Recently, a mother brought her daughter into our office previously diagnosed with schizophrenia. This beautiful young lady was so heavily medicated during our initial appointment that she could barely keep her head off of my desk and was challenged to answer simple questions during our interview.
After some specialized testing, we began treatment focused upon functional medicine concepts and within one short week, the “lights began to come back on.” As the weeks progressed, we continued to slowly decrease her medications while providing her with much needed nutrients both orally and intravenously.
The results have been nothing short of miraculous! The following is a verbatim testimonial provided by this patients mother.
“I am writing this letter of recommendation to anyone who has a loved one diagnosed with schizophrenia or any kind of mental illness.
I have a 23 year old daughter who has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, bipolar and SMI (severely mentally ill). Because Brittany would hear voices telling her to hurt herself or others, she would cut herself or overdose on medication to end her life. When we would talk to her she would say she didn’t want to hurt herself, but she couldn’t bear the voices any longer.
At the time Brittany started seeing Dr. Hampton she was taking 17 pills a day and was going in and out of mental hospitals so often that the state was going to put her in a group home for the mentally ill.
Three months ago Brittany started seeing Dr. Hampton. Through IV treatments, protein drinks and supplements, Dr. Hampton has her down to 5 pills a day with the hope she’ll be completely pill free and completely healed some day.
Brittany now has more energy and isn’t sleeping her life away. The voices are gone and she even went on a family trip to Disneyland, something she never could have done before Dr. Hampton’s treatments.
I once again urge anyone who has a family member or loved one like my daughter to please give Dr. Hampton a call. My call to him changed Brittany, mine and my family’s life.”
Cynthia L. Kaufman
Behind every progressive spirit stands a thousand men to guard the past.
I’m pleased to report that we are settling into our new office and we love it! We now have more space to provide educational classes, presentations and new services. We’ll also be offering group and individual stress management programs to help provide much needed balance into peoples’ excessively busy and active lives.
We still provide acupuncture, IV therapy, detoxification and many other natural alternatives to prescription drugs including far infrared sauna and whole body vibration.
Remember, disease and illness are not caused by a lack of medication!
Although symptom management will always be important and we always strive to manage symptoms with medication as needed or through more healthful and natural means, our primary focus is to identify and resolve the underlying cause or causes of illness and disease rather than merely medicating it.
Feel free to stop by and check out our new space and keep a look out for regular new events coming soon! We’ll keep you posted!
Yours in Health,
Wellness is one of those words that generates a variety of definitions depending upon who you ask. Webster’s dictionary defines wellness as “the fact or condition of being in maximum physical and mental health.”
Webster’s is an invaluable resource, however that definition is rather limited given that two important components are missing! Those components are 1) emotional, and 2) spiritual. Wellness is about balance and four components generally provide greater balance than two.
Let’s use a table as an example. In order for a table to achieve optimal strength, balance and stability, each of the four legs must be of equal length and possess similar strength. If one leg is longer, shorter or weaker than the others, poor balance and instability will surely result. Who hasn’t sat at a wobbly table in a restaurant that required a make shift wedge to temporarily create balance?
Imagine that one leg of the table is constructed from “Physical” materials and another leg is made of “Mental” components. The other two legs are individually composed of “Emotional” and “Spiritual” materials.
Before a person can be considered truly well, or to have complete wellness, it is essential that equal attention be paid to each leg of the table. It is well known that medical care in the United States spends the majority of its time and expense on the “Physical” leg of the table with little or no attention being applied to the remainder of the legs. By default, this approach leads to imbalance and a lack of wellness.
This default approach is preferred in the world of crisis management and emergency medicine as any physical injury or insult rightfully takes precedence. However, this default approach is of little benefit to the millions of people suffering from chronic illness and disease.
Therefore, true lasting wellness results from crafting, cultivating and nurturing each leg of that table.
The “Physical” leg of the table represents our physical body, with all of its complex components and circuitry in the form of tissues, organs, glands and vessels. The current dominant medical model in the U.S. focuses primarily upon the removal, repair or replacement of components and circuitry. Advances in this area have been nothing short of miraculous and certainly many thousands of people have reaped the benefit of those technological advances.
Unfortunately for millions of people, as the majority of energy and resources are applied to the “Physical” leg, the other three legs of the table are frequently ignored or considered less important.
Consider the “Mental” leg of the table which accounts for how people “think” about everything; themselves, others and their environment. Thoughts are pure energy. They are powerful beyond measure. What we we think on a daily basis has a direct impact upon our digestion, blood pressure, body temperature and pulse rate just to name a few. A single thought can make us fearful, jealous, happy, sad, depressed or anxious. In this light, to think is to create. We have the ability, consciously or not, to alter our personal biochemistry and physiology by the mental power that is thought.
