Conventional vs. Alternative?

What are they and how are they different?

 

Increasingly-emerging terms and titles are surfacing into the realm of WellCare medicine; How do you know what is right for You?

To be honest — even as I write this update — coined terminology and practitioners’ efforts to stand apart from one another with ‘branded’ terms and titles for their approaches are emerging onto internet searches on the regular.

Have you noticed this?

It can be overwhelming, at best — even paralyzing — for those who simply seek to put Food and Plants as a foundation of a healthy lifestyle, with genuinely effective “plant based” and science-backed options in Clinical Care of their health.

Is this You?

The linked video I recorded above just a couple of years ago only highlights TWO of these most commonly-utilized terms in describing OPTIONS in health care.. because it seems new terms pop-up in searches everyday!

This video almost seems ‘outdated’ to me, already! Its not — but let me try to simmer this into a bite-sized explanation…

CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE. 

Self-explanatory, yes? We refer to your AMA board-certified Medical Doctor and their work with pharmaceutical medications, surgeries, and related applications as ‘Conventional’ in nature.

Some are opening up to recommending ‘natural’ supplement tablets in a quest to be ‘Integrative’ with providing more options outside of pharmaceuticals — but with the same mindset of treating SYMPTOMS rather than seeking the CAUSE of imbalance.

Furthermore, these supplements are simply isolated and concentrated nutrients or “active ingredients” of a plant — which then renders the preparation a “Nutraceutical”. When a plant has a single component isolated in a laboratory and “standardized” (i.e. concentrated into a measured amount), it loses its innate or natural ability to regulate its activity in the body — which can then potentially trigger side-effects. 

Not exactly what you may have been seeking in your quest for finding “natural” options, hey?

This is not to throw this care “under the bus” (metaphorically-speaking), because clinical diagnostics are essential to determining precisely what is going on in the body ~ which can require CT scans, MRIs, blood work, biopsies, cultures, and other clinical testing measures. This eliminates the guesswork in what we may be experiencing.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE.

Just as it describes, we refer to having ‘alternatives’ to ‘conventional’ options in our health care. Here we are talking about what may be a distinctly separate measure that can replace a pharmaceutical to produce results.

Sometimes, however, these alternatives can use the same mindset of treating the symptoms alone with a “natural alternative” — tethering us to a “supplement” indefinitely — because we are looking to fill a gap or hole in our functioning. This can lead to a cabinet-full of bottles and a nauseating handful of tablets or capsules to swallow daily (and limited results).

Supplements made in factories often utilize large numbers of isolated nutrients and ingredients sourced through numerous brokers, and it is very easy for supplement manufacturers to be unable to determine sourcing and verification of being what they are labeled as.

Some nutrients like B-vitamins can be sourced from petrochemicals, and some fat-soluble nutrients like Vitamin E can be of synthetic origin; Studies periodically emerge, proving them to be detrimental or carcinogenic (cancer-inducing).

Let’s look at two examples in Research:

Isolated nutrients that are proven effective in certain conditions, such as Vitamin C, can induce unintended side effects. For example, Dr. David R Jacobs Jr of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found that naturally-balanced sources of Vitamin C for correction of deficiency from dietary food is much preferred to isolated supplementation. He found an increased risk of Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in Postmenopausal Women with Diabetes with high isolated doses of Vitamin C.

Another recent example in 2017, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology: Supplementing isolated Vitamin B6 and B12 has been linked to a triple or quadruple risk of Lung Cancer in men. Again, it is not the nutrient found naturally-balanced in food and whole plant extracts — it is isolated into supplemental form, and we cannot know what the source of those nutrients were.

These are simply two examples of isolated nutrient queries.

Here is where INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE comes in…

When we talk about “Integration” we are referring to having Conventional testing and diagnostics to confirm precisely what we may be navigating with an imbalance. From that point, we look at what is causing the imbalance, and what options on all sides of the spectrum are available to manage or resolve it.

Sometimes pharmaceutical preparations are unavoidable, and plant medicines can manage side-effects or address other issues while taking a prescribed medication.

Emergency Medicine can involve many medications that save our lives in critical situations, and so we then look to recovery through our plant kingdom once we are stabilized and on the mend.

