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From ABIHM President, Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM

Following a lecture by a neuroscientist dispelling the myth of effective multi-tasking, Victor S. Sierpina, MD, ABFM, ABIHM tries to give up the habit for Lent. This article, which was originally published in the Galveston Daily News, is a bit of a departure from my research-focused messages. Vic’s endearingly honest story makes a good point and reminds us to practice mindfulness in a busy, modern world.

Blessings on your journey,
Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM

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by F. Nicholas Jacobs, FACHE, ABIHM Faculty &
International Director, Sunstone Management Resources

Next Gen Sequencing, Pharmacogenomics, the Microbiome, and Integrative Medicine are leading us quickly into the next generation of personalized medicine where you will be treated individually based upon your specific genetic profile. No more guessing; no more accidental dosages; no more unnecessary tests; the next generation of medical treatment is here, and it’s up to you to find the precise doctors and health systems to treat you appropriately. Oh,...

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From ABIHM President, Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM

JAMA Editorial on Hypertension from 1919

I was fascinated to read this JAMA editorial from nearly 100 years ago… take a look for yourself! 

It seems that a broad thinking, logical, back-to-basics approach was as important then as it is now. Integrative medicine is breathing life back into a more systemic model of reasoning. 

I especially loved the final paragraph, in which...

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By Victor Sierpina, MD, ABFM, ABIHM
Previously published in the Galveston Daily New

Happy spring! The March Equinox was Thursday, March 20th so this post from Dr. Sierpina about gardening feels just right. There are lots of valuable gardening resources available in print and online. (Need some inspiration? Here is Dr. Tieraona Low on the Health Benefits of Gardening.) Like Vic mentions, often connecting with Garden Angels, green-thumbed experts, is what helps your garden blossom.

Some resources to check out:

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From ABIHM President, Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, ABIHM

Are antibiotics contributing to the obesity epidemic?

This recent New York Times article provides a concise history of the rise of antibiotics in livestock production and raises important contemporary questions about the impacts humans might experience from consuming those livestock.  The author highlights fascinating research by Dr. Martin J. Blaster, the director of the Human Microbiome Program, among others. (Access Dr. Blaser’s lecture “Microbome and Obesity” here.)...

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By Jamie Harvie, P.E., of the Institute for a Sustainable Future

I’m a believer in synchronicity. For that reason, I’ve been thinking about two recent Huffington Post blogs which appeared within the span of a couple weeks. The first was one by John Weeks, editor of the Integrator Blog entitled “Hooking Up: Don Berwick, Integrative Medicine and His Call for a Radical Shift to ‘Health Creation.”...

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By Glenn Sabin, MD, ABIHM (Used with permission from FON Therapeutics.)

If you’ve not yet joined LinkedIn, you’re missing out on the single most important social business network bar none. In terms of online reputation, LinkedIn is a must-have. More industry professionals are joining daily and integrative health and wellness groups are proliferating.

Here are 6 reasons why LinkedIn rocks for integrative health and medicine professionals. But first, a minor disclosure: No, I don’t own LinkedIn stock (but probably should!). And yes, it’s my favorite social media site. It’s...

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By Victor Sierpina, MD, ABFM, ABIHM
Previously published in the Galveston Daily New

The ancient Chinese sage, Lao Tsu (Lao Tzu) espoused a philosophy of quietude, non-interference, being centered in the moment, and understanding how things work. As opposed to our contemporary go-go society, he observed that inactivity often could accomplish what busyness cannot, for example, how a muddy pool is best cleared by just letting it settle.

I got to thinking about the health promoting attitudes of Lao Tsu after a couple of conversations at a friend’s 70th birthday party. One gentleman, a marine biologist,...

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By Jim Roach, MD, ABIHM, ABFM www.themidwaycenter.com

#1 Perhaps the biggest advance of the decade also qualifies as the most prominent area of progress in 2013. 23andme has propelled genes into a highly affordable away to assess two hundred genes. While the FDA unfortunately removed their ability to offer some interpretation, the raw data can still be mined for huge genetic nuggets that greatly impact our quality of life, disease risk, cognition, and longevity. No one can experience optimal health without this...

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Offered with permission from Mark Blumenthal, American Botanical Council

On Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, American Botanical Council (ABC) Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal sent a letter to the editor of The New York Times in response to an opinion article written by Paul A. Offit, MD, and Sarah Erush, PharmD, BCPS. The piece, titled “Skip the Supplements,” was published online Dec. 14 and printed on Dec. 15, and is the latest of Dr. Offit’s apparent efforts to discredit the general science and clinically documented benefits of numerous herbal and other dietary supplements....

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