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Health & Wellness

Concierge Medicine Programs

Our Concierge Medicine Programs are designed with YOU in mind. We understand everyone has unique needs and sometimes unpredictable schedules. That’s why we’re here for you when you need us.
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The Program for Optimal Wellness (POW)™

Because “Good is Not Good Enough”

Our Program for Optimal Wellness (POW)TM  is designed to slash the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, the two leading causses of death, by 50% or more.

We accomplish this by achieving optimal levels of critical health markers such as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. 

When it comes to the health and wellness of our patients, the motto of the POW Program is “Good Is Not Good Enough!”

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Nutrition & Weight-loss Programs

“Health is not simply the absence of disease”

Grossman Wellness Center offers clinical nutrition consulting. Nutrition is a critical component of addressing multiple health concerns. 

Our highly trained nutrition team will evaluate both subjective (symptoms, lifestyle, current diet, family history, goals) and objective (testing) data to determine an optimal, personalized best plan for you.

 

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Hormone Replacement  Programs

Best Aging Male (BAM) & Women Aging Perfectly (WAP)

Our Best Aging Male (BAM) and (WAP)  programs are designed to optimize the levels of many youth-sustaining and anti-aging hormones including testosterone, DHEA, estradiol, progesterone.

Programs include regularly scheduled office visits, appropriate lab work, nutritional supplementation and some of the hormones you will need.  Our hormone replacement programs can help you regain the vitality and spark of your youth.

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“What was the secret to your longevity?” we asked my grandfather at his 100th birthday party. Dropping his voice, so we all had to gather around to hear him, he replied, “Well, as soon as I was born, I took in a good breath, and then I let it out. And I just kept repeating this . . . again and again.”

– Jacob Light, September 21, 1986
Dr. Grossman’s Maternal Grandfather

Health And Wellness In My Experience by Terry Grossman, M.D.

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Terry Grossman, M.D.  Integrative Medicine - Physician & Author

If you want to live a long time in excellent health, it doesn’t hurt to have good genes. I feel quite fortunate in that at least one of my grandparents, my mother’s father, quoted above, enjoyed remarkably good health until, at almost 105, he died of a stroke suddenly during lunch. He was hospitalized only briefly twice in his life, for pneumonia at age 96 and appendicitis at 97. Most of his brothers and sisters lived well into their 90s. Knowing that I have at least some of his genes is a comfort to me, because I know that I also have a number of potentially harmful genes as well. For instance, his wife, my maternal grandmother, died of colon cancer at 57 years old, and I have plenty of her genes too.

I have performed a full panel of genomics tests on myself, and this information has played an important role in the fine-tuning of my health-maintenance program. After I recovered from the initial depression of finding out about my “bad genes” (perhaps feeling a bit like Neo after taking the red pill in the initial Matrix film and having my eyes opened to “the real world”), I became even more motivated to follow the principles outlined in my recent book, Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever.

Statistically, I might expect to live another 15 to 25 years. The figure of 15 years is based on actuarial tables from the Social Security Administration, the 25 year figure is based on questionnaires (“How Long Will You Live?”) that ask specific questions about my lifestyle. But this projected life span doesn’t take into account the accelerating progression of scientific discoveries. Today’s actuarial tables are based on the past.

In my actuarially projected life span of 15 years, many therapies should be enormously beneficial to me. Sophisticated scanning devices and new therapies are now able to both detect and destroy any cancer cells in my body before they have a chance to get out of control. If my heart begins to fail me, as it almost undoubtedly will eventually if I live log enough, I expect to be able to receive new heart tissue cloned from my own stem cells. I had a sample of my stem cells collected and placed in cryonic (frozen) storage, so that I will have the most youthful cells available for this  contingency. Other options include a heart transplant from a transgenic animal (an animal that has had human genes inserted) or even a shiny new bionic heart.

Now, I’d like to share with you some specifics on what I am doing to increase my chances of living a long, healthy life. Please click on the sections below to expand the specifics:

Weight & Diet

At 6 feet tall, I weigh 164 pounds. My body composition is 14 percent fat, within the acceptable range for men of 12 to 20 percent. I find strict caloric restriction difficult and even though I do not have diabetes, I take metformin, the most commenly prescribed drug for type II diabetes. Metformin has been shown to reduce cancer risk and has some caloric restriction properties. Metformin is a key component of our Program for Optional Wellness (POW)tm.

