Live Better at Any Age


Dr. Julia R. Ward has her MD from University of Southern California and is Fellowship Trained through the Metabolic Medical Institute in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

PRO PerspectiveBy Dr. Julia R. Ward –

Have you noticed that some people age well while others experience health problems along the way, or that people in poor health tend to look years or even decades older than they really are? You can feel better, age gracefully and live a better life at any age.

Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach – engaging both patient and doctor in therapeutic partnership. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person – not just an isolated set of symptoms. To be able to help a patient feel their best, it’s necessary to listen to their histories and look at the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each patient.

A lot of health complaints are rooted in hormonal imbalances, inflammatory diets, poor intestinal health, environmental toxicity and lifestyle-related problems. Focusing on this newer approach to treat patients helps to promote wellness by focusing on the fundamental, underlying factors that influence every patient experience of health and disease.

There are different care and services that are most effective for healthy aging. For example, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) uses hormones that are identical on a molecular level to the naturally occurring hormones already in your body. Conventional hormone replacement therapy, such as Premarin® and Provera®, uses synthetic or animal-based hormones, which are completely different from the hormones our bodies produce.

One essential hormone that affects many important physiological and psychological functions is testosterone. A deficiency typically leads to declining health conditions and reduces quality of life. Testosterone pellet-implant therapy restores the right balance of hormones to reverse the decline. Testosterone pellet therapy is safe, reliable and effectively improves your health and quality of life.

Secretagogues are a class of releasing agents that optimize the levels of growth hormone in your body. They come in two different forms: Sermorelin and Secrotropin. Both of these work to stimulate your pituitary gland to increase and release the natural production of growth hormones.

IV Nutritional Therapy can be more effective than taking supplements orally and gets nutrients right to the cells for immediate absorption.

Genetic testing can determine which supplements will benefit you the most.