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Integrative Lifestyle Medicine
What is Integrative Holistic Medicine?
Integrative Holistic Medicine combines the best of conventional medicine and evidence based complementary medicine to achieve a natural balance that enables the healing process. It does not replace or reject “mainstream medicine” but rather takes a whole person approach to health, acknowledges the science of the mind body connection, views the relationship between physician and patient as a partnership and strives for wellness in contrast to the absence of disease.
The whole person approach accepts that there is a physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspect to not only health and wellness but to illness as well. Treatments of presenting issues are always offered in synergy with strategies for true prevention and wellness promotion. Patients are empowered with tools and strategies that allow them to take responsibility for their ultimate well-being.
Here at Oasis Wellness & Rejuvenation Center, we believe that wellness is a process and not an isolated event. From anxiety to fatigue, from premature aging of the body and skin to hormonal imbalances, from autoimmune disorders such as Hashimotos thyroiditis to type II diabetes, there are many factors that contribute to the development and fueling of imbalances in the body. To that end, we take a comprehensive lifestyle history, do a scientifically based nutritional laboratory evaluation combined with traditional laboratory evaluation to determine your unique individual needs. We then tailor your unique step by step “return to vitality plan”. Our goal is to help you to live your best life at any age by integrating the best of what holistic medicine and conventional medicine has to offer.
Did you know?
Did you know that if you do not have the right balance of bacteria in the gut you could be susceptible to conditions like anxiety, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, nutritional imbalances, weight gain, autoimmune disorders and decreased immunity?
To help identify if this is contributing to your condition we perform a comprehensive stool analysis to not only identify harmful bacteria and parasites but to also determine if sufficient good bacteria is present. This test can also give us an idea if you are digesting and absorbing your foods properly.
Did you know that oral hormonal replacement therapy can deplete valuable nutrients like vitamin b6, vitamin b12, niacin and riboflavin, magnesium and zinc to name a few. This can lead to difficulty sleeping, depression, problems with the skin and eyes, fatigue and irritability- all problems that hormones are supposed to fix. This is why prior to instituting hormonal therapy we suggest a comprehensive nutritional evaluation. Never great more issues than you are trying to fix.
Did you know that often times medication started for certain conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even diabetes can cause nutritional deficiencies such as coenzyme Q10, magnesium, vitamin b1(thiamine) and vitamin b12 all of which can contribute to fatigue, depression or even make it seem that your medication is not working. So if you are on these medications you might want to consider getting your nutrient levels checked.
Did you know that for your weight loss program can be derailed if your immune system is triggered by the foods you eat? This can cause you to stop losing weight or make difficult to lose any weight at all. This is not the same as an allergy to a food. It is often times referred to as a “sensitivity” to that food. Food sensitivities can also contribute to non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and even achy joints or muscles. A food sensitivity laboratory evaluation can help to determine the specific foods that could be adversely affecting your health.
Personalized Nutritional Evaluation
Many studies are suggesting today that foods are a powerful tool in any healthy aging program. A poor eating pattern can generate free radical that can continue to damage cells at an accelerate rate thereby promoting premature aging and health issues. Many chronic issues such as hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease can be significantly negatively impacted by our choice o foods. A recent Harvard study also supports the fact that certain foods promote weight gain.
A low saturated fats, low sugar diet for example can help slow down the aging process by supporting healthy cholesterol levels, healthier blood sugar level and reduction in cellular damage. A natural outcome of such a diet may be weight loss and a healthier body image.
We know that optimizing the biochemistry of the body and therefore optimizing health requires the presence of certain nutrients such as essential fatty acids, essential amino acids, optimal mineral levels and the presence of an abundance of nature’s antioxidants to protect our brain, heart and even our skin. But how do we know if we are nutritional balanced and eating the right mix of foods for our bodies? Are you taking too many supplements or too little? Here at Oasis, we offer comprehensive nutritional laboratory testing from licensed, reputable labs such as Genova diagnostics and Metametrix to help identify what may be holding you back from maximizing your energy and vitality and give your body its best chance at optimal health.
