We asked Dr. Lauren Richter, an Integrative Medicine Physician and Functional Medicine expert at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, for tips to better heart health. Here are her checklists.
How do you strengthen the function of the heart?
What kinds of foods help with optimal heart health?
What kinds of foods should be avoided?
Are there supplements that help with heart health?
About the Expert: Lauren Richter, DO
Dr. Lauren B. Richter is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She is also a practicing physician in the Center for Integrative Health and Healing, the clinical practice of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Richter earned a BS from Pennsylvania State University in General Arts and Sciences with a minor in premedical education and a degree in osteopathic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She chose to pursue an osteopathic education because it spoke to her belief that the art of medicine was about treating individual people, not individual symptoms. Long before such beliefs became popular, Dr. Richter understood that medicine had to be about treating body, mind and spirit.
Dr. Richter accumulated twenty years of experience in mainstream medical practices in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Then, a successful, personal battle with cancer changed her professional life. After finding that acupuncture restored the energy that cancer treatments took from her, Dr. Richter chose to attend Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland. She graduated from Tai Sophia with a Masters of Acupuncture in 2004 and now is on the teaching staff at the Institute. Dr. Richter is also trained in Functional Medicine from the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Over a professional career spanning more than thirty years, her practice of medicine has consistently centered on methods that have the potential to help people become healthy. She has utilized alternative therapies since opening her practice of medicine, and spends a large amount of time learning new approaches to healing. Dr. Richter believes that her role as your physician/acupuncturist is to help you attain the highest possible state of health through whatever means are most effective and appropriate for you as an individual. Dr. Richter specializes in the integration of modern and traditional medical therapies, with an emphasis on the use of natural treatments, osteopathic manipulation and acupuncture along with medications and surgery. This gives you, the patient, several approaches from which to choose in designing your own health care program. The goal is to find the CAUSE of your problems, and not just cover up the symptoms.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Richter, please call 410-448-6361. Questions can be emailed to CIMClinicInfo@som.umaryland.edu.
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