Oftentimes, there are some most-effective alternative options that can be considered as primary care, but in having a proper exploration of the Medical History, we can determine what combination of care is most prudent.

Every case.. Every situation.. Every INDIVIDUAL is different. So, options in care must be matched precisely.

Now we come to some new terms emerging relatively recently: FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

When we talk about our bodies’ dynamic nature, and aiming to support or resolve an imbalance through such changeable, adaptive nature, we refer to addressing our hormonal regulation as ‘functional’ in nature. As life demands change, events and circumstances happen, and we get older… our bodies adapt. We respond to stressors in our daily lives that can have cumulative effects in disrupting our hormonal balance.

My Post-Graduate work alongside Medical Doctors of Paris, France is grounded and firmly rooted in this clinically-affirmed dynamic nature of the NeuroEndocrine-Immune “brain/body hormonal” regulation; Then applying PLANT MEDICINE alongside naturally-occurring earth-based elements and lifestyle measures for remediation (healing, recovery, rebalancing, recalibrating).

So, while a couple of years ago, I distilled this video message down to TWO descriptions of approaches, a new term emerged onto the scene of health care that more effectively describes my work for your best care.

Not all “Functional Medicine” practitioners are the same, however.

Many practitioners are using the term of Functional Medicine to describe the same process they’ve always done toward symptoms, with supplement tablets to treat deficiencies in the blood work — but again — tethering the Individual to handfuls of questionable supplement tablets and capsules.

Treating a nutrient deficiency alone without addressing hormonal factors allows the true imbalance to perpetuate itself in other ways — or supplementation may bring initial, temporary results with a return of issues or a lingering of some irregularity. 

My approach is to aim for FULL RESOLUTION (when possible) and get to a point of simply harnessing the powers of Food and Lifestyle — once the source of imbalance has been identified and rebalanced at the Brain + Body Hormonal level.

Its not always possible to resolve conditions without some level of ‘maintenance’ support in certain Individuals SUCH AS (but not limited to):

Chronic Autoimmune issues, Post-Surgical requirements (i.e. following Thyroidectomy or Hysterectomy), Genetic predispositions, or Post-Menopausal needs (just a few examples, but not limited to only these concerns)

However — We often find ongoing management of these situations to be of a simple, streamlined measure. Sometimes, we find that these situations may resolve/remit for much of the year with some periodic needs resurfacing in a seasonal pattern.

Again, every Soul’s physical body is its own Blueprint; Its own mosaic of Personal Medical History and emotional factors, lifestyles, and interpersonal relationships that impact any given imbalance.

ABOUT TAMI… 

Tami Bronstein is a University-qualified Medical Herbalist via England, U.K. with Post-Graduate work in NeuroEndocrine-Immunology alongside Medical Doctors of Paris, France.

NeuroEndocrine [brain + body hormone]Balance along with Immune Management is her Specialty:  A [Plant Based] Hormone SuperHero!

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) via University of Wales/College of Phytotherapy in England (U.K.) initiated her work applying hand-crafted Herbal Medicines. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with Psychology from Hofstra University in New York, and has provided over 25 years of NeuroMuscular + Osteopathic manual treatments for Pain and Rehabilitation.

 

 

 

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Getting Started

Herbal Integrative and Functional Medicine Initial Exams are scheduled for 60 minutes, up to 90 minutes (case complexity-dependent), By-Phone or In-Clinic, where a detailed case and relevant medical history are established.

Laboratory reports (when available) and current medications are reviewed in order to establish a suitable approach.

Recommendations will be discussed, as Nutritional and Lifestyle modifications are part-and-parcel of these Herbal Medicine, Integrative and Functional Medicine approaches.

Custom-tailored Organic Herbal Medicines are then hand-prepared here in the Compounding Apothecary, specifically for your personal needs. Follow-up appointments will be made for a number of monthly (or bi-monthly) cycles to closely monitor your progress and modify formulations as the body responds.

When appropriate, medicines taken internally primarily include: Organic Fluid Extracts, occasionally freeze-dried Organic Powdered Herbs, and guidance with food as medicine. Recommendations for external applications may include cremes, ointments, oils, washes, compresses, gargles, etc. We will walk you through all recommendations, to make sense of the countless options available and overwhelming information found online.

