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The Necessity of Nutrition

With over two-thirds of Americans considered to be overweight or obese, the global obesity epidemic shows no signs of slowing. As diabetes and cardiovascular disease are on the rise, in addition to spikes in other lifestyle-related disorders, it becomes increasingly critical to maintain education surrounding healthy living habits. Yet while physicians are generally considered to be reliable sources regarding nutrition, more than 50% of graduating medical students continue to rate their knowledge as ‘inadequate,’ and only one in eight patients receives counseling from their doctors on dietary health benefits.

A study found that the majority of cardiologists lack current, up-to-date education surrounding nutrition and diet. A report published by the American Journal of Medicine, authored by a dozen healthcare professionals in the United States and Spain, titled “A Deficiency of Nutrition Education and Practice in Cardiology” details that less than a third of cardiologists describe their nutrition knowledge as “mostly up to date” or better. Indeed, while the leading cause of premature death and disability in the United States is heart disease, most cardiologists report inadequate training in nutrition. “Using nutrition as medicine is probably one of the most cost effective ways to treat disease but is incredibly underutilized by healthcare providers,” explained Andrew Freeman, M.D., a cardiologist at National Jewish Health in Denver, and one of the study’s co-authors. “If we could empower healthcare providers with information on how to implement this in daily practice, we could transform healthcare rapidly, prevent healthcare cost explosions, and reduce morbidity and mortality.”

Ninety percent of cardiologists surveyed reported receiving no or minimal nutrition education during cardiovascular fellowship training; 59 percent reported no nutrition education during international medicine training; 31 percent reported no nutrition education throughout medical school. Almost two-thirds of all surveyed cardiologists reported spending three minutes or less per visit discussing nutrition with their patients.

Moreover, another study designed to quantify the required number of hours of nutrition education at U.S. medical schools, in addition to an investigation regarding the types of courses offered, reaffirmed the supposition that medical students receive an inadequate amount of nutrition education. Only 27% of surveyed schools required a course dedicated to nutrition; on average, U.S. medical schools only offer 19.6 hours of nutrition education—across four years of medical school. Other informal polls and anecdotes uphold the studies’ findings, as students assert that nutrition education throughout medical school is, at best, minimal.

Throughout the past several decades, there has been a push towards improving the medical nutrition education that students receive. With suboptimal knowledge about dietary habits, future physicians are selling both themselves and their patients very short. It is imperative to equip health practitioners with the necessary tools and information that they can utilize in their practices, ultimately addressing the root causes of real, pervasive problems. Medical schools have the burden of responsibility to arm their graduates with the tools to tackle the biggest, most acute global health challenges: including obesity and nutrition problems.

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine to introduce new course in Delray Beach, FL June 26-28, 2014

June 2, 2014 (Boca Raton, FL)- Medical professionals and compounding pharmacists from all specialties will gather at the Marriot Delray Beach, June 26-28, 2014 for the first meeting of A4M’s newest course, Nuts & Bolts of Writing Prescriptions for Compounded Medications. This course is designed to aid practitioners in advanced prescription writing skills for compounded medications. This course focuses on how to write advanced prescriptions for sports medicine injuries, improving wound care, to decrease scaring, weight loss, dermatological conditions, periodontal disease, pain control, Anti-Aging skin care, hair restoration, to increase libido, gynecological issues, and more.

This course is the newest module added to the Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine through the A4M, as Module XXIV. Practitioners and pharmacists do not need to be enrolled in the Fellowship with A4M to attend this course. This event offers hands-on experience and training with some of the industry’s leading compounding pharmacists and medical practitioners.

This event, will feature speakers including Pamela W. Smith, MD, MPH, MS; Sahar Swidan, PharmD, BCPS; and James LaValle, RPh, CCN, ND; among several others. Additionally, there will be companies exhibiting, presenting their latest products and services in the fields of Metabolic, Functional and Nutritional Medicine.

To register for this event, please call 888-997-0112 or visit www.a4m.com.


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.