Written by Dr. Daniel Kimbley
Every time I see an advertisement for the newest anti-aging supplement, skin cream, or diet I can’t help but think about the pain and hassle involved with trying to prevent aging.
As men, we are sold testosterone supplements in increasingly easy-to-get formulas. We are sold proteins, formulas to increase focus and mental energy, and a host of supplements promising to boost metabolism.
Women, are bombarded with covering wrinkles that supposedly come with age. More make-up, more skin creams, more time spent in appointments to Botox, facials, or chemical peels-all with the challenge of being able to know definitively whether they actually work or not. And that doesn’t include the costs involved with each.
The problem is being able to know definitively what works, and what isn’t going to give you some obscure cancer that was overlooked during the testing of many, if not all of these products.
Seriously, the scientific name for Botox is toxin botulin, which paralyzes facial nerves. And while it can look good, I can’t imagine anyone thinking it’s actually a good idea to paralyze your facial nerves every few weeks.
Looking more healthy and vibrant as we get older is a science indeed. However, I’m going to have you consider that the science and art of aging in style doesn’t need to come from another skin cream or hormone boosting supplement, rather, it can be found deep within your DNA.
When you understand that your DNA controls how we age, and at the same time understand how important your brain and nervous system are in activating DNA, aging becomes much less mystical.
At the end of your strands of DNA, there are small protective caps called telomeres. These Telomeres are responsible for preventing your DNA from fraying and becoming unraveled at the ends. These protective caps are believed to be directly linked to aging. The longer the telomeres, the more protected the DNA strands are. As we age, however, the telomeres get shorter.
“Geneticist Richard Cawthon and colleagues at the University of Utah found shorter telomeres are associated with shorter lives. Among people older than 60, those with shorter telomeres were three times more likely to die from heart disease and eight times more likely to die from infectious disease.”1
Telomere length has clearly been linked to the aging process. However, until recently, we didn’t understand the connection between spinal alignment, the nervous system, and the impact the brain and spinal cord have on telomeres.
Interestingly enough, chiropractic researchers are finding that proper spinal alignment has a direct impact on the length of telomeres. “Cervical spinal alignment and posture may be directly related to TL [telomere length] and that correction thereof may have a directly related effect on health longevity as represented by TL.” 2
In other words, having a well-adjusted spine, through what we do in our office is sure to give you the extra edge on aging. No need for the skin creams that are questionable in their effectiveness. No need to supplement your body with fake hormones to boost libido and metabolism. When your nervous system is strong, your telomeres remain long.
Like I said, the secret to how you age lies inside of each of us having a perfectly functioning nervous system.
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1 Ooi, L., & Wood, I. C. (2008). Regulation of gene expression in the nervous system [Abstract]. Biochem J. 15;414(3):327-341. doi:10.1042/BJ20080963
2 Fedorchuk, C., Lightstone D., McCoy M., & Harrison D. (2017). Increased Telomere Length and Improvements in Dysautonomia, Quality of Life, and Neck and Back Pain Following Correction of Sagittal Cervical Alignment Using Chiropractic BioPhysics® Technique: A Case Study. Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine,11(2). doi:10.4172/1747-0862.1000269