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Below, you will find a list of organizations, products, and resources related to health and wellness. This list was generated by Dr Laura's research, experience, or contacts in the community, as well as the recommendations of colleagues, patients, and friends. It is by no means complete and will continue to be updated over time.

  • Find a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy)
    IN THE UNITED STATES The Osteopathic Cranial Academy (OCA) Physician Finder American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) Physician Finder American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Physician Finder Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy While some DOs include at least some basic osteopathic manipulation in their practice, there are only a small number who specialize in OMM/NMM (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine/Neuromuscular Medicine). Important questions to ask when looking for an American trained osteopathic physician who practices “hands-on” manipulation (OMM/NMM): Do you practice osteopathic manipulation? What percentage of your practice involves manual manipulation? (I recommend finding someone who does 60%-100% manual manipulation) What style of manipulation do you practice? What percentage of your practice is cranial manipulation? Ideally, it’s preferable to find an osteopathic physician who practices at least 80% OMM/NMM. In the US, consider finding a practitioner who uses Cranial Manipulation and who has participated in either the Osteopathic Cranial Academy (OCA) or the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation (SCTF). Styles of manipulation can range from very subtle to thrust techniques common in the chiropractic world.
  • General Information on Osteopathy
    Center for Traditional Osteopathy Osteopathy's Promise to Children Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and the International Center for Osteopathic History 1000 Years of Osteopathy NNT Therapy Reviews
  • Osteopathic Organizations in the USA
    The Osteopathic Cranial Academy The Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation American Osteopathic Association The American Academy of Osteopathy
  • Osteopathic Organizations in Europe and Australia
    Osteopaths outside of the United States also have a DO degree. However, they are Diplomats of Osteopathy (vs. Doctors of Osteopathy). They do not train in hospitals, cannot prescribe medications, and cannot perform surgery. Their focus is the practice of Osteopathic Manipulation. The Sutherland Society (Cranial) Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy The Institute of Osteopathy Osteopathy Australia Osteopathic International Alliance
  • Medical/Health Research Internet Sites
    National Library of Medicine WebMD American Academy of Family Physicians The NNT Group (summaries of evidence-based medicine) Environmental Working Group Dr Weil, MD (Good information on Nutrition, Aging, and Optimum Health) Functional Medicine Journal TEDMed Health Unlocked (The world’s largest social network for health) Smart Patients (An online community for patients and their families)
  • Functional Medicine
    Functional medicine seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system. The Institute for Functional Medicine Functional Medicine Journal Silicon Valley Health Institute (SVHI)
  • Nutrition
    Dr Weil, MD Dean Ornish, MD Dr. Mark Hyman, MD Dr Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS Dr. Alan Gaby, MD Weston A. Price Foundation ​​​​​​​Slow Food (a global, grassroots organization) Eat Wild (Information on grass-fed food and facts) Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (helps consumers and businesses make choices for a healthy ocean)
  • Elimination Diet
    An Elimination Diet may be of benefit to those suffering from chronic ailments related to digestion, the immune system and inflammation, joint pain, allergies and skin conditions, fatigue, and chronic headaches. Infants suffering from chronic ear infections or skin conditions may also benefit (in which case, the mother would alter her diet or the infant’s formula). There is an ever-growing body of evidence that our gut, brain, endocrine system, and immune system are intricately linked. Many labs exist to test for possible sensitivity to certain foods and allergens. These tests are often not run by traditional allergy clinics or classically trained GI specialists. However, even with testing, there is always the risk of false positives (when the test falsely shows you DO have a reaction to a substance when you DON’T) and false negatives (when a test falsely shows that you DON’T have a reaction to a substance when you actually DO). Therefore, the most reliable and cost effective way to test whether your body is negatively reacting to something you are eating is by doing an Elimination Diet. An Elimination Diet is generally done over 2-4 weeks, in which the major categories of triggering foods are eliminated from one's diet. Then, each food category (gluten, dairy, soy, etc) are slowly reintroduced one by one, to determine whether there is an offending food category. Food allergies are generally obvious and result in symptoms such as rashes, hives, and stomach cramping. However, food sensitivities can be subtle and result in such vague symptoms that a person can eat the offending food for years and not realize it’s the cause of their malaise. There are many types of elimination diets out there with some variance in information. I have listed a few below: Elimination Diet per Dr. Alan Gaby, MD FODMAPS diet (A type of elimination diet) Elimination diet by the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)- Recommended Elimination Diet Comprehensive Guide Elimination Diet Food Plan Elimination Diet Weekly Planner & Recipes Anti-Inflammation Diet (Note, some foods that are ok in the anti-inflammation diet are NOT ok in the elimination diet) Anti-Inflammatory Foods IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHAT YOU CAN EAT, here are some helpful websites with articles, guidance, and recipes. One also has a week by week guide about how to go about doing the elimination diet, what to eat, what to introduce when, etc. Dr Hyman, Dr. Axe, and Chris Kresser have great resources on their websites.
