Soak up the sun this summer with chemical-free sunscreen and more

chemical-free sunscreen, jet lag sprayIf you worry about what you're putting on or in your body to protect your skin and self this summer, read on to learn more about healthy options available at the Raby Institute.


You've probably seen the headlines in passing: "10 Worst Sunscreens", "Avoid These Sunscreens", and more. But you don't have to fear what you put on your skin, if you do a little research and buy wisely.

Instead of telling you what not to buy this season, the knowledgeable staff in the Raby Institute on-site apothecary, Alma, has put together a quick guide on helpful and healthy summer products.


Let these three items help fill your summer schedule with fun, not fear, and stay tuned for more throughout the season.








Dr. Raby and Dr. PatawaranJust a couple of weeks into summer, and things are already heating up in Chicago—and at the Raby Institute.


After we brought on the MonaLisa Touch for women's vaginal health, we realized what a great fit it was for our patients. Women who had lived for years with pain and dryness suddenly felt a renewed energy.


Their enthusiastic response encouraged us to expand our laser therapy options, branching into:

  • tattoo removal
  • fine line and wrinkle reduction
  • skin spot and acne scar removal
  • fat reduction
  • skin tightening






When winter hits in Chicago, many people consider taking vitamin D to make up for the lack of sunlight. Think twice, though, before heading into any old shop to pick up yours-because not all supplements are created equal.


The problem is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn't regulate supplements very tightly. In 2014, the organization cited 60% of supplement companies for violations. As a result, poor-quality supplements, which may contain contaminants, make it onto the market.


"You can't just buy from anyone because they don't have to tell you anything about ingredients used or their process," says Raby Institute Naturopath Kathy Chavez, ND. "There's a whole chain of production and many variables, and it's hard to know which solvents they used, where the supplement was stored, and for how long. Extensive testing is very expensive, and it's not required."





12 Days Of Holiday Gift Ideas

December 12, 2015


It’s that time of year again for our #12DaysOfAlmaGifts.Give the gift of health to your loved ones this year by choosing from our wide array of health an wellness products. From books and shawls to lotions and essential oils, we have what you need to help the people in your life de-stress and live mindfully. 

If you’re still searching for that perfect, unique gift for the loved one in your life who has everything, our on-site apothecary, Alma, has just what you need. Retail coordinators in Alma can help you build the perfect gift package, focused on relaxation, pampering, and health. 
Tune into the Raby Institute Facebook page for daily gift ideas, or check back in here for an updated list of our “12 Days of Alma Gift Ideas.” You can place orders via, stop in, or call the Raby Institute at (312) 276-1212.


Need more gift ideas this holiday season? For the next 12 days, we'll give you inspiration for all those special someones on your list!



Homeopathy and Autism: A Look at Treatments Available at the Raby Institute
September 30, 2015


Children with autism live in a world vastly different from the people around them. They may experience constant stomach and bowel pain, as well as emotional pain and confusion. Yet, they have no means of communicating that pain to the people closest to them.


Unable to express themselves, they can become hyperactive and withdrawn, unable to make eye contact or express love or connection. They live in a world that they don't understand and that doesn't understand them.


It's frustrating for the child and the parent to try to make their way among so few answers around what causes autism and how to treat it. But Raby Institute Integrative Pediatric Physician Robert (Chuck) Dumont, MD, has dedicated much of his practice to treating autism spectrum disorders in children. He Incorporates homeopathy into his treatment program -and with great success.




Exciting New Vaginal Health Service Available at the Raby Institute

September 10, 2015

older womanMillions of women across the United States suffer from vaginal atrophy-painful thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls. These changes happen after hormonal changes in the body due to menopause, and they can make intercourse painful as well as cause urination issues.


But it isn't all doom and gloom. With the FDA's approval this past December, a new, non-hormonal treatment is available to combat vaginal atrophy-and we're happy to now offer it at the Raby Institute in Chicago.


"The MonaLisa Touch is an innovative, extremely effective treatment," says Integrative Gynecologist Katherine A. Thurer, MD.






August 27, 2015

shoppingThe City of Chicago's ban on disposable plastic bags went into effect earlier this month, prohibiting large chain stores in Chicago from providing customers with plastic bags for their purchases. The move is part of the city's efforts to be more environmentally responsible.


Some stores, however, are ignoring the spirit of the ordinance. They've found a loophole in the bag ban, and are providing customers with thicker plastic bags because the new ban states that plastic bags that can be used 125 times or more are acceptable.



"The idea here is not to simply replace the old plastic bag garbage with this new plastic bag garbage," 1st Ward Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno told the Chicago Tribune.




Why Do Some Women Struggle to Lose Weight?

August 20, 2015


Stephanie Mansour interviewing Dr. ChavezFitness Expert Stephanie Mansour (founder of Step It Up with Steph) consults with many women who want to lose weight and feel healthier. Mansour says that often, these women aren't happy with their bodies or energy levels.


