum stimulation for hair growth.  Hair growth laser therapy can both decrease the rate at which patients are losing hair and regrow hair that has been lost.  It increases the blood flow in the skin to the hair follicle and sends oxygenation to the base of the follicle.  They will use the laser light therapy cap and wear it for 30 minutes every other day.  It’s a simple easy-to-use hands-free device that makes operating it a breeze.  The pain-free procedure is FDA approved and clinically proven.

Be sure to not confuse the Capillus 272 with other cheaper laser hair growth devices on the market such as the laser comb.  The cap stays on your head with constant exposure during the half an hour you wear it making the laser diodes more efficient in increasing the hair growth rate. The design of the device is also very convenient.  You can put it under any baseball cap, or hat and wear it while you are taking your dog for a walk or whatever task you might need to accomplish.

It’s also important to remember when embarking on any hair growth treatment that it can take up to 6 months to see real results in your therapy.  I recommend our patients take progressive photos during the treatment; small progressions can sometimes be harder to see, so it’s important to document the journey.  In addition to using the laser therapy, a patient can also combine it with top prescription hair loss medicines like Rogaine or Propecia.  Talk to your doctor about other reasons why your hair may be thinning other than just chalking it up to genetics.  Thyroid problems, Low-T, and hormonal imbalances may lend a hand to what’s making you lose your hair.  Let your physician guide you during your treatments for maximum results.

THE DOCTOR IS IN - MEDICAL CONCIERGE

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THE DOCTOR IS IN...

By Dr. John J. Pierce, DO ACOEP, ABAARM

 

MEDICAL CONCIERGE

 

When you think of a medical concierge, a private personal doctor tuned into your needs, images of the super-rich pop into your head.  With the passage of the affordable care act affectionately known as Obama-care, the rise of medical concierge services has increased and become a common way for middle-income patients to get their healthcare.  Patients pay either a monthly fee or an annual one to the doctor to get this service.  It has become a trend for many to reduce their primary care coverage to catastrophic coverage, and opt for paying for a medical concierge for their care.

There are many benefits to switching to this service which is quickly gaining in popularity.  In the traditional health care system, most of the time clients only visit their Doctor when they feel sick.  The doctor looks at the patient with little knowledge of their medical history and orders tests and prescribes medicines that may be unnecessary or potentially harmful.  With a medical concierge, the patient has routine checkups with their doctor in which the physician draws their blood, does a physical, and then meets with the patient to analyze the results.  The doctor then can make preventative recommendations such as a vitamin regimen, nutritional counseling, and more.  By treating the body before it becomes stricken with any form of illness, and monitoring the patients’ health, it results in less spending on the patient’s part.  The British Journal of Medicine recently studied a direct care facility and found positive results for the patients.  It discovered that the patients experienced “35% fewer hospitalizations, 65% fewer specialist visits, and 82% fewer surgeries than similar populations.”

There is also the personal aspect of signing up for a medical concierge service.  On their routine visits to the office, most doctors also perform routine mental assessments of the patient to make sure there are not any signs of potential mental health issues.  In addition to this, the doctor makes themselves and their staffs available 24/7 and or same day, next day service to their clients.  You can call them with any concerns and speak with someone about them.  It’s a holistic approach to treating a patient with a high level of care.  And when you do visit your doctor you get quality time with them.  Most concierge physicians spend up to 30 minutes with each patient and offer next day or even same day appointments.

Doctors that opt to become medical concierges are bucking the traditional healthcare system and dedicating themselves to better patient care.  They are loosening the shackles of a third party pay system and no longer beholding to insurance companies, and Medicare alike.  Many are estimating that this trend will continue to gain favor, and more and more patients and doctors alike will be switching to this model.  It makes care for both patient and doctor more fine-tuned, productive, and rewarding for them both.

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THE DOCTOR IS IN...

By Dr. John J. Pierce, DO ACOEP, ABAARM

TAKING YEARS OFF YOUR APPEARANCE WITHOUT SURGERY

Some people call them “lines of distinction.” Others look in the mirror and see wrinkles as a professional hindrance, giving a false impression to the world as someone much older than they feel and their actual age. 

