Picture of Chris KresserMy name is Chris Kresser, and I’m a licensed acupuncturist and the author of The Healthy Skeptic. I’ve been interested in health and wellness since I was a kid. My high school basketball coach had our whole team on a special diet, and while most of my teammates couldn’t stand it, I actually loved the way I felt when I ate healthy food.

I did my undergraduate work at UC Berkeley. There I was introduced to Eastern spirituality and a wide range of health modalities and practices, from nutrition to meditation to tai qi to kundalini yoga to massage.

In my early 20s I set out to see the world. A few months into that trip, while traveling in Indonesia, I contracted a mysterious tropical illness. I recovered relatively quickly from the acute phase, but as I continued to travel it became painfully clear that the illness had morphed into a chronic condition.

I returned to the U.S. to seek medical care. In the next few years I saw more than twenty doctors around the world and spent thousands of dollars in an effort to diagnose and treat my condition. No one could figure out why I felt the way I did or what to do about it.

It became increasingly clear over time that if anyone was going to figure it out, it would have to be me. After all, nobody was even half as motivated as I was to find the answer! So I educated myself thoroughly about any health condition that resembled my own, and I learned to gather and analyze medical research so I could stay abreast of the latest developments.

In doing this research I discovered that many of the ideas and beliefs we hold about health in this society are myths. I began to see that even the most prestigious medical journals have become nothing more than sales brochures for the pharmaceutical industry. I saw massive conflicts of interest between drug companies, doctors and researchers everywhere I looked. I learned that errors in medical care are the third leading cause of death in this country each year.

I decided to do something about it. I considered medical school, with the intention of helping to reform the industry from the inside out. But while allopathic medicine excels at emergency and trauma care, it isn’t very good at fostering health. (In fact the subject of health rarely comes up at all in conventional medical textbooks, which are entirely focused on disease.)

I chose instead to study Chinese medicine, which has been successfully used for over 2,000 years to promote health and longevity in addition to treating disease. Whereas Western medicine uses powerful chemicals or invasive surgery to achieve its goals, acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s highly sophisticated self-healing mechanisms. This made so much more sense to me – especially as I learned more about the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs and the impact of medical errors.

I have complemented my study of acupuncture and herbs with a thorough education in functional medicine. Functional medicine is a personalized approach to health care that recognizes the biological uniqueness of each patient. In contrast to conventional care, which is almost entirely focused on suppressing symptoms, functional medicine eliminates symptoms by addressing the underlying cause of a problem. It is an evidence-based field of health care that views the body as an interconnected whole, and recognizes the importance of these connections in health and disease. In functional medicine, the patient is empowered, educated and encouraged to play an active role in the healing process.

I graduated from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley in April 2010. I passed the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam in August of 2010, and I have a private practice in Berkeley, CA. I also consult with patients nationally and internationally.

I launched The Healthy Skeptic in 2008 to help others see through the common myths and misdirections peddled by the media and medical establishment. It is my sincere hope that the information on this blog will lead to greater health and well-being for you and those you love.

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  1. Janet Marshall
    12 years ago

    Dr. Kresser, I’ve had chronic pain and fatigue for almost twenty years…I’ve been to all kinds of natural therapists, to no avail. We’ve wanted to start a family, but cannot due to the medicine I need to take to sleep, get out of pain, etc. Was wondering if you could help me through a consultation? I know the basics of what is ailing me, but I know I could use help with my diet and exercise routines. There’s got to be a better way… I’m about 25 lbs. overweight. I have fibromyalagia, chronic tiredness, constant pain in my head, neck and shoulders, and TMJ. Every time I’ve tried something new, it has failed – after giving the therapy 6 months or longer. I struggle with anxiety and depression too. Life has got to get better, I’m 47 and feel like I’ve lost my best years. I’ve been all over the U.S. trying to get help. Would you talk with me? Thanks so much.
    Janet Marshall

    • chriskresser
      12 years ago

      Hi Janet,

      Please visit http://chriskresser.com/clinic to learn more about how I work with patients and to set up an initial consultation.

  2. Charles Andreew Lininger
    12 years ago

    Fantastic to see you say right ukkp front who you are. So many people hide behind their blog. YKours, that I have seen so far is me4xmerizing in its accuracy and pertinence to peoples health. But then, I am an acupuncturist as well, jaded perception perhaps.

  3. sdiguana
    12 years ago

    Hi I just purchased the membership to the healthybabycode this afternoon, but did not recieve a login or other information to get access to it. how do i do so?


  4. Jacqie Most
    12 years ago

    Question, if prenatal vitamins have 1700iu vitamin A, do you still take the 5ml of cod liver oil? Thank you.

  5. Tanit Toledano Thompson
    12 years ago

    Dr. Kresser, I have had 3 abortions, the first two cases were anembryonic and the last was in May, in this case if the embryo is formed achievement, but for some reason stopped pregnancy in the seventh week. the doctors told me that it may be because my immune system, I have 35 years and as recent as this abortion, I have to wait minimum of nine months to try again, also because of my age I only get two more years hope. My goal for the rest of the year is to lose weight and find treatments to enhance fertility and balance my immune system at the moment I am taking a diet, but not if it is the most appropriate. I am writing hoping his advice, greetings from Merida (Mexico).
    Tanit Toledano Thompson

  6. Jacqie Most
    12 years ago

    I wondered if you have any reviews from you Baby Code, or any comments from 2012. Are you taking any new consults? If I purchase the Baby Code, what is it doesn’t answer my concerns, how do I ask questions?

    Do you have anyone in Tampa, Florida you would recommend?

    Jacqie Most

    • chriskresser
      12 years ago

      Hi Jacquie: I’m not currently taking new patients. Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone in Florida.