The answer to their challenges may not be as simple as exercise and diet. So Mansour sat down with the Raby Institute's Kathy Chavez, ND, to talk about why losing weight is more difficult for some women than others.


As a naturopath, Dr. Chavez sees patients for a variety of chronic issues-everything from high cholesterol and high blood pressure to diabetes and cancer. She says overall, weight management tends to be the most common concern.


"Even if somebody is coming in for digestion or cholesterol, weight management is an issue for a lot of people," Dr. Chavez says in her video interview with Mansour. "My goal is to find any sort of clue as to why you're having an issue."






8 Mental Health Benefits of Journaling

August 13, 2015

woman journaling

You've probably been writing your whole life-thank you notes, emails, Facebook posts. But try channeling your writing into daily journal entries, and you may notice big changes in your mental health. 

Daily writing will remind you of accomplishments you're proud of, moments you want to remember, as well as mistakes from which you hope to learn. It also will force you to take note of your behaviors and actions (good and bad). 

Journaling goes back in history for centuries. Presidents, painters, and people from all walks of life have kept journals or diaries to help them sort through their emotions and process the life happening around them.

The practice comes with many benefits. Writing about stressful events in particular enables you to get them out of your mind, freeing up that mental space while helping you come to terms with the events. As a result, those events carry less of an impact on your physical health, too.





5 Natural Ways to Balance Your Hormones

July 24, 2015

woman looking out over lake

Hormones are complicated. But we'd be lost without them, so it's worth your time to understand how they work and how they affect your body. From estrogen to insulin, these chemical messengers use the bloodstream to travel throughout the body, signaling cells about growth, immunity, behavior, metabolism, fertility, and more.


Think of them like a communication system. Your brain signals to your glands when certain hormones are needed, and the glands (ovaries, testes, thyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, and others) produce and store hormones, secreting them at the brain's command.


While all cells are exposed to hormones, not all of them respond. Only targeted cells have receptors for specific hormones. The hormone binds to the receptor and can then broadcast its signal to the cell.





Raby Institute Enters the Running for Crain's Coolest Chicago Offices

July 17, 2015

Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine front lobby

Crain's Chicago Business has announced a "Coolest Offices" contest for beautifully designed workspaces in Chicago. So you can bet when we heard the news at the Raby Institute, we were all in.

Years of thought and planning went into the Raby Institute's interior design and architecture. Much of that foresight stemmed from Theri Griego Raby, MD, ABHM, founder of the Raby Institute. From purposeful colors to environmentally conscious materials, Dr. Raby strived to develop a space that was healing for patients, while at the same time inspiring and peaceful for practitioners. 

The result is undeniable from the second you walk into the Raby Institute. This is no typical doctor's office.





Integrative Medicine Gets National Attention in the Atlantic

July 9, 2015

In a powerful feature story in The Atlantic last week, the national publication looked at integrative medicine and its role in modern healthcare. "The Evolution of Alternative Medicine" shed a national light on how physicians today in the U.S. are using treatments like acupuncture and homeopathy to treat chronic diseases, pain, and more.


The piece began by mentioning a 1993 paper from The New England Journal of Medicine that reported that one in three Americans was using some form of "unconventional therapy." Yet, only 28 percent of them had shared that information with their primary care doctors.








July 2, 2015

food and mood
Feeling down? Check your kitchen cabinet.


While there's no quick fix for depression or anxiety, what you eat can definitely influence your mood. It's already well known that stress increases sugar cravings, and eating sugary foods makes you crave more sugar--a dangerous cycle.


Scientists call it "emotional eating," and its antidote is "mindful eating"--a practice available to Raby Institute patients via bi-weekly group sessions where participants learn to focus on exactly what's in front of them, one pea at a time.





Take Your Exercise Outside: Why Outdoor Workouts Could Be Just What Your Body Needs

June 25, 2015

exercising outdoorsNo matter where you work out--in your basement, at the gym, in a local park--moving your body is one of the best things you can do for yourself. But with summer, sun, and warm temperatures finally returning to Chicago, there are more reasons than ever to take your workout to the streets.


This doesn't necessarily mean you should cancel your gym membership--especially if your facility offers fitness classes that keep you motivated. Just consider switching up your schedule a few times each week.


Here are five reasons to get your workout gear on and get outside.





5 Benefits of Mental Health Therapy

June 18, 2015

benefits of mental health therapy


People tend to wait to see a therapist until they experience some sort of personal hardship, such as a breakup, illness, or depression. But why wait?


Psychodynamic Psychotherapist Amy Cosby, MA, believes everyone needs healing in their minds and bodies. "We are wounded and healed in relationships, and everyone has experienced difficulties with relationships," she says.


The therapy room gives patients a contained space in which they can bring up whatever is on their mind. In that unique environment, therapist and patient explore what the patient's mind and body are telling the patient.


