Making Wise Decisions For Better Health with Elson Haas, M.D.

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The medical choices that we have today can be bewildering. They include allopathic medicine, also known as Western medicine, Eastern medicine, and alternative or natural/holistic medicine. Also our choice of health practitioners has an even larger number of options. We can go to naturopaths, acupuncturists, osteopaths, or MDs. We can look up symptoms on the Internet and attempt to self-diagnose from countless illnesses and diseases. The choices are multitudinous. So how do we wade through the variety of options? Elson Haas, M.D. is dedicated to empowering each of us with the knowledge and resources we need to make the best choices for our health. He says, “I want to engage with people; I like to keep people out of hospitals, out of surgery, and using the least medicines. What I do as an integrative practitioner is to work with multiple systems. I want the simplest, most effective, and safest thing for people to use and a lot of times that’s natural remedies over and above drugs.” In this deep dialogue Haas describes three systems of medicine - Natural Medicine, Eastern Medicine, Western Medicine - and when each may be appropriate to support our best health. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Elson Haas, M.D. is an integrative medicine practitioner with more than four decades of experience. He’s the Founder and Director of Haas Health Online and the Preventative Medical Center of Marin (PMCM). 

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What are the priorities we should look at when exploring better health
  • What are the three major choices or systems of medicine
  • What is meant by Natural Medicine: what are its strengths and weaknesses
  • What is meant by Eastern Medicine: what are its strengths and weaknesses
  • What is meant by Western Medicine: what are its strengths and weaknesses
  • What are the consequences of combining prescription drugs and herbal medicine
  • What are some considerations when surgery is suggested
  • The five keys for staying healthy: nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, attitude
  • What is Haas’ advice regarding the limited time that most doctors have to spend in an appointment
  • What are naturopaths and osteopaths
  • Why diet, stress management, and sleep are of foremost importance in safeguarding our health
  • Why we should avoid sugar, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and chemicals: SNACC
  • What is the stimulation/sedation syndrome
  • What is the cause of disease
  • How best to reduce inflammation more naturally
  • What is Haas’ recommendation regarding vegan and vegetarian diets
  • What advice does Haas have regarding the doctor/patient relationship 

Host: Justine Willis Toms            Interview Date: 12/10/2018             Program Number: 3650

Music Playlist

From Album: Eirlandia
Artist: Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning
2018 B07BGGY2X9 Arkmusic/Ark Records, Inc. 

Opening Essay: Track 01 Eirlandia
Music Break 1: Track 03 Oran Môr
Music Break 2: Track 03 Oran Môr (continued)
Music Break 3: Track 04 A Wonder Voyage