Dr. Steven Charlap

Holistic Medicine
Boca Raton, FL
39 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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915 Answers
37 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 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
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 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
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
No: Pain in this area is almost always caused by inflammation in the sole of the foot due to walking and pressure. The syndrome is often called plantar fa... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Don't maximize: There is no proven benefit above 200 mg of dha and epa each. Also, it can act as an anti-coagulant so high doses can be dangerous particularly if adde... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Only with biopsy: Although only a biopsy can tell you if you have skin cancer, there are warning signs such as fast growth, irregular border, very dark, itching, bleedi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Typically not: As long as the purity of the ingredients are verified and you don't exceed the recommended daily allowances you should have no problem. However, it is... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Glucomannan Risks: Glucomannan is a type of fiber that expands in your gut to help give you a feeling of satiety. It has been reported to expand so much that in some peo... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Short term: In addition to icing and some NSAID such as ibuprofen, i find the use of a back brace for up to two days (no more) can allow the nerve and muscle to r... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Perilla, a herb which is the member of the mint family.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Sun plus food: 15-30 minutes of sun exposure should suffice, but may not as you grow older. In which case, seaweed, kelp, salmon, almond milk, fortified foods can p... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Eat whole foods: Shop at stores that sells whole foods and eat at restaurants that are vegetarian and gluten free. Rinse fruits and vegetables carefully, and eat beans... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Mostly plants: Eat a mostly plant based diet with plenty of vegetables and beans. Add some fruits, nuts, whole grains, and three times a week wild salmon, avoid pro... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Cross country sking: Cross-country skiing is known as the highest intensity work-out. Otherwise, interval training burns a lot of calories. There are no easy ways to burn ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
No: When on a diet rich in fats and you take pills to block fat absorption, you are likely to have problems controlling your bowel movements. You may find... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Leave it alone: If it is not expanding, and you can bear the pain, if any, the blood will resorb and it should go away on its own. If you break the bubble, it may get... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
If deficient: If you have a known deficiency and can't address it with whole foods due to allergies or other problems then a specific supplement may be of value. Ot... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Sinus node: Extra tissue around the sinus node or other abnormality causes the sinus node to contract abnormally. The sinus node s where the electrical signal for... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
It depends: What amounts are you taking? Do you need those amounts. Although calcium is good for bone health, excess calcium is bad for blood vessel health. Check... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Depends: Different schools of thought as to what is considered balance. The best diet is probably the mediterranean diet which consists primarily of vegetables... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: It depends on both the person, what is in the vitamin, and how much of the different components there are. If you have to take a b vitamin as prescrib... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Diet that was...: ...Consumed by people living near the mediterranean sea (but no longer). The pyramid emphasizes at is base, plant based foods such as fruits, vegetabl... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Depends: Low fat diets are unhealthy if the fats are replaced by carbohydrates. However, in the presence of coronary artery disease, diets that limit saturated... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Generally not: When on a diet rich in fats and you take pills to block fat absorption, you are likely to have problems controlling your bowel movements. You may find... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Normal: Body has an internal thermostat that triesto maintain temperature at 98.6. When you exercise, the body heats up and releases energy through sweating.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Many reasons: This is a question best answered by a licensed psychologist and/or psychiatrist. You should seek out their services to find out what is the root cause... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Get up: The most important thing is to get up every half hour and walk the aisle for a minute or so. This keeps circulation flowing in your legs and prevents ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Mindfulness meditation. The good news is this has begun to cross over where psychologists now also teach and practice it. Of course, there are other f... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
No: If you don't have a biotin deficiency, which is very uncommon, taking a biotin supplement will do nothing for you. Biotin is needed for normal metabol... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
None: Both contain artificial sweeteners. They are not particularly healthy but they do not cause any significant Insulin release. Despite the absence of a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Exercise + protein: Resistance training plus healthy protein intake leads to muscle build up which adds healthy weight.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
More than 5-10 lbs.: Losing more than 5-10 pounds without changing your diet, increasing your exercise, and/or due to increased stress could signal a problem. It can be ca... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Change diet: A proper, sustainable diet should give you energy, not strip you of it. Consult a registered dietitian or physician for a proper diet for health and e... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Typically not: Flaxseed oil contains ala, an omega-3 fatty acid known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-coagulant benefits as a healthy fatty acids. It is not typicall... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Don't take multi: Recent studies suggest no value, and potential harm in taking multi-vitamins. Don't take them. If you have a known deficiency, then treat each vitamin... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Nothing: Any food that does not contain protein will not contribute to uric acid. Foods high in protein, iron, glucose, and processed sugar are also known to r... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Depends: If by balanced, you mean fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds, and wild fish then no if you get at least 30 minutes of sun a day. Otherwise, you may... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Stop: Why are you getting your vitamin a from a pill when you can get it from many natural sources? See this site for many whole foods that contain vitamin ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Multiple: Dark brown urine could be the result of excess bilirubin being excreted which can be a sign of liver disease like hepatitis and cirrhosis. It can als... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Many ways: Low intake of omega-3s for example, would deny the brain access to dha, an important fatty acid, certain vitamins, like B12 and e are needed for norma... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Scale: The scale tells the first story and loose fitting clothing comes next.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Many reasons: Could be nerves. It could also be food sensitivity, allergies, lactose intolerance (dairy problem) too much food, gas, blockage of some sort, malabsor... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Not really: To be facetious, smoking can lead to weight loss by killing you. For some people smoking acts as a mild appetite suppressant and many people who stop... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Controversial: Some say it doesn't work because it just doesn't work. Others say because form of calcium used in study, calcium carbonate, is poorly absorbed. Given ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
A lot: Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts who follow specific educational and professional requirements from an accredited program, includi... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Impossible to say: Although depression can run in families, it is important not to make assumptions about it. A licensed psychologist and/or psychiatrist can help you id... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Sun and wild salmon: The best natural way to address a vitamin d deficiency is to get 15-30 minutes of sun exposure, ideally to your mid-section (belly). The best food is ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
No: If no underlying med problem, healthy weight loss requires eating the right whole foods, avoiding many processed foods, and staying physically active.... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
No: What kind of drinking is helping your drinking problem? No alcoholic beverage is going to reduce alcoholism.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Rigth foods: Right foods if no underlying med problem, healthy weight loss requires eating the right whole foods, avoiding many processed foods, and staying physic... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 39 years experience
Right foods: If no underlying med problem, healthy weight loss requires eating the right whole foods, avoiding many processed foods, and staying physically active.... 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 30, 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
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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.
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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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