What are Peptides, and how do they fit into a treatment plan for problems related to aging?
Modern medicine is continuing to try to find medicines and treatments for issues and problems that have not been adequately resolved by existing medicines and treatments. There is constant news about speculative new treatments or medicines. When one is found that offers hope or success for treating ailments, diseases, problems then we rejoice. Currently among the hottest items on the event horizon of new treatments and medicines are peptides. The human body functions with communication “chemicals” that it produces to transmit information from one tissue, gland, or organ to another. The communicators that are commonly known include hormones, neurotransmitters, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. The communicator that has not been focused on until lately is the group of chemicals called peptides.
Peptides are pieces of proteins that signal information from one tissue to another or that communicate information within a tissue to keep it healthy, and to help parts of our bodies to remain in balance… to achieve homeostasis. There are thousands of peptides in the human body and some of them decrease with age or illness.
Peptides have come to the forefront because medicine has reached the limit of what chemical cancer drugs, antibiotics, antivirals, and immune suppressants can do, and we have found that these commonly used medications still do not treat or prevent the diseases that occur with aging. The current drug environment is filled with synthetic hormones, synthetic drugs that kill the immune system instead of modulating it, and damage other tissues while killing cancers.
Those of us who strive to improve the human condition with medicine have been looking for MORE…. More natural ways to improve how our body works as it ages, like how it communicated internally when it was younger. This starts with replacing the hormones that are deficient with age. After deficient hormones are replaced, most of the time patients feel all better, but in the situation where they do not, we test and diagnose those imbalances that can be treated with Peptides. In the past we looked to a nutritional solution with diet and supplements, but now that we are looking at peptides, we are finding key peptides that decline with age, and that can be replaced to bring our aging patients back to balance and health. We have discovered how to create peptides for injection or in a nasal spray delivery system that are effective and safe.
There are peptides for almost every disease and condition that plagues modern man, and it might be that peptides become the mainstay of treatment for cardiovascular, metabolic, and endocrine diseases, after individual patients normalize their hormones and diet.
The peptides that BioBalance Health is using are highlighted in the following paragraphs. It is important to note that there are some peptides that treat low growth hormone by stimulating the production needed by aging patients, but there are thousands of other uses and forms of peptides that can be used by patients to treat other illnesses and conditions.
Thymosin Alpha1 is a peptide that stimulates the thymus gland to increase the production of white blood cell t-helpe and killer cells which fight cancer, bacteria and viruses. The use of this peptide can prevent recurrence of cancer, help prevent and treat severe infections with viruses, bacteria, and fungi which are resistant to antibiotics and antivirals.
We use Thymosin Alpha1 for:
Treatment of immunosuppressed individuals
Thymosin Beta 4 is another thymus gland stimulator peptide that heals heal ligaments, muscles, heart damage, and stimulate post-surgical lack of healing. This peptide is short term answer to difficult medical problems that do not have current FDA approved drugs to treat them.
Semax is a peptide that is administered by nasal spray for poor memory, head injuries and degenerative brain diseases. This peptide also works well for the memory issues that occur with age, bringing the brain back to normal.
Selank is a peptide that treats anxiety and calms the nervous system. It is delivered as a nasal spray.
CJC/Ipamorelin growth hormone stimulator is safe and stimulates growth hormone. We treat a variety of problems with this one peptide as it is multipotential in its action. Because it stimulates growth hormone production from the pituitary and the outcome is to provide all the benefits of the hormone GH such as fat loss, muscle growth, energy, improved mental capacity, hair growth, skin turn over for beautiful skin, as well as improving many diseases that come with old age like osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and age induced immune deficiency. Disease, genetic abnormalities and aging cause these conditions.
To receive peptides, you must go through a medical workup and make changes in your lifestyle to prove that your GH will not naturally improve with lifestyle changes. In addition to a complete medical history a blood panel must be done to rule out other causes for these conditions, as well as a low iff-1 test to prove that the gh production is low in any particular patient. After all of that medical work up and informed consent, would I prescribe peptides.
Peptides can be long or short term. You may have to be on them for life so you must consider the cost. My practice works with several quality compounding pharmacies that make the peptides for you. Injectable and nasal peptides must be used right away after receiving or a month after reconstituting them within a few months. We routinely order peptides for our patients 2-3 months at a time to save on shipping fees. The cost for one month is from $150-$300 a month plus shipping and they should be stored in the refrigerator.
It is imperative that you understand that this is not a written prescription you can obtain from any pharmacy, and there is a medical work up necessary that doctors must do before prescribing peptides of any kind: we always go through the steps of treating obvious hormone imbalances first. We follow that with nutritional replacement and exercise counseling, and only then do we add peptides for specific health problems.
This Health cast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC., Family Counselor, Presenter and Author. www.BioBalanceHealth.com.