  • Dr. Laura's Favorite Products
    Yoga Tune-up Therapy Balls (Uses balls and other props to roll out tension) Bheka Tadpole Versatile Mini-Bolster MELT Method (Uses balls and other props to roll out tension) Foot Rubz (Get the Greenball, not the brand that’s a red ball and made of harder plastic). These are easily found online and at many running stores. Correct Toes: Helps to align toes to reduce the risk of bunions Calf Stretching: Professional Wooden Adjustable Slant Board ($75-$150 depending on source. Don’t get the rocking calf stretch stretcher as it can CAUSE plantar fasciitis. Wood is sturdier than plastic.) I’ve found the best pricing on Amazon and Ebay. Just do an online search and you’ll find various sources… Yoga Mats: My favorite is Hugger Mugger 1/8 inch. It isn’t too heavy and doesn’t have a strong rubber-like smell like some mats I’ve encountered. Good grip. Caldera Releaf Neck Brace: My favorite portable neck brace for sleeping upright on trips Chi Machine - Good for stimulating lymphatic drainage The Back Bubble- Home lower back traction device Om Gym (Yoga sling inversion system) Allman Products Medical Supply - Foam Leg Wedge Style #0917 (8"x20"x25") - this is the one I use in my office Ikstar Memory Foam Lumbar Support Back Cushion TRIGGERPOINT GRID Foam Roller TEETER Exercise and Inversion Products. I like the Dex Teeter 2 which allows for a more dynamic decompression than a classic inversion table. ~ Retail and Online Stores: Ball Dynamics: Equipment for Exercise, Movement, and Play (balls, bands, mats) Yoga Props (SF) Relax the Back (National Chain with health and ergonomic related supplies) ~ Medical Supplies including Back, Knee and Ankle Braces: Don Joy: Braces and rehab equipment Don Joy Lumbo-Sacral Brace Core Products: Braces and rehab equipment Core Products Lumbo-Sacral Brace ~ Cold/Hot Gel Pack Company: Col Pac (Available at "Relax the Back" and medical supply stores as well as online) Calming Comfort "Therma Comfort Weighted Hot/Cold Neck Wrap ~ Topicals: Sore Muscle Rub (Patients LOVE this) by AfterGlow Naturals (Boonville, CA) Super Salve Co (I love their combo cream) (New Mexico) East Hill Herb House Herbals (I love their Green Cream Healing Salve) (Mendocino, CA) Bindi Body Oil AfterGlow Naturals Sore Muscle Rub
  • Mattresses, Pillows, and Linens"
    Choosing a mattress can be overwhelming and many ask “What’s the best mattress?” Alas, the perfect bed is the one you sleep well on and is as individual an experience as buying shoes. Some sleep better on firm mattresses and some on softer mattresses. You just have to try them out to really know. My main concern relates to the chemicals used in bedding, furniture, carpeting, and upholstery industries - infamous for soaking their products in chemicals that research has shown cause: Endocrine and thyroid disruption Impacts to the immune system Reproductive toxicity Cancer Adverse effects on fetal and child development Neurologic dysfunction These chemicals are often masked by benign sounding names such as “flame retardants” and have a significantly greater impact on children. Exposure to these chemicals not only occur in our homes, but also cars, airplanes, offices, stores, and even playgrounds. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences article on flame retardants Center for Environmental Health article on flame retardants Environmental Working Group: How to Select a Healthier Mattress One Indoor quality specialist objectively shows you how many VOCs are released from a Casper mattress (VOCs = Volatile Organic Compounds). A level of 200 is a normal outdoor air level. This video shows you that VOC levels go up 15,000 with this particular mattress sample. Indoor air quality specialist: How long does it take for mattress VOCs to off-gas? Dr. Laura’s favorite mattress (and pillow) stores: European Sleepworks (Berkeley) – Natural Mattress Systems McRoskey (Palo Alto, SF) Saavy Rest (Berkeley, CA, + Online store) Earthsake Natural Bedding (Berkeley, CA) Nest Bedding (Palo Alto, Berkeley, CA, Los Angeles, Chicago, and NY) Naturepedic (Campbell, CA; Los Angeles, and Denver) Coyuchi