Organically grown and ecologically harvested herbs are used exclusively; This reduces exposure to unnecessary, unhealthy chemicals and residues being introduced into the body. Source-verified from seed to harvest.

Clinic Lines: 001.908.432.2990 or info@medicalherbalistapothecary.com to schedule your visit or phone consultation.

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A Personal Story

“Hang out your shingle, Tami.”

This is what my beautiful Mom giggled to me, as I hung up the phone after the countless (seemingly, endless!) conversations with childhood friends…

My Story?

It seemed to be the emerging signature upon my journey in life, to be ever-­lending a mindful ear, compassionately inspired perspectives and clever analogies (from where they came was a total mystery to me at the time!), to make sense of the human experience we call Life.

Those childhood conversations translated into a livelihood that profoundly relies on this interpersonal exchange.

Combining my ability to blend the intuitive with scientific worlds -­–­- and a fascination with getting to the very bottom of a mystery -­–­- to make more sensible understanding of our physical challenges, is where my work in Healing is sourced.

Like a modern-­day Sherlock Holmes, I am a Listener and keen Observer. I mind the details and explore the subtle bits of any story, guided like a detective’s unquenchable thirst for piecing all of these bits into a deeper understanding of the bigger picture.

Knowledge Is Power” -­–­-a theme from my favorite childhood educational series, Schoolhouse Rock, has become part of my purpose to empower others with knowledge of their bodies and what is “going on with it” for their long-term wellbeing.

In shedding light of understanding and clarity upon the “scary unknowns” diffuses the fears and stress that travels along in our proverbial carry case, making our journey seem “heavier” and exhausting.

It took me quite some time (through great angst!) in clarifying “my story” to share with you, for how I got into what I “do”.

More importantly, I wished to express how deeply-­seated this Life’s Work is to my very Being; There is no greater “high” than what I feel during the connection of patient care, and being of-­service.

Over time, it became clear that in order to give you a better sense of what I bring forth for your care, I had to look back far-­beyond my years of University studies, and find a way to describe how this is more than just a career or livelihood. This is who I am and my purpose. It is a channel to how I may assist Others to live their most productive lives, and support others’ abilities to contribute their part to the Greater Collective.

The tagline for my parent practice, Sundance Wellness, Inc., is “The Art and Physiology of Healing” because we can hold the hard facts of science, but every one of us is unique in our medical history and the combination of factors that creates our imbalances.

That is to say — regardless of individuals sharing a similar diagnosis or set of symptoms — the pathway our minds/bodies have taken to get there and the condition of our vehicles are vastly different from one another.

So, I cannot deny the intuitive ‘art’ in connecting to individuals that contributes to how we make sense between the science, the imbalance and its most effective remedy — and how YOUR formulations for the same symptoms or diagnostics as others will be vastly different. 

Like fingerprints, we EACH are unique unto ourselves; Our genetics, our physiology, our lifestyle, our set of circumstances, and our soulful spirit energy are a mosaic no one else shares with us ~ and so our personal care must be reflected in a highly specialized approach unlike that of any others we know.

Our entire physiology is mechanical, electrical, chemical, emotional and energetic in-­nature.

My greatest gift to You is taking-­in every related (and seemingly unrelated!) detail.. assembling them within timelines and conventional diagnostics.. bringing them full-­circle with progressive, alternative, and complementary philosophies.. and methodically supporting the body to heal itself.

Sometimes we must work alongside your conventional practitioners — notably with Emergency and Life-saving Conventional Medicine (sometimes, pharmaceutical medications cannot be avoided — at least temporarily in critical care); Oftentimes, we work independently.

We walk together with active exchange, to help you make sense of your experiences and tailor the remedies to the collective of subtle (and not-­-so-­-subtle!) factors for real-­life results.

The Past Connection?

Curiously enough, just as I was on the phone through my teen years consulting with childhood friends, I am fulfilled and affirmed to see the parallels in patient care through sharing my gifts of insights and perspectives by-­phone, as well as in-person.

It has all come full-­circle, truly, as Life tends to do in many instances along the way.

