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Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine

In modern Western culture, we have been indoctrinated to think of medicine as something that comes in pills, and we think of diet, exercise, and sleep as those nice-to-have, good-idea, lifestyle adjustments that are good for us but aren’t really necessary. This is totally wrong!

Food is medicine. Sunlight is medicine. Exercise, sleep, stress reduction, and loving relationships are all-powerful medicines. Many chronic diseases can be treated and even cured with lifestyle therapies.

Here at Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, we believe that people should be given the most effective treatments for their conditions that have the fewest negative side effects. In many cases, the best first-line treatment options are a combination of supplements, diet, and exercise.

IMGI offers comprehensive healthcare, which includes pharmaceuticals and more invasive medical procedures when necessary. But for most patients, it makes sense to start with lifestyle medicine and actually weans off of pharmaceuticals whenever possible.

We prefer to reserve powerful drugs and medical procedures for critical medical situations, health conditions for which there are no adequate natural remedies, and chronic diseases that are not fully responding to lifestyle therapies.

Lifestyle Medicine

We begin your assessment with a variety of laboratory and functional tests that reveal your inflammatory and nutritional status, body composition, fitness level, and also evaluate your risk for chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia. Several of these tests will be repeated at regular intervals during the program to monitor status and progress.

We then work with you to develop a comprehensive program of healthy aging strategies – fitness training, stress reduction, sleep improvement, cellular rejuvenation through a fasting mimicking diet, chemical toxin avoidance, skin rejuvenation, and nutrition optimization.

We help you adapt and thrive with the same programs that we employ to protect our own health!

Though we always encourage initial visits to be in person, in-state residents have the option of scheduling initial and all follow-up visits via phone or Skype, during which all aspects of health can be specifically addressed. Callers under 18 years old require parental consent.

TeleMedicine Appointments for Residents Outside California

Differing state laws make telemedicine more challenging, though certainly not impossible. Your first visit must be at our Irvine, California, office. Follow-up appointments can be accomplished by phone or Skype, but periodic visits to our office are required. State laws are expected to change and will become less restrictive in the future. International patients have more flexibility with appointments. Callers under 18 years of age require parental consent.

If you would like to arrange a TeleMedicine Appointment, please call our office at 949-753-7475.

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Schedule Your Appointment

We do allow individual appointments to be purchased, but for most, that becomes more costly and less comprehensive in scope. If you are uncertain which approach is best for you, we suggest that you begin the process with a consultation appointment with Dr. Felice Gersh, and then decide based upon your proposed diagnosis and treatment plan.

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