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A Holistic Health Care Revolution

by Lisa Rosa-Re, MD, family medicine

As a physician, I witness people who suffer from obesity, high blood pressure, anxiety, diabetes and much more. It is sad and very frustrating because the majority of these diseases are preventable and, often times, that prevention is in the patients’ hands.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 75% of U.S. medical costs are attributed to diseases that are preventable without medical intervention. Unfortunately, nutrition counseling remains marginalized at most medical practices. Many medical schools fail to train students on how to help patients think through their lifestyle choices. Patients visit their doctor, are diagnosed with an ailment, and walk out with a prescription in hand — in this repeated scenario, patients are forced to believe they need a drug to keep them healthy, or even alive. We talk about how all the changes in government will affect reimbursements, and how physicians will stay afloat, but too few health care providers are considering how the delivery of care to patients will be impacted.

As part of a more holistic approach to care, I talk to my patients every day about how they have the power to change their life. Being healthy is a revolutionary lifestyle that can change health care in America.

As physicians, we can set the tone for future generations of physicians by simply educating our patients on nutrition and alternative ways to cure their diseases. I am an avid believer in integrative medicine because I have personally witnessed the radical transformation in my patients through the use of natural supplements, essential oils and simple dietary changes.

Being a distributor of essential oils, based on plant intelligence, I have been able to recommend pure grade A essential oils in place of pharmaceutical drugs. Instead of masking symptoms of preventable conditions, I am offering an alternative to help reverse and prevent these diseases. I will prescribe statin medication for patients when I deem it extremely necessary, but I have witnessed the drug’s adverse effects. For the most part, however, I recommend a supplement that’s a blend of coconut oil, thyme, orange rind, clove and frankincense. On top of that, it is crucial to change one’s diet completely in order to lower cholesterol.

Something else that I continue to reiterate to my patients is the importance of food. Food can either be a medicine or a poison. It can erode or destroy your body or it can build and repair. We have grown accustomed to eating food solely on the basis of taste. If people remain ignorant to the ingredients that they consume, this can be dangerous since most ingredients that consume our food now-a days are toxic. We must learn to retrain our taste buds and eat foods that are nutrient dense. This will increase immunity. A strong immune system can combat anything adverse that may come our way.

It’s important to know that a supplement or essential oil is not a magic cure. When considering lifestyle management, rest is as important as any aspect of good health. No matter how healthy you may eat or how much you exercise, all of this will be in vain if you allow yourself to become overwhelmed with stress. In this society, we glorify the busy life that we allow to consume us while wearing stress as a badge of honor. We must learn to RELAX!

Consider joining this exciting health revolution and I welcome your views of the holistic lifestyle.

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