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Medical Diet Programs & 21-Day Cleanse Jan 15th, 2019

The HCG Weight Loss Program – Is It Right For You? With the new year already here and the holiday festivities no longer tempting you to eat, drink, and be merry on a regular basis, it is never too late to start planning your weight goals for 2019!You may want...

Shingles Vaccination Oct 2nd, 2018

Illness and disease prevention is a goal we all strive to attain. Vaccinations provide protection against disease with varying effectiveness. The new shingles vaccine approved by the FDA and released this year, Shingrix, does a great job protecting you from the disabling disease. Shingrix has been available since April 2018,...

Microneedling With PRP: Your Natural Facelift Sep 17th, 2018

What is microneedling? Microneedling, also commonly known as collagen induction therapy, creates hundreds of tiny pinholes in the top layer of skin or epidermis by using a FDA approved electronic device called the SkinPen. These superficial, tiny pinholes induce a healing process. This process essentially tricks the body into thinking...

Flu Shots At Discover Health MD Sep 11th, 2018

 Fall. Autumn. Back-to-School. Whatever you call this season, NOW is a great time to start thinking about flu prevention. The flu shot is your insurance policy to take care of yourself and those closest to you! Get your flu shot on the calendar today—and set yourself up for a flu-free...

Stimulate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Heal and Repair for Beauty Jul 9th, 2018

1. MicroneedlingAs we age the natural architecture of our skin deteriorates, which leads to fine lines, wrinkles, large pores and uneven skin texture. Collagen induction therapy, also known as microneedling, is a great way to address these signs of aging at the cellular level.  Microneedling comfortably creates thousands of micro-injuries...

TRAVEL KITS FOR DISCOVER HEALTH MEMBERS! Jun 29th, 2018

Regardless of your destination, we recommend you pack a travel kit. This health kit is tailored to your individual needs, as well as the travel itinerary. Kits can be purchased at Discover Health, and will always include a solid foundation for medical needs/health issues that may come up.Our kit helps...

We Live In A Dirty World. Jun 19th, 2018

We Live In A Dirty World.Billions of chemicals are released into the air and water (2010 EPA statistic). We have those things are visible to us and that we readily aware of, which is evident by the chemicals that are released into the air and water. Then there are those...

A NOTE FROM DR SEWELL Jun 12th, 2018

THIS SUMMER I CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO...My kids love Alexa right now. I listen to whatever my kids ask her to play. At the moment it is either Imagine Dragons or Katy Perry. That is all our music at home! And they will start dancing around the house, too.  WALKING...

Vitamin D – Are You Getting Enough? Jun 5th, 2018

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, naturally present in very few foods, which makes deficiency common and supplementation necessary. Did you know that in order to get adequate Vitamin D intake you need to get regular sun exposure? This can be an issue for anyone who lives where there is...

21 Day Sugar Detox May 30th, 2018

Welcome to the sugar detox! This challenge entails the elimination of anything that includes sugar, sweeteners, and sugar alcohols, all of which are added to our foods and we consume, sometimes without even knowing about it. These hidden sugars make it into our food supply, so during the next 21...

Self Care For New Moms May 21st, 2018

My older sister Laura and I have had just one conversation where she asked for health coaching tips. As a mother of two, our gatherings, texts, and phone calls center around the kids: their potty training progress, sleep patterns, and cute stories from daycare or the home front. 
Then recently,...

Meet Nicole! May 14th, 2018

In becoming a patient at Discover Health, you chose to be more than just a number or a name on a chart. We treat our patients as whole beings, and it is really important to us to get to know you, the person behind the face, the family story behind...

East Meets West At Discover Health, SF Apr 30th, 2018

It was an ordinary Tuesday afternoon in North Beach. The sun was out, cable cars moved along, and tourists found their way around the neighborhood eventually. But at Discover Health Medical Partners, something less conventional was happening. Pediatrician and CEO Oded Herbsman MD had invited a a Zen  Qigong Master...

Environmental Medicine Hack: Three Ways To Make Your Bedroom Work For Your Health Apr 23rd, 2018

Environmental Medicine Hack: Three Ways To Make Your Bedroom Work For Your HealthChristina Youngren, N.D. Taking Measures To Limit The Toxic Burden  “Environmental Medicine is a name for all the things on, in, or surrounding, our bodies. So it has to start with what we do on a daily basis....

How Dr. Castelli's Daughter Changed Him As A Pediatrician Apr 16th, 2018

After daughter Cora (3) was born, doctor Castelli says his pediatric practice changed more than he could have imagined. To get a closer look at the man behind the stethoscope, Castelli talks us through some of his most challenging experiences to date.Castelli has been working with Cora on constipation, lately....

Seven Questions For Our Health Coach, Babette Apr 9th, 2018

What is health coaching?A Health Coach is a supportive mentor that works with you to help you feel your best through food and lifestyle changes. This is done by tailoring individualized wellness programs to meet your specific health goals.It’s helpful to think of health coaching as a cross between a...

We love success stories in our community! Apr 5th, 2018

If you think healthy eating is just about the latest diet trend and looking good, get inspired by Rose who exemplifies the deeper rewards that come from living a healthier lifestyle. Here, she shares some of her secrets to date, and how her future is looking brighter than ever. Can you...

