Filed under Live Your Best Life.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. “

~ Goethe

Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone

While browsing an airport bookstore this weekend I ran across that quote.  The words resonated with me as I had been struggling with the idea of writing my first blog.  I thought I would begin my blog by telling you all  about an anti aging therapy or new medicine, such as the new studies released this week confirming the benefits of Testosterone therapy or the just approved “women’s Viagra”.  And I promise to get to those as they are important topics.  But Goethe’s words struck me and inspired me in a completely different direction.  

I was in the airport because I was attending college orientation with my son, Alex who is 19 (and of whom, by the way, I am very proud).  He will be attending Western Washington University and we spent two days there they taught him the art of leaving home and taught me the art of letting him. The campus was filled with energy fueled by the hopes and dreams of youth. It was contagious and I felt myself becoming energized just by being there.  And as I met with student after student I realized that the quality they shared, the quality that was so energizing and quite frankly even intoxicating was that they were bold.

Were they scared?  Yes! Anxious? Yes! Insecure? Yes!  Did it stop them? No way!  They each embarked on their journey with courage not knowing what it would be like and what the future would hold.  As we age it seems we start to play it safe and hedge our bets.  We develop our safe zones and routines that we believe we can rely on.  We stop allowing our selves to dive in headfirst to challenges.  We stop being bold.  

So I learned a lot at college orientation.  I learned to start letting go of my son, and celebrate his “launch”.  I also learned to embrace being bold again.  Do something new even if you fail, push yourself, question authority, live your dreams.  Be Bold! And enjoy the genius, power and magic that truly is the fountain of youth.  

Warm Regards,

Dr. Madeline

PS:  Let me know what you think and stay tuned for more on the fountain of youth

 

Filed under Men's Health, Testimonials, Weight-Loss.

DietSince I started with Élan a great many things have changed for me. I have been able to completely recreate my exercise routine and step up my game. I now do cardio 45 to 50 minutes a day. I swim 3 to 4 times a week. I bike ride now. I am now using a Fitbit to track my steps, calories burned, distance walked, high active periods and my sleep patterns. From that I am now tracking my diet and recording everything I eat. Élan has inspired me to read more on diet and exercise. To date I have read over three dozen books on food, diet and nutrition. I have totally changed how, when and what I eat. I read “the Perfect Gene Diet” and have had my DNA analyzed.

I now eat a diet that is specifically geared for my body/DNA type. Because of Élan, I am now taking much better care of my skin. I have found a whole new regime of skin care all natural skin care products for my face and body. It was Élan and my attention to my health and well being that got me into the doctor to inquire about my life long struggle with ADD and dyslexia. Because of that I am on a new medication to help me focus and work more productively. Finally, it was Élan and their help and support that got me to reduce my alcohol consumption down to one glass of wine a day or less.

Ron I.

 

Filed under Aesthetic Treatments.

I will never forget the day when I went shopping with my mom when I was ten years old and the sales clerk looked at her and said, “oh no, we have to go to the “Huskies” isle” and the burst of laughter from the strangers around us. Or the time in freshman PE class when the coach told me in front of everybody, “you need to lose that baby fat if you think you are ever going to get up that rope,” followed by a roar of laughter from my classmates in the gym. I was the kid with the white tape in the middle of my glasses and always getting picked on. Memories like these form an opinion of yourself that stick for life and they are hard to shake. Fast forward to forty-nine years old and after a couple decades of being immersed in raising kids, a busy career and living with the stigma of being that “Husky” kid. I was your average middle-aged guy feeling; tired, stressed out, run down, overwhelmed and never seemed to have enough time or energy to take care of myself, until now. I honestly encountered Élan Medical by complete mistake. I like to think of it as divine intervention. After getting hooked on Living Social specials I clicked on Élan’s offerings and came in for a photo facial because I was told I had sun damage on my face by a different physician. Dr. Andrew was honest with me from the get-go and after my initial consultation I decided to invest in myself and became a VIP. Within 4 months I reduced my body fat from 20% to 11% and I haven’t felt this fit, young and healthy since I was 20 yrs old! My personal challenge wasn’t about losing weight. It was so much more than that. I can also tell you that my libido is going strong again too. Now I am getting complemented all the time about how young and great my appearance is. Most importantly my attitude has changed about myself. Not only do I have a positive mental attitude the “Husky” kid in me is gone and I can enter my fifties with inspired confidence in myself. I’ve learned the importance of making time for myself to exercise daily, because I am worth it, which not only benefits me but everyone else too. I now have the energy to help and inspire others not just myself and my family. I don’t just feel like a new man, I AM A NEW MAN. I am going to live the rest of my days feeling younger and stronger.  I look forward to the future with new inspiration. Thank you Dr. Andrew for helping me change my life! Scott S.  

