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Here, you’ll find news from our office, insights and observations from trusted sources in health, profiles of Restoration Healthcare staffers, information about innovations in the effort to take back your own good health, testimonials from our clients, resources and recommendations of note, and more. Read a post or two and comment on anything that strikes a chord.

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Lyme_Disease_AlzheimersOne of the many unsettling truths about Lyme disease is that it frequently makes its victim susceptible to other debilitating conditions including diabetes, cancer and yes, even Alzheimer’s disease.

Restoration Healthcare joins other functional medicine professionals in its concerns about the connection between Lyme disease and Alzheimer’s, and we’re certain the science goes a long way in presenting the case that there is a correlation between these two devastating diseases.

First, let’s take a look at Lyme disease…

Before you assume that just because we live in Southern California, we’re immune to this deer tick-induced illness, consider this: While deer have indeed been pinpointed as transporters of such ticks, most Lyme disease victims are bitten by poppy seed-size ticks that reside on mice.

So while it’s true that most of Southern California’s urban landscape is bereft of Bambi, we have no shortage of house mice.

Truth is, there are no accurate means of  Continue reading…

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If you’re ready to eat healthy, feel awesome and lose weight, have we’ve got some good news for you! It’s not too late to start the New Year off on a healthy note. That’s because starting the day after Super Bowl® 50 (Monday, Feb. 8), we’re offering everyone the opportunity to participate in our next 14-Day Detox Challenge.

Give us 14 days (from Feb. 8-21) and follow our medical team’s directions, and we’ll give you back a healthier, leaner body. How? By gently and slowly supporting the process of metabolic detoxification — a process that results in improving health and reducing the risk to chronic disease.


Let’s face it; we live in an ever-increasingly toxic environment. Many of the toxins entering our bodies are abundant in the environment around us and simply did not exist just 30 years ago. They include pesticides, herbicides, and industrial chemicals that enter the body through food, water and air. These toxins can and often do become trapped in the body’s organs and tissues, which over time can negatively impact our health, vitality, and overall wellness, and may even contribute to the development of chronic illness.

Our 14-Day Detox Challenge is built from the ground up to be simple to complete, effective in its outcome, and without concern for safety. By supporting the body’s natural two-phase process of detoxification, toxins can be safely and effectively cleansed from the body, all under the supervision of the medical team here at Restoration Healthcare.

Don’t believe us? Here’s what previous Challenge participants have to say about our 14-day program: Continue reading…

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One of the drawbacks of starting out fresh with a new doctor or health practitioner is the task of filling out reams of medical history paperwork that is always required prior to the initial visit. Many of you can easily recall sitting in a crowded office lobby, attempting to balance a clipboard on our lap while perusing a checklist containing dozens of potential former ailments, surgeries and symptoms on a questionnaire that is roughly the size of a small novella.

Years ago, doctors could take the time to sit with their new patients and take a detailed medical history. But those days are gone. Today, if the new patient is lucky, the doctor or a nurse practitioner might skim over the completed history, maybe ask a few additional questions and then put the document away, never to be reviewed again.

Yet an accurate, concise patient history is vital to uncovering the cause of a patient’s issue. At Restoration Healthcare, we employ the Functional Medicine Timeline — a single page that serves as an important diagnostic tool in discovering the underlying root cause of a chronic illness.

Functional Medicine Timeline

This 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper is a basic and essential tool that enables clinicians like our medical director, Dr. Sunny Raleigh, to more accurately assess a detailed patient history and begin down the road to finding the root cause of what ails a patient.

The Functional Medicine Timeline is used to bring your health story to life. It enables our Functional Medicine practice to  Continue reading…

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Like most people we know here in Southern California, our team at Restoration Healthcare will enjoy a well-deserved break from the office on both Christmas and New Year’s Day.

We will however be in the office in between, with our hours as follows:

  • Today (Thursday, Dec. 24): Open from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
  • Friday, December 25: Closed in observation of Christmas.

As for the day after Christmas, while we’re normally open from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., we’ll be closed this Saturday (and Sunday), and we’ll be back in the office bright and early Monday morning starting at 8:30 a.m. Then, for the New Year’s holiday, our office hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, December 31: Open half-day (from 8:30 a.m. to Noon)
  • Friday, January 1 (New Year’s Day): We’re closed, recuperating, just like the rest of Southern California!
  • Saturday, Jan. 2 and Sunday, Jan 3: Closed

Please Note:  Continue reading…

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Linus-Pauling-PhotoCritics are brutal in their disavowal of Dr. Linus Pauling’s lifelong contention that high doses of Vitamin C are effective against colds and other illnesses. Pauling wrote in 1970 that 1,000 mg of Vitamin C — ingested daily and for life — could curtail the common cold by 45 percent. He later updated that announcement by adding flu to the ailments prevented or curtailed by an infusion of C, and in 1979 wrote a book claiming the vitamin might be effective against cancer.

