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Elson M. Haas, MD

Elson M. Haas, MD is a medical practitioner with nearly 40 years experience in patient care, always with in an interest in natural medicine. For the past 30 years, he has been instrumental in the development and practice of Integrated Medicine at the Preventive Medical Center of Marin (PMCM), which he founded in 1984 and where he is the Medical Director. Dr Haas has been perfecting a model of healthcare that integrates sophisticated Western diagnostics and Family Medicine with time-honored natural therapies from around the world.

This educating, writing doctor is also the author of many books including Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine, 21st Century Edition, The NEW Detox Diet: The Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality with Recipes, Menus, & Detox Plans and more. Visit his website for more information on his work, books and to sign up for his newsletter.


Caring for our selves and finding ways to handle our stresses are clearly important practices for assuring our long-term health. They are definitely key aspects of Preventive Medicine, Along With the right nutrition and exercise programs for our body, getting proper sleep, and maintaining a positive attitude toward our self, others, and the world. Learning the individual lifestyle path that generates health rather than disease is really the finest art of medicine and personal...

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year

This past year has been quite the challenge with worldwide events, US politics, and in my work-life at Preventive Medical Center in San Rafael, CA (www.pmcmarin.com). I pray that 2017 opens up and becomes a healing and positive year for us all. I especially wish that for you and your family.

It's always good to start the year with a positive attitude and new energies to expand...

Let's continue last month's exploration of this philosophy of politics, war and peace and how it permeates many parts of our life where an “attack and conquer” mentality may prevail, which includes our relationship with others and most importantly with our one and only self. I believe we can each improve in this area and practice kindness, acceptance and understanding for all people and life on Earth, especially when they appear very different from us.

I might...

In this new article I am engaging in politics, which I usually try to avoid, but these days it’s difficult to not notice what’s happening. From my health studies, I like to go beyond the dualities of life, merging the yin and yang into one. This is an excerpt from a longer article that is being posted as a Blog on my website at: http://elsonhaasmd.com/blog. Check that out, and next month, I will provide the completion for you in...

1. Alcohol has been used as a special and sacred celebratory beverage over many centuries. Most native cultures have had fermented drinks for their rituals and ceremonies. This custom continues with traditions and celebrations of all kinds.for weddings, anniversaries, dates, ballgames, flying, and harvest fairs. Alcohol does help to relax the body and mind and calm the inhibitions. However, many people feel the need to celebrate daily (might be called partying or escaping)....

An Important Health Process

The simplest way to understand symptoms and disease integrates Western linear thinking, Chinese medicine and its philosophy of yin and yang, and the naturopathic approach to health and illness. In fact this integration I refer to as NEW Medicine with the N-E-W standing for Natural, Eastern, and Western healing approaches and applies to many health conditions; all of this is reviewed in my new book, Staying Healthy with NEW...

  1. Take time to eat and chew your food well for best digestion.
  2. Drink good quality, non-contaminated water, at least six glasses per day.
  3. Focus your diet on vegetables, raw and cooked (steamed or baked) and fresh fruits.
  4. Eat a wholesome breakfast and hearty lunch, and then a lighter evening meal if you can. Don’t overeat or eat too much after nightfall.
  5. Eat a greater percentage of higher-fiber, carbohydrate foods...

1. Drink water—Hydration is the key to healthy travel! It sounds simple, yet is often overlooked. Plane trips are dehydrating, and water keeps you healthy by cleansing toxins and hydrating tissues. Carry plenty of good (bottled spring or purified) water with you for air or car travel, and drink it. Most people need at least two to three quarts of liquid per day, especially in hot weather or with sweating and exercise. If you drink more than this, add some...

1. To begin with, Healthy Aging starts NOW! Everything we do, how we live our lives and the choices we make every day influence how healthy or ill we will be as we age. Of course, we have some genetic predispositions, yet our lifestyle trumps our genetics. The field of Epigenetics is one of the hottest areas of study these days wherein it has been proven that our food habits/choices and stresses influence whether certain genes are expressed or not. Check out this topic online to learn...

