Yashoda Bhaskar MD

Lifestyle Medicine physician

Appointments: (808) 757-9292

Yashoda Bhaskar MD

Lifestyle Medicine physician

Appointments: (808) 757-9292



"Karuna" means "compassion" in Sanskrit

True healing occurs in the presence of compassion.  Stress hormones decrease, allowing for the natural healing forces in our bodies to do their job.

It is also essential that we practice self-compassion, balanced with setting realistic goals and pushing the boundaries to achieve them.

I chose this name for my practice to remind myself and others around me that this one sentiment is the GROUNDWORK  for building all else.

Is this you? I can help.


You have been struggling to control your high blood pressure or diabetes for years with little to no success.  Every time you see your doctor, one more medication gets prescribed and you just cannot stomach it anymore.

It is difficult for you to lose weight and keep it off.  You have tried every diet possible and are ready to just give up because nothing sticks, except the stubborn pounds.  And you are tired of feeling tired - all. the. time.

You or a loved one was recently hospitalized for a condition related to a chronic disease and you want to make changes to your daily habits because this episode really shook you up. 

Or maybe you feel that you are quite healthy, but fall off the wagon sometimes.  There are so many conflicting reports out there that it gets confusing to know what to believe.  You would like evidence based advice from a physician and also someone to help you  stay focused and accountable on your journey to a vibrant life.

Six Pillars of Health-Lifestyle Medicine

Treating the root cause of disease

Benefits of Lifestyle changes


  • Prevent and reverse heart disease
  • Prevent and reverse Type 2 diabetes
  • Improve cholesterol
  • Lose weight permanently
  • Decrease chances of Alzheimer's disease
  • Decrease possibility of cancer
  • Decrease symptoms of inflammation
  • Decrease brain fog
  • Improved mood
  • Improved immune function
  • Improved skin conditions
  • Better gut functioning
  • Enjoy delicious foods in unlimited amounts
  • Have more energy
  • Feel strong, young and vibrant
  • Decrease dependence on medications, many of which have side effects


PLEASE NOTE: Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based specialty and we only use interventions that have been scientifically proven to improve health. We promote healthy lifestyle changes, focusing in particular on adopting (to the extent that you are willing and able) a whole food plant-based diet for disease prevention and reversal. We do not sell supplements  and do not promote or encourage the use of supplements other than vitamin B12 and vitamin D except in rare circumstances. Because most supplements have not been adequately evaluated and some have been shown to cause harm, we encourage our patients to discontinue any that do not have scientific evidence to support their use. 

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Karuna MD - A unique Lifestyle Medicine practice

(808) 757-9292 info@karuna-md.com


Flexible hours, by appointment.

For convenience, we offer only telehealth visits.