Ever since I was diagnosed and treated for stage 3A colorectal cancer 10 years ago, I have been completely obsessed with three things:
1) Making sure that nobody in my family has to go through what I did, which is surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and all the after-effects.
2) Never getting cancer again.
3) Increasing my health span and having more energy, stamina and mental clarity for the full duration of my life — it’s about quality rather than quantity.
I learned the hard way that if you value your time on this earth, the best time machine you can genuinely buy is an investment in your body. So when I found out about peptide therapy, hailed to be the future of regenerative and age-reversal medicine, I was immediately intrigued.
And when I found out about The Peptide Expert Regan Archibald, a functional medicine practitioner, licensed acupuncturist and author of eight books who is known to be one of the leading peptide specialists in the nation, I knew right away that I would be one of his patients.
What are peptides? In scientific terms, they are short strings of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, and they help optimize metabolic function. According to Archibald, there are about 7,000 peptides in the human body, 10 percent of which have been sequenced for medicinal purposes. The FDA has approved 286 peptides for treating certain conditions.
“The beautiful thing is that they’re what’s already in your body,” Archibald explains. “They are safe and effective, and there are no side effects. Unlike drugs, which will activate only a single pathway in the body and suppress something else, and nutraceuticals, which can sometimes do more harm than good, especially due to fillers, peptides are multifaceted and open up a lot of different pathways in the body. There is not a toxic burden.”
Peptide therapy begins with a full blood panel analysis. By looking at more than 80 markers, a practitioner can pinpoint exactly what is going on in someone’s body. In Archibald’s clinic, a 36-page lab run highlights what you need from a nutritional perspective to heal, and, perhaps most importantly, shines a light on any issues that might be cropping up behind the scenes.
Even thin and seemingly healthy people can have markers for conditions that are not yet symptomatic, such as high blood sugar, leaky gut, liver and cardiovascular conditions and more. From there Archibald’s team is able to custom prescribe full stack peptide treatments — for stress, flexibility, sleep, metabolism, insulin resistance, inflammation, sexual disfunction, gut issues, weight loss and much more.
At a recent event I hosted, Archibald’s team tested 18 people and gave them health ratings based on their tests.. Five of the 18 had significant health challenges, some of them a complete surprise.
One marker that most doctors miss is called an anion gap, an early detection of inflammation, adrenal burn-out and poor digestion. What Archibald’s team has found is that of the 4,897 labs they’ve run, nearly 92% of people have elevated anion gap ranges.
“Once we run the correct tests, we can help you avoid the death-by-neglect trap,” Archibald says.
Archibald’s peptide therapy program starts with a seven-month cycle. The first 60 days is the Reset phase, in which the peptides disengage the amygdala and reset the body’s stress response. The second 60 days is the Recharge phase, typically when the patient starts looking and feeling their best.
The third 60-day cycle is the Restore phase, in which the peptides open up the mitochondrial pathways that lead to longevity, restore all the good bacteria in the gut and reduce inflammation in the body. The extra 30 days is added to the program to ensure all markers are met due to unforeseen delays and timelines in bloodwork or work schedules.
After the first seven months, more aggressive treatments can begin on specific health zones, if needed. In this advanced round, patients can visit the clinic to learn more biohacks, receive advanced treatments, learn how to cook and eat better and more.
After several months of working with Archibald and his team, at age 56 I feel like I’m in my 30s again. People say I look better and younger than I did 15 years ago. I noticed a change in my body within eight days, most strikingly when the pain in my broken collarbone was eliminated (and I had tried everything else and nothing had helped). After that I was sold. I dove deep, and of all the things I’ve done healthwise this has had the most profound effect on my body.
My joint pain is gone, my gut is thriving (which says a lot for someone who has had half of his colon removed) and fat melted off my body — more than 10 pounds in three weeks! I have been so impressed that I brought Archibald to one of my longevity experiences and made sure that everyone there got a blood test and analysis to jumpstart their own healing journey.
People often ask Archibald if it’s too late for them to begin peptide treatment. They have tried everything and think they are too old or too far gone to be healed. Archibald says it’s never too late to start, and they have seen their treatments work on the worst of the worst cases — the ticking timebombs who are overweight, not sleeping and swallowing tons of medications.
Archibald points to the example of Bill, an entrepreneur who had pushed himself too hard for decades. He was arthritic, overweight and in pain. His energy, motivation, stamina and sex drive were down, and he was addicted to food. Peptide therapy got him out of pain, fixed the gut issues he didn’t even know he had, got the stress out of his body and repaired his brain. He lost weight and got off his medications for acid reflux and hypertension.
In using peptides to optimize metabolic function, one of the main things to note is that it’s not something you’ll be on for the rest of your life. The point is to teach your body how to heal itself. Alongside lifestyle changes, it’s a recipe for longevity.
Archibald is on the leading edge of age-reversal and regenerative therapies. In addition to acupuncture and peptide therapy, he also employs some of the most advanced treatments and biohacks for optimizing health, including light therapy, heat and cold exposure, therapies for sexual health and using perinatal tissue from umbilical cords and hyalauronic acide to rejuvenate joints.
For hair loss, his team is using exosomes and platelet-rich plasma injections under the scalp to wake up hair follicles that are damaged or dead. “It’s a phenomenal treatment,” he says. Archibald has also developed a brand-new stool test that can read the health of your gut biome with a simple and easy wipe.
Imagine having the energy you had in your 30s. Imagine sleeping well and waking up with enthusiasm to start your day. We have the tools available, and it starts with a simple blood test and less than $1,000 to get a comprehensive reading.
We don’t need to suffer unnecessarily, and we don’t need to be caught off guard by health problems.
“That’s the beautiful thing about functional medicine,” Archibald says. “We can look out for the future version of ourselves. In 10 or 20 years from now your life can look a whole lot different.”
On his website, ThePeptideExpert.com, Archibald has a full offering of longevity and life extension hacks. You’ll find his Fitness 50 Benchmarks and links to his eight books, including his latest, Never Stop Healing. You can also sign up for labwork to get this journey started.
In my personal experience, peptide therapy is one of the most easy, effective and painless ways to reverse aging, lose weight and prevent disease. It’s had profound effects on my life, and I’m forever grateful.
If you want to access the latest breakthroughs in peptides and regenerative treatments to live your best life at any age, The Peptide Expert, Regan Archibald, is the place to begin and make sure you check out the interview on my Podcast.
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