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Living in the Present

“Life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
We live in a goal-oriented society where we are taught from a young age to strive, to aim for targets, to set intentions, and to actively root out our imperfections. Many of us start every year with so called New Year’s Resolutions only to find out that a mere three months into the year the New Year’s Resolutions
we so enthusiastically set have fallen by the wayside.

But what if this whole approach to life is wrong? What if focusing all our energy on our imperfections with the intention of changing to become better is actually a flawed concept?
Many spiritual masters and wise teachers through the ages have stressed that being mindful and being fully present leads to a more fulfilling life than does obsessively striving to change and improve ourselves. Wayne Dyer explained it in this way: “the more I give myself permission to live in the moment and enjoy it without feeling guilty or judgmental about any other time, the better I feel about the quality of my work.”

Many times, when we get past mid-life, our perspective about things can change.  When we have to begin facing life-changing illnesses or dealing with the deaths of loved ones, we start to realize that life is actually about more than analyzing ways we aren’t good enough, and delineating how to improve. We
see clearly that it is essential to be able to be simply present with what is, without the distraction of mental chatter. The truth is that life happens, despite our illusion of control. The only thing we have any control over is how we respond.

Mindfulness techniques can help us realize and embrace the concepts that life is a process we participate in rather than control, and that ultimately the best thing we can do is to set our intention to be present to what IS, rather than beating ourselves up about not being good enough and looking everywhere outside ourselves for things we can do to be better.

Instead of creating goal after goal for self-improvement, we can learn to simply look for how to do the next right thing. When we do that, we are truly living in the present.

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Research is continually discovering how more and more health problems are associated with imbalances in the microbial population living in our intestines, a situation referred to as intestinal dysbiosis.


I have reported about links between imbalanced gut microbes and diseases as diverse as acne, diabetes, anxiety, depression, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s more.


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Acne, Alzheimer’s, and Diabetes, Oh My!

I saw a patient recently for a newly developed case of. The patient was surprised when I noticed that the acne started after a long course of antibiotics. Antibiotics affect the microbes in  your intestine, and there is a connection between the health of your intestine and the quality of your skin.

As many people know, antibiotics commonly exterminate the healthy gut microbes you need, even if they work to handle the infection you are taking them for. Having the proper microbes is critical, and many studies have shown that Americans have far less gut microbial diversity than is deemed healthy, and fewer of the most beneficial species.

Along with dietary factors, hormonal balance, and skin immunity, problems with intestinal health and microbial balance seem to contribute to the development of acne, and typically need to be improved to heal the skin. I have found that balancing intestinal microbes is extremely important in resolving acne.


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Sonia’s Adverse Drug Reaction

Many of you have asked us about our recent vacation. In truth, it was not a vacation. We were in Atlanta at a specialty clinic seeking care for our daughter, Sonia, whom many of you have met. Sonia is unfortunately dealing with a serious health issue.

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Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, is known for many wise sayings. Two of our favorites are “In the first place, do no harm,” and “let your food be your medicine.”

And we think that one of the best ways to do no harm in medical treatment is to let food be your medicine, so we stress nutrition in our practice. We believe that many chronic illnesses which are referred to as “diseases of civilization,” things like allergies, digestive problems, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and some cancers, among others, stem in large measure from a diet of foods we should not be eating.

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Why Psychotherapy isn’t enough

Traditional psychotherapy is comforting to both the client and the therapist, but by itself it very rarely, in our experience, empowers people to effectively alter their lives. Understanding your problems is useful, but in itself it doesn’t create change. Most people develop habitual ways of thinking and behaving that control us just like we are driving through ruts on an icy road. We can know the ruts are there and even understand how they were created, but that understanding doesn’t help us drive a straight line. As smart as we are, we still watch ourselves drive into the same ruts time after time, and, when we get stuck again, we feel trapped and unable to steer out of those deeply hewn grooves.

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Matrix Repatterning


Matrix Repatterning is a revolutionary new way of fixing physical problems and restoring optimal function, literally at the molecular level. There is nothing else like it. Everything else works on the symptoms of your problem. Matrix Repatterning corrects the cause. Matrix Repatterning is unique because it is based on the understanding that living tissue is constructed of a continuous fabric of cells, all pulling on each other, with tension in all directions. This cellular fabric acts as a strong, flexible, and stable matrix, enabling us to move, exert force, and withstand stress. In addition, the liquid crystalline structure of the matrix appears to generate and distribute electromagnetic energy throughout the body, both within and outside of the nervous system pathways.

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In the Western world we tend to think of the mind and body as separate entities that operate under different and unrelated rules. Our view is that the mind and body represent different dimensions of the same thing, different realms in the same space. This is part of a concept we call the four worlds of healing. We have seen that things that change the mind and emotions change the body, and vice versa.

Emotional responses to significant life events cause a change in our physical state. Usually, this is temporary. Sometimes, however, due to the degree of stress associated with certain events or situations, our physiological responses to emotions become “locked in” and we never fully get back to our normal state. These “locked in” responses can persist even years after the precipitating event.

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Scientists have discovered that living organisms have an electromagnetic nature. In fact, the presence of an electromagnetic field is one of the requirements for life. Living things generate electromagnetic fields is from the process of electrochemically charged particles moving through their bloodstreams and tissues. Electromagnetic fields are also generated by our molecular architecture, because all living things are made up of a liquid crystalline molecular matrix that interconnects all of our individual cells into one continuous fabric, and generates an electromagnetic field in response to stress and motion, through what physicists call piezoelectricity.

