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Dr. Steven Charlap

Holistic Medicine
Boca Raton, FL
37 years experience male

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With an MD from NYU, and a MBA from Harvard, and residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center, Dr. Charlap is the founder of MDPrevent, a primary care, holistic medicine and wellness practice focused on helping patients stay healthy by addressing common risk factors that often lead to disease. He avoids the use of pills, both medications and supplements, whenever possible.

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Holistic Medicine

Preventive Medicine

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1.1K Answers
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
If contaminated: Infections are caused by organisms such as bacteria and viruses. If your immune system is impaired or the product contains disease causing organisms, ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Nothing: They generally don't hurt or help when taken in recommended dosages. Save your money and eat whole foods and wild salmon.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Controversial: There is much debate about whey protein, derived from dairy, regarding its effects on health. I don't believe one should get protein from dairy and pr... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Vaseline: Putting some vaseline or similar ointment will stop you from touching it with your tongue and protect it from drool. Go easy on the vaseline.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Why?: Why are you taking these pills? At your age, there is no need to suppleemnt with multivitamin unless you are preganant to plan to be soon. If you are ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
See doctor: You should have a full check up to see what is going on. It may be related to your thyroid, your diet, your heart, etc. Either way, it needs to be eva... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
What level was TSH?: Some doctors believe if your TSH is above 2.5, you may still have some hypothyrodism. This view is not accepted by all. What were your other thyroid h... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
You answered already: The food you eat can effect your stool. Very fatty meals can cause soft stools. Not enough fiber can cause soft stools. Something else may be going on... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
No: Good science does not support its use. See this link for detailed info. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/bitterorange.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Inflammation: Low vitamin d has always been thought to be generally related to low sun exposure. A recent study suggests that it may represent something more concer... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Ask Pharmacist: The local pharmacist should be able to recommend the right product. If you don't wan to ask, look for a medicated pad in the incontinence section of t... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Low carb, low fat: Basically avoid foods that add weight but aren't healthy such as breads, pasta, fried foods, foods with added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, foods... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
None: Most of the recent studies fail to support taking a multivitamin unless you have known deficiencies, which are fairly uncommon. If you are vegan or ha... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Oranges: Although the role of vitamin c in boosting the immune system remains somewhat controversial, it is always best to get your vitamins from raw foods ins... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Yes, but why?: Have your obstetrician recommend a good multivitamin for you as folate (folic acid) is the most important vitamin to have adequate levels of during pr... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Several others: There are several additional categories such as serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (snris) and atypical antidepressants such as bupropio... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Two to four weeks: If you are fully recovered, then a couple of weeks at least to make sure is advisable. Start slowly and if all is well, you can resume normal training... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Unclear: What kind of chocolate do you react to? Dark, milk, or white? How much sugar is added? Any other added ingredients including chemicals? Is it possible... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Not clear: There are studies that show a correlation between vitamin d levels and thyroid disease but correlation does not imply causation. In other words, it is... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Unclear: You indicate that you are 52 and have diabetes. Typically, this would be type 2 diabetes. Untreated or poorly treated diabetes can lead to neuropathy... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Medications???: Certain medications such as steroids, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiseizure medications, diabetes medications, high blood pressure medicati... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: For different reasons men and wmone. For men, because lack of adequate sleep results in the release of gherkin, a hormone that stimulates appetite. Fo... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Difficult to say: The cause(s) of your lightheartedness may be due to a variety of issues unrelated to your walking. See a primary care physician for evaluation. I reco... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Diet and exercise: One ofthe keys to losing weight and keeping it off is to do it in a thoughtful and meaningful way. This includes having the right perspective on food,... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Absolutely: Too many people blindly believe in the value of multivitamins in the face of little evidence to support their routine use. In fact, many good studies ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Depends: How long does it take to run the mile? The ideal physical activity to stay healthy is about 45 minutes per day of moderate intense (difficult to sing)... