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New doc: live longer

The Snow Creek Medical Center is offering anti-aging services with its new doctor Michael Jacobson.

Jacobson is at the clinic on Tuesdays and is board certified in family practice, hospice and palliative care, and anti-aging and functional medicine.

Anti-aging and functional medicine focus on preventative treatments and fixing problems associated with aging. The long-term goal is to extend the lives of patients and improve quality of life. This is in contrast to other forms of medicine that are more reactive to symptoms and disease, Jacobson explained.

For example, many types of doctors can tell you your weight is exacerbating a problem and you should drop a few pounds. An anti-aging expert can give you practical advice and useful information to help you trim down, he said.

Anti-aging doctors fill voids in medicine left by physicians who are only trained to solve problems with pharmaceuticals, he explained. Anti-aging experts prescribe pharmaceuticals as well as nutraceuticals. They are well trained in the science and research of natural remedies.

Many different professions claim to heal with natural remedies, and physicians look down upon most of them. Anti-aging doctors use methods scientifically proven, he said. The research is some of the most thorough he’s ever seen, but most doctors shy away because they distrust what isn’t taught in medical school.

"People sometimes think they have to choose between seeing a doctor and natural-remedy experts," he said. "Doctors called them quacks."

Patients of any age and level of health can benefit from his services, Jacobson said.

For women, Jacobson says he is well versed in bio-identical hormones that work better than synthetics. In fact, most natural medicines work better because there are fewer side effects, he said.

For asthma, in addition to prescribing an inhaler, Jacobson can treat underlying causes of the inflammation and reduce the effects.

Anti-aging physicians are also experts in nutrition. That’s an area poorly taught in medical school, he said. As a result, most doctors refer patients to nutritionists, and it’s difficult to formulate a regimen for better health between professionals in different fields.

Jacobson said he primarily sees two types of patients: young people who don’t want to lose quality of life as they age, and older people who don’t want to die early.

Anti-aging and functional medicine is about keeping people healthy, he explained.

To set an appointment to see Jacobson, call 435-655-0055. To learn more about his field, visit http://www.worldhealth.net.


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