Love List: Integrative Doctors


My path to becoming an empowered patient has led me on a journey across the country visiting every kind of doctor you can think of! In my quest for crazy sexy health, I’ve discovered some MD jewels whom I’d like to introduce to you. You’ve probably heard about these folks because their knowledge is red hot, and I know my readers are serious health detectives, but just in case, here are some of my favorite white-coats.

Dean Ornish, M.D. is the founder and director of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute (PMRI) in Sausalito, California. His clinical research has demonstrated that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Further research has shown this to be true for a variety of diseases. Dr. Ornish’s Spectrum Program focuses on managing your diet, stress management, fitness and loving relationships. To learn more about how this program can put you on a path toward healing and wellness, read his book, “The Spectrum.”

Mark Hyman, M.D. is founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. He’s dedicated to a functional medicine approach (mentored by Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D.) to health, which addresses the root causes of disease. Being a board advisor for Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps initiative and helping to rebuild Haiti’s health care system following the earthquake are two of Dr. Hyman’s countless contributions to public health. His book,“The Blood Sugar Solution,” explains his diet and lifestyle strategy for correcting insulin imbalance and improving overall health.


Neal Barnard, M.D. is the founder and president of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a powerhouse of advocacy and education for preventative medicine and healthy vegan living. Dr. Barnard’s clinical research on the plant-based diet and its affect on health challenges such as diabetes and cancer is changing the way Americans view their dinner plates in relation to their medical charts. To learn more about his research, check out “Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs.”

Keith Block, M.D. is the co-founder and medical director of the Block Center for integrative cancer treatment in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Block treats the whole patient by combining cutting-edge conventional treatment with individualized and scientifically based complementary and nutraceutical therapies. His approach empowers individuals by putting many integral aspects of treatment, such as optimal nutrition and emotional well-being, back into their hands. Find out more about Dr. Block’s approach in his book, “Life Over Cancer.”

Richard Ash, M.D. is an internal medicine specialist who is a leader in the field of environmental medicine. He is the founder of The Ash Center for Comprehensive Medicine in NYC, which specializes in treating joint pain, allergies and heart issues. Dr. Ash strives to treat the whole person, not just symptoms, thereby getting at the exact cause of each complaint. He can be heard every Sunday on his radio program, “Sick & Tired of being Sick & Tired.”




Gabriel Cousens, M.D. is the founder and director of The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Centerin Patagonia, Arizona. Dr. Cousens promotes a raw vegan diet for optimal health and happiness. One of the most powerful illustrations of Dr. Cousen’s approach to healing, which addresses spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health, is through his 21-day program for reversing diabetes. You can read about this cutting-edge approach to diabetes treatment in his book, “There is a Cure for Diabetes.”

Kenneth Bock, M.D. co-founded the Rhinebeck Health Center and the Center for Progressive Medicine in Albany, New York. Dr. Bock has combined alternative and conventional medicine in his practice over the past 25 years. Most recently, he has focused on children with autism spectrum disorders and ADD/ADHD. His treatment approach, which includes diet modification, detoxification and nutritional supplementation combined with educational and behavioral interventions, has shown significant improvement in his patients. His book, “Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies,” will give you an in-depth look at this innovative approach.

Alejandro Junger, M.D. was drawn to create a detoxification and cleansing program after he experienced the patient side of the modern medical system. This experience led him to seek out alternative relief for his physical and emotional health challenges. Dr. Junger’s philosophy is that the majority of common ailments are the result of toxic buildup in the body. Learn about Dr. Junger’s approach to clea=nsing and rebuilding the body in his book, “Clean.”




Frank Lipman, M.D. is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center. Dr. Lipman has combined the positive aspects of his western training with eastern practices, such as acupuncture, meditation, yoga and herbal medicine. He believes that the body has the innate capacity to heal itself and that we need to treat the underlying cause of disease and create balance, rather than treating symptoms and only providing short-term relief. He follows a functional medicine approach and was also mentored by Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. Dr. Lipman’s system for healing and replenishing your mind and body is in his latest book,“Revive.”

Joel Furhman, M.D. is a board–certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He is the founder of a high nutrient eating style and a pioneer in the growing field of nutritional medicine. In Dr. Fuhrman’s 2-book set, “Eat For Health,” he lays out his nutritional approach to the prevention and management of chronic disease. Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized leader in nutritional medicine. He has served as the chief science officer of Metagenics since 2000, and the president of Metaproteomics, a nutrigenomic research and development company. He also co-founded theInstitute for Functional Medicine (simultaneously creating the concept) to combine the progress in basic medical sciences with clinical medicine and address the growing problems associated with chronic disease. This approach views nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, environment, structural, cognitive, emotional and pharmaceutical therapies (tailored to the individual needs of the patient) as the tools for disease prevention and management.



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David Rosenthal, M.D. is the medical director at the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies. Under Dr. Rosenthal’s direction, the center offers integrated therapies to help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment. These interventions include acupuncture, massage therapy, Reiki, meditation, expressive arts, music therapy, nutrition counseling and Qi Gong (Chinese mind-body exercises). The peer-reviewed, evidence-based research performed at the center is helping to build knowledge of the effectiveness of these integrated treatments.

Donald I. Abrams, M.D. provides integrative oncology consultations for people living with and beyond cancer at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He is also a professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, chief of hematology/oncology at San Francisco General Hospital, and president of the Society for Integrative Oncology. Dr. Abrams has a special interest in botany, which has led him to conduct clinical trials in integrative oncology particularly investigating medicinal mushrooms, traditional Chinese medicine interventions and massage.