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Depends: This is a complicated question because the answer depends on the problem. You can treat a cold at home but you can't treat a heart attack at home. It... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Height, for the most part, is genetically determined. However, eating healthy foods which have all the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and p... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Critical: Being physically active and fit is critical but diet, stress, relationships, and genetics also play key roles.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Why bother?: If you eat fruits and vegetables every day, there is no reason to take this supplement combination. The science does not show that it has any advantag... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: The diarrhea is not the problem. Whatever is causing you to lose a lot of water in your intestinal track may be interfering with the full absorption o... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Typically not: Although vitamin d is essential to a properly functioning body, it is not typically associated with pain. Such pain in a 24 year old is probably muscu... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Rigth away: Are you still taking or did you stop? It's okay to take while pregnant and it's okay to get pregnant while taking.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Exercise: The single most powerful, clinically proven means to improve memory is to be physically fit, reduce stress, eat healthy, and be intellectually stimula... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Nutritionist Not Dr.: A good nutritionist or registered dietitian in your area can help. You may also need a psychologist if you overeat because of some psychosocial reason... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Spasm returns: Knots are a type of cramp or muscle spasm. When a massage releases a muscle spasm it doesn't always stay released, particularly if you keep doing the ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: You can pass out from other causes such as a vagal-vaso response, but if you are not anemic, which a B12 deficiency can cause, it would be an unlikely... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Cause?: Gerd can have many causes such as a hiatal hernia, an ulcer, food allergies, medication or supplement side effect, etc. It's important to know the cau... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Illness/Malnutrition: Among the causes are excessive Insulin produced in the body (hyperinsulinemia), inborn errors of metabolism, medications and poisons, alcohol, hormone... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: It is unnecessary and a waste of money if you are otherwise feeling good and eating healthy.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Fish, my favorite: Wild fatty fish like alaskan salmon is my favorite, and presumably healthiest source of vitamin b12. It also contains vitamin d and amino and fatty ac... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Get tested: Ppis can also affect your vitamin B12 so rather than just supplement, get your blood levels to know if you are deficient. Among the best food sources ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Sometimes: In a mild case, a high potency probiotic may be of some use, but if the diarrhea is due to clostridia dificile, another bacteria that sometimes overgr... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Can't hurt: It helps get the bowels moving for some people. Otherwise, adequate fluids keep you well hydrated, but time of day doesn't matter. First blush teeth ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Sugar and fat: Carbohydrates are a type of sugar while fats are made of fatty acids. They are chemically different, and treated differently by the body. Fatty acids... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Bananas: Prunes. Nuts, beans, sweet potatoes, winter squash, broccoli, lentils, and of course banana to name a few.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
No: In fact, it may stimulate release of growth hormone to stimulate growth. Keep exercising. But stretch afterwards.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
More like one: Abnormal cholesterol is a risk factor, but being overweight, having a family history, high blood pressure and high blood sugar are more concerning.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Insufficient folate (folic acid) in the mother's diet has been linked to neural tube birth defects.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Find alternative: If you can find something else you prefer, your reliance will decrease. You can also try diluting it more and more until it no longer has the same app... Read More

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Jul 13, 2013
a great physician with accurate answers. very helpful. thank you!
Sep 16, 2013
Thanks for your contribution at Health Tap
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Charlap is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Dx'd yrs ago, chronic pain too. My psych dr & my pain dr have NO interest in 'talking'. It's up to me to advocate for myself. Pillsss. Always looking 4 new info. On Fetz...Read More
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks! Always wondered about this...feel terrible after eating nuts but test shows no allergy. And no sinus or breathing problems.
HealthTap member
This saved my life. Thank You! I am having, B.p. high abou135/110, I have priscribed, with NEBI H. Daily In The morningControlled Any sugetion. By you. I am f

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York University School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1984MD

Medical/Graduate school

Harvard University
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Harvard Business School Dean's Award
Top Doctor, Second Place, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Winter
2013
Top Holistic Medicine Practitioner, Second Place, National - Winter
2013

Affiliations

MDPrevent
Sara Levine,MD
Jessica Kordansky, PhD
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