I follow the dietary concepts outlined in my book, Transcend, fairly strictly. Although my fasting blood sugar is normal, it is “high normal,” and before I went on a lower carbohydrate diet, it was often in the 90s. So I regard myself in the low-carbohydrate group and keep my daily carbohydrate consumption low.

I enjoy Asian cuisine and lean toward the modified Japanese diet we recommend. I often eat a breakfast of miso soup, salmon, steamed vegetables, nori seaweed, and green tea. Other mornings I drink a protein shake that Ray Kurzweil and I developed as part of our program. I try to drink vegetable juice several mornings a week, and I have several cups of green tea throughout the morning and at least 10 glasses of alkalinized, ionized water per day.

My typical lunch consists of steamed vegetables, tofu or skinless chicken, a small amount of brown rice, and green tea. For supper I have wild ocean salmon two or three nights a week with vegetables. I eat organic turkey and chicken. On occasion I will have a grilled salmon, turkey, or buffalo burger without the bun. When I have a desire for something sweet, I eat some wild organic blueberries or another low-glycemic-load fruit.

While I travel and eat out frequently, I have found a wide variety of restaurants to be very accommodating to my dietary program. Meals consisting of protein and vegetables are easy to find. I never eat at conventional fast-food restaurants. As you can see, I follow the nutritional guidelines in the book rather strictly.

Genomics Testing

I have undergone a full panel of genomics tests and have taken measures to tailor my diet and supplement program to counter and minimize the risks presented by my specific polymorphisms (genetic mutations). For example, high blood pressure is very common in my family. My genomic testing revealed I possess copies of specific ACE, AGT, and AT1R polymorphisms, which predispose me to high blood pressure. Therefore, I am careful to limit my sodium consumption, try to exercise regularly, and keep my weight at an optimal level.


Inflammation & Methylation

INFLAMATION & METHYLATION

I have tested my hs-CRP (the screening test for silent inflammation in the body). I am proud to report that it is 0.02, the lowest level I have seen in any patient I have ever tested. I attribute this low level of inflammation (which many physicians feel is the common denominator in most chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer) to my low-fat, plant-based vegan diet. My most recent homocysteine level is 12.6, within the normal range, but well above our POW program optimal range of 7.5 or less. I do carry a common MTHFR mutation, which predisposes me to abnormal methylation and elevated homocystine levels. I take folic acid, B6, TMG, orally and vitamin B12 injections to optimize methylation and reduce homocystine levels in my body.

Detoxification

DETOXIFICATION

My detoxification testing offered a bright spot amongst some of my other somewhat sobering genomics results. My detoxification capacities are well above average for survival in our increasingly polluted world. Even so, I try to limit my exposure to environmental toxins as much as I can. I eat organic food whenever possible. I drink double-filtered, alkalinized water at home. I have had my mercury-containing dental fillings removed. I have a Far Infrared (FIR) Sauna, in my home, which I use a few times a week to promote the elimination of environmental toxins through sweat. I have an ionic air filter in my bedroom and many ferns and other houseplants throughout my home. I try to limit my cell-phone use and my exposure to electromagnetic radiation. I use a rebounder (mini-trampoline) to enhance lymphatic detoxification.

I undergo  intravenous chelation therapy on a regular basis to assist in detoxification. This consists of an intravenous amino acid, vitamin, and mineral formula, which removes toxic heavy metals.  Our clinic performs chelation therapy on patients thousands of times a year and recently participated in the federally sponsored TACT study (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy). This was a $30 million randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, which showed that chelation therapy provided a statistically significant benefit in the treatment and prevention of heart disease.

