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StacyKnows: A Westchester Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease

Why are we seeing autoimmune disease reach an epidemic? Dr. Susan Blum presents several explanations, including: gluten, chronic stress, lack of good bacteria in the gut, and more.

Read on to find out how to cure these diseases with Dr. Blum’s 4-Step Process here: www.stacyknows.com.

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Terry Walters: The Immune System Recovery Plan

Terry  Walters, clean eating and living specialist, reviews Dr. Susan Blum’s new book, “The Immune System Recovery Plan.”

“I fully expected to like the complimentary copy I received as a preview. What I didn’t expect was that it would become one of my bibles for healing.”

Read the article in its entirety at: www.terrywalters.com.

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BlogTalkRadio: The Immune System Recovery Plan with Dr. Susan Blum

Graves disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and more…Autoimmune disease affects nearly 23.5 million Americans and results from the typical American life. Toxins in our diets, exposure to chemicals, heavy metals, antibiotics, and a high stress lifestyle are all factors that come into play. It doesn’t have to be this way, and there are real solutions to treat and prevent these diseases.

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All About Armonk: Using Food as Medicine

The Immune System Recovery Plan is a groundbreaking book providing a revolutionary way for people to balance their immune systems, transform their health, and live fuller, happier lives. One of the most sought-after experts in the field of Functional Medicine, Susan Blum, MD, MPH, shares the four-step program she used to treat her own serious autoimmune condition and help countless patients reverse their symptoms, heal their immune systems, and prevent future illness.

Read the article in its entirety at: www.allaboutarmonk.com.

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YouBeauty: Juicing Guide

What does juicing mean for your health and your skin? Find all of the facts you need to know to reap the beauty and wellness benefits it can provide.

“The experts we spoke with—Susan Blum, M.D., M.P.H., Samantha Heller, R.D. and Lisa Drayer, R.D.—all recommend getting your “juice” in this liquefied form since it’s closer to eating the whole food.”

Read the full article at www.youbeauty.com.

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Zoc Doc: Are You a Fixer or a Facilitator?

Susan Blum, MD, outlines how doctors can provide optimum care to their patients by encouraging them to take an active role in their health and wellness. Taking this approach allows both doctor and patient to get the most out of each visit and sustain a long-term partnership.

“Increasingly, studies are showing that patients grow healthier when they are more involved in their own medical care–when physicians act not just as fixers but also facilitators, enabling people to take an active role as a participant in his or her own healing. What does this newer role look like?”

Read the article in its entirety at www.thedoctorblog.com.

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Are Anti-Depressant Medications Right for You?

MedicatedWhether you know it or not, many of your friends are taking anti-depressant or mood stabilizing medication. Abilify, Seroquel, and Cymbalta are the 4th, 6th and 8th top selling drugs in our country. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are many people with serious mood disorders that need these meds, and also plenty of people who are going through a rough time and might temporarily need antidepressants to keep them afloat. But the average person should only need these medications temporarily, and instead find themselves taking Lexapro, Zoloft, Paxil, Cymbalta and others for years without ever having a discussion with their doctor about when and how to get off them.

Here is the conversation that I have every day in my office. Patient: “So, what’s the big deal? I’ve been taking Lexapro for 8 years, and I feel okay, and honestly I’m afraid to stop, to rock the boat.” Now keep in mind that this same person has come to see me because they have gained weight, have a low sex drive, brain fog, and low energy. They don’t see the connection between long term SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and these symptoms, but I do. Over time, these SSRI’s cause an overall depletion of serotonin in your brain, and that’s why you become dependent on the medication and why it is really hard to get off. And these SSRI’s have undesirable side effects like the ones I listed above.

But this doesn’t mean you can’t stop. I love helping people get off their meds, it is one of my favorite projects. The main strategy is to support and boost serotonin levels with food and supplements, while at the same time making a plan to taper very slowly off the prescription—the tapering off process can be supervised by me or your prescribing doctor or psychiatrist. We always work together as a team. And of course this plan is for when you feel ready, and for when the tough time you went through has passed.

From a Functional Medicine approach, there are many other components to having a good mood, and so in addition to supporting serotonin, we go a thorough check list. Here are the top 2 foundational causes of most mood issues:

Food and Nutrients: How and what you eat every day has a huge impact on mood. Also, there are many nutrients that are needed to make your mood neurotransmitters like serotonin. If you are deficient in any of these, you can feel blue and depressed. This is very simple to fix. Mary will discuss this in our nutrition section below.
Adrenals: These glands make neurotransmitters, too, notably the catecholamines that are supported when you take Wellbutrin. Healthy adrenals will help you be more focused, upbeat, and put a pep in your step. Elizabeth will discuss the importance of managing stress to keep both you and your adrenals happy.
When you are ready, Elizabeth and I are here to help you achieve your goals. We know you can do it because we’ve already helped hundreds of people make this transition off their medication. Now it’s your turn!