Filed under Men's Health, Testimonials, Weight-Loss.

After 4Before Eighteen months ago I was 40 years old, going on 60.  I was overweight, out of shape and lacked career motivation.  Initially I attributed this to the normal aging process and was somehow content to let myself go.  It wasn’t until I saw the disappointment on my son’s face one day when I was too lazy to go outside and play that I knew something needed to change.

I was introduced to Elan Medical through a few people that had a good experience and decided to give it a try.  To say there has been an improvement would be a massive understatement.  The difference I experienced in appearance, attitude and well being are very difficult to put into words.

From a purely physical standpoint, I went from 36% to 22% body fat, losing 27 pounds of pure fat and gaining 15 pounds of muscle.  I have more energy than I have had in years and feel like 20 years of aging has been reversed.

I know most people will start a program like this to notice a difference from the outside in, but I really feel like the best part is from the inside out.  I had always considered myself a confident person, but I really didn’t know the definition of that until I started working with Elan.  This newfound confidence has had an amazing impact on my career.  When I started, I was a mid level worker bee in the banking industry not going anywhere fast.  In the 18 months since, I found a better job with a better bank, have been promoted multiple times, manage multiple locations, made Vice President and won the Rising Star Award for the entire Company.

Whether people want to admit it or not, physical appearance and attitude have a huge impact on how people view us, both professionally and personally.  I attribute a lot of my recent professional success to my transformation.  From a personal standpoint, I also notice a difference in the way people treat me and even look at me.   Especially my wife  —  she wouldn’t admit it, but I know she is much happier being with someone who is healthy and in shape than the person I was.  And believe me, ALL aspects of our relationship are much better, if you know what I mean…

Knowing what I know now, any hesitation to start this process seems silly.  Elan Medical has improved my physical appearance and health, my career and even my relationships with my family.  I couldn’t be happier.

Mike C.

Filed under Hormone Replacement Therapy.

hypothyroidismHypothyroidism is the medical term for an under-active thyroid gland. This common disorder affects nearly every part of your body, from your feet to your brain, your muscles, and even your skin.

The thyroid controls your metabolism, which affects your heart rate, body temperature, and how you burn calories.

11 Signs You Might Have An Under-Active Thyroid

  • Changes in the menstrual cycle
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dry hair and hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Greater sensitivity to cold
  • Slow heart rate
  • Swelling of the thyroid gland (goiter)
  • Unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

If you are experiencing any of these conditions, please contact us to test your thyroid hormone levels. With our bio-identical hormone replacement programs, we can balance your thyroid hormone levels and get you back to feeling your best.

Filed under Hormone Replacement Therapy, Men's Health, Testimonials, Weight-Loss.

For years in my family we battled weight problems, with the exception of my mother who was always rail thin. My sister and I were always fat or considered over weight and people would always ask us, why you don’t look more like your mother. Well, it’s because our father’s side of the family was dominant, we looked like him and his side was fat, unhealthy. They are diabetic wrought with health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and early life heart disease and malfunctioning kidneys due to severe weight gain and a general disinterest in losing the weight. So, I always tried to battle this culture in my family through sports and staying active, basketball, baseball, football, or whatever sport my father would pay for I would play. My sister would not play anything. She continually ate food and hid it under her bed, so no one would find it, and instead of helping her right way, I made fun of her for it. So as we grew up she continued down her path of body destruction as she got bigger and bigger and I got taller and skinnier and when I graduated from High School and went to the military, I was a bean pole and going in to the military definitely helped me control my weight.

Testosterone Check

I am now on to my second life and I guess now I have began to have some body image issues. I have always been into weight lifting and I probably let my obsession get a little out of control as I became pretty big on the top my arms were almost 22 inches around and I had a huge barrel chest but I couldn’t get rid of the stomach. The stomach was plaguing the whole thing, no matter how good I thought I looked whenever I put on a tight shirt it would not matter, as I would have belly sticking out from the bottom because of the stomach. I had spoken to some guys at the job about the same problem, and they told me that my testosterone was probably slowing down and that’s why I was holding fat in that area. “Boy” were they on point with that one. I went to my family doctor at Kaiser and asked for a blood test. When we received the blood the test my doctor admitted the results of my testosterone test were a little low, but nothing to worry about. I took the results and compared them online to someone healthy of my age online and was shocked to find out that they were severely low. When I called the Doctor back he said not to worry, but he would send the results to an Endocrinologist and see if he had a different opinion. Of course his opinion was the same and he refused to put me on any kind of medicine to improve it. I was also not happy with Kaiser, as they were keeping me on high cholesterol medications. These medications were making my muscles sore, as if I was constantly working out pain and soreness, which I had never felt before. The doctor spoke with the endocrinologists, who said decrease the dose, however it did not make me feel better. I spoke with some of the guys at work who were suffering from some of the same issues and over the next couple of months I was beginning to see my stomach push out even further as I took the cholesterol medication and my sex drive decrease gradually.

