Reverse the Effects of Aging – Part 2

In General, Primal Lifestyle by Mikki Reilly1 Comment

There’s been a lot of research on the aging process lately because of the large population of aging baby boomers – individuals born between 1946 and 1964. And one of the more popular theories researchers are advancing is the “glycation theory of aging.”

Andrew Weil, in his book, Healthy Aging, explains that the process of glycation is like carmelization, or the browning of sugar in a pan. He says that the same thing happens in our bodies when there’s enough sugar present in the blood; that the sugars bond or gum up adjacent proteins forming advanced glycation end products (AGEs), and that these deformed proteins promote inflammation.

Weil recommends using the glycemic index (which measures how fast a carbohydrate raises your blood sugar) for choosing carbohydrate sources and “reducing or eliminating consumption of the kinds of carbohydrate foods that produce rapid increases in blood sugar.”

Another point he makes is that our bodies produce the hormones that control inflammation using the essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are called essential because the body can’t manufacture them on its own; they must be obtained from food. Weil explains that, “hormones made from omega-6 fatty acids upregulate inflammation, while those made from omega-3 fatty acids downregulate it.”

His Anti-inflammatory Diet (which isn’t really a diet) includes lots of foods rich in omega-3 such as “salmon, herring, black cod, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts and omega-3 fortified eggs” as well as an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. He says each meal should include some carbohydrate, fat and protein and that the “basic goals are balance, variety, and freshness.”



  1. You may have seen the June AARP magazine article by Dr. Andrew Weil, which gives the mistaken impression that there is only one medical publication (Rudman NEJM 1990) which reports the beneficial effects of growth hormone on the physical parameters of aging.

    In reality there has been over 20 years of research with thousands of medical studies showing benefits from Growth Hormone therapy, and extremely high safety profile.

    Growth Hormone is a patented FDA approved pharmaceutical with proven efficacy, and therefore Dr. Weil’s “snake oil” label for growth hormone is hardly appropriate.

    Benefits of (HGH) growth hormone include improved body composition, increased muscle and less body fat, improved bone density, improved wound healing, improved cognitive function, and improved sense of well being.

    Burn victims heal faster with growth hormone and have increased muscle protein synthesis. Patients with Crohn’s disease and short bowel syndrome show improved nutritional status with HGH treatment. Cardiac cachexia patients gain weight, get well and leave the hospital. Hip fracture patients heal with fewer complications.

    The AARP Dr. Andrew Weil “the Debunker” article fails to tell us that our hormone levels decline dramatically after age 50, and by the age of 60 most adults have Growth Hormone levels indistinguishable from those of hypopituitary patients with organic lesions in the pituitary gland.

    For more info and references, see

    Dr. Andrew Weil Says Human Growth Hormone is “Snake Oil”

    Jeffrey Dach MD

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