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When NO Means Yes!

Yes!  That is exactly what your answer would be if asked whether or not you wanted something that could improve your energy, stamina, heart health, immune function, mood, mental acuity and sexual satisfaction.  What one molecule can do all of that?  Nitric Oxide (NO), one of your body’s most important signaling molecules.  It is released as a gas that quickly sends signals through every cell, organ and system in your body.  NO signals arteries to relax and expand, immune cells to kill bacteria and cancer cells, and signals brain cells to communicate with each other.   NO is critical for overall optimal health but its most notable function is within the cardiovascular system where blood flow is vital. Read the rest of this entry »

Unexpected Benefit from Getting Healthier

Telomere Length and Anti-Aging

Prostate Cancer Does Not Always Require Surgery

Posted on 8. Oct, 2013 in Blog, Broadcast, Cancer, Media, Men's Health

Actice Surveillance is a method of monitoring men with low risk prostate cancer without the need for aggressive treatment like surgery or radiation therapy.  Until recently, a man with an elevated PSA ended up with a biopsy and radical prostatectomy if cancer was found.  That is despite the fact that most prostate cancer is slow growing and most men will die from something other than their prostate cancer.  Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Younger Every Year

Within each of your cells there are pieces of DNA that determine how quickly you age.  These end caps on your chromosomes, called telomeres, were long thought to be junk-DNA since they did not code for any genes like the rest of the chromosomal DNA.  But in 2009, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to three scientists who uncovered the role that telomeres play in aging and disease.  We now know that telomeres are essentially the biological clocks within the cell determining how quickly your cells are aging.  The shorter your telomeres, the older your cells and therefore your body behaves.  The length of your telomeres is also closely associated with your risk of developing chronic diseases, like heart disease, arthritis and cancer.  The good news is that your telomere length is not static; you can change it based on how you live your life. Read the rest of this entry »

Food: Medicine or Poison?

Posted on 21. May, 2013 in Nutrition

We all need food to exist, and nearly all of us derive substantial pleasure from a well prepared meal. Unfortunately, we live in a time where the quality of food has come into question. Most of us recognize foods that should be avoided, including highly processed foods with added sugars, calorie dense fast food, chemically laden foods, and genetically modified foods. These are all likely culprits in many of the chronic ailments and the obesity epidemic that plagues a growing portion of our population. But what about foods considered “healthy”? Are there really any universally beneficial foods? It turns out that there are crucial individual differences that can cause an otherwise healthy food to become a source of chronic symptoms. In contrast to more commonly recognized food allergies that cause immediate reactions like a rash, swelling and difficulty breathing, food sensitivities can cause delayed immune reactions that insidiously make us ill. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Your Performance Sagging?

An executive came to see me, at first reporting difficulties maintaining his grueling work schedule. During our initial consultation he confided that he was also very concerned about extra weight he couldn’t lose and a drop off in his ability to perform sexually.  He attributed it to stress.  While stress may have been a factor, I found several correctable physical issues including low testosterone.  After several months of treatment his confidence, energy, enthusiasm and sexual prowess were restored.

Whether it is a decline in athletic performance, feeling less dynamic and productive at work or suffering the diminished sexual stamina that frequently happens after age 40, no one wants to feel like their best days are behind them.  Too often you are told that “you are just getting old, it happens to everyone”.  If you complain to your doctor, you may end up with prescriptions for an anti-depressant, sleeping pill and Viagra.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  If you feel like you’ve lost your edge, have less energy, feel less motivated with a lower sex drive and more belly fat, your testosterone levels might be low.  I am sure you have seen the commercials on TV for “low T”.  Do they describe you? Read the rest of this entry »

When Drugs Kill, Who is To Blame?

Posted on 16. Nov, 2012 in Uncategorized

We have a major drug problem here in the US.  No, I am not talking about illicit street drugs.  I am referring to prescription medications that are supposed to help people.  In the US every year, more people die from taking prescription medication than illegal drugs; by as much as a factor of ten.   In fact, drug deaths, primarily from prescription medications, outnumber deaths from traffic accidents (LA Times).  Who is protecting us from this public health crisis?  Is the FDA negligent or merely ineffective? Read the rest of this entry »

The Doctor Is In For Procrastinating Men

Dr. Desmond Ebanks of Alternity Healthcare focuses on men’s health issues. He answered questions about his practice for Avon LIFE.

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Desmond Ebanks of Avon opened Alternity Healthcare more than three years ago with the goal of helping aging patients prevent degenerative diseases and enjoy a better quality of life.  His approach focuses on preventing the onset of such life-sapping conditions as heart disease and diabetes, and on instituting healthy living regimens that balance hormones and build strength. He works with both men and women in his practice, but finds men initially more reluctant to seek medical help.

Click this link to view the entire article:  Aovn Life Oct 2012

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

It should be very encouraging that the average cholesterol numbers for Americans has dropped over the last twenty years.  A recent study found that trend even in those that did not take cholesterol lowering drugs.  That was surprising to many experts considering the explosion in obesity during that same time period, and the presumed connection between excess dietary fats, excess body fat and blood cholesterol.  This good news must be tempered, however, by another alarming fact:  despite all the advances in medicine, statin drugs, stents and balloon angioplasties, and bypass surgery, heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans.  And, as our American lifestyle has been exported around the world, it has become the number one killer worldwide.  How can these seemingly inconsistent facts be reconciled? Read the rest of this entry »

About Alternity Healthcare

Alternity Healthcare, LLC is an innovative medical practice emphasizing proactive, preventive care designed to help patients avoid degenerative diseases, regain lost vitality and achieve optimal health.