José Mahfoud, ND, MD
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In 2003 I graduated from one of the top medical schools in the Dominican Republic. Soon after I moved to Connecticut to pursue training in Naturopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicines at the University of Bridgeport. I practice Naturopathic and traditional Chinese Medicines exclusively, including acupuncture, and have been doing so for a decade. Naturopathic medicine is especially suited for an integrative, interdisciplinary environment, as it can provide much needed balance to “conventional” approaches.
I choose to be a Naturopathic Physician so that I can care for my patients in a comprehensive, holistic way. Rather than a one-sided view of the human condition, my experience in different medical disciplines gives me a broader view of each patient and the causes of their condition. This allows me to look deeper into factors that may be overlooked by ether one medical paradigm alone. I love to help patients by listening to what they have to say, not only their medical history, but also their life story. This brings me closer to understand who they are and where they are coming from, so that I can help educate them in how to improve their lives and wellbeing. I work with adults who are seeking to improve their health, willing to learn how to reclaim their own health and allow me to assist them in gradually taking steps towards wellness, rather than expecting a “silver bullet” from a drug, herb or provider. I help people with chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety and depression and digestive health.
In my free time I enjoy painting, botany, and martial arts. I also enjoy cooking and learning about foods from all over the world.
Initial evaluation and follow-up visits: $400
An initial evaluation typically takes 60-90 minutes, starting with a thorough health history, followed by a targeted physical exam (telemedicine-permitting). Standard and functional lab tests are a key piece in my practice.
Follow-up evaluations typically range from 30-45 minutes, although complex cases may take a full hour. At NovoTelehealth we take pride in not letting insurance companies dictate how we practice medicine, and we will work with you in a visit as much time as your case warrants.
Here is a brief overview of some of the naturopathic therapies I offer:
- Herbal medicine: potent natural medicines to support the function and integrity of your body and mind
- Diet & Nutrition: education, clean eating and nutrient supplementation
- Lifestyle Modification: such as therapeutic exercises, etc.
- Mindfulness: techniques that enhance the body/mind connection and awareness
Recent statistics reveal that since early 2020 the number of people experiencing insomnia has skyrocketed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest research on sleep suggests that, contrary to what was once thought, even 6 hours of sleep is not enough, as people who sleep 6 hours or less tend to underperform when compared to people who sleep a minimum of 8 hours per night. Besides mental symptoms, insomnia affects overall health in several ways, such as anxiety/depression, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure and high blood sugar, lack of libido, and more.
BOS is a group of symptoms that happen when there is an excessive growth in the number of bacteria that normally live in our gut. It is not an infection, but an imbalance in the bacterial population. We need right kinds of bacteria (called the microbiome) to maintain health. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) shares most, if not all, the symptoms of BOS, the likely cause of it is also an intestinal bacterial imbalance. BOS/IBS are linked with some conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue Syndrome, Autoimmune Diseases, Acne, etc. Anybody can have BOS/IBS, regardless of age, and the symptoms can be quite different among individuals. There are lab tests that can tell if you have an imbalanced microbiome.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a chronic disorder that causes pain throughout the body and fatigue with no apparent cause. One of the major causes seems to be an inability of the mitochondria in your cells to make energy. FMS is one of the main causes of chronic pain, and it is linked with an imbalanced gut microbiome. People with FMS can also have other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome), temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, multiple nutrient deficiencies, anxiety, depression, etc.