  • Medical Issues
    CONCUSSION Healing Pain and Injury by Maud Nerman, D.O. This book (and accompanying DVD) is a wonderful resource for both health care providers and those suffering from concussion. It’s written by an osteopathic colleague who is nationally known for her work with concussions and traumatic brain injury. It is very comprehensive and yet easy to read. --------------------------------------------------------- DENTAL AND ORTHODONTICS --------------------------------------------------------- IBS Here are some IBS related resources that you may find informative: Medscape/emedicine online information Rome Criteria for IBS Syndrome Diagnosis ___________________________________________ PETER GIBSON, Head of Gastroenterology and IBS expert Beating the Bloat: The FODMAP diet and IBS: 2013 Central School Public Lecture (good one) - 1 hour 20 min lecture by Peter Gibson. (Excellent!!!) Professor Peter Gibson is Head of Gastroenterology at Monash University and an internationally renowned expert in the field. On October 30, 2013, he presented on the problem of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and gut symptoms in general and about the world-wide fascination with dietary cures. He describes the controversy surrounding wheat intolerance, the most current research, and outlines the new dietary approach, the low FODMAP diet, that is changing the way doctors and dietitians help people with IBS to manage their problem. The lecture was part of 2013 Melbourne Knowledge Week. See more: Inquiries: Email the Monash FODMAP team directly at Animation: ______________________________________________ MARK HYMAN, MD Mark Hyman, MD. 5 Simple Steps to Cure IBS without Drugs (8 min)​​​​​​​ ________________________________________________ DR DANI, MD Dr Dani's MD - 7 Steps to Cure IBS Without Drugs: (5 min) Dr Dani's MD - How to Treat IBS Using the Brain Gut Connection: (5 min) Dr. Dani's MD - IBS Diet Part 1 - Foods to Avoid with IBS (5 min) Dr. Dani's MD - IBS Diet Part 2 - IBS Foods to Avoid (3 min) Dr. Dani's MD - IBS Diet Part 3 - Eating for IBS (5 min) (Note: Soft drinks and artificial sweeteners are highly suspect) ______________________________________ Diagnosis of IBS. Youtube 20min video by William Chey, MD (medical lecture) _______________________________________ IBS BOOKS: IBS: Free at Last! Change your life, change your carbs with the FODMAP Elimination Diet, 2nd edition The Complete Low FODMAP Diet Eating for IBS: IBS, the First Year. An essential guide for the newly diagnosed --------------------------------------------------------- SCOLIOSIS National Scoliosis Foundation Elise Browning Miller (Peninsula) Schroth Method: Exercises for scoliosis Julie Altschuler, PT: Schroth Method practitioner at PT works in Los Altos, CA
  • Scoliosis
    National Scoliosis Foundation Elise Browning Miller (Peninsula) Schroth Method: Exercises for scoliosis Julie Altschuler, PT: Schroth Method practitioner at PT works in Los Altos, CA
  • Dental
    HOLISTIC (AKA BIOLOGIC) DENTISTRY: International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology: North American Association of Facial Orthotropics: Holistic Dental Association: Mercury Free Dentists: Mercury Free Now: Marcela: Why a Mercury-Free Dentist Matters: Sook Hong, DDS (Sunnyvale): Functional mouth appliances, ozone therapy, mercury detox. ALF THERAPY (A gentler and arguably more physiologic/functional appliance than the Crozat device) Information and Referral info: Randy Miller, DDS (San Jose): TMJD, ALF for kids/teens Mona Moy, DDS (Oakland): TMJD, ALF for all ages James Bronson DDS (Santa Cruz & Virginia): ALF for all ages OTHER FUNCTIONAL DENTISTRY: American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics (Crozat device): Brian Hockel DDS (Walnut Creek) Mark Abramson, DDS (Redwood City): Sleep apnea and TMJ specialist TONGUE-TIE RELEASE: Shervin Yazdi, DDS (Castro Valley): Pediatric tongue tie release Soroush Zaghi, MD (LA and Walnut Creek): ENT, sleep surgeon, tongue