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At Integrated Nutrition of Mount Kisco, PLLC and Blood Logic, Inc. we work in close partnership with you towards developing your natural healing plan. What you do not need is a generalized “one size fits all approach.”  Our approach for clarifying your health issues, finding hidden causes of your health problem(s) and developing natural solutions has been woven into our carefully designed longevity approach that we call The Blood Detective’s Longevity Plan. We believe that developing a Metabolic Map of your entire body by performing specialized health tests (e.g., biomarkers) is a truly holistic way of viewing, appreciating and managing your health concerns. As a concierge practice, we make ourselves truly available to you.  As a paperless office we are concerned about the world environment as it affects our “internal environment”…namely, your health.

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Weight loss, poor memory, intestinal issues, hormone problems, pain, fatigue, muscle aches and pains…whatever your health concerns(s), Dr. Michael Wald, The BloodDDetective has the answers…naturally. The Blooddetective blog is filled with dozens of radio shows on just about every health topic that you can think of. “Ask The Blooddetective is Dr. Wald’s weekly radio show covering nutrition and naturopatic, dietary and exercise, disease and health topics.

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Ask The Blood Detective - hosted by, Dr. Michael Wald

Ask The Blood Detective is a truly unique show because it's the only show out there that's about YOUR needs and not some average mythical person. Dr. Wald was nicknamed the Blood Detective because of his keen ability to tailor natural and nutritional health efforts to the unique biochemical and nutritional needs of his patients.  Science focuses on averages, but Dr. Wald's focus, as the original Blood Detective, is to dissect, investigate and share with his audience how it all comes back to you!


Dr. Wald says, "Natural health care and allopathic medicine often gives lip-service to helping individuals, but most often depersonalizes the person. My answer to this is to teach my audience how to navigate through the morass of misinformation out there and to discern what's useful and apply it to everyday life." Ask the Blood Detective is about exploring nutritional and other laboratory tests the, "Blood Detective Way" so that you can maximize your personal health potential. Nicknamed the Blood Detective for his reputation of cutting through the nonsense, Dr. Wald shares all of his 26 years of health and nutrition knowledge as a medical school graduate, a doctor of chiropractic, a double board certified nutritionist and overall maverick in the natural health care field.


Tune into, Ask The Blood Detective, and start to think and live well in a way you never thought possible. Dr. Wald can be reached at his office at 914-242-8844 or via email at: The website to his clinical, Integrated Nutrition of Mount Kisco is: 

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What's In Those #Supplements? - Dr. Michael Wald, The #Blood Detective, weighs in!


What's in those vitamins? - Dr. Wald, The Blood Detective, weighs in!

Dr. Michael Wald, nicknamed The Blood Detective, gives his qualified opinion regarding the recent New York State attorney general's office action against four major retailers that sell nutritional supplements. GNC, Walmart, Wallgreens and Target have been accused of selling various herbal products that were tested and found to either not contain the herbs listed on the respective labels and/or to contain unlisted ingredients...some of which could be harmful for some consumers.  For more on the New York Time's story on this unprecedented blow to the herbal and vitamin industry go here:  

Dr. Wald discusses his experience's over his 25-plus year career as a doctor and clinical nutritionist and how common he feels this deception goes. Dr. Wald discusses how the consumer can distinguish between nutritional products that are the real thing and those that are not. Listen to his short and concise radio spot that will air on PRN radio and his blog. Listen to the show below: 

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Dr. Michael Wald - Supervisor of Longevity at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco located in Westchester New York, Mount Kisco - 914-242-8844 - /

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Are you digesting normally? When to take and avoid digestive nutritional supplements


Dr. Michael Wald, The Blood Detective...all about longevity!

Dr. Michael Wald, The Blood Detective...all about longevity!

