By Christina Daigneault

Dr. Alexander Kanevsky, MD is a leading physician with an expertise in both western and eastern medicine. Starting out as a surgical oncologist and moving on to incorporate approaches for healing the body and mind, he has helped countless patients recover from serious illnesses. Dr. Kanevsky expanded beyond his traditional work in Western medicine when he discovered that one approach or modality, no matter how comprehensive, could not be a solution for the multifaceted dynamics and forces of the human body. He offers some top tips to build and maintain a healthy body and mind during the gray days of winter when the immune system is most challenged.

Tip 1: Drink 6-8 glasses of fluid each day. For some people teas, juices and decoctions are more beneficial than water. This provides a medium for the elimination of toxins, wastes, and products of the breakdown of blood stasis and abdominal masses from the body.

Tip 2: Take Vitamin C with garlic. It is recommended to take two oil-based capsules of garlic with 500-1000mg of Vitamin C seven days each month. It will strengthen the body’s resistance, blood, energy, circulation, and compensatory function, eliminate existing infection, and prevent new infections from arising.

Tip 3: Exercise. Among the best exercises are Wu Shu and Qi Gong, if learnt by authentic source, or else do very simple, relaxing walking without haste following the natural pace of your body. Exercise during daylight hours every day for the rest of your life. When you are tired, stop and restart when ready for more. This helps dredging blood, energy, replenishing and invigorating muscles, bones, tendons, vessels, channels, skin, and internal organs.

Tip 4: Eat plenty of green peas, chestnuts, fish, asparagus, cinnamon, parsley, cranberries, citruses, and ginger for the winter months. These foods help strengthen the kidneys and gallbladder – parts of the body we depend upon greatly in the winter months.

Tip 5: Sleep 6-8 hours a day depending on your body’s constitution, immediate needs, and present status. If your body has a surplus it may require then less than six hours, whereas if your body is deficient of energy and composition it may require more than eight hours. Go to bed early and sleep late in winter (and adopt the reverse schedule in the summer). It is advised to rest between 7 and 9 p.m. in the winter.

Tip 6: Take time to meditate: Meditation reconnects your mind and helps establish peace with nature and the universe. A positive reaction from meditation is that the pineal gland begins producing exactly the right hormones to restore your body from illnesses and helps prolong your life.

Tip 7: Use hydrotherapy. Take contrast showers alternating hot and cold water. Also try to swim in natural water when you can – such as in an ocean, lake or river. It will help extract excessive retentive diseased compositions from the very depth of your body and work to strengthen your immune function.

Alexander Kanevsky MD specializes in natural integrative medicine, traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, Tibetan, and Western medicine, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. To find out more about Dr. Kanevsky visit or call 609-613-0225.

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