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What is 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.

Videos

These videos were created by Dr. Cheikin to help you understand the holistic process, including the science and how the protocols work. Here is a sampler:

  • 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.

Articles

Dr. Cheikin has been writing  these executive summaries of important topics since 2003. There are over 100. Here is a sampler: