Has anyone had some or all of the following experiences?
- You visit with your general physician because you are concerned about something that is happening.
- Your general physician offers a diagnosis and a script for some medication.
- Or your general physician sends you to a specialist for some symptoms he cannot treat.
- The specialist asks about your symptoms and gives you a diagnosis and some medication.
- Months or years later you develop some new symptoms and visit with a different specialist for these new symptoms and obtain a diagnosis from that specialist for those symptoms – and possibly some medication.
- The different doctors do not speak to each other because each one is focused on the particular symptoms and the particular organs in which he or she has a degree.
- None of the doctors ask ‘why’ you have these symptoms. Instead they focus on ‘what’ the symptoms are. So they are not treating the cause, they are treating the result.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
So I have two questions…
The traditional approach to medicine views the body as a collection of independent organs. This is why there are different specialists that treat the diseases of the different organs. This means you could be visiting several different doctors for different symptoms and taking several different medications. But who is looking at the whole body? For example, autism is considered to be a brain problem. And yet ‘gut problems’ are seen in 90% of individuals on the autism spectrum. Food allergies seen in 36%, ‘leaky gut’ is seen in 43% and a high incidence of GI reflux is also seen in people on the autism spectrum. Dealing with these symptoms can help those with autism immensely. This means that we should be treating autism as a condition of the body that affects the brain, not a condition of the brain. Why are all doctors not looking for the causes of the symptoms?
Have you ever thought that perhaps whatever is causing the problem in one organ is the same thing that is causing the problem in another organ? And if you discover this original cause and treat it, the patient could experience total wellness.
But here’s the kicker.
Traditional doctors do not like to do this for 3 main reasons:
- If they explored the causes this would mean they could see fewer people in an hour. This means less revenue.
- It would also mean that there the one size fits all kind of medicine would no longer be applicable. In other words every patient would have a personal and customized solution. And this too takes more time.
- They would have to dramatically change everything about the way they practice medicine.
There is good news!
The practice of medicine is going through a major evolution moving from traditional medicine to systemic medicine (also called functional or integrative medicine). Systemic medicine is the fastest growing field in medicine today. It is the biggest development in science and medicine in the 21st Century. Doctors who practice systemic medicine view the body as one integrated system, not separate organs with separate diseases, treated by separate specialists. These doctors look for the root causes of disease. They have moved from:
- Being disease-centered to being patient centered.
- From disease labels and one treatment fits all to a treatment regime that is tailored, customized and personalized to address the patients unique needs and integrating best medical practices
- They use “integrative” medicine, focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use different laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines; supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, and stress-management techniques.
I have a request.
Please contact me if you know of a doctor who practices systemic / functional / integrative medicine in Dallas. I would love to meet them.