HAWAII’S FIRST HEALTHSPAN COMPANY

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October 7th, 2016 – Elite Health Hawaii is pleased to announce the opening of its first location in Honolulu at Pioneer Plaza. Elite Health, the first company of its kind in Hawai’i, is focused on helping its clientele look and feel like they did in their 20’s.

“You’re only as young as you feel,” said founder and lead physician Dr. Scott Sanderson. “Working in emergency rooms for over a decade I can tell you that about 85% of critical emergency care issues are 100% preventable. People don’t need to live in pain, feel exhausted, or accept that the common symptoms of aging are inevitable — they can get their lives back.”

Elite Health Hawaii offers one of the only programs in the nation dedicated to expanding a patient’s “healthspan.” Healthspan is defined as the number of years a person lives at peak health. Elite Health’s program is both holistic, encompassing all areas of lifestyle, and individualized down to a patient’s DNA. This is not a cookie cutter approach. No two people and no two programs will be the same.

Dr. Scott utilizes testing protocols from the world’s leading laboratories as well as a range of in-clinic examinations including body composition scans, VO2 max thresholds, and resting metabolic rate to form a comprehensive baseline for picture for each patient. This becomes the foundation for the patient’s nutrition and exercise plan. If a patient needs vitamins, minerals, or other supplements to support their goals and optimize their progress, Dr. Scott offers a wide range of pharmaceutical-grade supplements.

“I’m the program’s first success story,” said Dr. Sanderson. “Although he took care of himself, as he neared 40 the results of his blood work showed the classic risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. This kicked off a quest into the science of health and aging, spanning topics ranging from diet and DNA to telomeres and testosterone replacement therapy. Using himself as the test subject, Dr. Sanderson devised program to turn his health around. “Six months later I’m in the best shape and in the best health of my life.”

The same will be true for his patients. According to Dr. Sanderson, “My patients’ health will improve in every regard and by every measure. Their panels will be better. Their body composition will be better. Their health will be better. They will not only look and feel better, they’ll live better.” For a free consultation visit us @ http://elitehealthhawaii.com/

About Elite Health Hawaii  

Elite Health Hawai‘i is the only medical practice dedicated to increasing the “healthspan” of its patients. Utilizing leading-edge testing to create highly individualized diet and exercise programs, Elite Health is the only program in the state of Hawai‘i that addresses all of the aspects of health and wellness. Elite Health Hawai‘i is located at 900 Fort Street Mall #810, Honolulu, HI 96813. Phone: (808) 783-4104. eMail: info@elitehealthhawaii.com Web: http://elitehealthhawaii.com

Fraudulent Supplements At Major Retailers

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The New York Attorney General’s office targets retailers selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements.

In early 2015, an important news story broke in the New York Times. The New York Attorney General’s office accused multiple very popular stores including Walmart, Target and Walgreens as well as the supplement store GNC of selling herbal supplements that were both potentially dangerous and fraudulent.

Authorities conducted DNA testing on 78 bottles of the most commonly sold supplements at these major retailers and found that 80% of them did not containany of the herbs listed on the labels. Sadly, they contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus, houseplants and other substances that could be dangerous to people with allergies. This is a gross example of how companies sometimes behave with a lack of government over sight. Many unsuspecting consumers assume that because these products are sold in reputable stores that they must be safe and contain what they say they contain. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.

Their findings were shocking:

  • A popular brand of Ginseng at Walgreens contained only powdered garlic and rice.
  • Ginko biloba sold at WalMart contained powdered radish, houseplants, and wheat, despite its label claim of being wheat and gluten free.
  • Three out of six herbal products at Target– ginko biloba, St. John’s wort, and valerian root tested negative for these herbs, but contained instead powdered rice, beans, peas, and wild carrots.
  • GNC sold products with unlisted fillers like powdered legumes, which includes peanuts and soybeans, which are hazardous to people with those allergies.

At Elite Health Hawaii, we ensure that our nutraceuticals meet the highest clinical standards. There is a vast difference in quality between our pharmacy grade nutraceuticals and typical products sold over the counter, as cited above by the New York Attorney General’s office. In 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act was passed, removing third-party oversight from nutraceutical manufacturing. Unfortunately, this has led to an increase in fraudulent active ingredient label claims and dangerous non-disclosure of actual compounds being used.

The reasons are very clear as to why patients should use Elite Health pharmaceutical grade supplements over “similar” low-cost products found at many local health food stores. Our manufacturers are uncompromising in the following areas:

  • Quality of raw material sourcing
  • Testing for identity, purity and contamination
  • Unique formulations with synergistic blends

All Elite Health supplements are manufactured in the U.S. and undergo extensive testing to ensure they are of the highest quality. Raw materials are sourced from around the world and are carefully analyzed for potency and purity before ever being accepted for production. Each nutritional supplement in our formulary is manufactured according to the latest FDA-certified standards and undergoes independent third-party analysis to ensure its safety and efficacy. Elite Health Hawaii works with manufacturers who hold certifications from accredited, independent third-party organizations that test and certify products to verify they meet public health and safety standards.

