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Intermission & coming attractions

coming attractions signJust a short note to let you know that it may be a while before I can finish the diabesity series. I was invited to join a holistic center here in Berkeley, CA and I’ll be starting my practice sooner than expected. I have a million things to do before I begin in October, and I don’t have much time to write. I may be able to slip an article in here and there in the next few weeks, but can’t make any promises.

Also, I may not be responsive to comments during this period. Please feel free to leave them, and I’ll try to get to them when I have a few moments.

Stay tuned for announcements on new services I’ll be making available, including private consultation and 4- and 8-week groups for those with particular health issues.

My passion is helping people that haven’t been able to find help anywhere else. I know what it’s like to live with a chronic, debilitating illness and to feel as if there’s nobody that really understands what’s going on. That’s why I chose medicine as a vocation: to become the kind of practitioner for others that I always wanted to find for myself.

Private consultations begin with an exhaustive case review, where I evaluate your current complaints, medical history and lab work for the past 5 years. They also include a comprehensive blood chemistry panel that gives me important information about your physiology, with thyroid, kidney, liver and metabolic markers, a complete blood count (CBC, fluids and electrolytes, cardiovascular risk factors, hemoglobin A1c and vitamin D (25D). Once we identify the underlying causes of the problem, we address them using diet, botanical medicine, supplements and lifestyle changes.

I’m particularly excited about offering groups. The first will be a detox program. The primary purpose is to reduce inflammation and decrease toxic load. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that inflammation and toxicity (from food and environmental chemicals) are primary drivers for nearly every modern disease – including obesity, diabetes, autoimmunity, heart disease, thyroid disorders, and digestive problems. Those who need to lose weight will, but that will merely be a consequence of optimizing function, and the program is also appropriate for normal weight people suffering from the problems above (as well as many others).

Group programs specifically for diabesity, thyroid disease and digestive problems are also in the works. They will include extensive education, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, nutritional supplements, exercise instruction and both one-on-one and group support. The goal is to give you all of the tools you need to successfully manage these conditions without unnecessary drugs or surgery.

The wonders of modern technology make private consultation and group programs available to not only people in the San Francisco Bay area where I’m located, but also anywhere in the US (and possibly Canada – I’m still working that out).

I’ll report back here with further details in a few weeks. In the meantime, if you’re interested in working with me privately you can contact me through the blog.

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gone fishin' signIf you’re a subscriber, you may have noticed that the frequency of posts has slowed down a lot over the past few months. I’m now entering my final year of class and clinical internship (grad school for acupuncture & integrative medicine), and I’m also preparing to start a clinic when I graduate.

Unfortunately, this leaves me little time to write anything for the blog. I’ve decided that I’m going to take the next year off from writing new posts. I will still respond to questions, so feel free to comment on what’s already up on the blog. And who knows, maybe I’ll get inspired occasionally and find some time to write an article.

Thanks for your interest and support over the last year.

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September slowdown

empty stageI will be posting much less frequently over the next few weeks. I’m preparing for a public presentation of my research on depression and antidepressants on September 24th, and I won’t have much time for the blog during that period.

In the meantime, please feel free to comment on existing articles and I will make an effort to respond.

If you are local (SF Bay Area), keep an eye out for an upcoming announcement for the public presentation. It will be from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on September 24th at the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. Save the date!

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