 "Sometimes we need someone to walk with us on the path of our lives, listen to us tell our stories, and travel with us into the places we often dare not tread alone," Amy says. "Frequently, those very places-the frightening, incomprehensible, shameful corners-keep us from walking toward the life for which we had hoped."


Don't live in fear. Learn five benefits you may experience from talk therapy.






June 10, 2015

bowl of eggsHow many times have you stood in a grocery store staring at the stacks of eggs in the fridge, debating which one is best? You wonder how "free-range" differs from "cage-free." You ask yourself how chickens can be "vegetarian" or what "farm fresh" means when the eggs are coming from five states away.


"The labeling is very deceptive and something a lot of people don't know about. These practices aren't good for the farmers, for the environment, or for the consumers who eat the eggs," says Raby Institute Naturopath Katherine Chavez.


Where the chickens live and the food they eat has a direct impact on the eggs they produce, but tricky labeling practices can make the chicken's story difficult to decipher.


Dr. Chavez explains: "If you're getting eggs from stressed out chickens who are eating only corn, which is high in carbohydrates, the quality of fats in the eggs won't be good. And those poor quality fats can lead to chronic conditions like inflammation, cancer, and heart disease."




Natural Health & Alma Answers: Peppermint Oil

May 28, 2015

peppermint oilWhat it is: Peppermint oil is a mix derived from peppermint leaves. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral, antiparasitic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and pain relieving properties. When applied topically, it is cooling, stimulating, and energizing.


How it works: Peppermint oil has a chemical structure similar to human cells, which makes it easily compatible with human proteins, and readily identified and accepted by body. It is lipid-based (fat-soluble) and can travel throughout the body in a matter of minutes after being applied topically.


As it moves through the body, peppermint oil stimulates the secretion of antibodies, neurotransmitters, endorphins, hormones, and enzymes. Extremely concentrated, the distillation process can require an entire plant to create a single drop of oil. 


If you're new to using peppermint oil, make sure to....






#RIIMSpringDetox Update: Halfway There and New Weekday Sessions

May 17, 2015

spring detox lunchWith less than half of the Spring Detox left to go, participating Raby Institute staff report an array of challenges and triumphs. But one sentiment comes through stronger than any other: It's wonderful to detox together.


"Going through it with a group makes it a lot easier. You know that everyone is in it together, there's support, ideas for meals. Being able to ask questions and compare experiences with everybody is nice," says Aimee, billing specialist at the Raby Institute.


Currently, the group's 17 participants meet on Saturdays, but the Raby Institute has added a second program beginning later this month for people who can't make the weekend classes.


For three Wednesdays beginning May 27th, the Spring Detox program will meet at 5:30 p.m. and feature motivating presentations from integrative medicine specialists, along with featured guests: urban farmers The Roof Crop and juice apothecary Owen + Alchemy. 


Sharlene, Sandra, and Alejandro work together in the lab at the Raby Institute, and are participating in the current detox session. They make smoothies together every morning, and also share a drawer of detox-friendly snacks. "It's way easier with the group," Sharlene says.


But even though the group support makes the detox easier overall, giving up sugar, dairy, gluten, and alcohol for three weeks holds its share of challenges.






The Role of Thought in Weight Loss

April 20, 2015

What would you say if someone told you that you could lose weight simply by thinking about it?


Okay, it's not quite that easy. However, practicing mindfulness does go a long way in keeping your waistline in check. The practice involves giving attention to the present moment without judgment-accepting what is happening as it is.


"We don't usually practice mindful eating because we're talking while we eat, or we're in a hurry," says Integrative Psychologist Susan Duma, Psy.D.


However, to practice mindful eating, she explains, "You look at a piece of food, and think about how it got to you-starting with a hydrogen explosion in the sun all the way to the hands it took to get this one piece of food to you."






Dr. DuMont Earns First of Its Kind Integrative Medicine Certification

April 2, 2015

Robert DuMont, MD, who specializes in Integrative Pediatrics at the Raby Institute, recently became one of the first physicians in the country to earn board certification in Integrative Medicine. His certification comes from one of the main organizations that board certifies doctors in the United States-the American Board of Physician Specialties.


This is the first time in the organization's history that it has certified Integrative Medicine as an independent specialty. Historically, the board has offered certifications in specialties such as Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Dr. DuMont was part of the first wave of specialists to earn Integrative Medicine certification.


"It's a formal validation and recognition of years of study and work," Dr. DuMont says. "Rather than saying, ‘I do Integrative Medicine,' I can now tell people that I'm board certified in Integrative Medicine. It gives credibility to patients, and I think within time, it will show a degree of credibility and expertise to those in the conventional medicine community as well."






News Makers: Dr. Katherine Chavez Talks Supplements in Chicago Health Magazine

February 27, 2015


Dr. Katherine Chavez, naturopath

Finding the right supplement can make all the difference for your health. But many people wonder which supplements they can trust-in part because the federal government doesn't oversee the supplement industry.


