Entries by Lisa Lilienfield, MD

Shingles Vaccine – Should You Get Yours?





According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 1 out of 3 people in the United States will develop shingles during their lifetime. Shingles is a painful viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the very same virus that causes chickenpox. The reason for this is that the virus never completely leaves the body, instead, it […]

Minimizing Breast Cancer Risk





According to the American Cancer Society, over 1.7 million people are expected to be newly diagnosed with some form of cancer this year alone. The causes of cancer are complex; genetics and our environment can play a large role. So while there is no sure way to prevent it, the tests, supplements, and lifestyle recommendations […]

Hormone Levels and Risk of Alzheimer’s





Last month at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago, studies were presented in relation to lower hormone levels contributing to possible risk of dementia. One study, Women’s Reproductive History and Dementia Risk, which looked at 15,000 women in California, showed that women were less likely to develop dementia later in life if they started […]

7 Steps That Can Help You Prevent Painful Compression Fractures!





Research shows that one quarter of post-menopausal women eventually suffer from the compression or collapsing of some vertebrae, the bones that comprise the spinal column. Compression fractures can compromise one’s ability to function or cause disabling, chronic back pain. Although these injuries are common, they usually can be prevented, delayed, or mitigated by adopting a […]

Addressing the Fear of Cognitive Decline & How to Be Proactive





Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. For most people, the subject of Alzheimer’s brings fear and trepidation. Why? Because the thought of deteriorating brain function and memory loss is frightening. Unfortunately, current medical treatments are inadequate, dealing only with its end result. Alzheimer’s […]

Functional Medicine: Evidence-Based Medicine With A Whole Body Approach





Behind functional medicine is a wonderfully simple philosophy that treats the body as a whole, interconnected system which looks at mind, body, and spirit as contributing elements to a person’s overall state of health. Functional medicine is evidence-based and seeks to identify the root cause of disease by probing into the unique history of a patient’s life and genetics, as well as environmental and lifestyle factors.