The facts speak for themselves. Don’t jeopardize your health by taking a supplement with undisclosed and potentially harmful ingredients. It is critical that you spend a little extra to get much higher quality ingredients that actually work and improve your health!

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Glucose Levels And Risk Of Dementia

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An examination of the relation between glucose levels and dementia.

I recently read a thought provoking article recently with some very interesting findings. It was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2013. It’s a little thick with medical terminology but made some very interesting discoveries. There are a lot of experts who are starting to refer to dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease) as type 3 diabetes based on findings similar to the findings in this study. Bottom line of the article: even low levels of blood glucose elevation over time, will severely increase risk for early dementia. So those levels that most doctors consider normal, may be more dangerous than we realized.

It is the central adiposity or “belly fat” that causes insulin resistance and leads to chronically elevated glucose levels. This is one of the leading causes of heart disease, stroke and now we realize, dementia. It is very unfortunate that so many people suffer from disease that can be prevented. Although our programs lead people to have more energy and look better than they have in years, the part I like as a physician is the prevention of these deadly diseases.

Sadly though, most people do not address the root causes of their difficulties and so wind up carrying around a bunch of extra weight and suffering from insulin resistance, chronic inflammation and disease. It’s also the “belly fat” that is pro-inflammatory. Until patients address the root causes, which are very often hormone and metabolic imbalances, they will most likely never succeed in losing the weight they desperately need to lose and in fact, continue to decline.

I hope that you’re considering joining one of our programs so that we can halt these processes that may already be at work inside of you. Whenever you are ready to make the commitment to your health that will allow you to feel terrific, look great and prevent chronic disease/disability, contact us immediately.

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Testosterone Therapy and Cardiovascular Risk

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Many of our patients are initially concerned regarding the safety of testosterone replacement therapy.

 

Many of our patients are initially concerned regarding the safety of testosterone replacement therapy. I want all of my patients to always be able to share any concerns with me and this is probably the most frequent question I hear.

A lot people have questions given what has been in the media recently. Unfortunately, the media tends to hype whatever will sell more papers rather than good science. Here is an excellent article from a very reputable source, the Mayo Clinic, that is very in depth. It reviews many scientific articles regarding the safety of testosterone replacement therapy.

It is quite long and full of a lot of medical jargon but bottom line up front – testosterone replacement therapy is safe and in fact actually beneficial to patients’ cardiovascular health. Like any medication, you must select the proper patient population and then provide monitoring after administration. This is no different from how I would treat any other prescribed medication.

 

Here is a little synopsis:

“Only 4 articles were identified that suggested increased CV risks with T prescriptions: 2 retrospective analyses with serious methodological limitations, 1 placebo-controlled trial with few major adverse cardiac events, and 1 meta-analysis that included questionable studies and events. ”

All of the studies that they found that suggested any risks with testosterone therapy were significantly flawed studies. This is something the media will never tell you. They do not analyze the studies for quality, they only cover them if it makes an interesting headline.

“In contrast, several dozen studies have reported a beneficial effect of normal T levels on CV (cardiovascular) risks and mortality. Mortality and incident coronary artery disease are inversely associated with serum T concentrations (LOE IIa), as is severity of coronary artery disease (LOE IIa). Testosterone therapy is associated with reduced obesity, fat mass, and waist circumference (LOE Ib) and also improves glycemic control (LOE IIa). Mortality was reduced with T therapy in 2 retrospective studies.”

Inversely associated means that as testosterone levels increased, mortality and incident coronary artery disease decreased. Other studies showed multiple other benefits including the biggest of all – decreased mortality.

 

“Several RCTs in men with coronary artery disease or heart failure reported improved function in men who received T compared with placebo. The largest meta-analysis to date revealed no increase in CV risks in men who received T and reduced CV risk among those with metabolic disease.”

RCT stands for randomized controlled trial. It is the gold standard for design in a medical study. So the best type of scientific study that there is found improved heart function. A meta-analysis is when we take a bunch of studies and combine them and look at their aggregate findings. When done properly, this is a very powerful method because it gathers data from many patients. This well done meta-analysis shows reduced CV (cardiovascular) risk.

After looking at the evidence, I believe that testosterone therapy it is truly safe and actually quite beneficial. Like all medical therapies, it must be done correctly and with close monitoring. This is why I believe that all of these “low T” clinics that you see popping up all over the place are unsafe. I do not believe that they do a thorough enough evaluation of their patients and they do not provide close monitoring. They also only evaluate one hormone (we evaluate almost a dozen). Optimized hormones are only one aspect of healthy aging. Our program is founded on the most thorough evaluation available, a fully individualized plan and very close monitoring by your physician, exercise counselor and nutritionist.

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