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Hormone Therapeutics, a telemedicine company using comprehensive testing for personal and employee health optimization, won the Launchpad Innovative Health Startup competition for employee wellness at the national Art and Science Health Promotional Conference.
The 27th annual conference was held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO, with 1,500 healthcare professionals in attendance. Since 1989, the Art and Science Health Promotional Conference has aimed to narrow the gap between research and practice by “stimulating dialogue and engendering lasting relationship between practitioners and scientists.” The startup competition is held each year to promote recognize innovative health and wellness companies. Five finalists were selected to present to the audience and judges for the final stage of the competition.
“Winning this innovative healthcare startup competition was exciting to validate our strategy around a brand new approach to employee wellness and performance,” said Hormone Therapeutics CEO Hunter Howard. Our platform provides access to world-class testing, and physicians, in the home or office to optimize employee health and drive corporate performance. We launched a little over a year ago with a direct to consumer telemedicine model around the Hormone Replacement Therapy service line and kept adding service lines. We provide remote testing and can now send a nurse to any home, or office, in the country for genetic DNA testing, personalized food nutrigenomics, exercise physiology, blood, saliva, biome, telomere tests. We call this our 360 degree Health and Personal Optimization platform allowing us to expand to employee and concierge wellness.
Hormone Therapeutics highlighted an innovated approach to Employee Wellness extending the level of care previously only extended to the C-Suite throughout the organization. The Hormone Therapeutics team illustrated how corporations are spending $5,000 to $25,000 per executive per year sending C-level executives to wellness destinations boutiques like the Mayo, Cooper and Cleveland Clinics for annual two day checkups. These intensive programs give a great snapshot of the executives health on that day and then they are sent home with a list of items to work on and seen again the next year. The judges commented that the remote monitoring for personalized health and performance optimization could really change how we view employee wellness strategies.
The Hormone Therapeutics approach takes all of the same tests as the world-renowned organizations except for on-site MRI, cardiac stress and VO2 max and brings the rest to the corporation or even employee home for a fraction of the cost. The cost savings allows companies to extend this executive wellness plan throughout the organization. As important, Hormone Therapeutics national network of telemedicine physicians and lifestyle coaches work with the employees throughout the year with quarterly quantitative tests and goals and qualitative self evaluations rather than a one annual health snapshot.
Winning this innovative healthcare startup competition was exciting to validate our strategy around a brand new approach to employee wellness and performance. Our platform provides access to world-class testing, and physicians, in the home or office to optimize employee health and drive corporate performance. We launched a little over a year ago with a direct to consumer telemedicine model around the Hormone Replacement Therapy service line and kept adding service lines. We provide remote testing and can now send a nurse to any home, or office, in the country for genetic DNA testing, personalized food nutrigenomics, exercise physiology, blood, saliva, biome, telomere tests. We call this our 360 degree Health and Personal Optimization platform which allowed us to expand beyond individuals to employers.
Saleamp Design May 2nd, 2017
President Trump and the Republicans have run on Repeal and Replace since 2010 but have not been able to coalesce around what ‘replacement’ should look like. I was offered a front row seat, with 45 other Healthcare execs invited to Capitol Hill last week, to meet with Republican Congressmen and discuss the AHCA. The Freedom Caucus stood firm as a single unit, arguing the American Health Care Act was ‘Obamacare lite’ and a new entitlement program swapping ACA subsidies for tax credits. They sought to repeal the entire insurance regulation infrastructure rather than amend or vote for anything that resembles Obamacare.
Our group was comprised of YPO/WPO President’s leading healthcare companies. We met with Senators Rand Paul (KY) and Bill Cassidy (LA) and Congressmen Chris Collins (NY), Diane Black (TN), Tim Murphy (PA) and Pat Tiberi (OH). We had a robust give and take on the policies that affected our companies and were impressed with the passion, detailed and wonky knowledge these congressmen had on the legislative and business details of the act.
The meeting was put together in November following the election to bring together a group of healthcare executives to discuss an ACA repeal. In the end, our input was too late to impact the bill as the White House had simultaneously issued an ultimatum to Republicans to get in line and vote for the bill or suffer the consequences in the mid-term elections. What happens next, given the campaign promises, should be interesting as House Speaker, Paul Ryan stated, “Obamacare is the law of the land. We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
President Trump was applauded for his out spoken support, but there are no convincing stories or quotes around his interest in the elements of the AHCA. It likely hurt his ability to appeal to undecided voters with his lack of detailed knowledge or passionate pushing for meaningful bill specifics.
