Category: Health & Wellness

I believe that there is a continuum between optimal health and disease. And what I see in my practice everyday is how different grades of sub-optimal functioning can appear at any point along it. For example, before your car’s brake pads give in and your brakes fail, years of wear and tear have been slowly eroding the pads. The same thing happens with our health. Before we develop a disease, or even symptoms, there have usually been months or years of progressive “wearing down” of optimal functioning. Our body has a large reserve, which it uses to maintain health, but it can be depleted or worn down over time. Only then do we experience disease, it doesn’t just happen out of the blue.

To use a natural metaphor, when a plant is sick or not doing well, it is crucial to look at the environment within which the plant is growing – what is the quality of the soil, is it getting enough nutrients, does it have enough sun or water, are roots or bugs from other plants impinging on its growth. This is exactly how I see our health and my role as a physician is to improve, promote and boost the bodies natural healing ability. This fosters immunity and resilience to illness, allowing us to truly blossom and experience good health.

My method is simple but effective: I remove what may be harming the body or preventing healing while at the same time replenishing it with what is needed. Unfortunately, most doctors do not see the health this way as we are trained to treat symptoms of disease as opposed to learning what keeps people healthy. We are taught crisis care medicine in hospitals and how to take care of acutely ill patients. But most of us are not sick enough to be in hospital and we have chronic conditions that are not dealt with well by this medical model. So we need to use Western Medicine wisely and appropriately, which often means looking beyond it, for solutions to our chronic and ongoing health problems.

5 Ways To Cleanse Your Body This Fall

Want to feel guided and supported as you combine all of these detox tips? Sign up for our upcoming Be Well Cleanse fall workshop!

10 Ways to Stay Young, Slim and Happy This Summer

As you continue to enjoy the warm summer days, we want to make sure you are supporting your healthiest and happiest self! Pulling from Dr. Lipman’s most recent book, 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat…and How You Can Stay Young, Slim and Happy, we created 10 tips you can use to be well all summer long!

Treat Your Gut with Foam Rolling

Efficient digestion is the key to radiant health. Unfortunately, many of us experience bloating, constipation, and belly discomfort — all signs of a sluggish or stressed digestive track. When digestion is slow and imbalanced, we have problems with elimination — which is a key way our bodies flush out toxins — and disease thrives. Even common colds and skin issues can be traced back to imbalances in the gut.

How to Let Stress Roll Off Your Back — Literally!

It’s no surprise that so many people feel stressed out. We’re living in a hyper-connected world where we’re always “on,” and multi-tasking is the new normal. Add in the constant fear-mongering by our ratings-driven news media and the fact that paying the bills is an increasingly difficult goal for many, and it’s little wonder that stress is on the rise.