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Dr. Gurney Pearsall, Jr. shared his answer with HealthTap to the question:
“I feel tired and unmotivated all the time? My wife said it might be low Testosterone. How do I find out?”

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As men age, their testosterone levels fall, just as estrogen does in women.

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If you’re experiencing a drop in energy level and sexual stamina, as well as the lust for life you once knew, there is a chance that these changes may be hormonal. As men age, their testosterone levels fall, just as estrogen does in women. This, for some males, can result in a condition called andropause, or male menopause.

And, according to a recent piece from The Huffington Post, this condition may affect several aspects of your life. Recently, anti-aging doctor Damon Raskin opened up to the source about this relatively little-known issue. Dr. Raskin recalled that an older patient visited his clinic with a list of concerns: he had lost his sex drive, felt fatigued, couldn’t focus at work and was not seeing the same results from his exercise regimen.

Most of these issues, said Dr. Raskin, could be ascribed to the fact that the patient also had depleted levels of testosterone. Upon undergoing hormone replacement for men, the anti-aging doctor explained, his patient reported a new zest for life and had rekindled a physical relationship with his wife.

Though testosterone is a sex hormone, it effects extend well beyond your libido.

"Often, they just feel almost depressed, not like their old selves, they don’t want to do the things that used to bring them pleasure," said Dr. Raskin of the men who typically seek out anti-aging hormones.

To help men regain their sense of vitality, Longevity Centres of America offers testosterone replacement therapy in the form of hormone pellet implants. This method is one of the most effective forms of hormone replacement that allows for the safe release of testosterone in response to your body’s needs.

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Hormone pellet implants may help rekindle intimate relationships.

Marina M. Pearsall, M.D., Ph.D.

Gurney F. Pearsall, Jr., M.D.

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Our Denver office can be reached at 1-303-639-5600, while our Houston doctors are available at 1-713-522-4037.

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A once misunderstood alternative medical treatment, hyperbaric oxygen therapy now plays an important role in many hospitals all over the world and is recommended by reputable organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a variety of benefits. While only a handful of patients in the early 70’s experienced its rejuvenating effects, today researchers estimate that thousands of Americans turn to hyperbaric oxygen therapy for relief from a wide range of concerns, from ulcers to side effects from radiation therapy.

However, if you’ve only just heard of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the benefits you may be able to achieve by securing this treatment, you likely have a few questions regarding what it entails, what it is like to undergo treatment and where you can find a reputable medical center to provide this care near you.

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)?
Oxygen plays a central role in most life on planet Earth, and as humans, we often don’t consider how this vital element contributes to our overall health and wellness. One of the primary benefits of HBOT is that it allows patients a way to increase the amount of oxygen that is carried to all parts of their body.

Under normal atmospheric conditions, red blood cells do most of the work to ensure that every part of the body receives its necessary supply of oxygen. However, with HBOT, there is a massive increase in how efficiently oxygen travels in the body. This is why medical professionals turn to HBOT for its on and off-label uses.

HBO treatment can:
• Aid in wound healing by stimulating key cell growth
• Help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, ADD/ADHD, ALS, migraine headaches and more
• Increase the amount of oxygen vital tissues receive
• Relieve symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and sports-related injuries
• Reverse damage from heart attacks, strokes and vascular disease.

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment like?
The environments in modern hyperbaric chambers are comfortable and spacious while including precautions for patient safety. During your treatment, you’ll be immersed in a 100-percent oxygen environment and monitored via treatment panel controls for the duration of the session. The only side effects you’re likely to encounter are ear popping due to the pressure of the chamber, and in rare and extreme cases, decompression sickness.

In today’s medical facilities, patients can sit up and move about in order to best relax during their treatment. Other activities are also encouraged, as most sessions last for around one hour or more. While undergoing HBO treatment, you can sleep, catch up on your favorite magazine, read a book or even tackle important work assignments on your computer.

Choose Longevity Centres of America for effective HBOT
At Longevity Centres of America, our mission is to help people age gracefully, maintain their physical prowess and improve their mental, sexual and emotional health. Part of our approach involves administering HBOT in our advanced medical facilities.

If you’ve recently suffered a sports injury, need help healing after plastic surgery or are simply interested in what HBOT can do for you, our experienced team of medical professionals is ready to help. By making hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Houston and Denver available to local residents, we look to help people from all walks of life improve their life and happiness.

To schedule a session in our state-of-the-art Vitaeris 320, one of the biggest and best hyperbaric chambers, give our offices a call today. Our Denver office can be reached at 1-303-639-5600, while our Houston doctors are available at 1-713-522-4037.

