New Jersey Functional Medicine Programs

New Jersey Functional Medicine Programs

Benefits of Vitamin C for the Immune System

We’ve all heard the old wives’ tales whenever one feels under the weather: making chicken soup, eating garlic, and of course, taking Vitamin C. There have been a myriad of personal anecdotal accounts of taking Vitamin C that would alleviate symptoms of everything from a flu to a common cold. With the increased amount of interest surrounding Vitamin C and its benefits, especially during this global pandemic, we definitely want to look into the role that it plays in our body and the potential benefits that it has, especially concerning viral infections.

Vitamin C’s Discovery and Early Use

In the early twentieth century, researchers were in search of a substance in which the deficiency of would lead to scurvy. Oftentimes, scurvy was associated with pneumonia and it was thought that said substance would also help inhibit the effects of pneumonia altogether. Casimir Funk, who would go on to be the originator of the word “vitamin” described how an epidemic of pneumonia in the Sudan in the early 1900’s disappeared when antiscorbutic (consisting of Vitamin-C) treatment was applied to people that had scurvy.

Role of Vitamin C In the Body

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and when given at high doses either orally or via IV, it can prevent toxicity from ROS (Reactive oxygen species) and viruses. Vitamin C can also help support intracellular antioxidants such as GSH (glutathione). Vitamin C also helps support the immune system by growing and fostering the activity of immune cells such as macrophages and lymphocytes, which help the body fight an infection. It also helps in the absorption of iron as well in the metabolism of biochemicals including carnitine. This makes it important for recovery from damage that is caused by viral or bacterial infections. Research has shown that vitamin C also neutralizes free radicals, which can cause damage to cells if there are too many of them. All in all, Vitamin C has an important role in the body’s day to day functions as well as long-term benefits, as well as disease prevention. It has antioxidant qualities, helps with the formation of proteins, assists in healing wounds and forming scar tissue, and also helps to absorb iron.

High Dose Vitamin C Benefits

When the body is under extreme stress such as through SARS or surgery, the level of Vitamin C can drop so that it can’t perform its function as an antioxidant either directly or indirectly. Taking oral vitamin C supplements of 20,000 mg/day or even 50,0

00 – 100,000 mg/day can still be tolerated because the body is helping to fight off inflammation that causes the levels of vitamin C to be depleted. In severe cases when a lung infection forms (cytokine storm) produces reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can be treated with 30-60g of vitamin C. This causes the promotion of enhanced chemotaxis of white blood cells.

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Vitamin C and COVID-19

In light of recent news, there’s been some promising data that has shown the effectiveness of Vitamin C in COVID-19 cases. Vitamin C levels can drop rapidly with respiratory infections caused by COVID-19, and medical teams are administering Vitamin C to patients to maintain a healthy level of it. This article from Nutra Ingredients titled “Hospital turns to high-dose vitamin C to fight coronavirus”  describes the role that vitamin C plays in the fight against COVID-19. There are also several clinical trials that are currently being administered and are underway that hope to illustrate the effectiveness of Vitamin C infusion for the treatment of COVID-19. This particular clinical trial that started on February 14, 2020 and is estimated to complete on September 30, 2020 hypothesizes that vitamin C can help improve the prognosis of patients with SARI (severe acute respiratory infection) caused by COVID-19. It is one of many studies recently launched in combating the new disease.

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Healthy Aging Medical Centers offer High-Dose Vitamin C IV Therapy for those that are interested in boosting their immune systems and experiencing the benefits of it. It also offers a comprehensive Functional Medicine in New Jersey that helps patients prevent disease and actively care for their health. They look at the body as a whole and maintain optimal levels of health for their patients.




Benefits of Vitamin C for the Immune System

7 Common Causes of Hair Loss

Although hair shedding is considered normal and is a part of every hair cycle, excessive hair loss can be alarming and cause more stress and worry. Why is more hair falling out than normal? Is any of this under our control? Today we will be focusing on some of the most common causes of hair loss and effective treatments and tips available for preventing more hair loss in the future.

7 Common Causes of Hair Loss

  1. Androgenetic alopecia

    This is a genetic condition that causes hair loss, known as male-pattern baldness. For men, hair typically begins to recede just above the temples and worsens over time. Other men may experience thinning hair at the crown of the head, often leading to partial or full baldness. Women generally experience a different pattern of hair loss than men, with thinning hair all over the head without the hairline receding. This condition in women rarely progresses to complete baldness. Androgenetic alopecia is more likely to happen with age, but it can develop any time after puberty. A lot of women with androgenetic alopecia develop it after going through menopause.

