~ August 2007 - Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Search for Biological Immortality

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  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Search for Biological Immortality

    By Philip Smith

    Turn on any television in the world—Beijing, Chicago, Tel Aviv, Rome, Los Angeles, or Tokyo—and you will find Dr. Sanjay Gupta reporting on the latest breaking medical and health news.

    As Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, Dr. Gupta is currently the most famous and listened to doctor on the planet. Millions of viewers learn daily about advances in medicine that can change their lives. Additionally, Dr. Gupta is assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital, where he practices.

    Most recently, Dr. Gupta embarked upon a remarkable quest to investigate "new discoveries in the search for immortality to help you age less today." For his investigation, he interviewed scientists around the globe from Okinawa and Russia to laboratories throughout the United States. His findings resulted in both a book and documentary titled Chasing Life (Warner Wellness).

    Dr. Gupta approached this broad subject from a unique perspective as both a practicing physician and as a seasoned journalist. In his search he left no subject, no matter how controversial, untouched. Chasing Life covers every imaginable topic, from caloric restriction and stem cell treatments to cryonics, resveratrol, and hormone supplementation. His goal was to assess the work of the best minds researching methods to slow aging and increase life span.

    Sifting through thousands of studies, Dr. Gupta wanted to present the best and most reputable practical findings that one can incorporate into their own life. The end product is a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in life extension.

    The majority of Dr. Gupta's findings echo those of Life Extension—from controlling inflammation and elevated homocysteine levels to the critical importance of fish oil supplementation. In his writings you can genuinely sense his excitement at the new discoveries occurring on a daily basis that will extend all our lives. He deems those who actively pursue a longer and healthier life as "Life Chasers."

    As Dr. Gupta states in his book, "All over the world and right in your backyard, there are people who are steadily pushing back the frontier of aging. They are not content to simply wither away, becoming frail and feeling worthless. Instead, they are achieving a sort of practical immortality—living as long as they want to live and dying only when they are through living… Immortality is on the horizon and it is within our reach for the first time."

    In this exclusive interview with Life Extension magazine, Dr. Gupta discusses his search for the latest advances in promoting a longer, healthier life span.

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  • Novel Ways to Achieve Optimal Oral Health

    By Debora Yost

    Neglecting one’s oral health not only leads to gum and enamel erosion, but also a wide range of life-threatening diseases.

    A recent study found that diabetics with gum disease had more than twice the risk of premature death due to kidney or heart disease, compared to diabetics with good oral health. And earlier this year, the American Dental Association (ADA) declared that the death of a 12-year-old boy from severe brain infection “may have resulted from his deplorable degree of untreated dental disease.”

    In fact, C. Everett Koop, MD, the former Surgeon General of the United States, noted years ago, “You’re not healthy unless you have good oral health.”

    Given the potentially devastating consequences of poor oral hygiene, averting gingivitis and periodontitis through proper daily dental care is an essential cornerstone of a comprehensive wellness program.1,5 Research demonstrates that natural ingredients such coenzyme Q10, lactoferrin, squalene, folic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and tea tree oil offer advanced support against periodontal disease.

    Exciting new findings show remarkable benefits with oral use of pomegranate extract.6 In this article, we’ll explore the latest research linking dental disease and bodily illness, and how you can use natural agents to protect your dental and whole-body health.

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  • Quick Relief from Anxiety and Stress Without Tranquilizer Drugs

    By Tiesha D. Johnson, RN, BSN

    Daily stress and anxiety not only wreaks havoc with our sense of well-being, but also shortens our lives by contributing to heart disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairment.

    Drug companies offer medications to treat the symptoms of anxiety, but fears of addiction and side effects cause most health conscious people to avoid them.

    Fortunately, alternatives are available in the form of natural botanical extracts—one of which was shown to be as effective as a leading prescription medication.

    Prescribed as a medicinal herb since ancient Greek times, lemon balm has long been known to relieve anxiety, promote sleep, and sooth agitation. Since this botanical extract cannot be patented, its beneficial effects have been completely ignored by pharmaceutical interests.