Raby Institute Naturopath Katherine Chavez addresses that question and more in the latest issue of Chicago Health Magazine, the bi-annual publication of medical features and news relevant to the Chicago area.


When it comes to supplements, quality is key, Dr. Chavez tells the magazine, in a piece called "Finding the Edge While Avoiding Snake Oil"-but so is talking with your doctor before starting any.








Yoga and Your Heart Health

February 15, 2015

yoga outdoors

February is American Heart Month-a great excuse to focus on your heart health and make some positive lifestyle changes to support it.


These changes can include eating more fruits and veggies, setting (and keeping to) a gym schedule, or trying a heart healthy acupuncture treatment. But did you know that adding yoga to your routine could also make a huge difference to your heart?


New research out of the Netherlands-based on 3,000 participants-shows that practicing yoga lowers heart disease risk factors, such as obesity, blood pressure, and cholesterol. The ancient exercise uses breathing to channel flexibility, focus, and strength.








Strength In Numbers: New Group Sessions Offer Patients Hope, Support

January 24, 2015

group classChicago resident Sharon Fierro has never liked taking medications, preferring instead to manage her health as naturally as possible. But at her annual physical last year, lab tests showed that she had elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. Chronic headaches were infringing on her daily life, too.


Her doctor, Raby Institute founder Theri Griego Raby, MD, ABHM, recommended that Sharon join the new group classes taking place weekly at the Raby Institute. Naturopath Kathy Chavez, ND, and Nurse Practitioner Sejal Gehani, NP, run the sessions, which focus on chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.


"I was really excited. [The group visit approach] is really unique. You go for your annual physical and want to do things to get better, but without specific attention and ongoing support, it's challenging," Sharon says.







December 21, 2014


girl looking at Christmas giftThe holidays are a magical time of year full of glittering lights, joyful songs, and delicious food. But there's also the potential for stress, long lines, and family fights-all of which can make this time of year feel anything but magical.


In fact, when the Anxiety and Depression Association of America polled readers, half of respondents said the holidays made them feel more depressed or anxious. One-quarter reported feeling joyful.


This time of year tends to stress people "because most of us go 11 months of the year doing our own thing, and then within four to six weeks, our entire routine gets shaken up by variables we cannot control," explains the Raby Institute's Integrative Psychologist, Susan Duma, Psy.D.








November 20, 2014


Shop Raby bannerThe Raby Institute's apothecary, Alma, is going digital this month. That means wherever you are and whenever you want, most of the products in our shop at 500 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago can now come to you.


"We're hoping that it becomes a thing of convenience for patients," says Erin Connors, retail coordinator in Alma, who helped establish the digitalstore. "As our business has grown to more patients than ever, and some who may not be in the city of Chicago, we've expanded to an e-commerce site to reach all of our patients at all times."



News Makers: Acupuncturist Michelle Goebel-Angel Endorses Acupuncture in Prevention Magazine

October 16, 2014

Michelle Goebel-Angel, acupuncturist

We've known this for a long time: Acupuncture can ease pain. But a recent, debated study in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims otherwise.


In the study, researchers assigned participants to either needle or laser acupuncture treatments. And participants reported modest pain improvements three months later. But when the treatments ended after nine months, participants reported that they again had knee pain.













July 23, 2014

little tiny baby worry dolls

The average person deals with daily stresses—such as paying bills, getting places on time, and handling work issues—for years. But if you're struggling with both chronic pain and stress, you could be trapped in a vicious cycle that won't easily let you go.

Chronic pain isn't just any pain. It's classified as pain that lasts longer than 90 days and is resistant to typical care like rest, ice, medications, and conventional physical therapy.


It becomes a stressor for a variety of reasons, both mentally and physiologically, says Raby Institute Biofeedback Practitioner Ellie Wolf, MS, BCB, and Associate Fellow of the BCIA. She discusses the relationship between chronic pain and stress in a Web Talk Radio show.









June 9, 2014


neti pot


Itchy eyes, stuffy nose, constant cough....Allergy season is upon us. For many of us at the Raby Institute, allergies and neti pot go hand-in-hand. Learn more about this alternative approach to allergy treatment, its history, and what it potentially could do to help ease your allergy suffering.


Giving Thanks: How Gratitude Can Change Your Outlook--And Your Life

May 28, 2014

gratitude rockWe often think of being grateful during specific times of the year-Thanksgiving, birthdays, and other milestones in life. We focus on what we have, instead of what we don't have.

That gratitude helps keep us in the present moment, away from always looking, wishing, or reaching for the next thing in the hopes that it will make us happy. 

However, gratitude is not the same as simply thinking positively. Data shows that when people feel grateful, they are not free of anxiety, tension, or unhappiness.




NEWS MAKERS: Raby Institute Founder Named Among Most Influential Women in Medicine
May 14, 2014

Dr. Theri Raby smiling
Theri Griego Raby, MD, ABIM, has been named one of the "five most influential women in medicine" by Spry Living. The online publication provides health, wellness, and lifestyle advice and success stories.


