The Hoffman Center Blog

Blogs and articles by Dr. Bruce Hoffman and the Hoffman Centre for Integrative and Functional Medicine.

Stress Can Lead to Weight Gain

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | May 8, 2017
Stress Can Lead to Weight Gain

When we are under a lot of stress, we are not only more likely to overeat but we are also more likely to eat foods that are high in sugar and fat. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have discovered a link between chronic stress and obesity; people who have high-stress levels produce … Read more

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Male Menopause is No One-Man Band

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | May 1, 2017
Male Menopause is No One-Man Band

If all the hormones in the body work together like musical instruments in an orchestra, it means that male menopause is not only about low testosterone. The other players are also out of tune. If you’ve read about “male menopause”, you probably know about testosterone. In fact, in the first edition of Health Intelligence, a … Read more

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Anti-inflammatory Food Principles

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | April 28, 2017
Anti-inflammatory Food Principles

It is now well established that food is far more than just the sum total of calories, macronutrients, micronutrients and phytonutrients. Food provides the key signalling switch for our genetic code. We ignore its extreme value and significance at our peril. The food you eat and the diet you follow is the key healing factor … Read more

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Limitations of Traditional Medicine: Observation One – Separates Cause and Effect

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | April 18, 2017
Limitations of Traditional Medicine: Observation One

Mahatma Gandhi said, “One of the greatest tragedies of modern medicine is that it’s just way too effective.” Put quite simply, traditional medicine works. Dr David Simon gives the following example: Let’s say that before you go to bed at night, you drink a half a quart of vodka with a cheeseburger and wake up … Read more

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Movement from an Allopathic Model to Whole Person Healing

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | April 15, 2017
Movement from an Allopathic Model to Whole Person Healing

Individuals as health care consumers are becoming somewhat disappointed with the mechanistic model. People want to be taken seriously; they want the complexity of their symptom presentation to be acknowledged. Today’s conscientious consumers are no longer content to merely take a pill to suppress a symptom. They have a deeper desire to know the root … Read more

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Daemon Unfolding: The World Finding Me

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | April 5, 2017
Daemon Unfolding: The World Finding Me

I once owned a magnificent home in the Noordhoek Valley, outside of Cape Town, South Africa. It was a large, sprawling home on one and a half acres of land, perched on the hillside overlooking miles and miles of white sandy beaches and excellent surf, riding waves being a huge part of my lifestyle. After … Read more

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Optimal Health – It’s Not What You Think or Do, It’s Who You Become

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | April 1, 2017
Optimal Health - It’s Not What You Think or Do, It’s Who You Become

Patients suffering from a multitude of complaints that defy traditional diagnosis require a more complex method of assessment than currently offered.

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There is a Common Misconception Concerning Meditation

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | February 16, 2017
There is a Common Misconception Concerning Meditation

There is a common misconception that meditation is concerned with “quietening” or stopping the activity of the busy mind. Nothing could be further from the truth. While it may downregulate the biological consequences of an active or stressed mental field, (by lowering cortisol and the stress hormones, adrenaline and noradrenaline), the truest and deepest benefit … Read more

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Ancient Healing Methods: The Seven Stages to Health & Transformation

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | January 31, 2017
Ancient Healing Methods: The Seven Stages to Health & Transformation

Patient: “I have an earache.” Doctor: 2000 BC “Here, eat this root.” 1000 AD “That root is heathen, say this prayer.” 1850 AD “That prayer is superstitious, drink this potion.” 1940 AD “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.” 1985 AD “That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.” 2000 AD “That antibiotic is artificial. … Read more

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Integrative Medicine: What’s Really Going On?

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | December 19, 2016
Integrative Medicine: What’s Really Going On?

I have heard the same lament too many times to ignore it any longer. Every day, while interviewing new patients, I hear the same thing. They tell me – often with sadness, sometimes with anger, and most often with regret – that they’ve come to the end of their relationships with their family practitioners. Most … Read more

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