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Anti-Aging Secrets

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Anti-Aging, Doc Talk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Anti-Aging Secrets

Anti-Aging Secrets

Aging is something that we all must do, but we don’t have to do it quickly. What if there were ways to change the way that our bodies and faces are aging? Would you follow the secrets to see what happens? Many of us would and that is why we are ready to share with you, these anti-aging secrets. 

Sesame Oil for Anti-Aging Benefits 
There are some people who use sesame oil every day when they wake up. By rubbing it all over your skin, you can start to feel an amazing difference. Your skin soaks in the oil, which helps it to stay hydrated and soft. It will give it a healthy glow and when you go into the shower and rinse it off, your old skin cells will literally fall off to make way for the new ones! 

Drink Your Coffee 
Who said that drinking coffee is bad for you? Caffeine actually helps to wake up your skin and your mind. Rubbing coffee scrubs, lotions, and creams onto your face can help you to get rid of the dark circles and puffy spots that come up on your face in the morning. Keep the coffee around because you’re going to need it! 

Cut Out White Sugar 
White sugar has been shown to speed up aging in people. It also can connect to the collagen in your body and start to break it down. Collagen is important to our bodies and our skin because it helps to create new cells. The more collagen in your skin, the less wrinkles and fine lines you will have. If you want to eat something sweet, eat more fruit and vegetables that contain all-natural sugars. 

Take Care of Your Hands 
It is crazy to think of how much we exfoliate our faces and add wrinkle creams and lotions to them, but what happens as our hands start to age? Many people say that the first place they saw aging was in their hands. This can be reversed, just like our faces. It is important to take very good care of our hands with lotions, but also to exfoliate them and use creams that can help build up the skin cells in them as well. Our hands do so much for us, so it is time that we repaid them! 

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen 
The sun is the culprit for so much that happens to our skin. Wearing sunscreen is the best way to avoid getting those premature lines and wrinkles. Models, celebrities, and doctors all swear by the use of sunscreen and depending on what elevation you live at, you may need to apply it more than others. 

When it comes to taking care of your skin, remember, it’s the only one you’ll get! Looking after our faces and our bodies is very important when it comes to keeping your youthful glow. Be good to your skin and you will see how great you will continue to look!

Top 5 Anti-Aging Tips Every Woman Needs to Know

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Anti-Aging, Doc Talk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top 5 Anti-Aging Tips Every Woman Needs to Know

Top 5 Anti-Aging Tips Every Woman Needs to Know
Aging is a natural process. Every single person on this planet is getting older every second of every day. It can be a daunting thought. You’re older now than you were when you began reading this just a moment ago. You’ll never that young again. Yikes.

Thankfully, in this modern age, we’re able to combat the aging process with some very inventive techniques. From the food you eat to what you use on your skin, here are the Top 5 ways to increase the longevity of your youthful features.

Top 5 Anti-Aging Tip & Tricks

  • Eating Essentials:

It’s common knowledge the foods we put into our bodies have a profound effect on our overall health. Taking into account how much more quickly we lose those vitamins and nutrients as we age, it quickly becomes clear: what we eat, and even sometimes how we eat it, plays a huge role in how much we represent our age in our physical appearance. Here are some common food items high in many nutrients which help with your anti-aging goals:

  1. Watermelon
  2. Oranges
  3. Avocado
  4. Lean Beef
  5. Salmon
  6. Grapes
  7. Greek Yogurt

 

  • Work-out to reduce wrinkles!

What?! How in the world can exercising possibly reduce wrinkles? The answer lies in the formation of collagen and elastin, which inhibited greatly by an inactive lifestyle. A study from the Journal of Metabolism found regular exercise routines greatly reduced the number of AGEs (advanced glycation end products- the collagen and elastin inhibitors) found in the blood.

  • Massage Your Mouth Muscles…

Okay, so not just your mouth. It’s been proven, though, massaging your face nightly, using small circular motions, promotes the skins natural elasticity and helps to prevent further tissues degeneration. For best results, try massaging your nightly products onto your face in this fashion.

  • Grandma’s Fish Oil

Our mothers and grandmothers, back and back for generations, have touted the many benefits of fish oils and other omega oils. And, they weren’t wrong! Old wives tales have their time and place, but it’s interesting to note most begin with at least a kernel of truth. We see that here, especially when you begin taking fish oil and vegetable oil supplements from a young age. There are too many potential gains to reap from these omega rich supplements to keep them on the shelf. Even applying a few drops of rosehip oil to your face as part of your nightly routine will provide visible skin-enhancing benefits.

  • Sensible Slumbering

Beauty sleep is not just a quaint and endearing way to tell someone they need rest. The term has its roots in a strong foundation of verifiable scientific research. While you sleep, your skin cells repair themselves and generate new cells to replace old, damaged ones. The growth hormone responsible for this process only functions at night, so the term ‘Beauty Rest’ is actually incredibly accurate!