In naming the most influential women in medicine, Spry Living credits Dr. Raby with making integrative medicine popular, stating, "Integrative medicine, or the practice of taking a whole-body approach to medical care, has become increasingly mainstream and, for the most part, we have Dr. Theri Griego Raby, MD, to thank for that."






Oil Pulling: Your Curiosity Explained
April 17, 2014

woman smileI had never heard of oil pulling until recently, following an episode of Dr. Oz's show. He featured the topic in June 2013, and now my patients ask about it at least once a week.


What is oil pulling?


Traditionally, you swoosh 1 tbs. of either cold pressed sesame oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, or ghee in your mouth for anywhere from 1-20 minutes before spitting it out. During that time, you should also pull the oil over your teeth to make sure it coats all of the key areas-your teeth, lips, gums, palette, and tongue.


Oil pulling originated through Auryvedic medicine-the traditional medicine native to India. The technique has been used historically to strengthen the teeth, gums, and jaws, as well as to prevent:

  • Tooth decay
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Dry throat
  • Cracked lips 




April 13, 2014

meditating lady

Have you always wanted to try meditation but haven't found the opportunity yet? You go about your day knowing that even just a moment to take a break, breathe, and look within yourself could very likely help you.


Yet, you're so busy running from work to appointments to the grocery store, that you haven't found the time to first learn to meditate and then to incorporate it into your routine.


"I recommend meditation to my patients all day long to reduce stress, cortisol levels, pain, to support sleep, and to increase cognitive function," said Katherine Chavez, ND. "Personally, however, I find it difficult to incorporate mediation into my daily routine regardless of the benefits I know it has intellectually and personally."


Let April be the month to change all that.



Seeking Self: Patient Finds Truth in Integrative Medicine
April 2, 2014

hopeful woman

Amy Brooks was at a crossroads last fall. The mother of two had sent her eldest son off to college, and was watching her youngest finish high school. She was also menopausal, exhausted, and had gained 30 lbs.


"I was feeling a big shift, and like I'd lost who I was because I was gaining weight, getting older," Brooks said. "I had reached a point where the weight became a symbol of being buried under all this stuff."


A friend who had been struggling with her own health issues recommended that Brooks take her full self into consideration and try an integrative approach to her healthcare.


For many, Integrative Medicine provides a sustainable way to take their health into their own hands through exercise, eating right, and awareness. The friend suggested the Raby Institute, and in November 2012, Brooks scheduled her first appointment.



Fight, Flight, and Addiction: Coping with Stress in the Modern Age

March 27, 2014

stressed man

What do smoking, eating disorders, and texting all have in common? They often result from stress and anxiety.


“Stress and anxiety are definitely big players in the process of what drives some of these addictive behaviors,” said Ellie Wolf, MS, BCB, Associate Fellow of the BCIA. She hosted a recent WebTalk Radio show about the topic.


During the show, Wolf talked about how stress can create dangerous cycles and negative emotional distractions. She recommended options for people who want help facing their own stress and related behaviors.



News Makers: Naturopath Katherine Chavez, ND, Makes The Most Of Vegetarianism
March 10, 2014

Katherine Lik

EPA, DHA, ALA, A, C, E, B—being a healthy vegetarian can look like a complicated recipe for alphabet soup. 


But it’s an important recipe, because removing animal foods from your diet “is not enough and can in fact increase some nutrient deficits,” writes Katherine Chavez, ND, in a recent article in Natural Awakenings. Dr. Chavez practices Naturopathic Medicine, Integrative Gynecology, and Homeopathy at the Raby Institute. In Natural Awakenings, she explains to readers how they can get the most from a vegetarian or vegan diet.


The benefits are plentiful:

• Lower cholesterol levels

• Decreased risk of diabetes

• Lower body weight

• Decreased risk of dying of heart disease

• Lower risk of cancer



Giving up meat, however, does lead to some risk. According to Dr. Chavez, animal products provide necessary nutrients, which can be difficult to find in non-animal sources. These nutrients include complete proteins, omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA), B12 and iron.





Assess Your Stress: Learning to Tell the Good from the Bad
February 20, 2014

stressed womanEveryone needs some stress in life. It drives creativity and productivity. “Otherwise, we’d all be couch potatoes,” says Raby Institute Biofeedback Practitioner Ellie Wolf, MS, BCB, Associate Fellow of the BCIA. That’s the “good stress.”


The trick is learning to identify a level of stress that’s healthy, manageable and productive for you individually – “stress that doesn’t distract us from doing as well as we can,” Wolf said in a WebTalk Radio show.


You should also pay attention to your body’s signals, and learn to identify the signals that indicate your level of stress is either too high, or has been too high for too long.






