Category Archives: alternative/integrative medicine

How to brighten your life

Kaushal B. Nanavati, MD, is a doctor of family and integrative medicine at Upstate who often advises patients to “brighten up your life by getting back to the basics.” What does he mean by that? Start by accepting yourself for … Continue reading

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Have you seen the new ‘Upstate Health’ magazine?

As a mother, I cannot select one child as my favorite. As an editor, I don’t have one favorite magazine issue. I love them all. That said, this summer issue of Upstate Health is a particularly good one, for a … Continue reading

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Books to nurture the spirit

How to define and achieve wellness Kaushal Nanavati, MD, explains how nutrition, physical exercise, stress management and spiritual wellness “are the roots of health, peace and contentment” in “Core 4 of Wellness,” a book he published in May. “You must … Continue reading

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Ancient herb appears useful as anti-stress therapy

BY AMBER SMITH An herb used for centuries in India is gaining recognition in the United States as a way to reduce stress, and scientists at Upstate say their research indicates the herb, called ashwagandha, can help people with anxiety … Continue reading

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Hands-on relief: Reiki can prompt relaxation along the road to recovery

  BY JIM HOWE Among the ways cancer patients at Upstate cope with the stress and pain of their disease and treatment is Reiki, a touch therapy that can promote relaxation and a sense of well-being. The service is offered … Continue reading

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Do culture, ethnicity influence pain control?

What sorts of therapies are Chinese Americans likely to use for pain control when they undergo cancer treatment? That’s a question raised in a paper published this year in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. One of the authors … Continue reading

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OCD, addiction explored in ‘meaningful’ book

Kaushal Nanavati, MD, director of integrative medicine at Upstate, calls a book about uncontrolled self-abuse “sarcastic, witty and insightful.” The book is “Body Punishment: OCD, Addiction and Finding the Courage to Heal,” by Maggie Lamond Simone, a freelance writer living … Continue reading

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Mixing East and West: Integrative medicine helps treat rheumatologic, stress disorders in kids

A pediatric rheumatologist is bringing integrative medical therapies to the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, leads the newly created division of pediatric rheumatology and integrative medicine. She cares for children with rheumatologic diseases, such as juvenile arthritis … Continue reading

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Plan now for ‘E-Race Cancer’ half marathon and 5K

A half marathon and 5K on Sept. 13 in Baldwinsville is designed to raise money for integrative medicine at the Upstate Cancer Center. It’s called “E-Race Cancer.” The race is sponsored by RBC Wealth Management. The event will include a … Continue reading

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Carbohydrates are not the enemy

Carbohydrates such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta provide great energy, but Kaushal Nanavati, MD, from Upstate’s department of family medicine cautions eating them early in the day. “The point is, you don’t fuel your car up when you pull … Continue reading

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