Reinforcing Weakest Links

It used to be that as one aged, one gradually accumulated prescription drugs in response to an ever-growing array of symptoms: One for arthritis, one for high blood pressure, one for digestive troubles, etc. Now though, some future-thinking medical practices are assembling networks of diverse medical specialists and technologies with the intent of revolutionizing the standard, reactive approach to mid- and later-life medicine.

At Kronos Optimal Health Centre in Arizona (, for example, the entire practice has taken an integrated, preventative approach designed to identify and strengthen their individual patients’ “weakest links.” First their experts use a battery of lab tests and other evaluations to pinpoint factors that might predispose an individual patient to premature aging and health challenges; then they suggest a customized course of integrated treatment (nutritional and pharmaceutical as well as fitness- and lifestyle-oriented) aimed at reversing or ameliorating those trends.

As Dr. Chris Heward, vice president of research and development at Kronos, describes it:

“We’re essentially using a diagnose-and-treat model in a preventative paradigm.” The idea he says, is to prevent any one system in the body from faltering and aging prematurely. “We go in and take a hard look at all the physiological and biochemical factors that could be creating a weak link for that person. Then, using the best scientific and medical technologies, we determine the best, most effective ways of intervening with them.”

This “weakest link” approach aims to head off major problems at the pass – saying a clipped “buh-bye!” to potential damage that could otherwise contribute to the illness and premature aging of the person overall.

Pilar Gerasimo is the founding editor of Experience Life.

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