Health experts to speak on aging, energy |

Health experts to speak on aging, energy

Steve Benson

Tips on how to slow the aging process while improving health and increasing energy will be presented by a group of doctors during the Aspen Center for Integrative Health’s fourth annual Summer Prevention Symposium on Monday. The symposium, titled “Power Health: Vitality at all Ages,” will be held at Harris Hall in Aspen from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Bill Johnson, an Aspen Center founder, said this year’s lineup of speakers is the strongest in the symposium’s history. The information presented will deliver a hands-on, proactive approach to living healthier lives.”It’s not just interesting information, but useful information that people can act on,” Johnson, a cancer survivor, said. “They will be focusing on types of things available physically to allow people to take a much more pragmatic approach.” Speakers at the event include Drs. David Leonardi, Mark Liponis, Thomas Souza, Jay Lombard, Richard Brown and James Thomson. Leonardi’s lecture, titled “No One Dies of Old Age,” will include the latest research on nutrition, glycation and the insulin connection, hormone replacement therapies, and preventative actions. “There’s a lot of confusion in [hormone therapy] – what is safe and what is not safe,” Johnson said. “We’ll see if we can’t clarify that.” Liponis will focus on the consequences of inflammation on degenerative diseases, including prevention. “Inflammation is just now being recognized as a major health factor leading to heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer,” Johnson said. “There’s certainly a lot of new recognition on that as a critical factor – it’s the silent killer.” Souza will present chiropractic methods to curb pain and optimize health. “Souza’s involved with a lot of athletes, [including] Olympic athletes,” Johnson said. “He’ll discuss what you can do to deal with various types of back pain and neurosis – keeping the body strong and physically dynamic.” Lombard specializes in tactics designed to protect memory and function, minimize depression and mental fog, as well as avoiding and dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s. “He’ll focus on practical tips – what you can do to avoid the problem, and if you see it what you can do to overcome it,” Johnson said. Lombard recently worked as a medical consultant on the set of the new film “The Manchurian Candidate.” Brown will present integrative solutions for increased energy, mental clarity and mood. He will also lecture on the benefits of herbal roots and SKY Breathing – a stress reducer and energy and mood enhancer. “I figure if I did about 30 percent of what these guys say, it would have given me a good 10 years [on my life],” Johnson said. The price of admission is $95. VIP admission is $500 and includes a cocktail reception, reserved seating for the symposium, and lunch with Thomson, a guest speaker regarded as one of the top stem-cell researchers in the country. Preregistration, which is encouraged, can be done by calling Rita Marsh at 920-2957, extension 1, or online at Steve Benson’s e-mail address is

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