(Adapted from Dr. Haas’ upcoming book, Staying Healthy with NEW Medicine)

We are designed to move, lift, swing and stretch. Exercise, in its varied forms, stimulates metabolism, circulation, oxygenation, lymphatic activity, and neurological function; strengthens our immune system; reduces stress; lessens inflammation, and with endorphin enhancement, exercise improves our overall attitude. A consistent program of balanced exercise supports the body and helps prevent...

What is Sleep?
For humans and most animals, sleep is a period of rest and recharging from the activities and stresses of our daily lives. Sleep is a time for the brain and nervous system to replenish its reserves and to rest our digestive tract, our spine and our muscles. We each have our own sleep patterns and needs. Sleep is a time when we restore our vital functioning and allow our conscious mind to rest and release our subconscious mind to be active. Sleep...

  1. 1. Take time for reflection. The introspective nature of winter provides an excellent opportunity for greater reflection and self-assessment. Take an honest look at where you are. At the same time, be gentle with yourself. If you are somewhat depleted, you may also feel more vulnerable and more susceptible to illness. Your emotions may be high, or you may be more sensitive than usual. See if you are able to accept yourself more fully in as many areas of your life as...

When people ask me for dietary advice, there are many possibilities to consider. Eat a balanced diet, get enough protein, good fiber, chew your food well, and more. Yet, given the typical diets of our culture, the foremost message I might share is to EAT MORE VEGETABLES! I say that 50 percent of our diet might be mostly fresh veggies, raw, steamed, roasted, and stir-fried.

With vegetables, we get a variety of benefits:

  • Loads of...

Depression could be described as a mood, a state of being, or energy level that includes lack of motivation, a sense of hopelessness, and often a lower level of physical energy. It is an emotional state that can result from many aspects of life. In standard medicine, most doctors label it, and prescribe one or more of a wide variety of anti-depressant drugs. However, in an integrated approach to medicine, we ask why a problem is present and look at all the factors that...

ADHD, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, has become more common in recent decades, likely because of our new, high-tech world. It is more common in children, three to one in boys over girls, and becoming more common in young and older adults. Though genetics and personality may be factors, there are definitely strong correlations with poor diet and the overuse of salt, sugar, sodas and other beverages containing caffeine, refined foods, and food chemicals. There may be food...

We can truly alter our aging process by the way we live. For most men, whether we can ultimately alter our longevity is not as important as enhancing our health and vitality as we age. It’s the quality and vitality of life that matters, not merely the quantity.

In this article, I discuss the aging process in general for men, look at testosterone and hormonal changes, and then focus on maintaining prostate health and sexual function over the later years. And clearly for...

1. Practice self-respect and self-love; they reinforce each other. With these feelings, you will treat yourself and others with the highest regard. Find friends that support your growth and your life of healthy habits.

2. Work with yourself or with the aid of a counselor to heal past wounds and sources of destructive behavior. These attitudes might result in smoking, alcohol or drug abuse, or acting out toward others from deep-seated frustrations and anger. Remember that...

Before we begin to make New Year’s resolutions, it makes sense to first tune into where we are in our life — what’s transpired so far in our years on Earth and what we want to accomplish now. This allows us to tune into the next steps. Even with grand ideals, we still need the practical aspects of one step at a time. That’s the way we build a house, write a book, or humanifest whatever big dreams we have.

Usually, on the last day of the year, or on the day...

Obesity and overweight are at the core of a tremendous health crisis in the United States today with one-third of Americans being obese and another third overweight. This crisis is particularly concerning for children and young adults as this often leads the way to life-long challenges with weight and poor health. In addition to the toll taken on our health and longevity, the financial concerns of this weighty crisis are devastating and are only getting worse.

Halloween time begins the “sugar season.” There are treats everywhere, so stay centered and follow the guidelines that are best for you and your health.

The use of refined and processed sugars in foods and the effects of excessive sugar in the diet on health and weight is important for all women who want to remain trim and vital. Of course, the wise use of sugar is crucial for everyone, children especially. As mothers and support guides for our youth, keeping sugary...