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Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • WELCOME TO WHOLEHEALTH CHICAGO! ANNGELA LEONE, LAc.
    Anngela Leone, LAc. Is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of Illinois. Anngela offers minimally invasive healing modalities that allow your body to heal itself. […]
  • Welcoming Sandra Subotich to WholeHealth Chicago
    Normally, when I write a welcome Health Tip announcing a new WholeHealth Chicago practitioner, I go right to the person’s biography to illuminate why you might consider making an appointment. […]
  • Hey Doc, When Are You Going to Write Up My Case?
    I hear this question virtually every time I see Alan, an extremely healthy, energetic man in his forties who could easily pass for someone in his twenties. He comes to […]

Aging

  • You’re Only As Old As Your Arteries
    I first heard this phrase in medical school, but physicians have been using the phrase “hardening of the arteries” to describe the slow decline and death of old people probably […]
  • Anti-Aging Therapies: Carl Bogaard, Hormones, and Peptides
    Before I get into today’s details about longevity medicine–lab tests, hormones, peptides, and the like—let’s pause and reflect on Carl Bogaard, who died August 7 at age 103. Mr. Bogaard […]
  • Phosphatidyl Choline for Anti-Aging and Chronic Illness
    You’ve likely read or heard about phosphatidyl choline somewhere, maybe online or on a bottle in a supplement aisle. Maybe, like many of us, you could barely pronounce it, and […]

Allergies & Food Sensitivities

  • Your Blue Poop: An Easy At-Home Test of Gut Health
    Anyone who has ever visited a WholeHealth Chicago Functional Medicine practitioner knows that lots of questions focus on digestion. The reason for this goes all the way back to the […]
  • Introducing Our New WholeHealth Supplement Plans
    If you’re a WholeHealth Chicago patient, you’ve likely noticed that we review your list of nutritional supplements during each appointment. Conventional doctors ask what prescription meds you’re taking (and of […]
  • Gut Restoration: Repairing Your Microbiome
    At one time, conventional physicians simply did not believe in the concept of intestinal dysbiosis, in which the intestinal tract has an unhealthful mix of the 100 trillion bacteria thriving […]

Alternative Therapies

Big Pharma Evils

Bone Health

Candida (yeast) & Parasites

Cardiovascular Health

  • Root Causes of Chronic Fatigue, Part 15: Long Covid
    Doctors who work with patients who have chronic fatigue, chronic Lyme, and fibromyalgia have remarked on the similarity between people with these conditions and those suffering the frequently disabling symptoms […]
  • Should You Try a Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent Fasting?
    Just about half the patients we see in our office classify themselves as overweight and wish they weren’t. Not many are in the obese range, likely because when you come […]
  • What Supplements Do You Take, Dr E?
    It’s a question I’m asked with some regularity. Last week, when I told you about our new WholeHealth Supplement Plans for personalized monthly supplement delivery (which we started offering yesterday), […]

Case Studies

  • “I Am So Bloated!”
    Susan wrote this on our WholeHealth Chicago form in the section marked “What’s the main problem?” She went on to tell me she’d been suffering for years, her stomach feeling […]
  • Lyme Disease In Your Nervous System: Three Cases
    “Why am I limiting this to only three cases?” I wondered. Physicians who treat Lyme, like our group at WholeHealth Chicago where we see a lot of Lyme disease patients, […]
  • The Heartburn That Wouldn’t Quit
    Dierdre had written “I want to get off my heartburn medicine” on her WholeHealth Chicago intake form. This, by the way, was a tele-med appointment. I’ve actually never met her […]

Chiropractic & Physical Medicine

  • Functional Telemedicine, Wherever You Are
    All things considered, we’ve rather enjoyed our telemedicine interactions with patients. Doctoring this way also recently provided me with an Aha! moment. What I realized was that much of what […]
  • Taking Care of Yourself while Staying Home
    Seeing Your Chiropractic Physician via Telemedicine? Absolutely! I know what you’re thinking. ‘How can you possibly give me an adjustment during a video conference?’  The short answer is I can’t, […]
  • My Integrative Medicine Comeuppance
    About six weeks ago, I was in the Loop just leaving the international Lyme disease conference, briefcase in one hand, shopping bag filled with I-don’t-remember-what in the other, when my […]

Dermatology

  • Dandruff, Fungi, and Cancer of the Pancreas
    It’s an eye-catching title, I’ll admit. But the links are quite real and further research may guide medicine in new directions of cancer prevention and treatment. It all starts in […]
  • Case Study: Tracy’s Eczema From Hell
    She had wisely trimmed her fingernails to avoid injuring her own skin, but as she sat in my office she continuously rubbed one part of her body or another with […]
  • Case Study: French Irritability Explained
    Patti came to our offices with her daughter and she’d written “Everything hurts” on our patient intake form. As she rose from the waiting room chair, her face grimaced in […]

