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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.

Just the Facts: Fragrance

“Fragrance” is a generic term found on the labels of the personal care products we use day in and day out: Products like shampoo, deodorant, lotion, and in our laundry detergent, dish soap, and makeup. But the term isn’t as innocuous as it seems.

6 Health Boosting Reasons to Love Turmeric

I love herbs and spices, not only for their flavors but also for their medicinal effects. And if I had to pick one health all-star, it would have to be turmeric, the spice born of the curcuma longa plant that gives curries their rich golden yellow color. It’s more than just a tasty flavor-enhancer though. The chief polyphenol in turmeric, curcumin, has healing and protective powers that make it a nutritional force to be reckoned with. Here’s my in-a-nutshell guide to this miraculous gift of nature – and how to put it to work for you:

How the Side Effects of Medications Can Make You Feel Old

Leo came to see me because he felt that his current array of doctors—an internist, a cardiologist, a rheumatologist, and a psychiatrist—just weren’t making him well. A lawyer in his mid-50s, Leo had gone for a routine physical and was found to have high cholesterol and mildly elevated blood pressure, two conditions that had led to a veritable cascade of medications.

10 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

There are those who embrace winter and those who have to brace themselves for it. Not only does the profusion of cold and snow tend to drag spirits down, but the lack of daylight really does a number on mood, often sending it to a dark place. Be it a slight case of the blues or full-on SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), the symptoms tend to leave people feeling fairly lousy, with some combination of exhaustion (despite oversleeping), carb cravings, feeling withdrawn, moody or blue.

2016 Resolution #1: Lose Weight

As a health coach, almost every client I work with is concerned about weight loss. Even if their health is suffering on multiple levels, weight loss takes precedence. I help clients strategize lifestyle changes that lead to sustainable, healthy weight loss. We shift the focus from calories to quality of food. Here are my top strategies:

The 8 Most Fascinating Articles of 2015

In the world of medicine, it’s been quite a year of outstanding studies and warnings. Here are the most popular articles on medicine, medications, chemicals, water and sleep from 2015.

Leana Wen: What Your Doctor Won’t Disclose

Wouldn’t you want to know if your doctor was a paid spokesman for a drug company? Or held personal beliefs incompatible with the treatment you want? Right now, in the US at least, your doctor simply doesn’t have to tell you about that. And when physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was … unsettling.

The Top 10 Be Well Blog Posts of 2015

The Be Well Team and I have shared loads of valuable information this past year on the blog–and these are the posts that most resonated with you. Give them a read again!

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.