Spring Interview: Dr. Thalia, N.D. On How To Make This Your Healthiest Season Yet Mar 28th, 2018

If you think Nowruz, Ramadan, Passover, and Easter mean indulgent and non-nutritious dishes at every meal, think again. Our Resident Naturopathic Doctor, Thalia Farshchian--who has helped hundreds of patients at Discover Health overcome healthy eating struggles--says the Spring holiday season offers symbolism that mimics what you do when consistently working...

How Are Your Resolutions Going? Feb 5th, 2018

By now you have made it to the second month of your 2018 chapter. Maybe you feel great about starting off this year with fresh goals and motivation, maybe you could use greater accountability support than you have had so far. If you have had enough of trying to manage...

Introducing ClaimAssist Jul 17th, 2017

We are pleased to announce the inclusion of a new service for our patients – ClaimAssist. ClaimAssist will submit all of your bills from Discover Health to your insurance company and support you in obtaining any available out-of-network benefits. We’ve chosen ClaimAssist for you for the ease of use and their...

Introducing Spruce Jul 17th, 2017

This month, we improved our internal workflows here at Discover Health via a modern communications platform called Spruce. It enables us to better communicate with you and ensure that no message or concern goes unanswered while also making it seamless for us to internally collaborate around patient care.In the coming...

Summer and Travel Tips with the Kids & Pediatric Vision Screening by Dr. Jon-Michael Castelli MD Jul 17th, 2017

Summer With the KidsAs summer approaches, we thought it could be helpful to send out a few tips and answers to some frequently asked questions. Even though City will be foggy and cold, the rest of California should see the sun, and many of our families will be traveling. Here...

Manage Your Cancer Risk by Dr. Radha Lewis MD Jul 17th, 2017

Every one of us has some risk for cancer. However, if there are two or more cases of cancer on one side of your family, or a case of cancer in a loved one under the age of 50, you may have a genetic mutation that increases your baseline risk. We...

8 Factoids You May Not Know About Vitamin D Jul 17th, 2017

20 minutes of summer sun exposure gives you 20,000 IU of vitamin D. Sunblock can block vitamin absorption, so consider applying sunblock after you get some quality time with the sun and apply it well before you burn.You can also get vitamin D from foods sources like oily fish (Salmon,...

Automated Payment Benefits by Jessica Gayheart Jul 16th, 2017

ACH Payment Benefits Automated Clearing House (ACH) is an electronic network for direct deposits and vendor payments. Only available for membership fees, not including visit fees.  Convenience: With automated payment, you don’t have to worry about writing a check, finding a stamp, and getting it into the mail on time....

Why Running Can Increase Your Life Span Apr 13th, 2017

According to this new follow-up study by the Cooper Institute of Dallas, running at any pace for any amount of time is linked with adding more time to your life. Read more here https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/well/move/an-hour-of-running-may-add-seven-hours-to-your-life.html?_r=0

Natural Solutions for Cold and Flu Season Sep 6th, 2016

As fall and winter approaches, most people find they become more susceptible to falling victim to a bacteria or virus.  Though for most it is not life threatening, it does reduce productivity and can throw a monkey wrench into your normal routine.“The microbe is nothing, terrain is everything” – Louis...

5 Reasons Kids Need Time in Nature Jul 28th, 2016

   With the typical hectic schedule and busy lifestyle that comes with living in the Bay Area, here are 5 great HEALTH reasons why you need to get out into nature with the kids! What a great opportunity to shift away from too much technology screen time and dig in...

Why Our Children Just Are Not Getting Enough Sleep Jul 8th, 2016

  Nutrition and exercise are often prioritized when it comes to health, but sleep can have just as profound an impact on overall wellness. It helps our body restore and recover from the stresses of the day, and even helps children grow and develop. These days, between juggling multiple schedules, our...

Get fit! Use exercise to help your chronic disease symptoms Jul 7th, 2016

Nutrition and exercise are often prioritized when it comes to health, but sleep can have just as profound an impact on overall wellness.  It helps our body restore and recover from the stresses of the day, and even helps children grow and develop.  These days, between juggling multiple schedules, our...

The “Why” and “What” of Vitamins, Supplements and Diet Jul 6th, 2016

    Vitamin D. Calcium. Magnesium. Zinc. These are just some of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to make us feel good. But, why do we need them? And which ones give us the best results? With all the information out there about vitamins, supplements and healthy living, sometimes...

The Drug-Free Way to Manage Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Jul 5th, 2016

    In my last post, “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You,” I explained what Hashimoto’s disease is, how it can throw off your immune system, and some of the health problems it can cause.Although there is no cure for Hashimoto’s disease, the good news is that you can...

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You Jul 3rd, 2016

    Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) are two types of conditions that occur when your thyroid isn’t functioning properly. (Read more about hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism in my blog, “Thyroid Dysfunction: Are You at Risk?“)Yet there’s one more condition that can affect your thyroid, and chances are your doctor...

Thyroid Dysfunction: Are You at Risk? Jul 2nd, 2016

    Your thyroid is the most important gland in your body (learn more by reading my blog article, “Thyroid: Your Body’s Super Gland“), so when it’s not functioning properly, it can cause some pretty big health headaches. According to the American Thyroid Association, about 20 million Americans have some form...

Thyroid: Your Body’s Super Gland Jul 1st, 2016

    When you hear the word thyroid, chances are you immediately think weight gain. Maybe you remember a few years ago when Oprah revealed that she had an underactive thyroid, which was likely the cause of her gaining her weight back.Yet what I tell my patients and what I want you to...