Dr. Wald's response to a question posted on the expert health website:


Dear Linda:

Your question was:
"Hi... I've been taking tmg / betaine as prescribed by my nutritionist for years. I'm currently 11 weeks pregnant ... An still taking... She told me it was safe . I've been reading conflicting things. Can you share any knowledge on the topic ? Thank you"

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Dr. Wald's response: 
Without having you as my patient I cannot tell you definitively that you should take or not take betaine supplements. Betaine, along with HCL (hydrochloric acid), is a readily available digestive aid available in most health food stores. Store-bought Betaine/HCL usually come together in a single supplement, but you should know that supplements available in health food stores are often of inferior quality compared to those available from trained health care providers. Whether you are pregnant or not there are a few important things that you and everyone should know about taking Betaine/HCL supplementation:

- They should be taken with foods when properly prescribed. 

- Different people require individualized dosages. I employ what I call a "stomach acid loading test" to determine individual dosages and I test several important lab tests to help me further evaluate the use and benefits and optimal dosages of Betaine/HCL. The tests include, but are not limited to, total protein, uric acid, serum chloride, serum globulin, A/G ratio, BUN, ionized calcium and others. 

- Stomach acid for protein absorption, to kill parasites, bacteria and fungi that are in our food supply. Those with low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) or no stomach acid (achlorhydria) are more susceptible to infectious agents in our foods making their way into our bodies causing all sorts of health issues - often missed by traditionally trained doctors including gastroenterologists. Strangely, GI doctors have no training in the use of Betaine/HCL.

- Without proper stomach acid levels, which decline by the way because of many reasons (i.e., aging, medications, stress, autoimmune diseases, excessive alcohol consumption, etc.) one can fall victim to accelerated aging, sickness and disease.

- Betaine/HCL is required to activate (ionize) calcium otherwise it is not utilized properly (no matter how much calcium one consumes), remove B12 from proteins in our foods, digest proteins, balance healthy bacteria in our intestinal tract, zinc, iron and copper absorption and to reduce the absorption of heavy metals such as aluminum and mercury in the body.

- Betaine/HCL is needed for an important and fundamental healing process in the body known as methylation along with activated forms of B6 (pyridoxine HCL), methylfolic acid and methylated B12.

Anyone who is deficient in stomach acid (betaine/HCL) should take the properly determined daily dose of stomach acid. If a person requires stomach acid they almost certainly are deficient in many of the nutrients that I have mentioned above and potentially others - even if blood levels of these nutrients appear normal! In other words, there are many ways to determine a need for various nutrients other than measuring their blood levels. Blood levels of most nutrients only reflect intake of that supplement over the last 1-3 days or so. 

A nutritional interpretation of blood work (using my Blood Detective technology ( helps determine if one absorbs nutrients, needs stomach acid and unmasks other health issues - especially along with a careful medical and health history, consultation and other functional tests (more my longevity program at:

The only stomach acid supplement that I recommend is the one that I have designed found here called Betaine HCL:

As with any supplement digestive aid one must only take what is needed. In the case of betaine/HCL it should never be taking by someone with esophagitis, gastritis or ulcers. There are other contraindications as well depending upon the individual.

There are many possible problems that could arise from hypochlorhydria:

