Our Story – OR Supplements… for a stronger and healthier journey.
OR Supplements was inspired by the most basic principal of Integrative Medicine (IM) – “Integrative medicine pairs traditional medicine with other treatments to care for your mind, body, and spirit.”
Dr. Mike Cusnir, (an Oncologist), decided to embrace the concept of IM in his practice. He participated at the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and graduated from that program in 2012. He understood that the practice of IM could benefit his patients tremendously and decided to embrace the idea to formulate dietary supplements that could help with side effects of prolonged treatments.
For this very special project he found the perfect partner. As a Traditional Chinese Doctor, Susan Farkas, brings a vast experience in the properties and benefits of herbs and vitamins. She brings her knowledge in herbs, nutrition, and holistic tools to treat the side effects of conventional medicine.
It all started with a dialog on how traditional herbal remedies and holistic approaches to nutrition and supplementation, could help strengthen patients’ immune system and reduce the symptoms associated with prolonged treatments using strong medications (like chemotherapy), such as: blisters in the mouth, nausea, digestive problems, changes in the sense of taste, and more.
Dr. Cusnir and Susan Farkas took more than 2 years of extensive research to develop a scientifically formulated line of dietary supplements dedicated to assisting individuals who are undergoing prolonged medical treatments including chemotherapy and radiation. They understand that as Integrative Medicine practitioners it is crucial to provide education and tools to support people who want to take actions and re-gain control of their health to improve their quality of live. “We must look at the conventional care plan together with treatments that aren’t traditionally part of that plan, but that ultimately can improve their lives”, said Susan Farkas.
The philosophy behind the supplements we develop is:
- Maintaining a good balance in your life means taking care of your mind and body.
- Take care of and nurture yourself.
- Maintain a positive mental attitude.
OR Supplements may be used to prepare for and to ease negative symptoms during a treatment, as well as help the body heal post treatment. OR Supplements does not compete with, or try to replace conventional medicine, nor do we make claims to cure cancer or any other disease. The main objective of our supplements is to support and work together with standard therapies by offering symptom control from side effects during and after treatment.
Mike Cusnir M.D. – The Oncologist
Specializing in Hematology/Oncology, Dr. Mike Cusnir has been in practice for more than 15 years. As a graduate of the Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology from the University of Maryland, Greenebaum Cancer Center (Baltimore, Maryland), oncologist Dr. Cusnir brings top notch experience in the scientific filed. Dr. Cusnir is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Medical Oncology and the American Board of Hematology.
Dr. Mike Cusnir is also making integrative medicine a part of his practice by graduating from the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in October of 2012. This fellowship, created by Andrew Weil, MD in 2000, has achieved international recognition as the leading integrative medical education program in the world.
He has authored and published multiple peer review articles on the field and he has also presented his research in the most prestigious American and European medical meetings.
He has completed the first clinical study of the benefits of miracle fruit for cancer patients whose chemotherapy drugs leave an unpleasant taste in their mouth. His research has gained the attention of major media outlets being featured, among many other, on CNN and The New York Times.
Susan Gail Farkas – The Herbalist
Susan is a graduate of the Acupuncture Program of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Israel, as well as a certified Chinese herbalist and Shiatsu therapist in Israel. She complemented her clinical studies with a practicum at the Hangzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Zhenjiang province of the Republic of China, in the departments of Acupuncture, Massage, and TCM Internal Medicine.
She recently received training to practice Health Counseling at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has obtained Continuing Education Units from Purchase College, State University of New York.