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Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine

This is Alex Smithers.  I founded the Integral Medicine clinic in an attempt to bring an intelligent, practical, and refined integration of Conventional and Complementary, Western and Eastern medicine to the community.  My goal is to bring the patient into a state of balance as gently and comfortably as possible, while keeping the treatment plans as practical, as simple, and as cost effective as possible.  I believe that this is what enhances patient compliance and compliance is essential for positive outcomes.

The clinic will use an Integrative/Functional Medical approach to treat all forms of illness, disease and dysfunction.  At the same time, we will explore the broader implications of disease and shine light on how and why certain diseases originate and develop.

Founded on the principles of compassion, honesty and responsibility, Integral Medicine will engage in a new system of health care that is emerging in this country.  One based on actual health care rather than that of disease care.  A system in which the entire person is acknowledged in the treatment of disease rather than merely the symptoms they are presenting with.  Cooperation from both Eastern and Western practitioners will be necessary, however, as it is only in the integration of both of these systems, integrating the best of both worlds, that will offer the patient the most benefit.  This is the vision and hope of Dr. Smithers and Integral Medicine.

At Integral Medicine, we offer services to the greater Sarasota and Bradenton areas and treat a broad range of conditions.  We address all painful musculoskeletal conditions, primarily with Prolozone and Prolotherapy and treat everything from gastrointestinal conditions to chronic lyme and biotoxin illness.    Please call us if you have any questions or concerns.


Metabolic endotoxemia is linked to a broad range of chronic conditions, from heart disease and autoimmunity to anxiety, insomnia and depression. It is also common trigger of insulin resistance diabetes and weight gain. It is marked by an increase in serum LPS during the first five hours following meal consumption. LPS are large molecules found in the outer membranes

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Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

A Cutting-Edge Conference

This summer, I was fortunate to participate in the groundbreakingInternational Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research(ISNPR) conference held in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting was truly inspiring and exciting to those of us who believe that nutritional approaches are the way forward in the treatment of mental healthdisorders. While the

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Probiotic Reduces Depression and Alters Brain Activity in IBS


TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The effect of the probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 on psychiatric symptoms was evaluated in 44 individuals with IBS and mild to moderate anxiety and depression in this randomized placebo-controlled trial. Compared with the placebo group, significantly more patients in the probiotic group had reduced depression scores, but not anxiety scores, at week 6. The probiotic group also had Continue reading

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