Integrative Health Blog

NIHA Welcomes Margarita Kullick, MD, Functional Medicine and Anti-Aging Physician

Posted by on Thu, Jul 27, 2017

National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) is pleased to welcome Margarita Kullick, MD.

Margarita Kullick, MD, is a physician with over thirty-five years experience in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. She is trained in functional and holistic medicine and has been practicing anti-aging medicine for the past 20 years. She received her medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and completed her Internal Medicine residency postgraduate studies at Georgetown University Program and Nephrology Fellowship at National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kullick is a member of The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Searching for the Root Cause of Illness

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Tags: functional medicine, holistic approach, anti-aging

Balance Your Hormones Naturally

Posted by on Mon, Jun 15, 2015

Hormones play an important role in your life every day.

They are your body’s chemical messengers, traveling in your bloodstream to tissues and organs. They play a role in your growth, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction and mood. If you doubt the power of hormones and their ability to affect everything from mood, to weight, to bowel health – ask the nearest pregnant woman if she’s noticed any difference in these areas. Or, just for fun, ask the nearest 13 year old girl!

Endocrine glands, which are special groups of cells, make hormones. The major endocrine glands are the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands, and pancreas. In addition, men produce hormones in their testes and women produce them in their ovaries. 

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Tags: thyroid, hormones, adrenal fatigue, integrative health, holistic approach

5 Reasons to Choose an Integrative Doctor for Primary Care

Posted by on Tue, Jan 27, 2015

A primary care provider is a family physician, internist, or nurse practitioner who coordinates all of the health care a patient receives. The holistic primary care model offers not only traditional primary care but also incorporates the best of complementary and alternative healing therapies from around the world to help you achieve optimum wellness, not just freedom from disease.

Our holistic primary care providers will be your partner and guide in helping you achieve your health goals.

Top 5 Reasons for Integrative Medicine

1. We treat the whole person

The mind, body and spirit all contribute to your health status and wellness. An integrative MD or Nurse Practitioner will develop a treatment plan that addresses your medical needs as well as your emotional and nutritional well-being. Stress management, diet, and lifestyle factors all play a role in your overall health.

2. Integrative medicine treats the cause of imbalance, not just the symptoms

You are not just a collection of your symptoms.  We look for the root cause of your imbalance or illness and develop a plan, with you, to remedy the cause. We can test for factors which may be contributing to illness or imbalance, and work with you to correct the underlying cause.

3. We partner with you to develop a plan for optimal health

Integrative medicine is patient-centered. You are your own best advocate, but it is nice to have a partner with the same goal of getting you to a better state of wellness. Since integrative medicine works to address the cause of illness, it may take longer than a "quick fix" often expected with prescription medication. This is to be expected, but with a longer appointment the practitioner is able to listen and work with you to keep you moving in the right direction.

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Tags: holistic approach, integrative medicine, integrative doctor, primary care

Depression: It's Probably Not What You Think It Is.

Posted by on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Dr. Chas Gant M.D., Ph.D.

I recently had a brake problem in my car, and the diagnosis I made was completely different from the one my mechanic made.  My diagnosis was descriptive, “the brakes squeak and the car pulls to the left,” I said to my mechanic.  The diagnosis he made was that the rotors and brake pads were worn down.  My diagnosis, like the ones often given to patients who suffer from psychiatric disorders, was descriptive of symptoms.  The other meaning of the word diagnosis is to define the cause.  That’s what depression really is; definitive, testable, modifiable causes.  The causes can be immunological (e.g., gluten sensitivity), infectious (e.g., Candida or Lyme), allergic (e.g., pollen), toxic (e.g., mercury), metabolic (e.g., hypoglycemia), psycho emotional (e.g., irrational thinking, or unfinished emotional trauma [PTSD]) and/or genetic (e.g., methylation problems).  Here is a short list of 21 other causes of depression.

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Tags: depression, holistic approach

Asthma: A Holistic Approach

Posted by on Mon, Mar 17, 2014

Teresa Fuller MD, PhD

While spring is a welcome relief from the cold and dreary winter for many of us, it can be a time of misery for children suffering with asthma.  The blooming of trees with the accompanying pollen trigger wheezing, coughing, and other unwelcome symptoms for a rising number of children with asthma. Asthma now affects 1 in 11 children. The incidence has been rising over the past few decades, with an increase of 15% just in the past decade.

