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Center for Balanced Health: COVID-19 Status

Our staff are taking every precaution possible to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff. We are closely monitoring the recommendations of the CDC, the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association. In addition to the universal precautions taken regularly to ensure a safe environment, we have implemented additional safeguards in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic to further minimize risk.

Advice for our patients:
If you are healthy, there is no need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

If you or one of your family members are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath), please call our office first.

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Your holistic medicine experts

Improving Quality of Life

Our experienced staff looks forward to having the opportunity to partner with you on your road to success. Medical and nutritional therapies provided at the Center for Balanced Health are customized to target the causes of specific health conditions and to treat them in a holistic manner which will improve your long term health.

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Balance Your Health

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Obesity

Obesity

Obesity can be a complex and multi-factorial condition. Treatment must be targeted to the underlying causes. Unlike many health care professionals, we believe that lack of success is not your fault. We can help you.

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Diabetes

Diabetes

Are you hungry 1-2 hours after meals? Are you excessively hungry or thirsty? These are some of the symptoms consistent with unstable blood sugar, pre-diabetes, diabetes or hypoglycemia.

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Heart Disease

Heart Disease

Controlling carbohydrate intake can significantly decrease triglycerides, aids in weight loss and helps decrease blood pressure. Balancing healthy fats, avoiding trans-fats along with consuming adequate fiber and exercise can decrease LDL and increase HDL.

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Hormone Imbalance

Hormone Imbalance

Unbalanced hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA) in women can lead to fatigue, weight gain, decreased sex drive, sleep disturbance, fertility problems, mood swings and hot flashes.

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Under Active Thyroid

Under Active Thyroid

Are you often fatigued or are your energy levels consistently low? Thyroid hormone plays a major role in regulating metabolism, energy levels, body temperature and in keeping the brain, heart and muscles functioning well.

PCOS

PCOS

The underlying problem in PCOS is insulin resistance (where insulin is unable to properly do its job of moving glucose from the blood into the cells).

The Stubborn Fat Fix

The book by Dr. Keith Berkowitz challenges the practices of popular deprivation diets.

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Center for Balanced Health FAQ

Why Visit Dr. Berkowitz?

Dr. Berkowitz, is board certified in internal medicine and has attending privileges at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, giving him expertise in both conventional and complementary medicine. He was the Medical Director of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, an attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital and a clinical instructor at the New York University School of Medicine.

Why is caffeine bad on a low carbohydrate diet?

Excessive amounts of caffeine are not healthy on any nutritional plan. Caffeine can impair glucose uptake and decrease insulin sensitivity, lead to increased blood pressure, sleep disturbance and contribute to dehydration.

Why can't I lose weight?

There is likely an underlying reason preventing your weight loss. Based on the results of your questionnaire and your history and physical, we will test for specific conditions that can interfere with weight loss such as: high insulin levels, an under active thyroid, a hormonal imbalance or yeast overgrowth.

Why should I limit bacon and cold cuts?

These products are often processed with nitrates and/ or sugar. Nitrates or Nitrites can yield byproducts such as nitrosamines which have been implicated in higher rates of gastric and colon cancer in animals.

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  • We Believe in Maintaining Solid Health Values

    We base our business on honesty, integrity, teamwork, and accountability, and that’s what our customers expect from us.

  • We Treat Every Customer Like Family

    We care about your health. In that regard we have open and honest conversations about current and future health concerns.

  • We Believe in Finding the root Cause

    We take the time to test and diagnose the root cause of health issues. This allows us to deal with the concern directly.

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Nutrition that's right for you

  • Atkins Diet
  • Ketogenic Diet
  • Paleo Diet
  • Intermittent Fasting
atkins diet at the center for balanced health

With Atkins, you will choose food, not calories. While quantity plays some role, it's far more important to know what your body does with what you eat. The Atkins way satisfies the body, creating greater energy, a steady fat burning metabolism, and less stored fat. Many carbohydrates are really just complex sugars, and when there is too much sugar in your bloodstream, your body stores it as fat. A low carb diet focuses on limiting carbohydrates to help the body burn fat instead of sugar for fuel. This results in you feeling more satisfied and creates more energy, a higher metabolism, and less stored fat.

ketogenic diet at the center for balanced health

The Ketogenic Diet looks to fat for up to 90% of total intake, protein for 10-20%, and carbs for close-to-zero. It is a limiting diet, but for some of our patients, can be life altering when done over short periods of time. The Ketogenic Diet can result in weight loss, improve blood sugar, and has been shown to be good for those with brain injuries. Most dairy, fruit, grains, beans and legumes, starchy and sweet veggies, and all processed food, are out. Healthy fatty foods like avocado, coconut, egg yolks, bacon, a bit of protein, and small portions of low-carb veggies are in.

paleo diet at the center for balanced health

The Paleo Diet, aka "the caveman diet," or the "paleolithic diet," is based on this premise: since the agricultural revolution, we've been eating foods our physiology hasn't adapted to. By cutting out gluten, dairy, legumes, refined foods, trans fats, and sugar, we're more equipped to fight off degenerative diseases and digestive disorders. Paleo nutrition calls for the consumption of "caveman foods" like grass-fed meat, fish, seafood, fruit, vegetables, eggs, nuts, and healthy oils. Many of our patients have had incredible health results from the Paleo Diet, including weight loss, decreased cholesterol, and no brain fog.

intermittent fasting at the center for balanced health

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It doesn't specify which foods you should eat but rather when you should eat them. In this respect, it's not a diet in the conventional sense but more accurately described as an eating pattern. Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16-hour fasts or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week. Fasting has been a practice throughout human evolution. Ancient hunter-gatherers didn't have supermarkets, refrigerators or food available year-round. Sometimes they couldn't find anything to eat. As a result, humans evolved to be able to function without food for extended periods of time. In fact, fasting from time to time is more natural than always eating 3-4 (or more) meals per day.

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