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About integrativemedicinedoc

Welcome to the Holistic Integrative Medicine practice of Ariane Cometa MD. Dr. Cometa has brought her Integrative Medicine and Thermography Center from Baltimore to Charleston SC to serve the amazing community of people so invested in their health in the greater Charleston area. As a board certified Family Medicine Physician, Dr. Cometa treats not only the whole family, but also the whole patient. The integration of conventional medical training and complementary medical education, provide Dr. Cometa with the flexibility to structure each patient’s medical experience to meet their individual needs. She likes to consider a visit to her office more like a visit to your partner in health and a supportive environment to create your own Wellness Program.

Health and Wellness Meeting—You’re Invited!

Give your holidays a healthy start!

Please join us Thursday, December 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. as we briefly share valuable health and wellness secrets from Integrative Medicine Physician Ariane Cometa, M.D. with Certified Thermographer Karen Gadol, PA-C and Jesse Ross, Doctor of Chiropractic and Stress Reduction Coach. Our Christmas gathering follows, complete with refreshments, as we collect new winter hats and gloves for children in Charleston area Title 1 elementary schools.

The gathering will be happening at Biokare Health and Wellness, the new location of our Charleston Integrative Medicine practice. If you’re interested, please respond to our evite here:

We hope to see you there!


Dr. Ariane Cometa and Karen Gadol PA-C

The Thermography Center of Charleston


imageKaren Gadol, PA-C and I are pleased to announce that we are joining Dr. Jesse Ross and the Wellness team of Biokare Health and Wellness in the heart of the old village of Mt. Pleasant. We will be joining this wonderful group of talented practitioners this month of August 2015. All of our services will now be provided at Biokare Health and Wellness. Please visit our updated Charleston Integrative Medicine website at to learn all about what services beyond The Thermography Center of Charleston we have to offer you, your friends, and family at our new office location.




Also, please visit to learn all about the invaluable services that Dr. Jesse Ross and his associates bring to you and the greater Charleston area.


Karen and I are truly honored to bring our Integrative Medicine services as well as The Thermography Center of Charleston to Biokare Health and Wellness.

The new address is 123 Pitt Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC. If you have questions about any of our services, please contact Karen at 843-813-4575 or Come visit us soon!


Ariane Cometa, MD and Karen Gadol, PA-C




WHY SKIMP when it comes to your health?

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WHY SKIMP when it comes to your health? Remember….you, your loved ones, and your friends are always worth the money you spend on quality health care.

At the Thermography Center of Charleston, we know that your health matters and that the quality of interpretation directly determines the quality of our service. This is why Ariane Cometa, MD is a member of Electronic Medical Interpretation (EMI), a professional group of board-certified Thermologist. At EMI, only medical doctors (MD or DO) are eligible to receive the necessary education and training, which is provided by the American College of Clinical Thermology (ACCT).  Dr. Cometa reads every report for the Thermography Center of Charleston.  In fact, she is the only MD in South Carolina with this level of advanced training – able to bring to you the highest quality of service combined with expert interpretation and then the knowledge and experience to know what you need to correct or maintain your health.

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This woman has an early cancer growing at 12:00 in the left breast. Can you see it?

This woman has an early cancer growing at 12:00 in the left breast. Can you see it?

Dr. Cometa is able to combine her 20 years of Integrative Medical training with her Thermology training for those who wish to pursue this combined medical service. No other physician on the southeastern seaboard offers what Dr. Cometa provides to the southeast: Integrative Holistic Medical training, certification in Medical Thermology and providing her community with the excellence of the Meditherm2000 Infrared camera.

What do you receive when you have your Thermogram done at the Thermography Center of Charleston?

