The purpose of MindBody Medicine Center is to provide medical care which educates and empowers people to reverse disease using the using the fundamental healing principles of mindbody medicine. The Center represents the convergence of the best of traditional medical practice with the emerging science of integrative medicine, thereby providing a much needed alternative to the outdated medical model which focuses on treating disease with drugs and surgery.
Mindbody medicine consists of:
The best treatment for disease is the promotion of health. In order to promote, or restore, the natural wisdom of the body you need to consider what the body is made of, which is vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and biologic co-factors, and more. Just as you cannot repair a car with airplane parts, you cannot repair the body with drugs which are foreign to its natural design. Drugs can reduce symptoms but they seldom heal.
Using proper diet and nutrients you can reverse common diseases. Other tools for health promotion include herbal remedies and medication as well as exercise and other lifestyle considerations, and, Consciousness is a governing influence on the body and this truth is often ignored in conventional medical practice. The mind and body are one and regaining health often depends on understanding how to reduce stress, express emotions responsibility and live life in a creative and fulfilling manner.
We need to understand the message of disease using a variety of psychobiological therapies, such as counseling, education, improving brain chemistry (neurotransmitters), biofeedback, emotional release, cognitive therapies and more.Finally, there are many scientifically proven and effective therapies, including acupuncture and Chinese medicine, integrative massage therapy, and more which help to balance the body and mind, thus restoring health.The need for change in American medical care has never been greater.
Consider the following facts:
- According to the US Department of health and Human Services, “we are in the midst of a chronic disease epidemic of unparalleled proportions.”
- More than 125 million Americans, 57% of the population over the age of 18 years, live with chronic diseases.
- In 2007, more than half (51%) of American children and adults were taking one or more prescription drugs for a chronic condition, up from 47% in 2005.
- In the USA healthcare costs us 1.4 trillion dollars annually, which is 14% of our current overall budget. This amount is expected to double in the next 8 years to 3 trillion dollars. In spite of this enormous expense, the United States ranks 12th out of 13 industrial nations recently compared using 16 health indicators, such as life expectancy and age-adjusted mortality.
- Chronic disease accounts for about 75% of health care costs each year.
- According to BMJ Clinical Evidence, an international peer reviewed medical journal which reviews medical treatments for clinical effectiveness, only 13% are rated as beneficial.
- “Chronic disease requires a practice of medicine quite different from that used for acute disease.”
Journal of American Medical Association 2004; 292: 1057
Chronic diseases are caused by poor diet, lack of exercise, chronic stress and other lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking. Drugs do not cure chronic diseases, they only reduce symptoms. Doctors are trained to treat the acute late stages of diseases and they pay little attention to the lifestyle and mind style issues which coalesce over time to create chronic illness in the first place.
The Center will provide a model of health care which responds to the chronic disease epidemic by shifting the focus of healthcare to health promotion and prevention. Patients receiving mindbody oriented health care, which includes proper diet, nutritional supplementation, exercise, stress management and detoxification, feel empowered as they begin to understand their illness. Most often they feel better within the first few weeks of treatment and they often resolve their medical problems and reduce their need for symptomatic medications.