Integrative Medicine is a personalized strategy that considers your unique makeup and symptoms. UCLA, Duke, Novomed, and Cleveland clinic have thriving new integrative centers.
The integrative approach reverses the system, placing the patient at the center to address not just symptoms, but the real causes of illness. It is care that is preventive, predictive and personalized. While medications frequently save lives, they are also the third leading cause of mortality in the US after heart disease and cancer due to adverse reactions.
Integrative medicine is frequently not covered by insurance and may seem somewhat expensive. But what is really costly is life long diabetes, heart disease, cancer or just getting by with low energy and a declining memory. Conventional medicine is modeled around short physician consultations lasting less than 15 minutes and ending with the doctor handing down a pill for every complaint. Our approach is more of a partnership; a consultation is usually one full hour where we understand all aspects that affect your health and life; we are the coach and you are the player. Our job is to put you on the right path but your job is to do the walking.
We use medications to treat chronic disease as a last resort after addressing lifestyle changes including a personalized diet, detoxification, hormone re-balancing, and stress reduction. We frequently check your genetic makeup to tailor the use of medications before prescribing them for you to avoid any side effects. The genetic testing requires expert interpretation, but is conducted once and is good for life.