Integrative Health Blog

New Hope for Dementia

Posted by on Mon, May 02, 2016

Dementia is a broad category of brain diseases associated with long term, irreversible, gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember which is great enough to affect a person's daily functioning and which is worse than would be expected with normal aging.  

For decades, scientists have studied brain tissue samples of Alzheimer’s Disease victims, the largest dementia subcategory, (>50%), and have found distinctive pathological changes in the brain such as “plaque” and “neurofibrillary tangles” that are thought to somehow be causative of the disease.  The new sciences of Omics sheds new light on Dementia and is challenging long held views about its causes and treatments.

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Tags: functional medicine, brain health, precision medicine

Help for Depression with a Functional Medicine Approach

Posted by on Tue, Sep 09, 2014

Dr. Chas Gant, integrative and functional medicine physician,  at National Integrated Health Associates was recently interviewed on TakeBackYourHealth radio on the subject of Depression: What We Can Learn from Robin Williams.

What are the causes of depression and what can we do about it?

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Tags: depression, functional medicine, brain health

Methylation Webinar: The Road to Wellness Requires Understanding Methylation

Posted by on Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Free Methylation Webinar:

Understanding MTHFR, Methylation and Inflammation

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern Time) 5PM Pacific
Location: on-line webinar
Presenter: Chas Gant MD, PhD

"How the Perfect Storm of Methylation Defects, Oxidative Stress
and Inflammation Predisposes You to Chronic Medical & Psychiatric Disorders"

Many immunological, hormonal, structural, energetic, metabolic, nutritional, toxicological, infectious and genetic stressors conspire to exacerbate fight/flight, degenerative, sympathetic dysautonomia, the root cause of chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.

This first of three webinars will introduce practitioners to practical applications of functional medicine and nutrigenomics to mitigate fight/flight, degenerative, sympathetic dysautonomia, and thus help to address the root cause of chronic medical and psychiatric disorders.

Future webinars (August 12 & 26) hosted by the Academy of Functional
Medicine & Genomics will introduce specific technologies to overcome
methylation defects, decrease glutathione demands through lessening
inflammation and oxidative stress from toxins (e.g., mercury) and
chronic infections (e.g., Lyme and candida), and the use of precursor
loading and mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic techniques to activate
prefrontal cortex activity to further diminish fight/flight, degenerative,
sympathetic dysautonomia.

Space is limited.

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Tags: methylation, MTHFR, functional medicine

The Primary Cause of Constipation

Posted by on Mon, Feb 20, 2012

Chas Gant MD, PhD

I appreciated the article Got Constipation?  by Debra Graugnard, a Certified Colon Hydrotherapist at NIHA, and I plan to photocopy it and provide the copy to all of my patients who suffer from constipation.  Constipation as a symptom is not taken seriously by many healthcare practitioners, including me at various times in my career, which is in my opinion constitutes negligence.  Constipation is a serious and deadly symptom and should be aggressively cured.  

I have some good news to add to these nice suggestions about managing constipation in the article Got Constipation? by Debra Graugnard - the actual, primary cause of chronic constipation has been discovered. Anytime in history when the causal factor is discovered for a symptom or a disorder, clinicians have been able to zero in on the cause and be more effective in achieving positive outcomes.  Knowing the primary cause of chronic constipation helps us understand why colon hydrotherapy is so effective.  Knowing the cause also should help clinicians and patients alike take this symptom very seriously.

Constipation and  Neurotoxins

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Tags: colon hydrotherapy, functional medicine, constipation

Hope for Sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis: Reversing the Risk Factors

Posted by on Fri, Jan 13, 2012

Chas Gant  MD, PhD

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, severe, usually progressive, autoimmune, demyelinating, mildly inheritable disease of the central nervous system which many studies suggest is rapidly increasing in prevalence and incidence[1]. The earliest symptoms of MS include psychological distress, fatigue, numbness, impaired vision, loss of balance, weakness and even bladder dysfunction, and they usually begin in early adulthood. With conventional management of MS, these symptoms can wax and wane for up to 30 years, but in roughly 50% of all cases MS steadily progresses to severe disability and premature death killing about 3,000 Americans a year.  MS is named for the many scars it produces in the brain and spinal cord as white blood cells (T cells) attack the myelin insulation around neurons.  MS afflicts between 250,000 and 350,000 Americans per year.