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For state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen treatment, turn to the experts at Longevity Centres of America.

Marina M. Pearsall, M.D., Ph.D.

Gurney F. Pearsall, Jr., M.D.

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While you may be tempted to curl up in bed during these winter months, keeping active can help you stay healthy.

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Last week, this blog covered the epidemic of influenza that has taken the country by storm. According to a reports, a particularly severe strain of influenza has left countless Americans sniffing and sneezing, causing some major cities to declare a national health emergency.

Previously,we discussed one method of bolstering your immune system in the face of widespread infection – vitamin C infusion therapy. This treatment, which is offered at Longevity Centres of America, floods your system with fortifying vitamin C to help you protect yourself from illness.

Of course, given the scope of this year’s flu season, many other publications have weighed in on a few all-natural methods of flu prevention. As well as conventional tips like getting plenty of rest and washing your hands regularly, The Huffington Post points out that staying active can also help boost your immunity.

While you may be tempted to curl up in bed during these winter months, both to avoid the cold and avoid exposure to unknowing virus carriers, the news outlet makes the case for extracting yourself from your cozy abode and staying fit. An hour of exercise per day, the source reports, can be enough to whip your virus-fighting white blood cells into high gear. This isn’t a bad habit to incorporate in your daily routine, either, since regular physical activity has been shown to promote brain health and aging longevity in general.

At Longevity Centres of America, our goal is to keep you feeling great as you age, no matter what the season. For information about vitamin C infusion therapy and other beneficial forms of IV chelation, consult one of our anti-aging specialists.

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Staying active can boost your immune system and enhance aging longevity.

Marina M. Pearsall, M.D., Ph.D.

Gurney F. Pearsall, Jr., M.D.

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While heart disease can affect people of all ages and background, it’s no secret that this health concern becomes more prevalent as we age.

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While heart disease can affect people of all ages and background, it’s no secret that this health concern becomes more prevalent as we age. And, by far one of the harrowing aspects of this condition is the risk of suffering a stroke or cardiac arrest. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 935,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack every year – and, for roughly a third of that number, it isn’t their first.

Due to the prevalence of heart disease in the United States, organizations like the American Heart Association have launched substantial public awareness campaigns that emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, such as scheduling regular exercise and following a more regimented diet.

Recently, a new study has gotten even more specific about the foods that can combat the risk of a heart attack. According to a press release posted on RedOrbit, scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health and England’s University of East Anglia conducted a study on the benefits of certain berries for overall heart health.

The release states that the 18-year-long effort involved 93,600 women between 19 and 42 ages of old who were required to fill out surveys about their dietary habits every four years. By monitoring the health of these women in that time and conferring with the nutritional data for each participant, the researchers determined that the simple act of eating more blueberries and strawberries could have a significant impact on heart attack risk.

"We have shown that even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life," said lead author Dr. Aedin Cassidy of UAE.

As well as adjusting their diets to incorporate heart-healthy foods, women (and men) who are concerned about a heart condition may want to consider IV chelation treatment. The anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres of America have been administering this beneficial detoxification procedure for years with miraculous results.

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Marina M. Pearsall, M.D., Ph.D.

Gurney F. Pearsall, Jr., M.D.

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Caption: This flu season is a brutal one.

Alternate Text: This flu season is a brutal one.

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Have you noticed that an unusually high number of your friends and family members – not to mention fellow commuters and co-workers – have been taken ill this flu season? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza – particularly a brutal strain called H3N2 – is running rampant across the country this year, resulting in over 2,000 hospitalizations so far.

This week, 23 states reported especially high levels of viral infection, of the 41 states that declared influenza to be a widespread health concern. Some areas in the country – particularly major cities – have been battered by the disease. Boston, for example, announced a public health emergency, with 700 reported cases of influenza – compared to an estimated 70 instances at this time last year.

But, if you’ve already begun to experience flu-like symptoms, or are concerned that it is only a matter of time before you do, what can you do to strengthen your immune system against this widespread infection?

A 1999 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies revealed that megadoses of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, reduced the cold and flu symptoms of participants by 85 percent, compared to members of a control group who were given painkillers and decongestants.

To truly enjoy these infection-fighting results, you may need a higher dose of vitamin than a few glasses of orange juice will afford. At Longevity Centres of America, as a part of our pledge to promote aging longevity, our anti-aging doctors offer ascorbic acid infusion therapy that floods your system with this beneficial compound. This treatment method has been devised for optimum absorption, so your body can put this nutrient to work and get your flu-like symptoms under control.

