The New Year’s Cleanse with Dr. Michaela Falkner

Posted on 8 January 2019 | Comments Off on The New Year’s Cleanse with Dr. Michaela Falkner

With the beginning of a new year, our resolutions to live the most vital and healthiest life are often renewed. The most common resolutions are to lose weight, assume healthier eating patterns, and get back in the gym. These are all great resolutions, and everyone should strive to be a better version of themselves. However, there can be a sneaky roadblock you might not even notice that increases the difficulty in achieving these goals – environmental toxicants.

Over the holidays, we often stray from our typical diet: eat less vegetables, drink more alcohol, exercise less, and eat so much more sugar than we usually do. We are also cooped up inside, often with fireplaces. All of these factors, and more, can overburden your body’s ability to eliminate waste from the cells and also from our environment. These toxicants are often stored in fat and can hijack our best attempts to lose weight.

So how do we overcome this hurdle and feel better, gain more energy, and achieve the most weight loss? We can do a short detox once life is a little more settled. Our detox involves a few facets to make sure your body has the proper tools it needs to clean out the toxicants, eliminate them, and start with a clean slate moving forward.

Step one is to give your body high quality nutrients and ingredients. We want to give your body the best, most efficient fuel we can provide for the energy needed to keep our brains healthy and cells clean. We also will use food to decrease inflammation (step 2), which can gum up the works and make the body work sluggish. We’ve found that just by decreasing the amount of inflammation in the body, a person can lose up to 10 pounds.

Step 3 involves making sure we can properly and efficiently eliminate the toxicants. If we skip step three, it is like we are cleaning out a closet without trash bags. You can get it done, but the room will be a mess for much longer while you slowly work to eliminate the junk. Our plan involves giving your body the nutrients, natural medicines, and the tools necessary to package up the toxicants and efficiently eliminate them.

Most people on our detox program notice vast improvement in brain function, energy, skin vibrancy, and overall well-being – all while being several pounds lighter. So instead of just working yourself to death to lose some weight, let our alternative medicine clinic in Sonoma County partner with you to help clean out your body’s closet, find sustainable healthy living practices, and lose some weight in the process.

We wish you a peaceful, prosperous, and healthy 2019!

How IV Vitamin Therapy Can Help to Improve Your Health

Posted on 28 November 2018 | Comments Off on How IV Vitamin Therapy Can Help to Improve Your Health

If you knew about a single vitamin that not only helps give you more energy, but helps you sleep more soundly; that increases cognition, but also calms your mind, would you take it? Especially knowing this vitamin is very safe and almost impossible to have too much of? This vitamin can do all of the above, along with helps heal nerves, elevates your mood, supports liver health, and more. Which vitamin is this?

Vitamin B12, or methylcobalamin, is found naturally in meat, eggs, and dairy, but also, in sea vegetables, chlorella, spirulina, and brewer’s yeast. It can only be absorbed orally if there is sufficient stomach acid, so if you are on any medications like Prilosec or Prevacid, you might not be absorbing it well. Other medications can also deplete B12 like metformin, statins, and diuretics. Even other conditions like celiac disease or GI inflammation can inhibit the absorption.

B12 can help with DNA production, red blood cell health and production, nerve pain, energy, and even herpes viruses like cold sores and shingles. It is used by almost every cell of the body and helps with energy production, pain, and healing. When people are deficient in B12, which can be a result of pernicious anemia or chronic stress, they often experience nerve and muscle pain, brain fog, difficulty sleeping, depression, immune dysfunction, and skin issues. Naturopathic doctors have been using this vitamin for a very long time to increase healing time, elevate mood, and increase energy.

Hill Park Integrative Medical Center recommends B12 in its methylcobalamin or hydroxocobalamin form and as an injection. This is to ensure the best absorption of B12, as injections allow you to absorb 100% of the dose since, it goes directly into the bloodstream.

We provide quick, painless injections on a walk-in basis. Most people come in once a week for four weeks in a row and report feeling a big difference in their energy, mental clarity, and overall well-being.

B12 is also found in many of our IV vitamin therapy offered by our Sonoma County physicians and customized nutrient formulations, so, give us a call or walk on in to give it a try!

Introducing Dr. Michaela Falkner, ND

Posted on 29 October 2018 | Comments Off on Introducing Dr. Michaela Falkner, ND

Dr. Falkner is a very skilled, thorough, and thoughtful specialist in autoimmunity, GI health, hormone balance, and complex illness.

Dr. Michaela Falkner is an integrative general medicine doctor with a focus on complex cases and autoimmunity. After completing her Naturopathic Doctorate from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona, she was selected as one of five national candidates to complete a prestigious family medicine residency at SCNM. During both her degree program and residency, she focused much of her education on caring for complex cases and autoimmune diseases.

Dr. Michaela Falkner, NDAfter completion of her residency, Dr. Falkner moved into the Bay Area to start practice and enjoy the beautiful abundance our region offers. Her practice continues to be focused on autoimmunity and chronic illness, though she also specializes in the treatment of hormone balance for thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormone dysfunction. She has a unique literacy in digestive health and uses a multifaceted approach in healing gastrointestinal disorders, normalizing the immune system, and symptom management.

Dr. Falkner appreciates that autoimmunity is becoming more widespread in the population due to the increase in chemicals in our environment and knows that naturopathic medicine fills a niche that has yet to be addressed well by conventional treatments. She believes the core of immunity begins in the gut and often approaches autoimmunity by addressing the digestive system, along with managing symptoms, protecting from future risks, and normalizing the immune system.