Vegas, especially—is a town where youth is celebrated in the workplace, and an ageless appearance is a strong asset in the business world. And you didn’t get those lines by just sitting around, relaxing on the job. It’s when we are at our peak in concentration that we tend to create those very wrinkles. Luckily, there are solutions to smooth those animated lines on your face—without surgery.  

Dysport is a non-surgical wrinkle treatment formulation that is used to address the need to reduce and smooth away wrinkles and frown lines. The prescription injection is extracted from Clostridium botulinum, (the same medication used for Botox) and exerts its action by temporarily immobilizing the muscles that are directly under your facial lines and wrinkles.  

The result? You still look like you — just smoother.

It’s the concentration/frown lines that are minimized with Dysport—not your expressions. Both Dysport and Botox therapy deliver phenomenal results, revealing a more youthful look, without having to undergo surgery. The simple non-invasive injection turns back the hands of time and significantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, creating an ageless image that can take years off your appearance—and is easily maintained. More than half of the patients see improvement in just 2-to-3 days, with 97% of the patients saying they’d do it again. And the results obtained using Dysport are also long-lasting, usually at an average of three to four months.

As an age management clinic specializing in providing only the best state-of-the-art cosmetic technology, my staff and I at Ageless Forever Anti-Aging Clinic in Las Vegas are able to provide patients with effective and reliable medical therapy to protect their health during the progression of the aging process. We provide a large variety of anti-aging techniques, including the careful use of Dysport therapy, which we prefer to use for men, and Botox therapy for women. Both genders gladly utilize the youthful transformation as one of their many “tools” of the trade in business.

Dr. John J. Pierce, D.O. • Ageless Forever Anti-Aging and Longevity Clinic located at
6020 S. Rainbow Blvd. Suite C Las Vegas, NV 89118 • 702-838-1994 • AgelessForever.net


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...AND THE EYES HAVE IT

THE EYES ARE THE WINDOWS 
TO OUR SOULS . . .
—AND OUR DISEASES
A new study from the University of Eastern Finland suggests that simply by looking into the retina of the eye, doctors will be able to identify diseases of our central nervous systems, making a more efficient and less invasive method to diagnose brain diseases. For Huntington’s disease, changes in day and color vision showed as presymptomatic of the disease, while night vision abnormalities were found correlated with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings show greater evidence that changes in the retina may be linked to the central nervous system, and that the fastest progressive symptom was visual impairment. 

EARLY DETECTION AND POSSIBLY PREVENTING 
PARKINSON’S DISEASE WITH ROUTINE EYE TEST
Both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are difficult diseases to diagnose until symptoms have begun to appear. Now researchers have found that through routine eye tests, they can detect changes in the retina, which would allow for much earlier diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease before symptoms might even appear. After researchers confirmed retinal ganglion cell changes and alterations in thickness of the retina in the rats that had been induced with a form of Parkinson’s, they found that treating them with the anti-diabetes drug, rosiglitazone (Avandia), actually reduced the death of the retinal cells and that the drug may have a protective effect on the brain, suggesting a possible preventative breakthrough in one of the worlds’ most debilitating diseases.

ANOTHER REASON TO SAY “GO, DAWGS!”
The University of Georgia is competitive both on and off the field, taking first place on this year’s “2016 Trojan Sexual Health Report Card,” an annual ranking from Trojan Brand Condoms for committing to sexual health on campus. U of G was awarded the #1 position because of their strong support system for not just practicing safe sex, but their on-campus sexual health resources, like their Condom Express program, which makes condoms conveniently accessible across the university grounds; their Project Condom Exhibition, which gives students the creativity to design their own line of condoms for a condom fashion show; and of course, their commitment to HIV/STI testing. The condom manufacturer has seen nothing but positive impact for a decade now since they their first report in 2006, noting U of G vastly improved their on-campus sexual health resources since their #15 ranking in 2014. Trojan continues to encourage college students for their active interest in sexual health, and will be donating over 100,000 condoms to schools throughout the country in 2016.

