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July 18, 2017:

Lyme disease is spreading in NC, but where – and how fast – depends on who you ask

 

Center for Disease Control

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article161748448.html#storylink=cpy
 

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June 11, 2017:

Smartphone apps are designed to cause stress when they are not used regularly and frequently. This stress results in release of Cortisol from the Adrenal Gland. This results in anxiety, increases sugar, fat, and salt cravings which ultimately results in weight gain, mood swings, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and insomnia. If this occurs on a chronic basis, it can result in Diabetes and Heart Disease, and Obesity.

Dr Zacco recommends not keeping cell phones in one’s pants pockets as he feels this is contributing to the epidemic of low Testosterone in males and low Estrogen and Progesterone in females.

Please click the link below to watch the 60 Minutes video “Brain Hacking”

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October 9, 2015:

Below you will find two of Dr. Zacco’s latest published articles related to Anti Aging & Functional Medicine.

June 2015 Zacco article

May 2015 Article Zacco

AZ Hair Restoration

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Doc Talk, Hair Transplant, Hair Transplantation | Comments Off on AZ Hair Restoration

AZ Hair Restoration

Many patients who come to see our practice are throughly confused about the types and methods for hair transplantation or hair restoration.  We have found it best to fully educated our customers so they know what is best for them and their unique hair needs. The comparison of the FUE and FU Strip Method and MFU is sometimes complicated so during your free consultation, Dr. Zacco will create an individualized plan for you and explain your options.  Together, Dr. Zacco and you will decide on a plan that is right for you. A comparison of Hair Transplantation methods. The chart below is a comparison of the FUE, Strip Method, and MFU methods: FUESTRIPMFU Least best method to produce transplanted hair densityGood method for producing transplanted hair densityBest method to produce transplanted hair densityThe scarring is less noticeable once healed, and the hair can be worn shorter but no shorter than #2 clippers. There is no lineal scar. However, with a shaved scalp, the scar will look more unusual than the linear scar.Linear scar. Hair needs to be worn longer in the sides and back to conceal the scar. No shorter than a #3 clippers in the back and sidesSame as StripNo suture is requiredSutures or staples are required for the donor area onlySame as StripOptimal if relatively small number of grafts are requiredOptimal if a large number of grafts are required.Optimal of large number of grafts are required and much density is desired and donor tissue preservation is required. Best for density.This is one of the latest additions to the field of hair transplantation since the early 2000’sThis is a tried and proven technique in hair transplantation since the 1990’sSame as StripPatients with very curly hair are usually not a good candidate for FUECan accommodate any hair type.Same as StripOverall, FUE is about twice the costOverall, about ½ the cost of FUESame as StripMore transected follicles than Strip MethodLess transected follicles transplanted compared to FUE methodLeast transected of all methods which means more hair growth per cm2 of tissue harvested. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Arthur Zacco will answer all your questions and make sure that you have a complete understanding of your options. Hair transplantation information can be confusing and even overwhelming to most patients so please take advantage of our free consultation so Dr. Arthur Zacco and staff can help you make the decision that is right for you. For a consultation free of cost and obligation, call 800-762-HAIR (4247). Face to face consultations with our physician, Dr. Arthur Zacco or online consultations are also available.Content goes here...

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Welcome to Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Anti-Aging, Doc Talk | Comments Off on Welcome to Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine

