Relationships And Reliability
- 75% think healthcare has lost the personal touch.
- 67% believe insurance forces doctors to provide inferior care.
- 76% want their doctor to answer more of their questions.
- 75% want explanations of treatment and medications.
- 74% want to be treated as a person and not a disease.
The Average Patient wants 4 questions answered. Unfortunately that patient only gets an average of 1.5 questions answered.
Integral Health Center focuses on answering, educating and empowering patients to not just know what is going on, but to be active in their care, to have control over their health, and empowering them to achieve their goals.
Functional Medicine Philosophy
Primum non nocere
First do no harm.
The body is a self-healing, self- regulating organism, with an innate intelligence and capacity to maintain homeodynamics (balance of the body).
Every cell in the body affects every other cell. Recognizing the body as a holistic organism, in which all systems and functions of the body influence and are influenced by one another – a complex symphony of interrelated components that are greater than the sum of its parts.
Functional Medicine Practitioners (FMP’s) treat the whole person and their uniqueness, not the disease.
The understanding that the prevention of disease through education is the most compassionate and humane way of providing healthcare.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
We must act as leaders of education and health knowledge in our community. The Latin origin of “doctor” means to teach, and we are first and foremost health educators. The more everyone knows, the more quality health decisions will be made.
Be an Example
The principles of health that you are expected to learn must also be integrated into your everyday life. This highlights the understanding that we lead by example, and knowledge is communicated by more than just mere words. A universal law exists which states, "the teacher cannot take the student beyond what he has integrated himself," and we make it a priority to follow through on the core health principals to which we represent.
Evidence based care
Functional medicine seeks true knowledge and understanding using all resources available. Utilizing the best that science has to offer in both the natural and allopathic fields allows emerging, cutting edge research, ideas and theories to be integrated into the clinical care we provide our patients everyday.
Health is not merely the absence of disease but a fully functioning, vital, optimized, harmonized flow of all systems and organs in body, mind and spirit, working harmoniously together.
Service with Integrity
We hold ourselves to the highest moral and ethical standards. We are to be of service to the individual seeking care and expertise, not the advancement of any personal agenda or egotism.
We use natural methods of health restoration and promotion understanding the high risks and side effects associated with pharmaceutical use. Prescription medication is often needed in lifesaving situations, and is rarely needed long-term. When pharmaceutical intervention is needed, we will refer to a practitioner who may assist in the administration of appropriate, timely pharmaceutical interventions.
The doctor-patient relationship is a partnership in which participation is required by both. The goal is empowering the patient with control of their own health and decreasing the role of the doctor as much as possible. This equips the patient with an autonomous, self-sustainable tool set to maintain the level of wellness they desire.
Dedication to Improvement
We are committed to life-long learning and continuous professional education. Given the current body of knowledge and pace of scientific and clinical advancement, it is our privilege and responsibility to seek out current and cutting-edge opportunities for education to advance our knowledge and expertise in order to create and provide the most effective and rewarding experience for our patients.
We understand a wide variety of health issues and complications and how they are interrelated. Therefore, we are among the most qualified to assess and treat the majority of health conditions seen in a clinical setting. We must be able to recognize rare and non-responsive cases and coordinate care among other health professionals when necessary. We are also trained in the most cost-effective and efficacious treatments, which can potentially eliminate wasteful healthcare spending.