Chad Borys, ND, LAc

Dr. Borys is a licensed naturopathic doctor in the states of Washington and California. He maintains a practice and sees patients in both Bellingham, WA and Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Borys specializes in integrative approaches to restoring health and wellness. He believes that within each of us is an amazing potential to heal and be well and strives to help people live to their highest potential. Dr. Borys is also an expert in natural, non-surgical, and drug-free pain management therapies like prolotherapy. His approach to get athletes back to their sport, and others back to their lives, has helped countless individuals avoid surgery and live pain-free.

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Powerful, Authentic, Beautiful, Grounded, Successful, Human, Loved …
There are endless possibilities for shaping and reframing your reality.

#lifestylemedicine #holisticapproach #diseaseprevention #wholebodyhealth #functionalnutrition #guthealthmatters #biohacking #integrativehealth #preventativemedicine
#preventativehealth #naturopathicdoctor #naturopathicmedicine #santacruzca #santacruzcalifornia #positiveaffirmation #mindbody


Heart disease is the most likely reason any of us will die. In the U.S. it is theeading cause of death in men and women.
Heart disease begins in childhood with a process called atherosclerosis, or the hardening of the arteries.
By age ten, the arteries of nearly all kids fed a Standard American Diet (SAD) will have the first signs of disease, called fatty streaks. These streaks result from an inflammatory reaction to the deposition of cholesterol in artery walls.
As age progresses, plaques start forming, getting worse with each decade, until they become deadly—manifesting as heart attacks and strokes.
If you’re older than ten, it time to eat like you give a damn. If you’re one of many American’s still eating a SAD diet, heart disease has likely already started.
The good news is that our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal and even reverse this deadly disease process.

Health starts at every age. It never too late to start working on heart healthy habits.
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Here’s some tips for preventing and reversing heart disease:
❤️ Eat a heart healthy diet. There are numerous approaches, but central to them is a focus on plant-based whole foods—legumes, greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
❤️ Physical exercise daily. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 mins of moderate intensity aerobic activity weekly.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
❤️ Prioritize sleep. Sleep is an often overlooked factor in chronic disease and heart heath. Aim for 8 hours of sleep nightly.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
❤️ Stress management. Stress increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
❤️ Quit smoking. Even one cigarette daily increases your cardiovascular risk.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


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The overwhelming majority of heart disease is due to modifiable risk factors - meaning that YOU have the ability to change things!
February is American Heart Month, and over the next month my goal is to educate, and bring awareness to this largely preventable disease.
Here’s some thoughts on promoting healthier hearts:
✅ Exercise daily. Get outside and move at least 30 minutes daily.
✅ Eat an anti-inflammatory whole foods diet. Focus on getting 5 servings of veggies daily into your diet (serving is ~1 cup).
✅ Heart disease is a process that can start decades before symptoms. Prioritize health at every age.
✅ Reduce your stress levels. Consider incorporating meditation into your daily routine (a great place to start is the Waking Up app).
✅ An Aspirin a day will not prevent heart disease.
✅ Get regular blood work. LDL and HDL levels are NOT sufficient. There are much better labs for predicting risk, including Lp(a)-P, and LDL-P.


🌊 You’ve likely heard a lot of environmental reasons for eliminating plastic waste, but you may not have heard the health benefit.
🥗The simple act of paying for groceries with cash versus a credit or debit card may actually impact your food choices.
💵 A study in the Journal of Consumer Research, found that paying with cash leads to more careful spending and healthier choices.
💳 Considering that more than 1/3 of all U.S. grocery purchases are with a credit or debit card, paying with cash is an interesting strategy for promoting healthier eating.


💧Have you had a glass of water today?
If not, stop what you're doing and grab a glass.

💧I'll be honest, when I'm busy drinking water can go by the wayside. Yet, drinking water is one of the easiest things we can do daily for health promotion and productivity.

💧Proper hydration is essential for numerous bodily functions. It helps with digestion, keeps joints lubricated, regulates temperature, eliminates toxins, aids circulation, and boosts cognitive and physical performance to name a few.

💧Hydration is variable from person to person and depends on many factors including diet, and exercise. Generally, a sedentary adult needs an average of between 1.5-3 liters of total water daily (food, water, and other beverages included).

💧In my practice to simplify, I often tell people a general rule of thumb is 1/3 - 1/2 their body weight in ounces daily.

💧If you’re struggling with water intake:
- Carrying a water bottle with you.
- Set reminders on your phone or use an app (Plant Nanny is one of my favorites)
- Drink a cup of water after every bathroom visit.
- Flavor your water. Some of my favorites ways to add flavor are: cucumber slices, lemons wedges, mint leaves, and watermelon cubes.
- Set challenges with family and friends to help keep you accountable.


🙏The tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, his young daughter, and 7 other beloved souls this week is a reminder of how fragile life is. We get just one life.