In the professional world, we are told “Its just business, don’t take it personally.” Truth is, I do take it personally.

Because I deeply care. 

I am able to put myself in someone else’s “shoes” to see and feel things through their eyes, and this guides my formulations in compounding herbal medicines just as much as the hard-­core medical science for the concerns brought to my care.

It is Compassion.

It is Empathy.

It is my soul’s purpose to be a part of your healing and best life-path; Providing what your body needs to restore itself.

There is simply no other way for me, than to take it personally.

On that note, this is what it means for me, Tami, your Medical Herbalist; At your most humble service for your best life now, and to be a go-to resource for your journey ahead. xx

 

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Cosmetic Surgery Recovery, Eczema, Fertility

More Than Skin-Deep…

Post-Surgical (Cosmetic) Bruising+Swelling recovery, Eczema resolution, followed by Fertility Success! We go further than “skin deep” at THE MEDICAL HERBALIST APOTHECARY.

What better way to share the details than with a stellar testimonial! One of our Patients who works with us via Phone and posting Custom-tailored Hand-compounded Herbal Medicines to her home in Los Angeles, California:

“I can’t say enough good things about Tami. I was referred to her by my plastic surgeon before I had a fat transfer early this fall and I’ve kept her close ever since our first conversation. She’s FANTASTIC. Smart, sweet, easy to speak to, timely, honest. I had three things I wanted her help with: limit the swelling in my face post-procedure, get rid of my eczema without steroid creams, and help balance my hormones so I can hopefully conceive over the next year so. It is now December and Tami has successfully helped all three happen for me. My surgery was a complete success, the disappearance of my eczema after only a few weeks was like magic, and what I thought would take at least a few months of trying… (conception) ended up only taking my first month of ovulation. She’s like a wizard!
And the best part of it all is she isn’t putting anything synthetic in your body — it’s all natural. I hope more people start turning to this type of practice of medicine. I can’t recommend her enough. Thank you, Tami!”
~ Sara S., Los Angeles, CA

Tami Bronstein is a Medical Herbalist, qualified via University of Wales in England (UK), with Post-graduate work alongside Medical Doctors of Paris, France. Her Specialty is working from a NeuroEndocrine [hormonal] foundation of imbalance and plant medicine remediation. She also holds a BSc in Exercise Physiology and Psychology from Hofstra University in New York, and 25 years’ nationally certified experience with clinical Neuromuscular and Osteopathic soft tissue techniques for Pain and Rehabilitation.

Tami works with referrals from top surgeons and physicians in New York, New Jersey, and California, as well as through Independent care.

If this resonates for You, give us a jingle at 908.432.2990 or email us at info@MedicaLHerbalistApothecary.com

Welcoming New Patients!

 

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Head Cold Prevention

Acute contagious respiratory infections — such as head colds — spread by droplet. Fluids are transferred onto surfaces, where viruses can linger. We know washing hands is essential, but we are less able to control what becomes airborne.

How to reduce exposure is as simple as rinsing the internal nostrils with pure saline wash. Read labels carefully to skip unnecessary ingredients such as ‘moisturizers’.

For prevention: Aim for a minimum of nightly rinsing, and angle the spray nozzle into the inner tip of the nose — this is where the Rhinovirus replicates, so you can interrupt its multiplication. You may also rinse the septum (middle wall of nose).

Do NOT forcefully “snort” or “sniff” the fluid, aim to stream it in and allow it to drain out. No need for rinsing so far back as to produce a gag reflex, simply lean forward and allow fluid to drain into the sink.

There are useful herbal additions to the saline wash that we suggest to Patients, but this requires understanding the Individual’s medical history for tolerance. Meanwhile, plain saline is portable, inexpensive and non-addictive. This reduces the load of viruses upon the immune system to manage, contain, and neutralize.

Flushing the nose can also keep viruses and bacteria from traveling into the sinuses, for which sinusitis and sinus infections would require more focused internal Herbal Medicine treatment to work systemically, with the aim to avoid overuse of antibiotics for treatment.

Saline additionally acts to reduce congestion, at least where it comes into contact; Salt ‘draws’ fluids to itself.