Trump’s greatest skill may be as a marketer and brander as seen in his real estate deals and knack for labeling competitors. When many attempted to call the bill ‘Trumpcare’, the White House ran from it at the suggestion of VP Mike Pence. He did not share the same intensity, or tweets, as on the travel ban or wiretapping claims. Trump did voice his displeasure Sunday morning tweeting, “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club for Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!”
No notable US Healthcare experts supported the specifics of the AHCA or could show how this program would benefit Americans. A Quinnipiac poll showed only 17% of Americans supported it. High-profile, conservative lawmakers called it ‘Obamacare Lite’ and many major medical and health care groups believed the bill would harm Americans. Moderate Republicans were alarmed by the Congressional Budget Office score projecting 24 million more uninsured and more so by the rising premiums for the low income 50-65 year olds and patients with pre-existing conditions. Ryan risked losing even more moderates with his 11th hour exploration of removing the 10 Essential Health Benefits of insurance programs guaranteeing preventative care in order to persuade the Freedom Caucus.
One issue from not getting any support from the other side of the aisle is it provides veto power to large conservative coalitions. This could hamper the White House from accomplishing its goals if it is unable to coalesce the moderate and conservative wings of the party in pushing through Tax Reform and the Infrastructure Bill. We never did get to a vote to see who was bluffing and who was going to fall in line. By one estimate, the conservative House Freedom Caucus had 22 potential no’s from their 30 member group. Thirteen of the 50 member Tuesday Morning group were undecided going into the vote. Nine of the 23 Republican congressmen in areas Hillary Clinton won in 2016 were potential no’s as were 9 Mavericks that do not always vote straight ticket and 6 other undecideds. These various groups held different and often opposing reasons for not supporting the AHCA.
Prior to the 2008 election, democratic congressional leaders, interest groups and policy experts worked to develop a framework for the ACA and worked with the Presidential candidates. After the election, this group spent 15 months, over 187 legislative days, and the House and Senate held 15 hearings and accepted more than 150 Republican amendments. The Republican amendments, however, did not win a single Republican ACA vote when signed into law on March 23, 2007. Nancy Pelosi in the House and Harry Reid in the Senate, led the push after the Democrats learned from President Clinton’s failed attempt to push the bill from the White House. Last week we saw Paul Ryan and President Trump throw in the towel after just 18 days without reaching across the aisle.
Obamacare – 187 legislative days
Medicare Part D – 166
1996 Welfare Reform – 56
1986 Tax Reform – 323
American Healthcare Act – 17
Ryan had many options with his approach, however, the wings of his party hold vastly different ideologies on the government’s role in healthcare. He could have crafted a conservative bill with incremental changes consistent with Trump’s populist economic position. He could have proposed modest subsidy cuts on the needy, and smaller tax breaks for the wealthiest, and tried to accommodate both the Republican Governors relying on the ACA. Instead, the AHCA projected to increase the uninsured, reduce care in standard insurance, cut support to both low income Americans and those with serious health conditions, and provide a tax cut for the wealthy.
We heard, through the press while we were in our meetings, that repealing the Essential Health Benefits was one element on the table to secure the Freedom Caucus votes. The 10 EHB points are considered critical by the ACA authors to establish a standard of care that includes maternity and newborn care, preventative exams, prescription drugs, emergency services and hospitalizations. ACA opponents claim the government is reducing consumer choice and inflating insurance costs with services not everyone wants. I shared my concerns with eliminating the EHB provisions in creating more gaps in coverage Americans need.
One consistent side conversation surrounded the benefits of a Single Payer system which really surprised me from a Republican group. One individual’s analysis showed that 31% of all healthcare costs go to either the insurance companies or revenue cycle mechanics on the provider side with little value to patient care for this expense. The group knew that single-payer is a political lightning rod for conservatives though. Given Trump’s fiscal conservatism and maverick qualities, do not be surprised if this path receives more consideration in the future.
One important ideological shift is that more and more Americans believe healthcare is a right the government should provide. Senator Bill Cassidy from Louisiana shared with us, as he has with others that, “There’s widespread recognition that the federal government, Congress, has created the right for every American to have healthcare.” Many of the conservative members of his party do not agree with this position.
Our conversation with Senator Cassidy focused on the AHCA, however, his Patient Freedom Act, co –authored with Susan Collins of Maine, is one structure the Republicans may pursue. This more moderate bill does not repeal Medicaid expansion and leaves states free to maintain the current ACA marketplace structure at 95% of current funding. It also gives states the option to expand government funded health savings accounts.
