Humans are living longer and longer, but inevitably, age happens to everyone. Time marches on, no doubt, but do we really have to accept the physical effects of aging while coping with aches and pains, or are there alternatives to help reverse the signs of aging while helping us to feel better now?
I recently sat down and talked with Dr. Julian Robert Gershon Jr., owner of the Aspen Institute for Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, and learned that the answer is yes—there are many viable alternatives when it comes to improving how we age, and many of these options are readily available, affordable, and becoming more mainstream than ever before.
Dr. Gershon is a triple-board-certified physician in family medicine, sports medicine, and anti-aging regenerative medicine. With such a diverse background, his focus could have remained in any number of specialties; however, his passion and dedication to anti-aging led him to narrow the scope of his practice to helping patients feel better in their lifelong journey to better overall health and well-being as they age. Gershon has also come full circle in his lifelong journey of always wanting to get back to the basics of the alpine lifestyle. A former ski racer, athlete, and all around outdoorsman, he is excited be a part of a community like Aspen, where like-minded individuals value his knowledge and expertise. His ties to the ski community run deep: Over the course of his prestigious career he has served as a resident physician for the US Olympic training center in Colorado Springs and was selected to travel with the US Freestyle Ski Team to Chile in the summer of 2006.
Some of the exciting and cutting-edge services and medical treatments offered locally at the Aspen Institute for Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine are non-invasive stem-cell replacement procedures that have had proven results to help repair damaged areas using your own cells and tissue to heal, bioidentical hormone replacement therapies (BHRT) that are customized based on blood panels taken, and specific protocols created on a case-by-case basis. As we age, many things are tied to hormone imbalances, Gershon explains, so optimization of hormone levels is key. Also available in his clinic and on his comprehensive website are vitamin supplements and skin-care lines that Gershon has co-created with leading labs.
Stem-cell therapies and BHRT, which have typically seemed out of reach for the average patient, have now become more common. Costs are not as prohibitive, and financing options are available at Gershon’s practice. From the initial consultation to the blood panels and lab work, to the recommended personalized therapies, you can begin certain treatments and therapies in the neighborhood of $2,500, according to Gershon. The benefits are tremendous, and most of his patients tell him they have never felt better.
With all these options to stop the clock on aging, I couldn’t help but guess that for vanity purposes, more women than men were beating down Gershon’s door for age-reversal options. Yet the opposite is true among his patients. New patients come mainly from referrals, local seminars, and speaking engagements, where Gershon often talks about the benefits of age and pain management. What is also exciting is his ongoing research and education. He tells me he is constantly being introduced to new therapies to bring to his clinic and patients.
Just for fun, I ask Gershon, if he were traveling to outer space and had to pack only one thing, what would it be? “Testosterone!” he exclaims. “I feel great.” He goes on to say that it’s rare for him to have aches and pains with some of these protocols he follows as well.
What is the secret to living a long and healthy pain-free life? Can you defy statistics and thrive with longevity on your side? Gershon has some of the answers. But don’t just take my word for it. Recently, he was recognized by his peers by being named one of America’s Best Physicians of 2017. This esteemed award, which came as a complete surprise to Gershon, puts him in good company with some of the world’s leading experts in the medical profession.
Given all the well-educated people in Aspen who lead active lives with all that the mountains have to offer, and who are receptive to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in every way, Gershon is excited to finish out his career in a town he loves, to be linked with this community that has embraced his practice and passion.
If there really is a fountain of youth, I am pretty sure Gershon is serving it up. With all these effective alternatives and advancements surrounding anti-aging, healing, pain relief, and regenerative medicine, one thing is certain: Age truly is only a number.
The Aspen Institute for Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine is located at 122 W. Main Street.
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