Medicine to Move You

Medicine to Move You


A physician grounded in education, respect and patient service, Dr. Shilpa P. Saxena is leading a movement to bring Integrative Medicine to the masses. As a Board Certified Family Practice physician specializing in functional and integrative medicine, she helps patients and doctors understand that the only successful way of treating chronic illness is by correcting the underlying causes. As the founder of the SevaMed Institute and the Center for Living Wellness, Dr. Saxena connects with her patients through her compassionate style and lectures nationally to spread lifestyle-based solutions to our healthcare crisis. Her passion is contagious and audiences thrive on the energy of learning complex medical topics to bring about real, meaningful life-long change. Her latest personal and professional growth step: the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil.

Diabetes Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

Alzheimer’s…the word alone is enough to scare most people over 50.  Whether it be because we know someone or some family that has been effected by this condition or whether we fear it for ourselves, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has become […]


A Bone-afied Plan for Managing Osteoporosis

Surprise, surprise.  In the news this last week, another class of pharmaceutical medications is undergoing scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety concerns.  Known as  ‘bisphosphonates’, this class include drugs such as Fosamax (alendronate), Boniva, Actonel and […]


Cell Phones Linked to Brain Tumors

Cell phones are here to stay and we knew it the moment we laid hands on our first mobile communication superstar back in the early 1990s.  Technology has come a long way from the remote control sized cell phone and […]


How to Rationalize Your Chocolate

Death by chocolate?  Well, maybe not so.  You may have heard that there is a saving grace in that luxurious, seemingly sinful, guilty pleasure called chocolate.  Well, here’s the latest scoop but I’ve kept it kiddie size. Chocolate goodness starts […]

Natural Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

Some of the greatest pioneers in medicine work to find ways to highlight lifestyle-based solutions for the most devastating diseases.  Of course, nothing strikes fear into the heart and, literally, the chests of women than the diagnosis of breast cancer.  […]

Tame the Flame! (Acid Reflux Misunderstood Part II)

Today we’re continuing the ‘burning discussion’ on acid reflux.  Called by many names, acid reflux is one relatively new condition which is on the rise mostly due to our culture’s lifestyle habits, particularly overeating and increasing weight gain.  The excess […]

Acid Reflux Misunderstood by Most

Fire in The Hole!  That’s one way we describe heartburn/acid reflux.  Whether you call it heartburn, acid reflux, gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), or dyspepsia, one thing is for sure, it usually begins with a warm, burning sensation that rises up […]

Migraine Treatment Without Medications

Although I am very fortunate to have never experienced a migraine headache, I treat a significant number of people who are debilitated by them regularly.  In fact, almost 20% of American women suffer from migraines.  Clarification:  Many use the word […]

Your Snotty Kid May Have Food Allergies

If you’re a TV channel surfer, no doubt you heard the latest news released throughout the media this weekend – food allergies are becoming more common and more severe based on a large, patient reported research study out of Northwestern […]

A Patient’s Powerful Poop Story

In response to Kathie’s comments on The Power of Poop post:   Unfortunately, many conventional medicine ‘experts’ do not place an emphasis on the therapeutic potency of functional elimination through the colon, kidney, skin and liver. The liver and colon […]

The Power of Poop

Yes, I said it.  Poop.  Not only did I just  say it, I make it a point to say it in every, single one of my Living Wellness University lectures- whether it is about the digestive system or it’s about […]

2011 Car Seat Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released new advice regarding the view our little kiddos should have during the first two years of life (in the car that is).  In the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the AAP is […]

Meet Ken!

It’s story time again. While I enjoy writing educational blogs, my passion lives with patient ‘stories’. In the medical world, we call these ‘case studies’, but to me, it’s so sterile sounding. These are real people….parents, siblings, children- unique individuals […]

Step It Up, Mama!

