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Age Management Medicine, including hypothyroidism

As over 8,000 baby boomers are reaching age 65 daily, Age Management Medicine is at the forefront of 21st century medicine.  As we age, our body processes typically slow down.  Healthy aging programs centered on evidenced based patient care are attracting record numbers of physicians interested in incorporating these ideas into their practices.  This month, the Age Management Medicine Group held their annual conference for a membership of 14 thousand doctors from every state and 25 countries.

The goals of age management medicine include disease prevention, increased quality of life, enhanced wellbeing and longer health spans. The pillars of treatment in this area include: prevention and early detection, balanced hormone replacement, nutrition (including vitamin and mineral supplementation), and fitness.  Symptoms that often indicate problems in the area of aging include:  fatigue, decreased libido, increased belly fat, insomnia, mood changes. New thoughts in this field are: stem cell use, genetic testing, telomere length hormones and arterial conditioning.

Although there are many sub-topics in age management medicine, in this segment, Dr. Knott, who is an author in this field, will be discussing the hormonal aspects of aging and specifically hypothyroidism, its incidence, symptoms, and treatment.  The thyroid’s decreasing function often develops slowly and most people may not notice symptoms of cold, decreased heart rate, fatigue, gradual weight gain, depression and thinning hair. The thyroid gland regulates metabolism in the body, affects every organ and slows down production as we age.  Patients can find more information at


Ken  G. Knott,  M.D.

Dr. Ken G. Knott received his medical degree (M.D) from the Memphis based University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in 1976. He completed his internship and residency training through Ohio State University in 1980 and was awarded board certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He relocated to Marietta, Georgia in 1988. In the early 1990’s, Dr. Knott developed a keen interest in hormone replacement for adults when he discovered the rather remarkable effect hormones had on the healing response when he successfully treated a patient with a knee problem through hormone therapy.  During his studies, Dr. Knott discovered that many myths existed in regard to the subject of hormone replacement- some quite concerning.  Dr. Knott wrote  and published  his book entitled, “Dangerous Medicine, What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Hurt You.”


The Face Clinic: Summer Skin Care to Facelifts

Summer time is “prime time” for skin care, for seeing and being seen!  We closely identify who we are with our faces. Taking care of our face and how we present ourselves in the world through our face is the topic of many discussions and actions.  From skin care at any age that can improve our appearance to facelifts that appear to  “peel” back the clock, this radio segment will focus on the skin care and appearance improvements that are possible for the face.

Licensed aesthetician Kim Bogash provides tips for a health glow, summer skin care and some noninvasive techniques to freshen the face. Nationally recognized Plastic Surgeon John Connors walks listeners through traditional and new techniques to improve facial appearance – from fillers to facelifts.  The first facelift was performed in 1901 in Europe and the procedure shows no sign of slowing down.

Facelifts remain one of the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures in the US, growing over 5% per year. Half of the recipients are in the 40-55 yr age group and almost 90% are female, although the number of men pursuing this procedure is growing as well.  Topics covered in this segment  will include skin care, minimally invasive improvements available, facelift myths, new procedures and techniques, and recovery post procedure.

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John P. Connors III,  M.D.

Being double board certified in Surgery and Plastic Surgery, Dr. Connors obtained his MD from Georgetown Medical School, conducted his Residency in General Surgery at Dartmouth and received a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  He is the only surgeon in Georgia to offer Precision Vision 4D Patient Imaging, thereby revolutionizing consultations.  Having been featured on CBS, 11 Alive, and Fox News, Dr. Connors is a regular lecturer at surgical society meetings across the US. He is Founder of Emergence Surgical Gifts, Inc, a non-profit offering free reconstructive surgery to children.


Alternatives in Healing: An Overview of Alternative Medicine

Opinions may be heated about the efficacy of alternative medicine, but patients are using it and top American medical schools such as Georgetown, Duke, and the University of California are incorporating it into their programs.  Recent CDC data estimates that 38% of Americans use some form of alternative medicine. These patients, collectively are spending $34B per year, mostly out of pocket, on alternative medicine treatments. This accounts for $1 in every $10 spent out of pocket for Americans.  Pain is a common driver for patients seeking alternative medicine care.   Alternative medicine tenents include: 1) caring for the person as a whole vs. symptom and disease management 2) empowering patients to creative lifestyle conditions for optimal health 3) use of the body’s innate healing ability and 4) prevention of disease as a safeguard to future medical expenses.

Therapies and treatments used in alternative health span medication to meditation and often include: nutrition, herbology, spinal manipulation, energy treatments, acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, relaxation and stress management and biofeedback.  It is not all “touchy feely”. High tech is also included as this segment will explore breast thermography as an example.  This segment will provide an overview of alternative medicine from the perspective of principles, evaluation process, treatments, costs, and success stories.

Dr.  Billiot has been in private practice at Alternative Health Atlanta for many years. She completed her Doctor of Chiropractic program at Life University in 1993.  She is certified in CRA and nutrition response testing. She has special interests in treating women, children and in the areas of homeopathy, herbology and clinical nutrition.  Dr. Billiot has also created a unique, breakthrough program called EVETICS. She not only has one of the largest private alternative medicine practices in Atlanta, but she also trains other alternative practitioners across the nation.


An Introduction to Oculoplastic Surgery

Oculoplastic surgery is an evolving subspecialty that encompasses a variety of surgical procedures involving the orbit (eye socket), eyelids, tear ducts and the face. This type of specialized surgery can help correct droopy eyelids, orbital tumors, skin cancers, eye watering problems, eyelid malpositions, and facial rejuvenation. Patients often receive functional and aesthetic benefits.  Join us in this segment as Dr. Kenneth Neufeld from the Thomas Eye Group shares information on his specialty.

Dr.  Neufeld is a board certified ophthalmologist who has also completed advanced training in oculoplastic,  reconstructive and laser surgery from Duke University Medical Center. He is in private practice  with the Thomas Eye Group and his special areas of interest include treatment of droopy eyelids, orbital tumors, skin cancer, eyelid malpositions and facial rejuvenation. He is on staff at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA.


International Travel Medicine

Not only is summer travel season almost here, but international business travel is becoming the norm. Travel medicine is a rapidly evolving field of medicine.  As travelers prepare to travel, they must know the medical resources and care during their stay, and may require post travel follow up.

In 2012, over 1 billion people crossed international borders, yet reportedly, only 13% of them sought any kind of health care information or visits prior to departure.   People are traveling for business, as tourists, for adventure and for longer stays. The CDC estimates that 30-60% of travelers will be come ill as a result of their travel. This radio segment features pre-travel  preparation, vaccination requirements and recommendations, medical condition management, cruise ship concerns, and post travel care information as provided by Dr. Anderson and Kathy Buell, RN a local travel medicine expert with Passport Health.