The conventional medical approach to asthma is to relieve the symptoms as much as possible with the use of bronchodilators and steroids.  Bronchodilators open the airways, while steroids suppress the inflammatory response that the body produces to harmless stimuli, such as pollen from flowers and weeds.  The other approach is to identify the child’s triggers and avoid them.  But so many triggers, such as pollen, mold and dust mites are impossible to completely avoid.  While these are necessary treatments to control asthma symptoms, how about getting to the root causes of symptoms to help the body stop “overreacting” to these stimuli in the first place?  Here are four strategies of a holistic approach to asthma treatment that can reduce or even stop asthma at its root.

Feed your child an anti-inflammatory diet

Asthma is an inflammatory disease, which means that the body’s immune system is fired up, trying to battle the environmental assaults.  An anti-inflammatory diet is one that can help “calm the fire.” This is a diet rich in antioxidants and free of foods that further inflame the system.  Therefore, your child’s diet needs to be rich in natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans.  These plant foods provide an abundant supply of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.  On the other hand, you want to rid your child’s diet of inflammatory foods such as artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners found in many so-called “kid-friendly” foods.  White sugar and white flour products are also inflammatory.  And dairy products are a frequent source of inflammation for many children with asthma.

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Tags: asthma, detoxification, holistic approach, allergies, pediatrics

Natural Remedies for Common Ailments

Posted by on Tue, Oct 22, 2013

Autumn Frandsen ND

Natural, Effective Solutions

Many people are looking for healthier options to common problems that may be as as effective as pharmaceuticals but not have side effects, and may resolve the underlying cause of the health challenge.

The following natural remedies are what I use in my naturopathic practice at National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) with great success. While these are generally very safe in small dosages, as with any herbal or homeopathic or medication you should first consult your naturopathic physician before using these recommendations.

While natural medicine’s efficacy lends itself to both the expertise of the doctor and the commitment of the patient to take care of themselves, many natural remedies are quite effective in time of acute need.

Natural Options for Common Ailments

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Tags: naturopathy, holistic approach, natural products

What I Wish (Conventional) Doctors Would Say...

Posted by on Wed, Jul 31, 2013

Lisa Wilson CHC

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Tags: cancer, juicing, integrative health, holistic approach, integrative medicine

NIHA Welcomes Robert Johnson, D.M.D, Biological Dentist

Posted by on Tue, Sep 25, 2012

Robert Johnson, D.M.D., has joined the biological dental team at National Integrated Health Associates. Biological dentists treat the whole person and understand the impact of oral health on the overall health status of the dental patient. The addition of Dr. Johnson, a leading biological dentist, makes NIHA one of the most comprehensive biological dentistry centers in the country.

 

Robert Johnson, D.M.D.

I look forward to helping new patients achieve a higher level of dental health and overall wellness.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 18, 2012

National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) is pleased to announce the addition of Robert Johnson, D.M.D., to the biological dental staff. Dr. Robert Johnson is a leading biological dentist in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He also has a certification as a Naturopath and a degree in Integrative Medicine (IMD-D), both from Capital University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Johnson has extensive experience in all aspects of biological dentistry, mercury amalgam removal, ceramic implants and orthodontics. As a naturopath, he has additional training in natural health and has a dedicated following for his popular blog, Optimal Health on a Budget.

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Dr. Johnson will be at National Integrated Health Associates on Tuesdays and Fridays and occasional Saturdays and is currently accepting new patients. Please call 202-237-7000 to schedule a dental appointment.



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Tags: biological dentistry, holistic approach, dental health

Periodontal or Gum Disease, a Chronic Disease of Mankind!

Posted by on Mon, Sep 24, 2012

Tom Baldwin DDS

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Tags: biological dentistry, holistic approach, dental health, periodontal disease, gum disease, holistic dentistry

Profound Healing Is At The Tip of Your Fingers!

Posted by on Mon, Sep 10, 2012

Maureane O'Shaugnessy

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Tags: integrative health, integrative nutrition, holistic approach, mind-body