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Dr. Randy Baker

Holistic Medicine
Soquel, CA
41 years experience male

Locations

Pacific Center For Integral Health

Soquel, CA

Address

2955 Park Ave., Soquel, CA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 10am - 10pm
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Practice website

Fax

(831) 476-6198

Office

Soquel, CA

About

Bio

Randy S. Baker MD earned a degree in Biological Science at Stanford University and attended the University of Michigan School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in Family Medicine. He also completed a 4 year postgraduate program at the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy and is a founding diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Baker combines western medicine with nutritional, herbal, homeopathic and mind-body medicine in an effort to identify and correct the underlying causes of illness. He has practiced in Soquel, CA since 1988. His website is www.drrandy.org. He invites you to visit his facebook page where he shares useful health advice: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Randy-Baker-MD/118815558232253 He also invites you to check out his blog: http://drrandybaker.com/

Specialties
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Holistic Medicine

Environmental Health

Family Medicine

Integrative Medicine

Preventive Medicine

Languages spoken

English

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Probably, however...: In one study of 206 women who took echinacea during pregnancy there was no evidence that it was hazardous, but i recommend avoiding all herbs and medi... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Iron harmful unless: Iron is an essential nutrient but most people get enough in their diet. The main need for iron is in menstruating women. For men and women past menopa... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Tick, fly bites &...: Most lyme is from bites of the deer tick but half of those with lyme don't recall a tick bite; undoubtedly many were bitten & did not know it. It has ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Most things Drs. do!: As Dr. Baxter says, this depends on state laws. Generally they require some supervision by a doctor, but they can see patients on their own and prescr... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes- better absorbed: Yes, vitamin c has been proven in multiple studies to enhance the absorption of iron supplements! see http://www.Livestrong.Com/article/195055-does-vi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
It might well be!: I understand my colleagues' skepticism as they don't teach about wheatgrass in med school & there are no formal studies, but wheatgrass has many b... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Almost certainly but: It is interesting that most doctors would say "yes" if the question was about using low dose Aspirin to thin blood but not so positive when in comes t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
ERMI test: Mold toxicity is a surprisingly common yet often hidden factor in chronic health problems. While mold cultures have often been used in the past, exper... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Vitex and others: Probably the best herb to help amenorrhea following the use of birth control pills is vitex agnus castus (chaste tree berry). Other herbs that may hel... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Helpful if pregnant: If you are pregnant or might become pregnant then prenatal vitamins have been shown to reduce the risk of certain birth defects like neural tube defec... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: Numerous herbs show evidence of benefit in diabetes. Those most widely used include gymnema sylvestre, cinnamon, bilberry, fenugreek seeds & momordic... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Probably: I can not think of any organ, illness or condition that will not benefit from less stress! stress can result in high blood pressure which is not good... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Many possibilities: This depends on the cause. See a doctor to evaluate for diabetes, high blood pressure, low testosterone, heavy metal toxicity etc. If those are OK try... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
If you are deficient: Whether a vitamin gives you energy depends on whether you are deficient in it. If you already have enough then taking more won't increase energy. But ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Gap beween groups: "longevity gap" refers to the difference in longevity or life expectancy between various groups, so there is no single longevity gap. There is a gap ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Many: Seeds tend to be very rich in antioxidants. Among the healthiest seeds are pumpkin seeds (see http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes, if deficient: Suboptimal levels of dhea are common in those with adrenal insufficiency, a common condition in those with ongoing stress. However, dhea is converted ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Caution if pregnant: There is absolutely no problem taking these together if you are not pregnant. However, if you are pregnant i would advise avoiding nyquil, which conta... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: Many herbs can successfully treat parasites, including garlic, black walnut, gentian, quassia, and artemesia annua. The one I have had the most succe... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: Folic acid has been proven to prevent neural tube defects, a very serious birth defect. This occurs during the first month of pregnancy, often before... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
YES: About half of those with lyme don't recall being bitten by a tick. There is strong evidence that borrelia burgdorferi, the lyme bacteria, can be sprea... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Not exactly but...: Anithistamines block the action of histamine. I doubt homeopathic remedies work via this mechanism, but homeopathy can be very effective in treating ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Proper nutrition: Alcoholism is a largely genetic condition related to metabolic imbalances that affect alcohol metabolism. Minimizing sugar & avoiding tobacco & caffe... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Maybe: Lyme disease is transmitted by deer ticks and the bite is classically followed by a bullseye rash. However, not all who develop lyme get that type of... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Similar symptoms but: Many people with cfs have symptoms similar to the conditions you mention, but by definition someone with cfs has severe fatigue with no other known ca... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: Yes, but as my colleagues mention, taking them while you are taking antibiotics is also wise. While antibiotics may kill some of the probioitics, man... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Usually not but...: Lyme disease can be quite serious but is seldom fatal.However, given that it can be fatal & that untreated lyme disease can be disabling & cause sever... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: About 18% of men are eventually diagnosed with prostate cancer, but the incidence is even greater- by the time men reach their 70's the majority may h... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Conventional&natural: Standard treatment is surgery followed by radiation &/or chemotherapy based on the type and degree of tumor. I believe such treatments are more succes... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: Many supplements have been proven to help depression, with benefits comparable to drugs. I have had great success with fish oil, 5-htp & same. Herbs ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: Impetigo is a highly contagious staph or strep infection. Gently washing with soap & breaking up the crusts is helpful; keep covered to prevent spread... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