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Tags: functional medicine, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, multiple sclerosis

The Solution to the Health Care Crisis- Functional Medicine, Genomics and a New Standard of Care

Posted by on Wed, Sep 28, 2011

Chas Gant MD PhD

I recently read that about 50% of the pharmaceutical industry’s profits are channeled into marketing and advertising, which explains the bombardment of utterly offensive and misleading media drug ads I am forced to experience when I fail to click the mute button fast enough. But I confess to having cashed in on some of Big Pharma’s, physician-focused marketing efforts, by accepting coffee mugs and other trinkets from drug sales people, and even getting paid to have a free dinner now and then and listen to the latest pharmaceutical pitches.  I have even been offered a few six figure research “bribes” in my 35 year career, to “test” the latest drugs on my patients and make sure the outcome data supports the efficacy of the drug.  Through the years these research grants were hard to reject when you are struggling to give your kids the best, but I decided my soul would have been forsaken forever if I went down that route, so I have always politely declined such lucrative offers.

I don’t mean to suggest that drugs are not useful. I prescribe them for most of my patients. Drug treatments, like all therapies, should be based on 3 main criteria – safety, efficacy and expense (in that order) – and sometimes drug therapies rise to top of the decision tree.  However, drugs are toxins, and since toxicity from plastics, heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives, antibiotic-laced food and many other modern era poisons are common causes of chronic medical and psychiatric problems, one might wonder why the prescribing of potentially toxic pharmaceuticals, which could worsen ones total toxic load, is not done with far more discretion. 

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Tags: functional medicine, integrative medicine, genetics

The Nurture Assumption and Genomics

Posted by on Wed, Sep 07, 2011

by Chas Gant MD, PhD

Having certain genes which guarantee me lifetime struggles with insomnia and restlessness, I am a voracious, nocturnal bibliophile.  And as I travel frequently, books will somehow come my way which I use to bore me into a good snooze. While visiting relatives recently, I happened upon a Pulitzer Prize finalist copy of The Nuture Assumption, why children turn out the way they do, by Judith Rich Harris.  Sometimes well-written, provocative books have the opposite effect and keep me awake into the wee hours. Such was the case here. The Nuture Assumption  makes a compelling case, based on sound research on identical twins and other data, that within reasonable efforts to provide our kids with a nurturing, non-abusive, “normal” environment, parenting does not matter much in how our children turn out!

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Tags: nature v. nurture, functional medicine, genetics

What is Functional Medicine?

Posted by on Sat, Jun 11, 2011

Dr. Chas Gant MD, PhD, has practiced Integrative and Functional Medicine for over three decades. Dr. Chas Gant also teaches mindfulness-based meditation and incorporates other mindfulness-based psychotherapies into his medical practice at NIHA, National Integrated Health Associates.

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Functional Medicine: A Distinctly Different Kind of Medicine

Posted by on Mon, Jan 24, 2011

by Chas Gant MD, PhD

Functional Medicine, which is neither Conventional nor Alternative Medicine

I have practiced functional medicine since it was invented over 30 years ago and during these decades I have reluctantly tolerated and overlooked being mislabeled as an “alternative medicine[1]” doctor.  Healthcare consumers and practitioners alike often fail to recognize that functional medicine has virtually nothing to do with alternative medicine practices such as homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine or hands-on-healing. Functional medicine is also not conventional medicine.  Functional medicine is a third and completely different discipline.  Functional medicine’s uniqueness stems from its heavy reliance on certain basic sciences - toxicology, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy and genetics - which in widely varying degrees are part of the educational curricula of all licensed healthcare professionals. These basic sciences are also referred to as “pure sciences” because they conform more rigorously to scientific method. 

Scientific method refers to a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. A scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.  Once a hypothesis has been proven, it can provide a predictable model which can then be used to formulate further hypotheses and experimentation.  

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Tags: functional medicine

Functional Medicine : If you don't test, you guess

Posted by on Tue, Aug 10, 2010

Chas Gant MD, PhD

"The whole is more than the sum of its parts" -Aristotle

Think of your body as a grand orchestra assembled to play an elaborate symphony together...each system is a different instrument. While we recognize many individual "players" in the body, they all function as a whole.

If any of YOUR "players" are out of tune or marching to a different beat, YOU may be suffering.

Have you been working on your health for a long time and still feel that something is still missing?

We invite you to take a look at your own internal orchestra with Dr. Chas Gant's Functional Medicine and Fuctional Testing program. Functional medicine is patient-centered medicine that examines how the systems of the body are functioning, or working properly. Functional medicine searches for the underlying imbalance which can contribute to illness or chronic disease. If one of the musicians is out of tune, it will affect the whole orchestra. Similarly, if YOU have an imbalance, it can affect your whole body in ways that you may not even know.

It's time to get your body balanced. Here's how:

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Tags: functional medicine, integrative medicine, integrative doctor