Through personalized medicine, Dr. Rosalind Jackson helps 50-and-older patients live their “best life now”
Miamisburg, OH – Time cannot be stopped. This means that there is no way to prevent aging – at least growing biologically older. Much can be done, though, to slow down the effects of aging so we can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Recognizing this is what inspired Dr. Rosalind Jackson to shift her focus away from conventional medicine, and it is what motivated her to open Total Health and Wellness Center for Personalized Medicine.
More Americans are 50 and older than at any other time in history, and with advancement in medical technology, people are living longer. The average life expectancy for a woman is 85 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Considering that the average age for the start of menopause is 51, give or take three years, as much as one third of a woman’s life could be spent in or after menopause.
“When they approach and reach menopause, many women have a tendency to believe that they will never feel as healthy and vibrant as they did when they were younger,” Dr. Roz said. “I help patients discover that life after menopause is not the end of optimal health and vitality.”
A Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist for 20 years, Dr. Roz focused on a conventional medicine approach until she became increasingly concerned that menopausal patients were struggling through treatments from conventional medicine methods. Striving to find solutions for her patients, she poured herself into research and learned about the Metabolic Medical Institute, an entity of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Dedicated to the advancement of health care technologies and transformations that can combat chronic diseases associated with aging, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine promotes personalized medicine, which strives to treat and prevent age-related disease on the molecular and cellular level.
“Simply put, functional medicine is personalized health care that treats the individual, not the disease. It treats the root causes,” said Dr. Roz, who recently earned designation as a Fellow in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
With traditional medicine, physicians prescribe medicine to help mask individual disease symptoms. Prescription drugs can have undesired side effects, so they tend to cause additional problems in the patient's body. These secondary symptoms are not from the underlying disease, but from the effect of medication used to alleviate the original symptoms.
“The patient receives more drugs and the downward spiral of masking disease with prescription drugs continues,” Dr. Roz explained. “The physician's role is often reduced to managing drugs and not patient's health.”
A graduate of Wright State University School of Medicine, Dr. Roz’s storied career has illustrated her commitment to genuine, personalized care centered around the patient as a person. She received the National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton Humanitarian Award for 2014 and one of Dayton.com’s Top 25 Women to Watch, 2015. A renowned speaker on women’s health care, Dr. Roz traveled to Uganda to perform gynecologic surgeries in 2013 taught the local doctors how to properly perform hysterectomies. That experience inspired her to develop a foundation to promote health and wellness for women in Africa.
Personalized medicine – also known as anti-aging medicine and functional medicine – better reflects her commitment to providing attentive, customized care to her patients at Total Health and Wellness. These customized therapies allow her to help patients achieve and maintain optimal levels of physical, mental and sexual health and performance.
“Helping women recognize and experience first-hand that they can thrive in their menopause and post-menopause years is what I’m passionate about,” Dr. Roz said. “It’s interesting that I’ve found my true purpose as a physician by helping patients realize that they can achieve their true purpose as they grow older.”
Total Health and Wellness offers an array of anti-aging services and treatments that include natural hormone replacement therapy, IV nutrition therapy, peptide therapy, micronutrient assessments, weight loss, adrenal fatigue, women’s health treatments and med spa-related, anti-aging aesthetics. Patients receive customized health care addressing the inside and the outside.
As women age, balance to hormones is important because when hormones decrease, diseases can occur. Menopause, and the time leading up to it is when your hormones begin to diminish, Dr. Roz said.
“I offer a healthy approach to menopause by introducing patients to natural hormone replacement therapy, vitamins and minerals,” Dr. Roz explained,. “Hormone therapy doesn’t work alone, and this is where the personalized medicine approach addresses the root causes because very person is genetically and biochemically unique.
“I assess and manage each patient independently as there are a number of factors that can influence how you feel. Poor nutrition and stress are other contributing factors to declining health,” she added. “Hormone therapy and nutritional support are among the variety of treatments that help our patients find that just because they are growing older does not mean they have to sacrifice happiness and vibrance.”
Listening to the suggestions of husbands who were impressed with the results their wives gained at Total Health and Wellness – and feedback from female patients who asked if their husbands could benefit as well - Dr. Roz also treats male patients with anti-aging services like IV nutrition therapy and peptide therapy, male hormone therapy, and weight management.
“Your biological age is not the same as your chronological age. In unhealthy people, the biological age might be measured as much higher than their real age. Healthy people are often seen as much younger that they actually are,” Dr. Roz explained. “I strive to help my patients live their best life now.”
For more information about Dr. Roz and Total Health and Wellness, which is located at the Sycamore Hospital campus in Miamisburg, visit www.drrozmd.com.