Holistic medicine is a philosophical approach for healing that considers the patient’s entire health picture, including the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the self. Recommendations are made based on the complete picture and are selected to encourage the body’s own healing processes. With the holistic approach there is an emphasis on addressing the underlying lifestyle factors that have contributed to the current state of disease.
Nutritional & Lifestyle Support
The issues that burden our culture regarding food, nutrition, and health are immense. There is no magic pill that will suddenly resolve this dilemma. As a society, we are overfed, over-supplemented, over-medicated, and well under-nourished. The nutritional starvation we experience isn’t simply a description of the void found in the nutrient content of industrially grown and processed food. Instead, it’s equally the result of the emotional connection (or lack thereof) we have with our food and the people we eat meals with. The beauty of this problem is that it doesn’t require money to resolve. It simply necessitates a shift in the way we think about our food.
Food has the potential to be the most powerful medicine we have. Greater than any drug now and any we may ever find. The context, the manner and means with which we consume our meals, defines our relationship to the food. Food itself isn’t good or bad, organic or not. The benefit or detriment to our health from food is based primarily on the quantity, frequency, and context from which we consume it, our relationship with it.
A holistic naturopathic approach to food and lifestyle modification is vital to pursuing optimal health. Whole food nutrition and a healthy lifestyle creates the foundation that allows our body to heal. It can not be overstated how important this aspect of the health journey is to achieving your ideal health and vitality; and Dr. Swanz will educate and support his patients and their families as they embrace these changes in their lives.
Functional Medicine is an approach that uses alternative testing and then makes recommendations based on the results of the testing. This approach is often employed by conventionally trained practitioners that are most comfortable making recommendations for supplements, vitamins, and herbs after testing. This approach is not necessarily holistic because it often does not consider the individual’s entire health picture.