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Dr. Valencia Porter

Holistic Medicine
Carlsbad, CA
22 years experience

Locations

Office

Carlsbad, CA

Address

Chopra Center for Wellbeing, 2013 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, CA
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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Holistic Medicine

Environmental Health

Preventive Medicine

Languages spoken

English

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168 Answers
15 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Maybe: Depending on needle size, practitioner technique, location of insertion point, and your sensitivity you may or may not feel it.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Answer varies: Guggul (commiphora mukul) is an herb which may help lower cholesterol. Studies have shown varying results and in my personal practice I have seen it ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: Acupuncture needles are different from those used to draw blood or administer injections as they do not have a hollow core and are designed not to be ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
No: Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) is an herb that is classified as an adaptogen meaning it helps the body with stress. It is a very safe herb with lit... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Blood thickeners: One precaution while flying is to avoid deep vein thrombosis which is more likely if you have a tendency to form clots more easily. That said, I am u... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Try acupuncture: Acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation, healing touch, reiki are all modalities that may help with aches and pains.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Maybe: Although not my first choice as a natural remedy for anxiety, ginsenosides (one of the components of ginseg) may have anxiety-reducing properties. De... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Natural remedies: Set the stage for sleep - darken your room, do not do work in the bedroom, avoid watching tv or using screen such as computers as the blue light can b... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Sometimes: Although certain situations warrant treatment with medication, there are other modalities that can also be helpful such as regular meditation, exercis... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: Magnesium and riboflavin deficiencies may contribute to migraines. You can check blood levels of these but want to look at intracellular rather than s... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Are they goosebumps?: There is a dermatologic condition called keratosis pilaris that may have the appearance of goosebumps. This can be treated, so check with your physic... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Try over the counter: Topicals: oatmeal bath, topical benadryl, (diphenhydramine) calamine lotion, 1% hydrocortisone, homeopathic florasone, aloe oral: sometimes it is due ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Lifestyle?: Keep a food log and see if there is something you are eating or drinking unusually or in large amounts for the day or two before the episode. Are the... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Simplify: Stress is inevitable in life as life is full of changes and unpredictability. It is how you respond to that stress that is important. Are you flexib... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Feed your baby: Whatever you eat (or don't eat) is going to your baby through your breast milk. It is important during this crucial phase in your baby's development ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Get checked if cont: This can relate to many things from stress to medication reaction, gastrointestinal disturbance, infection, menopause or other hormonal change, or mal... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Likely not: Where you put weight on depends in part on your genetics among other factors. There is no food that particularly targets an area of the body. The bu... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: There are some holistic practitioners who may be helpful. As a start check out the work of alice domar who works in theirs-body field and victoria ma... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Depends: This depends on the practitioner's scope of practice. An md or do can do the full exam. Others may be limited in what they are able to do.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
If: If you are upset, your frontal cortex (thinking part of your brain) doesn't work so take a time-out.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Either: Both may help. People occasionally have reactions to valerian. Some sleep aids have a combination that includes both.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Eat real foods: Eating a variety of fresh, unprocessed foods can ensure that you are getting vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are part of a balanced diet. ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Varies: Different people need different number of hours of sleep with an average need of about 8 hours. The quality of sleep is important and i believe when ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Try: A massage therapist may help, however, if there was muscle strain you may need rest. If there was a more severe injury, you might want to see a docto... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: Some natural supplements may be helpful including quercitin which a natural histamine inhibitor. Stinging nettle and goldenseal have been used for all... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Possibly: Inositol is a natural supplement that may help anxiety by reducing the stress response. In two small studies, doses of 12 to 18 g per day was as effe... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Digestive issues: Ginger is a wonderful herb that has been shown to be helpful with nausea and vomiting from motion sickness, pregnancy, and cancer chemotherapy. It is ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Many changes: Sleep disturbances in infants can be due to multiple causes - from an illness to teething to the prelude of a developmental leap. If your child is ea... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Overweight: This is in the overweight category according to body mass index. Another important question would be your waist-to-hip ratio which is an indicator of... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Better posture?: Growth plates close at the end of adolescence so it is highly unlikely that your have grown taller in your mid 30s. But if you have been doing things... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Not usually: Unless you are allergic to whey and are having severe reactions to it, chances are that it would not stunt your growth. Protein provides essential bu... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Might be opposite: Oftentimes, the fetus is on the opposite schedule so, awake when mom is asleep and everything is calm for the baby and then asleep when mom is active ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Not unless allergic: Whey protein can be a good source of protein. Check an online calculator or chart to figure out your total daily protein requirement for all sources.... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Depends: Caloric requirement depends on your level of physical activity and your basal metabolic rate which relates to your current weight and body fat:lean m... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
No: Not known to have this effect.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Well visit?: Your pediatrician will provide guidance on developmental milestones such as feeding at each scheduled well hold visit. By 9 months infants are able t... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Which pyramid?: The pyramid has been replaced by "my food plate" by the usda. Although some improvements were made, i still don't believe this reflects optimal nutri... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Possible: Cigarettes moking is the most common cause, as are other chemical exposures, chronic bladder inflammation, consumption of smoked meats and nitrates, a... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
High quality: Look for high quality ones that screen for heavy metals and pcbs. Concentrates are good. I personally like nordic naturals and carlson's but there a... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: There is some evidence that high dose epa (1000 mg daily) may be helpful for depression.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Healthy food & sport: At this point there are not many limits on your activity. Continue to exercise if you have been doing so. If you are new, then ease into it. Now is... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
See your doc: I don't understand why you are on the Depo-Provera shot (birth control) if you want to get pregnant. You should see your practitioner and discuss wha... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Surgically: The nose is bone and cartilage so not much you can do to alter its appearance aside from cosmetic surgery.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Need to know more: Yoga is well known to help with anxiety, depression, and physical symptoms. It can also be helpful for a variety of conditions. One must get a good ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
See your doctor: I would encourage you to see your doctor for pre-conception care if you do want to get pregnant. Being on birth control is to prevent pregnancy as it... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Possibly: It is well known that certain herbs can affect medications. For example, st. John's wort is an herb that is commonly used that can reduce the effecti... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
Protein source: Whey is a protein from milk. When broken down proteins provide calories which are the body's fuel or energy source. It also provides Amino Acids whi... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
MTHFR?: I am assuming your question got cut off and you have mthfr polymorphism? The number of pills would related to how many milligrams are recommended and... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
BMI calculator: Check out bmicalc.Org or some other body mass index calculator. More than just weight, you want your body mass index in a healthy zone and there is a ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
Holistic Medicine 22 years experience
No: If you replace your high carb breakfasts with a low-carb veggie smoothie daily then perhaps that would help, but a single veggie smoothie will not hel... Read More
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Aug 23, 2012
Very precise & thorough
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Porter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Porter is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Have low vit d so yes, thank and will start high grade fish oil pills too that haven't gone through heat process. Thanks!
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Thanks for your quick reply! I will take a look at exercises for the calf muscles and Achilles also
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Thanks for your quick reply! But I don't want to sign up just to view chopra.com too bainteresting

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, CA
Graduated 2000MD

Awards

Top Preventive Medicine Specialist , Second Place, California - Winter
2013
Top Holistic Medicine Practitioner, Second Place, California - Summer
2013
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