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Anti-aging Treatment Becoming Popular in US, but Experts Skeptical

Clothia Roussell of Georgia who said the effects of the program were apparent right away. "My son came to visit and said, 'Wow, Mom, you're getting younger.' "We'll be seeing Dr. Casas (an A4M ‘specialist’) for the next 75 years," she added with a gleaming smile.

Some anti-aging therapies fly in the face of traditional advice, say critics. The A4M doctors talk of measuring a physiological age -- as opposed to a chronological age, but the concept is considered dubious.

"The only way I can tell your age is by looking at your birth certificate," says Dr. Nir Barzilai, Director of the Institute of Aging at Albert Einstein Medical School in the Bronx. "There is no test I can give you which will tell me, with any precision, exactly how old you are."

Besides that, many patients take dozens of supplements, even though published studies have found few benefits. And then there's the aggressive use of hormone therapy. Many anti-aging doctors use a liberal definition of "hormone deficiency" in order to prescribe human growth hormone. Mainstream physicians say such treatment should generally be reserved for children with growth problems.

Whatever the objections, A4M’s personalized attention and all the pep talk is getting it more and more converts.

The 49-year-old Clothia Roussell, wife of a leading property developer, says she draws inspiration from the prophets. "I've read in the Bible how we're supposed to live to see 120, and those prophets lived to be 400 or 500 years old."
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