I just returned from the 23rd annual World Conference of the American Academy of Anti-Aging in Las Vegas.
The keynote speakers were excellent. They demonstrated innovative ways to run a patient-centered practice. There was the very entertaining Dr. Zubin Damania who has a clinic called Turntable Health right in Las Vegas. You may have seen him on Youtube as ZDoggMD. Another was Dr. Daniel Kraft who showed us the possibilities for medicine to integrate technologies with fields outside of medicine. Patients are quantifying their health today with wearable devices that converge exponential concepts about health that can be crowd-source for self-improvement while current medical practices use old technology like fax machines.
I had never been to Vegas before and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t looking forward to it. I'm not a fan of a gambling lifestyle but ironically, I was the lucky ‘winner’ of admission to this conference. How could I turn down a free ticket? The hotel, the Palazzo was spectacular and was well equipped with healthy restaurants, two great gyms and an aqua spa. You can be healthy in 'Sin City', who knew?
The conference was three days of intense learning and excellent content. The presenters are passionately interested in root causes and empowering the patient, and they look at the body as ‘systems biology’, not just a sum of individual specialties.
My focus was to find out the latest in genetic nutrition. I was blown away by Mark Houston, who uses genetics in his cardiology practice. I was able to talk with him before one of the sessions, and he said that checking genetics is a no-brainer because you can see exactly which treatments and medications will be most effective. Outcomes for his patients have dramatically improved since using genetics.
There was a whole room full of vendors, buzzing with people with innovative ideas for health. I was able to try heat lasers, needleless acupuncture, biofeedback machines, and even a few things that seemed strange and needed me to be ‘open minded’. One lab that was there showed me their new genetic test for weight and wellness. This test examines 22 base pairs of DNA associated with weight issues. That means that when we know the genetics we can identify the right food, supplement needs, and the proper exercise. I believe this test will be a breakthrough for people who have trouble keeping weight off. Yes, I will be offering this test through my office, I expect the test kits to arrive next week, just call to reserve a kit.
And that’s the point of me going to conferences like this. I’m always looking for cutting-edge research and information based on science like genomics-based nutrition. I'm looking for valid information that is clinically useful and supports the health and wellness of my patients. The A4M Conference always has that cutting edge information that helps to empower patients.