Neti pots can be useful, but not always convenient for travel or time for preparation; Best to keep at least a small bottle of pre-mixed saline wash spray for those nights when preparing remedies is simply not an option.

If a family member in the house or co-worker at the workplace is unwell, rinse the nose morning and nightly.

Also useful: Running a quality air purifier — in addition to your household furnace filter — to expedite filtration of indoor air exposures.

ABOUT TAMI… 

Tami Bronstein is a University-qualified Medical Herbalist via England, U.K. with Post-Graduate work in NeuroEndocrine-Immunology alongside Medical Doctors of Paris, France.

NeuroEndocrine [brain + body hormone]Balance along with Immune Management is her Specialty:  A [Plant Based] Hormone SuperHero!

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) via University of Wales/College of Phytotherapy in England (U.K.) initiated her work applying hand-crafted Herbal Medicines. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with Psychology from Hofstra University in New York, and has provided over 25 years of NeuroMuscular + Osteopathic manual treatments for Pain and Rehabilitation.

 

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Low Testosterone, Natural Remedy

“Low T”. Waning [Low] Testosterone awareness in Men is evolving — yet — it goes beyond simply ‘supplementing’ with an end-unit hormone (and the risks of cancer, irritability, and other effects with synthetic hormone supplementation that go along with it).

What we look to establish is the ‘Why’ so that we can give the body what it needs to balance itself, without the risks and side-effects.

What better way to describe what we do at The Medical Herbalist Apothecary than with a Patient Story!

Male Patient, mid-40s presented with clinically low Testosterone, via conventional blood-work testing. Symptoms included fatigue and a high volume of ‘visceral [internal abdominal] fat’. He also presented with Irritability and Anxiety, in addition to feeling a “lack of interest” in daily lifestyle needs.

This Patient is in the hospitality industry of Mid-town New York City, so you can imagine the variable schedules and pressures of this work, impacting sleep schedules in-addition.

Upon his Initial Exam, we delved deeply into the years when symptoms first began — as well as events leading up to these symptoms — to get to the CAUSE or triggers, to piece the puzzle together.

His response to this care with Herbal Medicine — which includes Nutritional Therapeutic Guidance to complement results — began to resolve troublesome symptoms within the first two months, and was successful to resolution of care within 4-6 months. We were able to “reset the internal clock” so that he could then manage solely through lifestyle habits. No pharmaceuticals, no supplement tablets or capsules required.

If this resonates for You or a significant man in your life, give us a jingle at 908.432.2990 or email us at info@MedicaLHerbalistApothecary.com

Tami works with referrals from top surgeons and physicians in New York, New Jersey, and California, as well as through Independent care.

 

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Waking at 3 to 4 am on the regular?

Waking at 3 to 4 am on the regular? [VIDEO LINK]

Find yourself waking up between 3-4am — perhaps a little anxious, or in a puddle of sweat — on an occasional or recurring basis? While some causes are related to hormonal balance concerns, in this week’s ‘kitchen table talk’, I would like to address sources within your dietary habits, and how they may factor into this trend.

This can empower you with managing the effects of dietary habits upon sleep patterns.

Habits such as a high-starch dinner, high starch/fruit/sugar-based snacks, and wine or spirits in the evening can contribute to the increased overnight liver activity in processing carbohydrates (or alcohol) into glucose.

Glucose is the simplest unit of sugar, which comes from any plant, nut/seed or grain; Any foodstuff that is not animal flesh contains variably-complex (or simple) carbohydrates, with variable protein and fat composition.

The key here is the “complexity” of the carbohydrate; The longer the chain of carbons, the longer and more sustained energy it will provide with a slower rate at which glucose (sugar) enters the blood stream. Glucose is then taken-in by cells for metabolic energy or converted for storage in the liver (future use). Any glucose that is not utilized for activity or stored in the liver will be converted into fat.

Sometimes, diet composition is not the singular “cause” of sleep disruption. The Central Nervous System and Endocrine hormones are intricately intertwined to sustain all of our coordinated cellular metabolism and normal function, which requires a more specialized approach to remedy.

