The Yin and Yang of Modern Medicine
I bet you have tried or currently use one or more of the integrative health support therapies listed below in your regular routine?
Some people think that integrative health is some woo woo approach to health and healing, requiring you to take herbs and think positive thoughts, and although having a positive mindset is helpful when you are facing challenges in your health, there’s a bit more too it.
The word ‘Integrative’ simply means to combine two or more things to form a result – that’s not so weird, is it? An integrative approach blends the best of western science and technology with natural practices and therapies. The goal of integrative health is to find the root cause of the illness, not just treat the symptoms currently being experienced by a patient as a result of the bodies dis-ease.
In my experience, Integrative practitioners seem to be more willing to look outside of the box and they are super detectives when it comes to unsolvable cases. Read on to find out more.
A weakened immune system is something I have struggled with my whole life. I always seemed to be suffering from one ailment or another. In 2015 my energy levels and general health were at an all-time low, I seriously thought I was going to have to give up work! On a scale of 1 to 10 my energy level was sitting at about a three (and that’s being generous). Seeking answers, naturally, I went to my local GP.
The doctor run a standard group of blood tests checking my iron, thyroid and hormone levels (the go-to test for woman in their 30s) which showed no obvious reason for my condition. I must be suffering from exhaustion he said. I knew that this wasn’t the cause, so I went to another doctor, and another, and then another, unfortunately they all had similar diagnoses.
Not one to give up, I turned to an integrative practitioner. I went along to the appointment, and in a state of desperation, I poured out my health history and the other doctors’ findings (or lack thereof). He listened attentively, asking a few questions here and there and then he asked if I would consider paying to get a specific blood test done, not covered by Medicare – YES! At this stage he didn’t explain what the test was – we could talk about it when the results come in.
The results come back and it was identified that I have a genetic condition – can you believe it?
Now I cannot change my genetic makeup, but I do have control over my lifestyle choices and environment. To support my body back to good health, and under the guidance of the practitioner, changes were made in the areas of my life that I could manage, this included diet, a detox program, removing all chemicals from my home. I also had a compound pharmacist create a daily supplement which includes all the nutrients that my system is deficient in as a result of my condition.
All changes were small but collectively they had a huge impact, not only my body, but my mind too – I wasn’t going crazy!
Remember the four doctors that said there was nothing wrong with me and suggested I must be suffering from exhaustion…..
The Yin and Yang of modern medicine
Science and technology advances provided the answer to my ongoing health challenges and integrative therapies and natural principles provided the tools to manage something which I effectively cannot change, and by respecting both elements I have been able to find balance (and energy) living with a genetic condition.
Hopefully you can now see that although the two practices sometimes seem like opposites, really, they are complementary, offering a holistic approach to patient care which considers traditional methods of prevention, root cause investigation, modern diagnostics and treatment plans, with an emphasis on patient responsibility for maintaining the integrity of one’s own health.
P.S. The genetic defect called Methylene-Tetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR for short). If you would like to read more about MTHFR click here