Moving Up: The Raby Institute Plans Move to 21st Floor

February 12, 2014 

ChicagoThe views capture your attention first. From the 21st floor of 500 N. Michigan Ave., you can see straight down Michigan Avenue to the lake. Look east, and there’s the lake again, with Navy Pier’s giant Ferris wheel in the foreground. To the south, take in the gothic art of the Tribune Tower.


Raby Institute patients will see this for themselves in just a few short months, when the Raby Institute transfers up 17 floors – from the 4th to the 21st. The Raby team has been anticipating the move since 2012, as the practice grows and building owners talk about transitioning the 4th floor into retail space. The Raby Institute will move in May, though a specific date has yet to be set.





News Makers: Dr. Raby Explains Healthy Winter Eating In Harper's Bazaar and ELLE January 31, 2014

Harper's magazine article

“This season, win the fight against germs by supercharging your natural defenses,” Harper’s Bazaar tells readers in a recent feature on immune-boosting foods.


The feature highlights 13 foods and spices. Theri Griego Raby, MD, ABIM, and Iron Chef judge Candice Kumai tout the health benefits of each item – from Greek yogurt to turmeric.


Turmeric, for example, “is best known for giving Indian curry its distinct color and taste – it is rich in a compound called curcumin, and this delicious yellow seasoning has a high antioxidant value and is a powerful anti-inflammatory,” Dr. Raby tells the magazine.






Yoga on the Go

JANUARY 22, 2014 

yoga handsTerminal 3 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport recently got a major upgrade. Travelers can now clear their minds between flights in a yoga room, available on the terminal’s mezzanine level. Aviation commissioner Rosemarie Andolino called the room an “oasis for passengers,” according to the Associated Press.


The room provides a calm contrast to the often stressful security lines, flight delays and baggage checks associated with flying. O’Hare is among less than 10 airports in the country that currently offer either a yoga or meditation space.


“Yoga before, after, or even during a flight helps us remain more grounded and calm,” said Katia Mazuy, yoga instructor at the Raby Institute. She added that yoga can help ease the effects of flying in many ways by:

• Increasing circulation

• Improving posture

• Aiding digestion

• Improving oxygen intake




Heating Things Up: Do You Use a Microwave?

January 13, 2014

microwaveRaby Institute Acupuncturist Michelle Goebel-Angel, L.A.C., did away with her microwave four years ago, and hasn’t looked back since.


“My husband and I both agree—and he was more skeptical than I was—that we didn’t miss it for even one day. You just get used to steaming foods, turning the oven on, or heating by way of stove top,” said Goebel-Angel, who studied Chinese Medicine. Her training emphasized the basic elements, and using water and fire to cook symbolizes a return to that, she added.


In contrast, microwaves harness a type of electromagnetic wave found between radio waves and infrared radiation on the spectrum. Water, fats, and sugars absorb the waves, and convert them into atomic motion. Within the food, this creates simultaneous energy, which cooks it.



News Makers: Integrative Gynecologist Katherine Thurer, MD, Featured In Natural Awakenings

January 3, 2014 

Katherine Thurer, MD, in officeIn the latest issue of Natural Awakenings, Katherine Thurer, MD, says that a fascination with science and the human body drove her into medicine, but a chance acupuncture treatment showed her there was more to the practice than the Western approach. “I wasn’t just getting stuck with needles. I left feeling better and curious about how this worked,” she tells the health and wellness magazine.


For Dr. Thurer, integrative medicine enables her to look at the body as a whole, search for the root cause of health issues, and prescribe more than a pill to solve a problem.


Read more>>



Guests of the Earth: Control Your Waste This Holiday Season
December 17, 2013
According to Use Less Stuff, between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than during any other time of year. That equates to one million extra tons per week.


Those statistics are startling, but as Raby Institute founder Theri Griego-Raby, MD, ABIHM, wrote in a recent holiday letter to patients, "There are steps we can all take to lessen the waste. A holiday season this encompassing will take effort from all of us-no matter how small."


So what can you do? Incorporate these tips into your seasonal celebrations and beyond:




Circus of one author speaks at raby institute

November 7, 2013


Author Adam Francis Raby, brother to Raby Institute Founder Theri Griego Raby, MD, ABHM, spoke at the Raby Institute last week as part of his book tour for A Circus of One. Released in mid-July, the raw account documents a lifetime of Adam's trials, beginning with his first drink of alcohol at age 8. Thirty-four years later, in 2007, he committed to sobriety and started thinking about what to do with his life.


"The healing that you have gone through has helped me, and helped me help people," Dr. Raby said, introducing her brother.


Read More>>




News Makers: Raby Institute Featured on WGN and WBEZ
OCTOBER 30, 2013


Dr. Theri Raby on WGNA busy fall for Theri Griego Raby, MD, ABHM, included appearances on two of the most popular news outlets in Chicago: National Public Radio’s local affiliate WBEZ and the nationally broadcast WGN. Both segments highlighted the unique approach practitioners at the Raby Institute take daily when trying to help patients.