Welcome to Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine

Welcome to our new site, please allow us to assist you in regaining a more youthful energy level and zest for life. Utilizing techniques of Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine, our goal is to return your energy and vitality to a more youthful level. Traditional medicine is focused on treating disease and prescribing medication.  We prefer prevention and a more holistic approach and elimination of medication whenever possible.  Optimization and restoration is the key. • Decreased Sex Drive/ Erectile Dysfunction / Fizzling Love Life / Retired Romance? • Tired/ Worn Out/ Lack of Energy / Fatigue / Sleepy / Dwindling Motivation? • Gaining Weight/ Can’t Lose Weight / Middle Age Bulge? • Mood Swings/ Irritable/ Decreased Confidence/ Sadness? • Decreased Muscle Mass? • High Blood Pressure/ High Cholesterol / High Blood Sugar? Dr. Arthur Zacco Dr. Zacco CDr. Arthur Zacco is the first and only physician in Wake County to be certified in Anti Aging Medicine by the American Board of Anti Aging & Regenerative Medicine in 2009.  Dr. Zacco will spend 60-90 minutes with you during the first appointment in order to leave no stone unturned and get to the root of what is keeping you from being your best.  You will under go extensive traditional and FDA approved non-traditional testing via; blood, saliva, hormonal, urine, nutrient, GI, toxicity, adrenal, sleep, etc., in order to give you answers to your questions.  Dr. Arthur Zacco treats everyone as an individual and individualizes your treatment plan.  Your follow up appointments will never be rushed and Dr.Zacco will spend 60-120 minutes, giving you the attention that you need and deserve.  Our goal is to make you feel better and improve your health.  We aim to increase your muscle mass, minimize body fat, increase your energy, and restore your enjoyment of life’s pleasures. Our Approach Our Approach Our approach is scientifically based, medically proven Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine. Board Certified in Family Practice since 1996, certified in Anti-Aging Medicine since 2009 by the American Board of Regenerative Medicine, and certified in Integrative Medicine in 2013 by the American Academy of Integrative Medicine.  At Anti Aging & Functional Medicine, we do not employ Nurse Practitioners (N.P.) or Physician Assistants (P.A.) and Dr. Arthur Zacco is the only physician you will see. Our approach is scientifically based, medically proven Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine. Board Certified in Family Practice since 1996 and certified in Anti-Aging Medicine since 2009.  At Anti Aging & Functional Medicine, we do not employ Nurse Practitioners (N.P.) or Physician Assistants (P.A.) and Dr. Arthur Zacco is the only physician you will...

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Hair Loss Treatments for Men and Women

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Doc Talk, Hair Transplant, Hair Transplantation | Comments Off on Hair Loss Treatments for Men and Women

Hair Loss Treatments for Men and Women

Hair Loss Treatments for Men and Women Hair loss treatments for men and women require an approach that is unique to their individual condition. Male and female pattern hair loss called alopecia. Alopecia is the medical term used to describe the most common form of hair loss in both men and women. For Men The usual areas of the scalp where hair is resistant to hair loss, is the sides and back of the scalp. At your consultation, Dr. Arthur Zacco and you will decide on an individual plan that is right for you. Hair is taken from the resistant areas and transplanted into the susceptible areas of hair loss. Once transplanted, these follicles retain their genetic coding/expression and continue to produce hair for the entire life of the individual. Transplanted follicles produce a natural look and grow for life. Your transplanted hair not only grows for life, it grays naturally with the rest of your hair. There are other more rare forms of hair loss, such as Alopecia Areata, and Scarring Alopecia. There are many metabolic conditions that can result in hair loss ranging from hypogonadism to nutrient deficiencies. Dr. Arthur Zacco can evaluate you for many metabolic conditions providing an extensive work up and evaluation covered by most insurance companies. Call today for details – 919-615-0577 Other forms of hair loss treatments such as wigs, weaves, gels, and pills are not permanent and can be more costly over a period of years and some have side effects. Since methods other than hair transplantation are not permanent and produce a pre-occupation with hair loss, Dr. Arthur Zacco has opted not to offer them. Dr. Arthur Zacco focuses on Hair Transplantation as the only form of hair restoration. For Women Female hair transplantation to be effective and natural appearing takes experience. Dr. Arthur Zacco has 20 years of experience and has devised hair transplant techniques that are especially helpful for women to regain confidence and of course a more youthful appearance. Please schedule an individualized confidential consultation with Dr. Arthur Zacco and don’t delay your permanent hair transplantation another day. For female patients alopecia can also be metabolic in origin and Dr. Arthur Zacco can provide you with an extensive metabolic work up covered by most insurances. Call today for more information....

