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The Secret to Youth is in Your Blood


While there’s no miracle age-eraser, your body holds the key to a leaner body, youthful skin, and better sex, regardless of your age. The human body is a complicated mechanism of interconnected systems. These systems need to operate in harmony to achieve optimal health, so even the slightest imbalance can affect our skin, our energy levels and even our moods. Fortunately, there is a secret to looking and feeling younger: the secret to anti-aging is in your blood.

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MAD ABOUT MAGNESIUM

In Functional Medicine, one of the top nutrient deficiencies most overlooked in conventional medicine is that of magnesium. Sixty percent of your body’s total magnesium is located in your bones, and since your body needs magnesium for close to 300 vital biochemical reactions, it is not something to be lacking in when you are working towards achieving optimal health. Read more...

Why he’s the go-to doctor of many baby boomers in search of longevity

BABY boomers come to Dr. Christopher Rex Gloria when other doctors can’t provide the accurate solutions to their chronic fatigue, lack of focus, slipping memory, insomnia and weak immune system.

Women worry about menopausal syndromes such as hot flashes, mood swings and dry skin, while men confess their concern over their expanding girth and loss of libido.

The Royal Preventive Medical Clinic has helped many patients become more productive at their optimal health in their midlife.

Although Doctor Gloria specializes in longevity and preventive medicine, he adopts the precepts of precision medicine in his practice. This means that every test and prescription is carefully customized to the patient.

Preventive medicine is based on up-to-date scientific and medical technology that discovers and treats disorders before they build up.

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A Journey To Health

Andy Vasquez-Prada sits down to his lunch, a shallow bowl of mixed gray and brown colored grains, eating slowly and gingerly, chatting in between leisurely bites. Its muesli, he explains, and despite its less-than-appetizing appearance, it’s actually quite good, he assures me. He chases it down with a small cupful of assorted pills. Wearing crisp white jeans, loafers, and navy blue coat, he looks very much dapper gentleman. This is the Andy Vasquez-Prada I am meeting for the very first time today, so I can hardly believe it when he tells me that just three years ago, he was severely overweight, tipping the scales at 314 lbs. at his heaviest and wearing a size-40 pair of jeans.

Gloria set about customizing a program for Vasquez-Prada that would work with his unique body chemistry, beginning with a thorough health exam and a blood test. “He had done different kinds of diets, before but did not keep his weight loss, so we decided to embark on a revised hCG protocol,” Dr. Gloria says, referring to human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone used for weight loss in a program pioneered by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in the late 1960’s. After the doctor addressed Vasquez-Prada’s metabolic functions using vitamin supplements and conservative hormonal correction, he was prescribed a liquid solution of hCG combined with a diet of just 500 calories daily, for an initial period of 21 days.

After a two-week break, a second round lasting 45 days commenced. The results were dramatic-“It’s about two lbs. a day that you lose, because what it does is it takes your stored fat and that’s what it burns,” he says. By the time he was through, he had lost a total of around 140 lbs. in a span of six months, plus his health had improved significantly.

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Future Perfect

The 2010 film Never Let Me Go envisions an alternate universe where people never get sick. Thanks to medical breakthroughs, life-threatening disease becomes a thing of the past and people can live past the age of 100, albeit due to practices that provoke moral and ethical debate. Likewise, the 1997 movie Gattaca portrays a dystopic future where genetic engineering rules and the quest for superiority begins even before a baby is conceived.

Hearing Dr. Rex Gloria talk about the work that they do at the Royal Preventive Medical Clinic can sometimes call to mind visions from the pages of a sci-fi novel - a world where blood testing, genetics, and as yet unheard-of advances in the medical field can eliminate the possibility of ever getting sick again. “Basically, our patients are all healthy,” he says of their ultra discreet, high-powered clientele. And the goal is to keep them that way. In fact, his task is to further improve upon their condition until clients become the optimum versions of themselves.

The light bulb moment occurred when he spent his days performing operations in the hospital. “When I did surgery before, I felt like I’m always late in helping people,” he confides. “I realized I should shift to something to help patients even before they get sick or develop a big medical problem.” He headed to Belgium and France to receive training on hormone treatment for menopausal women before taking up his master’s in preventive medicine at Germany’s Dresden University. There, his eyes were opened to a kind of medicine which, instead of treating people who are ailing and in physical pain, works with them while they are in good health in order to make them feel even better.

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