Coronary Heart Disease & Cancer

CORONARY HEART DISEASE AND CANCER

I have had a total-body ultrafast CT scan, including a cardiac scan, and perform periodic blood screening. I get a treadmill test and undergo screening colonoscopies on a regular basis. Rather than being content with an "acceptable" cholesterol level, in addition to my low-fat vegan diet, I use a low does statin therapy to achieve an optimal level. This is exactly what we offer to our Program for Optimal Wellness (POW)TM patients, and is consistent philosophy, "Good is not good enough!"  This applies to cholesterol levels, blood sugar, blood pressure, body fat, and all the parameters associated with optimal health. I feel this use is amongst many other benefits of low-dose statin therapy, another key component of our Program for Optional Wellness (POW)TM. 

Because cancer is easily treated when detected early, and can often prove fatal at more advanced stages, our clinic offers OncoBLOT testing. This novel test is able to detect minuscule numbers of circulating cancer cells in the bloodstream, and can reveal the presents of tumors the size of a pinhead.  Being able to detect the presents of cancer cells at such an early stage allows for treatment at time when curative action is extremely likely.

Hormones

HORMONES

I check my hormone levels regularly, but don’t find that I yet need hormonal supplementation. I also take an herbal formulation designed to increase levels of free testosterone. I take DIM (di-indole-methane) and a low dose of anastrazole to reduce conversion of testosterone into estrogen, as well as a saw-palmetto complex for prostate health and to reduce excess formation of DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

Brain

BRAIN

I try to engage myself in both intellectually challenging left-brain as well as artistic right-brain activities. I find that writing provides an excellent outlet for both. I take a number of “smart nutrients” to enhance memory, including vinpocetine, phosphatidylserine, phosphatidylcholine, ginkgo biloba, and acetyl-l-carnitine.

Supplements

I supplement  to treat what I have identified as my specific health risks. In addition to nutritional supplements, I take powdered Chinese herbs as prescribed by  our clinic’s licensed acupuncturist/traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.

Essential nutrients. I take a multiple vitamin/mineral/antioxidant formulation. To provide for essential fatty acids, I take a fish-oil EPA/DHA formula (omega-3). Super-nutrients. For their powerful antioxidant properties and other benefits, I take alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 in the form of ubiquinol, and a fruit extract which contains grapeseed extract, and resveratrol. To maintain mental clarity and protect brain function, I take the “smart nutrients” listed above. For detoxification, I take n-acetyl-carnitine, and to break age-related cross-linking of tissues, I take carnosine as well.

Specific supplements. Because of my family history of macular degeneration, I take supplemental lutein, zeaxanthin, and bilberry. To protect against arthritic complaints, I take glucosamine and chondroitin. To assist with digestive function, I take a digestive-enzyme formula. To help control stress and aid with sleep, I take GABAand melatonin before bed.

My program might seem daunting, but I find it very simple to take a few handfuls of pills each day to ensure that my cells are bathed in these powerful antioxidants and nutrients at all times.

EXERCISE
I try to engage in vigorous interval training and aerobic exercise a few times a week.  I enjoy more vigorous activities such as cross-country skiing in winter and in-line skating and bicycling in summer. I engage in weight training  in my home gym  twice a week.

Exercise

EXERCISE


I try to engage in vigorous interval training and aerobic exercise a few times a week.  I enjoy more vigorous activities such as cross-country skiing in winter and in-line skating and bicycling in summer. I engage in weight training  in my home gym  twice a week.

Stress

STRESS

I have a number of close friends and try to maintain strong relationships with family, which I feel is the most important aspect of my stress-reduction program. I try to get regular massages to assist with both lymphatic detoxification as well as stress reduction. I also use an alpha-wave stimulator to increase calming alpha waves in my brain.

The Future

THE FUTURE

I just entered the official ranks of “senior citizen” when I received my Medicare card in 2012. As I watch many people my age try to figure out ways to use the time they have “on their hands” now that they are retiring, a bigger problem for me is trying to maintain balance in my life by not working on so many projects at once. I still have many goals that I want to accomplish, so I try to incorporate the advice in my books into my daily life. I feel that as a physician and health educator, I must walk the walk as well as talk the talk. By eating well, exercising regularly, controlling stress, and following my Longevity Program rather strictly, I feel great almost all of the time. And although we can never be absolutely certain of the future, I am confident that my lifestyle choices will maximize my prospects of living long enough to take full advantage of the radical life-extending therapies that lie just ahead.

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Transcend

Nine steps to living well forever.

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