  1. Failure to digest foods properly. This will result in a general malabsorption of proteins. Indeed, hypochlorhydria as induced by antacids and H2 blockers and protein pump inhibitors substantially increases one's risk of osteoporosis because the body simply does not have the raw material to replace bone. Many degenerative conditions will be associated, therefore, with hypochlorhydria.
  2. Failure to absorb trace elements. Trace elements are essential for normal body functioning. If these are not present then the biochemistry of the body will go slow, organs will go slow and this will accelerate the ageing process. Therefore, one would expect to see people getting diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and neuro-degenerative conditions, before their time.
  3. Failure to sterilise the stomach contents. This will make individuals more susceptible to gut infections such as gastro-enteritis and possibly enteroviruses such as Epstein-Barr virus, Coxsackie virus, Echovirus and so on. Gastric acid is an essential part of normal defences against disease. Gastric acid is also essential for getting rid of undesirable bacteria and yeast that appear in the diet. Particularly virulent strains, of course, may cause simple food poisoning. However, if there is an overgrowth of bacteria and yeast in the stomach, then foods will get fermented instead of being digested. This produces wind and gas resulting in bloating and alcohols, which may or may not be useful to the body.
  4. Allergy to gut microbes. The idea here is that gut microbes are miniscule compared with human cells and all too easily spill over into the bloodstream with the potential to cause allergic or inflammatory reactions at distal sites. Irritable bladder or interstitial cystitis is an obvious case. But I suspect many other pathologies such as arthritis, venous ulcers, rosacea, "intrinsic" asthma, mesenteric adenitis, rheumatic fever, polymyalgia rheumatica and other such can be explained by this mechanism.
  5. Fermenting brain. Nishihara has shown that fermenting gut may result in fermenting brain - low levels of microbes in the brain may ferment neurotransmitters into LSD and amphetamine like substances (to cause hyperactivity, psychosis and other such) or ferment out serotonin, acetylcholine, GABA to cause low mood and depression. If this is correct then this explains a whole range of psychiatric conditions and establishes the mechanism of the widely observed food-mood connection. See Nishihara's work at [[1]]
  6. Increased risk of stomach cancer. Having the wrong bacteria and yeast in the stomach will irritate the lining of the stomach and increase one's risk of stomach cancer.
  7. Malabsorption of vitamin B12. It is well known that the stomach must be acid in order to absorb B12. Indeed, using a proton pump inhibitor such as Omeprazole, will reduce absorption of vitamin B12 to less than 1% of expected. Many people already suffer from borderline B12 deficiency - this is a difficult vitamin for the body to assimilate, but essential for normal biochemistry.
  8. Risk factor for cancer. I suspect many bowel tumours are driven by microbes in the upper fermenting gut. Indeed we know that helicobacter pylori infection is a risk factor for stomach cancer. In Japan where hypochlorrhydria is very common stomach cancer is a major killer.

Symptoms of hypochlorhydria

When any of the above problems go wrong, it can result in symptoms.

  1. Accelerated ageing because of malabsorption.
  2. Wind, gas and bloating as foods are fermented instead of being digested, i.e. irritable bowel syndrome.
  3. A tendency to allergies - the reason for this is that if foods are poorly digested, then large antigenically interesting molecules get into the lower gut, where if the immune system reacts against them, that can switch on allergy.
  4. Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  5. Iron deficiency anemia
  6. B12 deficiency
  7. A tendency to candida dysbiosis or bacterial dysbiosis.

I hope that this information was useful for you Linda.

Good luck and the best of health during and after your pregnancy.

Dr. Michael Wald, DC, MD, MS
Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco
495 E. Main Street
Mount Kisco, NY 1549

AE AllExperts reply by #Dr. Wald - #Alzheimer's Disease and #curcumin


Your question answered about the herb curcumin and severe dementia - Alzheimer's Disease

Question:Dr. Wald, I am a 57 yr old male. My 81 yr old mother has Alzheimer's disease. A very high percentage of her relatives in her generation and previous generation have died from Alzheimer's. I don't like my odds; therefore, I'm looking for possible options to stave off this dreaded disease. I don't want to fall prey to snake oils, but obviously modern medicine doesn't have all the answers. I have done a bit of research into curcumin and would appreciate your opinion on it's use. Thanks for your time.


Dr. Michael Wald

Hello Ed:

Ed, I am very sorry to hear about your mother and her diagnoses of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Your question is essentially - "What is my option of the herb curcumin (Tumeric) for Alzheimer's Disease. Here is what you need to know.

Sadly, Neuologists have virtually nothing to offer the Alzheimer's sufferer

Traditionally neurology, sadly, has little to offer for AD, a progressive form of dementia or memory loss. The medications used have virtually no value, but you already know this because of your own investigations. So what about curcumin for slowing the progression of this disease? Ed, you could easily find natural practitioners, even scientific studies, that show that curcumin reduces neuro-inflammation, chelates heavy metals such as aluminum (implicated as an environmental cause of Alzheimer's disease) and other potential benefits. 