    Animal studies of lemon balm have produced impressive results with regard to stress reduction. In one study, researchers gave low doses of a lemon balm extract to mice. They observed a decrease in anxiety-related behaviors when the animals were placed in an unfamiliar environment. In the same study, higher doses of the lemon balm extract produced analgesic (pain-relieving) effects. Most dramatically, lemon balm extracts induced sleep in mice that had been given tiny (non-sleep-inducing) doses of traditional sedative medications.

    A very recent study of herbs used in traditional Lebanese medicine as sedatives demonstrated that lemon balm extracts had the ability to bind to receptors that trigger relaxation and reduce anxiety in the brain.

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  • Do You Really Need Maximum-Dose Lipitor?

    By Jay S. Cohen, MD

    In an effort to boost profits, Pfizer is convincing doctors to prescribe the strongest, riskiest, and most expensive dose of Lipitor to more and more patients—despite concerns about its safety and efficacy.

    In recent years, the use of "statin" cholesterol-lowering drugs has elicited tremendous controversy. Doctors who believe in natural approaches to disease prevention have suggested that statin drugs are poison that should be avoided altogether. Pharmaceutical company-influenced cardiologists, on the other hand, have stated that virtually everyone over age 40 should be on a statin drug.

    Life Extension advocates a common-sense approach to maximize benefit and minimize risk (and cost) by selecting a statin drug dose that fits your individual needs. We believe that no one should take a statin drug unless warranted by both clinical history (such as being at high risk for heart attack) and a blood test documenting unacceptable cholesterol-LDL levels.

    In this article, one of the world's foremost experts on statin drugs, Jay S. Cohen, MD, reveals how today's sordid system works against the medical and economic interests of patients—and what you can do to avoid being victimized.

    If your doctor recommends the maximum, 80-mg dose of Lipitor for you at your next visit, do not be surprised. Better yet, be prepared for it, because Pfizer has launched an intensive marketing campaign to convince doctors to prescribe maximum-dose Lipitor to everyone at risk of a heart attack or stroke. Many doctors are following Pfizer's lead, yet Pfizer's own studies raise serious concerns about the safety of maximum-dose (also called "intensive-dose") Lipitor. Here is the story of maximum-dose Lipitor -- including its marketing, the recent studies, and what you should know and do.

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  • Featured Product: L-Theanine

    Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that produces tranquilizing effects in the brain. In Japan, soft drinks and chewing gum are spiked with theanine for the purpose of inducing relaxation. Although theanine creates a feeling of relaxation, it doesn't shut down the brain.

    Studies on rodents show that theanine enhances the ability to learn and remember. By shutting off worry central, theanine appears to increase concentration and focus thought.

    Theanine is different from kava-kava in that it doesn't cause drowsiness, just relaxation. Theanine increases GABA, while caffeine decreases it. GABA doesn't just relax, it also creates a sense of well-being.

    Theanine's ability to increase this brain chemical can literally put you in a better mood. Theanine also increases levels of dopamine, another brain chemical with mood-enhancing effects.

    Protecting Neurons

    In studies on neurons in cell culture, theanine significantly reverses glutamate-induced toxicity. In vivo studies show the same effect in rodents. Glutamate-induced neuro-toxicity is a major cause of degenerative brain disease.

    Many Americans suffer from slightly elevated blood pressure, but don't know they have it. Chronic high blood pressure inflicts damage on the delicate cerebral vascular network and increases the risk of stroke. Theanine has been shown to help lower blood pressure.

    Theanine readily crosses the blood-brain barrier and changes brain chemistry in a way that has been compared to aromatherapy. Studies show that theanine is a non-toxic, highly desirable mood modulator that can be enjoyed by everyone except babies.

    The Antidote to Modern Stress

    The suggested dose of theanine to induce a state of relaxation is 100 mg. For those seeking a continuous mood elevating effect, we suggest that one theanine capsule be taken four times throughout the day.
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