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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…

Integrative MedicineWhen the Going Gets Rough, Check in with Yourself

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

2020 has been challenging. These months of sheltering in place, cessation of our normal social activities and extra worry have increased anxiety and stress. In addition, there is a sense of uncertainty along with an extra expenditure of effort to get things done. Whether you have been working harder than Read more…

Integrative MedicineAddressing Suicide Prevention

addressing suicide

Suicide has surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, especially for cancer patients and teens.1,2 What if we could change that? Integrative medicine expert Deepak Chopra, MD and a collaboration of mental health experts and activists have launched the Never Alone Summit Read more…

Integrative MedicinePower Up Your Cells to Reverse Disease

Dr. Wahls post protocol

Sometimes it takes a personal struggle and a hero emerging from it, to teach the rest of us (doctors included) that we can and should do better when it comes to our health.  Terry Wahls, MD, founder of the Wahls Protocol, did not seek to practice medicine in a way Read more…

Integrative MedicineBioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy: Creams or Pellets?

creams or pellets prescription

Merely using a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy doesn’t guarantee lasting health benefits; it’s a lot more complex than that. Equally important is selecting the right delivery method—meaning the way in which the hormones enter the body and find their way to appropriate receptors to perform their work.  Not all bioidentical Read more…

Integrative MedicineSleep Initiation, Sleep Latency or Both?

Conventionally Unconventional with Kinder Fayssoux, MD

Sleep is important for many reasons. During sleep our brain is hard at work cleaning up and organizing all of the activity from the day.  The ideal amount of sleep for longevity, decreased risk of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases like Parkinson’s and dementia is 7 to 9 hours. Many Read more…

Integrative MedicineMost Chronic Disease is Reversible

Chronic diseases are a recent part of human history. In the past, people only went to healers, physicians or hospitals when they became sick, generally due to infections, injuries or other maladies. Even cancer was very rare in the past as described by Mukherjee in The Emperor of All Maladies Read more…

Integrative MedicineWords of Wisdom from Our Wellness Community

inspiring health & hope

How are you doing? During this time we’ve been thinking of you, dear readers, and eager to present this special issue inspiring health and hope from our local wellness community. There has never been a more important time to build and maintain a healthy immune system. But how do you Read more…

Integrative MedicineMeditation for Mental Health

Over the past month, I have seen a surge of patients presenting with anxiety and/or depression in my practice. “I am so scared, scared to go out, scared to be home alone, scared of how I am going to pay my bills, and scared that my family members and friends Read more…

Integrative MedicineSupporting Your Immune System

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Living through a pandemic raises our awareness of the importance of our immune system. In preventing illness, there are generally two main principles: Don’t get it in the first place; Have a strong defense system in place to fight the intruder and render it inactive. We have rapidly transitioned to Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Inflammation Spectrum

Following an anti-inflammatory diet can be confusing. Where do I start? What are the most inflammatory foods? How can I personalize such a diet for the food intolerances I have? Will Cole, DC, a functional medicine expert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, simplifies this topic in his new book, The Inflammation Spectrum Read more…

Integrative MedicineReversing Autoimmune Disease

Reversing autoimmune disease

Terry Wahls could be considered a miracle. Bound to a reclining wheelchair with progressive multiple sclerosis, she reversed her condition and, today, enjoys an active lifestyle, returning to her medical practice and leading research to help others. However, her methods are far from miraculous; they are simply a change in Read more…