Environmental Toxins

October 11, 2016
Hosted by Dr. Kristine Reese

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Episode Description

This week’s episode will center on how our environmental toxins can affect the body's ability to heal. It’s a very real issue affecting so many, but naturopathic treatment options are available. We’ll shed some good light on this as we talk with a renowned expert on the subject.

The Optimal Health Hour

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Dr. Kristine Reese

Dr. Kristine Reese brings over twenty years of experience in partnering with people on their healing journeys. As Naturopathic Physician, she knows first- hand the healing power of combining Eastern and Western medicine. Through her San Diego-based practice, LotusRain Naturopathic Clinic, Kristine is helping patients by offering a unique approach to medicine that is making optimal health a reality for hundreds suffering from symptoms not fully addressed by the conventional medical community.

A compassionate and active listener Kristine strives to put a patient’s care first. She designed LotusRain to be a peaceful, comfortable environment where patients feel safe and are treated with respect and professionalism. Creating a healing space is Kristine’s highest priority. This means bringing a positive attitude to every appointment and being attentive to the needs of her patients with care and sympathy.

As a Naturopathic Physician, Kristine is trained to provide both primary care and naturopathic specialty care. She combines her diverse background and experience with tools and wisdom from the East and West, providing truly holistic primary care. Kristine holds an ND from Bastyr University and is licensed to practice in the states of both California and Washington. Additionally, she has completed extensive training in bio-identical hormone therapy, IV nutrition, chelation, oncology, and optimal aging.

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Melanie Bivens


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Annie Brandt


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Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.


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Dr. Walter Crinnion


Dr. Walter Crinnion is author of the book “Clean, Green and Lean.” He graduated with the first class at what is now Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington in 1982. With over 30 years of medical practice, Dr. Crinnion is considered one of the foremost experts in the field of environmental medicine. He started the environmental medicine classes at Bastyr University, University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Crinnion has also authored over 25 articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. View Guest page

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Dr. Michael Galitzer M.D.


Dr. Michael Galitzer is a nationally recognized expert in Energy Medicine, integrative medicine, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). For more than 40 years Dr. Galitzer has been a leading figure and innovator in the field of longevity, or anti-aging medicine.
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Chris Givant


Chris is a compounding pharmacist and co-founder of La Vita Compounding Pharmacy, As a Pharmacist, Christine brings her extensive experience in formulating customized medications and her passion and deep knowledge base in Age Management Medicine to La Vita. She is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on healthy aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and prescription only cosmeceuticals.
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Dr. Hadas Hilewitz


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Dr. Hadas Hilewitz, N.D.


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Yaji Tramontini


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Dr Charles Wallace Jr.


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Dr. Andrew Zakarian D.D.S.


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