      The Healthy Baby Code does not include any medical/health support (it does include technical support).

  7. lori
    12 years ago

    Hello Chris! I am so glad that I stumbled across this site – it gives me hope.
    I am studying Naturopathic Nutritional therapy in Scotland (UK), but it saddens me that a lot of people I come across just dismiss what I tell them about health and continue to take unnecessary drugs, such as statins.
    knowledge is power – hopefully one day more people will believe.

  8. molly reynolds
    12 years ago

    Dear Chris-

    I am 34 years old, 4 miscarriages, 5 IUI’s and one round of IVF that ended at 14 weeks due to placental abruption deep. I am in the middle of a whole30 and will be transitioning to paleo by october 1st. I just started crossfit to help get past my last miscarriage. During my round of IVF I was a faithful acupuncture goer and even kept my active lifestyle to a minimum (I am a yoga teacher). Yet still, no baby. We have some frozen embryos still to use, but I am so skeptical due to the placental abruption and the interruption on my lifestyle.

    Please read my blog – http://www.stillnotpregnant.blogspot.com. I have kept it since December.

    Will you Healthy Baby Code work for me???


  9. marin
    11 years ago

    Chris, do you have any experience with Dermatomyositis (Juvenile Myositis) – looking for alternative treatment considerations to the heavy prescription medication protocol. We are a year into treatment for my daughter. She also has celiac. Significant changes in our diet, that we continue to maintain are what I believe are helping the most. Appreciate any time you’re able to spend with us.
    Kindly, Alexa

    • chriskresser
      11 years ago

      Hi Marin: no, I do not have much experience with that condition. However, as I’m sure you know, it is autoimmune in origin so the focus should be on regulating the immune system through diet, supplements and lifestyle (this is especially true since she has another autoimmune condition: celiac disease). You didn’t mention how old your daughter is, but if she’s not an infant or toddler anymore I’d definitely look into low-dose naltrexone.

  10. Eric Dumas
    11 years ago

    Hi Chris,

    I was listening to your podcast on the Balanced Bites podcast and you did mentioned something parents need to be VERY aware of regarding pro-biotics. You said that the 1/4 tea spood recommended for kids is WAY to high… Now that my 2.5 years old has been on a diarrhea for over a week… I have to agree with you.

    I am in Canada and we have a company here called Natural Factor… they recommend up to 1.5 teaspoon a day for kids over a year old. They should switch their name to Diarrhea Factors.

    I only gave 1/2 teaspoon to my son for 4 days and then he started to have diarrhea.
    He has no fever, no cramps, no gas and no temperature. He his a happy camper… except when we clean his bum which is getting a bit red despite the zinc cream.

    Natural Factors say to stop usage if the kid has a diarrhea for over 3 days. We went to a doctor today just in case. Since my son is in good shape, etc. the doctor just told her to keep an eye on the situation. My spouse brought the bottle of pro-B there but the light did not turn on when the doctor saw the bottle.

    My son is not too big on kefir or yogurt so I wanted to rebuild his gut flora with this kid’s version of probiotics since he had a few antibiotics treatments in the past….However, my good intentions did not play too well so far.

    Chris, any way to tone down the effects of those “friendly” bacteria other than nuking them with some antibiotics? His stools would qualify has loose but there is no liquid really in them. It’s just that there is no longer any “sausage” shape to them. They have the consistency of some hummus (sorry for the Lebanese dudes out there…) that’s on the clear side.

    My words to other parents: take it VERY easy with those pro-biotics. The guys who wrote down the 1.5 grams a day is probably smoking some of Vancouver’s very best weed in my opinion and when your daycare will call you mid-day to pick up your kid thinking he has some wild virus, those pro-biotics prescribers won’t be anywhere to be found to help you.

    Cheers and keep on the very great work.


    • chriskresser
      11 years ago

      Unfortunately you usually just need to let this play out. Intervening with antimicrobials could just make it worse. It should pass soon.

  11. Karen Umbehr
    11 years ago

    Dr Kresser,
    My grandson is 15 months old and has had a fever or around 101 for the last 3 months on and off.
    His doctors can not seem to find what is wrong which is very scary.
    I have dealt with N.D. For my own illnesses with great success, however, the baby’s mother isn’t open to this.
    We do have celiac disease through our family and I’m not sure how much she has done to check for this.
    Any suggestions or ideas?
    Thank you,
    Karen Umbehr

    • chriskresser
      11 years ago

      Hi Karen: the very first thing I would try in this situation is a Paleo diet for both mother and child to determine if food sensitivities (like celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity) might be playing a role, especially since you have celiac in your family. That can manifest in a myriad of ways, and G.I. symptoms aren’t always part of the picture.

  12. Eric Dumas
    11 years ago

    Hi Chris,

    I am the one whose kid (2.5 years old) had a sustained diarrhea due to the fact I gave half a teaspoon of kids probiotics to my him for 4 days. His stools got back on track about 8 days later.
    So again parents, take it very easy with probiotics with your kids. In our case, what was on the bottle was WAY too much. I won’t tell you what to do but I am just telling you that going with the quantities they ask your kid to take, you could end up with a bad surprise. This also means an irrtated bum for the kid and the possibility of your kid beeing kicked out of daycare (and you missing work…).

    All the best to everyone.

  13. Jennifer
    11 years ago

    Dr. Kresser, does the ‘Healthy Baby Code’ address male infertility/fertility as well?

    • chriskresser
      11 years ago

      The nutritional causes of male and female infertility are similar, and the Healthy Baby Code does cover those causes. However, it does not address specific male causes of infertility that are non-nutritional.

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