Because his new patients don’t always understand what integrative medicine is, Dr. Soram Khalsa encourages them to view a video.
In it, the 66-year-old turbaned and bewhiskered internist — he adopted Sikhism, a religion founded in 15th century Punjab, in 1971 after a bout with chronic fatigue syndrome led him to yoga for relief — explains how he combines traditional medical practiceswith acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs and vitamin therapies, particularly vitamin D. (Author of The Vitamin D Revolution, Khalsa says 90 percent of his new patients are D-deficient.)
Between optimum health and cancer, he says, there exists a “gray zone” in which organs might not be clinically diseased but still can cause symptoms Western medicine can’t detect or treat. “A lot of people’s problems — fatigue, backaches, migraines — are not well treated with traditional modalities like narcotics,” says the Yale-educated Khalsa, who was raised in Cincinnati, attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, has been on staff at Cedars-Sinai for 30 years and is a clinical instructor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.
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