There is a gap in modern medicine today. Conventional doctors, though necessary and useful, lack the tools needed to help people achieve true and lasting healing. Conventional doctors treat symptoms, but they do not seek to uncover the root causes of the disease. They liberally distribute medications, but they do not use diet and lifestyle changes to help people heal. They treat the disease, but not the unique person. And most doctors spend very little time interacting with their patients. They don't have enough time to develop a trusting relationship with their patients or understand their unique health challenges. These shortcomings of conventional doctors leaves a huge gap in the healthcare world. And it is my mission to fill this gap by using the power of functional nutrition!
Here are the five key strategies that I use to help people heal:
1. Uncover the root cause(s)
Symptoms of health problems are branches that stem from deeper roots. I don't simply cover up the symptoms of the disease. I work to uncover the root cause(s) of the disease. I dig deep to discover the many roots that may be manifesting themselves as various symptoms. Often the root causes of disease are poor digestion or gut dysbiosis, genetics, inflammation, and stress. Many times certain infections and health problems can exist as both symptoms and root causes. I always try to uncover the deepest root causes that will then result in the vanishing of symptoms.
2. Detailed assessment
Before starting my treatment plan, I take a detailed assessment of your health history. I have you complete a form that outlines your family history of disease, current diet, allergies, food sensitivities, medications, sleep habits, and much more. I also have you complete a timeline which charts the chronological progression of your current health problems. These assessment tools allow me to understand your unique story and the factors that surround your current health status. This gives me the context of your disease and helps guide me to a more effective treatment plan.
3. Starting with the non-negotiables
I always start my treatment with what I call the non-negotiables of health. These non-negotiables include
sleep, blood sugar balance, exercise, hydration, and bowel movements. These are the pillars of good health.
These are the foundational habits that must be established before moving onto more advanced protocol.
Establishing these foundational health practices often results in the disappearance of some symptoms and helps make advanced treatment more effective.
Every person has a unique physiology and symbiosis. Thus, everyone will respond differently to each treatment. Each person will have slightly different reactions to food, herbs, supplements, and essential oils. One person may receive significant symptomatic relief from using peppermint essential oil, while another
person experience a worsening of symptoms from using this oil. Thus, treatment must be tailored to each person's unique needs and responses. Treatment must be designed for the person, not the disease. It is only by using this individual approach that one can achieve effective healing.
5. Therapeutic partnership
I am not interested in simply treating disease. I am aiming to help people who are suffering. Thus, I seek to establish a trusting relationship with each client. I take time to listen to each person's story and understand their unique needs. I listen to each client's fears, concerns, and goals. I try to work with each person to develop a treatment plan instead of just working for them. This allows each client to experience more freedom and control in their journey to healing.