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Make Your Brain Faster, Smarter and Sharper – in Just Two Weeks

With a few changes to your lifestyle, the performance of your brain can be greatly improved – even making it faster.

“I’m not getting older, I’m getting better!” It’s a saying that you might see on a T-shirt or coffee mug, probably at the birthday party of a man or woman of a certain age.
Well guess what? You can make that hackneyed slogan a reality by taking steps to get your brain working at its full potential even as you age—allowing you to enjoy sustained energy, productivity and clarity, and get more done in less time.

  • The right diet can help provide your body with ketones- molecules that are great for fueling mitochondria.
  • Even small amounts of artificial LED light can change your brain’s timing circuits and energy production.
  • At the end of every shower you take, turn the water to the coldest setting for 30 seconds.

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Brain Faster

Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

The Entrepreneur’s Common Sense Guide to Heart Health

This article lists 6 ways to improve your heart health that are easy to introduce into your daily routine.

Key takeaways from the article:

  • Twenty-two chronic heart diseases, including heart disease, cancer, dementia, diabetes, arthritis and obesity, have been linked to how many hours a day you sit.
  • Vegetables taste a whole lot better than chemotherapy or surgery.
  • Go beyond the usual heart tests – ask your doctor for advanced lab work that reveals more information about your arteries.

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Heart Health Article

Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

New dietary supplements promise greater longevity, but does the science back them up?

Several companies are touting dietary supplements as the latest key to longevity

Supplements

Sometimes marketed under the vague term “nutraceuticals,” these products—pills, powders and drinks, often containing nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs— cannot be categorized as food, additives or drugs, so the FDA does not regulate them. But they purport to have scientifically based benefits.

The marketing is working: These substances are gaining popularity, particularly in Silicon Valley, where living longer has become a kind of Holy Grail for problem-solving techies. One of my patients recently asked me about one of the most popular substances, Basis, which is sold by a startup called Elysium Health. Basis has attracted a lot of buzz recently with feature articles in Fast Company, Wired and New York that have focused on its attractive packaging and subscription model. (Basis is available for $50 a month or $480 a year.) My patient wondered whether he should take this pill in an effort to live a longer, healthier life—essentially the promise that Basis makes with its claim to “support well-being at the cellular level.”

Any product touting medical benefits ought to have legitimate science behind it

A little context first: There are some truly beneficial substances in the dietary supplements marketplace. Vitamin D, coenzyme Q10, selenium and fish oil have all undergone extensive scientific research that shows their effectiveness at boosting the immune system and staving off heart disease. But there is also a lot of mistruth, obfuscation and outright deception in the supplements field because the products are not subject to the same level of FDA scrutiny as prescription medications; supplements do not require government approval to be sold. If you’re considering incorporating these substances into your regimen, you should be well armed with questions like what’s in them, whether they deliver what they promise and whether they have side effects. That’s why I was moved to inspect Basis more closely.

Led by a group of tech investment executives, Elysium, a 4-year-old company that began selling Basis in 2015, finished a round of series-B funding in December 2016. That detail matters because it shows that Elysium is adopting the path of a tech startup, not a pharmaceutical company. This business mentality is evidenced in the careful wording on its website. Here’s the promise of Elysium’s Basis: “Cells need the coenzyme NAD+ to function, and NAD+ declines as we age. Basis is clinically proven to increase NAD+ levels.” Read that carefully: The statement says nothing about longevity, just the level of coenzyme—a nutrient—in our bodies.

Elysium’s marketing materials make a big deal about the members of its advisory board, which includes 20 notable scientists and Nobel laureates. Its website prominently features their headshots and achievements, resembling a Who’s Who of the scientific community: Aaron Ciechanover, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, kicks off the list with his accomplishments in cancer biology; he’s followed by neuroscientist Eric Kandel and his work with molecular biology and memory. But if you don’t read carefully, you might overlook the fact that their achievements don’t amount to an endorsement of Basis. Board members’ “sole role is to advise Elysium on the development and testing of its compounds,” Thomas C. Südhof, a Stanford University neurophysiologist and Elysium board member, told the MIT Technology Review last year. What that actually means is hard to say.

Of course, aggressive marketing doesn’t mean that a product is fraudulent. So to assess whether Basis is worth considering, I asked three questions based in clinical science.

Is it harmless?

