Anti Aging Conference: Anti-Aging Seminar in USA
Anti-Aging Market to hit $114 Billion: Let’s Separate the Gimmicks from the ‘Real Deal’
Look-young concoctions and feel-good elixirs. The anti-aging market is well-established and only getting stronger, as over 70 million aging baby boomers are driving the movement to look and feel younger. Currently at $80 billion, the anti-aging market size is expected to reach more than $114 billion by 2015.
With a prevalent focus to stay young, many anti-aging interventions have developed over the years, including hormone replacement therapy, anti-aging supplements, and surgical treatments. Are these treatments safe and effective? This is a main question for several medical professionals, as they claim anti-aging interventions, especially hormone replacement therapy, can be ineffective and cause harm.
Fears of harm and effectiveness are misleading
The majority of fears about hormone replacement therapy stems from the highly publicized Women’s Health Initiative, which warned thousands of menopausal women to stop taking HRT. (See Hormones and Cancer blog post). Regrettably, critics fail to see that the negative outcomes from the WHI were applied to one form of treatment, and only for one specific age group of women.
By stopping HRT, women were put at greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer. Fortunately, there are alternatives to anti-aging interventions that may be harmful. Unlike conventional HRT, medical studies purport bioidentical hormones (BHRT) are a safe and effective treatment for women with hormone deficiencies. One particular study is currently being conducted by the Kronos Longevity Research Institute to clarify the safety and efficacy of BHRT.
Dr. Rouzier’s Take
The benefits of hormones can be further explained by Dr. Neal Rouzier, who has been teaching Worldlink Medical’s anti aging conference for over 10 years. He stated in his recent anti aging seminar, “Yes hormones are good. Just use the right ones in the right way. If hormones were so bad in women, we would yank their ovaries out when they were 30. We used to do that, and they all died sooner and had a miserable life before they died. Now we don’t take the ovaries out, we leave those ovaries in. Why? Well, because they feel better, they function better, and they live longer, happier and healthier. So, hormones do have a beneficial effect. The Women’s Health Initiative showed that the hormones were harmful. Well which is it? Are they good or are they bad? In the body they’re good. Out of the body, in a chemically altered form, they’re bad and all of the studies show that. Well, let’s look at the most recent studies, perhaps at a natural estradiol. All of the studies show it is very beneficial, and long term use will make you live longer, happier, less heart attacks, less stroke, less osteoporosis, less depression, less mood swings, less Alzheimer’s disease, and less dementia. Why don’t we use that one?… Let’s not look at these other studies with the synthetic chemically altered [hormones], let’s look at estradiol [i.e. from the Kronos Study http://www.keepstudy.org/keeps/why.cfm]. That’s the one that has shown to be beneficial, that’s the one that we lose when we go through menopause. We’ve replaced that one, in the correct form, and we haven’t seen any problems with it.”
Still beware of anti-aging gimmicks
Not all anti-aging interventions are created equal. There are some products and gimmicks for which you should be weary. The market is saturated with hormone balancing creams, wrinkle-fading dreams, and lose-weight quick schemes, but such products may not live up to all they claim to be.
Anti-aging products can pop up while browsing the internet, making statements that are often not backed by scientific evidence. Generally, these products are advertised as free trials. Yet, they truly turn into a monthly commitment to buy a product that doesn’t live up to its promised benefits. Several consumers easily purchase these products only to be later disappointed and stuck in a purchasing obligation that can only be stopped through a difficult cancellation process.
The Real Deal
How do you decipher the anti-aging facts from fiction? Find a physician or healthcare practitioner who is well trained and open to the idea of hormone replacement. Also, one who treats patients based on a multitude of medical evidence and has not been deterred by the WHI. It’s not about the “Fountain of Youth”. It’s about living healthier and happier during a potentially difficult age. This is accomplished by thorough clinical analysis including food testing, replenishing lost hormones, fitness scheduling, coaching, etc. Some call it alternative healthcare, while others call it ‘upstream medicine.’
- Boomers will be spending millions to counter aging. (2011, August 17). Retrieved on August 18, 2011 from http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/169384/126/Boomers-will-be-spending-billions-to-counter-aging
- Weintraub A. Beware free trials of anti-aging products sold on the web. (2010, October 1). Retrieved on August 18, 2011 from http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/womens-health/articles/2010/10/01/beware-free-trials-of-anti-aging-products-sold-on-the-web