I walked into my friend Gerry Friedman, MD’s office for a long-overdue check-up. I have spent the past 36 years of my professional life learning and operating in a field I dearly love, general and vascular surgery. I have often placed it ahead of my family, my religion, and my own health. He told me my blood pressure was 168/104, I was spilling 2 grams of protein in my urine, I had exercise-induced asthma, was 35 pounds overweight, and my total cholesterol was 278 with an HbA1C of 6.3. Gerry looked me in the eye and told me I would probably be on dialysis in 2 years. As a vascular surgeon, I knew that the average survival for this situation was about 7 years. For the last 10 years, integrative medicine has become the main focus of my practice.