Taking Control

Of course, there’s no single, surefire way to completely stop the aging process (or, better yet, reverse it). Those dreams are still reserved for books and the cinema. Still, if you educate yourself, make a plan, and follow through with everything you’ve learned, you’re sure to see an improvement!

Myths About Aging Whats Fact And Whats Not

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Anti-Aging, Doc Talk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Myths About Aging Whats Fact And Whats Not

Myths About Aging Whats Fact And Whats Not

Aging is a natural part of life. While there are many anti-aging treatments available, your body will still change as you get older. Many people dread getting older because they hear a lot of myths about aging. That is why it is important to get the facts. 

Myth: It is too Late to Start Exercising 

Fact: It is never too late to start exercising. In fact, exercise has anti-aging benefits. You will be able to reap the same benefits by exercising in your 60s and 70s that you would if you were in your 20s or 30s. Exercise can help strengthen your heart, bones, and muscles. It can also keep your skin healthy. 

Myth: You Will get a Certain Medical Condition if it Runs in Your Family 

Fact: Genetics is one of the factors that will affect your health. However, it is not the only factor that determines whether you will get a certain condition. If you exercise, eat right and manage your stress, then you will be able to greatly reduce your risk of certain medical conditions. A healthy lifestyle is one of the keys to fighting the aging process. 

Myth: Arthritis is an Inevitable Part of Getting Older 

Fact: You lose cartilage in your joints as you get older. This causes the joints to rub against each other. However, there are things that you can do to protect against arthritis. One of the best things that you can do to prevent arthritis is to exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight can also prevent arthritis. 

Excess weight puts a strain on the joints. Additionally, including omega 3 fatty acids in your diet can prevent arthritis. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds. 

Myth: Sunscreen Does not Protect Against Aging 

Fact: Sunscreen is important for people of all ages. It is one of the best things that you can do to prevent sun damage. The ultraviolet rays can damage your skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. Additionally, sunscreen is an important part of an anti-aging regimen. 

Sun damage can cause your skin to develop wrinkles and fine lines. Keep in mind that sunscreen is not just for the spring and winter months. You need to wear it all year long. Even when it is snowing outside, the sun’s rays can still penetrate your skin. That is why the winter sun can be just as bad as the summer sun.

The Anti-Aging Diet

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in Doc Talk, Hair Transplantation, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Anti-Aging Diet

The Anti-Aging Diet

Aging is a process that everyone will go through. Although you will not be able to stop this process, there are things that you can do to slow it down. An anti-aging diet can help slow down the aging process. There are a number of foods that you should include in your diet. 

Oats 

It is important to include low-glycemic index foods in an anti-aging diet. Low-glycemic index foods do not cause your blood sugar to spike. High-glycemic index food can cause wrinkles and acne. Oats are a low-glycemic index food. They can also protect the skin from damage. 

Watermelon 

Watermelon has lycopene in it. Lycopene helps your body retain moisture. Keeping your skin moist is one of the keys to preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Lycopene can also prevent cancerous cells from growing in the body. 

Oranges 

Oranges are filled with water. They will hydrate your cells and skin. You can get the vitamin C that you need by eating oranges. Vitamin C helps your body produce collagen. Your skin needs collagen in order to keep it supple. 

Avocado 

Avocado is considered to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It is also praised for its anti-aging benefits. Potassium, fiber and monounsaturated fat are some of the nutrients that are in an avocado. You can also use avocado to make a face mask. 

Lean Beef 

Lean beef is a great source of high-quality protein. In fact, you can provide yourself with plenty of protein by getting two servings of lean beef per week. Make sure that you flip the meat often while you are cooking it. Charring creates chemicals that can undo any anti-aging benefits. 

Salmon 

Salmon is one of the most abundant food sources of omega 3 fatty acids. The omega 3 fatty acids help keep the skin healthy and plump. Salmon is also high in protein. 

Grapes 

Grapes are high in resveratrol. This is an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation. It may help slow down the aging process. Resveratrol can also protect the skin from ultraviolet ray damage. 

Greek Yogurt 

If you are looking for a snack that will keep your skin healthy, then you should try Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is high in calcium and vitamin D. Additionally, Greek yogurt has probiotics, which are good bacteria that keep your gut healthy. You can reap additional health benefits by topping your yogurt with berries and bananas.