KEGEL EXERCISES – NOT JUST FOR WOMEN
For heightened orgasms and better control during sex, and even delaying ejaculation, all you have to do is a little workout. Not in the gym, but anywhere when you’re just sitting in a relaxed atmosphere. To locate your kegel or pelvic muscles, try stopping your flow when urinating. Another way to locate the muscles on your pelvic floor is to squeeze as though trying to hold back passing gas. Kegel muscles connect to the base of your penis. By tightening and holding for a few seconds, then relaxing, your muscles will be strengthened for even better performance and experience in the bedroom.

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THE DOCTOR IS IN...
by Dr. John J. Pierce, DO ACOEP, ABAARM

“THEY LOOK SO GREAT!  
WHAT ARE THEY DOING?”

LOOK BETTER, FEEL BETTER —AGELESS FOREVER

No matter what your age—life is best when we feel our best. And feeling healthy and full of vitality can be attainable!
  
Anti-Aging, or better stated, Age Management, is not just about longevity—we want to make sure that those years of life are lived in full vigor, health and happiness. No one can promise us more time on this earth, as we never know how long we are meant to be here. We do not have expiration dates stamped on the house. At any age, the goal is to improve the quality of life that we have available. 

Our Mission Statement at my Ageless Forever Wellness/Preventative Medicine Clinic in Las Vegas describes our therapy perfectly: “To Slow Down and Reverse the Manifestations of the Aging Process.”

Chronological age doesn’t necessarily have to coincide with biological age. By adopting a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition, dietary supplementation, hormone replacement, regular exercise, and occasionally medications, we help you create an environment for your body to stave off the ravages of aging and help you stay biologically young, as you get chronologically older.

Hormone replacement plays an important role in feeling ageless, since age-related hormone deficiencies can plummet your ability to feel good. Therefore, it’s essential to have medical supervision of any hormone replacement, as these deficiences may include testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, thyroid hormones, and others.  

The fact that each individual is unique makes the development of an individualized hormone replacement therapy essential for best results.  Placing someone on a uniform, generic anti-aging program will lead to less than expected improvements, and possibly side effects.

Everyone’s blood tells a tale of each and every one of our own personal health histories—detailing both our strengths and weaknesses. However, more important than the numeric values of the bloodwork, is the medical history and symptomology the individual may be suffering from. After a detailed analysis of each patient’s bloodwork and symptoms, an individualized hormone replacement therapy is designed, in which patients will quickly experience a boost in body composition, bone density/strength, libido, cognitive capacity, memory, mental energy, stamina, skin quality, mood and well-being.

The in-depth testing that is done at Ageless Forever, along with regular follow-ups with our experienced patient care coordinators, is part of the secret in creating the shortest route to an improved quality of life, and an extension to a fuller, richer and more rewarding existence.

Dr. John J. Pierce, D.O. • Ageless Forever Anti-Aging and Longevity Clinic located at
6020 S. Rainbow Blvd. Suite C Las Vegas, NV 89118 • 702-838-1994 • AgelessForever.net

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READ LONGER, LIVE LONGER, LOVE LONGER
Besides the obvious—empowering yourself with knowledge and increasing your vocabulary, a new study shows reading books to increase your lifespan up to 23 percent. That’s an extra 2 years longer, for adults who frolic through fiction for as little as 30 minutes a day. The Yale University School of Public Health study found that reading newspapers and magazines also beneficial to a longer life, but much less than book reading.  

Avid Book Readers are most commonly:
Female
College-Educated
Higher Income Bracket

As to exactly why reading may increase one’s lifespan, the research did not say. But a 2013 published study found reading to boost brain cell connectivity. Add to that, the study reported by Medical News Today, that found reading fictional books may promote empathy, and you gotta ask yourself—why aren’t you reading more?

