Functional Medicine focus on the Root Cause of Disease

The healthcare paradigm is shifting. Many physicians are changing the way we practice, analyzing the systems that keep us “healthy” and focusing on the root cause of disease instead of just treating the symptoms. Applying a holistic lens to our patients we are also integrating complementary and alternative therapies to help them achieve wellness. This… View Article

Lower Sex Hormone Binding Globulin and Raise Free Testosterone

Only 3% of circulating testosterone (T) if not bound to a carrier protein call sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), and the unbound “free” portion is the active portion.  With aging our SHBG tends to increase resulting in less free T.  A common pattern in lab testing is to have a pretty good total T level… View Article

NAD Therapy: Fuel for Cellular Energy and Addiction Recovery

NAD is short for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide.  NAD is derived from vitamin B3 or niacin and is essential for cells to make energy.  When a hydrogen atom (H) is attached NAD is converted to active NADH.  By then contributing the hydrogen to react with oxygen NADH helps generate energy stored in a chemical form known as ATP or adenosine… View Article

Cancer Fighting Four

These four compounds have each been extensively researched and show strong evidence of benefit in treatment of various cancers.  While each is potent, they combine to make an anti-cancer powerhouse.  Follow the links for each compound for general review, and add specific cancer type to the search bar in order to narrow your search. Turmeric Green Tea… View Article

CoolSculpting Stubborn Fat Away

It’s called stubborn fat for a reason. Those areas where fat just seems to accumulate and not budge. You know, the muffin-tops, the love handles, that poochy tummy. Eating right and exercising keeps the weight in check but those bulges hang in there. Now there is an FDA-approved procedure that removes those pesky spots once… View Article

Pill Stops

When administering Mucuna Pruriens (L-dopa) with 5-HTP, L-cysteine, and cofactors IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to empirically determine if the Mucuna daily dosing value is too high or too low.  It is recommended to do pill stops on Saturday and Sunday, then consider the dosage adjustment starting on Monday. Pill stops are required.  The following is a quick overview:… View Article

Macuna protocol for Parkinson’s patients

Start Macuna capules and increase the dose on a weekly basis. Start with 6 capsules/day, divided into 3x/day dosing.  Each week increase according to this pattern:  6-12-18-24-32-40-48-56-etc. Note the numbers directly above.  After the patient is started on six pills of Mucuna per day the next three first adjustments to the daily mucuna dosing values… View Article

Exploring the Parallel Universe of Functional Medicine

There are two worlds of medicine today, the conventional disease-centered model and the patient-centered model that treats each person as a unique entity with diverse systems of genetic, biologic, social and environmental inputs. As a board certified, teaching physician, I know the conventional system well, but as a “functional” medicine practitioner I feel like I… View Article

Digestive Health Protocols

Betaine HCL Protocol When using Betaine HCL  for the first few times, please be sure to follow the directions carefully.  Always take Betaine HCL at the start of the meal.  If taken without food, stomach burning may result. At the very start of the meal, take one capsule of Betaine HCL.  Monitor how your stomach… View Article

Sunscreen Tips for Youthful Skin

The number one thing that ages skin is sunshine. Not just the sunburn, the relentless day-to-day exposure to the sun causes the skin damage that leads to discolored spots, wrinkles and sagging skin. And don’t be fooled as most sunscreens do not protect from all the skin-damaging rays. If you want youthful skin then your… View Article