25 Years of Experience has taught me a few things...
I can tell you from 25 years experience in this area that you will notice no difference whatsoever using this herb. What curcumin could potential help with, along with a large number of other nutritional supplements, is slow down the progression of this condition. Having said this it is best to take what amounts to a large number of nutrients and alter the diet of a Alzheimer's sufferer as early in the course of this disease as possible. If one waits until the disease has progressed significantly little or no noticeable benefit will happen. 

The approach must be individualized

My approach is to perform a large number of blood and other types of tests to determine the cause and or potential ways in which to slow this condition. Having said this, you must understand that diet and nutritional supplements are not recognized by mainstream medicine as an effective strategy for AD. Here are some important considerations for searching for causes and natural solutions for AD:

Tests and natural approaches
1. Test for heavy metals particularly aluminum - correct accordingly
2. Test for various vitamin and mineral levels- correct accordingly
3. Check hormone levels particularly estrogens, progesterone and testosterone- correct accordingly
4. Review for potential environmental toxins- correct accordingly
5. Body composition- correct accordingly
6. Consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy
7. Check for viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal infections - correct accordingly

There are several basic supplements that I use for all of my patients with a diagnosis of AD, but I supplement on top of these with many more depending upon health history, overall health goals, extent of the condition and result of laboratory tests - among other factors. 

My top nutritional pics are:
Active Folate
B12 sublingual or liquid
Brain Energy Blast
Greens Detox
Krill Oil
Longevity Complete
Reds Protect
Zinc Picolinate

All of these are my label and are available at:

Keep in mind that some drug-nutritional interactions exist that require a professional to review. 

All treatments must be based on the specific findings, not general protocols found in nutrition books (they are often way off), and the health history of the person affected. 

I do hope that this helps.

Dr. Michael Wald
Blood Detective

Diabetics – what should we eat?


Dr. Wald’s answer:  “The dietary needs of each diabetic person may vary widely. It is important to consider the following: 1.     Eat several small, protein or healthy fat, rich foods fairly evenly spaced throughout the day (i.e., every 3-4 hrs.): this helps maintain a more balanced blood sugar throughout the course of the day.

2.      Take your blood sugar regularly and test your individual blood sugar response to various foods.  The low glycemic foods lists provide a guide for you to consider. Those foods lower on the glycemic scale are theoretically better in terms of their tendency not to cause an extreme rise in your blood sugar. Rice brand, oatmeal and peas are considered relatively low glycemic foods, but you might respond to them as the Glycemic List says you might.  If you take the time and effort to explore your individualized blood sugar-food reaction you will help reduce your risk of hyperglycemic health problems such as cardiovascular disease, kidney problems and neuropathy.

3.    Various nutritional supplements might also help balance your blood sugar including, chromium picolinate (800-1000mcg); magnesium citrate: 200-400 mg per day; additional protein supplementation (depending upon need) and omega 3 fish oil (1-2 grams per day).  Check out Dr. Wald’s nutritional products at: especially Reds Protect, Green’s Detox and Longevity Complete.

Melatonin – should kids take it?


Dr. Wald’s answer: ”Melatonin should be used under the supervision of a trained nutritionist or medical specialist. Having said this, there are many indications for adolescents to benefit from melatonin supplementation.  Salivary testing is probably reliable to help determine how much should be used as is body weight and the particular reason you are using the melatonin. If a young person takes too much melatonin this can cause adverse (harmful) hormonal feedback and create other hormonal and health problems.  On the flip side, melatonin is generally quite safe and can help sleep, reduce anxiety and is an important antioxidant for many body tissues.”  Check out Dr. Wald’s nutritional products at: especially Reds Protect, Green’s Detox and Longevity Complete.

Can juicing help me balance my diet?


