About Dr. Johanan Rand, MD & Healthy Aging Medical Centers
Dr. Johanan Rand is the founder of Healthy Aging Medical Centers, located in NJ. His practice addresses the individualized needs of patients through functional, regenerative and integrative approaches. Custom programs are developed and implemented to prevent disease, restore health and vitality and allow one to achieve optimum healthy aging. Education and treatment is provided to the patient via scientifically proven peer-reviewed medical journals.
As a Physiatrist, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Doctor, trained at the prestigious Albert Einstein Medical Center in N.Y., Dr. Rand understands how to treat and heal the whole person. This specialty is the only field of medicine whose objective it to achieve maximum level of independent functioning. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Rand has treated numerous acute and chronic pain patients though the traditional use of anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections as well as nerve blocks (epidurals). The shortcomings of this traditional approach is that it emphasizes treatment of the symptoms and not the cause of the disease. He found that through this conventional based medical approach his patients would often achieve only temporary improvements of their symptoms. By not addressing the causes, the deterioration of the disease would only progress and their functional decline continued to impact their overall health, which then only led to many other diseases of chronic aging.
Ultimately, the disease, and not the underlying causes, became the focus of treatment. In Dr. Rand’s quest to improve the quality of life of his patients, he decided to train in the field of Anti-aging medicine. Over the past several years, Dr. Rand has utilized this approach in the management of his patients’ total well being through integrating this holistic field of medicine – which focuses on the causes behind the symptoms of disease — into his existing practice. By analyzing the patient’s symptoms and his/her specific blood -work, he identifies those particular deficiencies and develops an individualized program. Through proper bio-identical hormone replacements, nutritional and supplement programs, development of appropriate fitness routines and other sustainable lifestyle changes, Dr. Rand’s patients can ultimately achieve optimum healthy aging.
Dr. Rand is very passionate about this field and thrives to be a role model for his patients, through living what he preaches. He enjoys an active and healthy lifestyle which includes healthy eating, taking high quality supplements, weight and cardio-training, yoga and martial arts. He is on the cutting edge of the latest techniques in this field of medicine, but at the same time relies heavily on well based research, thus implementing only the safest and most effective methods for his patients. Dr. Rand constantly updates his knowledge through daily reading and research and regularly travels all over the country and the world to attend various seminars and lectures. Through the utilization of his customized and integrative medical programs you will achieve your objective of healthy aging and well being and enjoy the life in your years to come.
Dr. Rand recently attended the Gaby-Wright Nutritional Medicine Conference in Seattle, Washington. He has completed extensive training with Cenegenics as well as with Dr. Rouzier, a leading author and pioneer of Age Management Medicine. He just returned from an intensive conference located in Atlanta, during Oct ober2011, on Functional Medicin,e and is scheduled to attend another conference in Las Vegas in December on Adrenal Fatigue.
Dr. Rand is an active member of the Age Management Group and A4M society. He is a fellow of the A4M society and presently is pursuing both his board certification and Masters Degree in Anti-aging Medicine, Functional and Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Rand only practices Peer-Review medicine. In other words, if he cannot support it with a medical journal or article he will not recommend or prescribe treatment.
Over the past seven years, I have educated as well as advocated to my patients and to my friends on the benefits of health optimization. I tenaciously continue to educate myself on a daily basis as I pursue my board certification in Anti-aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine. I continuously travel across the country attending seminars to obtain the latest information, both ground breaking and necessary to the health optimization field. By gathering and empowering myself with the most reliable Peer Review Medical knowledge in this field, our practice will continue to grow and provide an incomparable and personalized quality of excellence to all of our patients and supporters.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement for Men & Women
Menopause & Andropause
IV Nutrition Therapy & IV Vitamin Therapy
Preventive Age Management
Recent aging research, and continuous advancements and understanding in how our bodies work on a cellular level, has brought doctors and scientists new insights on how we can slow, stop, and even reverse many of the symptoms of aging. Some of these symptoms, such as the loss of physical vitality and a healthy appearance, can have a significant affect on the quality of our lives. Healthy Aging Medical Centers are dedicated and committed to providing our patients with the latest treatment, support, education and encouragement on life-changing options that are available to them by recommending preventative age management.
Our practice of INDIVIDUALIZED MEDICINE optimizes your health, promotes well being and prevents disease through preventative age management programs:
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Programs
- IV Nutritional Therapy
- Comprehensive Nutrition and Supplement Evaluation Programs for Weight Loss and Well Being
- Metabolic Testing for Food and Environmental Sensitivities and Allergies/Detoxification Programs
- Preventive Cardiac Disease Programs
- Evaluation and Support for Effective and Sustainable Fitness Programs
Our Medical practice specializes in Preventative Age Management, which encompasses: Integrative, Functional, Preventative, Aesthetic and Environmental Medical Treatments. We have the knowledge and the expertise for maximizing your potential to maintain and improve your health through the most effective and natural medical protocols and techniques. Traditional medical practices follow a “fix it when it’s broken” or “diagnose and treat” approach. Our focus is on prevention age management and support, in order to help maintain and/or regain optimal health, vitality and vigor, thus fostering a more dynamic life throughout middle age and beyond.