“Whether it’s culturally, spiritually, emotionally, through the nutrients in your food, your sleep, in your relationships—all that is part of who we are as people,” Dr. Raby told WGN’s Judie Garcia during the segment.





OCTOBER 2, 2013


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Can’t make it to the Raby Institute this week? That’s OK. Welcome Theri Griego Raby, MD, ABHM, founder of the Raby Institute, into your home via a segment on WGN News. It will air this Friday, October 4th at 9 p.m. in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.


Born and raised in Albuquerque, N.M., Dr. Raby’s journey as an integrative physician began in childhood. Her innate curiosity lent itself well to her cultural training in herbal remedies, prayer, and holistic healing practiced among people of the First Nations of Mexico and Southwestern United States. After college, she became a community health educator. That work deepened her appreciation for holistic approaches and healing. Dr. Raby decided then to take on a more central role in medicine.


She enrolled in medical school at the University of New Mexico, where cross-cultural studies introduced her to the techniques of medicine men, shamans, and curanderas (healers). A few years later in Chicago in 1996, Dr. Raby advocated for and founded the Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, integrating alternative and complementary practices in the traditional medical setting. 





September 6, 2013


syringeConsider other options before getting a flu vaccination this fall, Theri Griego Raby, MD, ABHM, told Chicago Health Magazine in a recent interview.


The magazine functions as a resource for Chicagoans to advocate for their care, as well as an opportunity for medical institutions to educate the public. Chicago Health interviewed Dr. Raby as one of three medical experts for a story on flu prevention options as fall approaches.


"I do support vaccination, but it's not a first option-unless you're high risk, such as someone who is immuno-compromised or elderly," Dr. Raby said. Immuno-compromised includes people who have HIV, autoimmune diseases, cancer, or who have had an organ transplant.


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AUGUST 22, 2013


Don't let yourself give up those massages just because summer-and the vacations and relaxation that go along with it-is winding to a close. In a news update "Massage Therapy: What You Knead to Know," the National Institutes of Health reported, "an hour-long ‘dose' of Swedish massage therapy once a week (is) optimal for knee pain from osteoarthritis."


"Massage is about listening, assessing," Hayhurst said "I'm looking at dysfunctions in the body to figure out which tools I can bring to create balance. Neuromuscular therapy, myofascial therapy, soft tissue manipulation-the way I treat you depends on the demands you have put on your body."




That news was anything but news to Rick Hayhurst, LMT, who specializes in neuromuscular therapy, craniosacral therapy, and sports massage at the Raby Institute. In practice for 20 years, Hayhurst knows massage works, and sees positive results daily in patients with various pain syndromes, ranging from musculo-skeletal pain to emotional pain.



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AUGUST 16, 2013


THERI GRIEGO RABY, MDTheri Griego RabyDid you catch the Raby Institute's founder Theri Raby, MD, on eHealth Radio Network earlier this month? She joined podcast host Eric Michaels to discuss summer health issues, from heat exhaustion to diet and sun.


Michaels asked first about the heat, which Dr. Raby explained is a major factor in Chicago. "People are really not as conscious about how [the heat] can affect their lives, but it's pretty intense. Everyone needs to be hyper-aware of properly hydrating," Dr. Raby said, adding that the elderly and pregnant women are most at risk.


Symptoms of heat exhaustion include fatigue, palpitations, sweating, and weakness. To lower risk, Dr. Raby suggested spending time outside earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the sunlight is not direct and the air is generally cooler.





AUGUST 14, 2013


fish oil pillsThe media went wild in July with a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study linked elevated plasma omega-3 fatty acid levels (found in fish and fish oil supplements) to a heightened risk of prostate cancer.


"Hold the salmon: Omega-3 fatty acids linked to higher risk of cancer," read a CNN headline. "Does Fish Oil Increase One's Risk of Getting Prostate Cancer?" wrote Forbes. But the Huffington Post called the story for what it was, "Media Madness: Fish Oil Supplements Cause Prostate Cancer!"


Robert Rountree, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Thorne Research, Inc., spoke at the Raby Institute on the heels of the study's publication, and warned people to use caution when reading about the potential link.


"Considering the extensive body of literature that supports the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids, there is no credible biological mechanism, nor is one suggested in the article, that would explain why these essential fatty acids might increase tumorigenesis," he said.





AUGUST 7, 2013


Theri Griego Raby and Barbara Marx HubbardThe Chicagoland chapter of Conscious Evolutionaries will honor Dr. Theri Raby, MD, at a special ceremony tonight. The event takes place at Yoga Now, 742 N. LaSalle St., at 7:30 p.m.


"As the premier center for integrative healing in the heart of Chicago, the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern has been selected to receive our award for Conscious Evolutionary Excellence in the ‘Health' sector of the Wheel of Co-Creation," the organization wrote in a letter announcing Dr. Raby's award.


