Director of the Fellowship of Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine
Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH is an internationally known speaker and author on the subject of wellness and anti-aging and a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians. She is the Director of the Fellowship of Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine, a credentialed educational program for medical professionals [where], and the director and founder of Center for Healthy Living and Longevity in Traverse, MI.
Fifteen years ago, Pamela Wartian Smith was an ER doctor at The Detroit Medical center when all of a sudden she couldn’t sleep. “I went to 11 physicians and not one could tell me why,” she remembers. “The only advice they gave was to take a sleeping pill.” By chance, she attended an anti-aging conference, where she heard about the loss of progesterone affecting sleep habits. Turns out, her own progesterone level was zero thanks to a hysterectomy performed several years earlier. “At the time of the surgery, I was told I wouldn’t have any hormonal changes because they left my ovaries intact. We now know that when you cut the blood supply to the ovaries, you do have hormonal changes.” She began taking a low dose of progesterone. “Now I sleep like a baby,” she says.
Since then, Smith has been a pioneer at the forefront of “metabolic anti-aging medicine,” a discipline that’s received lots of attention, from those who dismiss it as fountain-of-youth folly to patients who credit it with saving their health and their sanity after menopause (ie: Oprah Whinfrey). At the core is hormone replacement therapy—a controversial topic for women and the doctors who treat them.
As the director of the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity in Traverse, MI, Smith treats thousands of patients with a combination of diet, exercise and hormonal therapy intended to prevent disease and preserve wellness far past the age of fifty. This spring she sat down with FOF to explain how, “The science is there for us to live to a healthy 100.”