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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.


The use of sugar and its effects on health and weight is important to discover for all of us who want to remain trim and vital. Of course, the wise use of sugar is crucial for everyone, children especially. As mothers, fathers and support guides for our youth, keeping sugary foods in check is a valuable lesson to learn. Paying attention to the foods that constitute “real food” and “treats” is an important guide for kids to learn as early as possible. Real foods are...

When I am traveling by air and staying in hotels, I usually pack some compact, nourishing foods such as almonds and sunflower seeds, healthy protein bars, a couple of organic apples, and at least a quart or more of purified or spring water. I also bring a variety of herbs and nutritional supplements, such as the antioxidant nutrients, to deal with travel stress and chemical exposures, plus some tinctures for protecting my throat and supporting my immune system.

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Allergies include a variety of bodily reactions to our external and internal environments. There are cellular, biochemical, and tissue reactions with histamine, lymphocytes, antibodies, and more. These often include reactions to agents such as:

  • Pollens, weeds, dust, molds and animal hair (dander).
  • A multitude of foods, most commonly cow’s milk, wheat (gluten), eggs, yeasts, and a variety of sometimes others like peanuts and almonds, corn, soy, tomatoes,...

We all know that summer can be fun-filled and hot, and as with any season, it takes awareness and actions to maintain balance. Here are some ideas for Staying Healthy in Summer.

1. Stay cool and hydrated. Drink water, at least two to four cups (16–32 ounces) upon rising, and similar amounts if you are going out for activities and exercise. Carry water with you in a glass jar or a hard plastic container (more stable polycarbonate rather than polyethylene...

Many people know me as the "Doctor of the Seasons," mainly because my first book—Staying Healthy With the Seasons—focuses on the natural cycles in the Earth, Sun and Moon, and how we might align ourselves more with these cycles to achieve optimal health.

I will never forget my first Spring after discovering the essential truth about cycles and health. That season took on a special new meaning for me since it was no longer simply a time for the melting of...

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common interference with healthy aging and long life in the modern world. Here are a number of proactive ideas and tips to help you prevent the problems associated with heart disease. The triad of primary risk factors is smoking (nicotine addiction), high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Even if your parents had high cholesterol or early heart disease, you can override, or at least delay, these influences with a proactive, healthy...

Happy New Year everyone! The number one resolution for the New Year is to Lose Weight by Eating Better. This begins with a plan and then making better choices on a daily basis. It’s challenging to follow any diet. Maybe use the term “eating program” because our diet is what we eat, and many people don’t like that it starts with the letters d-i-e, because dieting may feel like death. Well, losing weight does mean a little death for some of those pounds...

10 Health Affirmations/Resolutions

Beginning Resolution:

This New Year of 2014 I am open to learn and grow and be willing to make positive changes for my improved health.

Here are some ideas that you can adapt to make them relevant for your own life. Reach for your radiant healing and vital life.

NOTE: Because our main holidays, from Halloween through New Year’s Day occur in the darker, wintertime of the year, we have a built-in conflict. This is a more inward time with more rest and quiet required, and a simple warm, nourishing diet. Yet, there are more treats at work and wherever we go, we are also asked to attend parties and family events where we are exposed to and consume more sugar and flour products, rich foods, alcohol and more. And we often go out at...

Women are prone to bladder infections, much more so than men. Due to the very short length of the urethra, bacteria can more easily migrate up into the bladder, and then multiply and irritate/infect the bladder. On some occasions, the bacteria can go higher up the ureters into the kidneys and cause more serious infections. Any woman who has ever experienced this problem will recognize the symptoms: feeling the need to urinate frequently and often urgently, but little comes out at a...

1. Become Current in Your Life in this inspiring Spring season. Embrace yourself honestly as you look at all of your habits and areas of your own life. Even with all the worldly concerns, care for yourself and your loved ones. Assess the various aspects of your life to see where stresses or weaknesses exist, such as in your diet, exercise program, work or relationships as examples. Focus on the ones that need improvement.

2. Look at Your Personal...

In this last month of winter, we still have cold and/or damp weather, and it’s wise to stay warm and protected from deeper coldness getting into the body. This is a health maxim in both Western and Eastern medicines. Here are some tips you can apply if you have trouble staying warm at this time of year. Ladies?

1. First look at your wardrobe, your clothes. Are they seasonal? When the weather is colder, think layers; be a “seasonal stripper.” This helps...

  1. Prepare for the worst and expect the best! Have the supplies you need at your home, at work, and in your car in case of emergency, yet keep your mind and heart positive with the best results for you.
  2. Keep LOVE alive in your heart and in all your relationships—and speak your truth! Be present and honor your relationships with your family, friends and co-workers.
  3. Plant food and feed the Earth...

1. Open up to the harvest of your year and be willing to work hard and discipline yourself as you head into a new season. If you are a student (we are all students of life), get back to your studies. Yes, it is time to shift from the frivolity and laziness of summer. Nature is so giving, and it helps to be receptive to her and what the Earth has to offer. What do we have to give to life for all the energy, love, and beauty I hope we all receive?

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Generally, the best way to insure a safe and healthy diet is to eat meals that are prepared in your own home. However, many of us are eating away from home more than ever before. One of the keys to healthy eating is to plan your meals and snacks before you get hungry. Bring your own good quality food to work or school so that you have what you need when you need it. If you can’t make your own meals and snacks, find out where to go to get good, healthy food in your neighborhood and near...

Water is important year round, and especially during the hotter, drier months of summer. And if we're staying fit with exercise and sweating, we need to maintain our hydration. When we eat more water content foods, as with fruits and vegetables also containing minerals, this keeps us better hydrated. Let's review the keys to healthy water balance.

1. Proper hydration with water is essential. Most of us need at least six to eight 8-ounce glasses of good, clean...

What is called “Preventive Medicine” in America in the 21st Century is really more appropriately termed early intervention and early diagnosis. Having immunization injections or taking tests such as x-rays and mammograms, prostate exams, and blood tests are not really preventive in nature. Rather, they are an attempt to detect diseases in an early state. What is promoted as cancer prevention with the use of mammograms or prostate exams, sigmoidoscopes or colonoscopes is really early...

The Purification Process: Healing for Modern Times

This is an article about thinking simply, in a new way, and using commonsense in your choices about your health. A choice I often recommend is cleaning up your act, your relationships, your home and planet, and supporting you to lighten up and heal. I encourage all of you to think about health and health care from the philosophy of Integrated Medicine.

As a doctor, I view any problem from the deeper true...

  • Follow a non-toxic lifestyle. Eat wholesome, natural foods, drink good water, exercise regularly, and avoid junk foods and additives—to minimize the need to detoxify.
  • If you feel toxic or congested from aches and pains, allergies and sinus congestion, sluggish digestion, or skin rashes. You might consider a detoxification program as outlined in The Detox Diet.
  • If you have habits to any SNACCs—Sugar, Nicotine, Alcohol, Caffeine, or...

Take a few minutes to identify the habits you wish to change. Do you pack a wholesome lunch, only to be distracted by fast or junk food places around your work? Do you provide healthy lunches for your kids, but at the end of the day find them smashed in the bottom of their backpack? It is important to be realistic about yourself and your family’s likes and dislikes. It is unlikely that anyone can switch from hamburgers and French fries to tofu and whole grains in one day. Prepare...