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Dr. Bob’s Story

I grew up outside of Houston in a middle-class family, and early in life I became interested in my own health. I can’t explain why I focused on health from an early age, but I sometimes jokingly say I have the vanity gene, and I probably do, if there’s such a gene focus. Something prompted me, at about age 12 to ask for a weight set which was in my bedroom for the rest of my childhood. I started training pretty regularly lifting weights consistently, and I became quite strong for my age. By the time I hit high school, at 14 years old, I was pretty small stature at 5’8”. I had the strongest bench on the entire baseball team, grades 9-12. By creating the need for adaptation, I probably triggered up higher than normal levels of testosterone for a young person, and I got strong and built a substrate, skeletal system and muscular system that provided lifelong benefits. I’ve been a lifelong exerciser, since, and I’m very fortunate in that regard, because now, with what I understand about longevity, that behavior was a great contributor to my current state of health. Science is unraveling how this works at the molecular level.
Understanding my genome (Yes, I had the entire thing “sequenced” and I know all of my genes at our current level of discovery) reveals that I prevented activation of a lot of negative genes over these last almost 60 years and protected my current level of health with that early intervention of exercise. The good news is, Exercise can have immediate effects, no matter what age you start. I played high school baseball and that was my main sport. In college, I initially studied to become a fisheries biologist, as I always loved the sciences and the Outdoors. I was a very good student, and my professors convinced me that I should have higher aspirations than Fisheries Biology. Long story, short-I ended up in Med school. I attended one of the top five medical schools in the country (I think it’s safe to continue to count University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in that category) and I did well. I graduated 21st out of 205 students (almost made the 10th percentile), and was well trained by that school to enter the Specialty of my choice, Emergency Medicine. I admit I primarily chose EM because of the lifestyle, and I desired to come to Alaska and build a fishing lodge, which was a dream I had before starting medical school. I was blessed to have the opportunity to work in Alaska, commercial fishing after my last year in college. I fell in love with this Kenai Peninsula where I’m so fortunate to spend most of my year, and I knew that was where I would live. I completed my residency in Emergency Medicine and moved to my dream home, where I got a job in the local emergency room and practiced for almost 25 years. I am proud to say that I have never spoken to a lawyer or had any type of disciplinary action in my entire career. But that job gave me a front row seat to chronic disease. And the view was not very pretty! And over the years that I practiced, I came to realize there had to be a better way.
I fulfilled my dream and built the fishing lodge, All Alaska Outdoors (www.allalaska.com). And the view from that seat was considerably better. For the last 30 years I have been piloting bush aircraft across the wilds of South Central Alaska all summer, sharing this epic landscape with countless persons.

I am in love with God and he has blessed my life, and I recognize beyond any shadow of a doubt that this life is a gift, and it’s one that I am very interested in preserving. I want to not just live long. I want to have a good health span. As a teenager, I probably had a better than average diet. Like any kid, cookies and Kool-Aid was part of my intake, but I also started to read and understand what the bodybuilding community knew. I started to form a diet to eat as many healthy things as I could. I became fairly athletic and relatively thin and muscular by the time I was 14 and I’ve pretty well maintained that most of my life.

If you’re convinced, or want to learn more, you should probably proceed with a more in-depth explanation of the performance health assessment.

Don’t Miss Out-the Science is
Happening Quickly

It is critical to understand that modern science is unraveling health, wellness and disease at the molecular level. We are literally understanding what is happening inside the cell at the molecular level, and we are understanding pharmaceutical, supplement and lifestyle prescription strategies that affect these findings. We are learning what things turn the genes on that repair our DNA, when you activate these repair genes your cellular age lessons. Aging is a product of many factors. We have all these stresses in our lives damaging our genetic blueprint that controls our cellular function by coding for the proteins that make our cells “work”. Aging is a loss of information at the DNA level. We age when experience oxidative stress, radiation and carcinogenic exposure and inflammation. What happens is there is damage that occurs to our DNA.
When the DNA is damaged it results in proteins that are malformed and don’t work right and then we start to see evidence of the cells aging and not working right. There are strategies that we are proving reverse this process. That is my “why” now. That is what I want to share with you. So from this point forward we are going to talk about what we know, what we don’t know and what we can say with confidence has impact. I want to share this wealth of knowledge that I have obtained by carefully studying the science of longevity. I’ll be honest, there’s been a bunch of great books, many of which are on the shelf behind me, where other doctors and scientists have done a good job of outlining these concepts and reviewing the research. I digest it. I review the actual science that they are analyzing. I see if I agree with them.

The Main Strategies Are As Follows:

This prescription may not cure “everything” but it will treat “everything”. The lifestyle prescription obviously is diet and exercise. OK, but I’ll give you the details. I’ll show you the scientific proof. I’ll try to convince you of how impactful these two interventions are, and if I’m lucky, I’ll get you to convert and start to change behavior and improve your own well-being.

readiness
daily movement
activity contributors
The other big cornerstone for most people on a walk with Health, Wellness and Longevity is going to be the concept of hormone replacement therapy. One of the things that declines as we age, and as our cellular function declines, is the function of those organelles that we collectively call the endocrine system. The thyroid gland, testicles in men and ovaries in females, and the adrenal glands are all examples of parts of our body that make hormones. What hormones do is they talk to the other cells in the body and they control cellular function. As these organs make less of these important hormones, what happens is we lose this chemical messaging system that actually turns on the genes inside our cells that make our cells work right. In our patients, when symptoms indicate that hormone function is diminished and levels are suboptimal, we will try to intervene with bio-identical hormone replacement.
Hormone-Optimization
Supplements are probably the smallest Cog in the wheel of wellness, but they are also the easiest. All you have to do is take them. Supplementing is not nearly as hard as controlling the hole in your face and not eating those things you want to eat, but you know they’re not good for you. It’s not nearly as hard as controlling how much of those things you eat. And it’s darn sure not as hard as exercise. Exercise is painful. Why sugar coat it. Supplements are almost on the order of nutrition. Supplementation is basically purposely ingesting molecules, and not in the form of food, but in the form of things that often come from food, that seem to be highly impactful and provide some of the benefits that we see occurring from various nutritional interventions. It’s like a hedge on the bet. Maybe you can’t eat enough vegetables every day, but hey, we’ve got a strategy to help in that domain. And we are discovering specific molecules that appear to be activating those very same genes that turn on turn on the repair proteins to keep our DNA information intact.
Supplementation

These are our strategies that lead down the pathway to a Health span that is long. We would like to prove to you that you can have Health and Wellness at any age, and I think that together we can accomplish that.