A board certified Medical Doctor of Thermology who will:

  • Interpret and Report your Thermal Images
  • Provide you with your Color Infrared Images and a Thermography Interpretation
  • Provide you with a personalized and easy to understand description of the Thermography Report which means you will understand the Thermography Interpretation
  • Be available for additional consultation services to review your health and your thermogram, if desired (for an additional cost)

A licensed healthcare professional (PA-C) and Certified Thermographer will expertly take all of your thermal images. Our Thermographer, Karen Gadol, has 17 years experience in patient care and is honored to ensure you receive the best care and attention possible. She is also a Certified Lymphatic Therapist (CLT) and provides Electro-Lymphatic Therapy (ELT) for patients who need/ desire this added level of care. This service is only available through our office and she is one of only two Practitioners in the state offering this service. Also, as a Certified Nutrition Counselor (CNC), Karen is able to work hand-in-hand with patients and Dr. Cometa to provide excellent patient care. No other office in our community offers this level of care and variety of services.

Of great importance, the Thermography Center of Charleston uses the Meditherm Med2000 system.  This is a “state of the art” camera, surpassing all industry standards. This camera is an FDA registered Class 1 medical screening device that was designed and manufactured exclusively for medical application.

For more information about why the Meditherm camera is the best camera on the market, and why we at the Charleston Thermography have chosen to use it with our patients, please see the foot note below. These details matter!

You deserve the best! In selecting the center and the professionals who will provide your testing and care, always ask: 1) What is the quality of your camera? 2) Who will take my images and what is their level of training / experience? 3) Who will interpret my images and what if something of concern is found – who will help me implement a plan?

As you choose – choose the best – choose “The Thermography Center of Charleston.”

We look forward to working with you,

Dr. Ariane Cometa & Karen


  • The Med2000 has a 20 year history of successful performance and the reliability of the Meditherm system has been proven worldwide.
  •  Built in a facility FDA approved to manufacture a Class 1 Medical Device, right here in the United States. Meditherm products are fully compliant with all regulatory requirements.
  •  The accuracy and reliability (repeatability) that the Meditherm Med2000™ achieves is in part due to the efficiency of the thermoelectric cooling of the detector, (our system does not suffer from the problems of ‘thermal drift’ as do some un-cooled cameras).

Big Pharma

–My post today is in response to the Washington Post article “GNC, Target, Walmart, Walgreens accused of selling adulterated ‘herbals” February 3, 2014.

[These news clips are disheartening but very real examples of the problem with BIG PHARMA – AC]

When it comes to “Big Pharma,” most health-conscious Americans are aware that companies such as Target, Walmart, Walgreen and GNC are no better than the pharmaceutical companies. How can a company that sells toilet paper and furniture, hoses and eyeliner consciously manufacture health care nutraceuticals (i.e., vitamins and minerals, etc.) and herbal supplements? It is for just this reason that doctors like myself do the research, know the manufacturers, and inquire with the health care supplement company CEOs routinely to guarantee authenticity, safety and efficacy of the over-the-counter (OTC) health supplements we recommend.

Herbal SupplementsNatural medicine has effectively been under attack for years as pharmaceutical company lobbyists urge lawmakers to deprive Americans of the benefits of dietary supplements. Drug-company front groups routinely launch slanderous media campaigns to discredit the value of natural medicine. The FDA continues to interfere with those who offer natural products that compete with prescription drugs.

Knowing this information, we must take with a grain of salt what the Washington Post article highlights, when it quotes that “Contamination, substitution and falsely labeling herbal products constitute deceptive business practices and, more importantly, present considerable health risks for consumers.” The article goes on to point out that the Department of Health and Human Services is recommending that the FDA seek “explicit statutory authority to review substantiation for structure/function claims” — essentially, it should subject the health claims made by supplement manufacturers to the same kind of scrutiny that drugs must undergo.

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The Measles Paradox

MMR vaccineAs parents, we have the responsibility and the desire to make informed healthcare decisions for our family. Up until the last two decades, vaccines have been viewed as an automatic part of everyone’s childhood. But today’s parents are taking a more active role in making choices for their child’s medical care.

When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) minimizes the adverse effects of a vaccine, it may well be interpreted by skeptical and conscientious parents in this country as another way of saying, “We are not looking for the adverse effects that the vaccine may have on our children.” The HPV vaccine is a good example of this purported interpretation (more to come on that in a future blog post – stay tuned). The people at most risk of becoming seriously ill are babies too young to be vaccinated, and the immunologically frail. What does this say for the safety of the vaccine?