  1. Pregnancy

    Shortly after giving birth, some women can experience more hair loss than normal due to a decrease in their estrogen levels. This is usually temporary and will generally resolve itself within a year.


    • Use products made especially for fine or sensitive hair
    • Apply conditioner towards the ends of your hair strands instead of your scalp to prevent weighing your hair down too much.
  • Anagen effluvium

    This is a condition that causes a lot of hair to fall out during the growth (anagen) phase of the hair cycle. Anagen effluvium can cause hair loss not only from the head, but other parts of the body as well, including eyebrows and eyelashes.

    Common causes of Anagen effluvium:

    • autoimmune disease
    • fungal infection
    • radiation
    • chemotherapy

    Tips: If the anagen effluvium was caused by chemotherapy, finding ways to cool the scalp may help stop excess hair loss. Hair usually grows back within 3-6 months after finishing chemotherapy treatment.

  1. Telogen effluvium

    This is a common reason for excess hair loss that involves your hair being stuck in the natural shedding (telogen) phase of its own growth cycle, causing you to lose much more hair than usual, sometimes by the handful. Telogen effluvium is usually a temporary condition that can take care of itself over time. However, we advise you to consult with your doctor to determine the underlying cause for your excess hair loss.

    Possible causes of Telogen effluvium:

    • Surgery
    • Severe stress
    • Childbirth
    • Certain medications
    • Thyroid problems
    • Rapid weight loss

Treatments: Your primary care physician will be able to treat the causes of telogen effluvium – for instance, if  your doctor may prescribe you alternative medications if they suspect that certain medications you currently take is causing hair loss.

  1. Alopecia areata

    Another common reason for hair loss is alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition. The immune system fights against hair follicles as well as other healthy functioning parts of the body. This usually causes hair from the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes to fall out in small chunks.

    Treatments: If you believe this condition may apply to you, consult with a doctor. They may be able to prescribe the proper medication to help your hair grow back.

  1. Traction alopecia

    Constantly sporting tight hairstyles such as braids, cornrows, ponytails, and tight buns can cause your hair to come loose and/or break. Progression of traction alopecia can lead to bald spots and/or thinning hair.

    Tips: Try to avoid tight hairstyles to prevent further damage.

  1. Nutritional deficiencies

    Having an imbalanced diet can also cause hair loss. Diet fads that have extreme restrictions can make you consume too little protein and certain critical vitamins (such as iron), causing you to lose more hair than normal.

    Tips: Schedule a blood test with your doctor to help determine any nutritional deficiency. Your doctor may then prescribe you certain vitamin supplements (the recommended dosage may vary depending on your level of deficiency) or suggest certain foods to add to your diet to help stop the excessive hair shedding.

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Platelet-rich plasma treatment can be another hair restoration solution to consider. Although PRP has been well-known for its youthful skincare benefits, it is now being explored to help with hair. PRP treatment involves injecting your own blood into your scalp in hopes of promoting hair growth. Similar to a vampire facial, this procedure begins with drawing your own blood and uses a centrifuge – a machine which spins the blood to separate the plasma from your red blood cells. The plasma plays an important role since it contains white blood cells and platelets – important growth factors that may benefit your hair. The plasma is then meticulously and directly injected in the hair follicles across the scalp. The entire process typically takes less than half an hour to complete. Consistent treatments are essential to benefit from PRP – performed once a month for about 3-4 months before treating once every 3-6 months after for ideal results. Generally, results will be visible within 1-3 months of treatment.

People with early hair loss tend to respond best to PRP treatments, although anyone experiencing hair loss is a great candidate. It is also important to note that PRP should be a part of a multi-faceted system to help your hair get back to a healthy thickness.

If you are located in New Jersey and are experiencing excessive hair loss and want to learn more about PRP, please call Healthy-Aging Medical Centers or visit our mainpage to schedule a consultation today.

7 Common Causes of Hair Loss

Signs of Low Estrogen in Women

First of all, what exactly is estrogen? For those who don’t know, estrogen is a hormone commonly associated with the female body but also produced in small amounts in men. Hormones play important roles in regulating activity of specific cells and organs as well as maintaining your overall health. If you feel that you may have low estrogen, keep reading. We’ll be discussing what estrogen does, common causes, common risk factors, as well as treatments and solutions for women with low estrogen.