Our Medical Practice of Preventative Age Management only utilizes protocols based on Peer Review Medical Journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine. Vitamins, nutrition, and exercise are all integral components of the program. However, Natural Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is IMPERATIVE in achieving vitality, resilience and vigor as well as Therapeutic Protection against AGE RELATED DISEASES.
IV Nutritional Therapy
Rejuvenate your body with Intravenous (IV) Nutritional Therapy
Intravenous (IV) nutritional therapy can provide enormous health benefits
In many respects, IV nutritional therapy is a preventive aging measure
The therapy is so powerful that many patients report benefits within hours of receiving the treatment
In general, these therapies are very safe, well tolerated and pose minimal if any negative side effects
If you are suffering from the following:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Depression
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Seasonal Allergies
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Acute and Chronic Viral infection
Or if you are an athlete in need of faster healing and recovery…
Then IV Vitamin Therapy may help to rejuvenate your body and help you to feel better again.
What is Intravenous Nutritional Therapy?
Intravenous (IV) nutritional therapy is a method of delivering vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients to the body directly into the bloodstream. A small intravenous catheter is temporarily placed into a vein, and the nutrients can be administered slowly over a period of time that is dependent upon the nutrients that are used. For example, some nutrients can be administered over a 5 to 15 minute period; however, most intravenous infusions last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. In effect, IV Nutritional Therapy “foods” the cells with nutrients and can increase and optimize cellular health. IV therapy is particularly relevant since many vitamin and mineral supplements are not well absorbed by the body. For some people, barriers exist in the gastrointestinal tract that prevent adequate absorption. But with IV therapy, we can safely deliver large doses of nutrients safely into a vein that would otherwise not be tolerated if administered orally. This is what we mean by “fooding” the cells with nutrients. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and certain other nutrients can have an incredibly potent drug-like effect when given directly into a vein, but without the side effects of many prescription medications. All of the nutrients we use are natural and safe to be administered intravenously. IV nutritional therapy may be needed only a few times, or needed periodically for an extended period of time. The benefits and specific protocol are dependent on the individual patient and the problem(s) being treated.
What are the benefits of Intravenous Nutritional Therapy?
IV nutritional therapy can provide enormous health benefits depending on the condition(s) being treated,the specific protocol(s) used, the number of treatments and the overall health of the patient being treated. In many respects, IV nutritional therapy is a preventive aging measure since it improves the nutritional content inside of the cells. Some of the specific benefits that patients may experience include: (1) Increased energy, (2) An overall sense of well being, (3) Improved sports performance, (4) Improved healing and recovery from sports “wear and tear” or even surgical procedures (5) Enhanced immune support, and (6) Stress relief. IV therapy is so powerful that many patients report many of these benefits within hours of receiving the treatment. Some conditions including chronic diseases like Fibromyalgia require periodic treatments in order to maintain the benefits.
What is the Myers’ cocktail?
The Myers’ cocktail is one of the more commonly known vitamin therapies and is sometimes referred to as the “Wellness” cocktail. It consists of Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B Complex and Vitamin C. People who feel run down, “stressed out” and fatigued may benefit tremendously from the Myers’ cocktail. Many report that they feel completely rejuvenated after a single treatment, and the results can last from several days to several months.
What are the side effects of Intravenous Nutritional Therapy?
The most common complications of Intravenous Nutrient therapy include pain, irritation, inflammation or bruising at the injection site. Systemic complications such as an allergy to a substance can occur, but this is rare and is associated when using a solution that contains preservatives. The ingredients used in the IV nutritional therapies at Healthy Aging Medical Centers do not contain any preservatives. In general, these therapies are very safe, well tolerated and pose minimal if any negative side effects.
How do I get started?
The first step in considering IV nutritional therapy is to schedule a Comprehensive Initial Assessment. With lab results in hand combined with your detailed health history and specific issues, your doctor will outline the specific treatment plan that is most likely to help you improve your health.
Specific protocols offered at Healthy Aging Medical Centers:
- Myers’ Cocktail
- High Dose Vitamin C
- Anti-Viral (chronic and acute)
- PlacqueX therapy
Bio Identical Hormone Therapy For Women:
The symptoms and conditions related to Peri-Menopause and Menopause are well known, and no topic in women’s health care deserves more attention then Estrogen and Progesterone. Between the ages of 35 and 50 years, Progesterone and Estrogen levels slowly decline by about 25% in women. In Menopause, there is a rapid decline in Estrogen and Progesterone leaving women in hormonal imbalance. This leads to multiple unpleasant symptoms and makes the body vulnerable to development of various diseases ranging from heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, breast cancer, uterine cancer and others.
Many studies worldwide have proven that Estrogen in balance with Progesterone can protect a woman of any age against many of the diseases associated with aging. It has also been shown that Post -Menopausal women, whose hormones have been replaced and properly balanced with Bio-Identical hormones felt much better and remained healthier far longer, in comparison to those women who had not. We age because our hormones decline and not vice-a-versa. Unfortunately, many simply do not know this important fact and don’t fully recognize why our hormones are so beneficial to us until we start to loose them. Therefore, we should appropriately replace what’s missing with the same Bio-Identical hormones that we had in our bodies when we were younger. Only Bio-identical Estrogen and Progesterone protects against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and memory disorders. It protects against vaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections. It improves well being and symptoms of Per-Menopause, Menopause and Post-Menopause. It improves skin tone, sagging breasts and libido.