Twenty years ago, the Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccine was found to infect virtually all of its recipients with measles. The manufacturer Merck’s own product warning links MMR to a potentially fatal form of brain inflammation caused by measles. Why is this evidence not being reported?

Parents wonder if it’s safer to remain unvaccinated, vaccinated or undervaccinated. Just how risky are these diseases we vaccinate against, and how likely is it for an unvaccinated child to catch them? I don’t think it’s a dangerous choice to go unvaccinated or delay vaccinations, but the question of how and when to vaccinate is a very challenging one for many parents. Parents need to have a clear understanding of what the risk spectrum of vaccination really is, and there is no solid research in the field.

One of the loudest arguments for national immunization is to support the concept of “herd immunity.” It is a concept or theory, not fact, that herd immunity has to be established when people are protected in our country from diseases because almost everybody in the herd is vaccinated. If a disease comes into our country, our herd is theoretically so well-protected through vaccination-induced herd immunity, that the disease won’t take control and won’t take hold here.

The scare tactic goes as follows:

Right now, there’s enough herd immunity in our country where a certain percentage of children can safely remain unvaccinated and not have to worry about disease risk. The problem is, if more and more parents make that kind of decision, we will reach the tipping point where our herd immunity is no longer adequate, and diseases will come back into our country. It reminds me of the saying ”Polio is only a plane ride away.”

mickey_mouse_measlesSo what happened in Disneyland? What happened to our theoretical HERD IMMUNITY?

Medical experts were left to ponder concern about the five patients who contracted measles despite being fully vaccinated. Statistically, if the vaccine is 99% good after two doses, then there should be less than 1% chance of infection in people with both doses. Also, there is a 5% chance of vaccine failure in people who have had only one dose of the measles vaccine. Again, what happened in Disneyland? There were 5 people infected with measles who were fully immunized? These 5 are out of the 43 people infected, whose immunizations are on record. When I last did the math, 43 divided by 5 is almost 12%, not 1%.

As a doctor, I don’t like to undermine the CDC and to help parents mistrust the CDC. But obviously there is a problem with our 1% statistic here when the “water is being tested.” Scared, undereducated parents, not the educated, are the biggest CDC target. Repeatedly, the media has blamed the educated parents of America, the “non-vaxxers” for placing this country at risk when they choose not to follow a vaccination protocol, which the CDC has put in place. The long term impact (i.e., unwanted impact) of vaccines, and the lack of credible testing done to demonstrate the long-term safety of vaccines, has essentially not been done. And vaccines are essentially considered “untested for safety” by the many parents who choose to deviate from the CDC vaccine schedule. Is there something inherently wrong with this, other than defying the herd immunity concept?

Hysteria is what took place in the media coverage over the measles outbreak in Disneyland. There is no other word for it other than genuine hysteria.

The assumption that non-vaccinated children are the carriers and transmitters of a disease, and that the vaccinated are not, is actually wrong and has not been scientifically validated.

What is not reported in the media is that there is a simple test that has been around for 20 years that can scientifically distinguish between the measles one can get from a recently vaccinated child (vaccine-strain), and the measles one gets from a contagious, unvaccinated child (wild-type). PCR testing is widely acknowledged as a highly sensitive and very specific test AND it is the only efficient way to distinguish vaccine-strain and wild-type measles infection, as their clinical presentation are indistinguishable.

MeaslesHas there been any laboratory confirmation of even one case of the supposed measles outbreak related to Disneyland? If yes, was the confirmed case tested to determine whether it was wild-type measles or vaccine-strain measles? If not, why not? These are important questions to ask. Is it measles or not? If yes, what kind, because if it’s vaccine-strain measles, then that means it is the vaccinated who are contagious and spreading measles, resulting in what the media likes to label “outbreaks” to create panic. It would be what is called a vaccine fallout.  People who receive live-virus vaccines, such as the MMR, can shed that live virus for weeks and can infect others. Other live-virus vaccines include the rotavirus vaccine (now gone because it was so dangerous), the yellow fever vaccine, the chicken pox vaccine/shingles vaccine (yes, they are the exact same vaccine!) and the flu vaccine. Ever wonder what this “defective” flu vaccine in 2014/2015, which we have given millions of people this year, may be transmitting? Ever consider that the flu vaccine gives innocent, unvaccinated bystanders the flu? Oh, but that’s right! There’s Tamiflu for that isn’t there?