YES: Homeopathy can be very helpful even for those on conventional treatments. Homeopathy will never interfere with conventional treatment, but certain dr... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
In some cases yes...: If you have iron deficiency then iron may help. High doses of Folic Acid (5-10 mg/day) has been shown to help the familial form of RLS & RLS in preg... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: Most people with TMJ grind their teeth, which is related to stress, so meditation and other stress reduction techniques can help. There are many exer... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Not directly but...: While measles is highly contagious, the virus only lives for 2 hours outside the body. If the staff was infected they could pass it on to you even bef... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Sorry but not really: Few people enjoy going on a candida diet but it's impossible to treat well without a proper diet. Think of candida as a fire simmering in your intesti... Read More
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Not as well absorbed: Studies suggest that the blood level of CoQ10 from taking ubiquinol is 1.5 to 8 times greater than taking the same amount of ubiquinone. Thus, one mig... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
If pregnant 9+ mos.: If you become pregnant then having sex will delay one's period for at least 9 months (usually longer as periods usually don't restart for a few month... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
OK for most BUT...: Many people eat only raw vegetables (and raw food) for health benefits, but many nutrients in vegetables are better absorbed when cooked (esp. if boil... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Varies with the drug: Addiction is not modern & occurs in all cultures, but the addictive potential of drugs varies widely. For example, tobacco & opiates are highl... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Not exactly but...: Grapefruit doesn't have magical "fat-burning" properties but may help one lose weight as they are low in calories, high in fiber & have beneficial... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Probably very unsafe: Here's the problem: there are absolutely NO studies on the safety & hazards of humans eating GMO foods. However,many well-conducted animal studies... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Impossible,no but...: It is impossible to get Vit A toxicity from too many carrots because carrots have NO Vit A, only beta carotene that our bodies convert to A as needed.... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Perhaps a bit but...: Krill oil and cod liver oil are both excellent sources of essential Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. The main thing krill oil has that cod liver oil d... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes, in general,but:: Our latest understanding is that saturated fat is not the demon it was thought to be, but just as not all fats are created equal some types of saturat... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
No worries: New Xanax probably tastes bitter too. As medicines like Xanax get older they may lose some potency and thus not be quite as strong as it was but gener... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
OK but not greatest: I am a big believer that everyone should take a good quality multivitamin but, while better than some, you can do a lot better. It's good that it does... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Depends on type: There are many types of Magnesium. Magnesiums that are poorly absorbed, like Mag oxide, help by acting as a laxative. But magnesium deficiency can als... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
No, however...: Lutein and Zeaxanthin are carotenoids naturally found in fruits and vegetables and do not have any side effects, but they may be in capsules that hav... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Can transmit illness: A tick doesn't have to be engorged to transmit infections; being engorged means it was attached long enough to feed on you but it doesn't have to be o... Read More
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May 25, 2013
We both share the idea that Holistic medicine and mainstream medicine have a lot to learn from each other. I believe most if not all holistic medicine approaches are hundred of years older than Wester...Read More
Jul 27, 2013
Dr. Baker supplies some of the most thoroughly researched and documented replies of any of HealthTap's doctors. He provides patients AND his colleagues material which educates, enlightens, and broade...Read More
Apr 1, 2013
Dr. Baker provides wonderfully on-target answers and resources on HealthTap. I'm grateful to him for his insights, and also inspired by all the reading and learning he clearly does to help his patien...Read More
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I'd say yes, been in the woods/grass/nature alot last summer, didn't see the tick though. I had the "Bullseye Rash" maybe 4 months ago, but thought nothing of it. my bf told me it could be Lyme, and w...Read More
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thanks doctor, i am going to order the 200mg source naturals l theanine, would 200-400 mg 5htp be a good dose with my 100mg 5htp? I am noticing that after taking the 100mg 5htp Time release in the mor...Read More
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I would love to hear more of your thoughts on thus issue. I am so conflicted when it comes to vaccinating my younger boys. I see the benefits that vaccines have but even the best of science doesn't wo...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan Medical School, MI
Graduated 1981MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Santa Cruz, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Santa Cruz, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Santa Cruz, CA - Winter
2013
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