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Telomeres are the Key to Longevity

telomere-dnaIn the heart or nucleus of a cell, your genes can be found on twisted, double-stranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes. On the very ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called Telomeres. Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome whose primary function is to prevent chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates. They also carry some secret knowledge of the way we age on a cellular level. To put it simply, Telomeres are like the plastic tip covers on shoelaces because they prevent chromosome ends from tearing, fraying and adhering to each other.

Orthomolecular Nutrition and Wellness Center now offers a Telomere Test that can determine the length of a patient’s Telomeres in relation to the patient’s age.

As a cell ages, it divides and the Telomeres get shorter. When the Telomeres get too short, the cell will no longer be able to divide, therefore, it will cease to be active and ultimately the cell will die. This is part of a normal biological aging process. Unfortunately, it can also lead to cancer, disease and can put you at a higher risk for premature death. Much like a pencil eraser gets shorter each time it’s used; Telomeres get shorter each time a cell divides. Telomeres are like little dynamite fuses within our own bodies.

In addition, when the Telomere becomes too short, essential parts of the DNA can be damaged in the replication process. It’s at that point that scientists have noticed cells stop replicating. In humans, on average, a cell can replicate about 50 times before the Telomere becomes too short.

Telomere length can affect the aging process. Research has found that when individuals were divided into two groups according to the lengths of their Telomeres, the group with longer Telomeres lived on average five more years then those in the group with the shorter Telomeres. This study, along with others like it, suggests that a person’s lifetime span may directly correlate with longer Telomere lengths.

When a patient takes one of our Telomere Tests, they will receive a report which details their Telomere Score. This is calculated by looking at the patient’s average Telomere length in peripheral whole blood cells. This average is then compared to Telomere lengths from a population sample of the same age range of people to determine the patient’s Percentile Score. From these figures, we then can figure out a person’s biological age.

These results are telling and significant to both the practitioner and the patient. To date, age adjusted Telomere length is the best method to assess biological aging using structural analysis of chromosomal change in the Telomere. Orthomolecular Nutrition and Wellness Center offers a specified protocol with specialized therapies, as well as helpful lifestyle modifications and counseling which are all directed at slowing the loss of Telomere length. In turn, these adjustments can slow the aging process and potentially prevent a host of age-related diseases and premature death.

Orthomolecular Nutrition and Wellness Center recommends a patient be tested once a year. The first Telomere Test will determine where the patient is on the biological age spectrum. If the test comes back with a less than desirable outcome, Orthomolecular Nutrition and Wellness Center’s qualified practitioners will offer specific counseling geared towards each patient’s situation. Once the patient’s specific protocol has been developed, they can begin to enact those changes to their lifestyle right away, thus, beginning the process of healing their body from the inside-out. We suggest that the patient comes back for follow up visits with the practitioner every three to four months to go over these modifications, answer any questions they may have and to discuss any concerns. We feel the optimal time to be retested is one year after the first test, with annual tests to follow. It is not unusual to see optimal differences in Telomere lengths after these changes and modifications have been made to a person’s life.

A big part of the protocol specifically designed for each patient at Orthomolecular Nutrition and Wellness Center is based on nutritional supplementation in the form of our own high quality line of pharmaceutical and physician grade oral supplements, as well as IV Nutrition Therapy. Studies show that oxidative stress will shorten Telomere lengths and cause aging in cellular tissue. Antioxidant supplements can potentially reduce oxidative stress very efficiently. With the right (“Ortho”) amounts, increasing antioxidant capacity, at the cellular level, through targeted supplementation, proves critical to maintaining Telomere length. Recent evidence suggests that a high quality, balanced multi-vitamin will also help maintain Telomere length. Specifically, studies have linked longer Telomeres with levels of Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Antioxidants, such as Resveratrol and Glutathione. In addition, homocysteine levels have been inversely associated with Telomere length, suggesting that reducing homocysteine levels via Folate and Vitamin B supplementation may decrease the rate of Telomere loss. Similarly, conditions such as cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis and even dementia affect Telomere length. Correcting subclinical nutritional deficiencies that may contribute to such diseases are crucial for Telomere maintenance.

Orthomolecular Nutrition & Wellness Center offers a lifestyle and supplement protocol that will greatly reduce factors that attribute to the shortening of Telomeres, hence positively affecting your biological age. Call today to set up an appointment to get your Telomere Length Test and find out your biological age! Call 727-518-9808 or go to www.OrthoLiving.comfor more details.

When your body carries excess weight its natural harmony of metabolic pathways is disrupted, and there is an increased potential for symptoms and disease expression. What this means is that your body is out of balance, and you need a weight loss solution that not only helps you lose weight, but that also restores the body’s natural ability to keep weight off. The primary weight reduction protocol that we recommend to our patients is the Dr. Simeons HCG Diet Protocol. Most patients experience great results with this protocol alone. However, some patients do benefit from additional support supplements and injections.  Orthomolecular Nutrition & Wellness offers many additional weight loss injections to help you achieve your goal and to keep the weight off.

What is a B-AMPed weight loss Injection?

The AMP weight loss and wellness injection consists of B-12, B6 and Adenosine Monophosphate (AMP). When combined, this injection is one of the most effective and safe weight loss and wellness tools on the market. These injections keep hunger at bay and stimulate fat loss so that you can achieve the weight loss you desire. Whether you are looking for serious weight loss or just want to lose those last few pounds, AMP can help. The synergistic effect of the shot plus a healthy diet and exercise works better together than either one alone.

