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Julie Chen, M.D.
Dr. Julie T. Chen is board-certified in internal medicine and is also fellowship-trained board-certified in integrative medicine. She has her own medical practice in San Jose, CA and also works as the wellness
physician for several Silicon Valley-based corporations.

She has been published and featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, and on radio shows. She is also on the expert panel of several websites and non-profit organizations. She incorporates many healing modalities into her integrative medicine practice including, but is not limited to, herbal/supplemental therapy, medical acupuncture, Chinese scalp acupuncture, strain-counterstrain manual therapy, biofeedback, and clinical hypnotherapy. For more information on Dr. Julie, check out her website at

Entries by Julie Chen, M.D.

The Possible Disease-Fighter in Your Spice Rack: The Many Benefits of Turmeric

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 3:46 PM

When it comes to most types of cancer, Southeast Asia tends to have lower rates of incidence compared to the rest of the world. (1) What's their secret? Experts suspect that it may be something they're eating: turmeric, the main spice found in curry dishes. (1)

Also known as "Indian...

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Can a Compound in Red Wine Help Fight Cancer? How Supplements Can Be Promising Disease-Fighters

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:20 PM

In the war against cancer, we've taken many steps forward, thanks to science and treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. But the disease has also found a way to fight back. Some tumors can develop a resistance against chemotherapy, which is why certain scientists are focusing their efforts on creating more...

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Lifestyle Habits: What We Don't Know Might Still Harm Us

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 12:37 PM

There's no question that smoking is bad for you. We all know that lighting up regularly can set the stage for a lengthy list of health issues, including lung cancer and heart disease. But now new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that smoking's reach may...

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Real Fish vs. Fish Oil: And the Winner Is...

(12) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Nowadays, we hear a lot from people that eating fish is good for us... but I also get a lot of questions from my patients on whether there is such a thing as too much fish.

Well, a recent study came out from the American Journal of Medicine that...

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When the Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: Why Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Still Beat Dietary Supplements

(5) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 11:09 AM

Much of the marketing that is used to sell dietary supplements comes from the logic that if something has a favorable effect on your health, then it's base components must be the reason behind it all. Say for example, scientists and doctors notice that green and yellow vegetables help decrease...

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Turkey With Olives And Tzatziki? Why A Mediterranean Thanksgiving Can Improve Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 11:27 AM

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, our thoughts lean less towards work and productivity and more towards oven-roasted turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce. To sum it up nicely, most Americans plan on getting stuffed till they can't eat anymore.

While this seems like a perfectly reasonable way to celebrate family and be...

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The Movember Momentum and You: How Mustaches Are Changing Men's Health Beyond Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 11:11 AM

Ah November, when the leaves above turn a gorgeous golden yellow and the men around us sprout facial hair in the name of men's health. It's that time of the year again. It's Movember.

If you've been living under a rock on mars for the past decade, then you...

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Vitamin D vs. Common Cold: And the Winner Is...

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 12:21 PM

Now that winter is basically knocking at our door, many of us will have to face the most common and dreaded disease in America: the common cold. Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) represent the most common reason for U.S. emergency visits and is the most widespread disease in the States...

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Nature vs. Nurture: Is Your Body a Slave to Your DNA?

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Since intelligent thought first came into existence, luminaries like John Locke, Shakespeare, and Darwin have debated the influence of our environmental factors over our innate, genetic factors. The simple question of nature vs. nurture, however, is too simplistic, and while scientists and doctors understand that the two are in fact...

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Cognitive Function and Its Impact on Chronic Pain

(3) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 11:26 PM

We all know that pain can cause all kinds of issues with our brain function, including making it hard for us to think or behave as we used to behave prior to the onset of chronic pain. But some research now suggests that how we think and how our brain...

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Nutrition for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:17 PM

This month, I would like to talk about rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Last month, we discussed gout and osteoarthritis, which are two other rheumatological diseases. But the thing that these four disease states have in common are that they are known to be highly susceptible to the positive influences...

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Are There Other Options Besides Medications for Gout and Osteoarthritis?

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Most of my patients in my integrative medicine clinic in San Jose, California know that one of my personal passions is the treatment of rheumatological diseases. It definitely helps that these diseases respond very well to diet and lifestyle changes (3,4), but more importantly, the honor of being able to...

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I'm Allergic... What Should I Eat, Then?

(5) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 12:26 PM

"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity." -- Voltaire

Some of us think of food as the former part of this quote from Voltaire, that food is just a necessity, and we eat when we...

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Additional Information You Want to Know About Garcinia Cambogia

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 9:29 AM

I was recently on a national TV show that focused on fastest fat-burning supplements. The main supplement in question was Garcinia Cambogia. What I loved about the show is that it gave great exposure to a little-known supplement that might help people with weight loss. However, there is still some...

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Tools for Fighting Prostate Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Whenever I discuss prostate cancer with the men in my integrative medicine clinic in San Jose, Calif., the perception of this disease widely varies from extensive fear to, surprisingly, almost ambivalence. Some men are extremely uncomfortable with the mention of it. Others think it's no big deal because "don't most...

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Feeling Tired and Achy? Here's Another Perspective to Think About

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 5:22 PM

If there are two symptoms that I can say that I see the most in my clinic, it would be "fatigue" and "pain." It seems that no matter what the initial presenting symptom the patient came in to see me for, whether it be for thyroid disease, hair loss, weight...

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Salivary Testing for Hormone Levels: Good Idea or Not?

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 4:24 PM

I frequently see patients who get saliva testing for various hormone levels from other practitioners they have seen in the past, so this is common practice in many integrative and complementary health clinics. However, the questions my patients usually will ask me knowing that I like to practice evidence-based medicine...

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Inspirational Patients Allowing Mind and Body Balancing to Guide Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 10:34 AM

"The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated." -- Plato

Plato succinctly expresses a crucial aspect of medicine that is all too often forgotten. For cancer patients, this idea that physicians...

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An Alternative Approach to Treating Fibromyalgia

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 5:23 PM

Many of my patients with fibromyalgia carry with them the daily burden of fatigue, "all over body pain," sleep problems, mood symptoms, and sometimes even irritable bowel symptoms and palpitations. These are just some of the examples of symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. So, for patients dealing with this disease on...

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Natural Path to Healthier Bones

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 5:12 PM

Many people read the potential side effects of osteoporosis medications and end up coming to see me to see if there is anything they can do in a more "natural" way to help prevent bone loss. They frequently think of osteoporosis prevention in terms of using one or two supplements...

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