Part of this nutritional evaluation will also help to provide some answers to questions such as
How well am I digesting my foods? After all, even the most nutrient dense foods needs a healthy gut to be absorbed optimally
Are there any signs that I may have insufficient good bacteria in my intestines to help support my immune system, make and absorb nutrients and help me to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal system?
Are there any signs that there might be inflammation or pathological levels of bacteria, yeast or parasites that could be contributing to my abdominal symptoms? Signs of this may require further testing.
Does it appear that I am lacking the appropriate amount of antioxidants in my system to protect my cells from being excessively damaged?
Does it appear that my daily exposure to toxins and heavy metals may be more than my body can handle?
Does my detoxification system seem to be up to the challenge of clearing out waste material my body produces or is exposed to on a daily basis
With these results in hand we can then proceed to create an individualized nutritional and supplemental plan for you.
Personalized Weight Control Program
Are you tired of attempting to manage your weight? What if you learned the secrets to controlling your weight- not your best friend’s weight or your sister’s weight, but your weight? What if you figured out how to do this over the long run and not just for a short period of time? Here at Oasis we prefer to teach our patients about weight control and not weight loss.
Weight loss implies that you may find this weight again and in 95 percent of the time people who lose weight will find it again. We ask questions like- what is this weight gain a symptom of? Often times, weight is a symptom of dis-ease in the body, mind and/or spiritual self. At Oasis we first look for the dysfunction or the dis-ease. For example, in the body, contributing factors may be nutrient deficiencies, thyroid dysfunction, hormonal imbalance or inappropriate intake of calories (too much, too little or even the wrong type). An example of an emotional contributing factor would be using the weight as a shield or a form of protection or using food as a stress management tool. Many times this occurs at an unconscious level. By identifying what the weight represents- be it a body or mind imbalance, we can then create a personalized plan to help maintain your healthy weight, your way.
To do so we have many tools at our disposal, from menu and exercise planning, stress management techniques and neurofeedback to acupuncture and homeopathy. We can discuss supplements and medications to help assist the weight loss process to optimal hormonal balancing for a healthy weight. We also work with food sensitivity labs when necessary to ensure that you are eating the right foods for you. So come explore our personalized, unique approach to weight control and you might be glad that you did.
Integrative Stress Reduction Program
Science tells us that stress can be extremely detrimental to our health contributing to such chronic illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, dementia, weight gain, anxiety and depression. We believe that any program designed to improve health can only be improved by decreasing our stress levels. Stress is a complex reaction generated by the brain and carried out by the body with the sole purpose of removing us from danger. However, if this stress response is prolonged, generated inappropriately and repetitively it can leave you feeling drained, forgetful and sick.
Here at Oasis we offer a neurofeedback program that cannot only leave you feeling less stressed but also potentially improve your focus and decrease your anxiety leaving you feeling better equipped to make the changes that can improve your life. While it is not a substitute for professional therapy with a licensed practitioner, it may be supportive. Some people have found that acupuncture, meditation and certain supplements can also help to support a healthier stress response. We help to create an individualized program to help you accomplish your goals.
Integrative Hormonal Balancing Program
Our neuroendocrine system controls much of how we look and feel. Conversely, our food, activity level, environment, lifestyle habits and our relationships play a significant role in helping us to maintain a healthy endocrine balance. Our hormonal balance program goes well beyond bio-identical hormonal replacement therapy. In fact, we take into account that not everyone is a candidate for hormonal replacement therapy.
We look at lifestyle and environment impact on hormones. For example, exposure to BPA in plastics can have a negative not on sex hormone levels but also insulin levels as well.
We recognize the interplay between all hormones, not just estrogen and testosterone, the ones thought to be responsible for hot flashes and libido.
We know that too much estrogen can slow down the thyroid function.
We know that too much of the stress hormone cortisol can interfere with thyroid function and interfere with our ability to process sugar properly.
We take a careful look at all the key hormones, including cortisol, insulin and thyroid, as well as your sex hormones.
We obtain a detail family and personal history and together we decide if a nutritional or toxic profile is indicated
Then a personalized hormonal balancing program is designed for you to put on the path to vitality, clarity and health