The Anti-Aging Program of Lex14 years, 11 months ago
Posted on Nov 10, 2003, 11 a.m.
By Bill Freeman
The Anti-Aging Program of Lex
The Anti-Aging Program of Lex “the Wonder Dog”
I am often asked by many people what they can do to improve the quality of their pet's life, while at the same time gaining increased quantity. People love their pets will go to any lengths and spend any amount of money on their pets to not lose them before it is absolutely unavoidable.
In 1991, my Airedale Lex had turned into an 11 year-old old dog. As an expert and one of the founders of the clinical specialty anti-aging medicine, it became very embarrassing for me to have an aging pet whose coat was turning gray, and was experiencing the unpleasant disabilities and symptoms of old age. I had already been experimenting with anti-aging drugs on myself, my friends, patients and even my own mother without ill effects, so I thought these substances were at last proven safe enough to try on my best friend Lex.
Lex was a champion Airedale, the mascot of the A4M. The life expectancy for Airedales is about 12 years, and Lex had started to fail about age 10.
I began Lex on an anti-aging regimen and saw startling, rapid effects. Within six months, Lex had deaged to the condition of an 8 year-old dog. He was able to jump three-foot fences, his coat returned to dark black-brown. His eyes became bright and animated, when before they were cloudy and dull. Lex ran and played vigorously with dogs 5 years younger than he.
Lex suffered a stroke at age 16. Although he made a good recovery by age 16 ½, he developed a weakness in his hind legs, thereby limiting his activity and the quality of his life. Rather than have him suffer, he was put to sleep at the equivalent of human age of 116 years. While Lex could have been kept alive for another two or more years (as would be the goal of geriatric medicine), anti-aging scientists seek to enhance quality of life -- not just to extend its quantity.
Lex serves as a metaphor for the paramount importance of living a longer healthier happier lifespan. This pup at heart proves that to win the game of life, we need not keep people alive for the longest period of time possible. The winners are those whose lives are blessed with a prolonged period of satisfaction and enjoyment, and that goal is well within the reach of each and every one of us.
Lex served his role as a pioneer of anti-aging research well. His dramatic age reversing accomplishments demonstrated to all who knew him that anti-aging therapies were both safe and effective. In a real and personal way, Lex showed me what could be easily accomplished with minimal interventions if only we are willing to believe that aging is not inevitable!
|2-3 brisk walks 10-15 minutes daily, stair climbing and ball retrieval 10 minutes daily|
|1 pediatric vitamin with meal 2 times per day||200 mcg chromium picolinate|
|10,000 IU vitamin A||1 mg folic acid|
|5,000 IU beta carotene||100 mg CoEnzyme Q-10|
|200 mg vitamin C||2 capsules Acemanon|
|400 IU vitamin E||Ginkgo biloba extract|
|100 mcg selenium||Ginseng|
|Vitamin B complex||6 capsules of liquid Kyolic garlic|
|100 mg niacin||Green tea extract|
|Hormones and Drugs|
|Hydergine||HGH stimulating compounds (amino acids)|
|PBN (mitochondrial antioxidant shown to extend the lives of laboratory animals||25 mg DHEA|
|5 mg Deprenyl every other day||2 mg melatonin nightly|
|Science Diet for Seniors||2 Kosher hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard on a bun, per week|
|1 slice of low-fat pizza per week (his favorite)|
Because Lex was 65 pounds, he received one-half the dose of supplements normally recommended for humans.
NOTE: This protocol was custom designed for Lex, as an older animal, and should not be construed as a valid program for any other subject.
