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Burick Center for Health and Wellness is Now Offering Spermidine

The Burick Center is pleased to celebrate that they are now offering spermidine for purchase at the center!

What is spermidine?

The endogenous substance spermidine is a polyamine, which naturally occurs in nearly every cell in the human body. Spermidine is produced by our organism in order to activate autophagy and manage cell renewal, through which our body’s cells can regenerate and maintain their functionality.

While our body is able to produce spermidine itself, the endogenous production decreases considerably with age. Thus, as we age, our cells have less spermidine available to activate autophagy, causing a decrease in the ability to regenerate our cells and an increase in our susceptibility to various diseases.

Spermidine is not only produced within our cells; it can also be found in varying concentrations in fruits and vegetables, even in meat and cheese. About one-third of the spermidine content in our body is produced by our own cells. The rest is absorbed through food and/or dietary supplements.

Spermidine–whether produced by our cells or ingested through food–is a natural and endogenous substance that has the ability to trigger autophagy, and thus demonstrably supports cell renewal.

The Benefits of Spermidine

Better Brain Function

Spermidine reduces inflammation in your brain cells and strengthens memory pathways in the brain[*]. A 2018 study found that older adults who took spermidine daily saw a significant improvement in memory and cognitive performance[*].

It also turns on autophagy, which clears out toxic proteins linked to neurodegenerative diseases like, Parkinson‘s and Alzheimer‘s[*][*][*].

Stronger Mitochondria

Your mitochondria are the power plants of your cells, and if you make them stronger, your body will literally produce more energy. When you optimize your mitochondria, you become stronger, faster, smarter, and younger.

A 2020 study found that spermidine turns on mitochondrial biogenesis — in other words, it makes your body produce brand new mitochondria[*]. This particular study looked at mitochondria in heart cells. The researchers found that spermidine effectively reversed cardiac aging.

Stronger Cardiovascular Health

Spermidine is especially good for your heart.

A 2016 study found that spermidine protects against artery-blocking plaques that cause heart disease[*]. Spermidine activated autophagy, which decreased cholesterol and lipid formation on the surface of the plaques and prevented them from getting bigger.

Another study found that spermidine increases lifespan by protecting against age-related heart disease[*].

Hair Growth

Spermidine may help you regrow hair, too.

A study found that spermidine prolongs the growth phase of hair follicles in both men and women, particularly in the case of genetic hair loss or hair loss due to hormonal changes (for example, after pregnancy or during menopause)[*][*]. This can improve hair growth and significantly reduce hair loss.

Spermidine also promotes keratin production, an essential part of hair growth[*].


Spermidine levels in your cells decrease with age, which decreases your biological turnover and your cells’ ability to replace old or damaged parts[*]. Spermidine supplementation can replenish your spermidine levels and induce autophagy to reverse aging.

A 20-year-long study at the University of Innsbruck found that eating more spermidine-rich foods correlated with a 5-year increase in life expectancy and lower overall mortality[*].

Two other studies have found that spermidine supplements reduce markers of aging in animals[*] and decrease the risk of overall mortality, age-related cardiovascular disease, and age-related cancer in humans[*].

The Best Way to Take Spermidine

When I first began experimenting with spermidine, I couldn’t find any pure spermidine supplements. I tried a couple of synthetic compounds and several spermidine precursors but they were all either way too expensive, gross, or hard to obtain. They were also all intended for animal use, so I was taking a bit of a risk.

Then a few months ago, a friend in Switzerland sent me a new spermidine supplement from Austria called spermidineLIFE. The company recently expanded to the US (hopefully Canada is next on the list) and is the first to offer pure, natural spermidine in supplement form. They extract it from the non-GMO wheat germ and it’s the first spermidine supplement I’ve found that meets my criteria for clean ingredients.

Whether you fast, take a spermidine supplement, or do both like me, aging backward requires bringing your body to its full potential and youth, especially at a biological level.  Spermidine helps me maintain and enhance the benefits of fasting, even on days when I eat normally.

Spermidine is powerful stuff and I’ve been a big fan of it ever since I started taking it. The research behind it is excellent and it’s one of the most exciting new anti-aging compounds available.

You can learn more at: Spermidinelife.us or by calling the center at 717-730-9000.  

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Burick Center Staff MemberTracy Koval

Office Manager

Tracy joined the Burick Center for Health & Wellness in June of 2016 to help patients by managing various aspects of the office. Tracy brings more than three decades of medical office experience as the former office manager of a multi-specialty group and also works on a part-time basis as a Patient Service Rep at a local urgent care center.

Tracy’s favorite part of working in a medical practice is the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life by helping them navigate through the maze of health care. She loves being part of the dynamic team at the Burick Center.

