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  1. bella gonzalez luna says:

    Hello my name is bella i came upon this site cuz i suffer from fibromyalgia n complex regional pain syndrome . i currently see a pain management but they just give pills, then i see another pain dr for the calmare therepy witch calm some of the symptoms. sadly i put all my ducks into the treatment and it only treats the rsd n not the fibromyalgia. the pain of the rsd went down by 70% . but was short lived 1.5 weeks to be exact. i live in ct and idk what to do i cant keep living (lack of living i should say. works comp takes forever to approve anything.thats how how i have gotton so bad. reason im texting u is i live in ct n was wondering if u knowof any drs. in hartford ct area? my number is 860)9441990. my legal nameis brandy but purfer to be called bella .thank you so very much .i apoligize my hands spasms n cramp up badly.

  2. Joyce Bates says:

    Can you take Cherry Fruit Extract if you take blood Thinner I would be please if someone helped me out I would be so thankful to you

  3. Kelsey Krzyston says:

    Hello! Let me just start by saying how much I admire the structure of your health center. I love the intentional collaboration between MDs, yoga instructors, psychiatrists, etc. to provide a holistic healing environment for people. It’s simply brilliant! I am currently earning my Health Coach certification through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and am exploring various opportunities, centers, and practices here in the city in hopes of transitioning into this field full-time. I would thoroughly enjoy visiting your center and hearing from you and your practitioners. Hope to hear from you in the near future.


  4. arvind Verma says:

    I am chronic patient of jaundice my bilirubin level increase in each 1 to 2 year and my diet become dr told me to in my report vitamin b 12 is less due to that I have a problem. But I am non vegetarian so how I have deficiency of vitamin b 12 I also take dairy products too.

  5. judy earthian says:

    In early stage Alzheimer, looking for ways I can hold it back, deal with it, and hopefully stop/slow it from getting worse.

  6. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Judy – For anyone with a new neurological diagnosis, we usually recommend taking a look at the book Grain Brain; you can read about it and order it here: Naturally, having a good neurologist on board is essential, as well as a good primary care physician and a nutritionist who has experience working with patients dealing with neurological issues. We usually recommend looking for a support group in your area as well. Your neurologist can help you find one. If you’re in the Chicago area, I’d recommend seeing Dr. Kristen Donigan for an integrative and holistic opinion on your care. You can review her biography here:

    All the best to you; please let us know if we can help.

    Dr M

  7. Theresa Larkin says:

    So happy to join your website on health.

  8. Theresa Larkin says:

    Glad to be part of your website.

  9. Thanks for this excellent resource. I have used this site for years and especially enjoy the Knowledge Base. This afternoon, I dug into info on NSAIDs versus curcumin and Boswellia for lower back muscle pain. The natural supplements win hands down.

  10. Debra says:

    I have just started taking Losartan 12.5 mg for my be I al 60 yrs old. So far the only thing I noticed is that my mouth and vagina are dry. Is thus a common side effect? If so what would you suggest to help these areas not be dry.

  11. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Debra – it doesn’t appear that these are common side effects for Losartan, but you should discuss them with your physician and make certain that he or she knows all of the other medications you’re on, if any. Dryness is a fairly common side effect of many medications and sometimes appears when medications are taken together.
    Hope this helps
    -Dr M

  12. Diane says:

    I am anxious to get off of acid blockers and am hoping to try digestive enzymes. I know that you can’t take them together. Can you advise me on how to discontinue the acid blockers and begin the digestive enzymes?

    Thank you!

  13. Debbie Siemens says:

    Hi, I was hoping that Dr. Edelburg had written a new book for men 🙂 I loved Triple Whammy Cure for myself and have recommended it over the years for many women. But I see there’s no new book for men? I’ve noticed that a lot of the men in my life, my husband, my brother, my father, as well as husbands of friends, are dealing with depression and fatigue and associated old age illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Please Dr. Edelburg, write another book for the men this time! They really need it and so do the wives of these men 🙂 thank you so much!

  14. anita says:

    i need something for chronic constipation. i tried fruits, vegetables and laxative nothing works for me. i have to take laxTIVE Everyday.

  15. Vanda says:

    I have Limited scleroderma I was put on a that statin medication and now after 5 years I have a lot of muscle pain and fatigue also lost memory I really want to stop the statin but not sure if it would be good for me I won’t see my doctor till September and I can’t wait to try stoping

  16. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Anita – Chronic constipation can arise from a variety of causes. It’s best to consult with your physician and possibly get a second opinion if you’re not getting results. If you’re in the Chicago area, one of our physicians would be happy to help. You can schedule by calling 773-296-6700.

    Best wishes,
    Dr M

  17. dennis says:

    Need to counteract the effects of high blood pressure medication on libido

  18. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Dennis – Have you spoken with your general care doctor about this? What were their recommendations?
    -Dr M

  19. Merrir says:

    First time on this site.My brother is struggling with his diabetes issues.What are u recommendations to treat it,in holistic way.He is under the care of his endocrinologists .Thanks.

