Modern medicine excels in treating acute traumas, managing chronic pathologies, and handling emergency situations. Unfortunately, these same modalities are being used for long-term treatment options. In both the physical and mental health arenas, the results have been dismal. American’s healthcare system is one of the worst among developed countries and the most expensive.
Long-term symptom suppression with only medications has led many to feel like a victim, dependent and fearful of their own bodies.
Without addressing the root cause of a disease, one is disturbed and frightened by every ache and pain, body symptom, and discomfort that pops up. Rather than view these as signals from the body that need attention, they are viewed as something that needs to be silenced at all costs. This is what I call “whack-a-mole medicine, “and it’s not the only option.
In my preceding articles, I have explained how naturopathic and functional medicine doctors can be the integrative, holistic agents of change that are needed to address these gaps in conventional medical care. Naturopathic medicine and functional medicine doctors are exquisitely trained as wellness, preventative health, and chronic care specialists.
These past few years have shed light on the traumas and injustices in society and healthcare that were previously “hidden.” Naturopathic, functional, and personalized medicine is a place to start the healing.
From One View to a World View in Medicine
Up to this point, I have spoken mostly on the care of the individual, but now I’d like to share how this movement is also necessary as a societal and global shift. To be truly thriving, communities, environmental interaction, and society outreach are all necessary.
In my latest article, I highlight several sessions from the recent American Association of Naturopathic Physician (AANP) conference that dealt with the theme of personalized care, bias in medicine, societal and public health, and the healing power of environmental medicine.
As you read through the summaries, consider what it would be like to live in a world where this form of medicine was readily available.
Although doctors need to make a shift in how we treat patients and clients, it is the people’s willingness to join with us that will lead to a healthier, happier, more vital, thriving world.
I am planning on making myself and my resources more accessible with upcoming opportunities.
Feel free to add your comments below.
What are your ideas to participate more in the movement?
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)