In other words, will my patient get hurt from using Basis? The answer is: probably not, but we don’t know for certain. Though cells with elevated NAD+ levels may act and look younger, that doesn’t mean they truly are younger—leaving the true effects of elevated NAD+ distressingly unknown.

Is it scientifically sensible?

Any product touting medical benefits ought to have legitimate science behind it, and claims made by its manufacturers and distributors must be logical. With Basis, the question is whether correlation equals causality. Elysium points to a study it funded to suggest that Basis does produce results, but that study— despite being published last October in the peer-reviewed Nature Partner Journal: Aging and Mechanisms of Disease—was conducted with very carefully chosen criteria. Did taking a daily boost of a NAD+ precursor increase NAD+ levels? Yes—but that’s like asking if daily iron supplements will increase blood iron levels. Of course they will. Elysium could have tested using different, more meaningful criteria, like examining if increased NAD+ levels reduced free-radical damage or inflammation. An Elysium spokesperson told me that demonstrating the safe increase of NAD+ levels in humans was an important first step. “We plan to look at several more endpoints in future studies, including inflammation,” he said.

Is Basis beneficial?

There is now no clear indication that Basis will have a positive effect on the life of my patient or any other—just the correlation that Elysium points out between aging and reduced NAD+. Yet I wonder how all the extra NAD+ that is normally not present in an older cell is processed. Could that have adverse effects that are not fully understood? Elysium’s study was only 60 days in duration—far too short a time frame to gauge any benefit in longevity or the potential negative effects on cellular health.

Ultimately, I think there is something potentially quite good in Basis, but I am hesitant because of my observation of other healthcare startups whose advisory boards, funding and valuations had little correlation to their products’ efficacy. While I am excited to see the results of further Basis studies, I told my patient to watch and wait for now.
Until there’s more evidence, I advised him to stick to the mainstays of longevity: sleeping well, eating well, exercising moderately and taking scientifically valid supplements.

 

DAN CARLIN, a physician, is CEO of
WorldClinic, a New London,
N.H.-based telemedicine practice.

Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

Stem Cells: The Key to Active Longevity and Quality of Life as You Age

Dr. Dan Carlin, co-author of The World of Concierge Medicine, talks here about stem cells and how they might just be the key to a long and active life.

“You’ve probably heard about how stem cells have the potential to cure all sorts of conditions, but what many people don’t know is that they can harness the power of stem cells for themselves right now.

The story of one of my patients shows how stem cells can help with one of the most common problems of aging, osteoarthritis.  With stem cell therapy, she was able to avoid a knee replacement and get back to pain-free activity fast.

Her journey began with seeing several orthopedic surgeons about her osteoarthritis. Her first two treatment options were typical: inject artificial joint fluid into the knee to temporarily reduce pain, or undergo a total knee replacement and commit to three months of physical therapy. She felt that there had to be a better option and reached out to us. We worked with a stem-cell expert and orthopedist in Europe to create a treatment plan that included injecting the knee with her own stem cells after undergoing an extensive surgical clean-out of the damaged cartilage and old scar tissue. She went to Europe for treatment and was soon back to walking and golfing with her friends.

My patient didn’t realize it, but the stem cells actually had a far greater effect on her longevity than just letting her play tennis and exercise. Being pain-free meant more physical and social activity, both of which have proven anti-aging benefits.

With a good physician on your side, anyone can access the amazing power of stem cells. To learn more, check out my book The World of Concierge Medicine, which shows you how to find a great physician and has more examples of cutting-edge longevity treatments.”

If you would like a copy of Dr. Dan’s book, The World of Concierge Medicine, please get in touch and I’ll happily provide you with a PDF version.

The Road to Longevity: Living to 120—and Beyond?

Medical technology can now identify risk factors in the human body long before they impact your health

A medical revolution is underway—one that’s making it possible for us to extend our lives for decades by stopping now-fatal diseases before they can take hold of our bodies. In the coming years, we’ll not only be able to live longer, but also have fuller lives characterized by enduring physical mobility and mental sharpness.

Here’s a closer look at the personal longevity revolution—and what it could mean to you and your family as you seek to live your best life.

Stop disease before it starts: the power of biomarkers and genomes

Perhaps the most interesting component of longevity care is the role of biomarkers in understanding genomic risk and promoting long-term health.

Biomarkers are biological data points that reveal the current physical state of affairs of a particular condition. Most biomarkers are blood tests for future risk, but they also might include other health data points like a calcium score or even simpler values like heart rhythm and blood pressure.

