Monthly Archives: January 2014

Make Your New Year’s Resolution Fool Proof

For many, the first of January means a new year, a clean slate, and lots of possibilities on the horizon. For many more, this also means it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution.

The most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight and improve one’s financial situation. According to the American Heart Association, over 154 million American adults are overweight or obese. Many people just decide they are going to lose 10, 15, 20 pounds without any sort of plan of how to do so. Slowly working towards your goals and setting a timeline will prevent you from getting discouraged early in the process and will allow you to see positive results over time. A TIME Magazine article states “Content of the resolution doesn’t matter as much as how the resolution is set…you can approach a health goal in a way that guarantees failure or approach it in a way that will guarantee success.”

  • Set realistic goals- If New Year’s resolutions were easy to maintain, everyone would look like supermodels, be filthy rich, be world travelers, experts at their hobbies, and be completely stress-free. Achieving goals means setting realistic expectations. For example, if you’re 30 pounds overweight, don’t expect to lose 30 pounds right away just because you’re ready to. It takes time, strategy and extreme commitment.
  • Keep yourself accountable- Have a friend or family member check in with you and keep you responsible for your goal.
  • Be strategic- Know what works for you. For example, if you know you’re going to have to work late one week, get your workouts done in the morning. Another example, if you’re trying to save money- dedicate a specific percentage of every paycheck to your savings account, set weekly grocery budgets, etc.
  • Reward yourself- While consistency with a New Year’s resolution is important, don’t be too hard on yourself. Depriving yourself of a piece of birthday cake while everyone else around you is enjoying one, is cruel torture. Have a small piece, and make sure you get your exercise in that day.
  • Be optimistic- Know that you can do it. Being your own worst enemy isn’t helping anyone, you’ll get discouraged way easier. A Positive attitude can go a long way.

Resolving to make a major life change without any thought or goals involved, is basically setting yourself up for failure. New Year’s resolutions are a great opportunity to change something you don’t like about yourself but they get a bad rep because their success rate is not always great. Gradual, consistent progress is a sure way to ensure triumph, no matter what you want the end result to be.

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Farewell 2013, Hello 2014!

As one year ends, a new year in integrative and preventative medicine is on the horizon. The Anti-Aging Medicine industry is booming and The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is excited for what 2014 has to offer physicians, their practices and their patients.

Farewell 2013

The year 2013 offered unparalleled education, distinguished speakers, informative exhibits, and knowledge used to eliminate chronic diseases, one diagnosis at a time. In 2013, A4M offered 10 U.S. events and 12 events held overseas.

In the course of a year, the U.S. events included three Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Symposiums held in Las Vegas, San Diego, and Boston; an inflammation symposium offered in Fort Lauderdale, FL; an IV Symposium in Dallas TX; Gut/ Brain Symposium in Los Angeles, CA; and two 21st annual world congresses held in Orlando, FL and Las Vegas, NV. Over 15,000 healthcare practitioners attended an A4M educational event in 2013.

The Spring World Congress in Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, FL was held April 11-14, 2013. Over 2,500 medical professionals from all over the world gathered for pre-conference workshops, Fellowship modules, the exhibit hall, board certification exams, three days of general conference sessions, distinguished speakers and medical faculty. Among keynote speakers was Pat Williams, co-founder and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic who spoke on the “7 Key Ingredients to Make a Great Leader.”

The Winter World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine at the Sands Expo Center/ Venetian/ Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas, NV took place December 12-15, 2013. Over 4,000 medical practitioners attended specialty workshops, the exhibit hall housing over 300 booths, general conference sessions, Fellowship modules, board certification exams, and other conference bonuses. Also at this event, A4M introduced the brand new product theater, featuring several exhibiting companies who showcased their latest and greatest products via a live demonstration or lecture. At the Las Vegas conference, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was presented with the 2013 A4M Infinity Award for his lifetime of accomplishments, including his leadership role in early funding and support of stem cell research and healthcare reform, among other endeavors. This was A4M’s largest event to date, bringing in healthcare professionals worldwide.

