In the last 10 years, I've had both parents die from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. My father had high cholesterol for years and had been slowly going blind from macular degeneration since his late 50s. My mother also had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, multiple strokes, and heart failure. In the past few years, I've had siblings diagnosed with lymphoma, brain aneurysms, and retinal detachment leading to near blindness.
As if that wasn't enough, 6 years ago I was incapacitated by a ruptured lumbar disc. Previously, I always saw myself as the picture of fitness and health. My only other health 'problem' was a stubbornly high cholesterol level, despite a whole food plant based diet.
I'm now over 50, and with all these changes in myself and my family, I began to think seriously about my own mortality for the first time. I began studying lipids, genetics/epigenetics, functional medicine, aging, and longevity, and began using what I was learning in my own life.
I regularly incorporate the best of traditional internal medicine, along with functional and integrative medicine into my own health care. I look forward to helping patients do the same.