Dr. Wald’s response: “Juicing is a great way to enhance a balanced diet with nutrition that would otherwise be too difficult to obtain from eating just foods. Fruit and vegetable juicing contains literally thousands of healthful elements that might benefit the immune system and reduce the risk of many diseases. High in vitamin, minerals, fibers and various plant elements known as phytonutrients, juicing can help get your health to the next level. If you have blood sugar problems, or wish to avoid them, you might want to be careful not to drink too many fruit juices (even fresh) - especially if the pulp (fibers) have been removed in the juicing process; it's the fibers that help balance the blood sugar by slowing the entry of natural fruit sugars into the blood stream. It is true, but to a lesser degree, for vegetable juices.

Overall, I would say that there is no limit to the nutritional benefits that could be obtained from drinking vegetable, and to a lesser extent, fruit juices. Try my super-food juice concentrates Red’s Protect, Green’s Detox and Longevity Complete found at:”

Can flaxseed help me balance my hormone levels?


Dr. Wald’s response: “Grinding flaxseed is a good idea! First of all, when you grind the flaxseeds you break its outer plant hull (fibrous component) allowing for far better nutritional availability of the flaxseed nutrient content. Importantly, when you ground the flaxseeds you allow for the lignin content to be far better utilized; lignin’s is a component of flaxseed proven to reduce hormone related cancer risk and helps to treat hormone related cancers once they are apparent. Lignin’s bind to various estrogens reducing estrogens stimulating effect upon estrogen sensitive tissues such as the uterus, breast and colon.  Ground flaxseeds also serve as food for intestinal bacteria; in their attempt to digest the flaxseed two important compounds known as butyric and caprylic acids are produced. These acids are associated with intestinal health and repair and even lower rates of colon cancer.”  Check out Dr. Wald’s nutritional products at: especially Reds Protect, Green’s Detox and Longevity Complete.

Beet Juice – can I drink this if I have hepatitis and esophagitis?


Dr. Wald’s answer: “there is no reason, other than a specific food allergy or intolerance, that says you cannot have beet juice with the conditions that you mentioned. In fact, beet juice is particularly good for hepatitis because beet juice contains small amounts of acids, which help digestion reducing the load of toxins that might go from the intestines to the liver (this is called the enterohepatic circulation).  Beet juice, if you drink too much, could possibly aggravate hypo-or hyperglycemia, but if you keep the juice content less than 2 glasses per day you should be fine. Better yet, add the beet juice together with other green vegetables and it will be even more tolerable and healthful to your overall metabolism and healing process. Do keep in mind that beets and beet juice can cause red urine and dark stool which some of my patients have confused with blood. No worries!  This reaction is perfectly harmless.  Beetroot juice has many healthful properties including anti-inflammatory properties, immune regulation and detoxification.  Drink and enjoy!”  Check out Dr. Wald’s nutritional products at: especially Reds Protect, Green’s Detox and Longevity Complete.

Acai - is it a good source of iron?


Dr. Wald’s response: “If you are iron anemic and taking nutritional supplements taking Acai is no problem whatsoever. If the form of iron that you are taking is of plant (non-animal origin) then it is non-heme iron. Non-heme iron is not very absorbable but you will increase its absorption by eating Acai, which is high in vitamin C and flavanoids - both of which increase non-heme iron absorption. Iron from animal sources is heme iron, which is far more absorbable, compared to non-heme (plant-based iron).” Check out Dr. Wald’s nutritional products at: especially Reds Protect, Green’s Detox and Longevity Complete.

