Integrative Health Blog

Rerouting the Brain- The Power of Changing Your Mind

Posted by on Mon, Jul 15, 2019

Please join us for an enlightening Mini-Workshop on Understanding the Connection between the Mind, Body and Emotions.

The Mind-Body Connection Lecture Series new talk:

"Rerouting the Brain-The Power of Changing Your Mind" 

Date:  Tuesday, July 30, 2019                  

Time:  6:30-7:45 pm

Place: National Integrated Health Associates

            5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 402

            Washington, DC 20015

Presenter: Kuno Bachbauer, LMFT, CCEP, Dr. med. (Austria)

This lecture and mini-workshop will expound on what we have learned in the Mind-Body Connection series, but you do not have to have attended previous lectures to participate.

Please join us at any time- we never stop learning!

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First, a Short Story

When I was in medical school in Vienna, Austria, our professors told us that the brain stops growing after 24 years of age. Whatever you have by then- that was what you would have for the rest of your life. I remember that this seemed very depressing and not quite acceptable to me. But what was I going to say in the face of my “God-in-the-white-coat” professors?

That particular limiting belief was held until only maybe 20 years ago, partly due to the findings of another Austrian, namely Nobel prize winner Eric Kandel, MD. He discovered how the brain learns. He and other neuroscientists developed an understanding of how Neuroplasticity works.

They created a truly amazing sea change in psychotherapy, bodywork, trauma science, memory, neurology and related fields that revolutionized what we are doing as practitioners! Please come to my free class to learn more about how this will benefit you.

PLEASE NOTE: My talks are highly “experiential” and that is why they are done live with those attending!  We will do exercises and experiences. Because we learn better when the whole body and emotions are involved, my aim is that you can sense and feel the concepts I will teach. No prior experience is necessary.  

A Quick Review- Starting with Resiliency

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Tags: mind-body, emotional wellbeing

Vitamin D for Disease Prevention and Optimal Health

Posted by on Tue, Jul 09, 2019

Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient for your health at every age.  In fact, the illnesses associated with vitamin D deficiency are numerous. Recent studies on vitamin D reveal the hazards of D-deficiency and the benefits by maintaining an optimum level:

  • Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a greater risk for cancer.
  • Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased incidence and severity of asthma and wheezing disorders.
  • Vitamin D deficiency affects the cardiovascular system. Deficiency of vitamin D increases the risk for heart attack, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, metabolic syndrome, coronary artery disease, and heart failure.
  • Vitamin D has been shown to be an effective treatment for psoriasis.
  • Vitamin D supplementation reduces the incidence of autoimmune diseases, specifically multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes (when taken during infancy).
  • Vitamin D enhances the immune response and provides protection against upper respiratory infections, influenza, and middle ear infections.

Risk Factors for Vitamin D Deficiency

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Tags: vitamins and minerals, immune system

BPH: Is It Keeping You Up at Night? Try These Natural Treatments

Posted by on Tue, Jul 02, 2019

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH is one of the most common ailments faced by men as they age.

In fact, 50% of all men between 50-60 years of age, 75% of men in their seventh decade of life, and 90% of men over 80 will be affected to some extent by changes in their prostate.  While not a malignant progress (not cancer), BPH is characterized by increased growth of the prostate gland due to proliferation of the cells of this organ. As the prostate enlarges it compresses the urethra impeding the flow of urine out of the bladder during urination. This leads to the common lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) that bring men with BPH to the doctor. 

Interestingly, while the symptoms of BPH can be very disturbing for men, the enlargement of the prostate may not represent a diseased state.  In fact, the prostate goes through two cycles of growth, the first at puberty and the second beginning around the age of 25.  This second cycle of growth continues for the rest of a man’s life and while some men do not experience symptoms due to this growth cycle, those with BPH can attribute their discomfort to this normal growth cycle.

Symptoms of BPH

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Tags: natural medicine, men's health

Why Holistic Primary Care?

Posted by on Tue, Jun 25, 2019


How do you choose your primary care doctor?  Referral by friends or picked off an insurance list.  Some young adults may not really care who they see - as long as they get their “annual exam” and have someone write for an antibiotic when they get sick. Others with chronic health conditions visit their doctor to refill their multiple medications which help control their disease symptoms.

But is this enough? Could this interaction between your doctor be far more beneficial in helping you maximize your health instead of just mitigating a disease process?

How much does your doctor really know about you and your true health status?   What can the typical 15-minute visit accomplish in answering your health questions or addressing your ongoing medical concerns? 

Is there an alternative, more comprehensive approach that aims to prevent future health conditions as well as determine the underlying cause(s) of your recurrent problems?

YES! It’s called Functional Medicine and here are 5 reasons why you should schedule this type of visit today.

5 Reasons for Holistic Primary Care with Functional Medicine

  1. Time spent with your doctor.
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Tags: holistic primary care, functional medicine

Brain Health: The Dirty Dozen for the Brain

Posted by on Thu, Jun 20, 2019

The human brain, our beautifully designed master control center, is under attack from many modern environmental issues. 

