Conventional medicine is also known as allopathic, orthodox, regular and reactive medicine. It is best suited for crisis management, emergency medicine and short term management of serious symptoms and is technically not healthcare at all, rather it is “Disease” care.
Conventional medicine is the type of medicine that is promoted and utilized by the majority of the physicians and hospitals in this country. It is a system of medicine in which the use of technology, pharmaceutical drugs and surgical procedures prevail. It is a system of medicine that has introduced spectacular life saving techniques and medications to an ailing population. The advances in this area over the past fifty years or so have been nothing short of miraculous.
In fact, conventional medicine in the United States is clearly the best in the world when it comes to crisis management and emergency medicine. The use of synthetic, prescription medication is clearly needed, highly beneficial and even life saving in many circumstances.
The physicians at Arizona Prohealth recognize the value and convenience of using synthetic, prescription medications and are skilled in the management of patients using these drugs. We even use our DEA numbers and prescriptive authority to occasionally prescribe some of those drugs when absolutely necessary.
While the use of drugs is very helpful for many conditions, it has been our clinical experience that the long term use of drugs is in most cases, unnecessary. Generally speaking, most drugs suppress or block a normal biochemical process from occuring which is the primary reason why so many drugs have negative side effects. The severity of these side effects range from mild to severe and vary from drug to drug and is often dose dependant.
Whenever a prescription is written, every doctor should consider the risk/benefit ratio of each drug, for each condition, while also taking into consideration the interaction of multiple drugs when prescribed together. Regardless of the so called “safety” profile of each drug.
For example, a common problem with cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) is that they impair the liver’s ability to detoxify properly. But another problem with these drugs is that they deplete from the body a very important nutrient and anti-oxidant known as CoQ10 that is vital for many bodily functions, especially heart health. So if you are taking a statin drug, it is strongly recommended that you also supplement with CoQ10 to avoid a deficiency of this very important nutrient. The drug companies have known about this problem for a long time, that is why they have recently introduced a statin drug that contains CoQ10!
This is only one of many, many examples that could be listed, but the main point is that safe and effective options and alternatives exist for the treatment of disease and illness that do not have negative side effects. For example, did you know that plant sterols can safely and effectively lower cholesterol without harming the liver and without depleting CoQ10?
At Arizona Prohealth, we are true integrative physicians, meaning that we utilize the best therapies, treatments and prescriptions from the conventional, homeopathic and naturopathic medical models. The choices we make regarding treatment options are dependant upon each individuals specific condition and history in addition to your personal treatment preferences.
Many of our patients have used and some are currently using some form of prescription medication, but their commonality is that most have a strong desire to eliminate those drugs if they can.
Please know that many natural and healthful alternatives to many prescription medications exist that are safe and effective.
Your doctor probably doesn’t even know about alternatives and they likely would not to tell you about about them if they did.
Our primary goal is to inform and educate you about the risks and benefits of all treatment options in order for you to have the ability to make a more informed and educated decision about what you choose to put into your body.
You might be surprised to learn that those medications you have been taking for so long are not as necessary as you might think. Safe and effective options do exist.
Contact the physicians at Arizona Prohealth by giving us a call at 480-831-7970 or submit your information at “Contact Us” if you would like an AZP™ associate to contact you.