tie release, snoring, sleep apnea, airway development: Note: There are a number of Facebook groups on Tongue Tie w/lots of information from "out there" to helpful. ORAL MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY (Think "PT for the mouth") Academy of Orofascial Myofunctional Therapy: Kathy Winslow (Peninsula, Half Moon Bay, Berkeley): Carly Schneider (Marin): Virginia Downing (East Bay): Note, orofacial myofunctional challenges (such as TMJD, altered facial bone development, and sleep apnea and other airway challenges) are often best addressed by a team of providers which commonly includes a dentist familiar with osteopathic concepts, a traditional "hands-on" osteopath who is familiar with concepts of orofacial myofunctional development and airway issues (there are courses on these topics for providers), and an orofacial myofunctional therapist (think "PT for the mouth"). Each of these providers offers a unique and important role in maximizing the speed and efficacy of the corrective process. A dentist familiar with osteopathic concepts understands the importance of proper facial bone development, and how to work with gentle and relatively non-invasive appliances such as the ALF which work WITH the body's physiology (AKA functional appliances). Thanks, Laura
  • EMFs
    Current research and findings now show significant health impacts of EMF radiation on the human body. Biological impact of such technologies are especially concerning regarding children, who are more susceptible given their developing bodies and thinner skulls. Of note: California Dept. of Public Health Director, Dr. Karen Smith, concedes the health risks and recommending we minimize exposure. International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) have fought to keep such technology away from their firehouses where strong men spend many days a week, claiming “digital cellular antennas can have serious health effects on cell cultures, animals, and people.” Imagine what such exposure would do to children. Children are more at risk due to their thinner skulls and developmental stages. Thousands of studies showing biogenic harm to animals while the FCC has only offered thermal impact studies. The FCC has not performed its due diligence in performing the safety studies and hence we do not want our children exposed to hazardous environments until they can determine with absolute certainty there is no potential for harm. For in depth analysis of the available data on the dangers of very low exposure levels (non-thermal levels) to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation see: The Bioinitiative Report 2012 at The report of the International Association of Fire Fighters Jeromy Johnson: International expert on EMF. The above link to his website contains EMF info, research, links, as well as his informative 16 minute Berkeley TEDx Talk "Wireless Wake-Up Call". Paul Dart, MD (Eugene, OR), a brilliant senior level physician, colleague, and speaker, is also very concerned about EMF exposure and smart meters. Below are links to one of his talks (the first 1-2 min intro to his talk is difficult to hear...hang in there until Dr. Dart starts speaking at 1min 40sec). Smart Meter Health Hazard Dr Paul Dart Unpaid Expert Part 1 Smart Meter Health Hazard Dr Paul Dart Unpaid Expert Part 2 "The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation" -- Dr Devra Davis (University of Melbourne): Another informative (and concerning) lecture on the effects of cell phone radiation on our brains, children's brains, and reproductive organs. If you carry your cell phone in your pocket, bra, or hold your cell phone to your ear to talk, I highly recommend watching this. For those of you wondering about EMF exposure in your homes, there are numerous experts who make a living by coming into your home, measuring EMF levels, and helping you problem solve how to minimize exposure. For example, helping you strategize the location of your wifi modem to minimize impact on your sleep. Wifi is one of the variables implicated in insomnia.