Digestion

Diseases

  • Finally! Whole Health Chicago To Open A South Side Office
    OK, OK, so it took 20 years, but it will be worth the wait. WholeHealth Chicago’s new location is in the Beverly neighborhood, at 3237 W, 111th Street. The location […]
  • Chronic Fatigue/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Fibro and Covid-19
    Regular readers of British mystery novels from the 1930s and 1940s are familiar with the old trick where the detective actually turns out to be the murderer. Or where Character […]
  • Covid Could Vanish
    First, I was really pleased that the kerfluffle I expected in the wake of last week’s Health Tip asking (no, begging) Dr. Joseph Mercola to stifle his anti-vax stance never […]

Ear, Nose, & Throat

  • The Ears Have It
    I guess it’s because ears are basically such unattractive appendages, looking quite a lot like tree fungi attached to the sides of our heads, that we try not to think […]
  • Covid Immunization: Facts, Not Fiction
    If you don’t feel like reading one more word about Covid-19, you’ve got my sympathy. However, if you’re inclined, scan this Health Tip and perhaps pick up a fact or […]
  • The Chemical Swill Accumulating In Your Body
    I was pleased with the election of Joe Biden, not least because we might end (and start reversing) the more than 100 pollution rollbacks that the Trump administration has initiated […]

Environmental Sensitivities

  • Root Causes of Chronic Fatigue, Part 13: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
    Most often, even before patients realize they’ve developed multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), its very first manifestation is fatigue, the sense of feeling deeply tired all the time. MCS is yet […]
  • Jonathan Toews, Covid-19, and CIRS
    Perhaps you’ve heard about the Chicago Blackhawks captain, his long illness, and the good news that he’s back on the ice. After saying in December that feeling drained and lethargic […]
  • Introducing Our New WholeHealth Supplement Plans
    If you’re a WholeHealth Chicago patient, you’ve likely noticed that we review your list of nutritional supplements during each appointment. Conventional doctors ask what prescription meds you’re taking (and of […]

Eye Care

  • Macular Degeneration
    It’s likely that many of the 6 million Americans with macular degeneration first hear about it during a visit to an eye doctor where they’ve come complaining about their declining vision. Most of them leave the office in a very discouraged state of mind, with the phrase “nothing can be done” ringing in their ears. The macula is a tiny spot in the center of the retina that enables you to distinguish the fine detail in the center of your visual field. In other words, all the truly important stuff of looking at things: reading, watching TV, threading a needle, driving a car.
  • Cataracts
    Cataract surgery is truly a wonder of modern medicine. Today, ophthalmologists remove cataracts and insert lens implants as skillfully (and, it appears, as effortlessly) as you tie your shoes. As a bonus, Medicare picks up the tab because almost all surgery is performed on people over age 65. At WholeHealth Chicago, we believe you don’t necessarily have to develop cataracts. They may be a normal part of aging (rather than a disease), but they’re not inevitable. While no medicine is available to reverse cataracts, plenty of evidence exists on how lifestyle changes and nutritional supplements can significantly lessen your chances of developing them in the first place. Even if you’ve developed the start of a cataract, you can keep it from worsening.
  • Nutritional Health for Your Eyes
    I was considerably cheered recently when I visited my ophthalmologist for a check-up and saw a shelf of vitamins in his lobby. Since I feel warm and fuzzy when I see a conventional physician recommending nutritional supplements, I had to ask.

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue

Fitness & Exercise

Health Insurance Issues

  • Weight Loss Surgery: A Health Tip For The Seriously Obese
    I know most of you reading these Health Tips are health oriented, possibly a little overweight, some post-pregnancy and others due to Covid inactivity, nothing too serious. But if you […]
  • Introducing Our New WholeHealth Supplement Plans
    If you’re a WholeHealth Chicago patient, you’ve likely noticed that we review your list of nutritional supplements during each appointment. Conventional doctors ask what prescription meds you’re taking (and of […]
  • A Genuinely Useful Blood Test
    Many a time, in person or via phone, someone will say a variation of “Look, I’m taking all these vitamins and minerals but I really don’t know what I’m doing. […]

Healthy Lifestyle

  • You’re Only As Old As Your Arteries
    I first heard this phrase in medical school, but physicians have been using the phrase “hardening of the arteries” to describe the slow decline and death of old people probably […]
  • Anti-Aging Therapies: Carl Bogaard, Hormones, and Peptides
    Before I get into today’s details about longevity medicine–lab tests, hormones, peptides, and the like—let’s pause and reflect on Carl Bogaard, who died August 7 at age 103. Mr. Bogaard […]
  • Your Blue Poop: An Easy At-Home Test of Gut Health
    Anyone who has ever visited a WholeHealth Chicago Functional Medicine practitioner knows that lots of questions focus on digestion. The reason for this goes all the way back to the […]