What if your core belief was to expect greatness and success?

#naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #livemythically #kobebryant #onelife #corebelief #santacruzca #sanatacruzcalifornia #josephcampbell


🔬Functional lab testing is one of many tools I use with patients to better understand what is going on in the body. They allow us to dig deeper, and look for underlying imbalances not picked up by conventional lab testing. Functional testing can be a game changer for patients, and lead to earlier intervention for disease processes and better outcomes.

🔬That said, there’s a caveat. Sometimes too much testing can actually cause harm, as it introduces more variables into an often already complex health picture.

My approach with patients is to focus on #foundationsofhealth to correct symptoms first, then consider testing options later if needed. 😴🥗🏃‍♀️

👨‍⚕️👩‍⚕️If your medical practitioner is advising lots of testing, give them the benefit of doubt and ask their clinical reasoning. If you're still feeling overburdened consider prioritizing tests that are the most likely to yield insights.

#santacruzca #santacruzcalifornia #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #santacruzlife #functionalmedicine


Health creates _____________ .

For me, health creates opportunity. An opportunity to explore my highest potential as an athlete, #naturopathicdoctor, and loving partner to my wife.

Simply put, health is freedom from limitation.

What does health create for you?

#santacruzca #santacruzcalifornia #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #healthyjoints #painfree #healthisfreedom #prolotherapy #prp #plateletrichplasma


Friday ski vibes. Health creates opportunities to do what you love. If pain is preventing you from getting out into the snow, it's time to explore #prolotherapy and joint regeneration. ⛷🏂❄️


How is your diet contributing to health? 🥦🥕🥗🥙
#santacruzca #santacruzcalifornia #santacruzlife #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #realfood #youarewhatyoueat #healthyeating


Health fits into every aspect of our lives, including allowing us to pursue our passions. 🧗‍♂️
How does health fit into your life?

#healthfits #naturopathicmedicine #healtheveryday #naturopathicdoctor #santacruzcalifornia #santacruzca #santacruzlife #climbinggym #wellnesswednesday


Chronic pain is often seen as a natural part of the aging process. “I’m just getting older,” is part of our culture identity, and a belief that pain is inevitable. However, pain is not normal.

Pain is one of the most powerful messages the body can send to signal something is wrong. People tend to habituate and normalize pain, but imagine how much better life could be without chronic pain.

If chronic pain is impacting life, it’s time to see a practitioner who takes a wholistic approach to pain.

Here’s some tips for living pain-free:
1. Move daily. Even a walk around the block is better than nothing. 🏃‍♂️
2. Focus on good posture.
3. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. 🥗
4. Stay hydrated. 💦

#santacruzca #santacruzcalifornia #painfreeliving #opioidcrisis #prolotherapy #plateletrichplasma #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #healthyaging #painrelief #aginggracefully


Knee pain is one of the most common complaints I treat. Whether patients are suffering from an acute injury like a meniscus or ACL tear, or struggling with osteoarthritis, I can help!

I offer a holistic approach that aims to correct knee movement and instability, reduce inflammation and ultimately promote healing and reverse degeneration through regenerative injection therapies like #prolotherapy and #plateletrichplasma.

#santacruzcalifornia #kneepain #kneepainrelief #prp #naturopathicdoctor #naturopathicmedicine #osteoarthritis


Get out and adventure this weekend. I'll see you in the mountains.


spent last weekend honing my regenerative injection skills with this legend. Thanks Dr. Baumgartner! Feeing so inspired to continue learning and advancing my patient care in 2020.

#plateletrichplasma #prp #prolotherapy #jointpain #chronicpain #rejuv #musculoskeletalultrasound


Jay-Z said it best. You and your biology are unique and your healthcare should reflect this. You are an “n of 1”.

Consider everything you do on daily basis. These are “inputs” into the human system, that can either cause a shift towards or away from health.

How are your choices helping you to design a healthier you and future? Let me know in the comments!

#nof1 #naturopathicmedicine #naturopathicdoctor #individualizedmedicine #santacruzcalifornia #prolotherapy 01/14/2020

The Pain of Sleep Loss: A Brain Characterization in Humans - PubMed

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." -Dr. Seuss

Sleep and how we experience reality go hand in hand. Sleep loss can heighten our response to pain, and even dull our bodies innate pain-killing ability.

Conversely, quality sleep is a natural analgesic, which can markedly improve quality of life and improve pain.

If you're struggling with chronic pain and have sleep issues, consider taking steps to optimize sleep. Here's a few simple ones to try tonight:

- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and ni****ne close to bedtime.
- Avoid screens — including your smartphone, 30 minutes before bedtime.
- Make your bedroom a sleeping-only zone, meaning no laptops, TV, or eating. Sleep loss increases the experience of pain. However, the brain mechanisms underlying altered pain processing following sleep deprivation are unknown. Moreover, it remains unclear whether ecologically modest night-to-night changes in sleep, within an individual, confer consequential day-to-day chang...


