EGAN Wellness Skin Care, Supplement Holiday Discounts

EGAN Wellness Holiday Discounts, Coupons Now Available!

EGAN Wellness and Anti-Aging Clinic, Skin Care and Med Spa would like to thank our patients and customers for entrusting us to participate in your care, be it wellness, overall health, hormone therapy, nutrition, skin care or cosmetic.

As a special gift to you, from now until December 16, all patients and customers who purchase skin care products and nutritional supplements in-store or by phone will receive a 15% discount (must mention this ad to receive discount). Act quickly, this promotion is valid for two days only!

Save 15% on all skin care products and supplements purchased in-store or by phone from December 16-18!

EGAN Wellness Holiday Disount/Coupon

Also, all purchases made through our storefront on Bonanza will be eligible for a 10% discount from now through the end of the year.

Please use coupon code EGAN 10 to activate this coupon.

Nearly all supplements available in-store can be purchased through the Bonanza storefront. The HGH Spray must is only available in-store or by phone. We apologize for this inconvenience.

All other supplements from Designs For Health and Metagenics can be purchased directly through our online storefront specifically catered to their full catalog of prices. Please visit the supplements page and click the logo of the supplement manufacturer whose catalog you’d like to shop and you’ll instantly have access to every product they make, including those not available in-store.

Supplements may now be purchased online. In addition to all of the supplement offered instore and by phone, customers can now access the full catalog of products by our pharmacy-grade supplement manufacturers. Please see our supplements page for complete details.

 Questions?

Contact: eganwellness@eganhealthcare.com 

(985) 892-3031    

Pamela Egan: Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Educator and Health Columnist

Father’s Day Specials!! (Baby Claude Picture Update)

EGAN Wellness Clinic & Med Spa Father’s Day Specials (Baby Claude Picture Update)

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We now have TA-65!

The Science of Telomerase Activation

Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect it, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces They affect how cells age and are essential for maintaining cell integrity. Telomeres shorten over time due to aging and lifestyle factors (poor nutrition, psychological stress, lack of exercise, etc.) leaving the DNA that makes up our genes vulnerable to damage.

There are now more than 10,0000 published studies on telomeres. Telomeres act as a clock within our cells, representing their age and how well they function. As they shorten, they signal changes in gene expression, changing the cells phenotype to that of an older cell. When enough telomeres become critically short the cell may become senescent or die. Senescent cells can crowd out healthy ones and damage neighboring cells and tissues.

There is scientific evidence that telomeres can be lengthened. An enzyme called telomerase can slow, stop or even reverse the telomere shortening that happens as you age.

TA-65 is an all natural, plant-based compound that can activate the telomerase enzyme to help slow down and possibly reverse age and lifestyle-related telomere shortening.
To learn more about Telomere Biology…. www.telomerescience.com

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Research Shows Those Who Take Vitamin, Nutritional Supplements Are Healthier

Vitamin, Mineral and Nutritional Supplements May Boost Health, According to Study

By: Pamela Egan, NP, ABAAHP Diplomat, CDE

Research indicates that taking a single, daily multivitamin is not adequate to ensure optimal health. What’s more, not taking taking nutritional supplements at all may actually be harmful to your health. This according to a new study consisting of hundreds of individuals that was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of California, Berkley, Out Lady of Mercy Medical Center in New York and the Shaklee Corporation of California.

The results showed that the more vitamins and nutritional supplements individual participants took, the healthier they were. Those who took the most nutritional supplements had better concentration of homocysteine, C-Reactive protein, high density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides, as well as lower risk of prevalent elevated blood pressure and diabetes. Supplement use showed that when a cell is nourished nutritionally by adequate levels in the blood serum, the optimal concentration reduced chronic disease that results from starvation of the cell.

It is significant to note that the supplement takers took more than just a daily multi-vitamin. They consumed a lot of tablets every day. More than half of them took, a B-Complex, vitamin C, carotenoids, vitamin E, calcium with vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, lecithin, alfalfa, co-enzyme Q10, reservatrol, glucosamine, and an herbal immune supplement. A majority of women consumed gamma linolenic acid, a probiotic, whereas men consumed additional saw palmetto, soy protein and zinc supplements.

According to the conclusion of the abstract:

This group of long-term multiple dietary supplement users consumed a broad array of vitamin/mineral,
herbal, and condition-specific dietary supplements on a daily basis. They were more likely to have optimal concentrations
of chronic disease-related biomarkers, and less likely to have suboptimal blood nutrient concentrations, elevated blood
pressure, and diabetes compared to non-users and multivitamin/mineral users.

The study was published in Nutrition Journal. The full text may be freely accessed at http://www.nutritionj.com/content/pdf/1475-2891-6-30.pdf.

Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy: Women Should Seek Out Well-Versed Practitioners

Is Your Practitioner Well Trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy?

Before a patient allows just any practitioner to prescribe bio-identical hormones, make sure they are qualified and have received extensive training in this area.

Many practitioners claim to provide bio-identical hormones in their practice but have not received any formal training in hormones. One size does not fit all.

Certain hormones should not be given orally to women over 45 years old. These include Estrogen or Testosterone. Taking these hormones by mouth is too hard on the liver. The liver metholates estradiol to estrone, the bad estrogen, that wreaks havoc on the body.

Estrone is the bad estrogen that can cause breast cancer, fibrocystic breasts, ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, prostate cancer and more. It should always be checked in those women receiving hormone replacement therapy.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men and Women

Premarin, Prempro, Fem-HRT, are not bio-identical hormones. These are synthetic chemicals that the body does not recognize. Because they are in oral form, this makes matters worse, because the liver changes them over to estrone, the bad estrogen. I’ve had women present to my clinic with grossly elevated estrone levels while on Premarin and Prempro. We then try to bind the bad estrone up with DIM or Ultra Indinol Plus.

There is no reason to give a women synthetic hormones this day and age. We now have FDA approved bio-identical hormones. The important point to remember is to NEVER, NEVER take Estrogen by mouth. It is bad for you and will increase your risk of breast cancer. If your provider orders oral estrogen or testosterone, that is a sign that they have not received proper training in hormones. You should seek another provider who is adequately trained in this field.

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine offers a Fellowship in Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine. This Fellowship Program is very extensive and takes years to complete, requires a board exam, and a preceptorship with another board certified Anti-Aging Physican. Mrs. Pamela Egan, NP, ABAAHP Diplomat is board certified in Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine.

Pamela Egan, DNP, CDE
EGAN WELLNESS, ANTI-AGING & SKIN CARE SPA
1116 West 21st Ave.
Covington, LA 70433
ofc. 985-892-3031
fax. 985-892-9504
www.pamelaegan.com

Causes of Female Weight Gain – Part 2: The Role of Hormones

The Role of Hormones in Female Weight Gain

This post is part two of a series of articles about why women gain weight as they age.

Part One: Top Causes of Female Weight Gain

Part Two: The Role of Hormones

Cortisol is a hormone that increases with stress. Cortisol is also a fat storing hormone, so it is no wonder that too much stress/ cortisol can make you fat.

Leptin is a hormone that tells the brain you’ve had enough to eat and also knocks out food cravings. Most women who are overweight are Leptin Resistant. In fact, childhood obesity has been linked to Leptin Resistance. Again, exercise, diet and supplements that contain Irvingia help to reverse Leptin resistance.

Hormones are a very complex issue and I consider myself an expert on this topic since I was hormonally imbalanced for 15 years and was forced to find the answers myself when I could not get help from conventional medicine. At the age of 35, after my fourth child, I weighed 103 pounds. My OB/GYN convinced me to have a bilateral tubal ligation. I literally gained 30 pounds within 3 months and 60 pounds within 6 months. I was aging prematurely, I looked like I was 60 years old, had aches and pains, was depressed cause I was gaining all of this weight, couldn’t sleep at night, had no sex drive, developed hypothryoidism which can also be caused from a hormone imbalance.

I went back to my physician begging for a hormone check and to 4 or 5 other physicians, but was told there was no good way to check hormones and there was no correlation to the tubal ligation. I was getting older and just needed to eat less and exercise more. I was an RN at the time and had not changed my eating or exercise habits but was literally blowing up like a “spaded dog”.

If you will google “Tubal Ligation Syndrome” you will now find that in a high percentage of women, their ovaries fail which leads to estrogen dominance which leads to weight gain, fibrocystic breast, ovarian cyst, fibroids, etc. which ultimately leads to a hysterectomy. In fact, by the age of 49, I had all of these things which required a complete hysterectomy. I was then handed a box of Premarin which I did not take but knew I had to get some answers to this hormone traversty. After taking some courses with “Pharmacy Compounding Centers of America”, I was led to and completed a Fellowship with the American Academy of Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine. This Fellowship literally saved my life. I actually look younger at the age of 55 then I did at 35 and have lost all the weight that I had gained back then.

Hormones have gotten a bad rap by the media since the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) was completed in 2002. The WHI was done on synthetic hormones Premarin (horse urine) and Prempro (horse urine and progestin-synthetic progesterone) Many physicians in America still think that these chemicals are hormones. They are not!

In actuality, it is hormones that keep women young. Just look at the commercials on TV right now regarding low testosterone levels in men. When hormones are perfectly balanced, it is much easier to lose weight and keep the cells young and healthy. So the men are going to be on the “anti-aging train” while the women are aging prematurely. How fair is that??

