Age: Functional vs Chronological

Most physiologic functions can be quantified to incredible detail. We are accustomed to thinking of our body's functioning as developing in early life, peaking in mid-life and declining as we age. On average, when entire populations are measured, this is correct. Statistics, however, cannot be applied to individuals and our expectations of our own health should not be based on the concept of a mid-life peak followed by decline. Individuals can make choices to maintain (or regain) life-long vitality.   

Watch this short excerpt from Dr. Jaffe's recent "Stop Fighting Disease. Start Healing" webinar.

Full webinar here.  





Understanding Hemoglobin A1c as a predictive blood test

If you have blood sugar issues then you are likely to be familiar with the Hgb A1c blood test. Did you know that the higher your Hgb A1c, the lower your odds of living for another 10 years? Higher A1c values are predictive of future health challenges and even longevity.

In this interview, Dr. Russell Jaffe will introduce the concept of ‘predictive biomarkers’. Dr. Jaffe strongly suggests we could all know much more about our health status and future with 8 lab tests that serve as important predictive biomarkers. These tests provide a snapshot of your current health status which can guide your choice for therapy or preventive actions. You can research these further by visiting The tests are A1c, CrP, Homocysteine, LRA, 1st AM Urine pH, Vitamin D, Omega-3 index and 8 oxo-guanine. I have long been an advocate for benchmark blood testing. Dr. Jaffe points the way for using these predictive biomarkers as guide for moving us closer to optimal health. Spend a little time learning about the importance of these tests and how you can use to make better choices. You can view Dr. Jaffe’s presentation to the International Academy of Oral Medicine on YouTube.

Listen to the interview here: Health Quest Podcast with Steve Lankford – Understanding Hemoglobin A1c as a predictive blood test

Hgb A1c Basics:
Excerpt from “Hgb A1c is the test most often used to evaluate blood sugar, diabetic risk, and insulin resistance. A routine blood glucose test measures the amount of glucose in the blood on a given day, at a given time. Blood glucose level reflects only activity over the previous 12 to 18 hours. In contrast, Hgb A1c indicates the average blood sugar level for the previous three months.

This is important because frequently patients have normal blood glucose on the particular day the test is run, but their Hgb A1c could be elevated. Day-to-day blood glucose levels can be distorted by exercise, meal timings, or other medications. More importantly, we do not see high blood glucose levels routinely until prediabetes is quite far advanced. Hgb A1c gives us a much more reliable indication of actual, immediate risk.

The least-risk goal for this marker is Hgb A1c <5 %. hsHgb A1c is a marker of insulin resistance and when it is elevated, that means the body is no longer properly managing blood sugar levels. When this number is elevated, that also strongly suggests a tendency toward higher inflammation throughout the body. The graph below represents the correlation between Hgb A1c levels, blood glucose levels, and 10 year survival probability.

Research has shown that insulin resistance and prediabetes can frequently be improved with diet and exercise. Hgb A1C provides a reliable test to evaluate the effects of dietary and nutritional support programs.

Contact PERQUE Integrative Health – – 800.525.7372. Here you can learn more about finding a PERQUE trained practitioner, research the 8 Predictive Biomarkers and research PERQUE products.

About Dr. Jaffe
Dr. Russell M. Jaffe received his BS, MD and Ph.D from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1972. He completed residency training in clinical chemistry at the National Institutes of Health (1973 – 1976), remaining on the permanent senior staff until 1979. He is board certified in Clinical Pathology and in Chemical Pathology. On leaving NIH Dr. Jaffe began a journey that sought to support the emerging field of Integrative and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Jaffe is CEO and Chairman of PERQUE Integrative Health (PIH). His dedication to the application of primary prevention and his commitment to providing superior nutraceuticals and autoimmune testing with clinical evidence of superior efficacy has made him a sought after speaker and leader in his chosen field. You can learn more about Dr. Jaffe and read some of his work here.

This post was originally created on Health Quest Podcast.

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Healthier Mind-Body Choices

Chronic stress adds to the burden of cumulative repair deficit (inflammation). Unhealthy thoughts or attitudes are metabolically expensive yet can be relearned in ways that promote rather than impair health. Stress-reduction should be considered a crucial element of any health restoration program. Techniques such as meditation, abdominal breathing, salt and soda baths, and photobiology are simple for patients to implement and will yield great reward in terms of improved treatment outcomes and quality of life.