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GO THE DISTANCE—THEN EVEN FURTHER
Marathoners may soon have an extra burst of energy without the added pain. A new study from biochemist Prof. Kieran Clarke, at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and Dr. Richard Veech, at the National Institutes of Health, MD has found a ketone drink to boost the endurance of highly trained athletes, namely cyclists, (some of the study included Olympians), to add an extra 400 meters to their distance goal. The ketone itself is inhibiting glycolysis so that with the same exercise you’re preserving glycogen and producing much less lactic acid (the cause of the tired, achy feeling after strenuous workouts). With lower lactate levels from the ketone drink, the cyclists were able to travel the extra 400 meters (approximately 30 minutes more). The professors note that though ketone drink may benefit long-distance athletes, it is not likely to benefit athletes performing short-distances, since those require oxygen to burn ketones. They expect the ketone supplement to be available sometime within the year.

The Best Cocktail You'll Ever Have - The "Myers' Cocktail"

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THE DOCTOR IS IN...
by Dr. John J. Pierce, DO ACOEP, ABAARM

THE BEST COCKTAIL YOU’LL EVER HAVE: THE “MYERS’ COCKTAIL”

FEELIN’ PUNK?
One of the best pick-me-up cocktails in the medical community is what’s known as the “Myers’ Cocktail”—and it has become a very popular treatment for patients at our Ageless Forever Anti-Aging and Longevity Clinic here in Vegas.

It comes as no surprise that folks who visit Las Vegas have been known to overindulge at times—and the Myers’ Cocktail is just what the doctor (I, myself) ordered. The therapeutic cocktail is a unique blend of vitamins and electrolytes that is given intravenously in high therapeutic doses to achieve blood levels of nutrients that are not obtainable with oral, or even intramuscular (IM), administration.

Most people experience an increase in energy, improved mind clarity, decreased depression and anxiety, improved mood, faster recovery times, and less illness. 

Myers’ Cocktails have shown wonderful benefits for patients suffering from:
* Poor Immune Function
* Illnesses that cause Chronic Bowel issues and cause malabsorption
* Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 
* Cancer (Patients suffering from cancer can benefit from supplementing the Myers’ Cocktail therapy in combination with their treatment of cancer. High doses of I.V. Vitamin C has been researched as beneficial in helping patients recover from radiation or chemotherapy treatments)
* Colds & Flus (As soon as you start to get ill, if given in time, the cocktail can often halt colds or flus in their track, significantly reducing severity of symptoms)
* Hives * Upper Respiratory Infections * Asthma * Migraines * Muscle Spasms

For patients who are rundown or ill, typically we recommend doing a Myers’ Cocktail every 7-10 days for 3-4 times, in order to restore their nutrient levels. After that, we recommend that they follow their intuition, as they can usually tell when they might need another cocktail shot. Most patients do one treatment every month or two until they feel strong again. For maintenance, many patients feel re-energized by one shot every 3-to-4 months, or as needed when feeling rundown, fatigued, or as if they may be getting a sinus infection, etc.

ALTERNATIVE USES:
* For Athletes (Marathoners and anyone who is heavily training use the Myers’ Cocktail to fuel-up before and/or after severe exertion)

* For Travel (Many people know that they tend to get sick when they fly or that their immune system gets suppressed when they travel, and often have a Myers’ Cocktail treatment before and after their trip)

* Prevention (During cold/flu season, before exposure, patients boost their immune system with a Myers’ Cocktail to strengthen their bodies and prevent themselves from being rundown and susceptible to viruses)

The Myers’ Cocktail was pioneered by the late Dr. John Myers, who developed the high-dose nutrient-rich intravenous treatment. There can be slight variations in the number and quantity of vitamins used in a medicinal cocktail. The formulation that we use has Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Gluconate, B-Complex, Vitamin C, Dexpanthenol, and Pyridoxine.  This simple, yet incredibly beneficial immune-boosting cocktail can be administered by Dr. John J. Pierce at his Ageless Forever clinic.

Dr. John J. Pierce, D.O. • Ageless Forever Anti-Aging and Longevity Clinic located at
6020 S. Rainbow Blvd. Suite C Las Vegas, NV 89118 • 702-838-1994 • AgelessForever.net

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