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Treatment Modalities

Treatment Modalities

Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease. It is a science-based field of health care that is grounded in the following principles:

  • Biochemical individuality describes the importance of individual variations in metabolic function that derive from genetic and environmental differences among individuals
  • Patient-centered medicine emphasizes "patient care" rather than "disease care," following Sir William Osler’s admonition that "It is more important to know what patient has the disease than to know what disease the patient has"
  • Dynamic balance of internal and external factors
  • Web-like interconnections of physiological factors – an abundance of research now supports the view that the human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other. For example, we now know that immunological dysfunctions can promote cardiovascular disease, that dietary imbalances can cause hormonal disturbances, and that environmental exposures can precipitate neurologic syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease
  • Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance health span

Functional medicine is anchored by an examination of the core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions. Those imbalances arise as environmental inputs such as diet, nutrients (including air and water), exercise, and trauma are processed by one’s body, mind, and spirit through a unique set of genetic predispositions, attitudes, and beliefs.
The fundamental physiological processes include communication, both outside and inside the cell; bioenergetics, or the transformation of food into energy; replication, repair, and maintenance of structural integrity, from the cellular to the whole body level; elimination of waste; protection and defense; and transport and circulation. The core clinical imbalances that arise from malfunctions within this complex system include:

  • Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances
  • Oxidation-reduction imbalances and mitochondropathy
  • Detoxification and biotransformational imbalances
  • Immune imbalances
  • Inflammatory imbalances
  • Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances
  • Structural imbalance

Wholistic Nutrition

Wholistic Nutrition looks at a person with the recognition that each of us is different and requires different amounts of protein, fats, vitamins, and other nutrients to help his body reach maximum energy levels and overall physical and emotional health

Our body is designed to work synergistically, working in harmonious cooperation to create a delicate balance. The synergetic action of the food we eat, the water we drink and the many other life style choices we make on a daily basis determine the over all health of our bodies.

Holism (or Synergism) is the simultaneous actions of separate agencies, which together have a greater effect than the sum of their individual effects. Think of it this way: one man standing alone on a baseball field can only throw the ball for him self, however with the help of the whole team they can win the game and even the world series. This is how all the individual aspects of our body functions and daily dietary routines work in synergy: either struggling alone to fight a battle or working as a team to maintain balance and health. The goal is to use nature’s healing power to address the needs of the whole person. With the understanding that prevention is the best way to maintain health and wellness.

The basic principles of Wholistic nutrition are:

  • Eating whole unrefined foods, as close as possible to their natural state
  • Eating a wide variety of local foods in their season
  • Eating a diet that promoted longevity in your ancestors
  • Eating according to the needs of your own unique biochemistry

Healthy eating habits do not have to be boring, restrictive or bland. Herbs, spices and condiments are used to flavor foods and to create tasty, satisfying and healthy dishes. I strongly believe that a diet based on natural, organic, wholesome food, consumed in balance will provide the nutrients that you need to keep degenerative and chronic disease at bay, restore optimal health, internal balance, and help you manifest the life that you were meant to live.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine - Milk Thistle

Herbal medicine is a clinical modality based upon using plant derived medicines as therapeutic tools. It is one of the oldest methods of healing on the planet with a history of over 100,000 years of continuous use.

Herbs are not drugs, and herbal medicine is not based upon the premises of mainstream biomedicine with its disease/pathology centered approach. Botanical medicine is an individual-centered therapeutic art, based upon an understanding of the vital force and its inherent healing properties, with a deep passion and respect for the gifts of plant medicines. The underlying tenet of Wholistic Herbalism is to treat the person, not the disease. Thus when we practice Herbalism we attempt to treat the whole person, body, mind and spirit as well as operating within the recognized influence of family, community and society. We address diet, exercise, stress management, lifestyle and relationship issues and other individual concerns as well as the general disease states and particular pathologies that people present with. Wholistic approach of herbal medicine acknowledges its ancestry in the wisdom of wise women, shaman and itinerant healers, as well as the great documented traditions of Chinese, Ayurvedic, Unani, Greco-Roman, and European Eclectic Medicine.

Herbal medicine is proven effective in assisting the body to heal from an amazing variety of complaints and diseases. Professional Clinical Herbalists can be of assistance in many health concerns from simple coughs and colds to more serious conditions. Herbs may be especially effective in chronic conditions and in cases requiring tonic, nourishing and revitalizing medicines.

Herbs supports the life force in a unique way, that is still, in some ways, a mystery. Herbs are effective because plants, like all living organisms, are imbued with the same vital intelligent life force that aminates the human body. When the right herb is used by n experienced practitioner its vital life force works synergistically with that of the person, bringing deep healing in many levels. New science has allowed us to research plant life in way never before imagined, to discover, research and document thousands of compounds. Nevertheless, we may never fully understand in a fully scientific way how herbs help us heal. The spirit of herbal medicine is the foundation of my work. With each day that pass I am drawn deeper into the world of plants that so humbly exists as our food and medicine.

Flower Essences

Flower Essences

Flower essences are dilute extracts of various types of flowers and plants. They are similar to homeopathic remedies in that they are diluted and potentized to make them more effective. Flower essences are not to be confused with essential oils (which are a very concentrated, and usually should not be ingested)

The person who first developed the original flower remedies was Dr. Edward Bach, a famous English physician. He developed the Bach Flower Remedies and devoted the last years of his life to researching and developing his remedies, from 1930 onwards. Dr. Bach believed that diseases of the body come about as a result of imbalances or negativity at the level of the soul, and by correcting the problem healing would result and the body would heal on all levels.

Flower remedies and essences have many and varied uses, Flower essences can help us recognize, resolve, or release different conditioned ways of perceiving the world and can help us experience greater well-being and harmony in our lives. By creating harmony within us, we often notice distinct changes in ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Flower essences do not overwhelm or force something to happen. They do, however, help us become conscious of things that are already happening with ourselves. As a result, sometimes we may have an awareness with which we are uncomfortable.

The essences affect a shift in consciousness, and each person may experience the effects differently. To recognize how they are working, it is necessary to observe our inner state. The more attuned we are to our inner life; the easier it is to recognize the flower essence's effects.

Subsequent to Bach's work other Flower Essence Societies have been formed and remedies have been developed in other areas of the world, among them are the: California Flower Essences society, The Alaskan Flower Essence society, The Australian Bush flower essences the Desert and many others. I was trained with Jane Bell the co-founder of the Alaskan Flower essences society and in the use of the California flower essences.