Immune System

  • Finally! Whole Health Chicago To Open A South Side Office
    OK, OK, so it took 20 years, but it will be worth the wait. WholeHealth Chicago’s new location is in the Beverly neighborhood, at 3237 W, 111th Street. The location […]
  • Ubiquitous Autoimmune Conditions
    Here’s a statistic that might surprise you: there are more than 100 different autoimmune conditions and they collectively cause more chronic illness and disability in women than heart disease and […]
  • Root Causes of Chronic Fatigue, Part 3: Your Adrenal Glands
    Patricia is 33, happily married as far as marriages go, one daughter, steadily employed in a less-than-satisfying corporate job, good eating habits, and, until recently, a health club goer a […]

Inflammation

  • Remarkable Intravenous Glutathione
    We’ve been administering IV glutathione at WholeHealth Chicago for years now, but because I’ve been observing more widespread acceptance among conventional physicians from a range of specialties (including cosmetic surgeons, […]
  • What Supplements Do You Take, Dr E?
    It’s a question I’m asked with some regularity. Last week, when I told you about our new WholeHealth Supplement Plans for personalized monthly supplement delivery (which we started offering yesterday), […]
  • Introducing Our New WholeHealth Supplement Plans
    If you’re a WholeHealth Chicago patient, you’ve likely noticed that we review your list of nutritional supplements during each appointment. Conventional doctors ask what prescription meds you’re taking (and of […]

Integrative Medicine

Lyme Disease & Morgellons

  • Root Causes of Chronic Fatigue, Part 10: The Tick Bite You Don’t Remember
    You’re 11 years old. Or 16. Or 30. Like most Chicagoans, you regard Wisconsin and Michigan as places that exist to rent us cabins for fishing, swimming, and hiking in […]
  • Jonathan Toews, Covid-19, and CIRS
    Perhaps you’ve heard about the Chicago Blackhawks captain, his long illness, and the good news that he’s back on the ice. After saying in December that feeling drained and lethargic […]
  • Introducing Our New WholeHealth Supplement Plans
    If you’re a WholeHealth Chicago patient, you’ve likely noticed that we review your list of nutritional supplements during each appointment. Conventional doctors ask what prescription meds you’re taking (and of […]

Men’s Health

  • You’re Only As Old As Your Arteries
    I first heard this phrase in medical school, but physicians have been using the phrase “hardening of the arteries” to describe the slow decline and death of old people probably […]
  • Anti-Aging Therapies: Carl Bogaard, Hormones, and Peptides
    Before I get into today’s details about longevity medicine–lab tests, hormones, peptides, and the like—let’s pause and reflect on Carl Bogaard, who died August 7 at age 103. Mr. Bogaard […]
  • Phosphatidyl Choline for Anti-Aging and Chronic Illness
    You’ve likely read or heard about phosphatidyl choline somewhere, maybe online or on a bottle in a supplement aisle. Maybe, like many of us, you could barely pronounce it, and […]

Mental Health

  • Before I Forget: My Supplements for Memory
    As we get older, many of us do worry about the health and well-being of our brains. No kid taking the SAT who forgets a vocabulary word she’d studied the […]
  • This Side Of The Sod: Dr E’s Anti-Aging Supplements
    Slowing the rate at which you age isn’t just for old people. If you’re under 40, the supplement basics offered in WholeHealth Plan #1 provide plenty of coverage, provided you […]
  • What Supplements Do You Take, Dr E?
    It’s a question I’m asked with some regularity. Last week, when I told you about our new WholeHealth Supplement Plans for personalized monthly supplement delivery (which we started offering yesterday), […]

Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Vitamins, & Herbal Remedies

Pain Management

  • Peripheral Neuropathies
    Most neurologists and primary care doctors will tell you that one of the most frustrating groups of conditions to treat are the peripheral neuropathies. It’s estimated that somewhere on the […]
  • WELCOME TO WHOLEHEALTH CHICAGO! ANNGELA LEONE, LAc.
    Anngela Leone, LAc. Is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of Illinois. Anngela offers minimally invasive healing modalities that allow your body to heal itself. […]
  • What is Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) and Can It Help Me?
    Ten years ago April marks the anniversary of the first time I wrote about low-dose naltrexone (LDN). I described it as an orphan drug, meaning that its patent had long […]

Sexual Health

Thyroid, Adrenal, & Sex Hormone Issues

Weight Issues

Women’s Health

  • Finally! Whole Health Chicago To Open A South Side Office
    OK, OK, so it took 20 years, but it will be worth the wait. WholeHealth Chicago’s new location is in the Beverly neighborhood, at 3237 W, 111th Street. The location […]
  • You’re Only As Old As Your Arteries
    I first heard this phrase in medical school, but physicians have been using the phrase “hardening of the arteries” to describe the slow decline and death of old people probably […]
  • PCOS: Overlooked and Under-Treated
    A recent report revealed that there are so many cases of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in the US that costs for diagnosis and lifetime treatments are estimated to be $8 […]

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