Top Causes of Female Weight Gain – Part 1

Female Weight Gain: Why Women Gain Weight as They Age

Nurse Practitioner Pamela Egan discusses the top reasons women tend to see their weight increase along with age.

Dear Pam, What Are the Top Reasons Women Gain Weight as We Age?

Weight gain as women age is a multi-factorial process. As women age, we develop several metabolic imbalances such as a slow metabolism, insulin resistance, leptin resistance, hormone imbalances, thyroid disease, etc. For example, several factors influence our metabolism such as exercise both aerobic and weight bearing. Many women develop sedentary habits which leads to muscle loss hence a slowed metabolism.

Most women have to cut way down on carbohydrate and sugar intake as they approach peri-menopause and menopause. I explain to my patients to look at it like its an allergy. They have become allergic to carbs and sugars. If they keep eating these foods, they will need more and more insulin to push the glucose into the muscle. Insulin is a fat storing hormone, so the higher the insulin level the more fat will be stored. As a Certified Diabetes Educator, I offer several low carb diets that help to reverse insulin resistance in my clinic. (Ideal Protein & Prescript Fit).

Many women go through life iron deficient. We routinely check ferritin levels which optimally should be 60 – 100. When a woman is low in iron she craves pica. In the old days iron deficient women would eat mud and starch that you starch your clothes with. Today, we are surrounded by carbohydrates. So we grab bread or a cookie. Once iron levels are restored to normal levels, women very often find that those cravings go away.

Food allergies are also huge factor in female weight gain. Many women have wheat allergies or celiac disease and don’t know it. Once recognized, and those offending foods avoided, the excess weight melts off.

Gut health is also an important factor that can affect weight gain or loss. Balancing the gut and restoring good bacterial flora naturally increases metabolism and help eliminate toxins. One way to help go about this is to take a high-quality probiotics supplement.

If a woman is balanced hormonally but is still not losing weight, a GI Detox followed by a Liver Detox is recommended.

Inflammation is at the root of all disease and can also be a factor in failure to lose weight. We strive to eliminate inflammation in the body which is why high quality antioxidants are included in our daily Essential Nutrition Pack.

What is Anti-Aging Medicine?

The three basic rules of anti-aging medicine are, respectively:

  • Don’t get sick
  • Don’t get old
  • Don’t die

The longer you live, the better your chances are for living even longer. By taking good care of your physical and mental self, you will be around to avail yourself of the latest biotechnological advancements to further optimize your life and achieve that triple-digit lifespan.

Engage in early detection and regular screenings. Engage in early detection and regular screenings, offering the very first opportunities to identify, prevent, and intervene effectively in disease. The alternative? Costly healthcare for the aging population which will bankrupt the nation’s public and private healthcare programs: Disease: Cost for care per person per day; Alzheimer’s Disease: over $100, Stroke: $ 37, Parkinson’s Disease: $10-$25, Osteoporosis: over $14, and Cancers (various types): $5 to $10.

From vanity to a vision of optimal health. Every day, consumers are flocking to doctors’ offices in search of ways to erase life’s little signs of age: weight gain, hair loss, skin that has lost its youthful suppleness and glow, the list goes on. About 77% of all Americans now living were born after 1939 and many of these people are noticing these signs of aging in their mirrors, on their bath scales, and in the job market.

While many anti-aging patients first see an anti-aging specialist for reasons of vanity, in many instances, how these patients look reflects on how their body’s systems, organs, tissues, and cells are functioning. The health and well-being of the majority of cosmetically-oriented patients often can be improved by a qualified anti-aging specialist, such as one certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine (ABAAM) or a health practitioner credentialed by the American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners (ABAAHP Diplomat).

As specialists keenly interested in the long-term whole-body physical, mental, and spiritual health of patients, practitioners of anti-aging medicine employ innovative diagnostics and therapeutic interventions to detect, prevent, and treat aging-related diseases. Anti-aging medicine is NOT solely hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Anti-aging is a multidisciplinary approach to whole-body wellness and longevity, incorporating a variety of treatments as medically appropriate.

Hormone Replacement Therapy: If you do opt for hormone replacement therapy, make sure your doctor employs only natural, bio-identical hormones (BHRT). BHRTs have the same chemical structure as their counterparts that occur naturally in the human body. BHRT hormones are therefore able to fully replicate the original functions with little or no adverse side effect profile. Make sure your doctor first tests for your baseline levels, explains to you safe target increases to achieve youthful levels, and monitors you every 3-6 months.

Knowledge is power, and all consumers should have access to the latest science presented in a manner that non-scientists can understand.