Biomarkers are nothing new, but they can now be used in advanced ways thanks to personal genome sequencing—a process that can reveal a specific future health risk you face so you can stop it in its tracks. What’s more, new health biomarkers are being identified regularly—giving doctors more data points to examine and track in the pursuit of longevity. (Bonus: The costs of gene sequencing and biomarker analysis are also coming down.)

A person’s unique genome is just that—unique. Genomic mapping and analysis enables doctors to identify the specific processes that lead to the creation of a future disease state. Once a biomarker corresponding to that future disease is identified, a detailed protocol can be developed to track and manage it.

Bottom line: You can know if you have specific risk factors in your body that could lead to major health problems, long before those health problems ever rear their ugly heads. Armed with that almost predictive insight, you can take steps to stop those problems before they have a chance to do damage.

The choice is yours

It’s a given that you want to live a long, healthy and active life—and that you want the same for your loved ones.

The question therefore is “What are you doing about it?”

Basically, you have two options:

  1. Manage the process yourself using available medical resources. For example, you can have your genome mapped by any number of health service providers. The question, however, is how to use the genomic information effectively once you have it. You can adjust your diet and exercise more—but that’s not really comprehensive longevity care.
  2. Work with longevity care experts. You can work with physician and care teams who have a deep understanding of longevity care and are actively staying abreast of the latest developments in the field. These experts will regularly monitor developments with your particular biomarkers, with the goal of staying out in front of any illnesses, diseases or other negative health outcomes. They will also provide you with a range of options to address any issues that do crop up, often using more advanced and less invasive health care methods.

Longevity care like this is often available through high-quality concierge medical practices. There are a number of different types of concierge medical practices, but two major types typically provide longevity planning:

  • Physician concierge practices, which a provide a high-level patient experience by ensuring greater access through rapid callbacks, extended office hours and shorter wait times
  • Continuous connected care practices, which use the connectivity provided by technology to deliver care and ensure continuity in the patient experience, regardless of their location or time of day

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: This article was published by the BSW Inner Circle, a global financial concierge group working with affluent individuals and families and is distributed with its permission. Copyright 2017 by AES Nation, LLC.

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

The Three Key Longevity Practices That You’re NOT Doing

The following content is provided by Dr Dan Carlin, the author of The World of Concierge Medicine, who has very kindly agreed to share some tips related to health and longevity. If clients would like a copy of his book, please let us know and we can provide a PDF version.

The three key longevity practices that you’re NOT doing

There are three main longevity practices that most people are not doing: 1) limiting refined carbohydrate intake, 2) increasing the amount of greens and other vegetables in their diet, and 3) most importantly, taking an objective look at their own family history. Each of these is important for its own reasons, but together they help prevent a large number of aging-related diseases.

Limiting refined carbohydrates

I get asked a lot about what types of food are the worst for your health, and my answer is always the same: refined carbohydrates. Quickly digested sugar and white flour damages cells by providing glucose in overabundance and its subsequent rapid metabolism creates excessive free radicals that result in accelerated cellular aging and death.

Increasing vegetable intake (especially green vegetables)

Conversely, I’m also asked a lot about the best foods to eat, and for that question my answer is always green vegetables. Spinach, kale, broccoli, romaine—the darker the green the richer it is in vitamins and minerals, all of which fight the free radicals that damage cells. The fiber in this food is also a natural way to ensure a healthy GI biome.

Knowing your family history and making a plan

Lastly, and most importantly, I encourage everyone to research and learn the specific medical issues that affected your fellow siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Specifically, you should search for conditions like heart disease, cancer, stroke and early dementia or Parkinsonism. Though this may seem a bit morbid, knowing your family history lays the groundwork for a plan to assess the medical risks that you too may have inherited. Once you have this information, talk with your primary care physician about it. He or she should help you make a plan for how you will assess and prevent the diseases that have afflicted your family in the past. If you can’t get a lot of information on your family or want to take it to the next level, consider getting your genome sequenced. Though we still have a long way to go with understanding the predictive risk potential of the genome, there is enough verified hard science today to make it worthwhile.

Maintaining just these three habits will create a powerful impact on your longevity, and you’ll be far ahead of the health curve. By applying these simple interventions, you can set the stage for a healthy body and brain and vibrant activity for years to come.

Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.