BeautyBy The Doctors Staff on 4:00 AM PDT, August 1, 2012
Anti-aging specialist Dr. Eric Braverman, a pioneer in anti-aging medicine and author of the books The Edge Effect and Younger You, says he’s cracked the aging code. He theorizes that organs that age faster than a person’s actual age put that person at risk, and most diseases progress 80 percent before anyone even notices them. “Most people are surprised by their illnesses, and I’m here to make sure there are no surprises.” Dr. Braverman says, “Everybody has five to 10 hidden illnesses by the time they’re 40 years old, and they don’t know them.”
Dr. Braverman performs his “21st Century Physical,” a battery of sophisticated tests that included bone scans, ultrasounds, metabolic tests and brain mappings. The cutting-edge technology evaluates the age of a person's organs to determine whether they are aging faster than he or she is.
Sixty-million Americans go undiagnosed with thyroid disease. If you have symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, depression and fuzzy thinking, ask your doctor to check your thyroid.
A fatty liver consists of more than 10 percent fat and is often enlarged. Dr. Braverman explains that the liver’s job is to filter the toxins from the bloodstream, and he demonstrates how fat impedes this vital function. Fatty liver is often asymptomatic but can be caused by unhealthy eating and subsequent insulin resistance.
Heart An ultrasound can reveal mitral valve regurgitation (MVR), which is when the mitral valve in the heart does not close properly. If left untreated, it can lead to fainting, arrhythmia, stroke and heart attack.
High blood pressure and heart disease are often precursors to this condition, and it’s very common in women. Symptoms of MVR vary and can range from arrhythmia, which is an irregular or racing heartbeat, lightheadedness, dizziness and shortness of breath.
Brain "The brain is our most important organ," Dr. Braverman explains. "If we get the brain and mind straight, then you’ll get your health straight.” A brain scan can measure tension, memory, energy, metabolism and sleep patterns.
All Symptoms Are Reversible! Dr. Braverman concludes that 44-year-old Dawn is only as young as her oldest part. “We die from our oldest part,” he explains. He assures Dawn that she can easily lower her numbers. “Do you want to change your life?” he asks. He suggests an action plan: • Go on a weight loss plan. • Take iodide for thyroid disease. • Take lipoic acid for liver disease. • Drink copious amounts of teas – they’re filled with nutrients! • Add spices like cumin, garlic, tarragon, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to meals, as they are chock full of nutrients as well. • Eat lots of vegetables! Not only are they filled with nutrients, but they increase the amount of times you chew your food, thus decreasing appetite. • Exercise. • Sleep.
Dr. Braverman's Tips to Living Longer If you cannot undergo a 21st Century Physical, try these ways to obtain optimum health: • Add spices to every meal. • Eat yogurt daily. • Have a dark green salad, glass of vegetable juice or a bowl of vegetable soup 20 minutes before a meal to cut calorie consumption by 30 percent. • Have sex at least two times a week to reboot the brain. Sex is one of the few activities that both excites and relaxes the brain at the same time, which is the key to the reboot process.
Check out Dr. Braverman’s books, The Edge Effect and Younger You, for more anti-aging information.