In the ongoing balance between our biology and the environment, often we find that the environment is “winning”. However a winning environment may not necessarily be a good thing for our health. Climate change, weather pattern alterations, pollutants and alterations in the flora and fauna all serve to alter delicate balances into which a microbial species can proliferate.
As an anti-aging doctor, I am occasionally asked by my patients what it is that I personally do to manage my own health and my aging. I think that this is a reasonable question to ask, and this is information that I don’t really mind sharing with my patients. I think that it is important to get your medical advice from someone who practices what they preach. They say that you should never trust a skinny chef; the converse may apply with your doctor.
It is my opinion that the current health care establishment in the United States is actually impeding our ability to obtain and maintain a good state of health. How can this be? How is it that an institution invested in health care delivery could be in a position to actively prevent us from being well?
I am often asked how it is that I am able to consistently prepare healthy, nutritious meals. Meal preparation, and the utilization of food as medicine, is integral to a state of good health and longevity. It is a routine that I have incorporated into my life for decades, and is central to the practice of Functional Medicine.
The paradigm of modern medicine as we know it has failed us in two respects. The first is in the compartmentalization of health into several smaller parts. By looking too carefully at individual organs or disease states, we lose sight of the essence of the body functioning as a whole.
As a public service through this page, I like to periodically offer some basic science teaching, gratis. The only thing you pay with is your time and interest. I think that it is essential to actively consider the concepts of energy and mitochondria in a comprehensive approach to health.
I am often asked what I think about nutritional supplements. As a doctor who specializes in a more ”natural” form of medicine, it is fair to say that the use of supplements is a significant part of my medical armamentarium. I use nutrition and directed supplementation in the care of my patients because I think that it is in their best interest. I believe that this approach is safer than conventional allopathic drugs. Certainly conventional drugs have a place in a comprehensive medical practice. But in contrast to the treatment options offered by a “regular” doctor, the approach to rectify errant metabolic processes with a food or supplement is generally safer in the long run, and more lasting.
The human body is exposed to a constant exposure to toxic elements. Some of these toxins are environmental, while others come from within us, byproducts of our body’s metabolic processes. Environmental toxins are found in the forms of chemicals, plants and foods, and drugs taken both recreationally and at the recommendation of our physicians. We are exposed to cleaners, solvents, and fumes from the nail polish that we are applying. We ingest all kinds of chemicals in our foods. But only a small percentage of these chemical compounds have been reliably tested in humans. And even fewer of these chemicals have a known positive influence our body’s required cellular processes.
For many years the paradigm surrounding weight loss has been echoed in a familiar battle cry. “Eat fewer calories, and lose weight.” The individuals who had a strong resolve, and who followed the plan, demonstrated success with their weight loss, and through their successes proved the paradigm to be correct. However within another large subset of individuals who try to lose weight, we find that in spite of a strong alliance to this concept, many are unable to shed the excess pounds.