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Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald
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Patricia Fitzgerald is a licensed acupuncturist, certified clinical nutritionist, and a homeopath. She has a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a Doctorate in Homeopathic Medicine. She is the founder and Medical Director of the Santa Monica Wellness Center and the author of the best-selling, award-winning The Detox Solution: The Missing Link to Radiant Health, Abundant Energy, Ideal Weight, and Peace of Mind. You can learn more at

Dr. Fitzgerald is also a volunteer with Los Angeles Animal Services and is dedicated to supporting the animal rescue community in matching homeless pets with loving hearts and homes.

Her mission is to inspire others to live their passion, while creating and enjoying optimal physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Entries by Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

The Groundbreaking Study Proving Dogs Can Help Us to Be More Fully Human

(4) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 11:25 AM

Imagine being a teenager with no sense of direction, belonging, or purpose. Raised by criminals, in and out of jail, involved in gangs, mixed up in drugs, with felony charges looming over your head, and no bright "future" to speak of.

This was Ernesto Gonzales' life just a short time...

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Who Rescued Whom? Shelter Dogs and Prison Inmates Give Each Other a New 'Leash' on Life

(76) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 4:40 PM

August 9, 2014, was one of the most memorable days of my life. On that day I entered a maximum-security prison in Lancaster, Calif. to witness an extraordinary event connecting the lives of some of its inmates with a pack of rescued shelter dogs. Just a few months ago, five...

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30 Things Only Dog Owners Understand

(49) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:03 AM

As someone who's volunteered in animal rescue for over 10 years -- and has been a foster and adoptive parent to lots of dogs over the years -- I feel like I'm constantly reminded of how dogs bring alive the Third Metric values of well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving. They...

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Reduce Stress and Really Thrive by Bringing Mindfulness to This

(4) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 8:33 AM

"A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit." -- Proverbs 15:4

It is encouraging to see the practice of mindfulness penetrating the culture. It is a graceful antidote to the unconscious, knee-jerk reaction way of living. Our over-stimulated society has...

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Apparently, You Can Teach an (17-Year) Old Dog New Tricks

(22) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 7:42 AM

One of the most common questions I receive from people who know that I volunteer at my local animal shelter is, "Don't you just want to take them all home?" Reasonable question. The answer is: I want to do as much as I can to help them get adopted, and...

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It's Time for Women to Pay More Attention to This Health Concern

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 10:35 AM

If you ask an American woman to list her concerns about disease, breast cancer will almost invariably rank high. Breast cancer awareness in this country is an institution, serving as a banner for the largest series of 5K runs in the world (Race for the Cure) and claiming the month...

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Is Your Stress Response Stuck in the 'On' Position?

(40) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 8:58 AM

Most of us live in a world with so much comfort compared to our ancestors.

Want that double latte with 2 percent milk? Skim? How about almond milk? Maybe soy?

Can't remember who was the 16th president of the United States? Don't waste time...

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How Bad Dogs Get Good: Interview With Brandon Fouche, Dog Aggression and Behavior Expert

(34) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Virtually every day we see a new adorable dog or cat video going viral. Cute pet antics are among the Internet's greatest guilty pleasures. We also regularly see studies showing how beneficial having a pet can be. Having a dog, for example, can benefit our blood pressure, our...

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Eggs as Bad as Smoking? Vitamins Linked to Mortality? Making Sense Out of Nutritional Studies With Expert Dr. Alan Gaby

(133) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 7:09 AM

The abundance of nutritional research available certainly gives us food for thought when making decisions regarding diet and nutritional supplementation. It can also lead to confusion due to misleading headlines and questionable interpretations of studies.

If you've come across headlines such as "Are Eggs As...

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Healing the Healer: You Are Forgiven, Now Get Some Sleep

(41) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 10:00 AM

Every human being makes mistakes and will continue to do so. The ability to make mistakes doesn't discriminate based on gender, educational level, or social status. It is part of what makes us human. It is how we handle our mistakes that makes the difference. As Dr. Brian Goldman so...

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Doing This for 10 Minutes Could Save Three Lives

(26) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 11:40 AM

Recently, a loved one of mine needed to receive blood. He initially had some reservations and concern, mostly because he didn't expect that he would need it (who does?), and the idea of receiving somebody else's blood into his body was new for him.

My friend's need reminded me that...

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Why Coffee Is Good for You

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 8:25 AM

Sometimes I think coffee is so enjoyable, it seems like it has to be bad for you. Hot, delicious, with the little stimulating kick of caffeine -- how could it not be? And yet it's true: For most people, regular, moderate coffee consumption is not harmful to your health.

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Glenn Close: Let's End the Stigma Around Mental Illness Now

(144) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 6:59 PM

In 1987, when Glenn Close was cast as Alex Forrest -- the iconic lead character in Fatal Attraction -- Close met with several psychiatrists. She was hoping to learn more about the obviously troubled lead character. Little did she know, she was also about to learn something more troubling about...

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Wired and Tired? 7 Herbs to Reduce Stress and Increase Vitality

(77) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 8:45 AM

Tonight you'll meditate. You really will.

Tomorrow, you'll figure out a way to fit in that yoga class, between getting your kids to school and making it to work on time.

This week, you'll start inching toward that elusive "work/life" balance you keep...

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Happy Tails: Amazing Stories of Rescued Pets

(385) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 7:48 AM

It was love at first sight. When I went to my local animal shelter more than six years ago, I thought of it as a first step -- I was planning on researching carefully all of my options, visiting several shelters and rescues, and taking my time to find my...

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Warm Up, Slim Down and Get Healthy With Delicious Winter Soups

(61) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 7:32 AM

Winter is officially here. It's the season of long nights and short days, of reflection and looking inward, and of thinking of ways to keep warm: scarves, gloves, fireplaces, cuddling... and soup. Ahh, soup.

When I want to remedy that "cold to the bone" wintertime feeling, a delicious steaming bowl...

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e-Patient Dave: How an Empowered Patient Recovered From Stage IV Cancer and Found a Higher Calling

(15) Comments | Posted December 4, 2011 | 10:22 AM

Dave deBronkart, "e-Patient Dave," was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer in 2007. The median survival time for his condition was 24 weeks. Thanks to the help of an online network for patients with his disease, he quickly learned about treatment options and found support for his recovery. The treatment...

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TEDMED: Can Mushrooms Help the Immune System Fight Cancer? Interview With Paul Stamets, Mycologist

(94) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 8:40 AM

When many of us think of mushrooms, we may think of culinary delights such as Portobello and Shiitake, or we may think of those "magic mushrooms." But the implication of mushrooms is absolutely profound. They have the potential to dramatically improve our health and the...

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Beat The Heat With A Healthy Summertime Smoothie

(77) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 8:19 AM

Nothing says refreshment quite like the summertime smoothie. These blended concoctions are a great way to cool down and power up, especially in the summer heat. The downside? Many commercially available smoothies you might find at your local convenience store contain refined sugars, artificial colorings and flavorings, and other unwanted,...

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Relief For The Exhausted: A NYC Doc's Solution To The Energy Shortage Inside Of You

(37) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 2:00 PM

HuffPost Living's Sleep Challenge 2010 gave us a lot of great insights as to the importance of sleep, tips on how to experience better quality and quantity of sleep, and the challenges and obstacles that we face when trying to improve our sleep. Many commenters revealed how they experience high...

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