The endocrine system refers to a collection of strategically positioned glands. These glands produce hormones, which are natural chemicals that influence organs and tissues throughout the body. The output of our major glands declines with age, while target tissues become less sensitive. These changes contribute to the undesirable effects of aging, and our very personal experience of energy.
Many hormone replacement products are commercially available and claim a wide variety of benefits. I am impressed by Somaderm®, which supports thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary function. Somaderm® is based on the concept of micro-dosing, where very small doses of releasing hormone are used to “tickle” these glands. The result is more responsive gland activity and appropriate hormone synthesis.
Somaderm® is named for recombinant human growth hormone (GH), known as somatropin. Some anti-aging experts have proposed that GH can turn back the body’s biological clock, reducing fat, building muscle, restoring hair growth and color, strengthening the immune system, normalizing blood sugar, and increasing energy while improving sex drive, sleep quality, vision, and memory. GH is available only by prescription, and some health care providers are prescribing GH in the elderly to increase vitality. While legal, GH is not approved by the FDA for an anti-aging indication.
GH must be administered by injection, which greatly limits the potential for GH therapy. Somaderm® is applied to the skin twice daily as a gel. With a strategy of micro-dosing, levels of recombinant GH in Somaderm® are below the requirement for prescription. Thyroid and adrenal support are also in the homeopathic range.
The AVACEN represents a thermal exchange system that improves microcirculation throughout the body. Users simply place their hand inside the AVACEN, which develops a negative pressure vacuum chamber. Your hand rests comfortably on a pad, and the palm is then gently heated to approximately 108 degrees Fahrenheit. This is maintained for 10-30 minutes. The vascular network distends within the vacuum, while the infused heat reduces blood thickness (viscosity).
The warmer, thinner blood then leaves the hand, traveling through the deep tissues and peripheral capillary network in an effort to dissipate this excess heat. This increase in microvascular circulation enhances delivery of oxygen and micronutrients while carrying away toxins. Additionally, the local change in body temperature may change the sympathetic nervous system’s activity, contributing to the reduction in pain. It is important to note that the application of heat without negative pressure is ineffective, which is why warm water will not produce the same result.