The New Medicine

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I believe…

  • in the power of small changes to create large effects
  • in the power of love and community to sustain us
  • in food as medicine
  • in living a fully embodied life
  • in the healing power of nature
  • in the healing power of relationships
  • that you are the best expert of your own life

I draw on my extensive experience as a Family Physician, my fellowship training in Integrative Medicine and my study of Functional Medicine with each person. Various aspects of each will come into play with every visit, and for most, I anticipate developing a relationship over time that will greatly add to the effectiveness of any of these therapies.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is the art and science of medicine, bring all therapies to the table, evaluating them critically for their benefits and their potential harms. It aims to support you, your body, mind and spirit, supporting the powerful healing mechanisms within. This approach is holistic and very personal. The Integrative Medicine approach honors the wisdom that you already have about your life. It is about promoting health and prevention, which is fundament to living and aging well.

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Key Integrative Medicine Principles

  • Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
  • All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
  • Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate healing response.
  • Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
  • Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
  • Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
  • Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
  • Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.

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Functional Medicine

Functional medicine seeks to find the root causes of a person’s distress. Some of this distress is identified as a particular illness. Conventional medicine usually focuses on that illness, whereas functional medicine sees disease as an end result of multiple factors that can be known and addressed. Often this is through a careful history, and sometimes through the use of well established as well as novel testing.

Key Principles of Functional Medicine
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:

  • Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.
  • An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
  • Integrating best medical practices. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

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Family Medicine

Family medicine is a board certified residency training available to physicians. This is a primary care specialty that focuses on the whole person within the context of their family and social environment. We are trained very well in disease management, with in-depth training in adult medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, orthopedics, and minor procedures. We are the modern version of the general practitioner (“GP”) that cared for the whole community.

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The New Medicine

This is the new medicine – all of the above. I employ my background of rigorous in-depth training and experience in Family Medicine, combined with fellowship training in Integrative Medicine and an ongoing research into Functional Medicine techniques. All of these approaches can be quite useful and can be combined for a very powerful new approach to health and wellness.