Since vaccine-strain measles have almost entirely replaced the natural wild-type, communally acquired measles, it is statistically unlikely that PCR tests will reveal the media’s hysterical storyline — “non-vaxxers brought back an eradicated disease!” —  to be true. Until such studies are performed and exposed, we will never know for certain. Do we think the study will take place?

Just thought I would provide some food for thought on this controversial topic.

– Ariane Cometa MD, the holistic doc

The Connection between Osteoporosis and Calcified Vessels! Did you know they are related?

Have you ever wondered why so many aging people have calcified plaque in their arteries and yet walk around with brittle bones that are markedly depleted of calcium? Vitamin K2 is the link between these diseases. Vitamin K2 will be discussed shortly.

Healthy Bone Turn-over

Bone is a dynamic, living tissue that is continuously remodeled. As old bone is resorbed by osteoclasts (cells that break bone down), the “old and stressed” bone is replaced with healthy new bone by osteoblasts (new bone cells). DO WE WANT TO INHIBIT RESORPTION? Of course not. Say “NO!” to Fosemax! Why? I will tell you why.

Bisphosphonate drugs (e.g. Fosemax and Actonel) increase the Bone Mineral Density (BMD) of the bones at the expense of our bone quality. Such drugs reduce the activity of osteoclasts through cell death. These drugs act as an osteoclast poison. This is how the drugs slow resorption of bone. In addition, they do not increase the activity of osteoblasts (new bone cell growth). As a result, these drugs maintain “older” bone with poorer architectural quality. As old bone is NOT torn down and the osteoblasts continue to build new bone, the bone is more brittle, therefore the QUALITY of the bone will naturally be diminished and weaker.

Medical research documents that WE WANT Bone Quality, not just Quantity. The Fosemax-like drugs (Bisphosphonates) may increase BMD, but at what expense? The answer is in the value of Vitamin K2 and Strontium. Let’s start with Vitamin K2.

The Vitamin K’s
• 1929, Danish Nutritionist discovers Vitamin K1
• “K” for koagulationsvitamin
• “The clotting vitamin”.
• 1970’s, the discovery of many non-clotting Vitamin K2 dependent proteins found ubiquitously in the body, including the bones and the vessels.

Vitamin K2
How is Vitamin K2 different?

• Menatetrenone is Vitamin K2, not Vitamin K1.
• Vitamin K2 is deficient in the American diet, with only tiny quantities available in goose liver, butter and egg yolks.
• Vitamin K1 conversion to Vitamin K2 does occur minimally in our bodies. Plus, this conversion slows down with age.
• Vitamin K2 is a GREAT bone builder.
• Clinical trials have shown that Vitamin K2 provides bone protection beyond the BMD numbers.

Over the last 2 decades, randomized, controlled human, animal and in-vitro studies have consistently demonstrated that K2 supplementation protects bone health.

• Deposits bone into the bone matrix.
• Prevents prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) mediated calcium loss AND PGE2 production.
• Reduces osteoclast (cells that break bone down) formation from stem cells (but does not poison osteoclasts).
• Promotes osteoblast (new bone cells) maturation and activity through effects on gene expression.

BMD does not equal Bone Quality

• Vitamin K2 increases strength, improves the structure and boosts the mineral content of bone.
• It does this while it maintains or improves BMD.
• Women’s risk of fracture slashed with Vitamin K2 is comparable to bisphosphonates.

Bridging the vessels and the bones

Have you ever wondered why so many aging people have calcified plaque in their arteries and yet walk around with brittle bones that are markedly depleted of calcium? Vitamin K2 is the link between these diseases. Vitamin K2 deficiency is an epidemic in the country as is Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin K2 availability decreases with aging. As a result… osteocalcin is not able to bind calcium and transport it to the bone matrix. This is one reason why calcium accumulates in the arterial wall. But there is more to the story….read on!


Vitamin K2 connects them!

There are many Vitamin K2 dependent proteins.

