Bringing the Art of Healing
to the Science of Medicine

Learn more about Functional Medicine

Meet Dr. Li

Dr. Cynthia Li is board-certified in Internal Medicine. She has been involved with environmental health issues and advocacy since 2005. She became interested in the wisdom found in evolutionary biology, ancestral health, and ecological health while on her own personal health journey. 

read more here

Follow my progress on Facebook

Follow me on Facebook
Dr Cynthia Li in coastal Northern California

My book project

I am writing a memoir about a mystery: the mystery of my own patient case. I explore what my autoimmune disease taught me about love, sex, and health.   

Subscribe to my newsletter and readers list

My posts

You Feel Sick.  Your Labs Are Normal.  What Next? 

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

If you’re reading this post, this has either happened to you, to your partner, or to a family member.  I had the experience myself, after the birth of my first child.  I couldn’t sleep or [...]

Detox: Sorting through Fact and Fiction

January 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Got brain fog?  Mood imbalances?  Adult acne?  Chronic fatigue?  I did.  I also had chronic dizziness, insomnia, hypersensitivity to sounds, and other symptoms often dismissed.  In the eleven years since my own diagnosis of Hashimoto’s [...]

Personal Essay: My Thyroid On Fire (A Story in 15 Glimpses)

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Written by Cynthia Li, MD (published on, April 17, 2016) 1. The thyroid, as described by the Merck Manual, a doctor’s Bible: A small gland, measuring about 2 inches that lies just under the skin [...]

Healthy Aging

October 9th, 2016|0 Comments

September is Healthy Aging Month.  Aging is not a popular topic in our culture.  But aging is distinct from "old,” which is a physical state separate from age.  There are old thirty-year-olds and young eighty [...]

Stories that Heal: A Brief Interview with Dr. Deepthiman Gowda

June 16th, 2016|0 Comments

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Deepthiman Gowda, MD, MPH, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Columbia School of Medicine.  He is also the Director of Clinical Practice in the Narrative Medicine Program [...]

Ten Tips for Detoxification

October 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Building resilience and maintaining good health can sometimes be an uphill struggle in urban living.  There are some important and simple steps that can be incorporated into daily life.  Certain foods are good "detox foods," [...]

Back to Top

How Autoimmunity Changed My Practice of Medicine

Using her own very personal story with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and chronic fatigue, Dr. Li describes a broader paradigm by which doctors, patients, and their families can understand the drivers and treatments for chronic conditions. (35 min video)

Principles of Functional Medicine

Back to Top