Adenosine Monophosphate (AMP)

Adenosine Monophosphate (AMP) directly stimulates fat cells to use their fat stored in the form of energy. AMP increases the generation of energy at a cellular level (from fat) instead of acting as a nervous system stimulant. Clients using AMP have more energy and are less fatigue at the end of the day. Unlike many weight loss products, AMP will not make you feel nervous, antsy, or jittery.


B-12 is an important vitamin for the functioning of the nervous system and formation of blood. It is involved in the metabolism of cells of the body and fatty acid synthesis. It is also used to increase energy levels and gives a physical sense of well being. As your energy levels increase, you become more active and as a result your body will be able to burn more calories.


B-6 is needed to release energy from the foods we eat. Dieters should include B-6 to increase their metabolism. B-6 is a co-enzyme involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It also releases serotonin; which controls mood, appetite, and sleep patterns. B-6 is also responsible for maintaining a healthy immune system, protecting the heart from cholesterol deposits, and preventing kidney stone formation.

What is a MIC "Lipo" Injection?

MIC injections are among the best adjunctive therapies that Orthomolecular Nutrition & Wellness offer patients as part of our weight loss treatments.

MIC is an acronym which stands for L-Methionine, Inositol, and Choline. These are lipotropic agents that are believed to support liver function and promote the excretion of fat. L-Methionine is an amino acid. Inositol and choline are cofactors. Together they are able to aid in the mobilization and elimination of abnormal fat deposits.


L-Methionine is an essential amino acid, which means that it is not synthesized in humans. Therefore we must consume methionine or methionine-containing proteins. Foods that contain high levels of methionine include cheese, eggs, fish, meats, spinach, potatoes, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, and some other plant seeds. However, by injecting L-Methionine into the muscle we can achieve high levels in the body’s tissues and this is believed to result in more effective mobilization and elimination of abnormal fat deposits.

Other reported benefits of L-methionine include improvement of liver disease, improvement of skin tone and elasticity, nails, and hair; improvement of cardiovascular and muscular functions through its role in the production of creatine. It has been used to treat premature ejaculation, chronic depression, pancreatitis, Parkinson’s disease, and AIDS myelopathy.


Inositol, also known as myo-inositol, is best described as a carbocyclic polyol and forms the basis for many signaling and secondary messenger molecules. As such it is involved in many biological processes, including the breakdown of fats and reduction of serum cholesterol, serotonin activity modulation, gene expression, and insulin signal transduction. It is not considered a vitamin because the body is able to synthesize it.

It has been shown to be helpful for the treatment of depression, panic disorder, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and fatty liver. It also promotes healthy hair growth and it is important for optimal metabolism and brain function. Inositol deficiency may manifest as symptoms of constipation, high cholesterol, vision problems, and hair loss.

Although it is naturally found in certain foods such as nuts, beans (especially red beans and kidney beans), grains, cantaloupe melons, and oranges, it is more effective in breaking down fat when given as an intramuscular injection.


Choline is a natural amine that is involved in the synthesis of carnitine, cell membrane phospholipids, and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It is a major source for methyl groups via its metabolite trimethylglycine (betaine) that participates in the S-adenosylmethionine synthesis pathways.

Food sources of choline include peanuts, soybeans, wheat, chicken, fish, beef, cauliflower, eggs, and lettuce

The weekly Lipotropic Intravenous Infusions are critical to ensure safe and successful results. The IV’s:

  • Replenish important essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids) which are not supplied by the limited dietary intake.
  • Enhance energy resources
  • Reduce cravings
  • Help regulate blood glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol levels
  • Detoxifies harmful by-products of fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism
  • Enhance weight loss by incorporating a combination of physiological mechanisms

To achieve an effective therapeutic response, these nutrients can ONLY be administered via the intravenous route.

Methionine is a lipotropic amino acid, which reduces fat and aids in lowering cholesterol. It can be substituted for choline that aids in reducing liver fat (lipotropic agent). It detoxifies amines, which are by-products of protein metabolism. Methionine seems to act as a catalyst for choline and inositol thus speeding up their function. A deficiency of Methionine may lead to fatty degeneration and cirrhosis of the liver.

Inositol metabolizes fats and cholesterol and aids in transporting fat in the blood system. Thus it is an aid in the redistribution of body fat. It helps lower cholesterol levels.

Choline is a nutrient in the B family.  Choline is important in controlling fat and cholesterol buildup in the body, prevents fat from accumulating in the liver, and facilitates the movement of fats in the cells.

Chromium is a rare metal that probably 99% of the American population does not get enough of. A higher sugar diet can cause a deficiency of chromium. Researchers believe that this leads to Type II diabetes. Chromium will help reduce blood cholesterol and triglyceride. Chromium works well in combination with inositol to lower LDL and increase HDL levels. Research has shown that chromium burns fat and enhances muscle even without exercise or a special diet.

Glysine is an amino acid found in many weight loss / workout supplements.  It has the ability to support improved lean muscle mass and weight loss, and like other amino acids it may promote restful sleep.  It is beneficial in balancing blood sugar.

In addition to the lipotropics, the IVs also consists of the following; high dose Vitamin C, B12, Folic Acid, B1, B6, B Complex, Amino Acids, magnesium, Calcium, Trace Minerals, Folic Acid, Zinc, and antioxidants. 

The IV’s insure that you are getting proper nutrition directly to the cells.