Peptides in Integrative Medicine

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What are peptides?

Similar to stem cells, peptides are expected to be a billion dollar industry.  Discover the power of regenerative peptides from the founders (Drs. Edwin Lee and Luis Martinez) of Clinical Peptide Society at the 18th Restorative Medicine Conference.  Learn which peptides can help one look younger, improve on energy, improve one’s immune system, help against cancer and other conditions.  Also learn about neuroregenerative peptides that may help with your loved ones or with your patients.  Using regenerative peptides is exciting and rewarding.

Peptides are short chains of amino acids capable of exerting multiple biological effects. They are currently being used in the treatment of many diseases with often dramatic results.

  • At our course, you will learn:
  • The different types of peptides in use
  • Dosing and proper protocols
  • Regulatory aspects more info
  • Application for different conditions, such as cancer, autoimmune disease, cosmetic use, neurological and general aging applications.

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Peptides therapy is a growing field in medicine, with peptides being used for multiple purposes, including skin care, increasing growth hormone, and improving metabolism. Discovered in the 1960s, peptides are short chains of amino acids linked by polypeptide bonds. They have regenerative properties, which makes them ideal for many treatments in Restorative Medicine.

At the 18th Annual Restorative Medicine Conference, Edwin Lee, MD, and Luis Martinez, MD, MPH, will give a series of lectures which go into detail on how to incorporate regenerative peptides into your clinical practice. Drs. Lee and Martinez are co-founders of the Clinical Peptide Society, a professional organization for advancing the clinical use of peptides. They regularly provide educational programs in the U.S. and other countries.

Dr. Lee is an endocrinologist, author, and international speaker. He is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and finished his fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he is the assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Lee has published many articles on internal medicine and endocrinology. He was also an author in the fourth edition of the Textbook of Critical Care.

Dr. Martínez earned his medical degree at the Ponce School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania. He also completed an advanced training course in stem cells in cancer at the Ponce Health Sciences University/ Magee Research Institute consortium. He is board certified in clinical lipidology. Dr. Martinez holds a masters of public health with a concentration in epidemiology and is fellowship trained in biosecurity.

The peptide intensive track at the 18th Annual Restorative Medicine Conference is arranged in a series of 10 presentations over two days (attendees must register for the full access pass to be admitted to the peptide lectures). Here are summaries of the presentations.

Introduction to Peptides

How peptides are synthesized in a lab will be reviewed. The importance of obtaining peptides from a reputable compound pharmacy will also be covered, as well as the mechanism of action on how peptides work. A case study of a neuro regenerative peptide will be reviewed.

Neuro Regenerative Peptides

Regenerative peptides for the brain, including Cerbrolsyin, Thymosin Beta 4, BPC-157, Dihexa, Semax, Selank, and Thymosin Beta 4 will be reviewed. Some of these peptides have been shown to increase Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) to help with nerve cell regeneration. Patients with Alzheimer’s have low BDNF and improving BDNF can help with cognition. Other pathways will be discussed in improving cognition.

Growth Hormone Peptides

Adult growth hormone deficiency symptoms will be reviewed, and the association of higher mortality with growth hormone deficiency. Treatment with recombinant human growth hormone is expensive and not covered under most insurance plans. Peptides as alternatives to recombinant human growth hormone will be covered, including CJC-1295, Ipamorelin, GHRP-6, and Teslomorelin. These peptides and others have been shown to help improve IGF-1 levels. They also have the advantage of inducing all five of the hGH isoforms rather just the one that is found in the synthetic form.

Hair Growth Peptides

There are peptides to help with hair growth and to stimulate new hair follicles. The hair cycle and the causes for hair loss will be reviewed. The WNT pathway is a critical factor for hair growth and the discovery of the CXXC5 protein that is responsible for hair loss will be reviewed. Peptides that will be covered are Thymulin, GHK copper, PTD and Thymosin Beta 4.

Peptides in Autoimmune Diseases

Immune dysregulation, a universal characteristic of autoimmune diseases, can be targeted through the use of specific peptides. The pathophysiology of autoimmunity will be reviewed. The lecture will also present the rationale for utilizing peptide therapy in the management of autoimmune diseases. T cell modulation, cell predominant shifts, OGF axis, and other mechanisms of action will be highlighted. VIP, thymosins and other peptides will be covered. Cases and protocols will be discussed.

Metabolic Peptides

This lecture will discuss how peptides can be used to improve metabolism. Master pathways involved in food intake and metabolism will be discussed, as well as growth hormone axis and how it relates to metabolic optimization. Novel peptides such as MOTS-C will be reviewed. Mitochondrial dysfunction and optimization will be highlighted as part of an overall strategy for improving metabolism.

The Healing Peptide BPC 157

BPC 157 was discovered in 1993, and there is now considerable clinical data of the regenerative properties of BPC-157 in animals. Uses for BPC-157 include reducing inflammation, increasing the production of type 1 collagen, improving the lower esophageal sphincter, healing fistulas, and helping with repairing many parts of the body. Published studies of BPC-157 will be reviewed, as well as dosing.

Cosmeceutical Peptides

Growth factors and cytokines have been used in the cosmetic products to help with aging skin, however, their large size limits their ability to penetrate the skin. Peptides provide benefits similar to growth factor with better skin penetration, due to their smaller molecular size. GHK, Botox-like peptides, enzyme peptides, and others will be reviewed. The pleotrophic effects of GHK copper will also be covered.

Peptides in Cancer Treatment

Advances in peptide biology have shed light on multiple pathways which can be targeted for therapeutic interventions in the treatment of cancer. These can be incorporated as part of a comprehensive management approach. The lecture will discuss peptide classes, mechanisms of action, and proposed protocols for incorporating peptide therapy in the treatment of cancer patients. Peptides including Met-Enkephalin, PNC 27, P18, and TA1 will be discussed. Oncostatic and oncolytic mechanisms of action will be reviewed. Dosing protocols and cases will be presented.

Peptides Question and Answer Session

To wrap up the peptide intensive track, Drs. Lee and Martinez will hold a panel discussion to answer attendees’ questions about peptides and how they can be used in Restorative Medicine.

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More Information

The following peptide prescriptions are available currently in the US:

  • Thymosin Beta 4
  • PT141
  • Pentosan Polysulfate
  • Melanotan 1
  • 3 Desoxy- DHEA
  • Enclomiphene
  • Dasatinib
  • KPV
  • Rapamycin
  • Aminophylline + Glycyrrhetinic Acid
  • Sermorelin

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