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Consumers' evolving attitudes
toward health and wellness
fuelled a global industry worth an
estimated $3.4 trillion in 2013.
Nutrition and weight loss, preventative
and personalised health, complementary and
integrative medicine, beauty and anti-ageing
treatments were the biggest growing sectors,
according to a report compiled by the non-
profit research centre SRI International.
"All across the world we have seen more
and more people consciously thinking
about healthy food, exercising, looking to
nature, getting massages and doing yoga,"
said Ophelia Yeung, a senior consultant for
SRI International, who led the study.
The SRI report was commissioned by the
annual Global Wellness Summit (this year's
to be held in Mexico City in November).
Anti-ageing and functional medicine
technologies can be adjunct to your
traditional treatments or become a specialty
in your clinic or medical modality.
As a physician, health care or aesthetics
professional, you are probably already
performing many of these functions, but
further learning and formal education
in the field will allow you to truly take
advantage of this booming industry.
Functional medicine is an integrative,
science-based health care approach that treats
illness and promotes wellness by focusing
on the bio -chemically unique aspects of
each patient, and then individually tailoring
inter ventions to restore physiological,
psychological and structural balance.
It focuses on understanding the
fundamental physiological processes, the
environmental inputs, and the genetic
predispositions that inf luence health and
disease so that inter ventions are focused on
treating the cause of the problem - not just
masking the symptoms.
The worlds of anti-ageing medicine, aesthetics
and wellness are galloping forward together --
don't miss the ride.
Your business can benefit enormously
from adding anti-ageing specialties; so
much more than HRT, pain management or
The Australasian Society of Anti-Ageing
Medicine (A5M) offers medical, aesthetics
and wellness practitioners across the
spectrum the chance to learn how your
patients/clients can bridge the gap between
internal medicine and aesthetics for better
outcomes, physically and emotionally.
The multi-disciplinary principles of anti-
ageing functional medicine, as outlined by
• Science-based medicine that connects the
emerging research base to clinical practice
• Biochemical individuality based on
genetic and environmental uniqueness
• Patient-centred care rather than disease-
• Dynamic balance of internal and external
factors that affect total functioning
• Interconnections of the body's physiological
processes affect every aspect of functionality
• Health as a positive vitality, not merely the
absence of disease
• Promotion of organ reser ve
A5M's Australasian Certification in Anti-
Ageing Medicine (ACA AM) is a program
open to all health professionals and focuses
on anti-ageing medicine as a clinical
It is founded on advanced evidence-
based practices for early detection,
prevention, treatment and reversal of age-
related dysfunction, disorders and disease.
After completing three core modules, three
electives and a final board exam you will be an
accredited specialist in anti-ageing medicine.
It has been specifically tailored to health
and aesthetics professionals.
The next module, as at time of
publication, is The Theory of Methylation --
Understanding and Applying Insights into
Clinical Practice, being held on November
21 in Perth and Brisbane on March 6, 2016.
Methylation is the latest buzzword in the
It's a biochemical process involved in
almost all of the body's functions; the
addition of a single carbon and three
hydrogen atoms (called a methyl group) to
another molecule. The removal of a methyl
group is called demethylation.
Think of billions of little on-off switches
inside your body that control everything
from your stress response and how your
body makes energy from food, to your
brain chemistry and detoxification. That's
methylation and demethylation.
Methyl groups control the stress
response, production and recycling of
glutathione (the body's master antioxidant),
detoxification of hormones, chemicals and
heavy metals, the inf lammation response,
genetic expression and the repair of DNA,
neurotransmitters and the balancing of
brain chemistry, energy production, repair
of cells damaged by free radicals and
the immune response, controlling T- cell
production, fighting infections and viruses
and regulating the immune response.
If a client/patient has a shortage of
methyl groups, or their methylation cycle
is interrupted, any or all of these processes
can become compromised and they could
Research has clearly linked impaired
methylation with autoimmune conditions
such as Diabetes Type I, Graves' disease
(underactive thyroid), inf lammatory bowel
disease including ulcerative colitis and
Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis,
rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus
Stake Your Claim In A
$3.4+ Trillion Industry
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