Besides Health, the Conscious Evolutionaries' Wheel of Co-Creation includes: Economics, Education, Environment, Governance, Infrastructure, Justice, Media, Arts, Relations, Science, and Spirituality. Dr. Raby is one of seven Chicagoland awardees being recognized across the sectors.





july 2013


For the past four years, many patients at the Raby Institute have heard and inquired about one particular book: A Circus of One. The book's author, Adam Francis Raby, is brother to Theri Raby, MD, founder of the Raby Institute. As a result, many of the people who know Dr. Raby also know of Adam and the book that has become his passion.


Released in mid-July, this raw account documents a lifetime of Adam's trials, beginning with his first drink of alcohol at age 8. Thirty-four years later, in 2007, he committed to sobriety and started thinking about what to do with his life.





JULY 2013

Raby Institute in Chicago Mag"But Is It Medicine?" asks the August issue of Chicago Magazine, in reference to integrative medicine techniques. "Sixteen years after Northwestern Memorial became one of the first U.S. hospitals to offer a combo of conventional and alternative treatments, questions remain about how well the latter work."


Theri Raby, MD, started the Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in 1997. Having trained in Western and alternative medicine, the "charismatic internist," as the magazine calls her, said she felt passionate that combining the two would enable patients to receive well-rounded care for the whole person-mind, body, and spirit.


Eleven years after the center's opening, Dr. Raby left in 2008 to open a private location-the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern. The office, located at 500 N. Michigan Ave., features a dozen practitioners, from a naturopath to family medicine specialists.






JULY 2013


Sejal Gehani Commit 2 ChangeWe realize that our dedicated caregivers and staff have passions that go beyond the Raby Institute. They do good in their own communities,through extensive networks of family and friends. We love to support each other, too, whenever possible. So this month, we were thrilled to see our Nurse Practitioner Sejal Gehani, MSN, FNP, featured in the pages of Chicago Social for her work with the organization she founded nearly three years ago, Commit 2 Change.


Commit 2 Change (C2C) raises awareness for orphaned girls in India who are victims of sex trafficking and child prostitution. Gehani travels to India at least once a year to volunteer at their partner centers, and works with local committee members to further the goals of her organization. "Our C2C Girls Initiative is Educate to Empower," Gehani said.


In June, the organization hosted the largest fundraiser in its history-a "Carnivale for Change" at Brazilian steak house Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St., Chicago. More than 160 people attended, including eight of Gehani's co-workers from the Raby Institute.





JULY 5, 2013

love your skinMore than 60 people arrived at the Raby Institute on Wed., June 19 to learn how they could better Love the Skin They're In. The educational seminar included talks from Jessica Puckett, an acupuncturist who now makes her own organic skincare products called Perenelle Beauty, and Jama Russano, of Thorne Organics and former advisor to Pres. Bill Clinton about chemicals in skincare products.


Creating a lifestyle of prevention

After passed hors d'oeuvers and champagne, attendees moved into the meeting room to listen to the presentations. Raby Institute Acupuncturist Michelle Goebel-Angel, L.A.C., spoke first about her new Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture program, recently released at Raby.


Benefits of this non-surgical approach include:

• Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
• Less costly than surgery with no recovery time
• Youthfulness and beauty achieved naturally
• Tightened pores
• Improved muscle tone
• Increased collagen production


Following Goebel-Angel's talk, Puckett told attendees about her product line, and how the Perenelle lotions, face washes, and eye creams provide a clean, natural supplement to the program.


However, she added, "There's no such thing as anti-aging. That's a pet peeve of mine. It's very easy to create a lifestyle around prevention, and that's what we're all about."






peace of mind: tips for smart summer living
june 24, 2013


summer woman

Morning bike rides along the lakeshore, afternoons shopping on Michigan Avenue, evenings dancing at street festivals.... Summer brings the city to life, and it's easy to get caught up in all the excitement that comes along with warmer weather and longer days.


However, we need to keep our health in mind, said Theri Raby, MD, founder and medical director of the Raby Institute. Here, she offers some tips to help you make the most of the season.





JUNE 18, 2013

RABY INSTITUTEHow many skincare products have you applied today? Face wash, lotion, sun screen, makeup.... The list goes on, with many ofus using an average of 10 to 13 products every day.


We do this with the best intentions: to keep our skin healthy, clean, and looking its best-even though the products' contents may be doing more harm than good.


On Wed., June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m., world-renowned skincare expert Jama Russano of Thorne Research will join the Raby Institute's Neuropathic and Cancer Medicine Specialist Katherine Lik, ND, to speak about the impact of hormone-disrupting chemicals and healthy skincare options. Prior to that talk, Acupuncturist Michelle Goebel-Angel, L.A.C, and Jessica Puckett, owner of Perenelle Beauty-a line of natural, xenoestrogen-free beauty products, will speak about Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and healthy skincare products that supplement Goebel-Angel's treatment.




"Respond to every call that excites your spirit."
- Rumi