What Does Estrogen Do?

Estrogen is primarily produced in the ovaries and is considered a sex hormone since it regulates sexual development in girls during puberty.  Estrogen also has other functions:

  • Regulates menstrual cycles
  • Regulates body weight which helps control metabolism involved in growth of healthy bone tissue
  • Regulates glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity

Common Causes of Low Estrogen

Because estrogen is primarily produced in the ovaries, anything that affects the ovaries ends up interfering with estrogen production as well.

Young women may be experiencing low estrogen levels due to:

  • Excessive exercise
  • Anorexia and other eating disorders
  • Premature ovarian failure from an autoimmune condition, genetic defects, or toxins
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • A low-functioning pituitary gland
  • Turner syndrome

Women over the age of 40 may be experiencing a drop in estrogen because they are approaching perimenopause, the transitional phase before menopause. During perimenopause, your body will produce less and less estrogen until you finally reach menopause – when your body is no longer producing estrogen.

Symptoms of Low Estrogen

Common symptoms of low estrogen include:

  • Weak bones

    Bone loss may occur when estrogen levels decrease. Older women who are past the menopausal phase are at a higher risk of bone fractures and developing osteoporosis.

  • Irregular/absent periods

    Irregular or missed periods may be another sign of estrogen deficiency since estrogen is one of the main hormones driving your normal menstrual cycle.

  • Infertility

    Getting pregnant may be difficult because low estrogen levels prevent ovulation, leading to infertility.

  • Depression

    Estrogen is linked to higher serotonin (chemical in the brain that boosts mood) levels, and low estrogen levels may cause a decrease in serotonin, contributing to mood swings or depression.

  • Hot flashes

    Having low estrogen can cause women to have hot flashes – a sudden feeling of heat, sometimes causing a flushed face and/or sweating. Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause.[Text Wrapping Break]

  • Painful sex

    Estrogen deficiency can also affect vaginal lubrication. Low levels can cause vaginal dryness, often causing painful intercourse.

Common Risk Factors for Low Estrogen Levels

  • Age
  • Hormonal issues in family history
  • Eating disorders
  • Issues with pituitary gland
  • Extreme diets

How to Treat Low Estrogen

  1. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Older women with low estrogen levels may benefit from hormonal therapy. At Healthy Aging Medical Centers in New Jersey, Dr. Rand offers a comprehensive Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program that can help patients reach better balanced hormone levels as well as prevent from encountering symptoms associated with hormonal decline. Dr. Rand specializes in this type of therapy which utilizes hormones that are identical in chemical function and molecular structure to the hormones produced in the body. Bioidentical hormones are especially unique because they are easily metabolized into the body since they are synthesized from soy or yam products. Bioidentical hormones are identical to human hormones, allowing men and women to consume without dealing with negative repercussions.

  1. Estrogen therapy

    Another solution for estrogen deficiency may be estrogen therapy. Your doctor may prescribe estrogen therapy especially to women who’ve had their ovaries removed or to treat the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.

  1. Lifestyle changes

    Maintaining a healthy body weight as well as cutting back on exercise if you currently follow a vigorous regimen may help increase your estrogen levels to a healthy standard. Being extremely underweight can cause a decrease in estrogen levels. There may be some natural remedies that can improve estrogen as well, although these methods are not scientifically proven thus far.


Estrogen and other hormones play a crucial role in your health. Certain factors such as age, genetic defects, a family history of hormonal imbalances, and certain health conditions can cause your estrogen levels to decrease. If you’re not sure if you have low estrogen, the most common symptoms discussed above can serve as a guideline to consult with your doctor to determine if you are in fact deficient. Extensive research over the years have resulted in more effective treatments to help patients increase their estrogen levels, whether you are looking for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, estrogen therapy, and/or want to try certain lifestyle changes.

If you are located in New Jersey and are interested in learning more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or our anti-aging services, make sure you contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rand at Healthy-Aging Medical Center today!

Signs of Low Estrogen in Women

North New Jersey Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor

Dr. Johanan D. RandNorth New Jersey Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor, Johanan Rand, M.D. of The Healthy Aging Medical Centers has years of experience administering custom tailored Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy treatments to both men and women. Countless patients in the North New Jersey area have already uncovered the amazing benefits of Bioidentical Hormones with Health Aging Medical Center’s Bioidentical Hormone programs designed by Doctor Rand.