Earlier this month, researchers published the results of a study designed to understand if adults with children are healthier than adults without children. Before I get into the details, ask yourself….were you healthier before you had children? I commonly hear […]

Food Addiction is Proven

Last week the LA Times featured an article that caught my eye. It wasn’t a feature story by any means, but it jumped right off the page at me (or computer screen in my case). The article was titled, “If […]

Is Your Child Doomed for Diabetes?

In the Land of Primary Care there are a few medical diagnoses that really scare people like diabetes, and rightfully so. Most people may not realize it is an inflammatory disease caused by poor blood sugar management. (If you haven’t […]

The Link Between Allergies, IBS and Anxiety

Why is it so hard to believe that a specific food could be the cause of so many of your health problems?  This is the question I pose to patients day in and day out.  As a patient of an […]

The Modern Doctor-Patient Relationship

“These days, our culture encourages patients to find a doctor who understands their needs best, and to seek out treatment that best suits them, health experts say.  “What we noticed in the last 10 or 15 years, is the patients […]

Disney and The Allergy Friendly Mouse!!

Our office gladly houses clinical educators specializing in living healthfully and being true to what your body thrives on (or off, as is the case with food allergies, sensitivities and many other diseases of lifestyle).  Please enjoy Michele’s experience navigating […]

Pharmaceutical Company Business Ethics

The motives of pharmaceutical companies have always been a polarizing debate amongst patients and physicians alike.  These massive institutions have the capacity to wield a tremendous amount of good with their mega-monster capabilities in research and development.  Of course with […]

Random Acts of Kindness in Honor of Tucson Victims

The suffering caused by the terribly violent events in Tucson, Arizona bring into focus the desperate need of our society to focus on a solution to this type of behavior.  When we forget that we are all simply the same […]

Debating the Need for a Health Conscious Doctor

On Jan 9, 2011, Erin commented on Unhealthy Doctors Don’t Make the Grade “Should patients expect their doctors to be living examples of their life’s work? ” I lose respect for people who are obviously lazy about their health, but […]

Unhealthy Doctors Don’t Make the Grade

I am excited about launching a new website that our organization has been dreaming of for years now. In the process of developing the materials, I did a video blog on a topic that seems to get people passionate about […]

A Reply to Kenneth on Chewable Birth Control

If you havent’ read my latest post, it’s about a new chewable birth control option.  I was happy to see a comment from ‘kenneth’ and here is my reply.  Thanks for your input.  Having a practice that tends to attract […]

Chewable Birth Control Pills- What’s Next?!

“Watson Pharmaceuticals has just been granted FDA approval for a chewable low-strength birth control pill.”  When I first heard of this, I thought it was a joke!  A birth control for people who can’t swallow pills?   Anyone who has […]

Find Two Friends and Call Me in the Morning

  It may come as no surprise that I consider myself a work in progress.  I am the kind of friend that wants to hear criticism and thoroughly enjoys being critiqued by those who know me well.  So naturally, during […]

Navigating “The Holidays” Healthfully

Oh yes…it’s that time of year!  A traditional time of overindulgence that begins with Thanksgiving and continues through to the New Year.  Maybe it starts with not making the time to fit in exercise.  Maybe it starts with that first […]

A Message from India

My husband’s cousin is visiting from India and the topic of what I do always seems to get some good conversations and questions rolling.  Believe me, I know it’s not because of me.  It’s because the concept of being healthy […]

Seniors Curing Disease Without Medication

Story time!  I had another amazing experience at the office today.  A 77 year old woman came to us just a few months ago with arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acid reflux and prediabetes- not to mention her obesity. […]

The Great American Cookie Debate

I was reading an article in the New York Times November 28, 2010 edition tonight and found a catchy title that obviously had me at ‘Junking.’  The title, “Junking Junk Food” did not prepare me, however, for the subject matter-  […]

To Soy or Not to Soy… The Sequel

Welcome back to our second post on ‘To Soy or Not to Soy…”  I would highly encourage you to read my previous post as you will need that quick update to make the most out of this post.    Now, […]

To Soy or Not to Soy…

One of the biggest debates in the health food-minded world today surrounds the use of soy and soy derived products.  Some extol the benefits of soy ranging from healthier skin to breast cancer prevention, while others condemn the bean as […]