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This week, 23 states reported especially high levels of influenza.

Marina M. Pearsall, M.D., Ph.D.

Gurney F. Pearsall, Jr., M.D.

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Caption: Stress can take a heavy toll.

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Whether it stems from their professional or personal lives, millions of Americans contend with high levels of stress on a daily basis. Excessive amounts of this sort of anxiety – which is characterized by floods of a hormone called cortisol – can wreak havoc on the immune system, increasing the risk of heart disease and depression, among other health issues. Yet, despite these risks, most people take for granted that stress is an inevitable part of daily life.

But, according to health and wellness expert Janessa Bruce, people simply cannot afford to overlook the ravages of stress any longer. The prevalence of stress, as she refers to it in a piece for The Huffington Post, is on par with the oft-discussed obesity epidemic – which it undoubtedly contributes to – in terms of severity.

The so-called stress epidemic, as Bruce deems it, has likely been spearheaded by the rise of smartphones and other devices.

"The technology that allows everything to happen instantly fostered the need to do everything immediately," writes Bruce. "All of this felt manageable for a while but unsustainable as a long-term condition."

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that the tech-savvy population at large will return to the days of more limited access anytime soon, but there are a few key ways to diffuse the toll this "frenetic" way of life may take.

If you have a particular hobby or some activity that you truly take joy from, don’t indulge in it on occasion – pencil it into your regular routine. Whether it’s an hour of yoga in the morning or curling up with a novel at night, make these pastimes as high a priority as the stress-inducing tasks in your life.

Reducing your stress levels takes a concentrated, long-term effort, Bruce explains, and it can’t be done overnight. In addition to making time for yourself, the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres offer hormone pellet implants and other forms of anti-aging medicine to help you feel better and age gracefully.

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Whether it stems from their professional or personal lives, millions of Americans contend with high levels of stress on a daily basis

Marina M. Pearsall, M.D., Ph.D.

Gurney F. Pearsall, Jr., M.D.

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Caption: Transform yourself in 2013.

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With the New Year comes an opportunity to start afresh and finally embark on those lifestyle adjustments you’ve been considering all year. Maybe you’ve decided to pick up a new hobby, or perhaps you’re just determined to be more adventurous in 2013. Or, like countless Americans every year, perhaps you’ve decided that now is the time to cut back on the calories, ramp up your physical activity and finally shed those excess pounds.

Though this resolution is a popular one from year to year, there really is no time like the present to take action about your weight. Obesity rates are on the rise around the world, and are bound to bring on a surge of health concerns including heart disease and diabetes.

But, if you’re like an estimated 80 percent of aspiring dieters, there is a good chance that you’ve tried to lose weight before and have not been successful. If so, don’t beat yourself up over it – dieting, says Loyola Medicine‘s Dr. Jessica Bartfield, is often a tumultuous process.

"Dieting is a skill, much like riding a bicycle and requires practice and good instruction," she notes in a University press release, "you’re going to fall over and feel frustrated."

It’s easy to oversimplify the process of losing weight – particularly if you’ve never battled with unwanted pounds yourself – but being aware of the most common missteps may help your weight loss efforts.

Bartfield explains that many people struggle with keeping an accurate record of both the amount of calories they consume, and how many they burn off through exercise, so it’s important to pay attention to these details and, most importantly, be honest to yourself about these numbers.

Last year, this blog also covered a Quebec-based study showing the link between weight retention and disjointed sleeping habits. Bartfield also references this connection, and suggests that anyone attempting to lose weight aims for a minimum of six hours of sleep a night.

However, if you still find yourself struggling to shed pounds despite your best efforts, consider consulting an anti-aging doctor at Longevity Centres of America for medical weight loss in Houston and Denver.

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With the New Year comes an opportunity to start afresh.

Marina M. Pearsall, M.D., Ph.D.

Gurney F. Pearsall, Jr., M.D.

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Caption: Depression and heart disease have a few things in common.

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As well as enhancing overall health and physical function, the nutritional choices we make have also been linked to our psychological well-being. However, while plenty of studies have covered this connection, few have gone on to claim that trans-fat foods and other ill-advised options actively cause mood disorders such as depression.

However, according to a recent article in the online publication BMC Medicine, two medical professors in Spain argue that a lot of the research regarding this connection has been inherently flawed. Based on current reports, Professors Almudena Sanchez-Villegas and Miguel Martínez-González argue that – though it’s apparent that diet and depression are linked, it is still unclear which condition precedes the other.