  • Pelvic Physical Therapy (Pelvic PT)
    A little known and invaluable resource for those suffering from conditions such as incontinence, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), and painful intercourse. Comprehensive Pelvic Health Care Professional Directory (USA and International) Leslie Howard Yoga: Providing private instruction and workshops for men and women suffering from pelvic floor related challenges (SF Bay Area Based International Yoga Teacher): Highly recommended! See her book as well. Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy: A Mayan rooted tradition of working with the abdominal and reproductive organs.
  • Yoga
    B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States – A wealth of information about Iyengar yoga, including an international Iyengar teacher database to help locate a teacher near you. Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco Yoga Alliance Anusara School of Hatha Yoga Acroyoga Jen Healy AcroYoga Trainings, Classes, and Props Yoga Tune-Up The MELT Method PRODUCTS: Yoga Tune Up - The Roll Model Hugger Mugger – Resource for yoga props, including straps and blocks Pine Tree Yoga Props – Handmade, wooden yoga props Tools for Yoga – Yoga props Yoga Props – Resource for yoga props, including mats Yoga Wall – A great resource for a home yoga rope wall setup, pelvic swings and much more. Anti-Gravity Yoga Swing (or Sling) or Yoga Hammock Yoga Body also sells a similar product called Yoga Trapeze AcroYoga teacher Jen Healy sells her version of a yoga swing at: There are minor differences in swings and slings. Most are made out of parachute material in different colors. Some have more options about how to hang or different types of grips. Some are made in the US and some in China. Buy from a trustable source and hang from a secure place - it’s not worth breaking your neck over.
  • Continuum
    CONTINUUM (A gentle type of therapeutic movement) Find a Continuum Movement Teacher (US or Abroad) Continuum classes and workshops worldwide Intrinsic Movement video - Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper - Inspiring demo of the flexibility, adaptability, and dexterity of bone as living tissue Bonnie Gintis, DO - Osteopath, continuum teacher, author (VT based) Audio interview with Bonnie Gintis Continuum Montage (Susan Harper) 1653 18th Street #3A Santa Monica, CA 90404 P: (310) 449-6653 Barbara Karlsen (Marin): Continuum Teacher, Somatic teacher, transformational coach, and eco-philosopher Ajaya Sommers (SF Area, Maui): Continuum teacher, Wisdom teacher, and Cranial Sacral Therapist
  • Running
    Chi Running (Ergonomically sound approach to running to minimize injury and maximize performance.)