The Anti-Aging â€˜A' List
|Basic nutrients and lifestyle elements for an anti-aging program can act as your soldiers in the war to stay young|
|Vitamin A/Beta carotene||
Antioxidant, enhances immunity, essential for protein utilization
|Vitamin C||Antioxidant, necessary for tissue growth and repair, enhances immunity|
|Vitamin E||Antioxidant. Prevents cardiovascular disease, reduces blood pressure. Promotes normal blood clotting and wound healing.|
|Niacin||Essential to proper circulation and a healthy nervous system, critical to process of fat and carbohydrate metabolism|
|B-complex||As a group, B vitamins help to maintain healthy nerves, skin and muscle|
|Coenzyme Q-10||A powerful and newly discovered antioxidant, Q-10 is essential for immune function. A powerful mitochondrial protectant. Japanese researchers have found it beneficial in heart disease, hypertension, and gum/dental diseases.|
|Alpha lipoic acid||Antioxidant. Helps to restore energy metabolism in mitochondria.|
|Selenium||Antioxidant. Works with Vitamin E to fight infection (promotes antibody production). Deficiencies are linked to cancer and heart disease.|
|Zinc||Essential mineral, required for protein synthesis, promotes healthy immune system and wound healing. Zinc is a critical cofactor in hundreds of biological processes in the body.|
|Omega-3 fatty acids||An essential component of cell membranes, regulates the body's metabolism of cholesterol. Omega-3 deficiencies are linked to poor growth in children.|
|Bioflavonoids||Enhances the absorption of Vitamin C, exerts an anti-oxidant effect, and promotes circulation. The human body is unable to produce bioflavonoids, so they must be obtained through the diet.|
|Lycopenes||Antioxidant. May help to prevent damage to skin caused by UV rays of the sun. Shows promise as protective agent against prostate cancer.|
|DHEA||Precursor to steroid hormones including testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and corticosterone.|
|Melatonin||Immune modulator, antioxidant, triggers restful sleep.|
|Ginkgo||Improves circulation in brain, to promote cognitive performance.|
|Ginseng||A metabolic tonic, to promote cognitive performance.|
|Garlic||A natural antibiotic and antifungal, it protects from infection and offers detoxification properties.|
|Aspirin||A daily dose of ¼ to ½ a tablet has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, and possibly colon cancer. It is a valuable preventive agent if you have a family or personal history of these disorders.|
|Exercise||Goal: burn 2500 calories per week.|
|Positive mental attitude||Mind-body connection is a potent promoter of well-being.|
|Relaxation||Constant states of stress and anxiety increase cortisol levels, signaling our bodies to a â€˜fight-or-flight' response. Set aside an hour each day for uninterrupted relaxation, in the form of meditation or quiet reflection.|
|Balanced and varied diet||The more types of things you eat, the more ways the body can acquire the nutrients it needs to maintain optimal health.|
|Pure water||Unadulterated and uncontaminated, drink 6-10 glasses per day.|
ENJOY THE ELIXIR OF LIFE
Water is a critical component of your optimal health program. Man can go many days, even weeks, without food -- but deprived of water, life can end within three days. Water composes more than half our bodies, one quarter of our bones, and one third of our brains. It is present in every cell and tissue of the body and every bodily function, from respiration to digestion to cognition -- is utterly dependent upon it.
So why, then, are more than 30% of senior Americans dehydrated, and because of it, at greater risk for metabolic dysfunction, constipation, fatigue and even heart attack?
Water is essential for proper elimination of toxins and for this reason alone, you must make certain that you pay special attention to the quality, as well as quantity, of water you ingest every single day.
Perhaps, then, it's no coincidence that the Fountain of Youth for which Ponce deLeon searched was overflowing with water.
Drink 6-10 glasses of pure water, not from the tap.
The government has reported that 53 million Americans drink water from municipal water supplies containing potentially dangerous levels of chloro- and fluoro-chemicals, lead, fecal bacteria, as well as pesticides and other impurities associated with cancer and metabolic dysfunction.
Bottled and filtered water is better than tap water. Consider installing a water filtration system in your home, particularly for drinking and cooking needs. You might also benefit from a whole-house system that will bring purified water to your bathing areas.
Distilled, sterile water is best, as it has the maximum ability to eliminate toxins from your body and is totally devoid of other substances and minerals. If you drink only sterile distilled water, you risk losing both the beneficial minerals and toxic (heavy) metals from your body via the urine. Therefore, if your diet is not balanced with five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, addition of a multimineral nutritional supplement may be advisable.
Stay alert to the quality of your water supply.
The Center for Disease Control reports that 900 deaths and one million cases of intestinal malaise each year are attributable to waterborne organisms.
The Environmental Working Group reports that 14 million people drink water contaminated with five of the most toxic herbicides known to man. By doing so, 3.5 million people in our largest cities are at a cancer risk 10 times greater than the general population.
The standard method by which most municipalities process water utilizes chlorination to kill dangerous microbes. Chlorine by-products thus wind up in the water supply of 100 million people. This in turn causes about 10,000 incidences of bladder cancer each year.
It is estimated that in 99 percent of the US population, their fatty tissue contains one or more of the toxic chemicals found in water.
Ask your local water department to provide you with a copy of the most recent analysis of your water supply.
Contact the bottler of your bottled water product to ask for a copy of a complete independent analysis. They should regularly test for pesticides, radioactivity, and industrial wastes.