The Trump administration avoids getting stuck in the months of policy debate on the AHCA specifics. Passing the ACA was a major factor in the Democrats losing so many seats in the 2010 mid-term elections.
Nobody believes Obamacare is perfect, specifically those hurt by high insurance premiums, co-payments and deductibles. It will be interesting to see if the government uses the powers, interestingly granted to HHS Secretary Tom Price through the ACA, to make changes to the exchanges, Medicaid and provide subsidies to middle and low-income individuals. His actions can either support the insurance exchanges or accelerate their decline.
Hunter Howard has founded three HealthTech startups: Hormone Therapeutics, Ocracoke Health, and MediGain.
Hormone Therapeutics provides patients a scientific map to health optimization through precision in-home testing (blood, saliva, genetics, telomere, microbiome) and a national telemedicine platform allowing personalized therapeutics for health optimization. We empower and guide patients to live healthier longer.
Saleamp Design March 28th, 2017
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Are you experiencing any low testosterone symptom? Do you an idea how it affects your body? Testosterone is very important not only for revving up your sex drive but for muscle building too. But testosterone receptors circulate all over the body, from the bones to the blood vessels to your brain. Hence, you have deficiency on testosterone, the health effects could go beyond the bedroom and the gym.
Below are the nine most common low testosterone symptoms but they are not solid proof of low T. To confirm, you will two blood tests that show low levels – often around 300 nanograms per decilitre or even lower, depending on the lab. Your doctor will provide an official diagnosis if you have low testosterone.
Fortunately, if low T is the true culprit, most of the low testosterone symptoms can be reversed, or at least alleviated, with testosterone therapy.
Perhaps the quickest, most known and most common low testosterone symptom is disappearing libido. Nearly all patient who visits with suspected low T reports lack of sexual appetite and that includes masturbation. Aside from wanting less sexual contact, men with testosterone deficiency report fewer erotic dreams and fantasies.
Areas in the brain responsible for sexual activity, such as the amygdala, are filled with testosterone receptors. The hormone fits inside these receptors like a lock inside a key to light up and arouse you. Without the testosterone, you lose an important part of the puzzle.
The lack of sexual desire can lead to issues with erection, although low T does not directly affect the process involved in getting or keeping it stiff.
Sufficient testosterone places your body in a muscle-building (anabolic) state by helping the body generate and process proteins that create the building blocks of lean mass. When the level of testosterone declines, the body shifts to catabolic state, breaking down muscle tissue instead of building it up.
Initially, you may notice that it’s harder to build muscle at the gym and lift as much weight. After a few weeks, you will notice that you’re losing muscle mass. In fact, a study on men with low free testosterone, which is measured by the amount of hormone available to attach to receptors – had a triple risk of losing muscles with aging compared to those with normal levels.
With the consistent supply of testosterone, the tissues of your scrotum, testicles and penis may shrivel or atrophy. When this happens, your penis could lose both girth and length. You will notice that your testes shrinks too, even to half the size and changes from firm to squishy.
While testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) cannot restore your testicular volume, it has a good chance of bringing back your penis to its former glory. In fact, a study published by the Indian Journal of Urology revealed that TRT in boys with micropenis can increase the size to one and half inch.
In a study among men with prostate cancer, it has been shown that about 22 percent more visceral fat and 14 percent more body fat were gained after a year of androgen deprivation therapy – a form of treatment which hinders testosterone’s effect as prostate cancer cells often require androgen such as testosterone, to grow.
Visceral fat is the deep abdominal fat which coats your organs, which increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
In men, low levels of testosterone support the activity of lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that drives circulating lipids into visceral fat cells, increasing them up.
One of the most common low testosterone symptom is trouble with memory and thinking. In a recent study, men with testosterone deficiency for more than five years also noticed a drop in scores on their memory and mental function test.
Aside from the amygdala, other parts of the brain responsible for attention and memory have testosterone receptors too, such as the cerebrum. When there is insufficient amount of hormone for those receptors, your brain cells won’t be able to perform optimally.
While some of the side effects of low T such as weight gain and sexual dysfunction can really turn you blue, there is an evidence of a direct link between testosterone deficiency and your mood.
Based on a study published by the Endocrine Journal, it has been revealed that about 23 percent of young men with recently diagnosed Low T met the criteria for depression. When there is inadequate level of testosterone, it leads to empty testosterone receptors which is associated to mood changes.