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Hair Transplantation Philosophy

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Doc Talk, Hair Transplant | Comments Off on Hair Transplantation Philosophy

Hair Transplantation Philosophy

Dr. Authur Zacco founded AZ Hair Restoration in 1996 and has been dedicated to providing his clients the very best leading-edge technologies. We pledge the following as our Hair Transplantation Philosophy: • AZ Hair Restoration stays at the forefront of the latest proven and beneficial advancements in hair transplantation. We don’t limit ourselves with one technique. We employ several hair transplanting techniques, alone or in combination to provide you with the best possible hair transplantation process available. We do NOT rely on gimmicks, we rely on our results. We will be open and honest with you when choosing the process that is best for you. • AZ Hair Restoration combines the best artistic and surgical skills to create a hair transplantation that is virtually undetectable. Where art meets science. • Hair plugs have never been performed by Dr. Zacco or AZ Hair Restoration since it was founded in 1996. The hair transplantation that we perform will be virtually undetectable. • It would be almost impossible to find another hair transplantation facility that focuses on cleanliness and sterility as does AZ Hair Restoration. We care for you like you are family. AZ Hair Restoration will help restore your youthful appearance and...

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Fatigue

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Adrenal Fatique, Doc Talk, Fatigue, Hormones, IV Nutritional Therapy, Testing, Weight Loss | Comments Off on Fatigue

Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most common complaints we hear from our new patients.  It affects all aspects of our lives’ sex, work, and play.  The underlying cause of fatigue, if left untreated, it can increase the chance of cancer, diabetes, heart attack, strokes, suicide, depression, and accidents just to name a few. When one is chronically fatigued, cholesterol increases, blood pressure increases, fat increases (especially belly fat), triglyceride increases, and systemic inflammation, atherosclerosis, and premature aging.  It’s frequently noted that American presidents age  rapidly while in office.  Being chronically fatigued can and does result in premature aging. We have advanced testing that can help us define the cause and aid with a treatment protocol to address chronic fatigue.  From these results combined with a doctor willing to listen and understand your issues we can often help.  Contact us today to start your individualized treatment plan to help turn things...

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Leaky Gut

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Doc Talk, Leaky Gut | Comments Off on Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut is a term first coined by non-traditional medicine years ago and it was not until late 2014 that traditional medicine started recognizing it as a real problem. Basically, Leaky Gut exists when the lining cells of the gastrointestinal tract (GI) separate allowing content of the GI system to enter the body between the separated cells.  Once these digested particles get between the cells and into the body they are recognized as foreign and are attacked by natural killer white blood cells and antibodies.  Once this occurs, the intestinal tract becomes microscopically inflamed and can result in decreased nutrient absorption.  Many believe that this is the root of many autoimmune diseases.  Many believe that many autoimmune diseases originate from the gut. There are many who feel and more research is proving that this process can also result in many autoimmune conditions.  As you can imagine, this can result in a conglomerate of conditions ranging from food allergies to malnutrition (nutrient deficiencies).  Commonly people can complain of fatigue, autoimmune diseases, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea/constipation, weight gain, decrease mood, cravings (especially bread, sugar, salt) and intolerance to certain foods.  These people frequently have positive allergy tests to many foods. Correction of this problem utilizes a multiple protocol approach.  Often non-traditional FDA approved testing is utilized to help identify and to direct treatment.  Leaky Gut is often treatable and the underlying problem can be...

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Chelation Therapy

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Chelation Therapy, Doc Talk | Comments Off on Chelation Therapy

Chelation Therapy

Chelation Therapy Chelation Therapy has been used for many years to treat heavy metal toxicity and is still used today for this purpose by traditional and not traditional medicine.  Non-traditional medicine also uses Chelation Therapy to treat coronary arterial disease guided by the recent 9 year study (2003-2012) and sponsored by the National Institute of Health, a randomized placebo controlled study. This recent study revealed the efficacy by chelation therapy in stabilizing arterial plaque in most, but especially in diabetics.  Results showed that chelation therapy was more beneficial than any other traditionally accepted treatment regimen to date including medications and arterial stenting at preventing cardiac events such as;  deaths,  heart attacks,  strokes,  hospitalizations for heart problems, and need for cardiovascular surgery.  Chelation has shown to be safe and without any serious side effects as compared with other treatment protocols. Non-traditional medicine utilizes chelation therapy to treat heavy metal burden or over exposure before it gets to the point of being toxic.  Some feel that people develop symptoms from heavy metal over exposure well before it gets elevated to the point of being classified as toxic.  At Anti Aging & Functional Medicine, we will perform testing to determine if you would be a good candidate for chelation...

