Is using Pharmaceuticals only after exhausting the multitude of lifestyle and natural approaches available an Alternative idea?

Most health conditions can be prevented or cured with natural, lifestyle means. Only after the body has spun too far out of balance or our diagnosis is critical, do we need to consider medications. Even then, hopefully the use of medication is only for a transitional period of time.

Delicious nutritious foods, enjoyable empowering exercise, stress management techniques, communing with nature, good sleep hygiene, properly chosen nutraceuticals, meditation, breathing techniques, etc. should be considered to be our “Medicine Cabinet”. The more natural healing methods we incorporate into everyday life, the more vitality and resistance to disease we have. An ongoing practice of utilizing these methods give us the lasting benefits of good health to be truly appreciated.

Some nutraceutical therapeutic examples:

For allergies: quercetin, nettles and nasal saline work very well to avoid the drying, sedating effects of anti-histamines.

For viral and bacterial nasal infections: allicin, olive leaf extract, and oregano oil work very well to avoid the overuse of antibiotics.

For inflammation: ginger roots, fish oils, curcumin, and boswellia work very well instead of the dangerous use of NSAIDS.

For migraines: magnesium, butterbur, feverfew, 5-HTP, riboflavin work very well before reaching for a triptan.

Nutraceutical therapies should be used as part of an overall lifestyle regimen for health. True health cannot be bought in a bottle regardless of whether natural or not. Nutraceuticals are excellent catalysts for health and healing.

As I practice and embrace Integrative Medicine, I always recommend seeing a qualified healthcare practitioner to make the proper diagnosis, guide the judicious use of natural remedies and to know when medication is necessary.

Wishing your excellent, abundant and vital health….

Dr. Dave

Authored by: David Gentile

Dr. David Gentile D.O., C.Ac., Board Certifed Physician, Integrative Medicine Practice Dr. Gentile is a board certified, integrative medicine physician. In his practice he has synthesized a comprehensive approach that combines Osteopathic Musculo-skeletal Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, Pain Management, Age Management, Weight Management, Nutrition and Brain Wellness. He empowers patients to make personal changes that empower them. He helps patient’s find their vital health. He considers his approach “Lifestyle Medicine”. The Good Life with Dr. Dave™ Supplements - Purchase Yours Now Dr. Gentile gets referrals from other physicians and professionals to co-manage the most difficult cases and has been able to help patients who have been failed by other medical and alternative treatments. Dr. Gentile was the Associate Director of Medical Education at Northshore-LIJ at Plainview Hospital, where his wisdom and experience inspired up and coming Physicians who trained with him doing hands-on techniques which could not be found in the textbooks of any Medical School. He has taught courses at Stony Brook University Hospital, and Touro College, and was involved in published research at Stony Brook University Hospital. Dr. Gentile enjoys continued learning and application of new techniques in helping his patients. Dr. Gentile is a Police Surgeon, and is active treating 9/11 First Responders. Dr. Gentile shares his knowledge and style with the general public as well. He is a charismatic public speaker, radio and TV guest. He delights his audiences with his personable style and his depth of knowledge. He leads workshops on culinary based nutritional cooking shows titled “The Good Life with Dr. Dave”. He teaches Power Qi- a fusion of Tai Chi and Chi Gung. He is a corporate consultant for ergonomic evaluations, pain and disease prevention through Lifestyle Management. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American Academy of Osteopathy, American College of Nutrition, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, The Cranial Academy, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine, American Academy of Pain Management, and the American College of Sports Medicine. email:

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