January Expert Columns
Life Extension Tips
HGH Comes Under Attack
By Teresa Denney, D.O.
an article in the Oct. 26 issue of JAMA,
Growth hormone (GH) is illegal for off-label anti-aging use. Nonsense, the
purpose of that article is nothing short of an apparent attempt to damage the
anti-aging medical profession and the physicians practicing solid,
evidence-based medical healthcare focused on improving and maintaining
patients’ quality of life. It is the opinion Association of Anti-Aging
Medicine (A4M), to which I belong, that the authors selected self-serving
studies, in which they failed to qualify the conclusions in an effort to bolster
what A4M believes is a disinformation campaign.
Two of the
three authors of the JAMA commentary are defendants in a $120 million lawsuit
brought against them by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (as well as
other plaintiff parties) for defamation, conspiracy, and other claims.
that they incorrectly intermingled internet sales of homeopathic pseudo “GH”
sprays, amino acids, and sports nutritional over the counter products to inflate
their incorrect claims suggesting an illegal diversion of HGH by physicians and
pharmacies, implying a black market in FDA approved prescription injectable HGH
for hormone replacement treatments by anti-aging physicians where none exists.
of the JAMA commentary state that the positive effects of HGH “may be
short-lived” and state “to our knowledge, no studies have assessed long-term
efficacy or safety of GH administration as an anti-aging intervention in
there is ample peer review research in the medical literature demonstrating the
positive benefits of this pharmaceutical agent in multi-year studies, well
beyond the typical 6-12 month study protocols.
that the empirical data suggests that when treating Adult Growth Hormone
Deficiency (AGHD, GHD), physicians are treating a documented deficiency disease
and not performing off-label treatment as the JAMA commentary authors suggest.
In fact, HGH deficiency is associated with significantly decreased longevity in
replacement therapy were being provided for those with an abundant supply, such
a growing teenager of normal height and weight, one could suggest that is abuse.
But when 50-year-old man presents with very little natural hormone and shows
signs of premature aging, then that is perfectly valid use of GH therapy,
whether or not the results are long-lived or the intent of patient.
hormone replacement therapy has been shown to improve muscle strength and
mobility, cognitive function, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, immune
function, body composition, obesity and sarcopenia, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s
disease, other illnesses, and quality of life issues.
reports about the federal law, have erroneously suggested that the replacement
of HGH in aging adults is illegal, and has led to sensationalized headlines.
Patients are not given HGH for a diagnosis or treatment of “anti-aging,” but
for on-label use for AGHD syndrome, a diagnosed disease.
Dr. Teresa Denney, an osteopathic physician, has studied nutrition for over 30 years. She is the medical director for Aloha Medical Center in Waikiki. Visit her web-site at www.hghpharm.com. Call 732-0888 now for a consultation.
ASK JUDGE LEE
Estate, Overweight and Stressed
Lee: I have owned a residential rental property for 10 years. The property has
appreciated substantially and I’m not getting a fair return on the current
value. What can I do? Unhappy Investor
Investor: You have several options. You can try to renovate or fix the property
and increase the rents. You could consider looking into possibilities of doing a
CPR and adding another dwelling or adding rooms to rent. Or you could sell the
property and reinvest in a property with a higher rate of return.
many programs that can give a six percent or better rate of return. And, this
can be done tax free via a 1031 exchange. Many programs exist in which you can
become an investor with a Tenant in Common interest and get a guaranteed six
percent or better rate of return with no management headaches. Happy Investing!
Judge Lee: I’m stressed out because of my weight. People tell me that weight
is inversely proportional to longevity and perhaps even wealth. I want to lose
but need to get off the yoyo diet syndrome. What can I do? Hopelessly Overweight
Hopelessly Overweight: I have studied diets for many years and tried everything
including purchasing every exercise equipment sold on TV. I gain weight just by
breathing air ... and this will happen to all who turn 40ish.
ago I started a self directed do-it-yourself diet, combining tai chi, qigong
slow meditative deep-breathing diaphragm exercises with keeping a diary and
listing a diet plan that can be modified weekly listing such things as “do
nots” (e.g. minimal meats, no sodas, candies, ice creams, or chips),
“do’s” (e,g. fruits and vegetables, filtered water, one half-hour per day
walking or exercise), hunger tactics, healthy snacks, top five healthy
restaurants to eat at, weekly healthy fad diets, such as Subway, salads, Thai,
Vietnamese, Yummy’s vegetable plate, Bali’s vegetarian plate, Chinese Jai,
Make it a
game and experiment and you will lose. I lost 50 pounds in six months and have
kept it off for nearly two years. I now teach a tai chi qigong longevity diet
for the Long Life Foundation. We have had very favorable results. Do not give
up. You can get control of your weight and your life.