Nothing is Sweet About Sagging Skin

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Hair Transplant, Hair Transplantation, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Nothing is Sweet About Sagging Skin

Nothing is Sweet About Sagging Skin

White sugar’s pristine snowy crystals look harmless enough, and the taste is just divine. Although many sugar substitutes are available, none can quite match the singularly pure sweetness of refined white cane sugar. However, the truth is that refined sugar is terrible for your health: 

  • Refined sugar is high in calories and encourages weight gain
  • It contributes to chronic inflammation
  • It can play havoc with blood glucose levels
  • It has no nutritive value at all

These are just a few examples of the negative effects refined sugar has on the body’s functions. Worse, did you know that sugar can cause your skin to sag, wrinkle, lose volume and generally look old before its time? 

What is Glycation? 

Glycation is a metabolic process that occurs when you consume refined sugar or certain foods that have what is known as a high glycemic index, or GI. This would include white bread, white rice, and white pasta. Although they aren’t sweet, these foods are readily converted into glucose once in the body. Glycation occurs when glucose, especially high levels of it, attach to certain proteins in the bloodstream. This produces an end-product with an ominous name: Advanced Glycation End Products. If you abbreviate it, it spells out AGEs. And that’s just what it does to your skin. 

Young Skin: Collagen and Elastin 

Young skin looks firm, smooth and plump because it has plenty of support from protein fibers called collagen and elastin. When these fibers are weakened, such as by the sun and the normal aging process, wrinkling and sagging occur. No one can stay young forever, but AGEs can speed up the natural aging process considerably. This is because AGEs are toxic compounds. When they bind with collagen and elastin fibers, they damage them. The result is visible, accelerated aging of the skin. 

What About Natural Sugar? 

What about fruit? Fruit is a little different. For one thing, it contains fructose, not sucrose, which is the technical name for white table sugar. When you eat an apple, for example, you aren’t just eating pure sugar. Most fruits contain a high amount of fiber. This fiber slows the absorption of the fructose. 

Fructose doesn’t cause insulin levels to spike suddenly like refined sugar does. In other words, an apple delivers fiber, vitamins, anti-oxidants and a limited amount of fructose. It doesn’t cause the massive influx of sugar to the bloodstream that refined sugar does. The more glucose that is present in the bloodstream, the more AGEs will be formed. When consumed in reasonable amounts, fruit is good for you. The anti-oxidants in fruit also fight cell damage from metabolic toxins known as free radicals. 

AGEs don’t just make you look older. By triggering and maintaining a state of chronic inflammation within the body, they may contribute to the development of heart disease and cancer. 

Reduce or Eliminate Sugar Intake Now 

If you can, cut out all refined sugar completely. If you cannot, do what you can to at least reduce your refined sugar intake to a maximum of no more than five to 10 percent of your daily calories. Your text to link… Many people experience intense cravings when they try to stop eating refined sugar. Try reducing your intake very slowly. Your body and skin will benefit tremendously.

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 density
The 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 Strip
No suture is requiredSutures or staples are required for the donor area onlySame as Strip
Optimal 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 Strip
Patients with very curly hair are usually not a good candidate for FUECan accommodate any hair type.Same as Strip
Overall, FUE is about twice the costOverall, about ½ the cost of FUESame as Strip
More 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

 

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 see.

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. 919-615-0577.

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 confidence.

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 around.

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 addressed.

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 therapy.

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 a local doctor with ownership in the practice and should be available after the procedure if you have any questions or difficulties. The doctor should be present every step of the way from consultation to completion. The transplant procedure should use single hair grafts in the hairline that provide a natural and feathered appearance and multi-hair follicular units behind the hairline to provide density.

Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine meets the aforementioned criteria and utilizes the latest techniques in ultra-fine follicular unit graft hair transplantation. The result is a hair transplant that is virtually undetectable and appears completely natural. Board certified and founder, Dr. Arthur David Zacco treats patients as individuals and works with them in order to reach their unique goals. Call (919) 615-0577 for a free and confidential consultation without pressure and in the spirit of education. <<learn more hair replacement>>

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 and are overwhelmingly powerful. It is NOT that you lack will power and it is NOT simply “calories in/calories out” calculation. You must first treat the underlying cause.

After spending 60-90 minutes with you on your first appointment, Dr. Zacco will thoroughly evaluate you using blood tests, saliva tests, specialty metabolic urine tests, specialty stool tests, and others to evaluate your unique metabolic profile. On subsequent visits, Dr. Zacco will focus on correcting the metabolic anomalies and addressing the physiologic road blocks to your weight loss. Together the patient and Dr. Zacco will create an individualized weight loss strategy for your comprehensive weight loss program. You don’t have to repeatedly fail with the cards stacked against you! Let us level the playing field.

 

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

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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 gut.

Adrenal Fatigue

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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 amazing.

Cortisol Hormone Therapy

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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 optimized.

Growth Hormone

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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 needles.

Progesterone therapy

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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 gels/creams.

Estrogen

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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 minutes.

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