Dr. Ronald Klatz, founding physician of anti-aging and president of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, referred to as A4M, has just released two new books. "Hormones of Youth" illustrates how 90% of the current diseases are due to the degenerative consequences of aging. The emerging technologies of genetic testing and cloning form the revolutionary answers to this hot issue. In "Brain Fitness", the medical futurist reveals his medical predictions for 1999. Memory loss and cognitive decline will gradually be repelled with innovative therapies and new drugs whereas the introduction of interactive telemedicine consultations and inhaled insulin drug delivery systems undoubtedly will bring major relief to diabetic and other patients.
The demographics of the world population's aging part bear no secrets to Dr. Klatz, a true expert on life extending medicine. At the turn of last century, the three main causes of death were influenza, pneumonia and diarrhea, as Dr. Klatz explains in "Hormones of Youth". During the following fifty years, improved sanitation and childhood immunizations substantially enhanced the people's life expectancy. Afterwards, physicians have tried to conjure all cancer and cardiac diseases with preventive actions and accurate treatment methods. Since people are now growing much older than before, the new challenge consists in the fight against degeneration. If these disorders are not properly detected and treated, the aging baby boomer generation will be responsible for the bankruptcy of both the Social Security and the complete United States health care system.
In the future, Alzheimer's, cancer and heart diseases will be traced with the use of genetic testing. It will be possible to stop the degenerative process in a very early stage. As a result, the patient can be cured long before the first symptoms would have occurred. The use of cloning technology on the other hand, gives cause to vehement debates on medical and social ethics. Last December, a panel discussion was organized in Las Vegas during the 6th International Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine and Biomedical Technology and involved a few renowned specialists, who are familiar with the subject, such as Dr. Richard Seed, Dr. Vernon Howard of Harvard University, and Dr. Tom Allen of Oklahoma State University of Medicine.
The public automatically tends to associate the use of cloning technology with the difficult question whether it is ethically permissible to copy a loved but deceased person. The new technique however has the potential to open alternative doors for blood and tissue replacement before this issue even has to be raised. Cloning could equally solve the chronic organ shortage, faced in medicine today, and offer ways to innovative transplant surgeries for the substitution of missing limbs without any risk of rejection.
The second book "Brain Fitness" has been written together with Dr. Robert Goldman and provides the reader with an idea of the medical breakthroughs in the year ahead. Male pattern baldness will be treated by means of a new gene therapy cure. Elderly people suffering from loss of memory will benefit from innovative drugs and treatment to interrupt and even reverse this process. Diabetics, who need daily insulin injections, will be discharged of this fatigue, since it will be replaced with an effective oral drug delivery system. In the same way, human growth hormone (HGH) can be orally administered to millions of aging people, allowing to forestall many degenerative effects, such as cardiac disease, muscle and bone loss, failing memory, and redundant wrinkling due to hormonal deficiency.
The application of two-way telemedicine consultations will bring essential medical advice and support to doctors and patients in isolated regions and stimulate co-operation between experts and physicians. Dr. Klatz's new publications seem to prove that aging not necessarily has to be an inevitable fact. Over 6000 physicians and scientists from 48 countries share this belief and propagate their conviction as representatives of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, which constitutes the only not-for-profit organization in the promising field of longevity.