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Hair Loss Alopecia

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Doc Talk, Hair Transplant | Comments Off on Hair Loss Alopecia

Hair Loss Alopecia

There is exciting news concerning new techniques and technology in hair restoration for the treatment of male and female pattern baldness called alopecia. Hair loss Alopecia is a condition with different causes, but the most common form is male and female pattern hair loss alopecia. This occurs when the scalp follicles are exposed to certain hormones such as dihydroxytestosterone, also known as DHT. If you are genetically programmed to undergo alopecia, at a certain age, your scalp follicles in certain areas of your scalp will atrophy or deteriorate resulting in hair loss. There are many treatments for alopecia such as hair transplantation, wigs, weaves, Propecia, Rogaine, LASER light treatment, and topical solutions. The gold standard for male and female pattern alopecia is hair transplantation. Compared to hair transplantation, all other forms of hair restoration are much less effective, at least as expensive and much more time consuming. Once the hair transplantation process is completed, patients never have to think about or treat hair loss again. Compared to other surgical procedures, hair transplantation is relatively safe. The transplanted follicles, sweat glands and oil glands are living tissue. If hair is pulled out, new hair will grow in behind it. Transplanted hair grows for life and grays naturally with the rest of the hair requiring no special care. There have been many important and significant improvements in hair transplantation. If it is done properly, it will be virtually undetectable and will appear completely natural. Follicular unit transplantation is now used by the leading hair transplant surgeons. Hair shafts exit the scalp in groups called follicular units. The number of hairs in each follicular unit ranges from 1-5 hairs. Donor tissue from the scalp is harvested from alopecia resistant areas, from the back and sides. With the use of stereomicroscopes, the follicular units are isolated, producing ultra-fine follicular grafts about 0.5 millimeters in diameter. The older technique resulted in grafts about 1.5 millimeters in diameter. Smaller grafts appear more natural and waste less tissue. The final result of transplanted hair takes 6-12 months and is a relatively inconspicuous process compared to wigs and weaves. Utilization of the smallest grafts is known as ultra fine follicular unit hair transplantations, which are virtually undetectable and appear completely natural. In fact, many people you see have had hair transplantations but they go completely unnoticed. I have been told many times that the hair dressers of my patients cannot tell that they have had hair transplantation even after examination. There have been other innovations with hair transplantation. The anesthetic process results in a nearly pain-free surgery and recovery. Five years ago, the average hair transplant session was about 700 grafts or less, but with advanced techniques and technology, sessions now average 2,000 grafts. This means that the restoration process can be accomplished with fewer sessions, many times requiring only one session. There are many things to look for in choosing a qualified hair transplant physician. Make sure that the doctor has many years of experience. The board certified doctor should have an appealing before and after picture gallery and prior patients who are willing to talk or meet with you. It is an absolute must that the procedure is performed using experienced hair transplant technicians employing the follicular unit technique using stereomicroscopes. The physician should be...

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Doctor Assisted Weight Loss

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Doc Talk, Weight Loss | Comments Off on Doctor Assisted Weight Loss