I still kept my same gym routine and continued to lift weights the same way up to 6 days a week with one day off and 30 minutes a day cardio. I still was not losing any weight around my mid section, and my sex drive seemed to be getting worse with the cholesterol regimen. Even with the smaller doses my muscle groups still felt deeply bruised, and although I could function better and did not feel the pain as much, I still did not feel good. I went to have my blood tested again, and my bad cholesterol levels had fallen some, but not to the levels that my doctor would like, so he wanted me to up the pills again. When I told him I didn’t want to because of the symptoms he recommended we switch brands. I asked him if he might be interested in trying to increase my testosterone levels and he said that it would not help me and it was not necessary.  I disagreed with his medical opinion and that day I decided to change some things.

I made an appointment at Élan Medical with Dr. Andrew and decided to change my life.  I was a little intimidated at first but the front desk staff made me feel comfortable. I went inside the office and they measured my body fat inside of a machine and I had my first appointment with Doctor Andrew.  She was so awesome; she listened to all my concerns and evaluated my chart and medical history and previous conversations with my doctor. When I started the program I was approximately 315 pounds.  I am now 240 pounds. That’s a loss of nearly 75 pounds. My bad cholesterol was 312, now it’s about 125 now. I am a much healthier fitter model of myself.  I eat small healthy meals 5-6 times a day, I am on a regimen of diet controlling drugs that I am slowly weaning myself off.  Soon I will reach my goal weight and I should be able to maintain it. I will maintain it with my diet and the workout plan that I have adopted, with the testosterone injections and the thyroid medication.

My sex life is much better now, my drive is there much more often and I don’t want to take a nap in the middle of the day any more. The best part is that I feel great when I wake up in the morning, which makes me feel like wanting to go for my workouts and I have even began to start running four to five miles a day. I could never run that far before non-stop.  I never had the stamina but I am now training for a Tough Mudder run in Patterson California. There is approximately 17 miles of terrain involved with obstacles that you most fear in life. I am also going to play tackle football for the Sacramento Sherriff s Department in the 40th Annual Gun’s and Hose’s Game in Sacramento. I am looking forward to these events even though people say that I am too old to compete in them. I’m looking forward to proving them wrong.

Overall my general health is better, my weight is down, my sex life has improved, I’m feeling much better about myself and I have the energy to get up and work out and keep moving after the work out is done. Élan Medical has changed my life for the better in so many ways I can’t say enough. I get up in the morning feeling great and I sleep well at night. The restlessness in my sleep is gone, and my concentration level has improved tenfold. Although I have to work a little overtime to replace the money in my budget,  it is well worth it for the way that I feel every day. I could not have made a better choice for the care that I get here at Élan.

Antronne S.

Filed under Hormone Replacement Therapy, Men's Health, Testimonials, Weight-Loss.

HCG Diet Results Before HCG DietMy story is probably similar to many people who grew up in the 1960’s. I was an obedient child and followed my parent’s mantra to always “clean my plate” and “never waste food”. I was always a “Big Boy” and played high school and college sports. Weight was never really a problem for me until I reached the age of 30. I did not change my lifestyle or eating habits after college and as a result the 3 pounds I gained each year resulted in a total body weight of over 300 pounds!

Since I was obese I was a prime candidate for a stroke or another heart attack. With the 300 pounds of weight came a size 48 pants. Typical results of obesity which I exhibited included the following:

  1. High blood pressure
  2. High Cholesterol
  3. The need for a CPAP machine as a sleep aid(Continuous Positive Air Pressure)
  4. I could not cross legs
  5. I had difficultly tying shoe my laces
  6. Very limited styles of clothing
  7. Ankle, knee and back pain
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Lack of flexibility and mobility
  10. Lack of energy
  11. SeIf conscious of size and what others thought of me
  12. 42% body fat.

No Other Diets Worked

I would get depressed because I would lose weight on some diets but always gain back the lost weight, plus a little more. I tried Weight Watchers, Nutri-System, Fat Flush, Doctor’s quick weight loss diet, Scarsdale Diet, Hollywood Diet, the all you could eat cabbage diet, etc… I tried lotions, pills, other diets and gadgets and I could not lose weight. I was depressed and needed to shed 80 unwanted pounds. With the help and encouragement of my family, I made up my mind to lose weight. Also, with a positive attitude and support of my family I was ready to start the journey. But, I was missing one key ingredient for successful weight loss: I needed Élan Medical Team to help and guide me through the process.

