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I practice what I call Good Medicine, combining the best of modern contemporary medicine with the best of alternative and complementary medicines. It blends the knowledge we’ve gained from science with wisdom of ancient healing traditions. I use and recommend conventional medicine (drugs and surgery) when appropriate, but I also embrace complementary approaches, e.g. Chinese medicine, Nutritional medicine, Herbal medicine, bodywork, yoga and meditation, etc. I may use different therapeutic techniques, but I always take into account the patient’s belief systems, attitudes, feelings, social relationships, environment, patterns of eating, working, resting, sleeping and exercising and never lose sight of the body’s ability to heal itself

I believe many complex factors interact to cause disease and my method of both looking for the cause and of treatment is therefore a multi-factorial one, never losing sight of the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

And finally, instead of suppressing symptoms with drugs, which is often like putting on a band aid masking the problem, I look for the underlying imbalances causing these symptoms or I try to uncover the root causes of the dysfunctions.

In this section, you will find blogs on different medical systems and the way view health and disease.

5 Ways Not to Get Fat Over the Winter

The winter is rapidly approaching and, let’s face it, most of us tend to pack on a few extra pounds over the next few months. Here are five ways not to get fat and to stay on track (so you don’t have to start over in January):

The Functional-Medicine Matrix

Ten years ago, Jared was an overworked anesthesiologist who lived on fast food and little sleep. After seeing multiple conventional physicians for the acute asthma he’d suffered with for five years, the 32-year-old was desperate for relief. So he visited Thomas Sult, MD, a functional-medicine practitioner in New London, Minn.

As a doctor himself, Jared was inclined to be suspicious of anything that didn’t follow familiar protocols, so this was a reluctant — and last-ditch — effort to get better.

Psychiatry & Organized Crime

The science is settled.

Have you heard this proclamation before about a controversial medical topic?

I have, and it makes me smile. Or maybe smirk. It feels almost like my toddler frothing up a tantrum and yelling with a furrowed brow, when she knows, deep down, that she’s backed herself into a corner

Can Oil Pulling Help You Detox?

We’re all familiar with the concept of going on a cleanse or detox for a short period of time to clean our digestive systems and help heal health conditions, but did you know that our bodies are actually constantly detoxing? We have a powerful internal detoxification system, helping us sift through and eliminate toxins from our food and the environment.

Uh-oh, It’s Sneezin’ Season:
10 Tips to Managing Autumn Allergies

Autumn is here. Is your body ready for it? Or are you one of the runny-nosed masses who dreads those Indian summer days because of all the ragweed-filled breezes and sneezes they bring? Well, I’d like to help you change all that – without drugging yourself senseless with Benadryl or prescription drugs. Here are a few of my favorite tricks of the wellness trade to help you welcome the season with open arms, clearer nasal passages and less watery eyes:

Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

Sneaky Ways Corn (Non-GMO, Of Course) Protects Teeth

When a patient of mine told me that he likes eating oranges because they help remind him to floss, I realized he was onto something.

If you’ve always struggled with making flossing a permanent habit, you might be relieved to know that there’s a very simple reason why. It has to do with the psychology of how we make habits.

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin P?

Even small doses of pleasure can raise our levels of immune-boosting chemicals.

Recently, at a healthy-living conference, I had one of those quickie-checkups. In five minutes, you get a blood-pressure reading; plus a finger-stick blood draw; a computerized printout of your triglyceride, cholesterol and blood sugar levels; and a mini-analysis of your results from the attending health pro. Amazing!

How to Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics

Did you know that…

Antibiotic abuse in the United States is widespread. We have only 4.6% of the global population but we have 46% of the global antibiotic market?
95% of clinicians prescribe antibiotics even when they are not absolutely sure they are needed?
1 in 10 doctors will write a prescription for an antibiotic even though they know it’s not needed, just because a patient asks for it?

6 Tips For Managing Anxiety Without Drugs

As a holistic psychiatrist practicing in New York City, I see a lot of anxiety. A lot. And I’m disheartened to see so many of my patients on loads of psychiatric medications that are not necessarily helping and may even be causing harm. Meanwhile, these highly medicated folks are still suffering from anxiety!