Doctor Assisted Weight Loss

Doctor Assisted Weight Loss Our doctor assisted weight loss focuses is on System Optimization so that you can lose weight AND be at your best.  Anti Aging & Functional Medicine does NOT focus on the traditional method of “calories in/calories out”. A History of Weight Loss and Learning Dr. Zacco comes from a family that obesity knows all too well. His mother was on “To Tell The Truth”, a nationally syndicated game show in the 1970’s as the first person in the United States to have her mouth wired shut to lose weight. “She had tried every weight loss plan available that eventually failed so she was willing to try anything by then,” Dr. Zacco explains.  After years of yo yo dieting, Dr. Zacco’s sister has also lost 120 lbs and has successfully kept it off. SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION Dr. Zacco noticed that when many of his patients followed the System Optimization program, excessive weight would be lost. Their cravings would diminish and energy increases enough to start an exercise program outlined for them. At Anti Aging and Functional Medicine  we believe strongly in a lifestyle that promotes a more healthy weight and a fuller life by renewing your energy level. Optimizing your body (hormones, brain, gut, immune system, nervous system, cardiovascular system) restores your energy and desire to exercise daily and eat more nutritionally. Many times we have metabolic anomalies that stack the deck against us making it nearly impossible to lose weight. Things like adrenal fatigue, under functioning thyroid gland, gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances, hormonal imbalances, etc. are not discovered or treated prior to dieting.  This results in inability to lose weight or gaining back the weight lost known in yo yo dieting.  If your cravings are diminished, chances are you will be more successful in your dieting endeavors. These issues need to be addressed to make the weight loss endeavor easier and long lasting. Dr. Zacco explains. “If any weight loss program doesn’t address the underlying psycho-social, spiritual, and physical issue(s) prior to starting the diet, it is destined to eventually fail. “These issues were never addressed with my mom so they all eventually failed her.  No matter how hard she tried, they always failed,” Dr. Zacco recalls. “There is no magic pill. We need to address the underlying metabolic anomaly or psychological impedance to weight loss. If we address metabolic anomalies originating from the gut, brain, endocrine system, then we stack the deck in favor of the patient trying to lose weight,” Dr. Zacco simplifies with a smile. Dr. Zacco recalls, “I had a patient that had a fungal infection in his gastrointestinal tract that caused him cravings for sweets and to over eat. A second patient ate because she had underlying anxiety as she had a progesterone deficiency. I had another patient with a previously unknown infection in his gut, both bacteria and fungi that caused an irresistible and nearly constant craving. He would have such strong cravings, he would eat ice cream before bed and then awake every night about 3:00am to eat more ice cream. The underlying conditions need to be discovered first and then treated properly so that the cravings don’t derail weight loss or even reverse it.” All too frequently we lose weight, just to gain it back plus some when the cravings return...

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Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Anti-Aging, Doc Talk, IV Nutritional Therapy | Comments Off on Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Often Overlooked Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies Many of us experience symptoms that are a result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies such as; fatigue, slow healing, hypothyroidism, decreased stamina, low libido, cardiac arrhythmia’s, hair loss, skin diseases, and the list goes on and on. Some athletes feel IV nutrient therapy (see Doctor OZ video) allow them a quicker recovery and enhanced stamina.  A nutrient is defined as a substance that provides nourishment for growth and metabolism. Many mistakenly think that people who live in the USA can’t possibly be vitamin or mineral nutrient deficient.  To the contrary, living in the USA is precisely why we are commonly show signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  Living in an industrialized, technologically advanced, wealthy country makes us susceptible to nutrient deficiencies. The vast majority of Americans over consume processed, nutrient poor, calorie rich diets that are relatively low in raw vegetables and fruits this contributes to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  At the same time, most Americans work too hard and endure a daily level of stress and chronic sleep deprivation -a level not experienced in any other country on Earth – EVER. Added to this unnatural lifestyle never endured by any other humans in the history of human kind; farmers don’t rotate crops as they once did, rather they inadequately fertilize/replenish the soil.  Not to mention the explosion of “created plants” that are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).  This possibly produces a world where there are more and more food allergies/intolerance’s and autoimmune diseases such as: Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Scleroderma, Lupus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), GI Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). This simmering brew of malfeasance creates a gastrointestinal (GI) tract inflammatory environment that does not absorb nutrients as effectively. Simply taking oral vitamins is many times not enough.  One must fix the gut! That is why I believe that the land of plenty, has become the land of the malnourished.  The vast majority of new patients that we perform a nutritional comprehensive evaluation reveal not one but several nutrient deficiencies in most new patients.  Of course Dr. Zacco’s patient population is skewed because patients who come to Anti Aging & Functional Medicine have usually seen other physicians for significant fatigue and other constitutional symptoms. Interestingly most of the time when we meet patients for the first time, they are on oral nutrient supplementation such as multivitamins, yet their initial tests reveal that they have vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  Dr. Zacco’s philosophy is to correct this quickly and permanently by starting intravenous (IV) nutrient supplementation which delivers nutrients directly to the blood stream instead of having to pass through the damaged gut.  At the same time, Dr. Zacco encourages a healthy and healing diet for a permanently healthy...

