345 7th Avenue 16th Floor | New York, NY 10011 (29th Street and 7th Avenue)
Welcome to Ingels Family Health, Manhattan, New York location! This is Dr. Ingels satellite office. Times of appointments are dependent on the current schedule. We are conveniently located in midtown Manhattan, just across the street from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. We are about a 20-minute walk from Grand Central Station. There are plenty of great restaurants and parks to enjoy before of after your visit!
PLEASE NOTE: Although Dr. Ingels is licensed in the States of Connecticut and California, New York does not currently license naturopathic doctors. Therefore, Dr. Ingels functions solely as a health consultant and does not treat or diagnose any medical condition. His services are not meant to replace or substitute for those of a licensed physician. Please note that under New York Education Law 8211, we advise each patient as to the importance of consulting with a licensed physician regarding your condition. As a result, Dr. Ingels advises all clients that seek his consultation to be under the concurrent care of a licensed NY State physician.
Dr. Ingels offers an eclectic mix of modalities for his patients and recognizes that each person responds differently to medications, herbs, vitamins and other supplements. He therefore does not use a “cookie cutter” approach in helping improve ones health. Below is a list of some of the modalities Dr. Ingels uses on a regular basis to help his patient’s achieve better health.
The initial step in accurately assessing allergies involves taking a detailed history, which often can direct the physician as to which substances may be the underlying cause or trigger. Dr. Ingels may recommend specific allergy tests to be run by your physician or other non-invasive methods.
Food and environmental allergies/sensitivities have been shown to be an underlying component of many conditions. The following is a brief list of conditions associated with allergies.
Head/Eye/Ear/Nose/Throat Migraine headaches, conjunctivitis, blurred vision, light sensitivity, sore throat, hoarse voice, recurrent ear infections, runny nose, frequent colds, sinusitis, vertigo, ringing in ears, hearing loss or ear pressure.
Heart and Lungs High blood pressure, chest pain, swelling in arms and legs, irregular heart beat, fast heart rate, asthma, chronic bronchitis.
Endocrine Thyroid dysfunction, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and fibrocystic breasts.
Gastrointestinal Mouth or stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, vomiting, constipation, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, gas, bloating, belching, abdominal cramps.
Joint/Muscle Muscle pains, arthritis, swollen joints, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis.
Neurological Fatigue, seizure disorders, sleep problems, memory difficulties.
Neurobehavioral/Psychological Attention deficit disorder (ADD, ADHD), autism, PDD, Asperger’s, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, spaciness, confusion, mental lethargy, restlessness, learning disabilities, slurred speech, stuttering, irritability, poor concentration, indifference.
Skin Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, itching, scaling, hives, angioedema.
Urinary Urinary frequency or urgency, irritation, delayed potty training.
Environmental medicine is a relatively new discipline in medicine and focuses on understanding how environmental factors influence our health and behavior. The development of more complex and chronic illnesses has increased over the last several decades despite the advances made in modern medical technology. Those of us who practice environmental medicine recognize that the body is dynamic and is constantly changing to adapt to its surroundings. When the body fails to adapt or does not adapt properly, biological and chemical changes occur that affect both organ and immune systems, ultimately creating symptoms. The goal then becomes to assist the body in maintaining its ability to change with its environment and restore health.
We are exposed on a daily basis to any number of potential stressors which may ultimately affect our health. These stressors may be external, such as exposure to pollen, mold, chemicals, infectious agents, contaminants in food or even physical phenomena such as extreme cold or heat. Other stressors may be internal, such as psychological stresses, genetics or malnutrition. The concept of “total load” then describes how the total sum of these stressors affect each person’s health. Environmental physicians work to help you identify these stressors and provide you with a comprehensive treatment program that effectively manages your illness and reduces your sensitivities.
Allergy identification and treatment is an important aspect of environmental medicine. Abnormal reactions to foods, chemicals or inhalants may be related to systemic or chronic disease. Dr. Ingels will likely discuss many aspects of your health, lifestyle and environment that may have been overlooked by your healthcare provider.
Therapeutic nutrition is the use of supplemental vitamins, minerals and amino acids to treat specific health conditions. It can also be used to treat nutritional deficiencies that could not otherwise be treated through diet alone. While any substance, natural or synthetic, has the potential to be dangerous, supplemental vitamins and minerals, when taken in appropriate amounts, can be beneficial in treating and preventing disease. Dr. Ingels is an expert in nutritional medicine and only use substances that have been studied and published in reputable journals. We will also evaluate any potential drug-nutrient interactions to ensure that there are no problems in combining a nutritional supplement with an over-the-counter or prescription medication. Natural alternatives to prescription medications may be explored if deemed safe and appropriate.
As part of our dietary counseling services, specific diets may be prescribed for a particular condition. Dr. Ingels works primarily with the allergy elimination diet and specific carbohydrate diet (SCD). These diets will be designed to help you achieve your health goals by providing you with guidelines to follow in meal planning and shopping. Additionally, we can provide you with recipes to help with your meal planning.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that has been in use for more than 200 years. Although the philosophy of homeopathy extends back to the days of Paracelsus in the sixteenth century, modern homeopathy has been credited to Samuel Hahnemann, MD. Homeopathy is based on the principles of like-cures-like. Highly diluted substances are given orally to treat symptoms that would normally be caused by giving the same substance at pharmacological amounts (i.e. giving homeopathic poison ivy to treat someone who has a skin condition that mimics a poison ivy rash). The exact mechanism of how homeopathy works remains unknown. There are few studies reported in medical journals, but decades of clinical observation have found it to be beneficial. The substances given may be derived from plant, animal, mineral or food sources. Specific dilutions (called potencies) are prescribed depending on the nature of the condition. Traditionally, low potencies are prescribed for acute conditions and high potencies are prescribed for more chronic diseases. This form of treatment is preferred for children due to effectiveness, gentleness, ease of administration, and safety.
The use of herbal medicine has been historically documented by cultures around the world and continues to be popular today. Each year new research is published that documents the health benefits, safety and efficacy of herbs. Available in a variety of forms including tablets, granular teas and loose herbal teas, herbs have never been easier or more convenient to take. Dr. Ingels will help determine whether herbal intervention might be helpful for you and which form would be the most effective. Particular attention is given to those people taking prescription medications. We want to ensure the highest efficacy of both the prescription and the herbs while avoiding any potential interaction between the two. Dr. Ingels highly trained and experienced in the use of herbal medicine and understand that just because a substance is natural, does not mean it is necessarily safe.
Western Herbal Medicine
The popularity of western herbal medicine in the United States has increased dramitically in the past two decades, with over 1/3 of the American population taking some form of herbs. Despite the argument by some conventional physicians that herbal medicine has no scientific basis, the fact of the matter is that several studies have shown that herbs can be as effective or in some cases, more effective than its conventional drug counterpart. Herbal medicine also has a deep historical basis, dating back hundreds to thousands of years. The efficacy and safety of herbs have been demonstrated through observation and repeated use over centuries, weheras most studies on conventional medications are often a matter of weeks to months. At NEFHA, we use standardized extracts, loose herbs or solid extracts, depending on which form best suits your needs.
Some herbs are quite toxic and should only be used under the direction of a qualified practitioner of herbal medicine.