It is however very important not to ever replace hormones with chemically altered synthetic ones that are not recognized by our bodies and that are different from that what we naturally had before. Never equate synthetic hormones with Bio-Identical ones! A synthetic pharmaceutical branded hormone Premarin (which comes from pregnant mare’s [female horses] urine), often prescribed by Physicians to replace Estrogen, is chemically different from Bio-Identical Estrogen. Whereas, Estradiol, a Bio-identical hormone derived from plant sources, was shown to be protective and have no side affects (JAMA, Oct 6, 2004: 1581). Provera, another synthetic pharmaceutical hormone brand recognized generically as Progestin, is used to replace Progesterone . It is often referred to as an “Anti- Progesterone” in the Anti-aging field of medicine, because of the harm that it can cause. Provera or Progestin is not the same as Progesterone because it has a completely different molecular structure and is physiologically different. Natural Progesterone has no harmful side effects, where as Progestin (Provera) has multiple side effects, such as dramatically increasing incidence of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes. It causes depression, bloating, breast tenderness, weight gain and affects the woman’s libido by decreasing sex drive and has been shown to be linked to many other negative and dangerous side effects.
Depending on lab results Dr Rand’s program will be custom created for you. It includes an analysis of all your hormone levels, replacement and balancing (where clinically indicated) through Bio-Identical products and close monitoring of your optimum levels, which ultimately leads to recapturing of energy level, vitality and vigor that you had in your earlier years as well as prevention of diseases.
At the Healthy Aging Medical Centers, we recognize that a customized plan to women’s particular health needs is the most effective approach towards achieving wellness, vitality that was possessed in her younger years. After a thorough consultation and an evaluation of all of the appropriate blood work, Dr. Rand will develop Individualized programs based on a woman’s particular needs and requirements, which may consist of Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, a comprehensive nutrition and supplement program, and an appropriate, effective and sustainable fitness routine as well as other customized programs.
ESTROGEN HAS BEEN SHOWN TO PROTECT AGAINST:
- Colon cancer
- Heart disease
- Increased cholesterol
- Incidence of Alzheimer’s disease
- Memory loss
- Hot Flashes, Night Sweats
- Loss of teeth
- Skin aging
- Age- related Macular Degeneration
- Development of Cataracts
BENEFITS OF BHRT FOR WOMEN INCLUDE:
- Improved mental sharpness and memory
- Elimination of hot flashes
- Improved libido
- Increased bone production and prevention of osteoporosis
- Improved heart health
- Enhanced energy
- Reduced wrinkles and improved skin tone
Bio Identical Hormone Therapy For Men:
Testosterone levels decline with age, creating health problems secondary to the loss of this very important hormone, subsequently placing the aging man into a condition called Andropause. Our BHRT program focuses on the needs of men suffering from the decline and loss of Testosterone.
A very little known -but important– fact is that as a man ages, not only does his testosterone production slows down, but a gradual increase in production of estrogen occurs at that same time. This state of hormonal imbalance is what leads to Andropause in men. It’s also important to understand that the drop in Testosterone in men occurs more gradually in comparison to the drop of estrogen in women. Therefore, the onset of symptoms leading up to and associated with Andropause appear over a longer period of time in men as compared to female menopause symptoms, even though the changes begin at around the same age.
Testosterone deficiency has also been linked to hypertension, obesity and increased risk of heart disease. Men who suffer heart attacks often have substantially lower levels of testosterone and higher levels of estrogen in compared to those who do not. Low free testosterone is a significant and independent risk factor for coronary artery disease in men.
Our specialized physician at Healthy Aging Medical Centers will carefully prescribe and examine the appropriate blood work and analyze the symptoms associated with this deficiency. An individualized plan focusing on providing a comprehensive approach in developing a daily program which may include, but is not limited to: physical exercise regimen, proper nutritional and supplementary support and a unique and specific bio-identical compounded hormone replacement therapy.
ANDROPAUSE AND AGING-RELATED DISEASES:
- A Range of Cardiovascular Diseases ( Heart Attack, CHF, Stroke)
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Obesity/Metabolic Syndrome
- Sarcopenia/Muscle Wasting
- Cognitive decline
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Inflammatory related syndromes
- Alzheimer’s Dementia
BENEFITS OF BHRT FOR MEN INCLUDE:
- Protects against Heart Disease
- Lowers Bad Cholesterol
- Stabilizes Blood Pressure
- Decrease in Excess in Body Fat
- Increases Ability to Build Lean Muscle
- Increases Energy
- Prevents Osteoporosis
- Improves Symptoms of Arthritis
- Improves Memory and Cognitive Function
- Enhances Sexual Function
- Reduces Wrinkles and Improves Skin Tone
- Protects Against Degenerative Diseases of Aging
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