What Your Doctor Does Not Want You to Know


By Dr. Michael Wald - Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco

914-242-8844 -

What’s all this controversy about alternative or complimentary health care anyway?  It seems that when many allopathic (aka “traditional”) physicians are asked about their thoughts regarding nutrition and natural healthcare, they reply “there’s no evidence for that witchcraft, it’s a waste of time and money.”  The truth, however, is that thousands of people worldwide have benefited from improvements in diet, herbs, nutritional supplements and other non-drug therapies. Not to mention that tens of thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies have been performed which demonstrate the safety, cost-effectiveness and benefits of natural medicine for a wide variety of chronic health problems including, but not limited to, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, fatigue, obesity, infertility, headaches, chronic pain and many others.  For example, you can go to the Services section at: and click on the Scientific References button at the end for evidence on Vitamin C’s benefits in a large number of diseases.  Then why are well educated and obviously well intentioned physicians often so dead set against holistic or complimentary or alternative health care practices? First of all, not all allopathic physicians are against holistic practices and those that are, I am sure, are biased and/or under pressure from their medical practices and/or hospitals not to give credence towards non-insurance reimbursable services such as holistic health care.  Some doctors claim that there is no reasonable scientific evidence that nutrition and natural medicine works.  A lack of scientific evidence is not the problem, as anyone with research knowledge knows by exploring the National Library of Medicine at This website provides medical abstracts and, when searched correctly, clearly demonstrates that alternative and nutritional therapies work. My experience having worked with thousands of patients over the last twenty-plus years in clinical practice is that some doctors are just ignorant!  How do I know? My patients tend to know more than their doctors and this is their conclusion from questioning the so-called “expert” physicians.  Final takeaway…if you want an accurate opinion about nutrition ask a doctor who has training in the subject and is not just being defensive at the expense of your health!

“My doctor says that nutrition is a waste of time and cannot help my disease condition or symptoms”. Then why is it that even most non-physicians reading this article know the following? High fat foods increase one’s risk of developing cancer, heart disease and colon cancer; trans fats can cause heart disease and cancer; the Mediterranean Diet is proven to reverse heart disease and help cancers; calcium supplements are given to help osteoporosis; vitamin D helps prevent fatigue, breast and prostate cancer; vitamin C helps prevent colds; niacin lowers cholesterol; magnesium lowers blood pressure; raspberries can reduce inflammation, increase immune function and are heart healthy – this is just a small sampling of how nutrition helps to prevent and reverse illness and disease.

Proper nutrition obviously reduces the risk of chronic degenerative disease and no reputable scientist would argue with this point.  Careful laboratory assessment, like the type I can provide through my Blood Detective Logic system along with a careful health history and nutritional examination, go a long way towards individualizing one’s health plan and reducing disease risk.

Keep in mind that, “just because your doctor did not learn about nutritional and natural health care in medical school” does not mean that it does not offer health potential.

For more information please go to or call us at (914) 242-8844.

Dr. Michael Wald & Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco featured in Inside Chappaqua


Good Health “Maximizing Well Being” A Glimpse at How the “Blood Detective” Goes About Maximizing Yours By Michael Kohn

I wasn’t sure what to expect when my publisher asked me to interview “the original Blood Detective.”  Before I could ask if he worked with law enforcement, she added that this profile was to be included in this health issue and Dr. Michael Wald was the Director of Nutritional Services at Integrated Medicine & Nutrition.  Since I am now over 50 and expect to have upcoming health issues, I was curious to find out more about this blood sleuth.

Upon arrival at his friendly and bright Mt. Kisco location, Dr. Wald greeted and ushered me into his office, the “heart” of his evidence-based medicine paradigm.  Anticipating my question about whether this was an alternative or holistic practice, he emphasized that he takes an integrated approach toward wellness.  Unlike some holistic practitioners who seemingly eschew traditional medicine or physicians who reject holistic and alternative approaches, Dr. Wald advocates for a balanced approach which combines proven methods from various disciplines while adding his own unique diagnostic tools.

A second generation chiropractor who credits his father as an inspiration and pioneer in nutrition, Dr. Wald holds a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and a Ph.D. from the Holistic College of Nutrition.  He is a Board Certified Nutritionist, a Certified Nutritional Specialist, a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Dietician Nutritionist.  Although not licensed to practice medicine, he also holds a medical degree.  His partner at Integrated Medicine and Nutrition is Dr. Nilay Shah, who is also Director of Neurology services at Riverfront Medical Services.  Together, they are a formidable wellness team by providing primary care and important second opinions and support, especially in cases where a specialist in one field may not have dietary and nutritional expertise.

