Innovative Medicine Blog

Weight Management

Every year I make the same New Year’s resolution,  to lose weight and body fat to feel better about myself.

Well, this year, I’ll have to come up with something else thanks to you  and the Ultra Lite Weight Management program.  Through your program, combined with regular weight training and cardio exercise, I have lost 25 pounds and almost 10% body fat.  Your one on one care and thorough knowledge of the program has been invaluable to my success.

I am so thrilled with my results and the reaction I’m getting from my friends and colleague and husband, it is very motivating!

I wish you (and me) continued success with the program and hope that many others find their way to your office and this fantastic, beneficial program.

Jamie Hartnett, Honolulu, HI


Weight Loss

All my life I have struggled with my weight.

My mother supervised my first diet at age 8. (My mother had lost 100 lbs in a similar diet before she married)  At age 11, I was 5 ft 1.75 inches and weighed 144 lbs.  That year I did manage to lose some weight.

As an adult, I sought medical assistance to lose weight at least twice as well as numerous attempts at various programs on my own.  I became interested in natural health, healing and foods, even becoming a good vegetarian cook.  However, I was unable to achieve a healthy weight.  Finding Ultra Lite was a miracle for me. Although weighing, measuring and recording my food was difficult for me, I was immediately encouraged by a 5 lb weight loss the first week and again the second week. In only 10 weeks, I lost 30 lbs reaching my goal. Amazing!

Although I was eating a small amount of food, I was not hungry, nor did I crave sweets, my usual downfall.  I had more energy and felt better than I had in ages with Ultra Lite.  The program has also given me the confidence that I can manage my weight and I know that I can go back on the program whenever I need to.

I feel that I have been given a new lease on life!  Thank you very much, Dr Tan.

 Jaquie-Marie Johnson, RDH, Wahiawa, HI


I have been a patient of Dr Tan for over 6 months.  Muscle pain from fibromyalgia is the reason I started seeing Dr Tan.  She was referred to me from another patient who was pleased with her work.  Dr Tan has helped me eliminate 75% of my muscle pain.  I continue to see her whenever new muscle pain develops.

Donna Kowalczyk, Honolulu, HI



I have suffered from pain associated with fibromyalgia for several years.

These symptoms worsened during my pregnancy and continued to bother me after the birth of my child.  With just one treatment from Dr Tan, most of the pain has improved significantly.  With the exception of my wrists, the pain in my ankles, feet, knees waist, arms and shoulders are gone

Sherrie Takushi, Aiea, HI


Vog & environmental allergies

Dr. Tan has worked wonders with my vog allergy symptoms.

I’ve always had sensitivity to the vog and had to move from the Big Island to Moloka’i because of it. Whenever the vog acted up, my nose would run like a river and I’d have to literally carry around a box of tissues, or stick one up my nostril to keep it at bay. I’d also become very tired and become physically sick and would be bed-ridden till the vog lightened up. Over time, my reactions increased so much that if my sinuses became clogged up, I would lose my hearing and it would take almost a month for them to re-open with antibiotics. Ever since I went to Dr. Tan, my reactions to the vog have disappeared. My sinuses and eyes no longer are affected by the vog conditions. During my first appointment with Dr. Tan she also checked me for any other airborne or food items that I could also have reaction to. I discovered that I reacted to milk/dairy products, cats, fungus/molds, grasses/weeds, sugar mix, wheat, dust, sinus fungus, and a couple others. So far, she has treated the majority of them and I’ve noticed the astounding outcomes! Dr. Tan even cured my sensitivity to my favorite food, potatoes which would have been tortuous for me to give up! In addition to this, I have had a wicked time with motion sickness throughout my short life. Whenever I go on a ferryboat or make a car trip with windy roads, I’ll either throw up or have horrible stomach issues. Dr. Tan has just recently treated me for this condition as well and now I can’t wait to do both to test the results! Dr. Tan has helped me enjoy my life so much more rather than having to check the environment constantly for vog or numerous amounts of dust, or having to avoid dairy products and my favorite comfort food, potatoes, and has opened a new door to living and breathing a whole new life. Thank you Dr. Tan for everything. A contented and happy faced 16 year old.

 EJ, Moloka’i

Hip Replacement Alternative- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

After being told I needed hip replacement due to Osteoarthritis, I sought an alternative.

I was allergic to the medication the doctors wanted me to take, and had debilitating pain in my hip. I had lost a lot of strength and mobility. I had gone from surfing several days a week to 3-4 days a year. My first PRP treatment was eye opening. Quite painful on administration, but the next few days were amazing. Almost no pain at all, no more pills no more limping. After about four days I noticed my mobility was greatly improved, and my strength was returning. I haven’t been this pain free for two years. I’m hoping to find the time to get back in the water and surf again. – Mario, Hawaii

Allergy to hair dyes

I am a colorist and hairstylist.

I have been doing hair for almost 10 years. I have always enjoyed coloring people’s hair until recently. I noticed a chronic cough every time I did color on a client or washed out color. The cough continued even when I wasn’t in the salon. I was nervous that all the chemicals from my years of coloring clients was starting to bring an allergy to the color. I was devastated to find this out because being a colorist is so much my passion and brings so much to my career. I was treated by Dr Karen and after one treatment to the hair color, my cough resolved and I have been symptom free since and its been 4 months.

April Ichinose, Honolulu, HI

Refreshing approach to healthcare

I have found Dr. Karen Tan’s knowledge, energy and demeanor are unsurpassed in the health care community.

She has treated me for a variety of illnesses all with great success. She didn’t just treat an illness, but she clearly explained how and sometimes even why each illness I had was interacting with my body and provided information for how I can prevent recurrences. I found this approach to be enlightening and refreshing. I always had the utmost confidence when I had a health issue, Dr. Tan would fit me in her schedule, no matter how busy she was, and she would give me her complete and undivided attention. Further, she made me feel as if we were working on the problem together, not just her treating me; I admire and appreciate this approach in health care. Dr. Tan’s desire to continue to learn new treatments is extremely impressive. Her ability to bring new concepts for care back to her patients and clearly explain these concepts was not only of value but also encouraging in that I knew this was a person who wasn’t just “sitting back” and resting on her laurels. Dr. Karen Tan has provided me with great care and compassion which encouraged me to heal and grow as a person. I am forever indebted to the care she has provided me and highly recommend her to all of my friends, and would highly recommend her to anyone. – John H. Magnus

Food Allergies

Being a naturopath as well, I have been aware of food as allergens to cause digestive problems.

Thus I have tried a lot hypoallergenic diets to decrease my symptoms and address my health. These diets did help while on them, however, staying on them all of the time proved to be difficult. After hearing Dr. Tan speak at a lecture about Advanced Allergy Testing, I thought, I need to give that a try.

Since working with Dr. Tan, my digestive symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, and a constant “full feeling” have decreased and even gone away while returning foods into my diet that I have been avoiding for years.

Thank You, thank you, Dr. Tan for all your help!! – Summer Baptist, ND, LAc, Honolulu, HI

Salt sensitivity

Salty foods always make me bloat, so I have been very careful to watch my salt intake.

One treatment for this sensitivity cleared my symptoms. I still watch my intake for my health, but I notice that when I do eat something salty, I no longer have any fluid retention. I never thought this would be possible–I always figured that I was someone who could never tolerate salt. – Anonymous patient

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