Total Health, Common Sense Medicine

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  • Our focus at Total Health is to optimize human potential. The encouragement of efficient healing through effective repair is to enhance and reflect the "Intelligent Design" built into this creation called human. A step wise, "peeling the layers of an onion" approach enables the goal of functional health maintenance with potential for prospective predictability. Our ideal is coordination of interventions and application of protocols prioritized with risk/ benefit analysis the guide. Exhausting one modality of less risk, we move to the next level. Smooth integration of pathways, up to and including the EMS system, is the goal, with higher acuity care less preferred as health maintenance remains the priority. We seek wisdom from above in our quest for health while acknowledging our earthly mortality. Your HEALTH, not your illness, is our business. Grow with us.

  • Risk benefit ratio (R/B): a concept that drives our therapeutic decisions. We attempt to keep this as low as possible, obtaining the maximum benefit that we are seeking with minimum side effects.
  • Prolotherapy: the injection of a "proliferant," or substance that encourages normal inflammation, the reparative response. Fibroblasts, programmed to produce collagen when injured, do so in response to osmotic stunning. Targeted to ligaments, tendons and other connective tissue, strengthening occurs.
  • Chelation: a term derived from the Greek "chele" meaning claw, describing the action by which detoxifying chemicals, called chelators, remove metals. Recent experience has determined that chelation of mercury, lead, and other toxic metals is effective in the treatment of autism.
  • Endothelium: the lining of the artery, the health of which determines function.
  • Endovascular therapy: the global discipline the goal of which is improved endothelial health. Endothelial health is a hot topic in contemporary cardiology literature.
  • Dysbiosis: an imbalance of the intestinal microorganisms resulting from the presence of more unfriendly organisms than friendly. A balanced, healthy microflora in the gut is essential to a healthy body.
  • Inorganic toxicology: the discipline and methods used to remove toxic metals from the system. Mercury, lead, cadmium, antimony, and excessive copper are examples of this group.
  • Organic toxicology: the discipline of removing toxins composed, primarily, of carbon (e.g. pesticides, petrochemicals, drugs, smoke, tar, PCBs, etc.).
  • Nutrition: the science of what is required to be eaten in order to remain healthy and active. Growth, repair, immunity, and maintaining quality of life in general require a unique program to match individual requirements.
  • Natural Hormone Therapy: the management of an individual's hormonal system by use of nutrition, hormonal precursors, or the bio-identical hormones themselves to adjust to a healthy, pre-senescent state. Goals are normal, balanced levels present in young adulthood.
  • IV therapy, (intravenous therapy),delivery system used to by-pass the GI tract. Dysfunctional bowel can result in poor absorption and resultant depletion of vital nutrients. Agents used to detoxify are often more efficiently administered by this route due to digestive breakdown or poor absorption.
  • Autism: a neurodegenerative condition of the brain that occurs in children. Increasing epidemiological and clinical evidence suggests mercury and other heavy metals as triggers of the condition in genetically susceptible children.
  • Antioxidant: a nutrient that provides electrons. The removal of electrons is oxidation. Without electrons, substances become oxidants, in essence, destructive in nature. These free radicals are thought to be associated with degenerative disease.
  • Cover crop: when a farmer wishes to reduce weeds in a given plot while 'laying over' prior to a new crop, a "cover crop" is sometimes applied. Vigorous, the cover crop competitively crowds out other weeds, providing a uniform cover. In the intestinal tract, this concept can also be applied.
  • Probiotics: good germs, friendly to our internal milieu. An abundance of friendly, balanced microorganisms in the gut is essential to health.
  • Immunity: the ability to defend the body against viral, bacterial, and fungal invaders. The processes of distinguishing between self and non-self, and distinguishing between functional and non-functional cells, are complex activities, easily disturbed.
  • Energy stewardship: balanced energy allocation to functions essential for healthy life. Stress or an unhealthy lifestyle may throw this into an unbalanced state which can compromise repair and accelerate degeneration.
  • Double blind, placebo controlled study: the "modern" gold standard by which proof in clinical research is measured. An attempt is made to control all but one variable. The intervention is given to some patients, a placebo to others, with neither the investigator nor the patient knowing which subject is given the intervention and which is not. Results are tabulated, measured, and statistically analyzed.
  • Outcomes studies: Patients are observed and functional parameters quantified, before and after, a protocol is applied. This program may have multiple components. Functional parameters are usually reflected in patient satisfaction. Improved cost/ benefit and risk/benefit ratios are also goals that can be measured. While there are multiple variables, focus on minimizing risk/benefit diminishes uncertainty, and the outcome is quantified. Outcomes analysis is the "post modern" approach that enables patients and health care managers to achieve mutually acceptable goals.
  • Gestalt: to pull multiple points of view, disciplines, variables, and ways of looking at things into one conceptual representation of the issue.