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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

Facial Rejuvenation Guasha Class

The Ultimate DIY Anti-Aging Facial! Saturday, January 18; 6:00 – 7:30 PM 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. Facial guasha is an easy to learn technique Read More

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Fish Oil: Finally Some Solid Answers

In the 1970s, epidemiologic studies discovered that Inuit (the indigenous people of the Arctic regions Canada, Alaska, and Greenland), whose diet was extremely rich in fish, had a much lower rate of heart disease than Americans and Europeans. Scientists attributed this to the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in fish, which seemed to protect and stabilize the delicate membranes that surround every cell in the Read More

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Fox News (Wait, I Mean Frontline) On Nutritional Supplements

Not being a TV watcher, I’d never actually seen PBS Frontline until I received some emails from patients and medical colleagues asking for my reaction to what sounded like a Fox News rant against the nutritional supplement industry. Since it’s my belief that such exposé-type shows exist mainly to enhance ratings, I wasn’t enthusiastic. If it were as dismal as I expected, it would be Read More

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Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a centuries-old practice, with evidence of use by the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) empress and concubines. This is a gentle, safe, and effective method of combatting signs of aging and erasing years from your face while enhancing your health and beauty from within. Acupuncture offers numerous benefits to those wishing to revitalize the look and feel of their skin. It can Read More

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FULLY ALIVE IN THE HERE AND NOW: A SPRING STRESS CLEANSE-May 2015

Sundays May 31 – June 21 2:00pm to 4:00pm There’s nothing like life in the present moment! When our minds are at peace and our bodies are free from tension we see others and ourselves in the light of love and understanding and we feel in tune with ourselves and the world. This is our natural state, yet, over time, the stresses and pressures of 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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Foods That May Harm Your Brain

Posted 02/03/2014 This intriguing idea is the lead article in this week’s Medscape Internal Medicine, a newsletter directed to internists like myself. It’s genuinely refreshing to read research that doesn’t extol some new pharmaceutical, but rather encourages simple changes in how we eat to prevent and even treat common emotional problems. Before I get to the meat (or rather the whole grain) of the article, Read More

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Fresh Approaches To Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, Hormone Update, and A New Book on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

For the millions who suffer with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, I’m pleased to report some worthy breakthroughs in the past few weeks. First, from the American College of Rheumatologists meeting in San Diego: Speaker and Tel Aviv physician Jacob Ablin, MD, described what I believe is a long-overdue paradigm shift in the diagnosis and treatment of fibro. To my knowledge, this is the first time Read More

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Fruitcake, Genes, and Exercise: A Spooky Holiday Story

Starting around Thanksgiving and generally ending on January 2, we’re surrounded by too much food. Many of us who spent 2013 really (really!) trying to lose weight and eat healthfully dread the havoc these dark December days can wreak on our bodies. It’s agonizingly easy to add some pounds. Then, come January, we despair at that Michelin man or woman staring back from our bedroom Read More

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Upcoming Workshops

**Facial Rejuvenation
The Ultimate DIY Anti-Aging Facial!
With Mari Stecker, LAc
Thursday, January 18, 2018; 6:00-7:30 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.

Facial guasha is an easy to learn technique that:
* encourages blood flow and promotes radiance
* prevents wrinkles
* activates cells to regain facial elasticity
* drains fluids to detoxify skin and reduce puffiness
* sloughs off dead skin cells
* uplifts and tones skin
* firms up facial muscles
* minimizes dark circles
* promotes a healthy, younger and more radiant look

Space is limited and registration is required.
Register online or call WholeHealth Chicago at 773-296-6700
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**Vaginal Rejuvenation
Thursday, February 1, 2018;  6:00 – 8:00 PM
With 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.

Spots are limited, and registration is required. Register on-line or by calling (773) 296-6700. More>>

 

 

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Simplers Botanicals offers therapeutic quality, certified organic essential oils sourced directly from artisan distillers all over the world. We carry a wide selection of their individual essential oils in addition to their full line of blends and topical therapies. For beginners (or as a quick reference guide), their Aromatherapy Guide to Essential Oils has the properties and safe usage of each oil and is a steal, regularly priced at just $1.99!

As we enter the heart of winter and the holidays, essential oils are good for everything from opening sinuses and de-stressing to making DIY gifts!

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