One of the benefits that Dr. Rand offers patients of The Healthy Aging Medial Centers is having a customized Bioidentical Hormone prescription that is unique to your body’s needs.

Initial testing, lab work and an in depth analysis of your medical history are completed before treatment begins to ensure that Dr. Rand is able to develop a complete picture of your medical history and current health needs. Patients in the Northern New Jersey areas of Essex County, Bergen County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Union County Middlesex County and Somerset County can benefit from local Bioidentical Hormone Specialist Dr. Rand’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs.

Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:

  • Improved libido
  • Improved lipid and cholesterol levels
  • Improved prostate health
  • Improved blood sugar balance
  • Improved mood and outlook
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • More strength and energy
  • Improved well being
  • Reduced aches and pains
  • Better quality of sleep
  • Improved muscle mass

If you would like to find out more information on the benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, call The Healthy Aging Medical Centers serving the North New Jersey area today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Rand. The Doctor takes the time to get to know each of his patients, and can help you to regain control over your life once again with a customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Call today to learn more!

Call our Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist at Healthy Aging Medical Centers in North New Jersey today at 973.435.0433 FOR A CONSULTATION WITH DR. RAND and to learn more about how Bioidentical Hormones can help treat aging symptoms.
North New Jersey Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor

Anti Aging and Age Management Specialist in Northern New Jersey

Dr. Johanan D. RandAnti Aging and Age Management Specialist, Doctor Johanan Rand, M.D. of West Orange New Jersey’s Healthy Aging Medical Centers of Essex County New Jersey provides anti-aging and age management programs for both men and women.

Age management medicine is the treatment of age-related conditions often caused by hormone decline as part of the natural aging process.

Many of these age related conditions are commonly associated with andropause in men, and menopause in women.

Healthy Aging Medical Centers of Northern New Jersey specializes in age management medicine including Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Functional Medicine Services, Cosmetic and Medical Aesthetic procedures and more.

Healthy Aging Medical Centers of Northern New Jersey is here to help you choose your options in treating andropause and menopause, using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Johanan Rand, M.D. of Healthy Aging Medical Centers in Essex County New Jersey offers functional medicine and advanced alternative Anti-Aging treatment protocols to help men and women feel and look more youthful. The comprehensive programs designed by Dr. Rand can help patients prevent and reverse the signs of aging from the inside out. The initial consultation will involve a review of the patients’ entire medical history, discussing health goals, and deciding which labs are necessary to use for the selection of a treatment protocol. Patients in Northern New Jersey can benefit from the safe and non-invasive cosmetic services, and can receive guidance as to which steps to take towards greater health and wellness. Healthy Aging Medical Centers serves patients in Northern New Jersey and the counties of Essex, Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Middlesex, Somerset and Union New Jersey. As a Northern New Jersey Anti-Aging Medicine provider, Dr. Rand of Healthy Aging Medical Centers endeavors to help patients improve their health, quality of life, and overall vitality.

Individualized Approach to Men’s Health

Wellness programs providing a comprehensive approach to health area carefully developed by Dr. Rand based on your unique test results and medical history. Learn more about the benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy for men as part of a custom tailored total wellness plan offered at Health Aging Medical Centers.

Male Hormone Replacement Therapy can restore deficient levels of male hormones including: Testosterone, DHEA, Pregnenolone, Thyroid Hormone, Melatonin, and Insulin.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for men has been used for decades to treat various hormone related symptoms and conditions including: low testosterone, symptoms of andropause, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, thinning hair, muscle atrophy, mood imbalances, adrenal fatigue, thyroid conditions, and more.

Customized Wellness Programs for Women

Dr. Rand of Healthy Aging Medical Centers recognizes that a personalized plan for each woman’s particular health needs is the most effective approach towards achieving wellness and vitality in any stage of life.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for women can restore deficient levels of hormones such as: Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA, Pregnenolone, Cortisol, Thyroid Hormone, Melatonin, and Insulin.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can  be used to treat a wide variety of hormone related symptoms and conditions in women including: PMS, PCOS, symptoms of Menopause, symptoms of Perimenopause, Menstrual Issues, Thyroid Imbalances, Adrenal Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Weight Loss Resistance and more.

Call today at 973.435.0433 to learn more about Anti-Aging Medicine! 