“I needed Élan Medical Team to help and guide me through the process”

I chose Elan Medical because they had positive ratings from their clients, a doctor and staff that specialize in weight loss, and because they are a local business. At first I was very skeptical about the program. Losing 20 pounds in 3 weeks sounded “fishy” to me but to my surprise, THE PROGRAM WORKS!!!

HCG Diet

The program is not a fad diet; it is supervised by a medical doctor. Blood tests are performed and reviewed by the doctor to check progress and to adjust medications as needed. The weekly weigh-in meetings with my coach are meaningful and beneficial. Topics such as diet and exercise are discussed. My coach was inspirational and provided me with the motivation I needed. Both my doctor and coach are available in person or by telephone or text. The support staff is friendly, cheerful, and always very supportive. The self injections are very easy and are painless.

The limited calorie diet is very easy to follow. The daily appetite suppressant works and has no side effects. Finally, this program works because it addresses lifestyle changes, eating habits, and hormonal change. After 4 months on the program I have made considerable progress. My weight loss has been 70 pounds and my waist size is a 38 and still shrinking. Positive attributes of the weight loss program include the following;

  1. Normal blood pressure (without taking medication)
  2. Normal cholesterol(without taking medication)
  3. CPAP is no longer needed(no more tangled hoses to deal with)
  4. No body aches or pains
  5. I can see my feet and tie my shoe laces
  6. I can jump rope and take hikes. On a recent trip to Costa Rica my family was amazed that I was actually way ahead of the group while hiking through the rain forest, instead of lagging behind catching my breath
  7. I am addicted to my exercise regime(at least 1 hour per day, even on trips and vacations
  8. I have changed my eating habits and eat fresh fruits and vegetables and limit my intake of red meat. I try to avoid packaged foods and read food labels
  9. My new healthier lifestyle has made me feel stronger; I have more energy and flexibility; I have more motivation, ambition and drive and I feel younger than my years
  10. I get compliments on how great I look and how much weight I have lost
  11. I always tell people about the Élan HCG Diet
  12. I have so much more energy.  I am like a puppy that is curious and gets into everything. My wife call me a, “busy body”
  13. My body fat content is now 28%
  14. I am happy and I will try to set a good example for others by being fit.

Words cannot give justice for the gratitude I have for the HCG diet. Thank you, Élan Medical, Dr. Andrew, and the support staff, from the bottom of my heart. Health and happiness are back in my life. The HCG program is quick and simple to follow. The fat and pounds just melt away. You cannot go wrong with this diet. I love my new life style and I love Élan for helping me achieve my goals. The way I felt as I lost weight far outweighed the so called “Joy” I used to get from eating. I want people to know there is hope and it is possible to lose weight quickly and safely. I now have confidence and control and will not be fat again. Diet, exercise plus Élan equal Success.

 

Tom B.

Filed under Hormone Replacement Therapy.

It turns out that how old we feel actually plays a role in how long we live. People who feel younger generally live longer, while people who feel older than their age have a higher-risk of health complications.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

So say a pair of researchers from University of College London and the International Longevity Centre-UK. They analyzed data on nearly 6,500 English adults and found that those who felt at least one year older than their actual age were 41% more likely to die within eight years than were those who felt at least three years younger than the age listed on their birth certificates.

A total of 1,266 of the volunteers died during the course of the study, but those deaths weren’t evenly distributed among all three groups. The mortality rate among those who felt older than their true age was 24.6%, compared with 18.5% for those who felt their age and only 14.3% for those who felt much younger.

With all of these things taken into consideration, they still found that the risk of death during the course of the study was 41% higher for the people who felt older than for the people who felt younger. (The mortality rate was slightly higher for those who felt close to their actual age, but the difference wasn’t big enough to be statistically significant.)
When the study authors analyzed cancer deaths separately, they found no real link between perceived age and the risk of death. But when they focused on deaths due to cardiovascular disease, they found that people who felt older than their true age were 55% more likely to die during the study than people who felt younger.

The results could help doctors identify patients who are most in need of their help, the study authors wrote: “Individuals who feel older than their actual age could be targeted with health messages promoting positive health behaviors and attitudes toward aging.”

Èlan Medical Spa Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

At Èlan Medical Spa, we specialize in helping our clients look and feel younger. We lower our clients’ biometric ages. The long-term health benefits include a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and reduced risk of death. Could anything be more imortant?

If you haven’t been feeling your best, you feel tired, old, or simply not as young as you used to be, come in and let us find out what is going on and show you what we can do to help.

Call us today at 707.863.9400 to book your appointment.