Listen to Dr. Esther Konigsberg on Doctors+ Podcast

Listen to Dr. Esther Konigsberg on Doctors+ Podcast

Doctors+ is a podcast series that interviews western medicine practitioners who are also trained in complementary or alternative therapies such as Naturopathy, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Each episode includes a thought-provoking discussion about food as medicine, sometimes challenging the western medicine status quo but always drawing upon evidence-based knowledge to inform the health consumer. Listen to Part I and II with Dr. Esther Konigsberg

Episode 1

What is Integrative Medicine?
This is Part I of AFN’s interview with integrative medicine consultant Dr. Esther Konigsberg, MD CCFP. Dr. Konigsberg, whose teachers and mentors include Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Andrew Weil, explains what integrative medicine is, why patients seek it out and how it fits in with an overall treatment plan. The podcast also explores whether western and alternative healthcare practitioners are really on opposite sides or is the landscape changing? This episode leads into Part II of the interview with Dr. Konigsberg which delves into the role of food and nutrition in integrative medicine. In this podcast you’ll hear:

2:15 – Why Dr. Konigsberg wanted to go to medical school and become a doctor

3:05 – Dr. Konigsberg’s experience in medical school

4:30 – Dr. Konigsberg’s pursuit of further education and her mentors

8:00 – Dr. Konigsberg’s views on evidenced-based medicine

10:00 – Benefits of Integrative Medicine

14:10 – Are western and alternative/complementary medicine practitioners still on ‘opposite sides’?

16:25 – What to look for in an alternative healthcare practitioner

18:10 – Integrative medicine in the U.S. v. Canada

Episode 2

The Role of Food in Integrative Medicine
This is Part II of AFN’s interview with Dr. Esther Konigsberg, MD CCFP, where she discusses the role of food and nutrition in integrative medicine versus western medicine. While food and nutrition are often discussed in the context of maintaining general good health, what about food as medicine? Do students in medical school learn about nutrition? Diet changes to help with pain, inflammation and digestive problems are just a few of the topics discussed in this podcast. In this podcast you’ll hear:

1:50 – The large role of food and nutrition in integrative medicine

3:20 – Inflammation and diet

5:30 – Gluten-free diet

6:55 – Is diet and nutrition being taught in medical school?

11:50 – Dr. Konigsberg’s recommendations for educating current and future MD’s about nutrition

16:05 – Listen to your body

17:50 – The misinformation about soy

20:13 – Nutrition in the media

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New year, new you: 5 steps to kick-starting a healthier life

New year, new you: 5 steps to kick-starting a healthier life

By Stefanie Polsinelli
special to CTV

A new year symbolizes a fresh start: 365 days of nothing but promise ahead of you. It also means you’ll likely make a resolution you won’t be able to keep past March. But all that can change for 2017.

When people make a resolution about their health, they tend to focus on a single improvement, such as losing weight. But according to Dr. Esther Konigsberg, MD and Medical Director of Integrative Medicine Consultants Inc., you should strive towards a healthy lifestyle overall rather than zeroing in on any one aspect.

“You want your foundation to be strong and the only way to create a strong one is to be as healthy as possible,” she says. “There is a huge amount of scientific evidence proving that if you exercise and eat well, all the risk factors for diseases dramatically drop.”

She adds that the key to sticking with your resolution is to slowly incorporate the new activities into your life so that it’s easier to turn them habits. “It doesn’t have to be overwhelming,” she says. “Just set the intention and balance out how to factor the healthier habits into your already-busy life without causing more stress.” She has pinpointed five specific changes you can incorporate into your routine to develop a healthier lifestyle for the new year and beyond.


Teatox diets: a nasty way to lose weight

Teatox diets: a nasty way to lose weight

By Alexandra Kimball

Juice fasts are so 2014. The latest way to cleanse your body is the “teatox,” which supplements a low-calorie diet with large amounts of herbal tea. (The #teatox hashtag has over 300,000 posts on Instagram.) Proponents say teatoxing improves energy, clears up skin, boosts metabolism and promotes weight loss.

Tea is a broad beverage category, and includes those made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis shrub (both green and black teas come from this plant), as well as any number of dried herbs and fruit. While both green and black teas have been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes, and antioxidants in green tea may reduce your cancer risk, there is little research about the health benefits of the herbs in your average teatox blend.


The 5-day gluten-free meal plan you’ve got to try

The 5-day gluten-free meal plan you’ve got to try

By Dr. Esther Konigsberg

Thinking of going gluten-free? People who are sensitive to gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley and rye — can have irritable-bowel symptoms like diarrhea, cramping and bloating, as well as joint pain, acid reflux, skin problems and migraines, says Dr. Esther Konigsberg, medical director at Integrative Medicine Consultants, who adds that a gluten-free diet can change the lives of those with celiac disease. (For more information, go to

This plan is for five days, but not eating gluten for two to four weeks is ideal. Make sure to read labels carefully for this plan.


Integrative medicine consulting fees are not a benefit of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).