Health: A Systems Approach from a Bio-Medical Perspective
I have meandered around the nutrition and natural health field for awhile, however I'll complete my masters in FCS with a secondary teaching certification (Ed) from the college of Human Sciences at ISU in December. I am not one to hear something and immediately fall prey to the persuasive speech of a sales pitch and am very skilled at saying NO. The conference I went to was not a sales pitch, but there were people there who would like my business. As I listened to the speakers I looked for the basic underlying beliefs of the concept(s) presented, which was on dietary and alternative therapies for treating chrinic illnesses, my reason for attending was to know more about ADD, ADHD, and Autism.
A bit more about me: My family chooses a traditional acute care physician as well as a "Naturopathic Doctor" who completed eight years of accredited ed schooling, but also received "doctorate" level training in naturalopathy. I say it like this because many people out there calling themself "Doctor", like the well known author of the MAKER'S DIET, Jordan Rubin, who did not complete a doctorate degree in which a liscence to practice in any given state is required. Yes, he has something important to say (some of the things) and I agree with the naturopathic philospohy, but not a deception about the qualifications of a person I trust with my very health. Fortunately, after an expensive lawsuit for which he was fined, he can no longer use the letters "M.D" behind his name.
The speaker at the conference also agreed with the naturalopathic philosophy common to any practioner of this nature (treat the whole person), but I found the following additional thoughts in which the presenting doctor (MD - Wisconsin state liscensed medical doctor and naturalopathic certifcation) bases his practice upon. I think it is important to share this first so that I don't sound like my feet were removed from planet earth when I describe his theory of disease process and some of the methods of treatment he uses:
- Systems Approach: We are a three part being: Mind, Body, and Spirit (or another way this has been said we are a spirit, we live in a body, and we have a mind/will/choice). You cannot treat one aspect without considering the others in balance. If your body doesn't work right, your mind or spirit may have issues and all combinations of this are also true... balance is key. I'm a teacher at heart, so I must resist further explanation of what the terms and application of Mind, Body, and Spirit means.
- Bio-Medical: Every cell in our body is capable of renewal and is designed to heal itself, within a short number of years every cell in your body will be replaced and renewed. With chronic illness, the goal is to find out what is stopping this natural biological process and getting rid of it (the medical is to works to support the body in it's own natural process). The idea here is that healing takes place from the inside out , NOT the outside in like traditional, acute care medicene does. Note here that acute care medicene is important, if we break a leg we want it set and pain meds until we heal! However, when the problem is ongoing and reoccuring (chronic), acute care does not work. Acute care also deals with immediate symptoms of a disease (diabetes/ insulin, etc) but does not work towards a cure. Bio-medical practictioners desire work with the person to correct the underlying issues, not the acute/ immediate symptoms.
- Einstein' Theory that energy and matter are dual expressions of the same substance tells us that every cell in our body is energy based. Scientists have recorded energy vibrations... they are real. A tree emits energy vibrations (yes, slow ones) as well as an MRI body scan machine which emits very fast ones. These energy vibrations can be recorded and have been recorded. Every cell in our body emits these vibrations, they are similar to the feeling you may get when you read my blog and feel the love and foodie vibrations coming from it. It may make you may want to run to the kitchen overcome by the passion and power of my cells emitting this vibe to make food of your own. Okay, my example is a bit far fetched but you get the point. Another, better example... if you are around a person who has a very postive attitude and outlook on life, it can affect you and you may have a more positive attitude for the day which goes along with the expression, "Hang around with the people you want to be like." OF IMPORTANT NOTE: A sick or diseased cell also emits and energy vibration. The nuerotransmitters in our brain emits energy vibrations, just like the nuero transmitters in our "gut" .... did you know that there are more nuerotransmitters in our gut than in our brain.... thus the need to "go with your gut reaction!"
Dr Hick's of the above linked office was the key speaker at the conference I went to.
(Although I learned alot form the presenter, the presenters wife (diet counselor) was not veg friendly, but she had reasons for this.... I suppose, we all have reasons for believing things. They just aren't very good ones sometimes! So, NOTE with me here as we all say in unison: "Protein is important! Not all protein comes from a 1/2 a cow purchased in a year, even if it is organic." And besides that fact, it is not good for my body and my son tests highly allergic to it!)
Oh NO! I have to get onto some other business today... I will keep writing about the really good things I learned and publish more to my blog tommorrow. I do have more interesting things to share!