Dr. Ryan Ball graduated with a BS in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. He then graduated from Life University with a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. Dr. Ryan Ball is a board certified diplomate to the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine as a health practitioner (ABAAHP). Furthermore, Dr. Ball has completed the extensive coursework to be recognized as an advanced fellow in metabolic, nutritional, and functional medicine (FAAMFM) through MMI and A4m and credentialed through George Washington University’s medical school.
Dr. Ball always knew that he would pursue alternative medicine after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease of the eye when he was only 13 years old. This disease was uveitis. After going completely blind in his right eye, his parents took him to many doctors. Each doctor gave the wrong diagnosis. Finally, one ophthalmologist gave the correct diagnosis but the treatment consisted of taking steroid drops every thirty minutes and having weekly specialist appointments for the rest of his life. Three years later he made critical lifestyle changes that turned his disease around. Utilizing exercise, diet, increased sunlight, targeted nutraceuticals, and chiropractic care, Dr. Ball fully regained his sight and no longer needed steroid drops. The specialist was quite amazed, remarking that it was unusual to stop needing to take the steroids.
It is Dr. Ball’s aim to administer individualized, multi-modal care based on his patients’ specific and personal needs.
Dr. Ball has also completed over 200 additional hours through various organizations in targeted neurochemistry, functional nutrition, and functional endocrinology.
Dr. Ball continues to grow his practice to help patients with various autoimmune conditions, and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS.
Q1: Before joining A4M, what was your medical background?
Before joining A4M, I practiced as a board certified doctor of chiropractic. I utilized a combination of adjusting techniques for the spine and extremities, rehabilitative exercises, education on ergonomics, and soft tissue techniques to get lasting, musculoskeletal benefits for my patients struggling with an inability to achieve full range of motion and musculoskeletal pain.
Q2: What anti-aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? And how did you so?
I have incorporated so much information from every module that I have taken. I have utilized advanced testing to find out my patients’ specific needs and then utilized nutraceutical and lifestyle protocols that were discussed in my courses to move them towards their goals. I have found great success utilizing techniques to heal leaky barriers, upregulate proper mitochondrial function, minimize the consequences of Lyme and mold exposure, analyze what type of hypertensive patient is in the office, slow down or halt neurodegeneration, and even help attenuate the inflammatory response in certain autoimmune patients, among many more.
I did this by paying close attention to what the A4M instructors were telling me and then diving in head first. I love that I can see the changes on the advanced testing. The results are not only substantial, they are substantiated.
Q3: What are the benefits of practicing anti-aging medicine? (as a professional, and for your practice?)
As a professional, the greatest benefit is that lack of monotony. It is exciting to understand that every patient is different and need different things even if two patients are coming in with the same diagnosis. Two people with diabetes need different things. Two people with hypothyroidism need different things. It has become a lot more fun knowing that with each patient, I’ll have to be a detective to help them get to the root cause or causes of their problem.
Q4: What are the changes you see in your patients?
I have seen many great improvements. One patient with pain all over the body, who was not responding to chiropractic care, indicated that all the pain started after she was bitten by a ‘bug’. I put her on a targeted nutraceutical protocol and after the initial Herx reaction that lasted two days, her pain decreased until it was completely gone. Another patient made small diet changes and started on only two nutraceuticals and his primary physician was able to take him off of his cholesterol medications and his hypertension medications. There are so many cases that have gotten much better. More than anything, I am amazed at how quickly anti-aging medicine and functional medicine can work. I know some people think that it will take months but I expect much of my results in a matter of weeks.
Q5: Why would you recommend Anti-Aging Medicine to your peers?
The biggest reason I would recommend Anti-Aging medicine is because the idea of ‘one cause-one cure’ for any chronic disease is unrealistic. Any person with a chronic disease, more than likely, has 5-6 different things happening to them. By understanding all of these different factors, you can achieve results that did not seem possible through conventional means. I find many of my peers only want to use the techniques and approaches that they are already comfortable in performing. If someone is limiting themselves because of stubbornness or an unwillingness to learn, then they are really limiting their patients’ results as well.
Q6: Where do you see the future of Anti-Aging medicine 20 years from now?
I think there will be accessibility to Anti-Aging medicine in every community. Patients will not have to drive hours to find a doctor who can accommodate their needs or access these experts through Skype consultations. There will also be Anti-Aging departments within the majority of hospitals, medical schools, and health professional colleges as the understanding of this discipline develops and the demand for this type of care grows.