Possible Answers for: Autism, Motor-Neuron, Endocrine, Lymphatic, Auto-Immune, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular and Digestive Disorders.
This post is introductory. It lets the reader know the type and quality of "Health Insights" to expect from CQ Integrative Health. We aim to provide an accurate and honest understanding of the healthcare landscape and its options but spend most of our time talking about healthcare that attempts to solve the root problem of whatever is ailing you. At CQ Integrative Health we integrate conventional medicine, functional medicine, and naturopathic medicine. Conventional medicine for us is used more supplementary because you already have hundreds of doctors to choose from to provide this type of care. Most of our emphasis is on natural approaches such as functional medicine. We focus more on the amazing power your body has to heal when supported correctly. For some, this can mean fewer or no prescriptions. For others, it is attempting to tackle the root of chronic and auto-immune issues, even if probabilities of success are low. It isn't easy, and there aren't promises, but after 40 years we can attest that the possible results are well worth it.
One example is autism. Healthcare is still in its infancy in solving autism. There are really no concrete conclusions when it comes to remedies and treatments from either the conventional or alternative approaches. This is why, if anybody wants to see any progress and improvement for their son or daughter, an open mind is required.
For parents that are still looking, there are thousands of success stories. The challenge is you may find more options than you have time or money to explore. One could pursue any one, or all of the approaches listed below, and possibly get results. We certainly don't have all the answers. However, in the past twenty years working with thousands of children with autism, I have seen impact through the natural treatments I provide these children on the spectrum. With results ranging from none to exceptional. The same goes for motor-neuron diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. I have seen higher comfort levels with allergies, better management of hormones, stronger immune systems, and overall better health. I am an MD, licensed to practice as a general family doctor. In 40 years of practice, I haven't seen or tried it all, but have come as close to achieving such a status as probably anybody. This has always been a work of love and never-ending pursuit to do better for my patients. To say to a patient, "nothing more can be done," is neither acceptable for me or them. I hope my experience shared through "Health Insights" will give you enough insight to steer you in a solid direction for your unique health care needs.
So is integrative medicine better? The answer is simple. We don't reject but integrate conventional medicine and provide much more.
Time to Develop a Better Understanding of Your Healthcare Options
Conventional medicine uses the scientific method to determine expected outcomes. This method involves double-blind, placebo-controlled studies designed to help predict beneficial and adverse outcomes. The results have high probabilities of success in treating symptoms, and broad-ranging impact across ages and demographics. Despite such success and studies, adverse outcomes, also known as side effects, can result. In fact, the greatest impetus for the rise in Alternative therapies has been the adverse effects of so-called science proven therapies. Or the potentially unsatisfying answer that there is nothing more that can be done than take a prescription.
For alternative therapies the effects are anecdotal, popularized through the experiences of those who have previously used the therapies. Some alternative therapies use well-established concepts and precepts of science and their effects deduced from known science. Conventionalists argue that alternative methods are unscientific, denying the anecdotal and scientific deductions of Alternative therapies. This attitude has infected both conventionalists and alternative therapy practitioners. That is why it is imperative that patients research their options, their providers, the therapies they choose and understand the sources of these therapies, themselves.
Below is a list of well-known alternative approaches. For some of these, there is a large practical and philosophical overlap. You may even hear some say that two of the established approaches or philosophies are the same thing. To make things more confusing, definitions for the same alternative approach can vary greatly. Without perfect agreement on definitions, I will attempt to provide succinct and clear definitions of our philosophy and approach, so you know what to expect with CQ Integrative Health. Subsequent posts to "Health Insights" will include explanations of each of these, so that you will have a better framework to help you make sense of it all.
With each approach, there are some common themes. One of these is... "to listen to your body." With these methodologies you will experience less of an expert/patient relationship, and more of a guide/patient partnership. This is essential if a practitioner is to find the root cause of your pain, condition, issue, and other undesirable symptoms. This "finding the root cause" is another common theme, and for you there will be ample Q&A and discovery through conversation. Each method can claim tens of thousands and even millions of beneficiaries who are feeling better and healthier because of their existence. Collectively over hundreds of years, the beneficiaries must range in the hundreds of millions. These aren't patients that come just once and move on, but patients who return again and again because they value the results.
List of Alternative Healthcare Methodologies
CULTURAL TRADITIONAL TYPES:
Chinese· Korean· Mongolian· Tibetan· Unani·Siddha· Ayurveda
WHOLE MEDICAL SYSTEMS - COMBINED TYPES:
Mind-body interventions (Biological, Manipulative)
FREQUENCY ENERGY TYPES:
Electrical Acupuncture According to Voll