As an adjunct to her autoimmune treatment protocols, Dr. Falkner specializes in Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET). NET is a form of physical medicine that helps the body to reduce the impact of stress, as well as its consequent health concerns. She finds this modality is uniquely quick and effective in reducing stress, situational and general anxiety, and phobias, among several other concerns. She often combines NET with homeopathy, herbs, and lifestyle techniques proven to reduce stress for optimal outcomes. Dr. Falkner finds trigger point injections for pain associated with stress to be quite effective in extending treatment benefit and has even developed her own neural therapy technique to interrupt patterns that negatively affect health.

Dr. Falkner has extensive experience in nutritional medicine, intravenous and intramuscular vitamin infusions. She enjoys personalizing nutrient shots and IVs to the patient’s needs and you will probably see her in the IV room and helping out with the nutrient shot clinics. She is also passionate about herbal medicine and known for her thoughtful and comprehensive individualized care.

Dr. Falkner is excited and eager to get to know the patients of Hill Park Medical Center and offers complimentary 15 minute consults as an introduction to her practice. Please call 707-861-7300 to schedule a consult with her!

Small Intestine Bowel Overgrowth By Dr. Michaela Falkner, ND

Posted on 20 October 2018 | Comments Off on Small Intestine Bowel Overgrowth By Dr. Michaela Falkner, ND

Small Intestine Bowel Overgrowth is a common and often overlooked cause to chronic digestive health concerns.

Small Intestine Bowel Overgrowth (referred to as SIBO) is an accumulation of normally occurring bacteria in the small intestine, not necessarily in high numbers, but in a region that they don’t belong.  Often mistaken for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), SIBO is the cause of 60% of incorrectly diagnosed cases of IBS. It is generally less responsive to changes in stress and mood than traditional IBS, so while many patients report pretty good results from stress reduction techniques, they still have persistent symptoms.
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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Cancer Care

Posted on 10 October 2018 | Comments Off on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Cancer Care

Acupuncture is a beneficial and very important part of cancer care in all its stages. Chinese medicine, alone or when integrated with conventional care, can amplify the desired benefits of current treatments, prevent recurrence and metastasis of early tumors, promotes foundational health, improves quality of life, and may prolong life even in advanced stages.

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Protecting Our Health After the Fires: Tools for a toxic environment

Posted on 3 April 2018 | Comments Off on Protecting Our Health After the Fires: Tools for a toxic environment

Our bodies mirror what is happening in the environment. Here in health-conscious Sonoma County, we’re pretty good about avoiding known toxins such as BPA in water bottles and pesticide use. We’re now in uncharted territory in the aftermath of the North Bay wildfires, which have had inevitable toxic impact on our air, soil, and water quality.

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are dangerous hormone-modulating and potentially carcinogenic toxins that can remain residual in our environment for weeks to years. Here are some ways that you can improve your internal and environmental landscape to protect your health…

Dispensary Discount: 10% off Meriva SF

Posted on 3 April 2018 | Comments Off on Dispensary Discount: 10% off Meriva SF

Curcumin: An “All in One” Solution

We have found Meriva SF to have great outcomes for reducing joint pain, relief of stiffness and soreness, improving immune health, detoxification, improving digestive function, and as an important part of cancer prevention and treatment.

Humans have benefited from the anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating effects of curcumin for centuries. Curcumin is the orange pigment in turmeric root that contains potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing, and anti-cancer effects.

Read more about the amazing work being done in the science community around the benefits of this herb…

This Relentless Viral Season: Vitamin IV and Injection Therapy for Immune Support

Posted on 3 April 2018 | Comments Off on This Relentless Viral Season: Vitamin IV and Injection Therapy for Immune Support

The viral season is relentless this year. This year many folks are having viral infections during allergy season—very confusing, very uncomfortable. There are a few strains that we’re seeing most prominently: a horrible stomach flu that is causing a week-long fever, a chest viral infection that is causing a month-long cough, and a general flu strain from the winter that is taking about 4-6 weeks for people to fully recover from.

Any of these sound familiar?

Learn how vitamin IV therapy can help you make a full recovery…

Food is Medicine: Stinging Nettle Vinegar

Posted on 3 April 2018 | Comments Off on Food is Medicine: Stinging Nettle Vinegar

The soil is warming and the nettles are waking up! How intelligent that the natural world offers us the great remedy of nettles in early spring to get us moving, detoxifying, and energizing into the new season.

Nettle vinegar is a great choice for spring eating as its bitter and sour effects has a detoxifying effect on the liver, while the nutrient profile helps to nourish and restore our tissues. Nettles are rich in iron, calcium, and potassium while also providing a good source of B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, and K. A powerhouse of an herb, nettles also help to build blood and restore the adrenal glands, which contribute to its invigorating effects.

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Elevate Your Health Goals with Nutrient Shots at Hill Park

Posted on 9 January 2018 | Comments Off on Elevate Your Health Goals with Nutrient Shots at Hill Park

20% discount on Nutrient Shots through January!

What is a Nutrient Shot? A cocktail of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants administered via intramuscular injection. Your body absorbs the nutrients easily so you feel the benefits.

What are the benefits? Our physician-formulated nutrient injections meet a variety of needs: improved energy levels, mood and hormone balance, elevated athletic performance, enhanced fat metabolization, and more!

Improve sleep, mood, mental clarity, and metabolism.

Be Supreme
Super charge with B12 plus a variety of other B vitamins needed to feed cells and increase energy levels.

See our full Nutrient Shot menu for the New Year!

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