Christine Bishara, MD is the founder of From Within Medical, a medical wellness practice that places emphasis on the mind-body and gut-brain axis to prevent and manage disease.
With over 20 years of clinical experience, time and time again, Dr Bishara has discovered that the connection between these systems plays a significant role in disease prevention and management, but it has not been adequately addressed.
Consequently, her therapy involves a multidimensional and customized approach based on many factors and focuses on boosting the body’s immune system. This includes, but is not limited to assessment of individual gut health, determination of personalized anti-oxidant levels, along with assessment of neurotransmitter deficiencies. Diagnosing and treating nutritional imbalances also allows each patient to heal and feel their best internally, while simultaneously looking their best externally.
Dr. Bishara is Board certified in Internal Medicine by the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons and is certified in Integrative Medical Weight Loss by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She has previously served as Assistant Professor and Clinical Preceptor at New York Medical College. Her professional experience has spanned academically and clinically in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Q1: Before joining A4M, what was your medical background?
I practiced Internal Medicine.
Q2: What anti-aging techniques have you incorporated into your practice? And how did you so?
I incorporate many preventive and anti- aging measures, but I believe that when we are given tangible markers of our health, we are more likely to make necessary changes. The two I am most excited about are:
1– Customized gut microbiome analysis:
A gut microbiome analysis is the “routine bloodwork” of the future. Our gut tells us so much about what’s going on in our bodies. The great thing about this is that when we know what our gut microbiome looks like, we can make lifestyle and dietary adjustments to improve our health. Our gut even affects our mental well being and immune health. Many are not aware that 90% of Serotonin is produced in the gut and that our gut wall houses more than 70% of the cells that comprise our immune system.
2– Anti-Oxidant skin scanner:
Our bodies employ anti-oxidants to help fight disease causing free radicals. Free radicals are also involved in the aging process. By knowing what our levels are through a simple, non invasive anti-oxidant skin scan, we again have a tangible marker for our current health state and can then be empowered to make changes.
Q3: What are the benefits of practicing anti-aging medicine? (as a professional, and for your practice?)
Anti-aging medicine now has strong scientific backing. As physicans, we were traditionally not trained in preventive and anti-aging practices, but we have now seen that the scientific data supports it as a reliable method of disease prevention and longevity.
Q4: What are the changes you see in your patients?
My patients frequently tell me how much more energy they have by incorporating simple, yet effective strategies into their lives. Since my practice focuses on wellness and weight loss, it’s extremely gratifying to see patients who previously were not able to lose weight, see significant differences in the way they look and feel, but in improvement of so many medical conditions. For example, several of my patients see improvement of conditions such as diabetes or sleep apnea with even minimal weight loss.
Q5: Why would you recommend Anti-Aging Medicine to your peers?
Medicine is always advancing and as physicians, we have to consistently stay informed and knowledgeable. Anti-Aging Medicine is the most important investment in future health.
Q6: Where do you see the future of Anti-Aging medicine 20 years from now?
As more patients seek out Anti-Aging and Preventive Medicine, I see it as the most important tool to prevent disease and increase longevity.