  • Cannabis
    Society of Cannabis Clinicians RadicleHealth (Walnut Creek, CA) - Nurse practitioner run clinic with excellent information and counsel. In person and computer/remote consult options. Synergy Wellness (West Marin, CA) Medical Cannabis CBD specialists. Organic, small batch products. Phone consults available Natural Healing MD (Berkeley) Dr Laurie Vollen, MD, MPH Providing evaluations, recommendations, house calls, and support. Frank Lucido, MD and Maria Mangini, NP (Berkeley, CA) Practicing evidence based cannabis support over 35 years. Serving adults and children. Legal counsel also available. Law offices of Omar Figueroa To acquire a doctor’s recommendation online:
  • Cosmetics
    COSMETIC COMPANIES (Organic, small batch, cruelty free, and mostly local) AfterGlow Naturals (I love their sore muscle balm) (Boonville, CA): East Hill Herb House Herbals (I love their Green Cream Healing Salve) (Mendocino, CA): The Scarlet Sage Herb Co/Three Sisters Apothecary (Sonoma County, CA): Hawk Valley Herbs (Santa Cruz, CA) Hawaiian Moon Aloe Gel (100% aloe; great for burns): Bee Boys (I love their reef safe sunscreen and deodorant) (Hawaii): All Good (Morro Bay, CA): Super Salve Co (I love their combo cream) (New Mexico): Red Moon Herbs (Asheville, NC): LaVigne Organic Skincare (Vancouver, CA): AYURVEDIC LINES: Bindi (I love their body oils): Banyan Tree Organics (I like their nose oil, especially for plane flights) (Ayurvedic based company): Auromère (Ayurvedic based company): Blue Nectar (Ayurvedic based company): SUNSCREENS: Organic, reef safe, cruelty free, mineral based. Bee Boys (Hawaii): Tidal Wave Organics (Florida): Think: Raw Elements: Manda Naturals: NATURAL TOOTHPASTE PRODUCTS (Organic & non-abrasive): Auromère (Ayurvedic based company): Essential Oxygen Organic Toothpaste (Marin, CA): Rupam Herbals Holistic Health and Dental Solutions (Bay Area, CA):
  • Meditation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
    Insight Meditation Society (Has numerous links to other meditation resources) East Bay Insight Meditation Center (Oakland, CA) Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Marin County, CA) Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City) San Francisco Zen Center Goenka Meditation 10 day retreats (Worldwide, not fancy, but free) Transcendental Meditation of Palo Alto Dharma Seed: Free talks from wisdom teachers around the world Palouse Mindfulness - FREE MBSR online training course MBSR: 25 Mindfulness-Bases Stress Reduction Exercises and Courses Mindfullness Based Stress-Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn Guided talk with Jon Kabbat-Zinn and 60 minutes CBS Program on Mindfulness Mindfulness Based Stress-Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Deepak Chopra – Primordial Sound Meditation. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Deepak Chopra are among many who have YouTube introductions to meditation and guided meditation. Meditation/Mindfulness Apps: Headspace Calm Insight Timer
  • Audio Resources
    Sounds True Catalog (Great resource for media on many topics such as health, meditation, self-empowerment, spirituality, etc) Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness Meditation & Stress Reduction CDs Dharma Seed - Free talks from wisdom teachers around the world
  • Retreat and Learning Centers
    Esalen (Big Sur, CA) 1440 Multiversity (Scotts Valley, CA) Rudramandir (Berkeley) Mount Madonna (Santa Cruz, CA) Institute of Noetic Sciences (Novato, CA)
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  • Miscellaneous
    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE New research shows some types of Alzheimer’s can improve or be reversed. ABDOMINAL MASSAGE: Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy Tuina Massage (Chinese Abdominal Massage) AQUATIC BODYWORK/WATSU Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association DRUGS & ADDICTION: Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist path to recovering from addiction PAMF – Resources for Parents and Teens regarding drugs, alcohol, and addiction Erowid: A non-partisan non-profit dedicated to research driven education on non-pharmaceutical drug and plant based practices, history, pharmacology, side-effects, legal updates, library, and related community COMMUNICATION A simple healthy conflict resolution model used around the world – from couples and families to international war zones. Find a practice group near you and online resources: Non-Violent Communication (NVC) COSMETICS Did you know that a significant number of cosmetics and perfumes contain carcinogens (cancer causing substances)? See how your brand rates below. Environmental Working Group – Cosmetics Database (Look up makeup & perfume brands/products for information on relative toxicity.) FINANCIAL HEALTH Conscious Bookkeeping – Bari Tessler
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