Andy Rubman, ND

Andrew Rubman, ND, is medical director of Southbury Clinic for Traditional Medicines in Southbury, Connecticut. Dr. Rubman views himself as a teacher as well as a physician, helping his patients make better informed choices about their healthcare and become better consumers of both traditional and conventional medical options. His 35-year career started with Robert Atkins, MD, (of Atkins Diet fame) in New York City. As a primary care provider, Dr. Rubman helps people of all ages, from infants to those in their 90’s, resist illness by improving wellness and has specialty interests in gastroenterology and endocrinology. He also has a sub-specialty of diagnosing and treating peri-menopausal women, and had contributed to the NAMS (North American Menopause Society) nutritional protocol used as a component of the curriculum of all medical schools in the US. Dr. Rubman is a founding member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), a member of the specialty society, The Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (EndoANP), as well as a member of the Bottom Line Personal Panel of Experts. He offers office visits and distance consultations and actively treats and consults with patients worldwide. SouthburyClinic.com

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Meet the Expert: Dr. Andrew Rubman, Naturopath

Bottom Line Inc's Sarah Hiner introduces Dr. Andrew Rubman, naturopathic physician and author of Bottom Line’s “Nature Doc’s Patient Diary” blog.

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About Naturopathy

As the name implies, naturopaths focus on natural interventions such as diet, supplements, botanicals and also traditional medications.

Women's Health

Stress-Induced Incontinence

Stress-induced incontinence is a problem. Women are more likely to suffer from incontinence than men because of differences in their anatomy.

Sleep

Melatonin and Sleep

Dr. Andrew Rubman goes against the grain of common advice and suggests that while melatonin can be helpful, it should not be taken on a continuous basis.

Sleep

Supplements for Better Sleep

Botanicals such as valerian, hops, and skullcap can help people get better sleep. Magnesium and calcium supplements also help improve sleep quality.

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Natural Pain Relief

Chronic pain is a big problem in our society. Dr. Andrew Rubman discusses natural treatments for chronic pain that are effective, safe and not addictive.

Vitamins & Minerals

Immune Boosting Supplements

Vitamin C is crucial, but Dr. Rubman recommends getting more of this vitamin through a healthy diet, not simply relying on a pill.

Vitamins & Minerals

Your Daily Vitamin Regimen

In addition to a broad-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement, people should also take multi B vitamins, calcium and magnesium supplements.

Brain Health

L-Carnitine

L-carnitine is an amino acid that helps the brain burn fat as fuel and boosts cell survival after a stroke. It increases oxygen circulation in the brain.

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Naturopathic Treatments and Chemotherapy

B vitamins, glucomannan, and botanical milk thistle can decrease the side effects of chemo and possibly even increase chemotherapy’s beneficial effects

Diet & Nutrition

No Grains Diet

Gluten can provoke inflammation in the gut, and that can cause the body to store energy as fat. Cutting grains from your diet can lead to weight loss.

Diabetes

Natural Treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy

Learn which natural supplements are good for diabetic neuropathy. Dr. Andrew Rubman recommends alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) and octacosanol.

Women's Sexual Wellness

Vaginal Dryness in Menopausal Women

Dr. Rubman recommends DHEA vaginal suppositories and squalene for women when vaginal dryness is making them uncomfortable or if they plan to be intimate.

Diet & Nutrition

Hidden Causes of Headaches

Irregularities in the gut can result in substances passing through the lining of the large intestine into the body, causing headaches and other problems.

Brain Health

Supplements for a Healthy Brain

Take these supplements to keep your brain healthy: Ginkgo for cognitive ability, L-carnitine for brain function, and Bupleurum to help brain dysfunction.

Vitamins & Minerals

How to Rid Your Body of Toxins

You can't completely avoid environmental toxins. Learn how to detoxify your body naturally from three angles—inside the body, outside the body, and diet.

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Natural Treatments for Hiatal Hernias

Acid-suppressing drugs can help people who have a hiatal hernia. These natural treatments for a hiatal hernia can replace traditional medications.

Medications

The Dangers of Acid Suppressing Drugs

Acid-suppressing drugs are commonly prescribed and taken on an ongoing basis by patients—but this class of drugs is one of the most dangerous you can take.

Cancer

Natural Medicine and Cancer

All cancer patients should have a naturopath on their team to ensure that they are getting the most comprehensive treatment possible.

Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamin D Dosing

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone, immune and neurological problems. Simply spending time in the sun isn't sufficient to maintain proper levels.