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Integrative Medicine

Integrative MedicineMen Go Through It, Too!

Menopause in females is a widely discussed, well-studied phenomenon, yet its equivalent in males – andropause – is virtually ignored. They are very similar experiences. Both typically occur from age 40 on and are caused by a reduction in hormone levels. Both can be accompanied by fatigue, depression, irritability, aches Read more…

Integrative MedicineLife After Cancer: Nourishing Your Health

“What do I do to keep cancer from coming back?” “What do I eat/not eat?” “How do I live a cancer free lifestyle?” These are questions I hear from my patients every day. The answer is simple. The foods you should avoid in preventing cancer are the same ones you Read more…

Integrative MedicineIs the IRS Visiting you?

Are you tired of getting reports saying that you have cholesterol and blood pressure issues? Do you feel especially tired after meals, or have you been trying to get a handle on your weight with little success? You may have Syndrome X. Syndrome X is a common nutritional disease caused Read more…

Integrative MedicineNaturopathic Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is defined as a condition with a criteria of symptoms that includes lethargy, poor concentration and/or memory, sore throat, headaches, tender lymph nodes, and muscle pain that persists for 6 months or longer. CFS symptoms may vary among patients — solely as fatigue and lethargy, or Read more…

Integrative MedicineStress: The Silent Killer

Everyone is familiar with stress in some shape or form. Most Americans indicate they have experienced moderate to high levels of chronic stress but didn’t know what to do about it.  Let’s explore what our bodies do in the face of stress and how we can minimize the harmful effects. Read more…

Integrative MedicineHelp Your Doctor Help You

Health Care Portfolio

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all came with an instruction manual? Then, if your doctor had a question about your health, the manual would provide answers. Today we call that manual a health care portfolio–a collection of data that lets your health care team know where you are, what Read more…

Integrative MedicineCholesterol: Reconsidering Our Prejudice Against This 27 Carbon Molecule

Cholesterol is historically thought to be the biggest predictor for heart disease, and therefore not something we want in high quantities in our bodies. But, an emerging new paradigm in the medical community suggests it may not be the most important determinant for cardiovascular disease. So if cholesterol doesn’t cause Read more…

Integrative MedicineGenetic Testing for Heart Disease

Heart disease is the general term used to describe any medical condition of the heart, blood vessels, and arteries. The type of heart disease that affects most Americans is coronary artery disease, or a blockage of plaques in the cardiovascular system which often leads to heart attacks. The most common Read more…

Integrative MedicineValley Chosen as Model for Improving Health: Clinton Health Matters Initiative Starts Here

Answering the call for a healthier America, the Clinton Foundation launched the Clinton Health Matters Initiative aimed at improving the well-being of our nation’s population and reducing health care costs associated with preventable disease. And they are doing it one community and one person, at a time. The Coachella Valley Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Doctor’s Dilemma in Today’s Medicine

Quality versus quantity has always been a dilemma for physicians, but even more so in today’s medical environment. Health care providers now have major decisions to make which will have long and far-reaching effects for how you, the patient, will be treated. A primary care physician’s practice serves approximately 2,000 Read more…

Integrative MedicineDiagnosing and Treating Food Sensitivities

It seems common now to hear the phrase “I can’t eat that. I’m allergic,” when out with friends and family. Although people have always had food allergies and sensitivities, the prevalence of negative food reactions has increased significantly over the past ten years. The major causes of negative food reactions Read more…

Integrative MedicineGenetic Testing: A Cornerstone in Modern Preventative Care

When the topic of genetic testing comes up most people think about determining diseases, paternity or a criminal’s identity. With the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2004, genetic medicine has evolved exponentially. The advances in human genetics allow for preventive health care advice to suit each individual’s unique Read more…

Integrative MedicineA Brave New World

There is a trend in health care of “conventional” medical practitioners and “alternative” care professionals working together. This practice provides the best of both health care worlds in a fully integrated model of medicine that not only addresses the acute disease process and symptom management, but also treats the causes Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Five-Part Nutritional Wellness Protocol

Patients often ask my advice on a basic, sound nutrition and supplementation regiment. Recommending a general rule of thumb for everyone can be difficult, but a discussion with one of my mentors, Dr. Alex Vasquez, DO, ND, DC, an expert in nutrition, introduced me to a five-part nutritional wellness protocol Read more…

Integrative MedicineWeight Loss: An Added Benefit of Testosterone Therapy

A five-year study presented at the annual Meeting of The Endocrine Society by Dr. Farid Saad shows that testosterone therapy can help men with hormone deficiencies reduce body weight and waist circumference. 225 men were treated with long- term testosterone replacement therapy over the five- year study, and 90% lost Read more…

Integrative MedicineThe Relationship Between Anxiety and Hypoglycemia

The number of individuals suffering from anxiety has been on the rise for years. Like many conditions, there are multiple reasons for anxiety and anxiety attacks to occur. From a naturopathic perspective, anxiety can stem from adrenal fatigue, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, or hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a condition in which Read more…

Integrative MedicineWhen The Body Turns On Itself

The National Institutes of Health reports 23 million Americans suffer from auto-immune disease. It lands on the list of top 10 causes of death in women under 64 years of age and children. Our immune system is like our protective army, diligently patrolling the body, looking for any molecular marker Read more…

Integrative MedicineNatural Supplements to Relieve Arthritis Pain

Arthritic pain is often constant, unremitting discomfort managed solely by non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen and Tylenol. However, long-term use of NSAIDS and other pharmaceutical pain medication can cause health complications. These complications include stomach inflammation, ulcers, and increased risk of heart disease. Rather than simply managing pain with Read more…

Integrative MedicineScoliosis in Children: What is the Right Treatment?

Scoliosis in Children

I have scoliosis, or curvature of the spine. It was discovered at age 12 after several hints. Horse show judges told me to “square your shoulders,” as one dropped lower than the other, and at school, I remember being frustrated that the back of my chair always seemed crooked. I Read more…

Integrative MedicineIntegrative Health Care: How Does It Work?

Thomas Reynolds, MD is a primary care physician, internist and oncologist who specializes in geriatric and cancer care. Shannon Sinsheimer, ND, is a licensed naturopathic doctor focusing on primary and integrative patient care. Over the past several years, Drs. Reynolds and Sinsheimer have been working together on patient care. I Read more…