Entries by Gary Kaplan, DO

3 Steps to Preventing a Migraine

As anyone who suffers from the condition knows, a migraine is much more than a bad headache. It is a collection of neurological symptoms that may include throbbing pain on one side of the head, neck pain or stiffness, nausea, vomiting, and/or visual distortions called aura. The severity of migraine symptoms can vary widely from […]

Turmeric – Miracle Spice or a Bunch of Hype?

Q. Dr. Kaplan, you have recommended using turmeric regularly to reduce inflammation and improve health. What puzzles me is this: regardless of their continued, lifelong consumption of turmeric, the number of people in India suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia continues to spiral upwards. Can you comment on this?       Gary Kaplan, […]

The Problem With Opioids for Chronic Pain

Nor shall any man’s entreaty prevail upon me to administer poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do so. – Hippocratic Oath When it comes to the treatment of chronic pain, the medical profession may be in violation of what can be regarded as the first medical ethic: First do no harm. […]

Could You Have Sleep Apnea? 3 Things to Consider

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects more than eighteen million Americans. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is a condition characterized by pauses in breathing while you sleep, usually occurs when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and the airway is blocked. Throughout the night, as an individual struggles […]

A Doctor’s Personal Experience with Lyme Brings a New Perspective

Despite all that we’ve learned in recent years, a large number of Lyme disease cases continue to go undiagnosed and untreated, for a variety of reasons. And even when correctly diagnosed and treated, many people fail to fully recover. Recently, Dr. Neil Spector, a cancer researcher and clinical oncologist at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, gave […]

5 Overlooked Causes Of Migraine Headaches

With migraine headaches, it’s important to look beyond the symptom to target the disease. Lindsay was 23 years old, fresh out of college and working at her dream job in Washington, D.C., as a congressional aid. Working in Congress, 10-hour days are the norm and for Lindsey, typically the first to arrive in the morning […]

Are Hidden Food Allergies Making You Miserable?

How to figure out if food allergies are causing inflammation—and making you hurt Sure you should eat that? When it comes to chronic pain and depression, there’s no reason why you “just have to put up with it.” We now know that these states—and a host of conditions that accompany them—are caused by the inflammation […]

5 Healthy Foods That Are Even More Nutritious When Paired Together

To maintain optimal health, our bodies need vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Whole foods, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts, are packed with these important compounds. They naturally help us boost our immune system, fight inflammation, and ward off chronic illness. But as a physician and founder of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, […]

5 Steps to Happier Holidays

Greetings & Happy Holidays! The holidays can be an intense time for many of us, with parties, travel and house guests, shopping, cooking, and more …. making it quite easy to get overwhelmed. So I would encourage you to try to slow down, if you can – doing so really can help make the holidays […]