Seeking BALANCE For A Lifetime
Our hormones, the very essence of our being, shape who we are and how we live. We invite you to join us as we explore how a better understanding of hormones can improve our lives, both in longevity and quality.
Hormones, created naturally in our bodies by amino acids, are the building blocks of our DNA. These amino acids and hormones are vital to our bodies' health and functions, both physical and emotional. Hormones are created in many places in our bodies; some of them regulate our energy and metabolism (thyroid glands), our digestion of protein, fats and carbohydrates and our production of insulin (pancreas), our resistance to disease (thymus), our growth, kidney function and response to stress (adrenal glands), and our male and female hormones (testes and ovaries, respectively). Hormones found in the hypothalamus, at the base of the brain, control most bodily functions, including hunger, thirst, wakefulness and sexual activity.
When our body circulates balanced amounts of hormones, we feel active and healthy. However, as we age, the telomeres (buffers) protecting our DNA are gradually eroded and our hormone levels lower, bringing with it age-related diseases. Like counting the rings of a tree, hormone levels are an indicator of our age.
Today, our hormones are threatened by more than just aging. People of all ages are subject to more stress, strain and environmental toxins than ever before. The resultant hormonal distress is having a destructive effect on our bodies, moods and abilities.
These hormone-based health issues, many of which carry a social stigma, can begin in childhood and persist throughout our lifetimes. Children might suffer from mood disorders, obesity, early-onset diabetes and puberty, and developmental issues, whilst teenagers also become vulnerable to depression and anxiety. By the time we reach our twenties and thirties, these hormonal imbalances can already result in infertility, adrenal deficiency, fatigue, and problems with our metabolism. In our forties and fifties we face early or problematic menopause and andropause, depression, penile dysfunction, loss of sex drive, hair loss, weight gain and memory problems. By the time we are sixty or over, our imbalanced hormones place us at increased risk of osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, late-onset diabetes and depression.
BALANCE will explore how these problems are being treated by society, including the medical and pharmaceutical professions. We will examine what doctors are taught about hormones in medical school. We will seek to discover the impact on our bodies of chemically-altered versus bio-identical hormones, and to explore the availability and accessibility of hormonal supplements through medical insurance. We will also be exploring the effects on our hormones of pollution, radio waves, pesticides, GMOs and water additives, as well as nutrition. We will be interviewing some of the leading nutritionists to discover how to use food to manipulate gene expression to offer us food solutions and bring us back to balance.
By talking to specialists in the science and health professions, including clinicians, environmentalists, psychologists, biochemists, geneticists, immunologists and nutritionists, we will find answers to the long-term impact of hormone balance and imbalance and the role of hormones on life extension and disease prevention. With breakthroughs in hormone testing, epigenetic science, endocrine disorders, DNA sequencing and life extension, we owe it to ourselves and to future generations to invest, intellectually as well as financially, in options for individualized medicine and life extension.
Explore our website to learn more about this life-altering project and to discover how you can contribute.