Stop Doing the Impossible

I’m not popular with the powers that be. They would prefer that I not practice anti-aging medicine. It’s still not a recognized specialty, and we have people in the National Institutes of Aging, a branch of the National Institutes of Health – which controls billions of dollars in research money – saying that any doctor who practices anti-aging is a …

They’re Still Missing the Boat on Fitness

I originally developed P.A.C.E. to get de-conditioned people in shape to be able do anything they wanted. Run, play their favorite sport … even interval training. Then I realized that the journey was greater than the destination. People were getting more benefit from the incremental increases – trying to get to the level of being able to do something like …

I’m a Lucky Guy

I’m blessed to have been in Tanzania three times now. I was lucky enough to meet with the Masai, the ancient hunter-gatherers who shared with me all of their herbal knowledge. I was also blessed to be able to visit the Ngorongoro Crater and get a personal tour from the chief conservator of the crater. He told me the inside …

PACE Beats Holiday Sweets

When the holiday season rolls around, it’s easy to become busy and put off even thinking about fitness until after the New Year. I’ve seen it many times… people just throw up their hands and figure, “What can I do?” But the holidays are the worst time of the year to give up on fitness. In fact, over the next …

Biological Age Genius

We have a new arrival at the office… well, OK, our marketing analyst E.T. just had a baby boy, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the telomere testing kits we just got in here at the clinic. I’m going to be the first volunteer to get tested. These kits are new because not only can they …

Real Strength You Can Use

Thinking of buying one of those exercise machines you see advertised? They make great towel racks but few people stick with them. The movements they force you into are often unnatural and do little to train your muscles for real strength. I call it functional strength. It means you have ability to get yourself up a flight of stairs. It …

Move It or Lose It

“What color do you want the walls of your office painted?” K.B. and M.B. thought about that for maybe a second and said, “Not yellow!” We had a good laugh at that one… the cabinets in their office are this weird yellow. It’s kind of a running joke to poke fun at them. But they’re moving over to the new …

Reader Questions Lungpower

Q: Dear Dr. Sears, I’ve been trying to do P.A.C.E., but I get so winded! I can’t catch my breath fast enough and end up making myself dizzy from lack of oxygen. How can I get my lungs working better, faster? Jayne K. A: Dear Jayne, First off, slow down! P.A.C.E. is a progressive challenge … not an Olympic triathlon. …

The Supreme Court Decides

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law that many of you know as “Obamacare” yesterday. I wrote to you about this issue last month. Many accused me of inappropriately becoming involved in politics. I think many of those criticisms were really not directed at me, but are a product of politics getting in the way of my practicing medicine. Truth …

Is Exercise Bad for You?

There they go again. “Is Exercise Bad for You?” “Should You Stop Exercising?” The news stories were reacting to a study published in the journal PLOSone, and reported on by the New York Times. The study looked at a group of clinical trials and found that exercise makes some people’s health worse. Especially their heart health.1 Scientists and the writers …