A controversial medical subspecialty not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Medical Association, anti-aging medicine was literally invented in 1992 by two Chicago osteopaths (doctors of osteopathy, or DOs), Robert Goldman and Ronald Klatz. The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) lists current membership at 22,000 in 100 countries, 85% of whom are licensed MDs or DOs. Physician members use a wide variety of diagnostic tests and therapies to maximize healthy longevity. Many of the anti-aging approaches are part of standard health care: colonoscopies, mammograms, cholesterol measurement, hormone replacement. Others are less well accepted by conventional physicians. These may include detoxification, chelation therapy, growth hormone therapy, live cell therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and taking high doses of nutritional supplements.
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