Your First Appointment with a Holistic Doctor

Dr. Kamau Kokayi is a holistic physician at Healing Health Services. In this video, Dr. Kokayi describes what it is like for new patients during their visit and diagnostic consultation.

Your First Appointment with a Holistic Doctor

The first appointment is designed for I guess you getting to know me a bit but you’re getting to know me is going to be through how I interface with you. In my interface with you is for you to actually see that I’m very interested in hearing your story, that you recognize I’m listening to you without judgment, that you recognize that I’m interested in things that you may not have considered telling a doctor before because I want to get to your core as much as you’ll allow me to. I really appreciate that.

After we’ve done that, that might take 45 minutes to an hour and clearly a lot of times I can’t get it all on the first visit. Then after that, my exam, I’ll do a directed physical. I’ll do some basic things, lungs, heart, throat, feeling lymph nodes but I do direct if it is an area that’s really a problem. Then I’m going to do more of a bioenergetic assessment.

I’m going to check your pulses. I will explain to you about the six pulses that represent different energetic systems in your body. I will use about two or three different kinesiologic system to check your body. I might use the neuro-emotional technique, applied Kinesiology in our integrated systems and just things that I have developed over time to give me an idea of how the parts of your body and spirit are working together and not working together.

Within that, I will ask you different things as you’re on the table. I’ll test out different ideas and I have to say I find a long weakness. I might want to know this is an emotional road, is it problems with breathing capacity, is there something that needs to– Is there allergy? Is the detox? I can bio energetically test all of that. Okay? I’ll share with you what I’m thinking. I’ll tell you if I think there’s some blood test or regular laboratory tests that I would like to do to help to quantify the type of problem that you have.

Then we can then follow and actually measure. I’ll share of you my assessment and why I’m thinking that you need this set of therapies and things that I do in my office and that I don’t do in my office. I’ll invite you to do bio-scan which is not a mandatory thing but it’s clearly something that I like to utilize in my practice. I might at that time institute some form of treatment, I might do some manipulation, I might do some acupuncture. I might do some bio-energetic healing. It all depends.

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The First Appointment with a Holistic Doctor – Dr. Kamau Kokayi – Call (347) 414-7779

New patients can learn more about Dr. Kamau Kokayi and Healing Health Services from the practice website . Patients who want to schedule a new appointment and consultation should call (347) 414-7779.

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Benefits of a Holistic Approach to Treating Anxiety

Holistic medicine has provided many treatments for anxiety. It is estimated that over 40 million Americans struggle with anxiety. Therefore, this problem is not unique; it is a very common problem. Naturally, we all have some level of anxiety and depending on the situation we face, the anxiety can elevate accordingly. Fear is part of life and the anxiety that comes with it. Having said this, anxiety can get out of hand. Suffering fear and anxiety for no clear reason is a sign that you could have a problem. Some people will start feeling anxious when they get out of the house. This is not classified as normal and may need professional attention. Taking a holistic approach to treating anxiety will come with many merits.

Access a variety of holistic interventions

A holistic doctor will have unlimited resources to guide you accordingly. Where conventional medicine is not working for you, they may recommend herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition changes; among others. Massage and aromatherapy are other options that the doctor may recommend. Therefore, you open up your options without having to suffer dependency from a drug. Also, you train your body to heal naturally. With a holistic expert, you will also get to the heart or cause of your problem. Some people will need psychotherapy to deal with trauma issues. Others will need some spiritual guidance and so on.

Take control of your health

When you visit a holistic doctor to talk about your anxiety, you will be taking charge of your health. The expert will seek to find out more about your lifestyle, medical history, experiences, relationships and many more. Here, you will be in a position to better understand what is going on in your life. Some people will discover that they are nutritionally deficient. Others will also find that genetics can play a major role where anxiety prevalence in concerned. Learning more about yourself and your body will open your mind to the alternative interventions. When a holistic expert examines you, they will be able to tailor a solution that will most likely work for you. If you are not satisfied with any element of your treatment, you can consult the holistic doctor to discuss your personal needs.

Focus on preventing anxiety

Many times, conventional medicine will only come in when you are already suffering from anxiety. However, a holistic approach will train you how not to trigger anxiety. Living your life on purpose will greatly help you cope. Holistic medicine will help you prevent any crisis that can be brought about by anxiety. This may call for a total lifestyle change and many patients will find the right relief. Keep in mind that anxiety can graduate to depression and other chronic mental health problems. Preventing the problem will certainly add quality to your life.

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Enjoy the best of both worlds

A holistic medical approach means that you will borrow some modern medicine while incorporating alternative medicine practices. This will lead to a better medical outcome. Therefore, a holistic approach to anxiety means that you use all the tools available from both modern and natural medicine. At the end of the day, your anxiety problem will be tackled and managed more effectively.

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Rheumatoid Factor Revisited: An Old Method but Still Reliable

Rheumatoid factor (RF) is one of the best known serological markers in rheumatology – development of the test dates back into the 1940ies. Since this time the toolkit of serological diagnostic tests for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been complemented by the more specific anti-citrullinated protein antibody (ACPA) tests. However, none of the various ACPA tests has completly replaced RF until now.

In contrast, the significance of RF has been further substantiated with the definition of the 2010 ACR criteria for classification of RA. Moreover, recent studies have shown the potential of RF as a contributor to disease pathogenesis.

Why do we still measure RF?

Serology is important for RA classification and supports clinical diagnosis. According to the 2010 criteria ACPA and RF analysis represent a major jigsaw piece for RA classification. The criteria define a scoring system attributed to the relative weight of the following parameters: joint involvement, serology, acute-phase reactants and symptom duration. A final score of six out of a maximum score of ten classifies RA [1].

ACPA and RF are considered as equivalent diagnostic markers; low titers of either ACPA or RF add two, high titers three points to the total score, – that is already half of the required six points for definite RA classification.

(For a short summary of the 2010 criteria read our post on   The 2010 ACR criteria for RA classification in brief  or see the scoring table published by the ACR.)

More than 70 years after its invention RF is still regarded as a valuable diagnostic marker for RA. Researchers are now addressing the challenging question whether RF and other autoantibodies in RA are only an epiphenomenon or real pathophysiological effectors that may interact synergistically to drive disease development.

RF and ACPA together upregulate the production of TNF-alpha

Jeremy Sokolove and his coworkers investigated the interaction of ACPA and RF, and its association with disease activity and inflammation [2]. They analyzed sera of 1488 US veterans with RA and compared measures of disease activity and serum levels of cytokines in ACPA+/RF+, ACPA+/RF-, ACPA-/RF+ and ACPA-/RF- individuals.

In addition, they stimulated macrophages with ACPA immune complexes in the presence or absence of IgM-RF, and analyzed the production of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) as an indicator for macrophage activation.
Compared to the double negative subgroup, as well as to each single negative subgroup, the double positive subgroup of patients had higher disease activity and higher levels of C-reactive protein and inflammatory cytokines.
In vitro stimulation of macrophages with ACPA immune complexes increased cytokine synthesis in these cells. Addition of RF in the stimulation experiments further enhanced TNF-alpha production.

Taken together, these data suggest that ACPAs and IgM-RF act together in the pathogenic process of RA and induce cytokine production in macrophages. IgM-RF may boost the effect of ACPA immune complexes, indicating a mechanistic link by which RF enhances the pathogenicity of ACPA in RA.

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