There are really two very different types of
medicines practiced in the western world; Interventive Medicine and
Integrated Medicine. Both types of medicine are extremely important and
Interventive Medicine is based on the construct
that when a person becomes ill the Interventive physician acts to manage
and/or control both the symptoms and the illness and/or disease process
using physical examination, diagnostic and laboratory testing,
medications, surgery or radiation to treat symptoms and mange the
underlying disease process. In other words, the Interventive physician
best functions when their patient is already sick or becoming sick.
The Integrative physician operates from the belief
that true prevention, preventing illness before it occurs, is the best
approach to protecting their patients. They use information, education,
life style changes such as nutrition, diet, exercise and engage the very
power of the individualís
mind to help their client-patients protect
themselves against becoming ill. When necessary they help their
client-patients heal developing conflicts before illness can ultimately
occur. The Integrative physician does not wait until their
patient is already ill, they work with their client-patients to help
them prevent illness before it can occur and to help prevent them from
becoming ill in the first place.
The greatest majority of Western physicians are
Interventive rather than Integrative physicians. At present, perhaps
this is exactly the way it should be. For the past several hundred years
physicians had little information or understanding of what disease and
illness actually were. They also had few real or school taught tools to
operate within the societies they lived. There was little information
about true prevention.
Many years ago prevention was related to water
supply and preventing greatly destructive diseases such as cholera,
typhoid, polio, rabies, yellow fever, and malaria. It is not until World
War I that we really developed even a fledgling understanding of
prevention and it was not until after World War II that any sizable
number of individuals had the means by which to pay for or even consider
While Interventive Medicine has moved unceasingly
toward modernization so have the grass roots proponents of Integrated
Medicine. Integrative Medicine has really taken off since the creation
of the internet and the ability to disseminate massive amounts of
information and knowledge. There is now an endless stream of ideas and
new understandings about prevention.
Many years ago I recognized that my head and heart
were firmly entrenched in Integrative Medicine. Repairing lacerations
and fractured bones, removing diseased organs, tumors, managing cancers
with surgery and radiation as well as managing pain with a sophisticated
medication pharmacopeia is still the bed-rock foundation of Western
But in more recent times prevention has taken on
becoming a beautiful face of alternative choices to help prevent
individuals from becoming ill or injured.
As long as we humans have physical bodies and we
are active, there will always be an important need for Interventive
Medicine but the need and call for prevention and Integrated Medicine is
rapidly on the rise and possibly by the mid portion of the 21st century,
reach a level where the average citizen will say to themselves, "Why do
I first need to get sick, in order to heal the problems I have and those
which can be prevented?"
Please understand that neither prevention nor
healing are perfect sciences. Interventive Medicine is not perfect in
that it cannot and does not save every life. Alone each type of medicine
has its faults and problems. Working together they combine to become a
much more formidable system of support to help us prevent illness,
strengthen our human core and console us in knowing that if we were to
become injured or ill, that we have a system that can take over and work
as hard as possible to return us to good health and well being. We then
can return not just to optimal health and well being, but also restart
the dynamic process of protecting ourselves through prevention of those
illnesses and problems which can be prevented and/or healed.
I am an Integrated practitioner and proud of it.
It is in this spirit that I offer my training and expertise to my
patients. I will work with them to help them first prevent possible
illness and then if they should become ill, help them heal their
illnesses rather than simply treating symptoms or waiting until their
condition has reached the state of a chronic illness.
Within my website and the twelve others I write
for, edit or manage I provide information directed at helping my readers
first prevent, next heal and if these fail, at least understand the most
appropriate and natural, drug free, surgery free methods of treating
their problems. Let us enjoy learning, growing and evolving together!