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Adrenal Fatigue

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Adrenal Fatique, Doc Talk | Comments Off on Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands are chronically over worked.  The adrenal glands are triangle shaped endocrine glands that are ½ inch high and 3 inches long that rest on top of each kidney.  When under stress, they release hormones responsible for the “fight/flight” response, like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones are very useful under acute situations like running from a bear.  Cortisol and adrenaline shunts blood away from your GI tract and skin and shunts it toward organs needed during emergencies like running from a bear; muscles and heart.  That is why when scared and these hormones are active; people turn “white as a ghost” because blood is being shunted away from the skin and towards muscle and heart. It also makes your liver produce more sugar (gluconeogenesis) to support your hard working muscles and heart.  That’s fine when running from a bear. What happens if we are under stress for long periods of time, perhaps months, years, or even decades.  We weren’t meant to run from a bear for months, years or decades at time.  Many things in our lives become chronic stressors; self induced sleep deprivation or sleep apnea, unhealthy relationships at home or work, etc.  Chronic stress results in chronic elevation in cortisol and adrenaline.  This results in elevation in blood pressure (hypertension), elevation in blood sugar, and insulin resistance type 2 diabetes, sugar/fat cravings, increased belly fat, moodiness, agitation, high cholesterol, etc. After months or even years of too much cortisol being produced, our adrenal glands get “burned out” and then adrenal fatigue develops.  Too little amounts of these hormones get produced and symptoms worsen.  Energy level will plummet and stamina will be nil to the point where not even sex will be enjoyable or worth the effort! When Dr. Zacco meet patients for the first time, they frequently say, “I am so tired, sex isn’t even worth the effort.”  Many times there will be digestive problems and the body will be riddled with aches and pains.  Sugar, fat, and salty (chips) food cravings predominate.  Some will continue to gain weight, while others will lose weight due to a loss of appetite.  Sometimes lightheadedness and worsening sleep disturbances will ensue. The earlier this is diagnosed and treated, the better.  We have several tests that we perform that are not performed by traditional medicine.  All are FDA approved and scientifically proven and will enable us to outline an individualized plan for you.  Once adrenal fatigue is properly treated, the difference can be...

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Cortisol Hormone Therapy

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Cortisol, Doc Talk, Hormones | Comments Off on Cortisol Hormone Therapy

Cortisol Hormone Therapy

Cortisol Hormone Cortisol is a very important hormone produced by the adrenal gland. It is produced in response to physical or mental stress.  For example, sleep deprivation is very stressful on the human brain and body.  To deal with this stress, the adrenal glands increase production of cortisol.  Elevated levels makes us more alert and awake, which is helpful in stressful situations but to much can also hurt us over time. Chronic elevation in cortisol can result in: Increase belly fat Inability to lose weight Hyperglycemia Diabetes Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. This is what sets up a vicious cycle.  Chronic elevation in cortisol (such as chronic sleep deprivation or untreated sleep apnea or stressful relationships at home/work) can result in adrenal fatigue.  Worked too long and too hard, the adrenal glands get burned out and then starts producing too little cortisol, resulting in adrenal fatigue symptoms; fatigue, sleepiness, lack of stamina, decreased libido, ED, hair loss, mood swings, cravings, etc. Some ways to correct Cortisol levels are by: Reduce Stress Improve Sleep Lower Sugar Intake Certain Supplementation KEY POINT: Please note that blood level testing is not designed to pick up small fluctuations in Cortisol level and is only calibrated to pick up severe Cortisol fluctuation seen in Cushing’s Disease (very high) and Addison’s Disease (very low). Dr.Zacco checks both blood and saliva levels because saliva testing picks up small changes in Cortisol.  Also, saliva testing can be done 24/7 at home. This approach shows your levels as they occur through out the day and give a better indication of how your hormone is...

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Growth Hormone

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Doc Talk, Hormones | Comments Off on Growth Hormone

Growth Hormone

GROWTH HORMONE (GH OR HGH) Many consider growth hormone to be one of the most important hormones of the human body. Most of us are familiar with the effects of growth hormone on children, it makes them grow. If a deficiency is left untreated, it can result in short stature adults. Many times, those same adults have growth hormone deficiencies that are life long. Unfortunately, too frequently once a growth hormone deficient child reaches adulthood, growth hormone is stopped. Sometimes children with normal levels of hormone reach adulthood and then develop adult onset growth hormone deficiency that if left undiagnosed and untreated can be very detrimental and produce; diabetes, fatigue, depression, obesity, muscle wasting, poor exercise tolerance, poor motivation, hypertension, etc. Dr. Arthur Zacco performs testing to determine if you indeed have a growth hormone deficiency. Hormone treatment is administered by daily injections just under the skin using very small...

