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Category: Immune System

Porochista Khakpour’s Ongoing Battle With Lyme

In novelist Porochista Khakpour’s memoir Sick she describes her struggle with chronic Lyme disease and her uphill battle with the US healthcare system. Likely she had been bitten as a child by a long-forgotten tick, which is quite the usual case, the average age of acquiring Lyme disease being about 11. As a result of a youth defined by what’s best described as serious self-neglect Read More

The Stealth Bug From Hell: Chronic Lyme Disease

Last week we discussed the stealthy nature of Lyme and other infectious organisms, like chickenpox. To start, this week I’ll say by now everyone should be familiar with the basics of avoiding acute Lyme disease. When you’re in the woods or tall grass wear long pants tucked into socks and a long-sleeved shirt, spray DEET over exposed areas and clothing, do frequent tick checks, and Read More

Chronic Lyme, Stealth Organisms, And You

Over the past several months I’ve been reading memoirs of patients with chronic Lyme disease. When the victim is a celebrity (Ally Hilfiger, Kelly Osbourne), she’ll land a contract and a book tour with a mainstream publisher. When the victim just lives down the block but believes she has something important to say, she’ll self-publish through companies like lulu.com. Currently, there are more than 1,000 Read More

Controversial Diagnosis #6: Chronic Lyme Disease

Since no one argues about the existence of Lyme disease, right up front you should know that the controversy here centers on the word “chronic.” In my view, the arguments among physicians about whether or not such an entity exists are becoming a bit ridiculous. First, let’s briefly cover acute Lyme disease. Although certain states have more cases than others, acute Lyme disease has been Read More

Controversial Diagnosis #5: Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

You’d be surprised at the degree of controversy surrounding this seemingly innocuous topic, not only among doctors but also patients (and best not to bring it up with anyone in the baking industry). This diagnosis has generated entire aisles of gluten-free products in grocery stores and GF selections on restaurant menus. And just perhaps you’re getting fewer dinner invitations because your host doesn’t want to Read More

Controversial Diagnosis #4: Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome, also known as intestinal hyperpermeability, is a disorder that never appeared in any medical textbook I encountered in school. Nor have I seen articles about it in JAMA or the New England Journal of Medicine. I first learned of its existence at an integrative medicine meeting many years ago, and since then I’ve lost count of how many times this condition has turned out to Read More

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Case Study: French Irritability Explained

Patti came to our offices with her daughter and she’d written “Everything hurts” on our patient intake form. As she rose from the waiting room chair, her face grimaced in pain. Patti was middle-aged and seriously overweight. If there’d ever been a spring in her step, it had vanished long ago. Patti said she’d been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) several years back. First her Read More

Reversing Mental Decline Part 4: Nine Immediate Steps to Prevent Dementia

We’ve covered a lot of scientific territory in this series, from the basics of Alzheimer’s to the tests used to evaluate risk. This final installment is something you can follow up on right now, regardless of where you fall on the risk spectrum. Concerning your brain, let’s say you’re in one of these four situations: There’s dementia in your family and you’ve checked your APOe Read More

April Sale: 20% off Host Defense

Based on the wisdom of famed mycologist Paul Stamets, Host Defense grows certified organic and lab-verified pure mushrooms on their own Washington farm. Mushrooms have been used to support human health for centuries. All Host Defense products are 20% off for the month of April in the WholeHealth Chicago Apothecary. We carry the following varieties: Cordyceps   Supports energy and stamina* Lion’s Mane   Supports mental clarity, Read More

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Reversing Mental Decline Part 3: Tests For Alzheimer’s Prevention

Dale Bredesen, MD, author of The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program To Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline, refers to the tests you should undergo if you’re concerned about brain health as a “cognoscopy,” sort of a colonoscopy for your brain. Perhaps thinking back on your own colonoscopy, it’s reasonable to ask, “Do I really need a cognoscopy?” There are three groups of people I 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.
Call the Center for additional information at (773) 296-6700
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