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130/80: What The New High Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean For You

You might not have known it, but last Monday, November 13, 2017, you may have awakened with high blood pressure (hypertension). Don’t feel alone. A massive increase in the number of people with hypertension occurred overnight when the definition of high blood pressure was officially changed from 140/90 (and higher) to 130/80 (and higher). I’m not big on sports metaphors, but were you to move Read More

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Functional Medicine 101 + Introducing Dr. Alaina Gemelas

Functional Medicine is without a doubt the fastest growing medical specialty of the 21st century. Public interest in it and public acceptance of it continues to please me. Every day I hear the sentence, “I made this appointment because I wanted a functional approach.” When I ask patients how they learned about it, the answer is a variation on “Dr. Google.” We’ve been practicing functional Read More

Posted in Alternative Therapies, Blog, Candida (yeast) and Parasites, Cardiovascular Health, Diseases, Environmental Sensitivities, F, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue, Fitness & Exercise, Health Insurance Issues, Healthy Lifestyle, Knowledge Base, Men's Health, Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Vitamins, & Herbal Remedies, Sexual Health, Thyroid, Adrenal, & Sex Hormone Issues, Weight Issues, Women's Health

Invasion of the Body Snatchers!

I’d been reading Ally Hilfiger’s new autobiography Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me, preferring the Lyme parts to those devoted to fashion and her MTV “Rich Girl” series. Her symptoms were typical of chronic Lyme and simply dreadful. Hilfiger’s very supportive family watched helplessly through hospitalizations and visits to dozens of specialists. As I read, it crossed Read More

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Six Commonly Missed Diagnoses: Parasites

If internet scare tactics from companies selling herbal supplements for parasites weren’t enough, the cable TV show “Monsters Inside Me” with its toe-curling film clips has cinched it. We’re in a new “Alien versus Predator” mode, though you might ask which one is us and which them. Those really large parasites you’ll see wriggling across your flat-screen Sony as you scream “I can’t watch this!” Read More

Posted in Blog, Candida (yeast) and Parasites, Digestion, Diseases, Immune System, Knowledge Base, S

A Medical Flip Flop for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Initially I thought I’d misread the conclusion of the re-analysis of the standard treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). “The claim that patients can recover as a result of (cognitive behavior therapy) and (graded exercise therapy) is not justified by the data, and is highly misleading to clinicians and patients considering these treatments.” Damning words. After all, this recommendation from the PACE study had been Read More

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Worrisome Dementia Report For Women and Steps To Take

We’ve always known there was a higher rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in women than in men, initially attributed to the fact that women live longer and that the decline in mental function occurred with age. This turned out to be wrong. At 65, a woman has a greater than one-in-six chance of developing dementia, whereas a man’s is one-in-eleven. If the dementia Read More

Posted in Aging, Alternative Therapies, Diseases, Fitness & Exercise, Healthy Lifestyle, Inflammation, Integrative Medicine, Mental Health, Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Vitamins, & Herbal Remedies, Thyroid, Adrenal, & Sex Hormone Issues, W, Women's Health Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pre-Diabetes: What It Is And What To Do

Most physicians, myself included, jot a personal comment on a patient’s lab tests. My favorite is “Everything’s excellent!” which can be typed quickly and concentrates good news into two words that I hope trigger a smile. According to a recent New York Times article, doctors are writing the sentence “Your tests show you’re now in the range of pre-diabetes” more often than ever. “Pre-diabetes” means Read More

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Immunizing Your Kids

At least once a week someone asks my opinion on mandatory immunization, I suppose because WholeHealth Chicago is so widely known as an alternative medical center. Most often, the inquirer is pregnant and she’s read something about the (totally disproven) link between the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine and autism. Another question is whether vaccines contain mercury, in the form of the preservative thiomersol, followed by queries Read More

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Could Alzheimer’s Be Prevented By Antibiotics or Antivirals?

Quite some time ago during my internal medicine residency, articles began to appear in medical journals advancing the idea that stomach ulcers might be caused by bacteria. Mainly, I remember how dismissive most gastroenterologists were of this idea. “It is utterly impossible,” said one lecturer, “that any bacteria could survive in the intense acidity of the stomach.” And then, in an effort to prove his Read More

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HPV Immunization: Mired In Controversy

Patients with pre-teens and teenagers have been asking my opinion on the HPV (human papilloma virus) immunization, sold as Gardasil by the Big Pharma giant Merck. Young daughters, and now sons, are bringing home handouts from school, being pressured by the family pediatrician, and, oh those TV commercials. Families who go online discover arguments for and against immunization that sound like two dogs on opposite Read More

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Late Fall is the natural transition from our vibrant summer and harvest season, to a cooler and quieter time of year. While this transition is necessary for the natural world and ourselves, the shorter daylight hours and longer nights can have unique and challenging effects on many of us.

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Saturday, October 28 @ 1:30 – 3:00 PM
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This first workshop in the “Wellbeing for Seasonal Change” series will include discussion on the significance of the Winter season from a yogic perspective. The science of Ayurveda will be lightly discussed as a method for learning more about our own internal rhythms and cycles, and how to best live in harmony with the natural world.

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Saturday, November 18 @ 1:30 – 3:00 PM
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Our posture can speak our mind, and reflect how we are feeling. Heavy coats and scarves place an additional burden on our shoulders as the months get colder. This second session in the “Wellbeing for Seasonal Change” series will discuss how to most efficiently use our energy at the beginning of the day, and restore our energy by the end.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:30 – 3:00 PM, $65 course fee

Join us and learn a traditional Chinese facial rejuvenation technique that you can do yourself! Guasha treatment is a 2,000 year old Chinese massage technique that uses a flat tool to apply pressure to the skin to increase circulation as it moves along acupuncture channels.

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Harness the power of nature. Connect with your inner wisdom. Take a journey to welcome back parts of you that have been left behind. Learn about the oldest form of spirituality and healing on the planet.

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  • 130/80: What The New High Blood Pressure Guidelines Mean For You

    You might not have known it, but last Monday, November 13, 2017, you may have awakened with high blood pressure (hypertension). Don’t feel alone. A massive increase in the number of people with hypertension occurred overnight when the definition of high blood pressure was officially …Read More »
  • Functional Medicine 101 + Introducing Dr. Alaina Gemelas

    Functional Medicine is without a doubt the fastest growing medical specialty of the 21st century. Public interest in it and public acceptance of it continues to please me. Every day I hear the sentence, “I made this appointment because I wanted a functional approach.” When …Read More »

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