  1. Vitamin K2 activates important proteins in the body
  2.  Osteocalcin is one of these very important proteins.
    • Osteocalcin binds calcium (once activated by Vitamin K2). Calcium from all over the body is then transported from the bloodstream into the bone matrix. Sounds pretty important to me! Vitamin K2 is nature’s calcium chelator!
    • In Vitamin K2 deficiency, not also is the important Vitamin K-dependent protein, osteocalcin, underactive, BUT so is another important Vitamin K2 protein called Matrix G1a protein. This essential K2 dependent protein is an inhibitor of arterial calcification. So, in addition to ineffective transport of calcium into the bone matrix, we cannot prevent or inhibit arterial calcification. Youch! What do we end up with?

Calcified Vessels!

Increasing evidence reveals that the Vitamin K-dependent calcification process is ubiquitous. Therefore in Vitamin K deficiency… we literally ossify the plaque of our arterial wall rather than our bone matrix!

How do we find Vitamin K2?

Vitamin K2 is rich in the Japanese diet. Natto is a traditional Japanese food. It is a fermented soy condiment. Vitamin K2 is extracted from Natto and is purified of all its soy content and grown through fermentation with the probiotic Bacillus, natto. It is very biologically active. Natto is the richest known food source for Vitamin K2. Eastern regions of Japan eat a lot more Natto. Research has demonstrated that these women, who eat more Natto, have far fewer fractures than their western neighbors. Pure Natto resources can be found in Japanese groceries. Since Natto is not available in your local grocery store, and we do not live in Japan, let’s talk about Vitamin K2 supplementation.

Vitamin K2 Dosage

  • Vitamin K2 15-45 mg daily in divided doses with meals  
  • Vitamin K2 50-100mcg daily of MK-7 form of K2 in the D Supreme and Osteoprime Ultra.
  • Don’t worry about figuring this out, because we already did at The Cometa Wellness Center Pharmacy when we put the Osteoporosis prevention and treatment program together! See these supplements and their links below!

Pure Natto resources found in Japanese groceries.
There are many reasons to address this problem naturally. The most important reason is that by naturally correcting your bone metabolism issue, you have corrected the problem. Of course the correct diet and weight bearing activity program are integral to the bone health program recommended below.

Let Nature and Lifestyle improve Bone strength. Nature addresses the age-related decline in bone formation.


  1.  A diet high in lots of fresh vegetables and lean meats is great for bone formation.
  2.  The diet should be low in sugar, soda, caffeine and NO SMOKING. These ALL leach out important nutrients or worse, poison the bone cells (osteoblasts).
  3.  Exercise: Power walking and using light 2 pound weights in the hands when you walk can be very helpful. Try to do this 30 minutes, 3-5 times a week. Exercise helps us with Proprioception, which helps with balance, coordination, mobility and strength.

Natural supplements for Bone Health

You must not be on Coumadin to follow this program.Treatment can be safely started while on your Osteoporosis medication. Available at The Cometa Wellness Center Pharmacy.

  1. Peak K2, 15 mg/capsule. Take 1 capsule twice daily with meals
  2. Vitamin D3 -Vitamin D Supreme IU. This has the essential D3 5000iu as well as Vitamin K1 and K2 right in it, perfectly balanced! Take 1 capsule daily with a meal.
  3. Well-balanced Bone mineral supplement such as Osteoprime Ultra, 2 capsules twice daily with meals.

Also, for those of you who have Osteoporosis, please add Strontium. We will review the value of Strontium and Vitamin D3 in the reversal of Osteoporosis in upcoming blogs.
AOR Strontium, take 2 in the AM 1 hour before all medication, supplements and food OR 2 before bed, apart from other supplements as possible, by one hour.

Doctor’s message:

I have been 100% successful in reversing early bone loss AND Osteoporosis with the above recommendations. Please consider how important your bone health is for longevity and quality of life as we age, and keep those bones “truckin”. Now, you also know that when the calcium is correctly deposited into the bones with the assistance of K2, you are also keeping calcium out of the vessels! Strong bones and healthy vessels only lead to a healthier you!

To our investment in Health and Wellness!


Dr. Cometa, the holistic doc