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3485 Willow Lake Blvd 
Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
(651) 484-5567
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Welcome to Minnesota Natural Medicine

Our primary mission has not changed but we are "evolving".  Our website will be undergoing a major redesign in order to focus on the issues and topics that serve patient needs best. Critical and breaking stories such as new drug warnings, research, and press releases will be addressed with greater frquency and attention.  Reports from conferences and meetings where the new ideas and approaches to chronic illness are presented will be emphasized, especially if they are likely to have immediate impacts on the management of daily health, risk management, and treatments.

We are very proud to announce the addition of Dr Gregory Plotnikoff to our team.  He brings a caring and broad abundance of experience in academic and clinical medicine through the eyes of many global cultures and traditions.   

Minnesota Natural Medicine is a place where you can discover and apply the tools of integrative health and pursue a comprehensive approach to solving health care issues. We are a consultative medical office providing a combination of conventional and integrative approaches to health, aging and disease.  We attempt to understand patient uniquenesses through careful history-taking, pertinent examinations, and detailed laboratory analysis as a foundation for choosing among all options available for your healthcare.

We focus on the application of "upstream principles" that are all too often excluded from our medical care. These include the identification of our genetic strengths and weaknesses, biological functions, and nutritional needs that form a unique set of variables that are highly specific. If addressed appropriately, we feel that functional capacity can be optimized, disease activity curtailed, and true prevention practiced.  There is nothing "experimental or investigational" about what we do.  Necessary time and focus (things you rarely get in your local insurance company-managed care factory) are essential elements in what we do.  

The so-called "standard of care" is no longer simply what the AMA or the local HMO or ACO wants it to be so that health and disease management can be rationed with your dollars.  Rather, it is to whatever and wherever the current science and discovery of one's unique nature can lead us.  It is optimal to have a basis of evidence for making these choices.  But often, such evidence is not forthcoming and must be discovered through the diligent efforts of a professional working with a patient as a team.

Some things we do differently including many unique functional medicine tests through labs such as Genova and Meridian Valley.  This is one of the only places in Minnesota where arterial pulse wave analysis is done allowing a true measurement of small vessel arterial elasticity (a much more accurate method of determining whether or not one should be on blood pressure medications).  We do perform the blood culture test for Lyme disease, now felt to be the gold standard for practitioners who are knowledgeable in the diagnosis and management of this all-too-often missed diagnosis.  The new generation of testing for cancer, the OncoBlot, is now available. This test may ultimately render screening mammograms and colonoscopy quite obsolete.  The idea is to manage every case according to its uniquenesses instead of clumping everyone into a practice guideline many of which are seriously flawed.

Imagine a single tube of blood to detect 26 types of cancer...up to 2 years before becoming visible...

....well it may have arrived.  It has been developed by researchers in the Department of Pharmacy at Purdue University and is available now, although it is neither cheap (~$900) nor covered by 3rd party payers.  It is called the Oncoblot test and can be done in our office.  However, due to the sudden explosion in demand for the test, we cannot do any more until after June 1st, 2014.  We are told that the medical community here and overseas has discovered this revolutionary tool thereby causing the delay.  However, soon this test will be available in a single blood draw with results reported

Lyme disease and the current state of affairs...

...a great summary from Mercola's website that specifically cites last year's conference in Boston.  Much more was said at that conference than was reported in the mainstream media that definitively incrimminates the "denier" culture of folks like Dr Osterholm (Minnesota infectious disease consultant).  Dr O might want to inform himself occasionally.  Read more