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Progesterone therapy

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Doc Talk, Hormones, Progesterone | Comments Off on Progesterone therapy

Progesterone therapy

Progesterone Therapy Progesterone deficiency will cause insomnia and superficial sleep, resulting in repeated awakenings, anxiety, and mood swings. This is why post menopausal women frequently have superficial sleep and anxiety disorders. Progesterone therapy treatment resulting in adequate levels will many times, resolve these issues. Almost every cell in the human body has progesterone receptors, yet after a hysterectomy, women are usually NOT prescribed progesterone so sleep and anxiety disorders frequently follow. Progesterone is a calming hormone. Taking cholesterol lowering meds and/or menopause can have an impact on lowering progesterone levels. Progesterone therapy can be taken orally at night to aid in sleep or by...

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Estrogen

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Doc Talk, Estrogen, Hormones, Testosterone | Comments Off on Estrogen

Estrogen

ESTROGENS: Estrone (E1), Estradiol (E2), Estriol (E3), 16 OH Estrone, 4 OH Estrone, 2 OH Estrone Estrogen is responsible for keeping the female and male healthy in too many ways to mention here. However, most notably, it maintains bones and muscle mass, keeps the skin and vaginal mucosa healthy, and minimizes breast sagging. If a woman or man has a family or personal history of breast cancer, their estrogen metabolism should be evaluated and addressed if needed (16 OH Estrone). If you are having hot flashes and you are over 30 years old, chances are good that you have estrogen deficiency and you could be peri-menopausal (early menopause). Not all women have hot flashes with low estrogen. For hormone replacement therapy, we prefer bio identical hormones BHRT over non-bio identical hormones. Be careful, plant estrogens, or phytoestrogens, and other hormones derived from plants may be considered “natural” estrogens but are NOT bio-identical. Phytoestrogens are natural but are not the same as human estrogens, so they are NOT bio-identical and should not be used for hormonal replacement. Estrogen like Testosterone is a hormone made of cholesterol. For women and men taking cholesterol lowering medication, it should be noted that they could have an important impact on lowering estrogen levels. Estrogens should NOT be taken orally as this can result in lowering Growth Hormone (GH) among other problems. Estrogen can be administered by daily creams and gels or by pellets inserted under the skin that last about 4 months. These pellets are inserted only by Dr. Arthur Zacco in our office in about 15-20...

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Thyroid Hormone

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Ancillary Services, Doc Talk, Hormones, Thyroid | Comments Off on Thyroid Hormone

Thyroid Hormone

Thyroid Hormone Dr. Zacco will extensively evaluate your thyroid hormone function and antibodies.  The supporting thyroid hormone nutrients will also be measured; Iodine, Selenium, Zinc, etc.. Sub-optimal thyroid function can produce symptoms, such as; fatigue, low libido, ED (erectile dysfunction), decreased motivation, decreased mood, and weight gain, just to name a few. It is important to maintain optimal function of your Thyroid.  In order for your thyroid to function optimally, the iodine and other nutrients must be sufficiently present. Sadly these nutrients are not routinely checked. At Anti Aging & Functional Medicine, these nutrients are routinely checked along with your thyroid function.  For those who have thyroid antibodies, we make sure the GI tract is optimized and Leaky Gut is addressed if present.  The human thyroid produces both T3 (Active form) and T4 (inactive form).  Most cells of the body can convert T4 to T3 making available the active form of thyroid.  However, some people with Hypothyroidism are not good at converting T4 to T3 and thus report that they feel much better taking T3.  Interestingly normally the pig thyroid produces a much higher ratio of T3/T4.  Dessicated pig thyroid (Armour) has been available for many years and sometimes people with Hypothyroidism feel better taking this higher ratio of T3/T4 compared to the usual human ratio. Usually, traditional medicine doesn’t provide T3 and often overlooks or never address nutrients needed for proper function.  We routinely do so.  When the patient has thyroid antibodies that can detrimentally affect the proper function;  these antibodies many times originate in the gut especially when Leaky Gut Syndrome is present.  Therefore, we feel it is helpful to optimize the gut.  At Anti Aging & Functional Medicine, we can check for 38 different nutrients to evaluate nutritional...

