I practice holistic medicine and I’m often asked what that means. Here’s how I define it.
The Gift of Time. I set aside 90 minutes for the first visit to permit time to listen to my patient’s story. This way, I learn the many different factors influencing my patient’s well-being and can get to the root causes. I can’t do this in twelve, even 20 minutes. Sometimes a potential patient will ask why my appointments are longer than usual. I explain that my conventional medical training taught me to listen for symptoms then quickly order tests or write prescriptions. This model lets physicians see a large number of patients in a short amount of time. However, drugs and surgery silence symptoms, but rarely change the underlying disease. This never made sense to me, and I sought a different approach.
Restoring Health. I don’t fight disease. I help my patients restore … Read More