Gary Kaplan, DO, is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, and author of Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression. A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is passionate about using multidisciplinary and alternative medicine strategies to address underlying chronic conditions. His forthcoming book, Why You Are Still Sick, is set to be released in June 2022
Key Takeaways from Alexis's 1-on-1 with Dr. Kaplan:
• How can you improve Brain Fog?
• What weakens it, what strengthens it, and the infections that can wreak havoc?
• What are Neuroinflammatory diseases?
• When we talk about recovery, how do we get sick, why do we stay sick, & how do we recover?
• Could inflammation be causing your depression & chronic pain?
All of this and more, on this episode of We Are Living Healthy.
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Hello, and thank you for tuning into this segment of we are living healthy. Being sick physically or mentally can be frustrating. And when doctors don't have answers or treatments, don't work, it could leave you asking the question. Why am I still sick here to help? We have Dr. And author Gary Kaplan.
Please welcome him to the show.
Dr. Kaplan: Alexis, thank you for having me on the show. Delighted to be here.
Alexis: Yes. I'm really excited to talk to you. I know that you are the founder and medical director of Kathlin center for integrative medicine. Could you just tell us a little bit about
Dr. Kaplan: that? [00:01:00] Yeah, the center was the first integrated medicine center in the Washington DC area.
I also teach at Georgetown university. I'm a associate professor there and we teach acupuncture. We teach. Chronic pain management I'm boarded in both pain medicine and family medicine and acupuncture. So we do a lot of work with acupuncture. We do a lot of the center is a multidisciplinary center.
We have a nutritionist, we have meditation instructor. We have acupuncturist. We have a psychotherapist and nurse practitioner and physical therapist. So we kind of cover the whole gamut of what's going on. Yes. So we treat people with chronic illness and chronic.
Alexis: With chronic pain and chronic illness, would you say that this is considered alternative medicine?
Or what category does this fall into?
Dr. Kaplan: I would say it falls in the integrative category. Okay. So we're using, I mean, I'm very much trained as a conventional physician mm-hmm but we've expanded our thought process so that we can get better answers for people because the conventional approach isn't enough, the conventional approach leaves people, sick leaves, people disabled, and we have to stop.[00:02:00]
Alexis: Yes. Well, I thank you for being innovative and the ideas of treatment. I know a lot of people who have chronic pain, I personally don't have it, but from what I've been told, and you could add onto this, when it comes down to chronic pain, those are things like fibromyalgia, gout arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and there are things that you can't see, but you feel in your joints and it can be pretty uncomfortable.
Can you describe what it feels like for those who just don't have it
Dr. Kaplan: physically? Well, fortunately I don't have chronic pain either, so I can't give you firsthand, but secondhand, it can be quite disabling. Yeah. And I think more than you have to look at the bigger pictures, cuz it can create sleep disturbances.
It can create problems with being able to do normal activities of daily living as in get up and walk across the room without assistance. So it can be horribly disabling and. Frequently accompanied by chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches. Okay. Pain can be anywhere in the body, but I think we need to step back and say, look, we we've boxed things too much.
Your problem is pain. Your problem [00:03:00] is fatigue. Your problem. Is headaches and what we have to step back and look at the whole person and go, okay, wait a minute. What's going on? When we have all of these things going on in a lot of different areas, then maybe the problem is more systemic, meaning that maybe the problem involves a breakdown of more metabolic processes inside you.
And maybe the problem in what the book is talking about is maybe the problems, your immune system, maybe your immune system broke. And if we look at post COVID. Post COVID is a classic example of a virus that has come in damage the immune system and left. So you don't still have COVID when you're still sick for months on end.
Right? What you have is a damage immune system that COVID attack. And so post COVID is another of the groups of patients that we see on a regular basis and we get some pretty good results.
Alexis: And with the treatments that you have, I'm gonna speak to the acupuncture first mm-hmm . Can you tell us a little bit about it and how exactly it helps the body
Dr. Kaplan: so acupuncture, and I'll tell you a very quick story.
I wrote the [00:04:00] original legislation in Virginia for physicians to be license in acupuncture. And I was down in Richmond. This was back in the eighties and I had a state legislator in a middle of a hearing say to me, well, doctor in this acupuncture, just another form of comment. And I'm working at NIH and I'm trying to answer him politely but there's a lot of science to acupuncture.
So the answer to your question in brief is that acupuncture helps rewire. The nervous system helps rebalance hormones and helps rebalance neurotransmitters. These are the chemicals that make our nerve work. There's a lot of science to it. There's a. Evidence in terms of what it does to the immune system in terms of rebalancing things.
And so there's a lot that acupuncture does scientifically proven at this point in time that we know it can help you feel better, both in terms of pain, in terms of your energy. It can deal with things like irritable bowel syndrome and it can deal with things like anxiety and depression as well.
Alexis: And does it.