Sleep patterns are directly related to these hormonal imbalances, that evolve from numerous potential factors — more than can be mentioned here in a simple post. It is within this NeuroEndocrine relationship that is where we seek to normalize this “higher, brain-to-hormone” control center of cellular metabolism and sleep patterns.

Applying Integrative medical approaches via University-based clinical study and post-graduate work in England and France, we tailor remedies to these hormonal imbalances; We provide what the body requires to restore normal hormonal production pathways, regulation and overall function. We prepare unmatched-quality organic whole plant extracts — not factory-made — onsite at our Clinic for Herbal Medicine on Mendham Road in Gladstone.

Your medical history is uniquely Yours; Shouldn’t its care be expertly tailored to You?

ABOUT TAMI… 

Tami Bronstein is a University-qualified Medical Herbalist via England, U.K. with Post-Graduate work in NeuroEndocrine-Immunology alongside Medical Doctors of Paris, France.

NeuroEndocrine [brain + body hormone]Balance along with Immune Management is her Specialty:  A [Plant Based] Hormone SuperHero!

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) via University of Wales/College of Phytotherapy in England (U.K.) initiated her work applying hand-crafted Herbal Medicines. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with Psychology from Hofstra University in New York, and has provided over 25 years of NeuroMuscular + Osteopathic manual treatments for Pain and Rehabilitation.

 

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“I need to Detox!”

“After all of this, I am going to need some serious Detox!”

Sound familiar? Detoxification is decidedly amongst the most popular trends of recent years. There is a deep history of varied methods for ‘purification’ on physical, mental/emotional and spiritual levels, which can be overwhelmingly daunting for seekers of cleansing the body and mind.

“How do I get started?”

First, we must understand precisely how the body functions, and what “detoxification” truly means. We can then take an approach that actually works WITH the body’s healthy physiology. That is, “general detox” may miss the mark after an unpleasant, inconvenient, and complicated process. Enduring ‘suffering’ is not necessary to optimizing our energy and vitality.

In fact, it places more STRAIN upon the body’s natural processes – and can trigger exacerbation of existing conditions – notably when enduring intense deprivation routines alongside certain medical conditions or imbalances.

Secondly, we must clarify our imbalances and goals. We must ask ourselves: “Could my imbalances require more than a simple ‘detox’?

Ideally, tailoring the process to our own medical history, lifestyle demands, and nuances of current imbalances supports effective, longer lasting results. There are certainly foods and plant medicines to hasten (enhance/accelerate) the movement of waste through the body’s Channels of Elimination, when selected with these factors in-mind.

There are no ‘celebrity’ herbs — no ‘plant du jour’ or cure-all — in the plant kingdom. They must be selected with the entire individual’s history, imbalances and goals considered as well as accommodated.

Embarking on a “One Size Fits All” detoxification program may seem beneficial in the short term, but like a custom-crafted gown or suit, there is much to be said for the long-term benefits of exclusive designs and highest quality materials: Not all plant preparations are created equal or appropriate for each of us.

In this sense, seeking professional counsel is one’s best approach to defining goals, understanding related key medical considerations, and ensuring safety with efficacy.

Timing is Everything. The body does not ‘purify’ its tissues or reset its hormonal functions simply because we force/insist a complex routine of tablets, capsules or juices upon it for three to 14 days.

Every organ system has its own timing of cellular life cycles.

Radical programs don’t alter these normal timelines. In fact, some programs stress the body with enough to create an imbalance as it struggles for equilibrium to function around it.

For instance: Liver cells regenerate through a three week cycle. That is, if you were to donate half of your liver to a recipient, in approximately three weeks, the size/mass of the organ would grow back. The new growth becomes fully functional in variable timing/weeks later.

Detoxification can be effective without the “healing crisis” of headaches, nausea, low energy, lack of mental concentration, lightheadedness, diarrhea, or distracting sense of hunger.

Why suffer? “Healing crisis” doesn’t make the liver cells fully renew themselves in those three to 14 days, just because that is the timeframe we dedicate or a “program” dictates.

Forcing excessive bowel elimination for days or weeks not only depletes the body of nutrients and vital energy, it dehydrates and causes opposite rebound effects after the diet.

