Welcome to Holistic Medicine, Optimal Health & Physiatry

Holistic Medicine or “Integrative Medicine” combines the best of conventional modern medicine with traditional ancient medicine, emphasizing education and lifestyle for natural healing. Today’s mainstream emphasis on drugs and surgery forget that at least 80% of current disease is related to stress and lifestyle, while genes account for 20% of disease, at most*.

Dr. Cheikin uses a unique multi-dimensional evaluation and treatment to search for and solve the root causes of illness.  Our Comprehensive Evaluation includes traditional history, physical exam and diagnostic tests coupled with detailed exploration of family and medical history,  metabolic/nutritional, psycho-spiritual and energetic realms.

Optimal Health refers to a condition of wellness or fitness, with the capacity to handle stressors (such as infections and traumas) and to live a long, creative, loving, energetic life without medications or disability.  Physiatry, also called “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation” or “Rehabilitation Medicine” is a specialty of medicine that works with the whole person, his/her family, employer and others to restore and improve functioning.

* Identical twins can have opposite health profiles based on lifestyle and epigenes. Epigenes are molecules that modulate gene expression and are passed from generation to generation; if the genes are the hardware, the epigenes are the software.  The health and stressors of a parent affects their child, grandchild and later generations apart from the genes themselves.

Each row below contains a sampler of different media for you to review.
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These videos were created by Dr. Cheikin to help you understand the holistic process, including the science and how the protocols work.

  • Gluten 5:00

    Gluten is not limited to wheat, barley, rye and spelt. This video shows why eating “gluten-free” foods may be a problem for some.
  • Thyroid 101

    This is the first of several videos that Dr. Cheikin has created to help understand how hoistic medicine approaches thyroid dysfunction.


Dr. Cheikin has been writing  these executive summaries of important topics since 2003.


Sustainability of your health program will be most successful with understanding. Here are some of the best books to get started.

Blogs Sampler

Blogs contain the most recent posts, research and contributions by our community.

  • Brain and Neuro Blog

    Brain and neuro dysfunctions are epidemic and include: ADD, Alzheimers, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Fatigue, Sleep Disorder and others. Gut and immune dysfunctions are intimately connected.

  • Energy, Spirit and Stress Medicine Blog

    Chinese, Indian (Ayurvedic) and other paradigms believe that “life force” energy (chi/prana) is the same as spirit and breath. It can’t yet be measured other than when cells die and lose their life force. Stressors challenge our systems for good and bad.

  • Hair and Skin Blog

    Skin, hair and nails tend to go together since they make us beau-di-ful. Problems with these tissues are a huge cause of distress

  • Hormone Blog (Adrenal, Sex, Sugar, Thyroid)

    Hormones are chemical messengers, released by one cell to influence others. Hormones developed as we evolved from single cells to multi-cell organisms that needed to communicate.

  • Immune Blog (Allergy, Autoimmune, Cancer, Infections)

    Our bodies are like a planet, with a complex ecology of bacteria, yeasts, molds, viruses, parasites and other life forms that live in biofilms and communicate with each other and our own cells.

  • Prevention (Anti-Aging) Blog

    Most of us seek quality rather than quantity of life. Doctors used to be paid to keep us healthy, not to get sick.

Products for Health

We maintain a list of books,  foods, products, supplements and other items that have been reviewed by Dr. Cheikin. These lists are available to subscribers, members and patients.

Youtube Videos

Reviewed and vetted by Dr. Cheikin; various topics on Holistic Medicine.