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Integrative MedicineWhy Everyone Should Use Glucometers for Better Health

Blood sugar testing with a glucometer is a great tool for anyone to assess their body’s unique response to food and lifestyle choices. We normally associate blood sugar testing with diabetes, but this tool can be helpful to support health goals such as improving body composition, making exercise and diet Read more…

Integrative MedicineTransforming Your Well-Being with Positive Psychology

Identify Your Strengths

There is a relatively new segment studying human behaviors, happiness and overall well-being referred to as positive psychology. Defined by the Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, it is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. In other words, focusing on the positive Read more…

Integrative MedicineEat to Beat Depression and Anxiety

Drew Ramsey, MD, a psychiatrist in New York who lives on a family farm in Indiana, introduced me to nutritional psychiatry. I did not realize such psychiatrists existed; it turns out they have international meetings. Leading the way is psychiatrist Daniel Amen, MD, who has authored over 30 books and Read more…

Integrative MedicineChoosing Our New Normal

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Do you have mixed feelings about going “back to normal?” The past year has required many changes to our routines and socialization. The pandemic precautions included the cessation of so many activities. We stopped going to school. We stopped eating out. We stopped exercising in gyms or studios. We stopped Read more…

Integrative MedicineBecoming Zen: Perspective and Positive Thinking

I’m not sure where this fable comes from, but I remember first hearing it in church as a young adult and discussing it with my mother afterward.  It is one of my favorites to share with patients and my own children because it really simplifies the difficult concept of recognizing Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Case for a Low-Carb, Healthy-Fat Diet

To my knowledge, no one knows nutrition history better than Gary Taubes. As a science writer, he has been studying the subject matter full time for over 25 years. Taubes helped launch the modern low-carbohydrate healthy fat understanding with his 2002 cover article in the New York Times Magazine entitled Read more…

Integrative MedicineHelping the Body Heal Naturally

The growth of regenerative medicine now offers patients a variety of less invasive treatment options to joint surgery, replacement and pain management.  The basic principle of regenerative medicine uses the body’s own healing mechanisms to repair damaged tissues. The field includes injectables, patches, traditional Chinese medicine techniques and electronic stimuli Read more…

Integrative MedicineCreating Habits – One Minute at a Time

New habits new life

Even when we know what we have to do to live a healthier lifestyle, doing it isn’t as easy as it should be. Eating healthier, moving more, surrounding ourselves with a great social network, and going to bed earlier are a few of the things no one could argue would Read more…

Integrative MedicineAre You Eating Your Healthy Fats?

The controversy over dietary fats began in the 1940s when research started to link high cholesterol with heart disease. High dietary fat was blamed for high cholesterol, and many people avoided all fatty foods – even those that are health-promoting – for decades.  We now understand the relationship between dietary Read more…

Integrative MedicineLink Between Parkinson’s and Pesticides

Most of us are aware that Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise due to high blood sugars and excessive inflammation. These factors are also related to the rise in overweight, obesity and type 2 diabetes.   Less well known is that the frequency of Parkinson’s disease is also on the Read more…

Integrative MedicineAsking for What You Want Cures Resentment

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

I’ve been doing a deep dive on how thoughts create reality. During my quest toward personal health, I have been learning how Eastern cultures view disease as originating in the soul. This concept takes healing to a whole new level!  When I was diagnosed with cancer, I began asking myself Read more…

Integrative MedicineWhat to Get Someone Who has Everything? The Gift of Longevity

With the upcoming gift-giving season, we can remember that longevity is a gift we can give ourselves every day, not just for the holidays. We all have a genetic blueprint in our DNA, which indicates whether we might have a tendency for chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, fibromyalgia, dementia Read more…

Integrative MedicineDo Less

It is said that you need to see or hear something three times before it fully lands. If that’s the case, I have now heard the call to “Do Less” on three separate occasions. The first was in 2006, when someone said to me that I seemed to have only Read more…

Integrative Medicine11 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

Since Labor Day, inflatable Santas have been pestering us, signaling that the holidays are rapidly approaching. Trees, lights and decorations have been rushing the season back into summer. But now, it really is time to focus on them. For some, the holidays are a joyful and magical time of year. Read more…

Integrative MedicineBeyond the Doctor’s Office: Treating Autoimmune Disease at Home

Millions of people have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and the numbers, which include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, eczema, psoriasis and celiac disease to name a few, are increasing rapidly.  With so many people affected and very little time and attention offered by traditional medical doctors, most people Read more…

Integrative MedicineTime-Restricted Eating: The Key to Good Health?

Circadian Code

When we eat is more important than what we eat. That is the claim of Satchin Panda, PhD, leading expert in circadian rhythm research. Dr. Panda is the founder of the Center for Circadian Biology at the Salk Institute and an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego. Read more…

Integrative MedicineWorking in Harmony with Your Microbiome

The devastating loss of human life from COVID-19 has recently highlighted the immense power of tiny, invisible microbes to shape our human experience. Microbes are microscopic organisms, including a variety of widely diverse species of bacteria and viruses. Bacterial species are highly adaptable to surviving almost any habitat, be it Read more…

Integrative MedicineReversing Six Diseases with One Effort

There is one thing a person can do to help reverse six different diseases: reduce body fat in the trunk area.  Most Americans have excess body fat in their mid-section. That fat is metabolically active causing a host of medical problems including:  1. Overweight and obesity This is the obvious Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Cancer Connection in Our World Pandemic

Shay’s Story

The last time I wrote an article COVID-19 was not something we were so worried about in the United States; it was something we were watching unfold in China and Italy. But, in a blink of an eye, it started to unfold in New York City. I think a lot Read more…

Integrative MedicineDoing Diabetes Differently

Let’s get the depressing part over with…then we’ll get to the hopeful stuff! When it comes to diabetes, we know the stats; they aren’t great. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 34.2 million people in the United States have diabetes, and one in five don’t Read more…