Blog Archive

Thyroid Blog Apr 22nd, 2019

Our integrative practitioners, Lynne Mielke, M.D. and Sandra Kreizenbeck, DNP at Optimal Health Spectrums believe that if the thyroid gland makes both, then we should replace both if it is low. It isn’t just a matter of assuming that mimicking mother nature is best (although that almost always turns out...

Vegan and Vegetarian Diets – healthy or not? Apr 1st, 2019

This is a sensitive topic that many people are very passionate about – whether or not to eat animals (vegetarian) or even any animal products such as dairy or eggs (vegan). I realize that for some it is a religious issue, and I will never argue with someone’s religion because...

Type 2 Diabetes, what is the solution? Apr 1st, 2019

Did you know that the standard medical recommendations for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes are terrible in my opinion? Drugs, drugs, and more drugs – to try to lower that blood sugar. The real problem is not a lack of those medications. The real issue is abnormal HORMONE levels...

The Ketogenic Diet Mar 19th, 2019

The Ketogenic diet is taking the world by storm. There has been an explosion of evidence that eating keto is beneficial for essentially all the major health problems that plague our country and the rest of the world – such as Alzheimer’s disease, Diabetes, Obesity, and Heart Disease, and other...

Medical Grade Skin Care Jan 28th, 2019

What is the difference between skin care products that you find at a local department store or advertised on TV by famous celebrities, and my skin care line - Dr. Mielke’s Optimal Skin Care? Simply put, ours is medical grade, and none of those are. Most people don’t know the...

Intermittent Fasting Jul 9th, 2018

If the thought of skipping a meal makes you nervous, you are not alone. We have all heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, and the advice that you shouldn’t miss meals because your metabolism will slow down, you will eat more later than if...

Integrative Medical Treatment for Seasonal Allergies/Asthma/Sinus Infections Jun 4th, 2018

This is the season when many people in the Bay Area are really suffering from seasonal allergies, often known as hay fever. This is not as benign as it may seem, because it is often the precipitating cause behind asthma flares and sinus infections - and can cause significant fatigue...

Orgasms – More Important Than They May Seem! May 7th, 2018

I routinely talk to my patients about sex, libido, and orgasms. I believe that orgasms are good for your health. They flood your body with positive chemicals, reduce anxiety, and help with a myriad of other symptoms.  Like any other issue - if this is overdone, becomes an addiction, or...

Integrative Heart Health Pointers Feb 12th, 2018

Integrative Heart Health Pointers February is heart health month. Like most things, the integrative approach to heart health is drastically different than the typical traditional approach. Integrative doctors look at many factors that can affect your heart – including diet and exercise (of course), but also very importantly – toxins,...

Medical grade supplements vs. over-the-counter (OTC) supplements Jan 8th, 2018

Many people ask me about medical grade supplements vs. over-the-counter (OTC) supplements that can be purchased at outside stores or online. Is your OTC multi-vitamin the same thing that you can get at a medical office? In a word- no.One reason is that over the counter vitamins are not regulated...

SculpSure Dec 4th, 2017

Even with diet and exercise, many of us still have pockets of fat on our bodies that we would like to get rid of. To get rid of those targeted pockets, often one would have to calorie restrict and/or exercise to an unreasonable and unsustainable degree. Wouldn’t it be nice...

Should you get a flu shot this winter? Nov 20th, 2017

As with many topics in integrative medicine, this one is somewhat controversial. If you listen to the PR machine, you had better get your flu shot right away or you will die. Ironically, I know of many people who get the flu shot and then get the flu anyway. I...

Want to get through the winter without suffering from colds and flus? Nov 20th, 2017

There are hundreds of community-acquired viruses that can make you sick this winter, and you can’t get vaccinated against them all. Your best bet is to boost your immune system. Then, even if someone coughs or sneezes right in your face you have a good chance of not getting it!...

Dr. Mielke’s World Famous Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing Nov 14th, 2017

1. Take 4-6 loaves of different kinds of gluten-free bread (such as Udi's) and tear or cut each slice into small pieces. You can stack several slices and cut them into small squares at the same time. Bake the bread pieces at 250-300 degrees fahrenheit on a baking sheet until...