“It is difficult to be sure that the diet is responsible for depression – it could be that depressed people make bad food choices," the paper states.

As strange as it may sound, the academics note that many of the physiological symptoms of depression – namely swelling and changes in blood vessel structure – are also present in cardiovascular disease. Since nutrition has been clinically shown to increase the risk of heart failure, it stands to reason that it may also have a direct effect on the mental condition.

"To address these issues, we need long-term, randomized clinical studies similar to ones successfully conducted for diet and cardiovascular disease risk," the paper states.

Many people experience bouts of depression as they grow older, whether its due to their long-term dietary decisions or a natural drop in hormone levels. In addition to hormone pellet implants, the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres of America also provide nutritional guidance for patients who wish to look and feel great as they grow older.

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The nutritional choices we make have been linked to our psychological well-being.

Marina M. Pearsall, M.D., Ph.D.

Gurney F. Pearsall, Jr., M.D.

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Caption: Not all toxins are immediately apparent.

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In addition to the natural dip in hormone levels that takes place as people age, environmental factors can also play a part in the aging process – accelerating mental and physical decline and increasing the risk of serious illness. In the last 20 years, the dangers posed by exposure to lead, mercury and other heavy metals has become more widely known, and as a result, agencies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission are set in place to monitor the use of these materials in everyday items.

However, despite increased regulations, heavy metals are still all too prevalent in daily life. So, to preserve the health and aging longevity of our patients, the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres of America offer IV chelation therapy – a detoxifying treatment that rids the body of harmful agents.

What is heavy metal toxicity?

While acute heavy metal toxicity involves a single incident of poisoning, often in an industrial setting, chronic heavy metal toxicity is a more complex condition. In contrast to the IV chelation treatment offered by Longevity Centres of America, many chelation clinics focus solely on one or two elements – primarily lead and mercury. However, our anti-aging doctors believe this oversimplifies the issue.

Chronic heavy metal toxicity is considerably more common than the acute occurrence, and is generally caused by long-term exposure to multiple toxins. That is why our specialists carefully analyze the symptoms of every patient to determine which elements may be at work. In doing so, we’ve been able to establish chemical causes for conditions as varied as depression and heart disease.

Exposure to heavy metals can cause disruptions in healthy enzymatic function within the body and impair long-term health. This is especially dangerous in light of the the widespread mineral deficiencies among most Americans. Enzyme catalysts – the elements in the body that spur essential cellular processes – typically involve a specified level of minerals, so a lack of essential compounds like calcium, paired with an excess of toxic materials, can lead to several physical and mental issues.

What are the symptoms of heavy metal toxicity?

Depending on the elements you’ve come into contact with, heavy metal toxicity may present itself in the form of chronic fatigue, hypertension and renal failure, among others.

Arsenic exposure, for example, has been linked to fatigue, hair loss, headaches, anemia, skin rash and hypopigmentation and dermatitis.

Cadmium is another toxic metal that can build up in an individual’s system and remain within the tissue for years. This mineral may cause kidney problems and respiratory illnesses, and impair your sense of smell.

IV chelation was initially developed to treat lead poisoning – which was a common health concern in the 1940s. Exposure to this mineral can disrupt healthy brain function and impair the nervous system. In children, excess lead may impede cognitive development, leading to learning problems later in life.

Mercury poisoning is well-known to cause psychological issues, but this mineral has also been linked to anemia, diminished sensory abilities and increased amounts of saliva with a distinct metallic taste.

How can ACAM chelation therapy help?

IV chelation treatment has been used for decades to extricate toxic metals that have accumulated in a patient’s blood and tissue. After performing a series of tests to identify any harmful buildup, the specialists at Longevity Centres of America devise a method of treatment to target these toxins. ACAM protocol treatment utilizes a slow-drip infusion of Disodium EDTA to address coronary heart disease and heavy metal toxicity. These issues can also be treated with a rapid-drip IV Chelation using Calcium Disodium. Finally, there is an additional oral option that specifically targets mercury deposits.

Much like hormone pellet implants, IV chelation is a process that cannot be patented and therefore can’t be profited from by big-name pharmaceutical companies. Although this fact may keep it from entering the mainstream, decades of research, including the Cypher Report, have demonstrated how IV chelation treatment can combat heart disease, stroke and senility, among other conditions that may prevent patients from aging gracefully.

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Environmental factors can also play a part in the aging process

Marina M. Pearsall, M.D., Ph.D.

Gurney F. Pearsall, Jr., M.D.

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