Hello 2014

A4M is excited to announce the 2014 educational calendar, with nine (9) events and include new Fellowship offerings, a new, first time symposium offering and our first event held in Canada.  Several international events will be offered overseas in Thailand, Dubai, Australia, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

In 2014, A4M will be introducing two new modules as part of the Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine (FAARFM). Module XXIV: Infectious Disease and Module XXV: Addiction will both be offered at different domestic events this year.

Kicking off 2014 is the symposium on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) in San Francisco, CA on March 13-16th. Featured presenters include Thierry Hertoghe, Jennifer Landa, MD, OB/GYN, FAARM; Ron Rothenberg, MD; Pamela Smith, MD, MS, MPH; and Jonathan Wright, MD. Friday’s sessions will cover the basics of BHRT and Saturday through Sunday will cover advanced BHRT topics. Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (FAARM) modules offered in San Francisco include:

  • Module III: Neurology
  • Module V: Clinical Intensives
  • Module VII: Autoimmune Disease
  • Module XVI(A): Cardiovascular

The first IV Symposium will be offered April 4-6th in Denver, CO.  This two-day advanced symposium will cover the fundamentals and expand on the use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other unique parenteral compounds.  Additionally, Fellowship modules will be offered and include:

  • Module IV: Nutritional Metabolism
  • Module XV(B): Brain
  • Module XX(A): Triad
  • Module XXV(A): Addiction (NEW!)

April 26th we will hold a one-day GI Symposium; speakers, schedule and location soon to be announced.  Stay tuned!

The 22nd Annual Spring World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine in Orlando, FL will take place once again at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. This event will include:

  • General conference sessions
  • Exhibit hall
  • Board certification exams
  • Conference bonuses
  • Fellowship Modules including:
    • Module I: Endocrinology
    • Module V: Clinical Intensives
    • Module XII: Toxicology
    • Module VI: Functional/ Nutritional Medicine.

A complete educational program including speakers and conference bonuses will be released closer to the event.

The second BHRT Symposium of the year will take place September 10-13th in Phoenix, AZ where attendees will be able to analyze the medical evidence on BHRT, listen to experts that are actively practicing this specialty and get the information needed to merge BHRT into their practice.  Additionally, Fellowship modules will be offered and include:

  • Module I(B): Advanced Endocrinology
  • Module II: Coronary Artery
  • Module VI: Functional/Nutritional Medicine
  • Module XXV(B): Addiction (NEW!)

The first ever Autoimmune Symposium will be held September 26-27th in Chicago, IL. This event will feature brand new topics and education; all to be announced soon.

The second IV Therapy Symposium of the year will be held October 16-18th in New Orleans, LA. Fellowship modules in New Orleans will include:

  • Module VIII: Lab Fundamentals/ Cancer Therapies
  • Module XV(A): Brain
  • Module XVI(C): Cardiovascular
  • Module XX(B): Triad

The third BHRT Symposium of the year will be the first A4M event held in Canada. The event will take place November 6-8th in Vancouver. Speakers and schedule coming soon!

To cap off 2014, the 22nd Annual Winter World congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine in Las Vegas, NV will take place once again at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort. This event will include:

  • General conference programs
  • Exhibit hall
  • Board certification exams
  • Conference bonuses
  • Fellowship Modules including:
    • Module I: Endocrinology
    • Module V: Clinical Intensives
    • Module XVI(D): Cardiovascular
    • Module XXIV: Infectious Disease (NEW!)

Just like 2013’s Las Vegas conference, the 22nd Annual World Congress will include thousands of medical practitioners, both domestic and international, hundreds of exhibiting companies in the fields of Anti-Aging Medicine, unmatched speakers in the top of their fields, conference bonuses, and unwavering continuing medical education.

For more information on A4M’s 2014 events, please click here or call 888.997.0112.

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