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DR. TONI BARK

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The Miracles Of Medical Marijuana

Illinois has recently passed a bill allowing the use of medical marijuana for very specific conditions. And, unlike other states with similar bills, registered users may not grow their own plants. They must buy their supply from a designated dispensary and that dispensary only. Marijuana or Cannabis, is still on the DEA schedule as a…

keto To Stay Alive With Cancer

Yes, the title of this blog entry is provocative, it is provocative for a reason. I am tired of hearing about cancer patients dying because they were told there was nothing they could do, or they agreed to the standard treatment even if that treatment didn’t have good statistics associated with it. It is important…

How We Take For Granted Basic Care And What Has Truly Saved Lives.

December 22, 2013 While the concept of IV saline as fluid replacement was written about, Prior to the 1950’s, I.V. fluid replacement therapy was not widely used. This equates to people dying from dehydration from all viral or bacterial infections which can lead to diarrhea and/or vomiting; just about any illness. In addition, 1956 was…

Cultured Cabbage Juice: Rejuvelac or Kvass

Every few days, I put up a new batch of cabbage with salt and water in a large mason jar to ferment for my daily dose of lactic acid producing bacteria. While it doesn’t sound appetizing, rest assured, it tastes a whole lot better than it sounds. In addition, fermenting raw cruciferous vegetables increases the…

Chipping Away at Super Foods

Summer is a fabulous time for farmer’s markets. In my home town of Evanston, we have one of the best farmer’s markets in the Chicago area. The organic greens are diverse and plentiful. I have my pick from collards, a rainbow of chards and kales as well as sorrel, dandelions, amaranth and nettles. I’m a…

Cooking And Eating For Health And Vigor

In my Evanston office demo kitchen, I occasionally hold food prep and cooking classes for the community of my patients, friends and family. I know many find it unusual that a doctor in private practice holds food prep classes, however, I believe food to be an important ingredient in the ability to stay healthy and…

Protect Your Children From Drug Abuse (by doctors).

Chronic illness in children has now reached epidemic proportions. The percentage of school age children who have had a chronic illness has grown to 52% with 25% having a chronic illness at any one point in time. While increased rates in obesity account for some of this, rates of asthma, add, adhd, bipolar disorder, recurrent…

Is Your Heart Failing On Statins?

A few years ago, I received a new patient into my Chicago area office who had been referred by a friend of his from his country club. He explicitly stated he would have never gone to a doctor like me unless he hadn’t heard my accolades and he wasn’t desperate (not sure if that was…

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance To Recognize Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is still highly prevalent in our country in spite of lowered smoking rates. Exposure to radon is one silent cause, estrogen imbalance may be another cause. Clearly smoking and asbestos are known causes of lung cancer and mesothelioma. November 1st marks the beginning of Lung Cancer Awareness Month across the United States. While…

Botox, to Paralyze or to Weaken. That is The Question!

In my Chicago area office, I see many women who have used botox repeatedly over the years. They often have flat foreheads and abnormally shiny skin from muscular atrophy. Often their eyebrows are too high on the foreheads giving them a look I affectionately call “Mrs. Surprise”. The question is; is this the necessary outcome…