May 2024


2024| MAY

May 2024 Health Newsletter 









Greetings from Dr. Hernandez.

Dear valued patients and members of the Lakeside expat community,

As we usher in this vibrant new month, I’m thrilled to share this edition of our Chapala Med newsletter, packed with transformative advancements and exciting updates at our practice. This coming year, the community will note many changes in and around Chapala Med.

Chapala Med: Elevating Standards with Certified Expertise

The importance of having a U.S. board-certified physician as your primary care doctor cannot be overstated. These certifications ensure that our physicians have met rigorous standards and possess a deep, updated knowledge base, critical for providing top-tier care. At Chapala Med, we pride ourselves on our credibility in regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies, offering the latest and most effective treatments available.


Expertise in Hepatitis Care for Expats

Our commitment to staying at the forefront of medical advancements extends to our knowledge of hepatitis management, particularly within the expat population in Mexico. This specialized focus ensures that we provide the most informed and effective care possible, tailored to the unique needs of our community.

Continued Availability for Urgent and Emergency Care

Your health and well-being are our top priorities. We are pleased to announce that our services remain readily available both in Guadalajara hospitals and the Chapala Lakeside area for urgent and emergency care. This ensures that no matter where you are, you have access to the critical medical attention you need.

Prioritizing Your Security and Trust

Understandably, the security of your personal information – including your social security number – is paramount. I’m proud to say we have a flawless track record, with zero instances of misuse, fraud, or identity theft linked to our patient database. You have our unwavering commitment to safeguarding your trust. We value the confidence you place in our healthcare providers and administrative staff. We ask the community due their due diligence and research or investigate individuals or businesses that you are feely providing such sensitive information for example those businesses who claim to take and do direct billing to U.S. government insurance.

Embracing the Healthcare Revolution: The Future is Here

The future of healthcare is unfolding before our eyes. Chapala Med, in partnership with you, is harnessing the power of AI to inform collaborative decision-making. Together, we’ll ensure a diagnostic and therapeutic process rooted in the most validated and up-to-date protocols from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and of course, Mexico.

Unlock Longevity and Regeneration: Stem Cells, PRP, and Orthomolecular Medicine

We’re committed to helping you thrive for years to come. Our enhanced focus on regenerative medicine utilizes the latest stem cell and PRP protocols, stimulating healing and tissue rejuvenation. Combined with orthomolecular medicine and epigenetic testing, we’re tailoring therapies precisely to your body’s unique needs for maximum benefit.

Immediate and Urgent Care Expansion

In partnership with a prominent national hospital chain, we’re introducing a full-service immediate and urgent care department. Now, you’ll have access to the critical care you need at a moment’s notice.

In-House Pharmacy for Convenience

Your time is precious. That’s why we’re bringing an in-house pharmacy and pharmaceutical services directly to our clinic, streamlining your medication access and saving you valuable time.

Welcoming Back a Group of Specialists to Plaza InterLago

Late om 2024, Chapala Med welcomes the return of a group of exceptional specialists to Plaza InterLago! This collaboration expands our services, offering you even more expertise and integrated care in one convenient location. These enhancements demonstrate our unwavering dedication to your well-being. Chapala Med isn’t just about managing illness; it’s about optimizing your health, longevity, and quality of life. Stay tuned for more details as these exciting new services roll out!

Yours in health,

Santiago Hernandez, M.D.




The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. 


Mayo Clinic Minute:

Hepatitis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the liver. It comes in many forms, including hepatitis AB and C. But what do those letter designations mean, and how do they differ from one another?

Click here for VIDEO and ARTICLE




Study: Hemp seeds could help manage hypertension A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that hemp seed protein could be useful in management of high blood pressure thanks to its hydrolysate-derived bioactive peptide. The researchers concluded that the results, “suggest that hemp protein consumption, as well as in combination with bioactive peptides, may have a role in the dietary management of hypertension.” 

Full Story: Hemp Gazette (Australia) 

Click here for VIDEO and ARTICLE





Stem Cell Injections in Mexico Led to Drug-Resistant Infections




Doctor, why are your stem cell therapies and those of the lab you are partnered with more costly than that of the other doctors here in town ? This is a question I get asked almost on a weekly basis. This article demonstrates why I value safety and reliability over price when I offer these therapies to my patients.


Stem Cell Injections in Mexico Led to Drug-Resistant Infections


— Three patients acquired Mycobacterium abscessus infections after medical travel

by Sophie Putka , Enterprise & Investigative Writer, MedPage Today May 9, 2024













New GUADALAJARA office at Hospital Joya

As of May 1st, 2024 we have opened a new office at the medical specialties building at the new Hospital Joya in the Colonia Americana in Guadalajara. It is conveniently located on Ave. Vallarta 2 city blocks from the current location of the American Consulate. So let your friends in the city know.

Office no. 24 Av. Ignacio L Vallarta 1369, Col Americana, Americana, 44160 Guadalajara, Jal.










CHAPALA MED’s Functional Longevity Medicine Program: Unlocking the Secrets to Longevity and Vitality

At CHAPALA MED, since last month, we are thrilled to have rolled out our revolutionary “Functional Longevity Medicine” program, designed to empower you with the tools and knowledge to lead a long, vibrant, and fulfilling life. Based on the principles outlined in the insightful book “OUTLIVE” by renowned physician Peter Attia, MD, our program adopts a proactive and personalized approach to healthcare, focusing on five key areas to enhance your overall well-being.

1. Metabolic Health Optimization: Our program delves into the intricacies of your metabolic health, addressing factors such as insulin sensitivity, blood sugar regulation, and metabolic flexibility. By understanding and optimizing your metabolism, we aim to help you achieve sustainable weight management and reduce the risk of metabolic diseases.

2. Nutritional Excellence: Nourishing your body with the right nutrients is vital for longevity and vitality. We emphasize personalized nutrition plans, tailored to your unique needs and goals, to ensure you receive the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants required for optimal health.

3. Sleep and Stress Management: Adequate sleep and effective stress management play pivotal roles in longevity. Our program focuses on identifying sleep patterns, addressing sleep disorders, and implementing stress-reducing techniques to promote restorative rest and mental well-being.

4. Physical Fitness and Resilience: Building physical resilience is essential to thrive as we age. We design personalized exercise regimens, considering your current fitness level and long-term goals, to enhance strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health.

5. Cognitive Performance Enhancement: Mental acuity and cognitive health are integral to a fulfilling life. Through brain-boosting activities, cognitive exercises, and neuroprotective strategies, our program aims to keep your mind sharp and agile as the years go by. Our REHABILITATION DEPT. has already had weeks of success stories with our patients referring success and improved steadiness and functional mobility.

At CHAPALA MED, we believe that age is just a number, and by embracing the principles of functional medicine we are confident in our ability to help you unlock the secrets to a long and vibrant life. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is excited to guide you on this transformative journey towards functional longevity. Let’s embark on the path to lasting health and vitality together.










The Longevity Paradox

How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age






Working with thousands of patients, Dr. Gundry has discovered that the “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a byproduct of the way we have lived over the decades. In The Longevity Paradox, he maps out a new approach to aging well – one that is based on supporting the health of the “oldest” parts of us: the microorganisms that live within our bodies. 






Chapala Med Mission Statement 






“We pledge to preserve our humility, integrity, and all the values which brought us to the practice of medicine. We will engage in honest self-reflection, striving for excellence but acknowledging our limitations, and caring for ourselves as we care for others. We will seek to heal the whole person, rather than merely treat disease, committing to a partnership with our patients that empowers them and demonstrates empathy and respect. We will cure sometimes, treat often, and comfort always.” 





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