How We Work
Our approach to patient care is built upon a solid foundation composed of six guiding principles.
1. Primum Non Nocere’ = “First Do No Harm”
This one is fairly obvious and is a variation of a phrase used by the “Father of Medicine”, Hippocrates. We would certainly never do anything that might potentially cause you harm. We promise!
2. Docere’ = “Doctor as Teacher”
The word Doctor originates from the Latin word Docere’, which means teacher. See there, hopefully we just taught you a little something! We make a commitment to spend extended, quality time with every patient to answer any questions they might have and to teach them about their condition, what may have caused it, how to prevent it in the future, and what treatment options are available. Our goal is to help you to help yourself as much as possible.
Thomas Edison quote: “The Doctor of the future will give no medicine. Instead he will interest his patient in diet, in the care of the human frame and in the cause and prevention of disease”. Indeed!
3. Tolle Causum = “Treat the Root Cause”
We always make every effort possible to discover, treat and resolve the true, underlying cause or causes of your condition. There is always a root cause and you can be sure that your condition was not caused by a deficiency of a Rx drug! For example, did you know that prolonged stress can contribute to indigestion and constipation and make it difficult to lose weight? Or that drinking to much soda can contribute to osteoporosis? Or that food allergies can cause fatigue, irritability and eczema? Most medical treatments merely mask symptoms without treating the root cause. This approach, while helpful to manage symptoms, may require you to take those Rx drugs for the rest of your life! Is that what you want? If not, let us help you to Treat the Root Cause.
4. Vis Medicatrix Naturae = “The Healing Power of Nature”
This is not rocket science, nor is it voodoo! It is a fundamental reality that the human body was designed to be healthy and it has an innate ability to heal itself if it has the tools necessary to complete the job. What are those tools? They are vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, carbohydrates, proteins, oxygen, water and other elements. You can get all of those things by making healthful dietary and lifestyle choices.
Have you ever accidentally cut yourself? Had an open wound that caused pain, bled, and became red and puffy? Who hasn’t? After cleaning the wound and applying a bandaid, the majority of wounds will usually heal all by themselves! It’s not magic or voodoo. It is The Healing Power of Nature!
We can help you accomplish the same thing with acute and chronic diseases because most diseases are not simply random events. They usually result from imbalances, deficiencies or excesses, and once corrected, The Healing Power of Nature takes over!
5. Prevanarae = “Prevention is the Best Medicine”
We like to encourage and empower people to take the appropriate steps and actions necessary to prevent illness and disease from occurring in the first place. But what does that mean exactly? Imagine that your body is similar to a vegetable garden. Before you plant any seeds, you’d nurture the soil by making sure it has all of the nutrients it needs. You would also remove any potentially harmful or unneccessary items like rocks, weeds and bugs, and then you’d plant the seeds. But there is still more work to do. You’d manage sun exposure, keep the soil properly hydrated, pull weeds and each day you’d pay attention to anything that might prevent your garden from healthfully growing. Being proactive will help ensure that those seeds grow into healthy, nutritious plants that in turn would help to nourish your human soil. “Keeping Well Beats Getting Well”.
6. Tolle Totum = “Treat the Whole Person”
The human body is greater than the sum of its parts. We are not just physical beings. We are mental (thinking), emotional (feeling) and spiritual beings as well. Everything that we think and feel can have a direct impact upon our physical self. Anger is an emotion that increases heart rate and blood pressure which if left untreated can lead to hypertension and heart disease. Too much thinking can lead to stress, insomnia, and ultimately fatigue, which in turn can lead to sugar or caffeine to perk up or alcohol to calm down. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. We work with you to ensure that each link in your chain is a strong as it can be.