Integrative Health Blog

NIHA'S Integrative Medicine Health Tip: Exhale!

Posted by on Tue, Jun 26, 2012

Steven Shafarman

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Tags: stress, integrative health, integrative medicine

Lyme Disease May be Worse Than Ever This Year

Posted by on Sat, May 05, 2012

The NIHA doctors are already seeing a lot of tick bites and Lyme disease due to the mild winter, early spring and other indicators of a large tick population in 2012.

The Washington Post ran an article this week in which Dr. Paul Beals is quoted:

*Excerpted from the The Washington Post:
Paul Beals,  a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating Lyme disease at National Integrated Health Associates in the District, says, "We're finding that the vast majority of our patients who are getting tick bites causing Lyme are also getting other co-infections at the same time," including such febrile illnesses as bartonella, which can be transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes, as well as babesiosis and ehrlichiosis.
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Tags: integrative health, integrative medicine, holistic doctor, lyme disease

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

Detoxification for Life: a Patient/Coaching Training Course

Posted by on Wed, Jun 15, 2011

by Mark McClure DDS

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Tags: detoxification, integrative medicine, integrated medicine

Biological Dentistry Considers the Whole Person

Posted by on Mon, Nov 15, 2010

by Mark McClure DDS, FACG

Biological Dentistry is Whole person dentistry:

Whole - person dentistry, which is gaining understanding and support among the public and professionals, is the awareness of the intricate web-like relationships between dentistry and one’s general health and wellbeing. Its practitioners have advanced skills and knowledge in intervening to regain and maintain patient’s health. The whole - person dentist will embraces other descriptive terms like holistic, integrative medical and biological dentist. The whole - person dentist must wear multiple hats – first he/she is conventionally trained, incorporating the best developing dental technologies and aesthetics that modern dentistry offers but there is much more to a holistic dental approach.

Biological Natural Dentistry

Whole person, Biological Dentistry refers to routinely using biological (or natural) products and principles to help people be healthier more effectively and efficiently. The use of herbs, super-foods, nutrients, drainage remedies and homeopathics, and oxygen- ozone (as well as drugs and surgery when needed) in routine and specialty dental services defines the whole body approach that is employed. In summary, the principles of biological dentistry is treatments that are safe and effective, non-toxic with little or no side-effects, allowing the patient to heal themselves and ultimately reaching a state of biologic homeostasis - meaning health.

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Tags: biological dentistry, integrative health, holistic approach, integrative medicine, dental health, holistic dentistry

Integrative Physical Health: Your body and you

Posted by on Tue, Sep 28, 2010

by Ralph Wilson ND

People come to us at NIHA when they have concerns about their health of body or mind. Working with the natural laws of health is the goal of the integrative medicine practitioners at NIHA and we are proud to announce the formation of the Integrative Physical Health Initiative. The insights of our various practitioners are adding to the IPH menu of choices available for individual health care programs by recognizing that every physical concern is affected by the person’s conscious participation in improving their health.

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Tags: craniosacral therapy, biological dentistry, integrative medicine, integrative doctor, mind-body, mind-body

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

An Integrative Medicine Approach to Headaches

Posted by on Wed, Jul 21, 2010

by Cathlene Scoblionko NP


Many people who suffer from headaches search for a way to prevent them, as well as, treat them in a way that involves less down time, less medication, and less expense. There is no doubt that there are some great medications out there for treating the different kinds of headaches.  Muscle tension headaches respond well to NSAIDS and muscle relaxants, migraines respond well to the triptan medications.  However, most medications do just that- treat the headache once it is there.  There are some medications that are preventative but require daily dosing which can be expensive and increase the possibility of side effects.  What types of complementary or alternative methods might there be to prevent headaches?  We cannot answer that question until we know what causes headache pain. 

What are some of the common muscle tension or stress headache triggers?

  • Lack of sleep, poor sleep, poor sleep conditions
  • Head or neck injury
  • Repetitive stress such as sitting at the computer all day
  • Emotional stress
  • Tension or strain of neck, scalp, face, jaw
  • Eye strain

How can headaches be prevented?

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Tags: integrative medicine, integrated medicine, headaches

Holistic health: Are we being harmed by everyday products?

Posted by on Wed, Jul 07, 2010

by Dr. Beals

Chemicals commonly found in cosmetics, shampoos and lotions, have been found to adversely affect the delicate hormonal balance of adolescent girls. Three classes of chemicals, phenols, phthalates and phytoestrogens can cause early puberty in young girls, potentially setting them up for more serious hormonally related diseases in the future. These chemicals, especially those detected at highest concentrations were shown to have a relationship between hormones, development, neurotransmitters mood and sleep disorders.

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Tags: plastics, hormones, holistic health, integrative health, integrative medicine

Your health care journey, finding your way with Integrative Medicine

Posted by on Tue, Jun 22, 2010

by Ralph Wilson ND

"How can an integrative practitioner help me to...?"

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Tags: biological dentistry, integrative medicine, mind-body