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Integrative MedicineFDA Controversy Over NAC Supplement

Cysteine is an amino acid your body uses to create collagen, the major type of protein in connective tissue. Besides building your hair, skin and nails, cysteine helps convert glucose to energy and is a component of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. Cysteine is classified as “conditionally essential,” meaning your cells Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe End of Alzheimer’s Program

End of Alzheimer's Book

The 2017 book The End of Alzheimer’s by Dale Bredesen, MD caused a sensation.  For the first time, there was scientific documentation on a wide scale of the reversal of cognitive decline using lifestyle factors. Bredesen, a research professor of neurology at UCLA and founder of the Buck Institute for Read more…

Integrative MedicineOutdoor Adventure Life Preservers

On May 22 of this year, in the Gansu province of China, 21 ultra-marathoners got caught in a freak storm that took many by surprise.  These runners, who were at the top of their field, were pelted with rain and hail and experienced freezing temperatures while being swept up and Read more…

Integrative MedicineScared of Carbs?

Carbohydrates have received such a bad reputation for health and weight loss, but is it all warranted?   I think it is easy to get caught up in the latest health and weight-loss trends, and because they all seem to contradict one another, it is common to ultimately end up Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Powerful Benefits of NAD+

Youthfulness and longevity is the ultimate health goal, right? It’s no wonder anti-aging supplements and products are popping up everywhere. We all strive to feel and look amazing, but many of these marketed products aren’t backed by scientific research and can potentially be a waste of money. One product that Read more…

Integrative MedicineHow Do You Hydrate?

stay hydrated

When we think about living a healthy life, we all know drinking water is essential. With so many healthy hydration options out there today, how do we know what is actually helping us? Here’s the low-down. Let’s start with alkaline pH water. pH refers to the level of acidity and Read more…

Integrative MedicineReducing Stress through Energy Healing

Everything consists of energy, including our bodies — physics tells us that. Chronic stress, unresolved emotions, negative thoughts, injuries and pain are all things that impact your energy. They affect how you interact with others, how you feel about yourself and your overall well-being. Reiki is powerful healing energy within Read more…

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…