Dr. Randy Baker

Holistic Medicine
Soquel, CA
42 years experience male

Locations

Pacific Center For Integral Health

Soquel, CA

Address

2955 Park Ave., Soquel, CA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
AMAS test: There is an intriguing little-known blood test for cancer in both women & men called the amas test from oncolab in boston. Like all tests it's not per... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes: Remeron (mirtazapine) has been reported to cause confusion in about 2% of those taking it. Dementia is also a reported side effect, which would likel... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes!!!: Indoor mold is a very common yet often hidden problem. It can cause a variety of serious health problems including cough, asthma, shortness of breath ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Both important but..: Both genetics & lifestyle are important factors in longevity but we are learning that lifestyle plays the larger role.This is because lifestyle affect... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Might help a bit: I am not aware of any research on this, but various vinegars, especially apple cider vinegar, have a long history of folk use in detoxifying. There ma... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
YES!: Lyme disease can affect every organ of the body. 66% of patients with early disseminated lyme disease have elevated liver enzymes (see http://www.Ncbi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
YES proven to help!: At least 3 herbs have been proven in published studies to improve sperm count and motility: maca, tongkat ali & mucuna pruriens. There is also eviden... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes: There are different types of food allergies. With avoidance the sensitivity often lessens over time. Many food allergies are associated with intesti... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Many possible causes: Lack of sleep is only one of many causes of exhaustion. As mentioned, you may have a condition like sleep apnea resulting in poor quality sleep, but ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes in certain cases: Lyme is not easily transmitted but there is strong evidence that it can be transmitted in utero from mother to baby & it can be transmitted via blood ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
NO!!!: Fluoride is considered more toxic than lead! it has been proven to significantly lower iq, increase risk of bone cancer and hip fractures & can reduce... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Rare serious effects: Flu shots rarely cause very serious side effects including death and (more commonly) Guillain-Barre Syndrome (paralysis). The flu can also cause deat... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Maybe companionship: As a father of 2 girls born 3 years apart, they are best friends and always have someone to play with, which is more important in our family than some... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Most likely but: A recent study suggests mutivits don't prevent heart disease in men but many other studies suggest vitamins are likely to prevent heart disease.In his... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Depends on cause: Jaundice is a symptom, not an illness, so the treatment depends on the cause. However, many different herbs can be useful in the treatment of jaundice... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
No: I have never heard of any harmful effects of meditation, while a large body of research has demonstrated a wide range of benefits for physical and men... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Before pregnancy!: If you are planning on getting pregnant then it is wise to start prenatal vitamins before you are pregnant to assure you are getting adequate Folic Ac... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes: Lyme disease may recur in 2 ways. It can be very difficult to fully eliminate, so even if someone has been successfully treated, the borrelia bacteri... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Mercury toxicity: There is no single cause of alzheimer's but a growing body of evidence implicates mercury toxicity as a significant cause (see http://www.Medscape.Com... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
YES!!!: There is strong evidence that mothers with lyme disease can pass lyme disease onto their baby in utero, which can result in fetal death/stillbirth, or... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
YES: No one knows for sure how many people in the US have lyme disease; one estimate I have seen is 115,000 but the number is likely much higher.The CDC sa... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes: The best way to ease pinworm symptoms is to eliminate pinworms. While drugs like Mebendazole can accomplish this, so can herbs. My favorite natural tr... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Healthy diet: A healthy diet is likely to prevent ovarian systs, though there is little research to support it. Common advice is to avoid sugar and simple carbs, em... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Many approaches: There are many natural treatments for depression, ranging from counseling, healthy diet & exercise to fish oil, Amino Acids including 5-htp, same, dl-... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Drug effects/toxins: Sudden onset is unusual & of great concern. The most commonly prescribed drugs in the elderly, statins, have been found to cause this exact side effe... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes, however: One should never get any vaccines when acutely ill, so if you currently have influenza do not get vaccinated at this time. Once you have recovered fro... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
When combined with..: Cholesterol clearly plays a role in the development of cardiovascular disease but its role has been exaggerated. Half of those with heart disease do n... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Nutrition & Herbs!: Chemotherapy & radiation put a tremendous toll on our bodies. Many supplements & herbs are proven to reduce toxicity & side effects of these while ac... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
May be helpful: There is evidence that drinking red wine may prevent prostate cancer. There is no evidence it's dangerous. In vitro studies show that polyphenols in r... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Often a sign of stress: Salt cravings are common but yours sounds extreme. The most serious medical problem known to be associated with this is addison's disease, which is d... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Ability to infect: A live virus is able to infect a cell and hijack it in order to produce more viruses. A "dead" virus (perhaps more accurately called an inactivated vi... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Uncommon but...: It is possible to be allergic to virtually any food but some foods are much more commonly allergenic than others; chocolate is a relatively rare aller... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Parasites common but: Intestinal parasites are common but tapeworms are rare in the US. Relatively benign worms like pinworms,roundworms and liver flukes are more common bu... Read More
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes, likely to help: You have done nasal irrigation, used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries & growing in popularity in the US, with proven benefits for allergies &am... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Better options: Theraflu contains a variety of pharmaceuticals like acetominophen, antihistamines, cough suppressants & decongestants that may reduce symptoms but do ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Perhaps ephedra but: To the best of my knowledge herbal supplements will not cause a false positive on drug tests with the possible exception of ephedra sometimes showing ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Jury still out: There have been many such claims for HGH but the research supporting this is very limited and it is illegal to use it for this- see https://www.menshe... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes: Lyme disease is known to infect every organ and can cause virtually every symptom known to man. It is not unusual for lyme to cause costochondritis, i... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Causes inflammation: There is an old saying that all health problems begin in the gut; while simplistic, it is often true. Intestinal imbalances result in increased intest... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
3-30 days: The classic erythema migrans (bullseye) rash associated with lyme appears in an average of 1-2 weeks but the range is 3-30 days. However, the absence... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Complex infection: As my colleagues mention, lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, borrelia burgdorferi, & is commonly thought to be transmitted by deer ticks. However, ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Not destroy but...: Cranberry juice is a good source of D-mannose, a sugar which does not destroy bacteria but which can cause one type of bacteria, E. coli (the cause of... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Many approaches: Depression is always serious but can be of particular concern in teens, who tend to be more impulsive & thus prone to suicide. Providing love & emotio... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes: It is always wise to determine and address the underlying cause. Dr. Patel gave a good list of potential causes so it is wise to have your doctor asse... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Vegetable broth or..: Ideally you want a clear liquid that has electrolytes (sodium, potassium) and magnesium. The best is to chop green veggies, carrots, onions and potato... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Probably viral but..: It is impossible to know for certain from these symptoms, but the most likely cause is a viral infection, possibly roseola, which is common in 3 yo's ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes, from caffeine: Green tea has many health benefits, due to its antioxidant effects. There is evidence it can prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease, improve immun... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Yes, however...: There are definitely alternative medicines to treat it but the degree to which they are successful is in question. It depends on the type of brain can... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Depends on state: If you were immunized blood tests may prove it. If you choose not to be immunized, most states allow exemptions to school-required vaccines based on r... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Many options: Heartburn is a common problem in pregnancy. There are many effective natural remedies- my favorite is apple cider vinegar; slippery elm, marshmallow ... 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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