Furthermore, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, can start a vicious cycle. Depression can even suppress your reproductive system to produce testosterone, which worsens the problem.
Our bone is a living tissue that are constantly tearing down and rebuilding themselves. However, when testosterone levels drop, the process of breaking down becomes much faster than the normal rate the body can rebuild it.
This results in a higher risk of developing osteoporosis and low bone density and suffering from fractures.
The effect of testosterone deficiency on the possibility of developing heart problems has fueled controversy among experts.
On one side, low testosterone levels may be associated to heart problems. A study from the UK has found that men diagnosed with low testosterone has a higher risk of dying from heart disorder compared to men with normal levels. The theory is that testosterone can help open heart blood vessels, letting blood to flow without obstructions.
On the flip side, a number of studies have proposed that testosterone replacement therapy, particularly among seniors or those with existing heart ailments, might increase the likelihood of stroke or heart attack because they believe that TRT may thicken the blood, increasing the chances of clot formation.
Hence, if you decide to get testosterone therapy, be sure to talk to your doctor regarding the risks and benefits of the treatment. Your doctor will test your T levels after you started the therapy or make necessary changes to the dosage. If you are getting treatment by injection, be sure that your T levels are not rising too high.
Saleamp Design February 21st, 2017
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The Department of Defense has been studying testosterone therapy for military, finding out if it could keep the brain and muscles working optimally even during long periods of combat.
Medical researchers told that when troops are engaged in extended hours of physical activity such as contingency and military operations, they’re unable to take the calories necessary to endure the high mental and physical function.
The caloric deficit, which in some cases reach as much as 50 to 60 percent below the needed amount, may result in fatigue, muscle, cognitive decline and in men, a decline in testosterone. This leaves them susceptible to illness, wounds, injury or death.
Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Facility and the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine of Louisiana State University has conducted a study to know if keeping a normal testosterone levels in times of calorie restriction could boost combat performance or at least lessen the negative effects.
This study of testosterone therapy for military will provide insight on the role of testosterone in keeping agility, strength and brain functions.
The study called ‘Optimizing Performance in Soldiers Study’ is ongoing at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is participated by 50 men, with ages 18 to 39. In the first phase, participants will be given food and monitored on an outpatient basis. In second phase, they will be living at the research institute, eating the same amount of calories as military men would consume in the battleground. Further, they will be undergoing rigorous physical activity, simulating the pressure of combat and hitting a caloric deficit of 55 percent below the energy expended.
In this phase, half of the subjects will be given weekly testosterone therapy for military shots to keep their levels of hormone while the rest will get a placebo. After the 28-day Phase Two, the participants will go back to their normal levels of exercise and food, and will be watched for weight gain.
The goal of the experiment is to check if they can avoid a soldier from muscle break down during calorie restriction and if they will be better able in performing a repeat mission. They try to look if not keeping the right levels of hormones could worsen their performance on the next training exercise or the next mission.
The Testosterone therapy for military study is not geared in knowing whether soldiers could transform into super warriors through testosterone injections. Rather, this $5 million research is aimed toward high-intensity stressful conditions done by combat arms troops and special operations personnel. In a nutshell, this is only ideal for the most extreme conditions.
The study is only one of the several studies of the Defense Department to discover the influence of supplements and diet on muscle mass and cognitive function.
The Air Force Research Laboratory has teamed with the Center of Nutrition, Learning and Memory, which is a partnership between the Abbott Laboratory and the University of Illinois, on how the nutrient lutein can help enhance brain performance.
Lutein is a pigment present in many fruits and vegetables. It plays an important role in learning, memory and cognition. They are studying if Omega-3 fatty acids can help special operations soldiers and recruits concentrate.
The study aims to learn if they can improve cognitive function even under stress since these young people who undergo the Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course and the Ranger School are definitely feel stressed and pressured during certain times in the programs.
Nutrition is a very important part of a soldier’s fitness but researchers of testosterone therapy for military study may unravel more insight into the effect when troops cannot eat or drink sufficiently to maintain high function level.
Saleamp Design February 17th, 2017
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Tags: brain performance, calorie restriction, cognitive function, combat performance, lutein, nutrition, obesity, Omega-3 fatty acids, testosterone, testosterone injections, testosterone therapy, testosterone therapy for military
When it comes to promoting weight loss, the mechanism between HCG vs. Sermorelin, a human growth hormone, is different. Sermorelin is a human growth hormone (HGH) secretagogue – a peptide that stimulates the body to naturally secrete its own HGH. In this way, the HGH that is produced is intrinsic, which means there are no concerns in terms of purity of the hormone.
Sermorelin works by gradually increasing the production of HGH after administration for several weeks. It causes the body to manufacture its own HGH, while the hormone HGH is usually given for weight loss and anti-aging purposes. HGH and Sermorelin have varying effects, and Sermorelin turns to be a popular anti-aging treatment that has some weight loss benefits.
But, between HCG vs. Sermorelin, HCG still wins when it comes to promoting weight loss. Read the explanation below.
HCG is a widely used hormone for the main purpose of shedding pounds. When taken with a very low calorie diet, it is clinically proven to be effective in helping with weight loss. On one hand, most people use Sermorelin for anti-aging purposes, and it is proven to have a wide array of positive effect on the body. While weight loss can be achieved through Sermorelin therapy, it is seldom the main objective of the treatment.
Often, the main objective of Sermorelin treatment is to replenish low HGH levels that come with the natural aging process or other possible causes. Sermorelin can cause a moderate weight loss, however, it usually requires a combination of a healthy diet and exercise. Also, it can be harder to lose weight using Sermorelin alone than to HGH.
The HCG diet is designed to assist the body in losing as much weight as possible by making the most of the hormone’s effectiveness. The HCG diet restricts certain foods that may cause interaction to the hormone. On top of that, it was developed through a scientific research.
One of the benefits of HCG diet is that is it does not require exercise to lose weight. Anyone who desires to trim down as quickly as possible should consider following the HCG diet. After completing the diet, if the patient has a deficiency of HGH, it can easily be increased through Sermorelin treatment.
Though HCG is better for losing weight than Sermorelin, Sermorelin is still necessary for patients with minimal to significant HGH deficiency. It provides a good way for patients to achieve a healthy metabolism, shed some pounds, get more out of their exercise efforts and develop more muscle mass. However, the HCG diet provides the fastest way to take out extra weight in the shortest span of time.
On the other hand, there is no particular Sermorelin diet that can help boost the weight loss potential of the therapy. It can result in weight loss only if given as a treatment for a long period of time. The result is normally around 5 to 10 pounds of weight loss over the course of four to six months. This requires very minimal to no exercise.
As mentioned before, weight loss is just a side benefit of Sermorelin treatment and each person may experience varied results. Generally, the weight loss effect that Sermorelin can provide is very limited. It is an effective treatment for those who are deficient of HGH and it can also be used to maintain a healthy weight when done with exercise and healthy diet.
But HCG still won the round when it comes to losing weight for a short period of time. It can cause up to 40 pounds weight loss in a span of six weeks when done with a very low calorie diet. HCG for weight loss has been proven to be one of the best and most effective weight loss treatments to date and for patients who want to shed some extra weight, there’s simply no other treatment or hormone that could work better for most people.
When combined with exercise, the best that Sermorelin could offer is maintaining a healthy weight. The HGH loss that happens with aging is relevant to the reduction of muscle mass and increase in body fat. Such loss could also slow down metabolism of body fat, the reason why it’s easier to gain weight as we begin to age and more difficult to lose it. Sermorelin can help you with all these issues. It can help bring back a more vibrant metabolism, so the food you eat is not transformed into fat. It also helps improve muscle mass so you can burn more calories even without working out as well as the abnormal fat that you have. Overall, it is a good option for aging adults who desire to maintain their weight.
One of the main benefits of taking Sermorelin is that you’ll recover faster from your workouts and you build more muscles than without the therapy. Like a young man who can exercise while still keeping a high level of endurance and energy, Sermorelin can help boost your energy level when exercising and help your body maximize the benefits of your workouts.
And the result? Your body will respond better to any physical activity. In order to achieve significant weight with Sermorelin therapy, you need to have to exercise on a regular basis. Since exercise isn’t a requirement when under HCG, it is usually more convenient for patients, particularly those whose main goal is to lose lots of pounds.
Sermorelin has been proven to be an effective therapy for people who desire to bring back their normal sleep cycle. Insomnia and other abnormal sleep cycle are associated with weight gain. People who sleep late at night tend to eat out of boredom or stay alert. Many people with sleep issues and disorders are linked to weight gain. Sermorelin has been found to help adults experience more sleep and improve the quality of their sleep even within a few days of the treatment. By having a better quality of sleep, it will be easier to keep a healthy weight.
Most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep a day to feel adequately rested. If you are an aging adult who has sleep problems and is having issues with weight, you definitely should consider starting Sermorelin therapy.
Saleamp Design February 14th, 2017
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