Most of the trendy programs have followers singing their praises of “feeling great” after getting through a number of decidedly crummy days. The Truth is — even without complicated routines or handfuls of nauseating capsules — the favorable reports are primarily a result from:

  • A daily predominance of vegetables and some amount of fruits (not excessive fruits, which can spike blood sugar and facilitate the “crash” of headaches and nausea).
  • Regularity of intake timing. Consuming at least something every 2-3 hours sustains healthy blood sugar levels, and as such, keeps hormonal balance more reasonable, despite complex outlined routines.
  • Cutting: Processed foods, artificial additives, flavor enhancers, preservatives, sodas, added sugars, meats, dairy, shellfish, fried foods, pesticide/herbicide-laden and genetically modified foods, sweeteners, protein ‘isolates’, and isolated nutrients of questionable sources.
  • Increased water intake. Adequate hydration can have immediate results upon improved elimination, metabolism, acid/alkaline (pH) levels, and cognitive [mental] clarity.

Radical programs help some people break behavioral habits through a dramatic shift in routine, but fall short of exacting deep physiological detoxification for long lasting effect.

“I made it through the cleanse, so why am I not feeling better?” One must get to the cause of the imbalance, which may not be just a simple build up of toxins. Just as fingerprints are unique to each of us, so is our personal medical history.

Our physical care should be precisely tailored to functions that are not up to par, and true detoxification occurs when we incorporate reasonable, sustainable changes over longer periods of time.

There is little physiological benefit or rationale to an intense period of ‘suffering for purification’ — it merely provides a break in behavioral habits.

True detox at a physiological level happens when it is in-sync with the body’s actual cellular life cycles and factoring-in one’s own medical history with functional goals.

[N.B.]: Those with issues such as IBS, Colitis, Autoimmune, and Metabolic Disorders, Thyroid Disease, on prescription medications, compromised immune systems and other hormonal pathologies should not take part in radical detoxification programs without supervision.

Keynote Concepts in Detoxification: Incorporate reasonable, sustainable changes over longer periods of time.

Tami Bronstein is a Medical Herbalist qualified through BSc at the University of Wales in England (UK) with Post-graduate work alongside Medical Doctors of France — in an Integrative NeuroEndocrine-Immunology therapy model. Tami also holds a BSc in Exercise Physiology and Psychology from Hofstra University in New York, with 25 years nationally certified experience in Neuromuscular, Osteopathic and Joint mobilization manual therapies for Pain and Rehabilitation.

Available at the Clinic and By-Phone, for patients out-of-state or further afield. Custom-compounded Medicines shipped direct, as required.

ABOUT TAMI… 

Tami Bronstein is a University-qualified Medical Herbalist via England, U.K. with Post-Graduate work in NeuroEndocrine-Immunology alongside Medical Doctors of Paris, France.

NeuroEndocrine [brain + body hormone]Balance along with Immune Management is her Specialty:  A [Plant Based] Hormone SuperHero!

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) via University of Wales/College of Phytotherapy in England (U.K.) initiated her work applying hand-crafted Herbal Medicines. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with Psychology from Hofstra University in New York, and has provided over 25 years of NeuroMuscular + Osteopathic manual treatments for Pain and Rehabilitation.

 

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Why Choose Tami?

So many options today — Why choose Tami for my needs?

Decades of Clinical, International University Education.

Custom Tailoring — Expressly for Your Personal Medical History.

Whole Plant Medicines with bioavailability and small-batch potency unlike anything available on retail shelves or factory-made.

Purity Verified from seed to harvest.

Personal Note from Tami:

Because I care.

Your healing and WellCare is the very core of my purpose on this journey of Life.

This is my Mission, and I put the same concentration and thought into formulating your care as I do my own and my close family.

That said, it goes far beyond simply caring.

We take my decades of clinical study from University in England, Hofstra University in New York, and Groundbreaking Post-Graduate work with Medical Doctors of Paris, France alongside Ancient and Progressive science-based philosophies for your Integrative, Alternative, and Functional Medicine care.

There is immense effort expended to ensure the purity and utmost quality of your herbal medicines that I prepare by-hand, based on YOUR personal history and current needs.

