Thoughts on mothers, nurturing, and family medicine

I can’t believe it’s May and that summer is just around the corner! As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to pause and express deep gratitude for mothers everywhere, and those women in our lives who are nurturing, loving, inspiring and supportive. When I think of mothers I think of families and I am so grateful [...]

The effects of stress on your health

So many of my patients, friends, and family members are just so overwhelmed these days.  I wonder, are we actually experiencing more stress? Or are we simply becoming more aware of it? Stress, and its repercussions, play a major role in our day to day health.  Learning how to become mindful of our actions, and [...]

Advocating for a better standard of care for pain management

Integrative and Functional Medicine advocacy and peer organizations recently put out a call for practitioners in the field to comment on a new Federal program to examine gaps in Pain Management in this country. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 led to the creation of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task [...]

The Five Layers of Health

© 2018, Allison Peacock/Lake Travis Integrative Medicine At Lake Travis Integrative Medicine we realize that we are all dynamic, creative beings with a wide variety of histories, genetics, exposures, and lifestyles. This requires a non-linear, individualized approach to healing, as well as a balance between the advances of Western medicine and a completely Holistic mindset. [...]

The ABC’s of SNP’s: The basics of using genetic information in my practice

You may or may not have heard about how genetic information can be used as a guide to improve and maintain your health.  Likely you’ve heard of testing for the BRCA gene that predisposes breast cancer, or newborn testing for inborn errors of metabolism. The potential for using genetic data for managing your health goes [...]

Two Wolves: Who and what do you feed within yourself?

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He [...]