Hope you’ll check out these kick-ass integrative MDs. Their wisdom has enriched my life and helped me manage my own inner and outer challenges.

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Peace & kind white coats,

Kris Carr

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25 responses to Love List: Integrative Doctors
  1. Excellent information I’d like to share w/ friends.

  2. Thank you for highlighting these MDs. I am sitting with peaceful memories from the early 80’s of my general surgeon Dr. Hamilton and my oncologists Dr. Flores and Dr. Stewart. The hardest part of being a young woman going through treatment was actually the effect of it all on my mom. The 3 doctors listed really seemed to understand this.

    Love Katarina

  3. love this list..one minor correction…Jeffrey Bland is a PhD,(not MD) and an amazing scientific researcher. He has helped deepen our understanding of root cause of disease as well as deepening our understanding of how to treat at the root vs just managing the symptoms.
    I hope that someday soon, functional medicine courses from the Institute of Functional Medicine, are part of every medical nd nursing school curriculum.
    Thx again for the list.

  4. Thanks, Kristine! Correction was made.

  5. This is a nice insight. Thanks for the lists of MD’s and PhD’s. People who read this can remember their names and someday can ask for their helps. Personally, I am not familiar with these doctors but I hope and believe they were great and good in their profession since they were recommended by many. Thanks again for the list. I love your blog..

    Check out Denver Chiropractor for our healthy tips and wellness.

  6. Hi! Thanks for this article. I have to ask, how come there are no women doctors on this list? Perhaps there might be some out there we can look to for inspiration? Thanks!

  7. Thanks for taking the time to put such a useful list together. I had only heard about half of the doctors listed and am going to enjoy following the health centers and reading the books listed.

  8. Hi Kris,
    I saw your documentary with your visit to Dr. Robert O. Young, his wife Shelley and how you tried his green drink. Thought he would be mentioned here. Was his program other than inspiring?

  9. Hi everyone!
    The doctors I listed are the ones that I have personally followed, meaning I know there work. I too wish there were more women! If you know some then pls share. Dr. young is wonderful too. xo Kris

  10. Hi Kris, I believe your journey is an amazing one. You are such an inspiration. I was wondering if you have any hot red docs near the Denver area? Thanks. xo

  11. Hey gang! I’ll be updating this post with some fabulous female docs very soon.

    For now check out, Marcelle Pick:http://www.womentowomen.com/clinic/clnmarcellepickbio.aspx

    and Christiane Northrup: http://www.drnorthrup.com/

    Sorry Jen, I don’t have anyone Denver specific in mind.

  12. In this vast city of Los Angeles, I’m still searching. Got anything?

    Hugs and love as always

  13. I would also love any LA-based recommendations if you have any. Thank you so so so much!

  14. Women Care is an intergrative medical center near Chicago. My physican is Dr. Marilyn Mitchell. I am not speically at Womencare for my cancer treatment, however, I am treating a Gyno issue related to my cancer diagnosis. So far my experience has been positive. My cancer treatment is at The Block Center for Intergrated Medicine (Kris will be going there soon). I’ve been a client for a year and the environment at the Block Center is compassionate. Although I have disagreed w/my Dr. on advised treatments he supports my decision and is there when I need him. I recommend both centers and there are women physicans at both centers.

  15. Hi Kriss, I’m looking at all the programs and Dr.s suggested in your post. Have you ever heard about the Burzynski clinic in Houston, TX? I’m considering going there but I haven’t met anyone that has been a patient over there. Also, do you know of any integrative Doc’s in The New York area. I live in nyc. Thanks!

  16. Hi Kris,

    Great posts – thanks! I’ve been looking for a good integrative physician (MD) in the GReater Boston area, but so far have come up short. Any recommendations?

    Keep up the love & light!


  17. I would also like to know more about the Burzinsky Clinic and if anyone has actually gone there and had success. Like many of you, mine is a recurring, non-treatable, non-curable cancer so I’m taking the raw food path and it’s definitely slowing things down but after a lifetime of dealing with all this, I’d really like to be DONE!

  18. Sometime you think that in your knowledge you know a lot doctors name. But you made it wrong Kris. I am reading your blogs regularly and learnning quite a lot things. Thanks

  19. I’d like to introduce a friend, who is 39 and has cancer, to a vegan/whole food diet, but I am finding it hard to do. We live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and do not have unlimited resources/

  20. You absolutely have to look up Dr. Richard Schultz. He has been forced to close down his clinic. But, he is worth checking out. See if you can download his “Natural Healing Crusade” series. Keeps me motivated to eat raw… juice… and life a good life. :)

  21. I actually have a tendency to go along with all the stuff that has been
    put into writing throughout “Love List: Integrative Doctors – KrisCarr.
    com”. Many thanks for all the details.Thank you-Jacinto

  22. I was wondering if you have a book or a green drink I can take to help me lower my cholesterol I don’t want to take those stains my Doc wants me to take I would rather. Do it by knowing what to eat and drink I know you have a recipe book on how to do green drinks would like to know what it is and how can I get one and will it help with my cholesterol

  23. Hi Kriss: I am trying to authenticate information that I have received about EHE research by Dr. Brian Rubin in Cleveland (identifying achemotherapy agent that kills EHE). How can I find out if this is true? Do you know anything about this research? Thanks, Darla

  24. Hi! I live in San Diego, CA and have yet to find an integrative Doctor that I can connect with. Do you have any suggestions?