In fact, there are no extracts available on the commercial market or internet sources that are comparable to the standards of what you receive in your biodynamic medicines from me, and there are a few bits I needed to share with you here.

PURITY.

You are likely aware of the challenges we face in farming and environmental pollution, and this is a large part of why I am discerning and insist upon Organics and Biodynamic Farming Practices and verifying the plants from seed to harvest.

NO Genetically Modified seeds.

NO chemical applications.

NO tainted irrigation water or chemical “run-off” polluting irrigation water.

ARTISAN-CRAFTED.

Your Organic Medicines are Artisan handcrafted in small batches, with organic alcohol and clean water, extracted in a globally-exclusive manner applying an ancient Persian method alongside cold-extraction methods of capturing the most dynamic spectrum of compounds within the plant materials.

This is to say, with preparations from each and every plant, we are providing a blend of: 

*The aromatic constituents via distillation into an aromatic water

*Water-soluble constituents via infusion or decoction

*Fat-soluble constituents via specialized cool percolation and/or organic gluten-free alcohol + spring or distilled water maceration

So, you are NOT getting a simple field “tincture” of soaked plants in alcohol or glycerin and pressed through cheesecloth; Those retail, internet or home-made versions do not have the potency required for ultimate results you are seeking.

Rather, you are getting a highly specialized hand-crafted extract that maximizes every plant’s most complete composition for the most effective impact on your body’s healing — in the most efficient method of absorption.

You can be assured that You are receiving the most biodynamic extraction of the purest organic plants on Earth because… You are My World.

INTEGRITY IN PRACTICE.

We uphold strict HIPAA Medical Information Privacy Regulations for your most effective and confidential care. As such, we do not exchange sensitive medical information on social media nor electronic relay — We believe in connecting by voice and genuine connection of care.

Once the Initial Appointment and Work-up has been completed, and initial number of monthly or bi-monthly cycles of Checkups have yielded stable progress, we can typically provide “repeat refills” without exam (case dependent) within the Medicare guidelines of approximately 3-months’ time, as the formulas are hitting the mark on your needs.

Beyond that timeframe, many personal events and changes in Medical History can occur, so to be safe and effective, we schedule periodic exams to ensure we are on-point.

You already know that I do my very best to save you costs of Check-ups, and simply provide refills whenever possible — but there are clinical reasons for doing so periodically, as-needed. We are happy to review these details with you at the start of our care.

Our aims are to get to the CAUSE of imbalance and resolve them.

In many cases, we are successful over a period of time and then we transition into your go-to resource when anything “new” pops-up. In other cases, we have chronic conditions that require some ongoing maintenance support.

You would be surprised how many previously “chronic” conditions do eventually get to a point of only requiring “periodic” support with our care ~ rather than year-round!

Similar to fingerprints, YOUR care will be a unique approach from anyone else — even if others share in certain conditions or diagnoses. As such, no one will receive the same formulations or recommendations as anyone else.

We aim to tailor Medicines as well as Dietary and Lifestyle recommendations to your own unique needs, and we work safely alongside any unavoidable prescription pharmaceuticals, surgeries or other conventional medicine treatments you may require along the way. 

Life is dynamic.

The Body is dynamic.

Life gets messy, and changes happen.

We are here to support you through ever-changing needs as they come up, and are highly Specialized to be able to bridge the gap from “conventional” care to your personal Integrative, Alternative and Functional Medicine approach.

Appointments By-phone, or In-clinic. Hand compounding of herbal medicines on-site, expressly for You.

001.908.432.2990 info@medicalherbalistapothecary.com

 

ABOUT TAMI… 

Tami Bronstein is a University-qualified Medical Herbalist via England, U.K. with Post-Graduate work in NeuroEndocrine-Immunology alongside Medical Doctors of Paris, France.

NeuroEndocrine [brain + body hormone]Balance along with Immune Management is her Specialty:  A [Plant Based] Hormone SuperHero!

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) via University of Wales/College of Phytotherapy in England (U.K.) initiated her work applying hand-crafted Herbal Medicines. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with Psychology from Hofstra University in New York, and has provided over 25 years of NeuroMuscular + Osteopathic manual treatments for Pain and Rehabilitation.

 

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