This blog brings together the most ancient medical practices with the most recent research. I am excited to share ways in which we can be healthy. While I am trained and practice in Western Medicine, I believe that health is more than the absence of illness. We can add the perspectives of traditional Chinese Medicine and more recent research in fitness and nutrition to help our patients pursue their healthiest lifestyles.
While there is a place for standard Western protocols in medical treatment, we can also incorporate more organic, natural healing techniques to address physical, mental and emotional dysfunction. As a physician, when I evaluate a person as an integrated whole, I have at hand a broad variety of interventions to address that individual person’s imbalance. In Western Medicine, we respond mostly to symptoms and focus on fixing the problem; in traditional Chinese Medicine, we focus mostly on the causes, facilitating balance and harmony within the body to allow healing to happen. We can benefit from integrating both modern knowledge and traditional wisdom.
Currently, in my practice I am finding that my more than 20 years of experience studying weight management, fitness and nutrition gives me an additional perspective that has proven to be very helpful to my patients. A significant portion of my practice is made up of people who have been referred to me specifically for fitness and weight management. I am seeing that as I educate people and help them manage their health, many other areas of their lives improve. At the same time, my patients continue to teach me. I am hoping that with this blog, I can share some of what I am learning in my ongoing studies and in my practice.