Alarmingly, we're seeing increased cognitive impairment from young to old - Autism to Alzheimer's, anxiety, depression, neuro-degenerative diseases (Parkinson's, ALS) brain fog, stroke, memory and neurological issues.  Although some of the increase is due to an aging population, we're seeing brain impairment at all age levels and the incidences are getting worse.  Losing one's cognitive function is an ultimate fear and exploring the issue of prevention is the subject of this article.

Unlike our ancestors, we now must contend with the daily assault of Wi-Fi, chemicals and what I like to call the "Dirty Dozen for the Brain."  Modern technology has improved our lives in a myriad of ways, and we can't live in a bubble. But, to start, let's look at what may be affecting us daily and what we can do to avoid or at least minimize the Dirty Dozen- and keep our brains healthy.

The Dirty Dozen for the Brain

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Tags: functional medicine, brain health

Resilience- The Art of Calming the Emotional Brain and Overcoming Trauma & Illness

Posted by on Thu, Jun 13, 2019

Please join us for an enlightening Mini-Workshop on Understanding the Connection between the Mind, Body and Emotions.

TITLE: The Art of Calming the Emotional Brain and Overcoming Trauma & Illness

DATE:  June 25, 2019

TIME:  6:30-7:45 pm

PLACE:  National Integrated Health Associates

COST: Free

PRESENTER:  Kuno Bachbauer, LMFT, Dr. med.

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Wouldn’t you like to be able to calm your emotional brain?

This upcoming workshop will explain WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT FUTURE ILLNESS and how YOU CAN INFLUENCE THE HEALING PROCESS by understanding and correctly processing your childhood story and overcoming current life conflicts.

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Tags: mind-body, emotional wellbeing

Functional Medicine and Genetic Testing for Health

Posted by on Tue, Jun 11, 2019

Functional Medicine is a medical approach which involves testing for the underlying causes of disease and designing a treatment plan to address the root cause of the disorder, not just the symptoms.  It views and treats the body as a whole, integrated system. Many factors can lead to illness, such as lifestyle choices, environmental exposures, and genetic makeup, and all factors should be considered for personalized treatment.

At this moment, your unique genetic makeup and that of the people you love can be predisposing you/them to all types of medical and psychiatric disorders, even before symptoms show up.  Why live in the dark, hoping and praying that health problems are not sneaking up on you?  Now, you can bring the light of inexpensive, often insurance covered, genetic testing into your life and take charge of chronic ailments now, possibly prevent them from happening or put them off for decades. 

As the saying goes, If we don't test, we've guessed.  Isn't health too important to make guesses about? 

Functional Medicine is the Rosetta Stone of Modern Genetics

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Tags: functional medicine, genetics

Menopause and Perimenopause:  An Integrative and Preventive Medicine Approach

Posted by on Thu, Jun 06, 2019

Menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of periods resulting from the loss of ovarian follicular activity. Menopause is 12 consecutive months with no period, and this is only known with certainty in retrospect.  Perimenopause is the two to eight years preceding menopause and one year following the final menses.

Interestingly, we women begin life with all the follicles we will ever have! Throughout our lives, through ovulation and apoptosis (the dying off of cells), we lose follicles. Women experience menopause when the follicles in their ovaries are exhausted. Think of it as the cycle of the ovaries- first they are asleep, then at birth they wake up, and once they have served their purpose, they go back to sleep again.

In industrialized nations, menopause usually occurs between ages 48-52, with the mean age in the U.S. at 51 years. Menopause occurring in a woman under the age of 40 is considered premature menopause. Factors that can affect when a woman goes into menopause are genetic factors, environment, lifestyle, and systemic diseases, and an integrative and preventive medicine approach takes these factors into consideration. Genetics plays a key role as a woman’s age at menopause is associated with her mother’s menopausal age.

Symptoms and Concerns of Perimenopause and Menopause

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Tags: menopause, hormones, womens health

NIHA Dermatologist Kent Handfield MD, MPH, Receives Certification in Functional Medicine

Posted by on Tue, Jun 04, 2019

National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) is pleased to announce that Kent Handfield, MD, MPH, is now board certified in functional medicine from the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).

Dr. Handfield is recognized nationally as an IFM Certified Practitioner (IFMCP) and is part of over 1000 Certified Functional Medicine Practitioners in the United States and around the world.

Dr. Handfield is board certified in dermatology, and the IFM certification adds to his list of credentials. He treats skin, hair and nail issues for patients of all ages and skin types at National Integrated Health Associates in the Washington, D.C., Chevy Chase area. 

Dermatology Services at NIHA:

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Tags: dermatology

Peptide Therapy for Cellular Repair and Regeneration

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2019

What is Peptide Therapy?

Peptide therapy is a newly developed medical treatment that has gained new heights in Precision and Functional Medicine for its efficacy, safety and ease of use. These small proteins, or “peptides” are made of a certain sequence of amino acids. Peptides signal the different body organs and tissues to manufacture and release hormones and different substances that are used to induce certain biochemical reactions and changes leading to new cell formation, changes in action or reaction optimizing and augmenting cellular function.

Whether peptide therapy is used  for weight loss, to increase physical agility and fitness, help with digestion processes, neuromuscular function or tissue healing, the advantages are too numerous to talk about in one article.

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Tags: functional medicine, anti-aging