Dr. Marcus Ettinger, B.Sc., D.C.

"The goal I have with each patient is to discover the precise dietary, physiologic and/or structural imbalance - that is the root cause of their body problem. I have found that the vast majority of today’s body problems are a direct result of long-term aberrations in both diet and lifestyle. With proper identification and correction, the body will do exactly what it was designed to do - achieve vibrant and lasting health."

Viewpoint: "An Alternative Medicine Viewpoint About Disease VS Wellness"

Today’s standard of medical care is to treat every disease and symptom with either a drug or surgery. The problem here is that prescription drugs don’t correct the underlying cause - the nutritional, biochemical or structural imbalances. In fact, prescription drugs usually create more problems and actually make it harder for the body to heal. Prescription drugs are only designed to treat symptoms, by activating or suppressing reactions in the body. These drugs were never created to do what is truly needed to get one’s health back and that’s - rebuild and regenerate tissue and/or function. The simple truth here is, a chemical cure is not the answer to a nutritional, biochemical or structural imbalances.

As an analytical thinker and compassionate doctor, I find it completely unreasonable that the current medical community chooses to label the vast majority of body problems as ‘disease’ and to routinely intervene with a chemical cure or surgery, as the first treatment option. More often than not, the cure ends up being worse than the disease. Patients who choose an alternative or integrative medical approach often respond better to dietary, life-style changes and targeted nutritional supplements than to a plethora of prescription drugs.

I have personally found that most individuals, particularly those taking multiple prescription drugs for chronic conditions, fare better in the long-run when those drugs can be reduced or eliminated. In fact, the majority of chronic body problems such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, low thyroid, high blood pressure and cholesterol can be managed successfully without the use of potentially harmful drugs or un-warranted surgery - if given a chance.

As an alternative and integrative medicine practitioner, I am not totally against prescription medication, as there are times when it is appropriate to use a medication. In fact, I routinely work with my patient’s medical doctors, in an integrative manner, sharing test results and formulating a plan designed to reduce or illuminate, if possible, their medication.

Alternative 'natural' medicine, on a gradient scale of treatment options, for most body problems, should be the logical first choice in health care. The reason being is that if dietary and lifestyle modification, along with targeted nutritional supplementation and exercise can’t handle the problem then there is always the medical option to fall-back on. This sequencing makes more sense because you can’t undo a surgery once performed or completely reverse the damage done by long-term pharmaceutical drug use."

I hope this has given you some food for thought.

BIO: Dr. Marcus Ettinger, BSc., DC: 1989-Present (23 Years Experience), Executive Director, Integrative Medicine Practitioner & Chiropractor, Advanced Healing Center of Orange 

Dr. Marcus Ettinger graduated in April of 1989 from Southern California University of Health Sciences, formally LACC, and holds both a doctorate degree in chiropractic and a Bachelors of Science degree in human biology. Since 1985 Marcus has been engaged in clinical  R&D in the fields of alternative/holistic medicine, nutritional supplement formulation, public health, and the prevention and treatment of disease. Dr. Ettinger’s notoriety in the field of alternative/holistic medicine spread throughout the United States which helped him to build a large private practice; treating patients from around the world.

In 1994 Dr. Ettinger saw a small but important void in the area of herbal remedies and filled it by formulating and manufacturing his unique line of herbal tinctures. Life Extension Botanicals was born and would thrive for more than ten years until restrictions, put in place by the FDA to weaken and suppress the industry, made it no longer a viable business venture.

In over 22 years of helping people, Dr. Ettinger has personally witnessed many miracles; miracles unexplained by traditional medicine. Dr. Ettinger has witnessed cancer, HIV, gallstones, high cholesterol, diabetes, weight, ADD/ADHD, arthritis and many types of autoimmune conditions vanish. Now 47 years of age Dr. Ettinger has accomplished much to help his fellow man and there is absolutely no sign of him slowing down.

Chief Science Officer (CSO) and writer of the California Academy of Health Journal California Academy of Health Inc.2006-Present; Dr. Ettinger provides technical expertise and guidance in regard to current nutraceuticals trends, specialty formulations, as well as writing the product web-pages and maintaining its blog. As an example of Dr. Ettinger's commitment to CAOH's products and success, he spent more than 8 weeks, away from his family, in northwest China, the Amazon and Hawaii, the Summer of '06 researching: sea buckthorn (Hippophae L.), goji (Lycium barbarum), acai (Euterpe oleracea), camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia), noni (Morinda citrifolia), and other exotic "super fruits." This commitment resulted in the release of CAOH's TheraAloe (organic), Organic Absolute Acai Powder, Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil (whole berry) and Absolute Goji Powder.

Hobbies: Dirt bike riding in the desert, riding big waves (when available), traveling, drinking good wine, eating good food, and most importantly, spending quality time with my family.