Technology is at the heart of Dr. Wald’s practice.  As the “original Blood Detective,” he developed a comprehensive computer technology which helps determine a patient’s individual nutritional and dietary needs by getting to the root of a problem.  It is a predictive and diagnostic tool which identifies with greater specificity a patient’s nutritional requirements.  His Blood Logic technology is currently in use throughout the United States and Canada.  Thousands of healthcare providers have learned how better to manage their patients through comprehensive nutritional and laboratory assessment.

If you are confused, don’t be.  Dr. Wald was quick with a simple example.  A person might be taking Lipitor for high cholesterol but not because of any Lipitor deficiency in the body-it’s a drug.  So, instead of combating a condition with just a drug, Dr. Wald can assess which natural approaches, through diet and/or supplements might be available to advance a patient’s health.  Dr. Wald often works with a medical specialist to maximize a patient’s well-being.

Thwarting More Serious Conditions

Prevention is one of the keys to Dr. Wald’s practice.  That may sound like common sense, but with the assistance of computer technology, screening a person’s unique biochemistry directs a course of action for Dr. Wald.  I am sure you have heard how something like cholesterol has ranges of normal.  With blood logic technology, these ranges can be narrowed and mapped, suggesting treatments which can prevent a more serious condition from developing.  In other words, instead of waiting until there is a real problem, nip it in the bud while you can.

As we shared a cup of coffee (free-trade, organic, of course), I was struck with what I thought was the essence of Dr. Wald’s philosophy and approach to wellness.  We are all unique individuals with unique needs.  When I brought this to his attention, Dr. Wald was quick with a term coined by two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Roger Williams-“biochemical individuality”.  It was an “ah” moment for me.

By nature, people generally consult with a doctor when they aren’t feeling well.  Indeed, much of Dr. Wald practice consists of dealing with patients with confirmed health issues.  As I listened, however, I was struck by his new medical paradigm.  Typically, a person with some kind of ailment will see their primary care physician who may run a few simple tests and prescribe a drug which may alleviate the symptom.

Dr. Wald attacks problems from a different angle.  Part of his strategy is starting with what is natural first.  Why prescribe a drug when lifestyle and dietary changes may address the underlying cause of a patient’s distress?  Drugs often have side effects which nutrients do not.  Wit the level of scrutiny gained by the testing done at Integrated Medicine and Nutrition, Dr. Wald can create a metabolic map of a person and tailor treatment for a person with greater specificity.

Lest you think that Dr. Wald feels his paradigm is a healthcare panacea, he is quick to point out that he believes in a balanced approach to wellness.  He spoke extensively about the importance of cooperation with other professionals and the possibility that treatments like chemotherapy or surgery may be a patient’s first and best treatment.

More than once, he showed me links to PubMed, a digital archive of the U.S. National Library of Medicine containing articles he uses to back up his research.  It’s a large part of his evidence-based philosophy.  Nevertheless, taking the time to scrutinize a patient’s lifestyle, environment and diet can go a long way to creating an overall wellness picture.  Another part of the practice includes the Longevity Center.  By measuring biomarkers such as total cholesterol, strategies can be utilized so a patient doesn’t end up with multiple diseases.  Focus, of course, is on quality of life and not just living longer.

As you might expect, Dr. Wald teaches nutrition and even makes rounds with Dr. Glenn Brady, Chief of Critical Care at Westchester Medical.  He has written extensively and appears to practice what he preaches-living well!

Even though I wasn’t experiencing any medical distress, I left Dr. Wald feeling better.  Visit his website at for further information and a complete list and explanation of the many unique therapies offered.

Michael Kohn is a regular contributor to Inside Chappaqua.