Richard Lee is a former Hawaii Judge and CPA. He holds a degree in economics
from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from Hastings Law School. Richard
Lee Consulting focuses on relieving stress for clients with real estate,
business and legal problems. Mr. Lee teaches Tai Chi Qigong, provides free
mediation for divorcing couples and is the founder of Perfect Mate Internat’l.
He can be reached at 957-0000 or at email@example.com.
By Don "Kona Smith"
Thanks a Lot “Walk Man”
It’s a new
year and I just finished reading a magazine article on the “graying” of
America. It seems that all those “baby boomers” are getting old along with
the rest of us. If you were born into rock-and-roll, voted for the first time in
the sixties or had a peace sign on your Volkswagen microbus, the following
should be of interest to you.
lady once asked me “Why do they play the music so loud these days?” I
answered: “Because they can.” If you have ever gone to a concert at the
Blaisdell Arena, you know what I mean — the louder the better. That’s why
folks walk around the mall with their portable music players cranked up to the
max. How about those tricked out cars with audio systems that can be heard a
half-mile away? Yikes!
That kind of
high decibel bombardment takes a toll on the inner ear. After years of noise
exposure, we develop a hearing loss in the high frequency tones. These are the
exact tones we need to hear in order to understand speech. As time goes by, more
and more of the frequencies are eroded. The result is a classic high frequency
news is that you can still hear the low frequency sound pretty well. The bad
news is that you need high frequency sound to understand speech. The other bad
news is that when it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Unfortunately there has
been little that could be done to help this hearing problem. Until now, “I
hear but I don’t always understand.”
That is a
classic statement from someone with a high frequency hearing loss. Try to
imagine reading a book in which all the letters “s”, “c”, “sh” and
“p” were missing. You could probably read it, however, it wouldn’t be
easy. That is how high frequency hearing loss affects the ability to hear
ordinary conversation. The problem gets worse when background noise is present.
Hearing aids, even the modern digital models, were not able offer much help improving
hearing in places with background noise.
technology combines the improvements of digital hearing aids with “open”
fitting techniques. The result is improved hearing in all listening situations
using a virtually invisible hearing device. The results are astonishing. It is
the perfect answer for those with a mild hearing loss. If you would like to
learn more about this new technology either for yourself or a loved one, we have
an information packet available. Just
call 593-2137 and mention this Oahu Island News article. We will mail
the packet to you free of charge. Better hearing for the New Year… not a bad
Asthma Kits Assist Patients
Kona weather, New Year’s fireworks, or vacuuming the rug makes you cough or
wheeze, you may have asthma.
Insurance Company has been awarded the Waimanalo Health Center a grant to
improve the health for their patients who suffer from asthma. Our goal is to
reduce emergency and hospital visits of asthma patients.
is a lung condition that can be triggered by pollen, animal fur, dust, or smoke.
Even common colds Mayo trigger asthma attacks. Cramping and swelling of the
small tubes, or bronchioles, that carry air into the lungs, causes the asthma
sufferer to have difficult breathing. Continuous coughing, wheezing,
breathlessness, chest tightness, and sometimes weakness or dizziness are some of
the symptoms of an asthma attack.
races, such as Hawaiians and Filipinos, have a higher risk of death from asthma.
Asthma may also run in the family. Asthma is a common cause of emergency visits
in Hawaii. When severe and untreated it may lead to death. Asthma is increasing
around the world, which may be related to the chemicals and pollution.
this month, a Waimanalo Health Center patient living in Waimanalo with one or
more family members and has a history of asthma may apply to receive a free
“Waimanalo Asthma Kit”. These free kits are worth more than$200 each. After
being selected by the doctor to participate in the program, families will
complete a simple survey before receiving their valuable kit and during the
simple-to-use pieces of medical equipment, a Peak Flow Meter, a Spacer and a
Nebulizer, instructions and a tracking chart are included in the Asthma Kit. A
visit with a Waimanalo Health Center doctor is necessary to learn how to use the
kit. Although the kit is free, patients are responsible for any costs of the
doctor’s visits and medications. These costs are usually covered by their
contents of the kit are almost identical to what is used in the emergency room.
