My Clinic Philosophy
I love my patients. I love helping to act as a guide for people in their quest for improved health.
We all have many goals for life. Some approach me wanting the latest and greatest medication. Some approach health never wanting to even look at a pill. Both ways are not inherently wrong. I stand firmly in the idea of patient empowerment. Patient empowerment should be a guiding principle. Thus responsibility for one’s own health and that of one’s family, children should be directed by the patient with the physician as a guide and counselor.
Health promotion and disease prevention should first utilize personalized, preventive lifestyle interventions focused on nutrient-rich food, sensible exercise, stress management, and appropriate sleep. However, there is a place for judicious use of supplements, pharmaceuticals, surgery, and other modalities when indicated.
I like to think that I know my professional limits. I know quite a bit, but no way close to everything. My goal is to be honest with each patient. If I don’t know, then that is what I’m going to tell you. I am not a surgeon or a acupuncturist. There are limits to my training. That being said–every day I try to learn something new. I’m a western trained family physician with a strong belief in ancestral health, but I’m not an “alternative medicine” provider. I still use standard controlled pharmaceuticals rather than replace with pharmaceutical use of relatively uncontrolled and unproven supplements, vitamins, or minerals at pharmaceutical doses. I do not recommend unsafe or unsound practices without evidence. I use modern medical interventions as necessary to treat serious disease. I think you have appendicitis, then I will send you for surgery. That being said, I continue to seek out and explore treatments from those outside usual medical sources. There is much to know and learn outside of traditional western medicine.