22 Jan How to prevent Degenerative Diseases: A Conversation with Dr. Marwan Mustaklem
We welcome Dr. Mustaklem to the Logan Institute! Dr. Mustaklem earned his Medical Degree from Damascus University in Syria followed by his Internal Medicine degree from Brown University of Rhode Island. He is also board certified in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. Dr. Mustaklem’s credentials make him a valuable addition to our team. But who is he? What is he passionate about? We thought you’d like to know, so we asked him a few questions.
Why did you decide to join The Logan Institute?
Fishers is the greatest place to live for me and my family. So many people here believe, as I do, in the importance of staying on top of their health. Dr. Logan and I believe in the same concept of integrative and regenerative medicine; we look at the patient as a person, not as a collection of symptoms. We enjoy implementing the newest, most advanced research studies, and have each had training in stem cell research. We want to be the center of excellence in stem cell research in Indiana, which has vast implications from treating arthritis to aging skin and autoimmune disorders.
Why did you become a doctor?
I knew from the age of six I wanted to be a doctor, though I would be the first in my family to follow this career path. I wanted to help people. I was intrigued by how physicians think, how they talk, how they dedicate themselves to their career. Dedication has to be a part of it. It has been for me, all my life.
Why is anti-aging a passion for you?
During our residency training they teach us conventional medicine. The focus is on one thing at a time as well as a “one pill fits all” concept. If you have a heart attack, you can get a bypass. If you have cancer, you can get chemotherapy. This model hasn’t fully satisfied my passion for helping patients. Once the bypass is complete and the cancer is removed, you are still left with the underlying imbalances that allowed the plaque or the cancer to develop in the first place. So, I have advanced my knowledge and skills in integrative and regenerative medicine. When we see conditions as a symphony, with many separate parts that are all connected to one another and to root causes, we can help people be pain-free, illness-free, for the rest of their lives.
What do you mean by “imbalances”?
Besides imbalances people think about like nutrition and stress, we experience the symptoms of aging because our hormones decline. In women and men, hormone imbalances occur from age 30 onwards. By age 50, we are at approximately 50% of hormone function. It is currently underestimated how much hormone imbalances can affect us. Symptoms are one reason that people restore hormones, but the more compelling reason is the potential to prevent degenerative diseases.
Can restoring hormones prevent Alzheimer’s disease?
To a certain degree, yes, as part of the integrative approach. Research tells us Alzheimer’s is one of those conditions we can delay or prevent based on your genetic code (predisposition) in concert with hormone balancing. Restoring the balance means optimizing the ability of our cells to do what they do best, to keep us walking, talking, feeling strong and energetic in later life as we work to keep cancer cells at bay and repair arteries and cells that are damaged on a daily basis.
What results have you seen in patients?
When restoring optimal hormone levels is combined with good nutrition, removing toxins, maintaining mental peace and a structurally sound body, the effects are profound. I have been amazed at how much these techniques have helped our patients with many health issues, including weight gain, cognitive decline, thyroid disorder, bone decline, aging skin and sexual dysfunction.
It is very rewarding to see the people we help regain some control over their health and their life. Many people thought they were getting older and just had to accept the deterioration in their health. Here at The Logan Institute, I look forward to offering these cutting edge, research-based solutions to help patients maintain the best possible quality of life for the rest of their days.
Traditional, or what we call conventional medicine, has been reactive in this country. People are now starting to approach medicine proactively, and this is fueling the anti-aging boom. For this reason, I believe the future of anti-aging and regenerative medicine is extremely bright.