Welcome! I'm Laura Paris, LAc

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Work with licensed medical provider Laura Paris, LAc., and be treated as a person, not a disease. Laura solves the hidden causes of your symptoms, bringing about profound and long lasting results. You are empowered, educated, and encouraged to play an active role in your healing process. Laura currently trains with Chris Kresser.

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Drop deeply into restorative relaxation and healing, in the care of a seasoned Acupuncturist. Laura personally provides gentle and painless Japanese acupuncture, in a beautiful and serene environment. Our clinic is in Monterey, California, on the Pacific coast. Turn on your parasympathetic nervous system and re-set your adrenals.

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Read Laura's blog, and sign up for FREE up-to-date education about your health. Learn the best ways to improve your gut and immune health. Find out how to live a truly anti-inflammatory life. Transform your health with Paleo-inspired eating. Women, discover your vitality and optimize your reproductive health, from menstruation to fertility to menopause.

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Let's get to the root cause of your health limitations and transform your life!

From the Blog

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SIBO is the New Candida

Move over candida, SIBO is here. Most of us have heard of candida. Technically it is called candidiasis, which is a yeast infection or overgrowth, usually of the candida albicans strain. There are countless self-help books on candidiasis and people self-diagnose with this condition ... Read More

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Your Amazing Microbiome

You’ve probably heard the word microbiome in the past few years. If not, maybe you’ve heard of gut bacteria or probiotics. These topics have been hot since about 2012. From scientific papers and medicine, to nutrition and popular media, people are becoming aware that we are full of microbes and that ... Read More


Paleo Resources

I am first and foremost a clinician. I’m also a writer and an educator. However, I’m not going to write another book about the Paleo diet. Fortunately that's been done, thoroughly, by my colleagues. I’m also not going to be the person who creates meal plans and recipes. That  has also been done very ... Read More

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Paleo is Not a Religion

In my opinion, hands down, this is the way of eating that is most anti-inflammatory, health preserving, and in alignment with our evolution. I also refer to Paleo as Paleo-esque, Paleo-inspired, Paleo-based, evolutionary diet, ancestral nutrition, anti-inflammatory diet, and other terms that seem ... Read More


Functional Medicine, a Systems Approach

Functional Medicine, a relatively new term in Western medicine, came about in the 1990s as part of a significant scientific paradigm shift that began in the 20th century. This is a shift from a “reductionist” approach to a “systems” approach. I will explain the nuts and bolts of Functional Medicine, ... Read More

People Say

  • Brandi

    When I first came to Laura’s office eight years ago, I was riddled with pain, brain fog,  fatigue, and a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Through careful discussion, correct blood tests, and analysis, Laura was able to bring me to a correct diagnosis of Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism. Through the years, I have worked with her to discover my root reasons for my autoimmune disease and I am forever thankful for her. I was able to get pregnant with my second child, at 37 years old, after being told that it wasn’t possible. Through her expertise, I have learned proper eating habits, how to supplement, general well­being, and self care. She really listens. She treats each patient as an individual and is very informed and precise. I love that she has training in both functional/Western medicine and traditional/Eastern medicine. Her understanding of both is a huge plus! Before I came to Laura, I saw several MDs and natural doctors. None of them gave me the comprehensive information or attention that she has. She really has a passion for what she does”

  • Susan

    Laura paid close, unhurried attention to my health story, and asked for targeted labs to be taken. She gives you the feeling that you are important as you sit with her. She knew from my symptoms and their trajectory what labs to have me take. She was on the button! She then designed a protocol for my specific thyroid issues and sent me home with a list of supplements to order. It was remarkable how much better I felt in just weeks on the protocol. I hadn't felt that good for several years. I had already been on thyroid medication and Laura's plan was to see if we could optimize things nutritionally. I still use Laura's services for functional medicine, nutrition and acupuncture."

  • Dani

    I had been seeing my doctors about my stomach problems for a few months and they weren't doing anything to help me. So a close friend of mine told me about Laura.

    The first time I met Laura, I was a mess. I couldn't eat anything without feeling sick. Laura was so kind and sweet, and let me cry to her about how stressful it was to feel like a "prisoner" of my own body. We talked about my options and what I was willing to try (at this point I was willing to try anything). We added some probiotics, vitamins, acupuncture, and and I watched what I ate.

    It was so nice to have someone listen to what I had to say, who didn't make me feel like I was just another patient. I have come so far because of Laura. I feel a 100 times better, and she still goes out of her way to email me and make sure everything is going good. I can't thank her enough!”

  • Jennie

    Most of my life I have struggled with a sugar and yeast imbalance. Although I was able to get mild relief from time to time, I thought it would be a constant, lifelong, losing battle. I arrived at Laura's office desperate for some relief.

    Laura provided an analysis of my body, metabolism, and provided fascinating information about the function of biofilm. She even helped me figure out some of my efforts we're actually working against me!

    Laura and I worked together to develop multiple strategies to finally start to get some relief. Overcoming sugar cravings and an intense yeast balance was no easy task. However, with Laura's guidance, it finally became came realistic. After a few months of diligence and determination, I feel as though I am on top of it for the first time in my life.”