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Category: Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue

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

Pain Management Specialists Get A Reality Check

The front-and-center coverage of America’s opioid crisis is certainly affecting the two groups most involved: physicians and people in chronic pain. There are so many rules and restrictions on opioid prescribing that many physicians simply don’t bother any more, referring their chronic pain patients to pain management (PM) specialists. As well-intentioned as PM physicians may be, they prefer performing high-profit invasive techniques like nerve blocks 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

Your First Step For Any (Any!) Chronic Symptoms

Here’s an unfortunate trend: more and more young people (at my age, everyone under 50 is young) are troubled by chronic physical and emotional symptoms. Sometimes there’s a diagnosis: rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s, fibromyalgia. But just as often there are plenty of symptoms and no diagnosis. I can’t count how many times patients have told me they went to multiple doctors who told them Read More

Women and ADHD, Part 1

Already ten minutes late for her first appointment, Claire phoned from her car that she’d be in the office in five minutes. Fifteen minutes later, arriving flustered and embarrassed, she blurted “Oh my gosh, I left all the forms on my kitchen table, but I did fill them out” and “My insurance card? I’m sure I had it, I can call my husband, he has Read More

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The Dangerous Myth of Opioid Addiction

Trying to reduce the pain of my patients plays a major role in my day-to-day life as a doctor. When I was in training, there was a big debate going on: Should a doctor prescribe an opioid for non-cancer pain? The answer was Never! In other words, no matter where a patient’s pain was coming from or how severe, unless he or she was suffering Read More

Treating Mold-Related Illness

Last week I wrote about mold-related illness, yet another commonly overlooked diagnosis. It’s surprising how regularly mold issues fly under the radar of conventional physicians. When you consider how often homes and workplaces have a leaky roof, unless something smells moldy or we discover creeping black stains somewhere we often don’t think of mold. Moreover, because just 25% of us are genetically susceptible to mold Read More

Commonly Missed Diagnoses: Mold-Related Illness

If you believe you’re suffering some of the chronic symptoms caused by mold exposure, you’ve probably also heard the discouraging mantra, “We can’t find anything wrong with you—all your tests are normal.” You’ve told your doc that you’ve read about toxic mold. You point out that you’ve had some water damage, that some rooms smell different than others, and that, overall, you feel better when Read More

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My Doctor Is A Chiropractic Physician

I’m not setting out to intentionally antagonize my fellow MDs and DOs who read these Health Tips. No acrimonious outrage, please, before I explain. Then feel free to splutter. I’m not writing this for the medical profession. This is for the rest of you, living in a country that spends 17% of its GNP on healthcare but ranks 37th in the world in providing that Read More

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Six Commonly Missed Diagnoses: Subtly Underactive Thyroid

I went to medical school in London for awhile and quite honestly didn’t learn much. But it was the 1960s and if you were going to be anywhere on the planet, central London was the place to be. The fact that the hospital to which I was assigned had a pub in its basement (where everyone, even a few patients, would gravitate around 4 pm) Read More

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Upcoming Workshops

**Spring Equinox: Shamanic Healing Clinic
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 5:45 – 7:30 PM
With Healing Touch practitioner, Katie Oberlin, HTCP/1
Course Fee: $55.00
(includes a light snack and take-home materials)

As winter gives way to spring, it’s time to clear stagnant energy and expand into the new possibilities that this time of year represents.

This workshop will include:
-How to incorporate shamanism into contemporary life
-Teachings about the 6 directions of the medicine wheel
-Individual and group healings

Space is limited and registration is required.
Please register online.
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**Healing Touch for Self and Others: The Chakra Connection
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 5:45-7:30 PM
With Healing Touch practitioner, Katie Oberlin, HTCP/1
$55 course fee

Find out how Healing Touch can expand your awareness of an energetic holistic approach for healing and wellbeing.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to do the Chakra Connection, a simple method that will help you experience:
-relief from pain, anxiety illness, and stress
-more balance and direction in your life
-ways to bring relief to others

Space is limited and registration is required.
Please Register online.
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Recent Health Tips

  • A Nasal Spray For Depression? Yes!

    A It began with a phone call from a patient. “Are you prescribing the new nasal spray for depression?” “Ah!” I thought. “The FDA finally released esketamine.” And then I saw two emails from patients asking the same question. I checked online and, yes indeed, Janssen Pharmaceuticals had completed all the clinical trials and received FDA approval to use very small doses of esketamine for Read More

  • Meet Our New Integrative Nurse Practitioner Wendy Ploegstra

    WholeHealth Chicago is extremely fortunate to welcome Advanced Nurse Practitioner Wendy Ploegstra into our group. Let’s take a look at her credentials. First, she starts in nursing, receiving her bachelor’s at Calvin College in Grand Rapids before moving to Chicago and enrolling at Rush University, where she receives her master’s as a nurse practitioner (with certification in family practice). With this degree, her license allows Read More

  • A Good Schvitz: Alternative Medicine At Its Finest

    Head west on Division from Ashland and in the 1900 block, on the north side of the street, you’ll see a building that looks like an old bank. While the neighborhood was once a bit risky, it’s now completely safe, upscale, and laden with the telltale sushi places, sports bars, and coffee houses of urban gentrification. Take a minute to look up as you approach Read More

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