  20. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Merrir –

    Holistic approaches to diabetes vary, but typically it’s all about education and making changes in lifestyle that are typically simple. Often, our nutritionists will start by educating diabetic patients about what types of things to include and what to avoid in their diet. Making straight forward, achievable goals for exercise (daily walking, gentle yoga, etc) and some nutritional supplement recommendations is also part of the plan. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can also be very helpful. We do all of this for patients while watching their lab numbers to ensure that customized plans are working for people.

    Hope this helps; best wishes to you and your brother.
    -Dr. M

  21. Susan Shields says:

    I have Hashimoto’s disease with tpo antibodies of 3500. Have been on Nature Throid for 10 months with NO IMPROVEMENT. My doctor has now increased the dose of Nature Throid

    My constipation has recently been improving because of taking
    and taking my probiotics on an empty stomach.
    I am 73 years old and have been taking tons of nutritional supplements for 50 years. Have great heart statistics,
    My triglycerides 45. My doctor said I will never die of a heart attack.
    Am gluten free and sugar free.
    Have anxiety issues but take no meds forvit. SAM-E helps my anxiety a lot

  22. Bill Blackwell says:

    Dr Edelberg,

    I copied and read your article on “Getting off (or avoiding) Blood Pressure Meds” with hopeful anticipation of cautiously getting off of 2.5 mg Norvasc taking after breakfast each morning.
    Hope to try organic celery seed extract for my high blood pressure (average 165/78) taken each morning before breakfast.
    Have tinnitus for years with no treatment ever. Getting unbearable so am hoping Dandelion Root Extract might help.
    Don’t care to have any more prescriptions for obvious reasons.
    Would appreciate any comments you may offer.

  23. Dr E says:

    Hi Bill
    The celery seed might work. There is an Ayurvedic herb blend called Cardiotone, taken twice daily which might help. Avoid salt relentlessly.Do regular relaxation exercises like t’ai chi
    Tinnitus is tough. I have it myself and what finally got rid of it was a hearing aid that amplified the exact pitch of the ringing

  24. The real and practical informative article. Hospitals never give a peaceful death.

  25. Eddy says:

    I’m suffering from male pattern baldness. How can I use quercetine tablet to help my situation or any other organic way to cure this condition as fast as possible?

  26. Dr E says:

    Hi Eddy
    Male pattern baldness is tough to treat, either with conventional or alternative medicine. I suggest you consider traditional Chinese medicine if you have a practitioner in your area. At WholeHealth Chicago, Mari Stecker has done some work in this area

  27. Dorothy says:

    My sister has had blood pressure that fluctuates between 135/75 and 160/100-170/110. For the last five months she went off lisinopril and a diuretic to bisoprolol fumanate. She has gotten tremendously ill – weak, like she’s hypoglycemic, blurry vision, gerd,and abdominal and back pain. She has lost 50 pounds over this period of time. She has grown emotionally weary and can’t stand the thought of continuing to feel so weak and ill. Her doctor and her husband treat her like it’s her fault and in her head. What should she do. She lives in southern Illinois. Thanks

  28. Margaret C. Chase says:

    I am 83 and have had very high blood pressure for many years. I have been on 9 different medications that didn’t lower it. Nobody tries to find the root cause, they just want to throw medicine at it. I prefer the Holistic approach, having little faith in medical doctors. However there no such practitioners near here so I take supplements. I take glandulars and am also on bio identical hormones. Should I quit the glandulars? I have difficulty breathing.

  29. Dr. R says:

    To Dorothy and Margaret. Here are two resources to find integrative/functional medicine physicians that may be able to assist you and your family. The Institute of Functional Medicine: American College for the Advancement in Medicine:
    Good luck.

  30. Benin says:

    I am 57 and I am getting Losartan 50 mg every day for my BP, which is normally about 140/90. When I get Losartan 50 mg my BP is dropping to about 120/75. I have severe muscle and joint paints. I want to switch to L-arginine plus but I don’t know how to switch. I knew that I cannot get both together. How many days I need to stop taking Losartan before I start L-arginine plus?

  31. cliffmaurer says:

    Hi Benin –

    I recommend doing this only under supervision. If you’re in the Chicago area, one of our Nurse Practitioners can easily take you through this safely, so long as it’s medically appropriate to do so. Schedule an appointment with Katie McManigal or Maureen Milota to get started, or an integrative doc or nurse practitioner near you.

    Best wishes,
    Dr M

  32. kafayat says:

    Hello. Just coming in. My blood pressure is between 120/83 – 140/90. My medication is betaloc75mg, clopidogrel 75mg, hydrex increased to 10mg recently.Due to body aches and pain I am off atorvastatin. I do take Esomeprazole when I have palpitation. What can I do to get off these drugs.

  33. cliffmaurer says:

    The best thing to do is to sit down with an experienced integrative physician or nurse practitioner to get a plan in place. Drs Edelberg, Kelley, Maurer and Rubin as well as nurse practitioners Katie McManigal and Maureen Milota could help accomplish this at our practice. Otherwise, here’s a good tool to find a health care provider near you:

    Best of luck to you,
    Dr M

  34. Carmen Valenzuela says:

    I’m willing to try anything, at this moment I’m not taking anything for fibro. Nothing seems to work and what works my insurance doesn’t cover it and I don’t have the money for it. I’m in severe pain 24/7 I don’t know what to do anymore 😢😭😭😭😭😭

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