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Category: Diseases

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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Can Your Diet Actually Prevent Breast Cancer?

An important study published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine confirmed what doctors had suspected for some time but had been unable to prove. You can definitely reduce your risk of developing invasive breast cancer by pledging to follow that Mediterranean Diet you’ve read about but never got around to taking seriously. Researchers in Spain assigned 4,200 women to one of three eating programs: Group Read More

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Should I Get The Flu Shot?

It’s time again to ponder the flu immunization. When it comes to flu shots, I take a far more conventional approach than many patients at WholeHealth Chicago expect of a doctor who considers himself alternative/integrative. After reviewing some of the popular online alternative medicine newsletters warning people away from flu shots, it’s my sense that the most frequent piece of advice seems to be “…and Read More

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Let’s End Cancer Military Metaphors

The first notable use of illness described in military terms actually came from John Donne, the 16th century “No man is an island” poet. He described his terminal illness as a “cannon shot” and a “siege that blows up the heart.” In 1864, Louis Pasteur (probably trying to get government funding for his research) used invasion imagery to introduce his new germ theory to the Read More

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Is Inflammation Behind (Almost) All Disease?

You can see your factory-installed inflammation system in action when you cut yourself or get a big zit on your chin. As annoying as the redness, swelling, and pus are, they’re a sign your inflammatory response is functioning well to ward off attackers and keep your body intact. In the grand scheme of things, inflammation is intended to be a limited, “turn on locally when Read More

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The Health of Americans

The Lancet is a British medical journal that has been in continuous publication since 1823. Arriving each week in my mailbox (though not since its inception!), The Lancet has always been worth more than the routine glance I give to the rest of my mail. Unlike any US medical journal, it provides a truly global perspective on health. Only from The Lancet can you learn Read More

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How To Not Die At Your Health Club

All things considered, most of us would prefer not to become acutely ill in a public place. You’d rather not faint at Macy’s, upchuck in a theatre lobby, or suddenly become aware of the Mount St. Helen’s rumbling in your intestines as you sit third row center at Orchestra Hall. If you trip and fall on a busy sidewalk and a dozen helpful people ask Read More

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The Aching Man And The Sweaty Woman

New patient Phil told me he’d been suffering muscle pain every single day for more than eight years. He’d seen neurologists and rheumatologists, had had an MRI of his spine, was told he had spinal stenosis (narrowing), had cortisone shots, and recently had been scheduled for neurosurgery. Then a friend told him to stop taking his statin drug. When Phil told his doctor what his Read More

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Case Study: Why Is My Hair Falling Out?

Barbara was 30 and what she’d written on her WholeHealth Chicago form certainly didn’t match her appearance.  On the first line, “My hair is falling out!” And on the second, “Tired!”  Physically she looked healthy, but her face reflected a worried shadow. “I know it looks like I have a lot of hair,” she began, “but I’m shedding like crazy. I see it in my Read More

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Cancer Screening: Overdiagnosed, Overtreated, and Blind to the Risks?

Posted 01/12/2014 At first blush, cancer screening seems like a no-brainer, sort of like getting your teeth cleaned. You don’t relish the project, but you know it’s good for you. And if a screening detects a God-forbid-bite-your-tongue-don’t-say-the-word diagnosis, at least you’ve likely caught it early. Oh, were life so straightforward. Ponder this a moment. When your doctor wants to write a prescription, you’ll ask about Read More

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**Ancient Healing: An Evening of Acupuncture and Shamanic Healing
Thursday, May 10; 6:00-7:30 pm
Registration: $65

Join Mari Stecker, LAc and Katie Oberlin for a unique opportunity to experience the ancient traditions of acupuncture and shamanic healing blended into an evening of relaxation and renewal.

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***Vaginal Rejuvenation Workshop
Thursday, June 14, 2018;  6:00 – 8:00 PM
Mari Stecker, LAc & Renee Zambo, RYT
Fee: $65

Are you experiencing vaginal dryness? Or pain with intercourse? Have you been told you have vaginal atrophy due to menopauseAre you frustrated because you believe your sex life is overWell, it doesn’t have to be!

Come learn easy, non-pharmaceutical, non-hormonal, low cost techniques that you can do at home to help alleviate vaginal dryness, atrophy, thinning of vaginal skin and/or painful intercourse.

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**Finding Your Calm
Tuesday June 5, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Christine Savas, LPC & Renee Zambo, RYT
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Are you looking for ways to wind down amidst a hectic schedule?  Do you want to learn how to deal with ongoing stress?  Do you need tools to help you relax, but aren’t sure how or where to start? Join WholeHealth Chicago’s Clinical Psychotherapist Christine Savas and Yoga Therapist Renee Zambo for an evening of education on the importance of slowing down.

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Recent Health Tips

  • Controversial Diagnosis #3: Candida Overgrowth Syndrome

    Patients come to WholeHealth Chicago regularly with this common refrain: “You’re the fourth (or seventh or tenth) doctor I’ve seen. I feel terrible but am always told that my tests are normal and there’s nothing wrong with me. Recently I read about Candida overgrowth and the symptoms seem to fit me exactly. But the doctors I’ve seen all tell me there’s no such illness.” These Read More

  • Controversial Diagnosis #2: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    In the mid-1980s, two outbreaks of what appeared to be infectious mononucleosis appeared in the US. Unlike typical mono, which caused exhaustion for a few weeks, people with this type were left in a permanent state of fatigue, with low-grade fevers, swollen lymph glands, muscle aches, and poor focus/concentration. In some cases, the fever and lymph gland swelling subsided, but the utter exhaustion persisted. Because Read More

  • Controversial Diagnosis #1: Fibromyalgia

    I encountered my first significant controversial diagnosis when we opened WholeHealth Chicago in the mid-1990s. The concept of combining conventional and alternative medicine was new to the Midwest and right away we began seeing patients who came to us with chronic symptoms but no solid diagnosis. One group that stood out was made up of primarily women who had longstanding and severe widespread muscle pain Read More

May Sale: 20% Off Metagenics Gut Health Formulas

In honor of World Digestive Health Day on May 29th, some of our favorite gut-supportive formulas are 20% off this month! You’ve asked us to put these on sale and we’ve listened, but please pace yourselves – you have all month to take advantage of this great deal! More>>