- 01 Why doesn’t my regular physical exam include tests like those in LOOKtoLIVE?
- 02 Why is LOOKtoLIVE better than a whole body scan?
- 03 How does LOOKtoLIVE compare to usual executive health programs?
- 04 Don’t concierge physicians provide a service like this?
- 05 How does LOOKtoLIVE compare to life extension programs?
- 06 Do I need to live in the Washington, DC, area to participate in LOOKtoLIVE?
- 07 Can I benefit from the LOOKtoLIVE program if I’m in superb health?
We think it should, because the long term economic and personal benefits of longer life outstrip the cost of surveillance. Most physicians recognize the value of enhanced medical surveillance but are not trained in best practices for longevity. Hence, it is common for primary care providers to recommend only the minimal set of surveillance tests that are reimbursed by your medical insurance.
A body scan is a CT scan that examines most of you, providing only a one-dimensional snapshot of your organs. It doesn’t assess risks, and won’t find problems that don’t show up on an image. More importantly, it involves a significant exposure to radiation, especially if performed repeatedly, which we believe is an unwarranted risk. LOOKtoLIVE conducts most imaging via tests that do not involve radiation (ultrasonography, MRI). When radiation is occasionally required to capture information about your health, it is used sparingly so that exposure is minimized.
Executive health programs, whether national or regional, usually provide a one-size-fits-all evaluation that is designed for the average patient. Though more detailed than your doctor’s regular physical, these programs typically do not provide comprehensive cancer surveillance or address stroke susceptibility, and typically do not employ advanced techniques such as genetic risk analysis.
LOOKtoLIVE, on the other hand, is the most comprehensive program currently available for detection of cancer and prevention of heart attack and stroke. It examines your organs for evidence of cancer and detects it through blood cancer markers and liquid biopsies. It looks at your brain’s arteries for stroke-related problems. It incorporates tests of genetic disease susceptibility as they become available. And unlike executive health programs, it has proven ability to dramatically improve your life expectancy.
Generally no. Concierge medicine aims to provide greater access to, and more time with, your physician, and sometimes a few tests in addition to a standard annual physical. While these services may be valuable, they do not substitute for the thorough, high-tech evaluation provided by LOOKtoLIVE’s longevity specialists. If you are interested in concierge medical care, we can provide that as a supplement to your LOOKtoLIVE longevity program.
To experiment with new strategies, several life extension clinics have begun to offer infusions of stem cells and other biologics and supplement regimens to attempt to prolong life. Many of these clinics are located offshore due to U.S. regulatory restrictions. Those interventions are of unproven and doubtful value at this time. LOOKtoLIVE, by contrast, uses a now proven approach to preserve your early, prime years, the ones you expect to live.
Absolutely not. Many of our participants come from other parts of the U.S. and from abroad. Your LOOKtoLIVE program will require a visit to David Drew about once per year for high-tech imaging and functional evaluations. The remainder of your testing can be performed remotely at laboratory and other facilities located in your area of residence.
Absolutely. Most people with early cancer or cardiovascular disease are symptom-free and sail through a routine physical without their problem being identified. LOOKtoLIVE’s longevity specialists will explore your health in detail, now and in the future, to determine your true health status, and will help to return you to superb health if necessary.