Dr. Kaplan: That I think you have to judge by the individual for the most part. It should not acupuncture. [00:05:00] Shouldn't be painful. You may feel initially when it goes in, you get a little bit, what's called the duck Chi a little bit of an ache at the point, but frankly acupuncture. No, should not. It should not be
Okay. And I wanna debunk a lot of myths cuz when people see acupuncture on television, normally you picture somebody getting stuck with a bunch of needles and if they don't really go in depth with it, right. So are there specific points that they go in at the body? Does each point have a different, you know, thing that it helps with or how long is a typical session?
Can you paint the picture of what a session is?
Dr. Kaplan: absolutely. So the session begins with abnormal history. What's going on with you? What's wrong. What are your concerns? And we lay out the full terrain in terms of what that involves sleep disturbances, digestive issues headaches, pain. And where is the pain?
How long has it been there? And then what we do is we do additional diagnostics by things such as pulses mm-hmm and in the Chinese system there can be as many as 27 different pulses that you can be trained to look at. You may look at the tongue and then we may. We made palpate, what's called the three burners.
So [00:06:00] the, the middle of the chest the middle of the of the abdomen and then further down below the am to see what the three burners feel like, whether they're in balance and you may, might be surprised and feel on yourself that you feel the difference in heat between those areas. So you can feel that on yourself.
Then once we've got a proper physical exam and we've got a proper history taken, then we have a diagnosis from an acupuncture perspective. For instance, you come in complaining of chronic headaches, migraine headaches, but you also happen to have some pretty bad PMs, okay. For menstrual syndrome to get menstrual cramps.
And we also see problems where you have asthma and maybe you had a childhood where you had a particularly oppressive father. Well, from acupuncture that all fits. Okay. And so what we do is we see what happens in the lung, where the lung becomes deficient and then liver wood moves into excess.
And then we see damage done to earth. And so we will design a treatment specific points in order to put all of that back into balance. So [00:07:00] we look at the totality of the individual and we look at how we can rebalance the situation. And we don't take things one at a. I
Alexis: love that. That sounds so comprehensive, but it seems like it's unique to each individual.
And what excites a lot of people, including myself is, is not just about medicine, but allowing your body to do what it was built to do by fixing the way that it's properly functioning. So I, I, I absolutely love that. Now. I know that you, like I said, you're with Kalan, what other services do you offer? I know that you also have a book there's so much that I wanna talk to you about.
I'm like, I can keep going and going, but if you could tell us a little bit more about the services also about your book, do you have anything you're already exciting enough, but do you have anything else that we need to know about.
Dr. Kaplan: Well, there's a lot of things that are particularly exciting on, on the short horizon, but so the book why you're so sick is really about everything we do here.
It's a self-help book. The problem is we've got about 20 million people suffering with conditions such as chronic fatigue [00:08:00] syndrome, chronic pain, syndromes post-treatment Lyme syndrome or. Chronic line people suffering with pans pans. These are pediatric illnesses where kids develop sudden obsessive compulsive disorders.
They develop ticks. We also have these problems with chronic depressive people there's over 20 million people. And so the purpose of the book was to say, look, there's only one of me. And here's what we do in the process of trying to find out what's wrong with you and how you can get better. So why you're still sick is about a pathway forward for you.
It's about, we laid out all the testing. We do. We've laid out. The process that we go through in, in trying to make the diagnosis and gave you all the labs. I have no financial connection with any of the labs in here. I wrote this book because I've got a bunch of people that need help and need to get better.
So at the center, we see very, very sick people. We also see people on the other end, who are interested in living a very long time, because we've learned so much about what happens when people get sick, that we've [00:09:00] also learned about how to keep alive long time. Right? So there are things coming down the pike, such as ASIS, which can do a plasma exchange.
Reduce the inflammatory factors in your body, which will help both my crew, but will also help the FA aging crew, a lot of stuff happening. And we're very, very excited about what we're able to do at the center. We're kind of on the cutting edge of a lot of stuff.
Alexis: I love it. And where can people find the
Dr. Kaplan: book?
The book is available on Amazon of the 14th of this month in June. And so, yeah, Amazon, is it on. It's not on audible. It's on Kindle, but it's not on audible yet. we'll get there all
Alexis: you said yet. OK. Like not yet. It's coming. We're gonna get there. Yes. And please tell all of our listeners and viewers where they can find you.
Dr. Kaplan: So we're at Kaplan clinic.com is our website. And there's a lot of free information on our website that you can get if you call. And pre-order the book now you can get the first chapter free and we'll give you a handbook on treatment of post COVID also for [00:10:00] free. There's lots of lectures we've done over the years and stuff.
All of that's available. Our job is see it as much information out as possible because as I said, there's only one of. And so we want to really see if we can expand the number of people we can help. The mission is 20 million people, 20 million cures.
Alexis: Yes. Well, thank you so much, Dr. Kalan. It has been a pleasure.
I already have a list of friends that I'm gonna be sending your book to because I know what they're going through day to day, and I'm glad you were giving some services to help.
Dr. Kaplan: I hope it can help. It's why it was written Al Alexa, thank you so much for having me on the show. Thank you.
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