The Best Time to Take Your Blood Pressure Medication

Did you know that most people have a natural dip in their blood pressure (BP) while they are sleeping?  Yeah, it can drop up to 20-30 mm Hg (mm Hg means ‘millimeters of mercury’- nothing really important for you to […]

How to Choose the Right Fish Oil

Newsflash:  “You should be taking a fish oil for good health!”  How many times have you heard the terms “fish oil,” “omega 3,” or “omega 3 fatty acid” being plastered in health bulletins or recommendations lately?  If you are paying […]

Job Stress May Raise Women’s Heart Attack Risk by Almost 90%

A potentially life-saving study was plastered all over the internet yesterday.  Job Stress May Raise Women’s Heart Attack Risk by Almost 90%!  This is at the ‘preliminary assessment’ state as the results have not been fully analyzed- basically meaning the […]

Are You an Everyday Addict?

Addiction is a word that conjures up many images- usually of the heroin addict, the alcoholic or the chain smoker.  But have you ever thought about whether or not you might have an addiction to something less melodramatic?  Did you […]

The Value of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

I opened the doors to my practice years ago as a solo family practice doctor.  When I say ‘solo,’ I mean ‘solo.’  I was the check-in receptionist, the medical assistant, the physician, the check-out receptionist, the office manager and the […]

The Social Price of Becoming Healthy

We care for a patient who suffered from panic attacks, social anxiety, tremor, weakness, pain, headaches, muscle pains and the list goes on.  She had made countless attempts to correct these symptoms by a variety of ‘natural’ methods before coming […]

Sugar Fuels Cancer and ADHD

If you have been following my “exhalation” s/p (that’s medical-ese for ‘status post’ meaning ‘after’) attending the SIMPLE conference in Albuquerque recently, get ready for some more juicy information.  Remembering that this was a conference designed to unite and educate […]

The Physics of Meaningful Parenting

Today instead of reporting as a doctor of Integrative Medicine, I come today in the form of a mother.  As mentioned in a recent post, I was in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico just last week for an Integrative Medicine conference.  […]

Vaginal Deliveries Decrease Allergy Risks

As you may have read in an earlier post, I recently attended SIMPLE, a conference for Integrative Medical Professionals held by the University of New Mexico.  There, I amassed a smorgasbord of integrative health education which I will be spurting […]

The Latest Theory on Vitamin D

Apologies to all of you!  I have been delinquent in keeping up with my blog duties, but alas, there is much to come after this drought of information.  OK, I know it’s only been one week but I hope that […]

Running for Mental Health

Running.  How do people do this activity for minutes and hours on end in one day?  And then when you think they had all that time to think about what they were doing step after step after step, these runner […]

Treating, Not Just Preventing, Diabetes with Lifestyle Change

There is one word that strikes fear in the hearts of every diabetic that I have ever diagnosed in my office.  One word that conjures up images of needles, syringes, blood, pricking yourself day in and day out, chasing high […]

Don’t Take Your Osteoporosis Sitting Down

More and more, I find women are apprehensive about starting medications for osteoporosis or osteopenia.  The most common of these pharmaceuticals, called bisphosphonates, include popular brands like Fosamax, Boniva, and Actonel.  Due to an increasing concern about the risks of […]

Caffeine Is a Trigger for Anxiety Attacks

If you have wandered around this blog, you may have noticed that I have the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine on my ‘faves’ list.  Rightly deserving its place in my heart, it puts out the evidence that supports the movement […]

Organic Foods Tipping the Nutritional Scales

For me, organic foods provide an assurance of the absence of harmful chemicals as well as the myriad of unhealthy and unethical growing practices.  I guess I’ve always subscribed to the “organic soil is healthier and plants grown in healthier […]

Allergies Cause More Than Just Snot

Not a day goes by in our Integrative Medicine office that we don’t see a “unexpected”  manifestation of allergies.  Most patients think that allergies are something that many people get because things like pollen, dust and other environmental allergens are […]

