Immune System Optimization

Integrative Rheumatology of Westchester  – Treating the immune system and focusing on immune system health.

Serving Westchester County, Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Connecticut and surrounding areas

Our immune system is critical to our longevity and quality of life. Altered immune system function leads to chronic inflammation, increased risk for infection, and autoimmune conditions. Increasingly, diseases such as cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer have been associated with chronic inflammation.

At Integrative Rheumatology of Westchester, we feel that no health program could be complete without addressing the immune system and potential disorders that can develop.

Autoimmune disorders are increasingly common in today’s world. Thyroid abnormalities, allergies, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn’s disease are just a few of the many immunological disorders that are increasing in prevalence. Even Alzheimer’s disease is associated with inflammation in the brain.

Today, our immune systems have to work harder and be stronger than ever in our history. Our predecessors were not exposed to such a high volume of unnatural substances and chemicals. Over 4 billion pounds of toxins are released into the environment annually – from the preservatives, fillers, and ingredients in the processed foods we eat today, to the chemicals in the air, in our buildings, and in our water. In addition, consider the products that we expose ourselves to — like hairspray, skin lotion, shampoo, makeup, perfumes, as well as cleaning agents for our home and clothing.

We can address these concerns by limiting our exposure to potential toxins. This is an important lifestyle choice that involves taking an inventory of our exposures to potential toxins and doing our best to reduce them. A review of diet, cosmetic use, and potential household exposures is a good place to start.

Our bodies tend to accumulate toxins, which are stored in fatty tissue, but we also have a natural detoxifying capacity that protects us from the adverse effects of these agents. There are ways to enhance physiologic detoxification, thus reducing our risk of degenerative and inflammatory diseases and helping us to feel strong and energized.

We often recommend periodic, supervised detoxification programs, which help our systems to rid ourselves of accumulated toxins by enhancing our natural detoxifying processes. We use superior products and advise 10- to 14- day detox programs.

Optimization of the intestinal function is a vital component of immunologic health because 70% of our immune system resides in the gut. Dysfunction, as a result of impaired digestion, food sensitivities, or imbalanced bacterial populations often influences normal immune responses and can lead to autoimmune disease.

Dr. Lans is Board certified in rheumatology and allergy and immunology and has many years’ experience evaluating and treating patients with a host of immunological disorders. His particular interest is in a functional approach to understanding the causes of these conditions and the practice of preventive strategies to optimize immune function. We do this with a comprehensive approach to assessing your individual hereditary risk factors, lifestyle issues, diet, toxin exposures, digestive function and stress management strategies. We use comprehensive laboratory testing to help in the assessment and prescribe an individual program for you.

What our patients say

  • I have relied upon the medical skills of Dr David Lans since 2013 after a long search to find someone who could help me with my immune system problems.  Dr Lans offers a warm and inviting environment where you can unhurriedly discuss your problems and participate in proposed solutions.  I recommend him highly to my friends
    -J. Karten
  • I recently received excellent care from Dr. Lans. Not only did he diagnose my problem right away and correct it but I always felt he was very interested in getting me better. His office staff was very professional and accommodating as well.
    Joan B. New Rochelle, NY
  • Staff was friendly no wait time Dr. Lans clear and concise while explaining what he was doing, painless quick made for a pleasant office visit.  Would recommend to friends and family.
    Lorris R.
  • Dr. Lans is indeed an amazing Doctor. On my first visit, he was kind caring and patient. He answered all my questions and asked me questions about my problems and how we could fix them. He didn't rush through my visit and was very thorough. Dr. Lans is a rare find. He is a very warm and genuine Doctor. I would give him 10 stars if I could! I wish I could still see him as my Doctor but he no longer accepts my insurance. Dr. Lans is Wonderful, Amazing, Caring, and Intelligent! Just a Great Doctor indeed!
    Roxi M.
  • I can’t say enough about how wonderful and professional Dr. David Lans is. I have been having trouble with my ankle since last November. In that time I have had three MRI’s and been to four different doctors. The last option was to have surgery. I was referred to Dr. Lans and traveled to New York to have a stem cell procedure done. Dr. Lans explained to me every step of the way what was going to happen and what I would be feeling and helped me to relax since I was a little nervous as to what “stem cell” was. After the treatment, it took a couple of weeks to really start feeling better. It has now been three months and I am NOT in pain anymore. I am the happiest that I didn’t do the surgery and went with Dr. Lans. It will still take a little more time for my ankle to be back to normal but I am well on my way. THANK YOU DR. LANS
    Anna M.
  • Across the 16+ years during which Dr. Lans provided primary care as well as specific treatments for me, I came to understand, respect and appreciate what I am certain is only a small part of the considerable breadth and scope he brings to the task. Where medicine is a blend of science and art, he brings the best in command of broad knowledge and distills practical wisdom and insight from clinical experience, and from my observation, his thinking and judgment are not bound by convention or other potentially limiting factors.
    Therese B.
  • Dr.Lans is one of the Best Doctors I have seen so far. He is very caring, and thorough, spent a lot of time with me answering my questions, and helping me to understand why some things are happening to my body. He is truly a rare Doctor to find. Great, Wonderful, and an Expertise in his field. Review
  • I have been a patient of Dr lans for over 20 years. He's a great diagnostician & very professional. He's always very pleasant & takes a lot of time with me. Frankly, he's the best! Review
  • Dr. Lans has been my PCP for many years. He is thoughtful, up to date, very smart, concerned, explains everything, spends as much time with you as you need, has a patient portal for individual information or contact. His staff is great. If I could give more stars, I would. Review
  • The Best.  Have been a patient for over 12 years. Review
  • It is rare to find a doctor these days who actually sits down and talks to you. What a refreshing experience!! Review
  • I went for years with undiagnosed symptoms and within two visits Dr. Lans had diagnosed the problem! Although having a chronic illness has a huge downside, he is open to trying alternative therapies and he is extremely respectful of every patient he sees. If you no longer trust Doctors or if you have been seen by abusive caregivers, give Dr. Lans a chance. He is the only reason I am as well as I am today. Review