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Don't forget B12 Happy Hour happening right now !!! 10-12. Last one before Christmas. 12/05/2019

Mercury-Laden Fog May Be Poisoning California’s Mountain Lions

Mercury laden fog in our local Santa Cruz Mountains!

I wonder about the potential human health implications. Mercury is a neurotoxin with serious human detriments. I regularly test heavy metal levels in patients and find that detoxing metals has a huge impact on health and recovery. A new study has found that pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains display higher mercury levels than big cats in inland regions


Come visit and check out my new space this Friday from 6-8pm.

Come hang out with us this Friday from 6-8! Lots of great deals and a chance to win a gift basket worth over $500!

This Friday, Dec 6th from 6-8! Be there or be square! ❄️👍🏻☃️
#holidayparty #openhouse #discountfloats #discountsauna #eqfloat


This has so much potential for opening up new possibilities for treating chronic disease and the betterment of well people. Time for a reboot of our thinking on psychedelics!

The Santa Cruz City Council is moving forward with plans to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. The city council voted unanimously to advance the proposal to the Public Safety Committee for review. If the decriminalization measure passes, then Santa Cruz, CA, could become the third US city to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms.


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This common therapy for joint pain may do more harm than good

This is a conversation I routinely have with patients, and one of many reasons I am so passionate about regenerative injection therapies.
#naturopathicmedicine #painrelief #santacruz #santacruzca #prolotherapy #prp #cortisone The shots may speed up the progression of arthritis and hasten the need for surgery.


Chad Borys, ND, MSA


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Mobility Clinic

Thanks Mobility Clinic .


We are proud to announce the newest addition to our team: Dr. Chad Borys N.D.

Dr. Chad Borys is a naturopathic doctor who works with individuals of all ages and backgrounds wanting feel their best and live pain free. Dr. Borys is an expert in prolotherapy and regenerative joint injections, which are non-surgical procedures used to repair and strengthen injured joints and soft tissues.

Dr. Borys's unique approach weaves natural medicine with cutting edge therapies to help provide the best possible health outcomes. He believes in empowering his patients through education and engaging them in the healing process. Dr. Borys also believes in practicing what he preaches, and strives to exemplify health promoting behaviors and balance in his own life. Outside of work, Dr. Borys enjoys an active life with his wife and loves mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, juggling, and making and eating delicious food.

More information on Dr. Borys’s practice can be found on his website at


Active Integrative Medicine, LLC

Check out our most recent blog for lots of great tips on packing a healthy lunch for your kids! #whitesalmon #hoodriver #columbiarivergorge #thedalles #healthylunch #naturopathicmedicine


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Warmer weather is on the way. Make sure that you are protecting yourself from the sun's UV rays and avoiding products that may be causing more harm than good. #hoodriver #whitesalmon #columbiarivergorge #sunscreen #thedalles


Prof. Valter Longo

What we eat has such a profound impact on health.

A 10% increase in the dietary portion of ultra-processed food including packaged candy, sodas and sweetened drinks, and ready meals, is associated with an over 10% increase in overall cancer and breast cancer. This study published in the #BritishMedicalJournal, which monitored over 100.000 people, also emphasizes the protective effect of fruit, vegetables, cereals and legumes against cancer. Please share!


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Check Out Our Recent Blog:
Natural Approaches To Take Charge Of Seasonal Allergies,
#hoodriver #whitesalmon #naturopathicmedicine #allergies #columbiagorge


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Join Us For A Free Talk This Month As Part Of Gorge Happiness Month!

Emotions are critically tied to health, and in particular the health of our heart. Come spend an hour with us exploring the adage that a “happy heart is a healthy heart”. This will be a lively weaving of multiple prospectives with some experiential learning that is bound to leave you inspired. Plan to leave this talk with tools to improve your well-being and the health of your community.


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Such an informative resource. Where I live alone we have 5 know carcinogens and 1 other contaminant in our drinking water. If you don't already own a water filter, get one! Basic water filters like Britta filters or filters on the refrigerator often don't remove these chemicals. Plug in your own zip code to find out about your local drinking water. #whitesalmon, #hoodriver, #thedalles


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Come visit us at Kiteboard 4 Cancer 2017. Providing care for the athletes today. #kiteboard4cancer #hoodriver

Our Story

Dr. Borys is a Naturopathic Physician practicing in Santa Cruz, CA.

Dr. Borys specializes in integrative approaches to restoring health and wellness. He believes that within each of us is an amazing potential to heal and be well and strives to help people live to their highest potential.

Dr. Borys has a passion for helping individuals relieve pain with natural, non-surgical, and drug-free pain management therapies like prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). His approach to get athletes back to their sport, and others back to their lives, has helped many individuals avoid surgery and live pain-free.



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