Families who receive and use these kits will benefit with treatments without
Waimanalo Health Center has a limited number of Asthma Kits. If you or a family
member has asthma symptoms please call the Waimanalo Health Center at 259-7948
and make an appointment to see a doctor who will determine if your family
qualifies for a kit.
Waimanalo Health Center has doctors. Most major health insurance is accepted
including Quest and Medicaid. The health center is located at 41-1347
Kalanianaole Hwy. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. and
Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon.
By Brenda Reichel,
Luck Good Luck
What a way
to start the New Year! Have you decided on your New Year’s Resolutions? I
have! 1. Lose weight. Like every one says they will after the holidays; 2) Keep
my desk clean — if you have ever seen my desk, you know what I mean; 3)
Complete the projects that I start and seem to never finish; 4) Take a real
vacation; 5) Take a cooking class, and 6) Learn a foreign language.
And that is
be a great if we could keep our resolutions. I do have one I’ll keep that is
not on my list. From time to time, I have decided to have an event at my store
— Carats & Karats Fine Jewelry — and invite my readers, clients and
friends to see that latest in designs, diamonds and colored gemstones.
event for the year 2006 will be held on Good Luck day Friday, Jan. 13 from 6 to
9 p.m. It will be an event showcasing a wonderful collection of loose colored
gemstones: ruby, emerald, sapphire, fire opal, tanzanite, tourmaline, peridot
and garnets — in every color under the rainbow. It will be so much fun to
expose you to such vibrant colors of colored gemstones that are out of the
preview the stones on January 12th and continue the showing through the 14th. I
hope you will come by and view this exquisite collection of loose colored stones
that come in all price ranges for every budget. These gemstones will be faceted
in a wide variety of shapes and carat weight. There will even be cabochon cut
The cut and
polish of a gemstone, along with the intensity of the color is what makes a
gemstone so exciting. Maybe you will find your good luck charm gemstone. See you
593-8122 for an appointment for your special viewing.
Brenda Reichel, owner of Carats & Karats Fine Jewelry, is a graduate gemologist, member of the International Society of Appraisers, and proprietor of an AGA-certified Gem Laboratory. She can be reached at 593-8122. Visit Brenda’s website at: www.caratsandkarats.com.
By Chip Abbadessa, D.C.
fastest-growing segment of my chiropractic practice is children. You are
probably asking, “Why on Earth would a child need to see a chiropractor?"
some children are brought into my office with some serious health problems, from
paralysis to learning disabilities, but the vast majority of them have no
symptoms whatsoever. Parents are learning that true health comes from a properly
functioning spine and nervous system.
me explain; it’s the nervous system that regulates every single function in
the human body, from wiggling your toes to fighting off cancer. Not only does
the nervous system control and coordinate the billions of processes that occur
each second within us, it is also the body’s power supply. Disrupt or
interfere with this delicate process and health problems arise.
brain is the main part of the nervous system. The impulses from the brain must
travel through the moving bones of the spine to reach the furthermost parts of
the body. The birth process, accidents, sports, poor posture and the stresses of
daily life can shift the bones of the spine out of their normal alignment.
Chiropractors call this condition a “subluxation.” Subluxations create
“nerve interference,” degrading and distorting messages traveling to and
from the brain.
if a person has a subluxation, then he must surely feel pain or illness, right?
Well, not really. Since only 10 percent of the nerve fibers within the spine are
for pain perception, most people don’t feel a thing until it’s too late.
the time most people wait to have a spinal X-ray and exam, their spines have
decayed beyond the point of repair. Many of those cases started in childhood,
without the person even being aware of it. The earlier you start taking proper
care of your spine, the longer it will last (giving you years of vibrant health
via a healthy nervous system).
driving force behind the large increase of children in my office is the fact
that many families are disillusioned with the modern, drug approach to health.
Almost daily, there are news stories of another dangerous drug (such as Vioxx)
being pulled from the market or of a drug company hiding damaging research about
the ill effects of a particular medication (e.g., Prozac, Zoloft). Many parents
see regular, corrective chiropractic care as an integral part of their
children’s health care, just like brushing your teeth or regular exercise. It
all starts with a simple spinal check-up. Call 234-5535 to schedule your family
Chip Abbadessa, D.C., has been a chiropractor since 1988 and practices out of the Castle Professional Center in Kaneohe. He is currently accepting new patients on the Windward side of Oahu. He can be reached at 234-5535. Visit his website at www.docchip.com.