Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Almost every patient I see reminds me of the urgent need for a change in patient care. I have chosen to practice with an integrative focus which balances alternative and complementary treatments with conventional therapies. I find myself constantly explaining why I am not just giving a medication to stop a symptom. However, my patients quickly become aware and empowered with knowledge about their own health and healthcare. They experience healing of underlying disease rather than just a quieting of the symptoms that they express. The rash goes away when the allergy or inflammation is discovered and eliminated. The IBS is resolved when the dysbiosis is addressed. The weight loss happens when the hormonal or blood sugar balance is restored. And the list goes on. Patients also learn that often there are a number of conditions that can cause a set of symptoms and comprehensive, individualized diagnostic approaches are the best way to provide the personalized care that patients require to address their unique health care needs. So how do we get there?
1. Annual comprehensive laboratory tests and consistent follow-up care
2. Restore wellness by addressing imbalances in all aspects of health: social, mental/emotional, and physical health
3. Work with your doctor to explore all the treatment options available to you and identify the risks and benefits of each
4. Find a provider that is willing to discuss your health care plan with you and listens to your questions and concerns
Creating an open relationship with your health care provider while becoming proactive in your own medical care will lead you in the right direction for obtaining optimal therapeutic results.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor: http://www.altmd.com/Specialists/Dr-Kristy-Appelhans-NMD/Blog/What-is-a-Naturopathic-Doctor
Personal Choice in Health Care: http://www.altmd.com/Specialists/Dr-Kristy-Appelhans-NMD/Blog/Personal-Choice-in-Health-Care