Diagnosing Celiac Disease Changes Lives

It’s been a long week at the office with plenty of excitement.  It’s rewarding on most days and occasionally emotionally draining on others.  But today, I wanted to share a pull-at-your-heartstrings type of visit that I had.  Sometimes, I’d like […]

Going Organic – Ethics

Continuing on our series covering the case for Going Organic, we find ourselves at the dreaded ‘ETHICS’ discussion.  For those following along, we’re on our fourth blog dedicated to this topic.  If you’ve missed the previous, you might want to […]

Going Organic – Global Impact

So when we last left our Organic food blog, we talked about the Clean 17 (the ‘cleanest’ produce) and the Dirty Dozen (the most chemical-laden produce).  Chemical toxins were a big part of that discussion as the first factor that […]

Going Organic – The Clean 17

In the last twenty years, Americans have been a part of a fast-growing movement.  It’s a movement so strong that even the nation’s largest food companies and retailers could not overlook it.   What could be responsible for $24.5 billion dollars […]

Going Organic – The Dirty Dozen

In the last post, we defined ‘organic’ and revealed the Clean 17.  Even with this list, the decision to buy organic is one that is not as black and white as it may seem.  The choice to purchase organic products […]

Indigestion Due to Drinking Liquids During Meal

Dinnertime at my house was always different as compared to the typical house in Suburbia, USA.  As Asian Indians, we ate a vegetarian diet complete with grains, veggies, legumes and yoghurt.  We ate with our hands and did many things […]

CoQ10 and Cholesterol Lowering Medications

Working in an Integrative Medicine practice, I encounter many patients with high cholesterol and a resistance to taking certain cholesterol lowering medications.  Statins, including popular names like Lipitor, Zocor, Vytorin, Crestor and generic medications ending in -statin, have been associated […]

You Gotta Fight For Your Right

A well-informed mother brought her 18 month old daughter in for a routine well check.  Her daughter was diagnosed with a dairy allergy as a young infant and she was working hard to reduce/eliminate dairy from her daughter’s diet.  Surprisingly, […]

How to Raise a Smart Child

As a first born Asian Indian American growing up in New York City, I never spoke a word of English until I began school.  Naturally, my parents spoke to me in our mother tongue and conducted day to day life […]

Pap Smear Pearls Plus Powerful Cervical Cancer Prevention

Pap smear testing has come a long way.  Hopefully, your doctor is still not smearing your cells on a slide and spraying a fixative on it.  If you see a little liquid-filled vial on the counter, your doctor is likely […]

Taking a Vitamin D Supplement Safely

You might have read my latest blog and just maybe you wondered if you were low in Vitamin D.  If you didn’t wonder, then let me say it again because chances are, you are low!.  Most Americans do not have […]

You Probably Have Low Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D is one of the “hottest” avenues of research in allopathic medicine* today.  There is increasing physician and patient awareness about having the right vitamin D level for optimal health.  Interestingly, vitamin D, the vitamin we get from the […]

Low Fat Diets Are Unhealthy

If you’ve read Michael Pollan’s work, you may already know how, decades ago, Americans were emphatically urged to cut fat out of their diet in order to avoid heart disease.  The promise: the more foods you converted to low fat […]

Healthy Summer Fun

Summer is here and it’s time for America’s favorite past-times- outdoor barbeques, trips to the beach and pool parties.  Wherever you go, the motto is to do it up!  Big, cheesy burgers, mounds of deep fried chips, liters of sugary […]

Medicine to Move You

Integrative Medicine, Alternative Medicine, Natural Medicine, Holistic Medicine- many people are confused about the differences between these words but people are not confused about what they want from their doctor in concept.  Integrative Medicine combines the knowledge of Western medicine […]

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Welcome to “Medicine to Move You,” a daily blog by Dr. Shilpa Saxena, an integrative physician on a mission to help people live healthy, balanced, full lives. Stay tuned for more!

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