Dr Craige Golding, a specialist physician in anti-aging medicine admits that the term ‘anti-aging medicine’ is perhaps not the best description of his field of interest. “It tends to suggest a focus on the exterior, giving the impression that it’s all about wrinkles and Botox treatments. But the focus is much broader than that. Anti-aging medicine is really about the prevention, early detection and reversal of the chronic diseases that become more common with age, and which constitute nearly 90% of the illnesses doctors treat on an ongoing basis. It truly is the medicine of the new millennium, advocating that people actively take control of their health rather than simply waiting for diseases to develop. People want to spend a longer time living healthily and a shorter time dying.”
Golding qualified as a specialist physician in 1999 and quickly found that much of the time he was treating the symptoms of conditions like diabetes, cancer, dementia, heart disease, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, rather than addressing the causes. “And yet many of these degenerative diseases of aging are largely preventable or reversible, if one can intervene early enough using anti-aging treatments, like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fats, nutraceuticals, herbal extracts, intravenous nutrients and other intravenous treatments such as glutathione, hydrogen peroxide, phospholipid exchange, and measures like lifestyle modification. Hormone balancing and neurotransmitter assessmant and normalisation are also offered in anti-aging medicine. However, conventional practice didn’t give me the tools to practice this kind of preventive medicine. Anti-aging medicine addresses the cause of the underlying problem, rather than merely treating the symptoms.”
Dear Integrative Practitioner
I would like to advise you that I have relocated my practice to Houghton Medical Centre.
I no longer have any affiliation with Solal Technologies or the Ascendis Group.
It is with good intention that I will continue educational programs under a new foundation soon to be launched.
The foundation will be known as FAIM : the Foundation for the Advancement of Integrative Medicine.
In due course you will be invited to the launch of the abovementioned foundation. The foundation will be a support system for yourselves and your practices.
The foundation’s objectives include:
- A collective group of practitioners with a board of advisors and directors to further the future of integrative medicine in South Africa and abroad.
- Education, training, certification and fellowship programs
- Entry level initiation to Integrative Medicine, and Advanced teaching programs for the “established”
- Referral system to handle difficult patients
- New functional laboratory, the first of this kind in Southern Africa
- Affiliation to compounding pharmacies and nutraceutical suppliers to provide high quality, cost effective formulations
- An umbrella organization, which will not only supply you with support, but will deal with the various medical organizations in the country, including MCC, HPCSA and Allied Health Council.
It is time for us to unite as a force of like-minded practitioners who want the best for our patients as well as the best for the advancement of better health care and integrative medicine per se.
Yours in Integrative Health
Dr Craige Golding