While lauding his two unshared Nobel prizes for chemistry and peace, many medical practitioners and nutritional scientists said Pauling should stick to chemistry and leave pharmacology to the experts. Despite a personal diet of 12,000 mg of Vitamin C daily, critics point to Pauling’s onset of prostate cancer and subsequent death as proof of the ineffective nature of “C.” However, before his death — at the age of 93 — Pauling said his daily regimen successfully delayed the cancer for two decades.

In the 21 years since his death, research into the properties of Vitamin C suggest Pauling was onto something big. At UCLA, for example, researchers Continue reading…

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A lot of you are under the mistaken impression that a gluten-free diet is just another food fad, something akin to John Harvey Kellogg’s assertion in the mid-1870s that a two-gallon water enema — followed up by a serving of yogurt ingested orally and elsewhere — could prevent disease. Well, thanks to a team of researchers focusing their efforts on the link between the molecule zonulin and inflammation, all of that’s about to change!

But before we go there, it’s important to point out that an estimated six percent of the population has been found to be sensitive to gluten, with between one and two percent of that number suffering from Celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine).

Some doctors claim there are as many as 300 possible symptoms for celiac disease, and the fact that different patients experience different symptoms makes Celiac disease difficult to diagnose. According to the Mayo Clinic, the signs and symptoms of celiac disease can vary greatly. And while diarrhea and weight loss are classic signs, only 30 percent of those diagnosed with Celiac disease suffer diarrhea, while half exhibit weight loss. Twenty percent suffer constipation and 10 percent are obese.

Other signs and symptoms include anemia as a result of iron deficiency, loss of bone density, skin rash, headaches and fatigue joint pain, acid reflux and heartburn.

The good news in all this is that researchers in Italy are discovering hints that people who express sensitivity to gluten might possess high levels of zonulin — a molecule linked to inflammation — hiding out in the bloodstream. Coincidentally, those molecules have been found to be Continue reading…

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We just wrapped up our Fall 2015 14-Day Detox Challenge, and the hands-down winner is Joe Garza, a 44-year-old mortgage underwriter for Rushmore Home Loans in Irvine. Joe and his wife, Jennifer, have four young sons, and what Joe accomplished in just two weeks has everyone in his family very proud of him.


We sat down with Joe and asked him about his experience with Restoration Healthcare and in particular, undergoing an intense two-week health challenge. Here is what this Irvine resident had to say:

Restoration HealthCare: Why did you join the 14-Day Detox Challenge?

Joe Garza: Simply, I did it for my family. I came in to see Dr. Sunny Raleigh for some swelling I was experiencing around my neck and she did a basic check-up on me as well. My blood work revealed some scary stuff. I had very high triglyceride levels. So she let me know I had to make a change. I knew I was a bit overweight but I didn’t know it was that bad. This all just happened to coincide with the start of the Fall 2015 14-Day Detox Challenge. My wife Jennifer, who was extremely supportive, thought it would be a good thing for us to try since I needed to change up my diet drastically. So we accepted the challenge.

RH: How much weight did you lose during the challenge and how did your body composition change over that two-week period?

Joe: During the 14-day challenge I lost a total of 15 pounds, and reduced my body fat percentage by four points. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I lost. I didn’t do any exercise during the challenge, so I didn’t expect to lose that much weight.* A lot of the weight I lost came off my face and mid-section. I am not as round as I was in those areas. My wife says “It’s like you’re a completely different person!”

*Editor’s Note: We asked Dr. Tom Bakman, founder of Restoration Healthcare, to weigh in (pun intended) on Joe’s exercise level during our 14-Day Challenge. As we note at the end of today’s post, Dr. Bakman explained that for some patients who suffer from inflammation, changes to their diet alone can prompt a significant reduction in weight the first two weeks of a new regime.

 RH: What do you think was the key to your winning?

Joe: I really didn’t think I had much of a chance at winning the challenge but thinking about it now, I would say just  Continue reading…