First, a little about me professionally: I am a graduate of Cornell University, a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California, a Diplomat of Chinese Herbology, NCCAOM, and a Diplomat of Acupuncture Orthopedics, NBAO.
I practice medicine using a mix of Eastern and Western medicine that is called functional medicine.
Where most doctors order blood tests and then prescribe medication, I order blood tests and prescribe diet, lifestyle changes and herbs or vitamin and mineral supplements to help the patient heal. Then, I monitor their progress using additional blood tests.
This helps me to understand the causes of problems, the relationships between the body’s systems and to properly monitor if what I am doing is working or not. It is also a very effective approach and has the added benefit of not further burdening the patient’s immune system with toxic drugs.
I have studied functional medicine with Dr. Datis Kharrazian (world-renowned teacher, doctor and author of the groundbreaking book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal) for over 5 years now and I use many of the things he has taught me in the management of patients with Hashimoto’s.
Many autoimmune diseases, and Hashimoto’s, in particular, are very poorly managed in today’s health care system. The reason is simple, little or no attention is given to treating immune dysfunction. This is absolutely essential and this is an area where functional medicine excels.
The reason I know all is because I also have an autoimmune disease. Today I am able to run a busy practice here in Los Angeles. I have plenty of energy and I’m able to see patients all day long, which requires me to be clear and present and to be at the top of my game.
It hasn’t always been this way. Two years ago, after I kept experiencing severe eye pain that came on periodically and unexpectedly, I discovered I had an autoimmune disease.
At that time, I was in pain, exhausted all the time and could barely get through the day.
It was hard for me to concentrate, and my autoimmune condition would flare up at the most inopportune times.
I was at the point that I really wanted to give up.
The doctor ordered a battery of tests and no one could figure out what my problem was. Finally, I tested positive for antibodies for an autoimmune disease called ankylosing spondylitis. So began my odyssey of living with and managing my autoimmune disease.
Out of necessity, I had to find ways to effectively manage my disease so that it did not ruin my life and so that I could continue to function. Gradually, I learned what caused my flare-ups and how to minimize and, for periods of time, eliminate them.
More recently, I discovered some nodules on my thyroid. My doctor sent me to have an ultrasound and we ordered blood tests. The ultrasound was negative for thyroid cancer, but the lab tests confirmed Hashimoto’s. So here I am specializing the very disease that I have.
Well, I feel very fortunate because I have learned how to have abundant energy, mental clarity, and I look forward to getting out of bed in the morning. Since that time I have committed myself to becoming a resource and guide for people who suffer from autoimmune disease and Hashimoto’s, in particular.
I realized that there are so many unknowns that people must navigate with autoimmune disease it can be overwhelming. I became committed to helping people navigate this territory. It is important for you to know that you can have a productive life and not be a servant to the disease.
Many of my clients even reversed their situation, using the techniques and tools I teach.
I am so passionate about helping others with this condition and so grateful that I have an amazing life, in spite of my health issues, that I have created this program to help people like you and me.