Tracy likes to spend time with her family. She has two sons, Mason, who is living and working in Philadelphia as a Sr. Analyst for a marketing firm, and Spencer, who works at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.

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Burick Center Staff MemberRena Geesaman

Patient Coordinator

Rena Geesaman is a Registered Medical Assistant who enjoys providing attentive and caring client service. She is very happy to be part of the Burick Center team where patient care is our number one focus.

Her goal is to do everything within her power to ensure every interaction leaves you feeling well cared for and perhaps even delighted.

Rena volunteers by serving as board treasurer for Carlisle Christian Academy. She also helps facilitate a program at River of God Church for single, pregnant girls which provides practical, emotional and spiritual support.

Outside of the office Rena enjoys hiking, traveling, tending to her flower beds, hosting meals on their back deck, enjoying time with dear friends, loving on her little dogs, and best of all spending time with family. Being fairly new grandparents, she and her husband Don are always happy to share pictures of their little grandson, Lucas. Feel free to ask! She considers herself amazingly blessed!

Burick Center Staff MemberDr. Peter Lu


Dr. Peter Lu trained and worked in New York City for 15 years and recently moved to central PA. He studied pre-med at Brooklyn College and attended medical school at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. Thereafter he worked in the inner city hospitals of New York City, and lastly had the honor of caring for people with his sister in Stamford, Connecticut.

Dr. Lu greatly appreciates open lines of communication as it pertains to questions you may have about your ailment and how acupuncture could help in the healing process. His intention to address your needs to the best of his ability.

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Burick Center Staff MemberLee Morand

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Lee has had the sincere pleasure of working in the Greater Harrisburg area for over 20 years. She relocated to Harrisburg in 1990 after completing her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Pre-Med at Cornell University. Lee received her first Master’s Degree from Shippensburg University. Her second Master’s Degree, as well as Doctorate, were both from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She uses a Cognitive-Behavioral approach to guide her work with clients across the lifespan. She strongly believes research has shown that changing your thoughts does change your life. Her primary focus with clients is to reduce symptoms by assisting clients to achieve skills they can utilize in their professional, academic, and personal lives.

Burick Center Staff MemberHeather Motter

LMT, Massage Therapist and Back Desk Coordinator

Heather Motter joined the Burick Center team in 2018. A graduate of YTI Career Institute, Heather prides herself on using her highly developed skills to maintain the balance between mind and body. As a licensed massage therapist, she specializes in Medical Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Trigger Point Therapy, and Oncology Massage.

Heather has a vast amount of experience working with a variety of patients. From a simple relaxation massage to a patient dealing with chronic pain, Heather is able to facilitate treatments uniquely designed for each patient’s individual needs.

Heather insists that massage is not just a relaxation luxury. Instead, her philosophy is that massage helps lead to a healthier, happier lifestyle. She encourages everyone to take the time to meet with her to develop a care plan to enhance their overall wellness.

Heather is a resident of Carlisle, where she resides with her fiancé, two sons, and four dogs. When she’s not at work, she can be found outside working on her back yard oasis, or volunteering at Speranza Animal Rescue.

Burick Center Staff MemberFelicia Miller


Felicia Miller is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist who provides nutritional counseling and education to patients of the Burick Center for Health & Wellness.

She takes the science of nutrition with her extensive knowledge of food and coaching skills to create an easy-to-follow actionable plan for her clients to follow.

Recognizing that there are multiple components to creating a successful wellness plan, she looks at the whole person – their concerns, lifestyle, personality, family, and career. Listening to her patients allows for Felicia to find the root cause of their issue and not simply the symptoms.

“Being healthy goes beyond diet, food is just one of the pillars of a happy, healthy person.” Felicia goes beyond the traditional diet education- she coaches and supports her patients as they learn how to make changes in their day-to-day life.

“I’m passionate about whole foods and healthy living I strive to inspire you to make positive food and lifestyle changes – at any age.”

Burick Center Staff MemberAshley Weibley

Registered Nurse

Ashley is a nurse at Burick Center for Health & Wellness. Her nursing philosophy is one of holistic care. She is a patient advocate committed to clear communication, education and applying critical thinking and decision-making skills to help patients achieve better outcomes. She enjoys providing the highest quality nursing care in a respectful, healing environment. She has a personal commitment to life-long learning through formal education and hands-on experience. She appreciates that compassion along with innovative care is what the Burick Center for Health & Wellness is all about.

Ashley has an Associate’s Degree from Harrisburg Area Community College and a Bachelors Degree from Penn State University.

She is married and has twin boys, She enjoys spending time with her friends, family and pets. She has owned and shown Quarter Horses all of her life and continues to compete in her spare time.