Where do you want to be in ten years?
I’d like to be alive myself, in every sense of the word, not just surviving. I work with patients and their families to help them maintain and improve their health. I do not consider “getting old” or “just live with it” to be a plan for continued health and well-being.
- Plan for ten years.
I always keep the big picture of your overall health in mind. My goal is for you to be healthier ten years out. The goal doesn’t change because of your diagnosis. We work with what we have, and hope to make improvements. Looking ten years out means not relying on medication, supplements, or any short term solution. We work with lifestyle, diet, and education to help you be better long after you’ve forgotten my name.
- Look at options and find a better, easy-to-reach goal.
The reason I write books is because there is so much to cover. Genetics, epigenetics (how the genes are expressed), lifestyle, stresses, exposures, diet, exercise, all of these play a part in how you got where you are. All hold a part of how to improve your life going forward. The goal of each individualized book is to make the changes clear and simple. We work together to make a program for you that covers everything we know about your illness.
- Address current concerns, looking out ten years.
If you have a current complaint or group of complaints, we need to address that concern now and into the future. Rather than depending on drugs, I acknowledge and work with the body’s own ability to heal. I treat the whole person, not just the illness. Under my care, people take responsibility for their own health and happiness.
Together, I believe we can improve your overall quality of life.
There are three areas that I have uncommon success.
1) Multiple symptoms that don’t match a specific diagnosis. Rather than treating three diseases, we need to treat one whole process.
2) A real second opinion. Unless your doctor has told you about functional medicine, Chinese medicine, and Ayurvedic medicine, you haven’t gotten the whole picture of treatment options.
3) Chronic pain that defies diagnosis. If you have pain, but lack visible organic illness, it is likely that your current doctors think that pain is mental rather than physical. My own view is that the body holds and maintains physical pain as a response to chronic stress.
Here are links to specific diagnoses and my thoughts on them. These give a sense of how I think about illness. These links will take you to my blog.
If you have a general question about an illness, I answer questions when I’m able on Quora.