Healing traditions of every ancient culture have included some form of breath practice. There is a profound effect from the simple act of learning to breathe consciously. Breathing deeply and consciously…

  • Teaches us to be more mindful
  • Supports energy levels
  • Helps keep us relaxed and centered
  • Is a refuge from stress and a tool for healing

Lack of regular exercise promotes repair deficit while regular exercise reduces inflammation. Exercise should be a pleasure, with a goal of adequate activity that is achievable rather than excessive activity that becomes a burden.

The mind and body are always connected, and interactive movement is essential for physical and mental peace. The ideal activities are those systems that combine breath and movement, with a priority given to core strength and musculoskeletal resilience.

For example, the following practices are all meaningful and restorative ways of combining breath and movement:

  • Traditional free form hatha and prana yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Pilates
  • Trager System
  • Feldenkrais method
  • Alexander technique

Practical Applications

As a trusted healthcare provider, you are the best person to help your patients implement healthful lifestyle choices. Use Joy In Living: The Alkaline Way as a resource to help you prescribe, inspire, and support your patients in developing their own personalized program.

The guide includes tips and tools for living the Alkaline Way…

  • Acid/Alkaline food effects chart
  • An entire chapter of alkaline recipes
  • Help in building an immune-tolerant diet
  • Detox and cleanse guide
  • Getting started with physical activity, mindfulness, and light therapy.

Integrative Medicine Pioneer Dr. Russell Jaffe Shares Strategies to Evoke Human Healing Response

Contact: Justin Welton
Company: PERQUE Integrative Health
Telephone: 703-450-2980 ext. 3360


Integrative Medicine Pioneer Shares Strategies to Evoke Human Healing Response

Report presents practical, evidence-based approaches to overcome obstacles to healing.

ASHBURN, VA, Feb 28, 2017 – PERQUE Integrative Health released a new white paper today titled: “Evidence-based Strategies to Evoke Human Healing Responses.”  In the paper, functional medicine pioneer and thought leader, Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN, outlines a clinically validated, time-tested approach to vibrant health by removing obstacles to recovery.

“The human body is capable of amazing renewal and resilience when obstacles are removed”, said author Russell Jaffe. “My goal in this paper is to offer practitioners simple, actionable approaches they can implement immediately to achieve better clinical outcomes.”

This report, and the recent webinar by the same title, present a structured approach to restoring immune tolerance, improving detoxification competences, and reversing nutrient deficits. Readers will explore a fundamental rethinking of inflammation and will learn to identify four key opportunities to heal. The paper also describes three simple, inexpensive self-tests that help healthcare practitioners develop better personalized nutrition programs for each individual.  Download the paper here.

About Dr. Russell Jaffe

Dr. Russell M. Jaffe, CEO and Chairman of PERQUE Integrative Health is one of the pioneers of integrative and regenerative medicine.  Since inventing the world’s first single step amplified (ELISA) procedure in 1984, a process for measuring and monitoring all delayed allergies, Dr. Jaffe has continually sought new ways to help speed the transition from our current healthcare system’s symptom-reactive model to a more functionally integrated, effective and compassionate system. PIH is the outcome of years of Dr. Jaffe’s scientific research. It brings to market three decades of rethinking safer, more effective, novel and proprietary dietary supplements, supplement delivery systems, diagnostic testing, and validation studies.

Who is PERQUE Integrative Health?

PERQUE Integrative Health (PIH) is dedicated to speeding the transition from sickness care to healthful caring. Delivering novel, personalized health solutions, PIH gives healthcare practitioners and patients the tools to achieve sustained optimal wellness. Combining the best in functional, evidence-based testing with premium professional supplements, and healthful lifestyle guides, PIH solutions deliver successful outcomes in even the toughest cases. Visit and for more.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe

Quinoa is a gluten free grain with a lot of fiber, high in B vitamins, calcium and iron; it also has balanced amino acids which gives it a good protein profile. Before you use quinoa
you need to wash it (unless you buy pre-washed) because the outer coating has saponins on it. If they don’t get washed off they will make the grain taste soapy. When cooking quinoa the ratio is pretty much the same as rice, two cups of water to one cup of grain, simmered for 14-18 minutes.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

2 C. cooked quinoa
1 C. finely minced cilantro
½ C. minced parsley
1 clove garlic minced
1 t. sea salt
1 C. cherry tomatoes – halved
1 red pepper, small dice
3 scallions, mostly white part, minced
3 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. olive oil
¼ C. pine nuts
Fresh ground pepper on top

Mix it all together, stir it well.

This recipe is from Mira Dessy, The Ingredient Guru.

Even the healthiest recipes might not be healthy for you. LRA tests help you know the foods that are healthy – immune-tolerant – for you. Learn more about LRA tests at

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