Welcome to the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine!

The Integrative Medical Group of Irvine blends the best of conventional, naturopathic, and holistic medicine, providing comprehensive, integrative health care for men and women of all ages.

We provide a wide range of care, including physical exams and annual women’s visits, acute and chronic care, and a full spectrum of preventive and wellness services. The practice was established by Felice Gersh, M.D., a gynecologist and fellowship-trained physician in Integrative Medicine. Because coordinated care at one site provides the best opportunity for achieving optimal health, the practice includes the specialties of integrative gynecology, weight management (including ProLon, the fasting mimicking diet developed at the Longevity Institute at USC), wellness and anti-aging medicine, aesthetics and skin care, along with nutrition and fitness. Additional services include, naturopathy and homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, IV therapy, Reiki and aromatherapy.

OUR EXPERTISE

We are a practice unlike any other, with exceptional skills and talents, and an amazing array of therapies and holistic tools available for your benefit. Our team is capable of tackling the most complex medical conditions, of both genders, and of all ages, addressing the intricate reality of the human body and all of its pressing issues.

ARTICLES

PCOS and Fatty Liver - The link between grows stronger!

PCOS and Fatty Liver: The Link Between Grows Stronger!

The incredible link of the gut microbiome and overall gut health with the metabolic manifestations of PCOS just keeps growing more clear! A new study was just recently published, the key points shown in the attached below piece, indicating that women with PCOS do indeed carry a higher risk of developing fatty liver. The intestinal tract links directly with the liver, through a passageway called the enterohepatic circulation. Inflammatory products from the gut head right to the liver. This connecting passage exists to allow the liver, in concert with the brain, to regulate the glucose and fat levels in our blood and to regulate our appetites. Never did Mother Nature anticipate that humans would eat huge amounts of animal fats and transfats, inordinate quantities of sugar, and high fructose corn syrup in particular, eat nonstop and late into the night, and eat chemicals toxic to our intestinal microbial guests! The outcome of this unfortunate gut environment is gut dysbiosis (the wrong sorts of bacteria living in the gut) and impaired gut barrier function (also called Leaky Gut). Leaky gut occurs when the wrong gut composition of bacteria develops and toxic particles are produced by them, called Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) - also called endotoxin - which pass through the gut lining and into the adjacent immune cells, called the Gut Associated Lyphoid Tissue (the GALT). These immune cells feel that they must defend the body against these toxins, as they are assuming the body is undergoing a serious infection, and a severe inflammatory reaction develops in the liver and a chronic state of inflammation develops throughout the body. This occurs as the immune cells release their own inflammatory products, designed to protect us from invading bacteria, fungus, parasites, and such, but in this case, these "helpful" immune cells are actually furthering the damage being done by creating an unremitting state of chronic inflammation in the liver and throughout the body. This also manifests are severe inflammatory acne! The occurrence of this inflammation in the liver worsens insulin resistance, causing more testosterone to be made and further interfering with the natural hormonal functions of the ovary. The first thing all women with PCOS must do is to change the diet to help heal and restore a healthy gut. Food can and indeed should, be thy medicine!! And that will be the topic of my next PCOS blog!
7 different ways to look absolutely fabulous

7 Different Ways to Look Absolutely Fabulous

As an integrative medical practice, we take a broad view of beauty. Though seen on the outside, beauty is truly a reflection of the physiological processes taking place throughout the body, on both the outside and from deep within our bodies. Skin problems result from hormonal imbalances, deep-seated inflammation, and oxidative stress, manifesting outwardly on the body’s surface. Our recommendations begin with healing from within and working from there to the part of you that’s visible to the whole world - your skin. Here’s what you can do to look absolutely fabulous:
  1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. The very same nutrients that support cardiovascular, metabolic, and cognitive health help the skin shine. Focus on choices that are organic, with lots of fruits and vegetables. Everything that goes in your mouth should be real, whole food, and, most importantly, everything you eat should taste fabulously delicious.
  2. Heal the gut. Your intestinal tract’s job is to absorb the good nutrients, while keeping the bad stuff (artificial and natural toxins) out. Eating a good diet helps, but sometimes you need extra supplementation to get the job done and lower system-wide inflammation. A detox program can help with this.
  3. Avoid environmental exposures. None of us can escape living in the 21st Century with its abundance of chemical pollutants virtually everywhere. But you must do all you can to minimize your exposures and their terrible harms.
  4. Never use cosmetics and personal care products made with toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. Find good alternatives and toss out the harmful ones.
  5. Have a daily skincare regimen. Don’t wait until the last moment before the big event and then try to hide blemishes under a layer of caked-on cosmetics. Come to our presentation on April 20, and Karen will show you how a daily routine can make your skin radiant every day of the week.
  6. Use organic - or as close to organic as possible - skincare products that have no toxic ingredients.
  7. Consider being proactive by addressing the unwanted effects of age and nature. Aesthetic treatments can make a big difference. And you can make the effects last longer with a daily skincare routine that nourishes the skin and reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. We provide free aesthetic consultations and all that we offer will be discussed - with no pressure to make any purchases.
Hormonal contraceptives and hair dyes increase breast cancer risk

Hormonal Contraceptives and Hair Dyes Increase Breast Cancer Risk | University of Helsinki

I'm anti the use of Progestin embedded IUDs (intrauterine devices), and have been for a long time. Here is now another reason, based on a just published study from Finland. There are several such IUDs, which are different from the copper containing ones. The progestin containing IUD was found to increase the risk of breast cancer by 52% in postmenopausal women. Granted this is a retrospective observational study ... but it makes sense to me!! With such an IUD, you're putting into the uterus a progesterone endocrine disruptor! Progestins (phony progesterone) block the natural and protective effects of real progesterone!! These IUDs do not contain hormones ... but rather contain "anti-hormones," toxic substances which interfere with real hormones. After all, that's their purpose - to prevent the natural hormones of the female body from being produced and working in the ways intended for females to work! I'm also anti oral, and otherwise delivered, chemical endocrine disruptors, known as birth control pills!! These apparently increase the risk of breast cancer by about a third. I've been opposed to them for some time as well. It's especially horrifying that we place these acknowledged toxins into the bodies of young teen girls, whose bodies have not yet fully matured ... including their brains! It's no wonder that in the USA that over a quarter of adult women use SSRI's for depression! Of course there are other toxins entering the brains of women, and lots of other issues as well, but often women are kept, unaware of the risks, on those disgusting BCP chemicals for decades!! I know I'm full of venum on this topic ... but why on earth is no one questioning this practice and thinking about the true ramifications of such a thing? Well ... at least in Finland there are some who feel as I do!! And we won't go over the issue of mammography right now! That was also mentioned in the study. That's another giant topic for another day! I know I'm an outlier on the use of chemical endocrine disruptors as contraceptives. I am universally opposed to the intentional placement of endocrine disruptors in humans. As for the hair dye issue - at the very least, those who do dye their hair should know what the risks are. That's the entire point of informed consent - to understand the opening and make choices intelligently, with full awareness of the options and risks! https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/hormonal-contraceptives-and-hair-dyes-increase-breast-cancer-risk PS: I'm on the fence now ... as I do dye my hair ... in this regard I'm a phony! I will immediately look into natural wash-in hair coloring. I want to be true to my pronouncements!

Dr. Gersh has been my doctor for 25 plus years. She is brilliant and constantly up to date on new studies, re-educating herself and her team to give the most integrative and thorough medical service. She is a caring and inspiring doctor.

-JS, Irvine
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