Words like “alternative”, “holistic”, & “integrative” are often used synonymously. But here’s a little breakdown:
Western Medicine, also called modern or conventional medicine, treats symptomatically with prescription/synthetic drugs & invasive surgeries. Conventional medicine has labeled over 10,000 diseases, which western doctors believe are caused mostly by germs/genetics.
Alternative Medicine includes a more gentle/natural approach to wellness (diet, exercise, acupuncture, meditation, supplements/herbs, essential oils, etc.) that addresses the root cause of illness. Involves the belief that “disease” is a symptom which indicates the body is unbalanced. When you bring the body into balance (fix the root problem), it will heal itself.
Integrative/Functional Medicine or CAM (complimentary & alternative medicine) is a holistic approach that cherry-picks from the best of both modern and alternative therapies.
Holistic –means to treat the whole person mind, body, spirit and is aligned with alternative principals. A holistic approach puts the patient in the driver’s seat with guidance from the professionals.
1. DIET; FOOD IS MEDICINE
Foods to include in your diet
God’s food; an organic, plant based diet (not processed)
Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains
If you choose to consume animal products, select; organic, grass fed, antibiotic free, nitrate free, humanely raised, free range and wild caught products
One of the easiest ways to get the nutrition you need is by juicing (lots of green vegetables & an occasional fruit) daily
Of the Big 6, this may be the most important concept as it focuses on the profound importance of the mind/body connection. After a diagnosis, we often feel deeply wounded, as if we have been robbed of our joy. It’s so important that we get aligned and connected with our spirit, and surround ourselves with fun, love, and happy!
Reduce stress with meditation, yoga, aroma-therapy, exercise, etc.