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Dr. Craig Hauser, coming from a background in the Airforce, has always been about helping others and finding ways to overcome challenges.
That is why he recently opened his own practice in Middletown (exact location is the top of the Braddock Mountain, see website for address) where he is a practicing Functional Medical Doctor. He integrates both Western and Eastern medicine into the total heath package for his clients.
But he hasn’t always had this view on medicine.
About 8 years ago Dr. Hauser became sick, he wasn’t himself, he had Bells Palsy along with other ailments. He was just given additional prescriptions to counteract all the symptoms when he had enough and sought out alternatives. It was during this time that he discovered a different approach to medicine. His personal results were so profound that he decided that he would help others. Not by quitting what he knew, traditional medicine, but by adding Eastern medical practices to help his clients.
This led to the journey of opening his own practice in July 2015…
From Hauser Health’s website:
Life as a young doctor was awesome (married the woman of my dreams, had 3 wonderful children, pets, the picket fence, etc.) but life has a way of getting complicated and I started having medical issues myself.
I was thrown some curveballs and suffered a series of illnesses. I started to feel not myself and very unhealthy. I started to withdraw from life other than when my family dragged me back. My issues ranged from kidney stones, shingles, lyme’s disease, tinnitus, and Bell’s Palsy to stress, anxiety and (what I dreaded the most) panic attacks. I’ve had high cholesterol, reflux (GERD), put on extra pounds, and tried all kinds of exercise and diets. I know all too well what irritable bowel disease is and just how little it is regarded in the typical American medical system. My medicine cabinet was FULL of prescriptions. I also know first hand about SSRIs, anti-anxiety medicine and the deep desire for a more natural, more effective solution without all the awful side effects.
So I set out on a journey. Maybe like the one you’ve been on, bouncing from doctor to doctor and rushing through 15 minute appointments (after waiting for hours!). Google became my best friend (albeit a dangerous one). I started to realize that the food that I chose to eat could help me feel better, or make me feel worse. Eventually I discovered Complementary and Alternative medicine, Functional medicine, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, etc. Anything other than Western Medicine, which treated me like a number even though I was part of the system.
I realized that I needed the best of both worlds and that’s when I found Integrative Medicine: I began studying with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona as a Fellow in the Integrative Medicine program. I learned how to take the best parts of Western Medicine and “integrate” them with Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Now, my medicine cabinet is much simpler and my refrigerator, garden, and pantry are much healthier. Most importantly, my life is less stressful and more full.
The Five Pillars of Functional Medicine:
1- Nutrition- The body needs 3 healthy meals and 2 healthy snacks a day for optimum nutrition.
2- Sleep- Ideally the body needs 7-8 hours per night at 68 degrees.
3- Exercise- Must attain a certain amount of movement and inertia each day.
4- Social- Find Happiness, Peace, and contentment.
5- Nutraceuticals- Make sure you get a healthy amount of vitamins, minerals, and supplements.
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