Anti Aging and Age Management Specialist in Northern New Jersey

New Jersey Functional Medicine & Wellness Specialist

Healthy Aging Medical Centers in New Jersey follows a Functional Medicine approach to helping patients regain health and heal from long-term and chronic ailments. The New Jersey clinic is a functional medicine based practice, which serves patients in the areas of Essex County, Bergen County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Union County Middlesex County and Somerset County New Jersey and the surrounding New York areas. The clinic’s programs enable patients to have comprehensive care and full access to the physician in New Jersey. The initial consultation will involve a review of the patient’s entire medical history, discussing health goals, and deciding which labs are necessary to use for the selection of a treatment protocol.

After the initial consultation, patients will know exactly how to optimize their hormones, balance their diets, and reduce vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Both men and women in New Jersey can benefit from the clinic’s safe and non-invasive therapies, and they can receive guidance as to which steps to take towards greater health and wellness. The New Jersey clinic’s comprehensive Functional Medicine Programs can help patients improve their health, quality of life, and overall vitality.

What is Functional Medicine?

Individualized Medicine

Each person has a unique genetic make-up or biochemistry, and the physicians at Healthy Aging Medical Centers in New Jersey recognize this and individualize treatment plans. The clinic’s comprehensive programs take each person’s unique genetic markers, allergies, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, hormone levels, and lifestyles in consideration when developing a treatment plan. Because no two patients are exactly alike, all treatment plans are suited to meet individual needs.

Patient Based Medicine

Practitioners of Functional Medicine in New Jersey offer the highest levels of care to patients on many different levels. At Healthy Aging Medical Centers, the doctors offer their personal number to patients, and they are available around the clock through phone calls, emails, or unlimited office visits. The doctor’s main priority is the patient’s overall health and well being, and the clinic’s physicians have a very high standard of patient care.

Mind Body Medicine

Healthy Aging Medical Centers’ Functional Medicine practitioners understand that in order for a person to be healthy, he or she must be balanced physically, mentally, and emotionally. Often times, emotional reactions or stress can trigger chemical reactions in the body that can lead to health issues over time. For example, high stress can trigger the release of cortisol, which eats away at vitamins and minerals and can break down sex hormones. Health consists of soundness in the body and mind, and the Functional Medicine Practitioners at Healthy Aging Medical Centers understand this concept and work to help patients achieve optimal health on all levels.

Wholeness Approach

Functional Medicine looks at the body as a whole and recognizes that two different symptoms may spring from the same imbalance, despite the fact they are in separate locations in the body. Conventional medicine often sees two different symptoms and treats them separately; however, a functional medicine practitioner will look deeper to discover the root of the problem. For instance, a conventional medicine practitioner may prescribe sleeping medication for insomnia and another medication for low libido, but a functional medicine practitioner will run the appropriate tests to find the root of the issue. In the cases of low libido and insomnia, hormonal imbalances could be the cause, and functional medicine practitioner can recognize the root and simply balance hormones to help patients avoid the use of multiple prescription medications.

System Based Healing

Functional Medicine also looks at the health of different bodily systems and can recognize latent imbalances within these systems. Balancing and optimizing the endocrine, reproductive, respiratory, digestive, immune, and cardiac systems can help patients to prevent and treat numerous diseases. The clinicians at Healthy Aging Medical Centers in New Jersey offer extensive testing as a part of their comprehensive wellness program to identify existing and potential imbalances within the body.

The clinicians at Healthy Aging Medical Centers in New Jersey will fully analyze blood work, discuss dietary and exercise habits, and assess different bodily systems in order to determine the correct treatment plan. Testing for genetic markers that raise the risks for cancer, heart disease, and obesity may also be assessed as a part of the patients’ wellness plan. Other services such as IV vitamin treatments, testing for vitamin and mineral deficiencies or food allergies may also be used to help relieve the effects of an illness and improve overall levels of health and wellness. Numerous women and men in New Jersey and the surrounding areas of New York have taken advantage of the clinic’s comprehensive health programs, and they have been able to live happier and healthier lives as a result.

Call a Functional Medicine Specialist at Healthy Aging Medical Centers in New Jersey today at 973.435.0433 FOR A CONSULTATION WITH DR. RAND and to learn more about how Functional Medicine can prevent illness and boost vitality.
New Jersey Functional Medicine & Wellness Specialist