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Balancing Body Chemistry with Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition to Enhance Immunity and Heal Chronic Disease

Living in our modern world makes us vulnerable to an onslaught of toxic chemical stressors, which can lead to imbalance and illness. These toxic factors range from pollution of the air, water, and soil, to the drugs, chemical additives, and preservatives we knowingly ingest. Harmful chemical changes can occur in our bodies because of our nutritionally deficient diets, and even because of our frenetic lifestyles. The end result is a departure from normal biochemistry, and often, the development of various diseases.

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Why we get sick, and how to get well

What is it that makes us get sick? Many years ago there was a painkiller commercial on TV that showed a big hammer hitting someone in the head. The hammer stopped whacking him when he took the right pill. That’s the picture most of us grew up with, that disease and bad health are things that just happen to you, and if you take the right drug (or get the diseased parts cut out) you will miraculously become well. Cause was never even considered. But there must be a cause other than bad luck or lousy genes. The fact is that diseases usually start because of a breakdown of the function of one or more parts of our bodies. Although it can relate to genetics, trauma, infection, or poison, often this breakdown of function happens because of inappropriate or suboptimal lifestyle choices we have made, and continue to make, or that are made for us.

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“In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein

We were reminded of the profundity of this concept recently, when we were lucky enough to travel to Costa Rica for our nephew’s wedding. Afterward we had a bit of an adventure.

In the middle of our trip we had a “difficulty.” When Allen was in the ocean Wendy was accosted by a hooligan on the beach who knocked her off her chair and stole all of our belongings, including the Allen’s driving glasses. (Unable to wear bifocals, he had one pair for distance and one for close-up and reading.) His reading glasses were fortunately not stolen because they were not in the beach bag but perched safely inside his hat.

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Matrix Repatterning has been recognized as a key treatment for concussion and traumatic brain injury.

(we are the only Matrix Repatterning providers in the Rocky Mountain region)

Norman Doidge, MD, psychiatrist, neurologist, and author of the New York Times bestseller THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF, is a strong proponent of Matrix Repatterning.

In his newly released book, THE BRAIN’S WAY OF HEALING, Dr. Doidge refers to Matrix Repatterning as an important “first intervention” in the treatment of concussion and traumatic brain injury.

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Although he was basically healthy, fit, and buff, his breasts had suddenly started to grow and now looked more like a woman’s than a young stud’s. In addition, he had lost his sex drive and his ability to perform sexually. He was pretty disturbed.

It turned out that he had recently begun taking a medication to help him regrow his prematurely balding hair, and this medication had somehow interfered with his hormones.  Stopping the drug and starting a supplement program to balance his hormones helped.

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Do I Really Need Surgery?

A patient recently came in after a visit to his friend, an orthopedic surgeon, for an evaluation of his shoulder pain. The surgeon told him that his MRI showed some damaged tendons that would need surgery sooner or later, so he should get it now. He didn’t think anything else would suffice. He told the patient that the rehabilitation process would take 6 to 12 months, and radically hamper his very athletic lifestyle. The patient really didn’t want surgery, but also didn’t want to do the wrong thing. He asked what I thought.

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Once we went to a woman’s house where we had arranged to board our dog for a few days. When we got there, the stench of cat urine was overpowering. It was incredibly vile. We were choking. We could not imagine how anyone could stay in that environment for more than a few seconds.

The woman smiled and invited us in. It was obvious that, for her, nothing was out of the ordinary. She not only didn’t have a problem with the stench, she didn’t seem to know it was there. She had several cats. We never found out how many. She petted one idly as we spoke. We made excuses and left.

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Dear Dr. Berger,

I have heartburn and stomach reflux. My MD recommended a drug to reduce the acid in my stomach. You told me that you have found that actually increasing the acid in my stomach helps these kinds of problems. I don’t understand. How does this make sense?

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Overmedicated Kids?

According to a recent front page Denver Post article, 37% of Colorado teens in foster care are taking prescribed psychotropic drugs.

The article states: “Foster parents and therapists say heavily medicated children are detached from reality – as though ‘walking in a cloud’,” and “…use of the drugs has been fueled by pharmaceutical firms pursuing big profits with the help of willing doctors.” According to a court appointed special advocate for children, the medication is prescribed to help “foster parents, schools, therapists, caseworkers – the adults,” not the kids. It reminds me of the book “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” where hospital inmates were subdued and controlled with drugs.

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Low Testosterone – A New Epidemic?

A recent editorial in the New York Times was titled “Overselling Testosterone, Dangerously.” It referred to a recently published study done by researchers at UCLA and NIH.

It says “testosterone doubled the risk of cardiovascular disease in a cohort of more than 7,000 men who were 65 or older, essentially confirming findings in previous studies…..Testosterone almost tripled the risk of heart attacks in a group of more than 48,000 middle-aged men with a previous history of heart disease.” The Times goes on to say that “many American men have embarked on a perilous course of over treatment…..testosterone is now being prescribed to men who are simply reluctant to accept the fact that they are getting older…..doctors are prescribing testosterone without even ascertaining whether a patient’s testosterone levels are actually low…..The reason seems clear. Drug companies have shamelessly propagated the notion…..that their testosterone-boosting product can overcome a supposed disease called ‘low T,’ which is characterized by feelings of fatigue, loss of sexual drive, depressed moods, an increase in body fat, and a decrease on muscle strength, among other symptoms……The overselling is reminiscent of the reckless overprescribing of hormone replacement therapy to millions of American women as an anti-aging elixir…..Men need to recognize the dangers of seeking a quick-fix for aging.”

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Why Statin Drugs are NOT the answer


This was recently published on

“The new American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for the treatment of cholesterol would increase the number of individuals eligible for statin therapy by nearly 13 million people, an increase that is largely driven by older patients and treating individuals without cardiovascular disease, according to a new analysis.

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