Soyona Rafatjah, MD is a board-certified Family Physician who practices Integrative and Functional concierge medicine at Prime Health in Denver, CO.

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease & Tick-Borne Illnesses

5 Questions about Tick-Borne Illness and Lyme Disease Ticks are tiny arachnids, 3 mm to 5 mm in length (poppy seed size to sesame seed size) that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Many species transmit diseases, including Lyme Disease, to both people and animals. Ticks that bite humans are present in all…

Rethinking Drinking: 7 Strategies that Work

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. It’s a good time to ask yourself: what’s your relationship with alcohol? Alcohol offers zero health benefits, yet people across the globe continue to consume it. Though it’s addictive and highly toxic, it plays an integral role in many aspects of American life: celebrations, dinner parties, even sporting events.


How Does Drinking Alcohol Affect Your Body?

Popped open a bottle of champagne to celebrate a milestone recently? Concerts, dinner parties, sporting events―all include the option to drink alcohol. Why do we keep drinking when alcohol has zero health benefits and can be highly toxic and addictive? April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Fact: alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in…


Your Genes – Informative, NOT Deterministic.

Genes Are Informative, Not Deterministic. Genes should inform your decisions, they should not determine your life. Our genes should guide behavior so that we can mitigate risks of developing certain illnesses. Many scientists believe that genes encompass 20% of who we are, while our daily choices, actions, and environment compose the other 80%.   We have…

Interstitial Cystitis

Uncovering the Root of your Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome, causes symptoms that include: burning bladder pain, frequent bathroom trips, and nighttime urination. IC has no one-size-fits all cause, meaning effective treatment can be illusive when approached using conventional medicine. Thankfully, using a functional medicine approach, Dr. Rafatjah has had success in alleviating her patients of this condition.

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Heavy Metal Toxicity: Are You At Risk?

Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements that can accumulate in our bodies from the foods we eat, our environment, and personal care and cleaning products we use. What are Heavy Metals? Heavy metals earn their name because of a high atomic weight and density that is at least five times greater than water. This includes…

purpose and meaning

Purpose And Meaning Improves Cognition and Longevity

Those with a greater sense of purpose and meaning have a decreased risk of dementia and mortality. To demonstrate this fact, a study from 2010 on 951 community-dwelling older persons showed that those with a greater reported sense of purpose were 2.4 times less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease than those with a…