What Treatment Approaches Are Used?
When I am asked this question, I know what you really want to know is “Will you take away my coffee/chocolate/(insert thing you love here)”?
This is a fair question, what are you getting in to? I believe there is room in everyone’s diet, even mine, for improvement. But I also believe there is room for enjoyment and fun.
While food is definitely fuel for our body, it is also the foundation of our family conversations and social outings. It is a hobby for some, and a chore for many. But whatever it is for you, it should be a sign of for your self and your body.
So, are you going to take out my cheese?
Maybe, maybe not. It depends on if cheese makes you feel energized, or if it is the stumbling block to losing the spare tire around your waist.
I don’t take an all fits one approach. Every patient that comes in the office gets the best advice for them. Treatment approach is based on a conversation about what is possible in your life, will give you the best results and fits into your budget.
There is more then one way to tackle any health problem, and I like combining a wide selection of treatment approaches.
Some of the areas we can explore include:
- Clinical Nutrition and Dietary Counseling (includes recipe ideas and swap out strategies). This can be conducted in individual or group based, can be one-time or ongoing support. For instance, we always talk about hydration.
- Functional and Specialized Medical Testing. I provide patients with an empowered view to their health through individualized testing. I always look at your previous tests. However, sometimes we need to investigate further or round them out through additional blood, saliva or urine. Some of these tests include: Food Sensitivity Testing, Organic Acids Testing, Gut Microbiome Testing, and Neurotransmitter testing. There are also other types of tests that can help shape our current and future decisions towards health activation.
- Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Individualized programs that can include acupuncture treatments, tongue and pulse diagnosis, diet and traditional Chinese botanical formulas.
- Botanical Medicine. Approaching the body through the use of high quality herbal products (both dry and formulated). We use herbs to help evoke the body into a space where it is able to heal naturally.
- Nutraceuticals. Aiding individuals in obtaining optimum health through the use of supplements (and food) to support the body. This is especially important when there is deficiency. This approach can be combined with functional testing or can be provided on a symptom-based analysis.
- Environmental Medicine. Investigations into the impact of environmental exposure, mold exposure, toxic body burden, and chemical sensitivity, its impact on the body and health. Providing support for detoxification and lifestyle changes to reduce impact on the body.
- Strategic Medicine. Correlating the genetic predisposition with Neuro-Endo-Immunology, Acquired Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cell Wall Integrity to identify hidden imbalances. Individualized treatment plans specific to the history and physiology of the individual patient .
- Mind Body Medicine through Counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Providing a space for patients to talk about their well-being and how it impacts the many facets of their life. Can be an opportunity to work through ongoing issues or explore areas that are holding them back from pursuing health options.
- In-house Dispensary. To make it easier for patients supplement support is available through an in-house dispensary and our online ordering portal. Patients are always provided with names and dosing recommendations that they can purchase elsewhere as well and can be directed to shops that will carry the suggested products.