Description of Practice.....
I am an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and director of the Arthritis Institute of Michigan.
I did my undergraduate work at Texas A&M Universityand received mymedical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. I completed a residency in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where I served as chief medical resident at Erie County Medical Center. I completed a four-year fellowship in combined adult and pediatric rheumatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The American College of Rheumatology awarded me with a Physician-Scientist Development Award for research on superantigens in 1993. I am board-certified in general internal medicine, adult rheumatology, pediatric rheumatology, and integrative holistic medicine. I have authored several scientific papers as well as a book, The Vitamin D Cure published by John Wiley & Sons in 2008 due to be release in revised edition in the spring of 2012.
Our Patient Philosophy....
I believe that nature has designed something perfect. That perfection is who we are. However, when our environment applies pressures beyond our ability to adapt we see signs of system failure. David J. Barker and his research defined this as the developmental origins of disease. Dr. Peter Gluckman calls this a mismatch between environmental pressures and our adaptive capacity. This is what underlies most human disease.
Most of these mismatches occur in the areas of diet, mircobiome, mental and emotional stress, and physical fitness. Many of these mismatches begin during fetal and childhood development and continue through adulthood. Mismatches in these arenas have ripple effects through our metabolism, endocrine organs, and immune system which then cause cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and neuromuscular dysfunction.
Managing these mismatches is the focus of my practice. This may require dietary therapies, fitness programs, cognitive behavioral therapy, targeted supplements, and even pharmaceuticals. This approach to management places the locus of control with the patient.