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Testosterone Therapy

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Anti-Aging, Doc Talk, Hormones, Testosterone | Comments Off on Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone Therapy Testosterone is made from cholesterol and is manufactured mainly in the testicles in males and ovaries and adrenal glands in females.  Testosterone has an important function in the body of males and females most notably, it enhances sex drive, builds muscles and bones, helps maintain self confidence and the immune system, elevates mood and motivation, among many other important properties. Deficiency in testosterone results in; decreased libido, decreased motivation, depression, increased risk of suicide, decreased confidence and feeling of well being, decreased muscle mass, increased body fat (especially belly fat) leading to obesity, difficulty losing weight, decreases exercise performance and tolerance, increased incidence of diabetes, and possibly even increases the risk of prostate cancer and heart attack. Testosterone should NOT be taken by mouth due to numerous detrimental effects, if taken orally.  Testosterone can be administered by daily gels, weekly injections, or testosterone pellets inserted just beneath the skin about every 4 months.  These pellets are inserted by Dr. Arthur Zacco in about 5-10 minutes in the office with no down time. Dr. Zacco notes that most patients favor testosterone therapy via pellets over injections or gels.  With  testosterone therapy pellets there are no messy gels or frequent injections.  Pellets allow freedom to focus on things other than testosterone therapy. When patients are being treated with daily testosterone therapy gel, they have to avoid contact with their loved ones for a couple of hours after applying gels.  When patients are being treated by gels or injections, they have to bring these on vacation which can cause hassles at the airport as testosterone is a controlled substance. In addition pellet testosterone therapy more closely resembles a steady state of testosterone. Making delivery more consistent instead of vast fluctuations in testosterone which is seen in the use of gels and injections.  Fluctuating testosterone can result in irritability, fatigue, increased fat, and a decreased libido. When being treated with testosterone pellets, you are only reminded of testosterone treatment every four months when the pellets are inserted during a five to ten minute office procedure in which Dr. Zacco inserts pellets underneath the skin in the alternating upper outer...

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Our Motto

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Doc Talk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Our Motto

Our Motto

Our motto: “If you are enjoying life’s pleasures to the fullest, you are living life to the fullest.”         Improved Sex Drive for Men and Woman Improve the Desire for Intimacy for Men and Woman Improve ED (Erectile Dysfunction) Have More Energy Greater Muscle Mass Decreased Chance of Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Obesity, etc. IV and Oral Nutrient Supplementation Dr. Zacco’s Holistic “Once Upon A Time” Weight Loss Program Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Put an End to Nightly Insomnia and Sleeping Pills and Their Side Effects Repair your Gut Life Coach Raw Diet...

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Often Ignored Nutritional Deficiency

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in Ancillary Services, Anti-Aging, Doc Talk, IV Nutritional Therapy, Testing | Comments Off on Often Ignored Nutritional Deficiency

Often Ignored Nutritional Deficiency

VITAMIN AND MINERAL DEFICIENCIES / IV NUTRITIONAL THERAPY What many people don’t realize is that we can experience a variety of symptoms that can indicate a vitamin/mineral nutritional deficiency. Symptoms may include: hair loss, fatigue, depression, dry skin, dry hair, headaches, muscle weakness, exercise fatigue, and more. There are some tests that are conducted in order to find out if you have a vitamin/mineral deficiency. Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine offers a specialized test in order for Dr. Zacco to determine if you have a vitamin/mineral deficiency. Together, Dr. Zacco and you will determine which form of treatment is best for you; oral supplementation, IV nutritional supplementation, or a combination of both. IV therapy can be more effective than taking supplements orally. The IV method bypasses the digestive system, which sometimes poorly absorbs nutrients due to Leaky Gut Syndrome, food allergies, and decreased efficiency from the aging process. IV administration is very safe and also very effective, as it could bypass the problem of bowel intolerance. IV Nutritional  deficiency therapy is used to support the following conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain, PMS, Infections, Migraines, Vitamin Deficiencies, and so much more. IV Nutritional Therapy has been used by many athletes to aid in faster recovery and longer endurance. Please click on the links below to find out more about IV Nutritional Therapy from Dr. Oz. Part 1 Part 2 Part...

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