Patients need to understand their bodies and how they are influenced by lifestyle, stress, sleep. They need to understand their blood work. They need to understand the long-term consequences to not eating well or exercising. They need to understand that sometimes the medications provided in allopathic, or family medicine, really is just a Band-Aid solution that can't make up for lifestyle changes that could significantly improve quality of living.
Mainstream medicine looks down on functional and integrative medicine and yet there is research to support the positive effects of these 5 crucial areas:
These are the 5 most important things to living well.
I feel what patients want more than anything is to be heard. People have many different experiences and providing health care is more than just looking at numbers or just providing medications. It is listening to patient experiences. In these experiences there are clues to patient health and wellbeing. I like helping them feel empowered to make the necessary changes to make a difference in their health care.
I like to "fix" things. I like helping people get on the path to wellness through care planning, referrals to appropriate specialists, and advocating for patients who have special needs.