On a similar note, the “Emotional” leg of the table reflects how we “feel” about things. Generally, our feelings are the result of life experiences and can be greatly influenced by our thoughts and our physical status. If our body is performing poorly, we may feel despondent about current limitations which ultimately can result in adrenal and thyroid dysfunction, indigestion, depression, anxiety, fatigue and insomnia.
When people feel poorly, their diet generally becomes less healthy, activity levels tend to decrease and socialization and interaction with others becomes limited or strained. When these lifestyle and behavioral changes occur, the common diseases of modern Western civilization tend to become more frequently diagnosed. Diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, allergies, asthma and many others can result when we feel poorly.
The fourth and final leg of the table is “Spiritual”. This relates to a persons “belief” in something or someone who is generally perceived to be much more grand and omnipresent than us mere mortals. It is not important whether one believes in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddism, Latter Day Saints or any of the many other distinguished conventional and less than conventional religious or spiritual belief systems.
The important thing is that we believe in something! The important thing is that we feel connected to people and places through a particular belief system. The connections and bonds created through the participation and belief in theological or spiritual programs results in directed and purposeful thoughts and feelings. This ultimately will result in varying degrees of inner peace, less depression and anxiety, and more energy and vitality.
Are you ignoring one or more legs on your table? If so you may benefit from some routine maintenance. Give each of the legs of your table some extra attention and see if you don’t experience greater balance and wellness.
In summary, wellness may be better defined as “having health, balance and synergy between and within the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms of human experience.”
I hope you enjoy exploring your new table of wellness.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Eric Hampton
Many of us will experience some tiredness, fatigue, head or body aches and won’t give it too much thought. We’ll blame it on too much work, play or stress and not enough sleep or too much junk food.
But what about the people who are routinely tired even though they sleep long hours? What about the people who have body aches or headaches without suffering a specific injury? What about the people who are chronically ill or just don’t feel as good as they want to?
The facts are that conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Headaches and other mysterious chronic illnesses have become some of the leading reasons people visit a doctor. Unfortunately, frustration is rapidly rising among this population as they are repeatedly told by their doctor that “the tests are normal” or “I can’t find anything wrong with you.”
There clearly must be something wrong or else a visit to the doctor wouldn’t have been considered necessary in the first place! The problem is that most doctors are so focused on symptom management that they frequently forget that there is actually a reason for their patients’ complaints. And those reasons are certainly not due to a deficiency of medication!
Aside from the stress of living our very busy lives, what is causing all of the CFS, FM and other mysterious, chronic health issues? Poor nutrition and Toxins! Our generation is the first in human history to be exposed to an unprecedented amount of chemicals in our food, air, water, soil and environment.
These toxins include but are not limited to artificial flavors and preservatives in food and beverages, chemicals in shampoo, lotions, perfumes, household cleaning products, mold at home or work and airborne pollution from machines and factories. Additionally, the medications that are routinely prescribed contain numerous compounds that can be injurious to many cells altering their ability to function normally resulting in many unwanted side effects.
Every tissue, organ and gland in our body is affected by the daily onslaught of toxic exposure that can often result in dysfunction within our body.
For example, the liver can lose its ability to effectively detoxify or remove harmful substances from the body. The blood can become thick with metabolic waste material reducing the delivery of helpful nutrients to cells in favor of waste material The adrenal glands are often forced to work overtime resulting in more fatigue and stress.
The brain can suffer from low oxygen and poor nutrition resulting in anxiety, depression, mood swings, poor memory, confusion and brain fog. The intestines frequently won’t eliminate waste material in a timely and efficient manner resulting in malabsorption, yeast over growth, and other gastrointestinal problems.
These are only a few examples of the problems created by even limited exposure to toxins. Don’t despair however, because help is available. Several methods of detoxification are currently available that will encourage the removal of toxins while nourishing your body to perform at a higher level.
Four primary steps are most effective at improving health through the removal of toxins. These four steps are I.D.N.S..
1. Identify: by utilizing your medical history, physical exams and specific lab tests, we can more clearly define what toxins are present and what bodily systems are being affected.
2. Detoxify: This is the process by which we encourage the removal of toxins via the lungs, liver, colon, kidneys and skin.
3. Nutrify: Here we provide your body with the nutrients it requires and may be deficient in.
4. Standby: Do not over treat! Once we have followed the first three steps, we can stand by and allow your body the opportunity to regenerate and rejuvenate.
If you are tired, fatigued or just don’t seem to feel as energetic or vital as you once did, think about giving IDNS a try. It has helped many hundreds of people when other methods proved unsuccessful.
Yours in Health,
“If medication were a solution for illness and disease, most illness and disease would have been eradicated years ago.”