I would like to describe my treatment approach to several conditions which I have extensive experience treating.
Individuals with fibromyalgia (FM) struggle with body pain, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, difficulty concentrating and poor digestion. It is a disease that affects the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, which are all linked together in a neuro/endocrine/immune axis. Currently approved medications to treat FM are marginally effective for treating pain but they do not address the underlying causes of this condition. These causes can include mitochondrial dysfunction, hormone imbalances, chronic stress, intestinal dysbiosis, environmental toxins and others. You can’t address a chronic, multisystem condition like FM with only drugs meant to suppress symptoms. You need to put together a comprehensive healing program that supports all the systems of your body.
Fatigue is a symptom of many diseases including cancer, autoimmune diseases, chronic infections, low thyroid, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and others. Some of the underlying causes of chronic fatigue can be easily identified and treated such as anemia and hypothyroidism. Others are more difficult to identify such as intestinal parasites, gut dysfunction, autoimmune diseases and hormone imbalances. Standard lab tests are often normal, so you need to look more deeply into identifying the causes of chronic fatigue. I personally struggled with chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic pain for over fifteen years (1990-2008). Overcoming these conditions has given me the personal experience necessary to understand how to emerge from chronic fatigue to regain a vital, meaningful and happy life.
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
95% of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is not inherited. You do not need to have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease to be at risk of developing dementia as you age. During the past fifteen years, abnormalities in mitochondrial structure and function have been identified as a potential cause of the Alzheimer’s disease process. No drug treatment has yet been identified that slows or halts AD progression.
I utilize an approach similar to that of Dr. Dale Bredesen who worked with Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner’s laboratory and then moved on to perform AD research at UCLA medical school. Dr. Bredesen’s program focuses on reviving brain function through mitochondrial support, improved gut health, hormonal balancing and eliminating environmental toxins.
I prescribe a mitochondrial support program designed to decrease oxidative stress and promote mitochondrial repair, while simultaneously providing gentle stimulation to the brain. In my experience, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can often be stabilized and improved with this intervention. We will perform and follow cognitive testing on a quarterly basis to monitor the effects of the treatment. In mild to moderate cases of Alzheimer’s disease, noticeable improvement can often be seen within 3-4 months.
Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Parkinson’s disease is the most common movement disorder and the second most common neurodegenerative disease. In addition to motor symptoms such as joint stiffness and gait abnormalities, many Parkinson’s patients experience cognitive impairment during the course of their lives including attention difficulties, forgetfulness, and slow thought processes. These symptoms can cause a tremendous amount of distress and disability in PD patients.
During the past fifteen years, abnormalities in mitochondrial structure and function have been identified as highly prominent in Parkinson’s disease. Mitochondrial abnormalities have been shown to occur early in the course of Parkinson’s disease, often predating the occurrence of clinical symptoms.
I prescribe a mitochondrial support program designed to decrease oxidative stress and promote mitochondrial repair, while simultaneously providing gentle stimulation to the brain, with the goal of stabilizing and improving PD symptoms. Quantitative testing (UPDRS) can be followed regularly to monitor the effects of the treatment program on both motor and cognitive symptoms.
Immune System Disorders
I have been treating people with immune disorders for the past thirty years. These include frequent infections (e.g. herpes outbreaks, bronchitis, urinary tract infections), MRSA, HIV/AIDS and others. My experience as a primary care doctor for hundreds of HIV(+) patients, when there were very few effective drug treatments, taught me ways to maximally support the immune system using natural therapies including diet, antioxidants, improving gut and function. Improving immune system functioning is not difficult to accomplish with the right interventions.
Healthy aging occurs when all the systems of the body age at a similar rate. If a person appears older than their biological age, there is a problem. While a system of the body may not have yet developed a crisis, the person is clearly heading in that direction. In my experience, people who appear prematurely old are suffering from “mitochondrial dysfunction.” In this situation, the cells of your body are unable to produce sufficient energy to help keep you healthy, vital and strong.
This is a reversible condition. I have seen many patients improve significantly by applying a functional medicine approach. By putting in place the proper nutritional support, hormonal support and instituting a well-defined program of antioxidant therapy, premature aging can reversed.
I want you to know that because of your guidance and treatment, I have lived a full life for the last 20+ years. After living with CFIDS for so long, I never thought that would be possible. You made that possible! Thank you so much!
Laura S.....San Francisco, California
I have been with Dr. Kaiser now for over 15 years and I can say for sure that he is truly a lifesaver and a game changer. I will never forget when my previous doctor told me that I had a terminal illness. However, from the moment I met Dr. Kaiser, he let me know he would put no limit on my lifetime. Dr. Kaiser not only extended my lifetime, he has also greatly improved its quality.
Working with Dr. Kaiser from out of town has been easy. I flew to see him for the first few visits and since then have had all my appointments by phone. Lab slips are sent to me and I get blood work done and results are sent to Dr. Kaiser and then we have our phone visit, easy as that. Thank you Dr. Kaiser for changing my life forever!
Sean K.....Seattle, Washington
When I first met with you, my entire intestinal system was devastated from intestinal parasites and chronic antibiotic treatment. Your care, attention, knowledge, and the treatments you offered me based on your research, helped me rebuild my whole life.
If I hadn't found you, things could have gone in a really bad direction. As it was, you set me on a gentle and gradual course for recovery that healed my entire life. An unexpected effect of improving my gut health was that the migraines and chronic sinus infections I'd had my whole life completely stopped.
Thank you for how much you helped me and I am so happy that you have returned to private practice. I know that everyone you care for will be very, very lucky.
With love and respect,
Jessica S…..Chicago, Illinois