One of the most common questions I get is "How many visits is this going to take?" Since I wasn't Nostradamus in a previous life(joke) I can't predict the future. With that in mind here is the thought process I have to go through to come up with a treatment plan.
1. How serious is the injury/ ailment?
Sprain, strain, tear, fracture, cramp, food allergy, food sensitivity, diabetes, obesity, etc
2. How many co-existing conditions exist?
Sprain+food intolerance+obesity, strain+food sensitivity, strain+obesity+diabetes, etc
3. How healthy is this person?
40 lbs overweight+BP 170/90+ metabolic syndrome, sprained an ankle on their routine 5 Km run
4. What age is this person?
4 months, 5 years, 30, 60 , 85
5. What activity level does this person enjoy?
walks 5 km 4x/week, runs 15 miles/day, a pro rugby player, a couch potato
6. How well do they eat?
Standard american diet(SAD), 100% raw paleo, exclusively fast food
7. How often do I have to see this person to keep them feeling 100% in the long term?
monthly, quarterly, semiannually
These are just some of the variables I have to consider when thinking of the right treatment plan for each patient. Ultimately my goal is to get you feeling better as quickly as possible, with as much time between visits while still feeling at 100%.
"Why do I want to see you ongoing every one, three, or six months once your initial complaints have subsided?"(as it usually works out with most patients)
We only get one body in this life. We can buy as many cars as we want in our lifetime; 10 cars, 500 cars, 10,000 cars. As many as you want! Yet we still take them in for maintenance every 6 months. We still change the oil every 10,000 miles, use premium unleaded gasoline, and treat them like our babies. Because we know preventative maintenance is good for our cars and we will spend hundreds or even thousands on preventing breakdowns because they are so important to us. After all, we can only buy as many cars as we want, an unlimited amount! But spending $200-300- or even $400/year on preventing breakdowns in your ONE body often times is thought of as ludicrous.
When the disease process sets in, you are often times too late. It is impossible to prevent a heart attack after you have had one(because you already had one and damage has occurred from it). It is impossible to prevent a stroke if you've already had one(damage has already occurred). The best we can hope to do in these cases is minimize damage and prevent further incidents. That is why we need to start getting healthy in our younger years so our final 10 years look like the gentleman's on the left. Diet, exercise, nutritional help, relaxation are among the key things we need to work on to stay healthy and enjoy the duration of our time on earth.
Everyone will have different dietary requirements based on genetics, activity level, food quality, and many other factors. But what is the single most important thing to change in your diet that will have an immediate impact? Lots of answers get thrown out there for this question, most of which are wrong. The correct answer is to eliminate your food intolerance's. These are the foods that your body does not process correctly for a variety of reasons and are deleterious to your health. The most common offenders are dairy, gluten, soy, and corn; however, any food could be an offender. The best scientific way to correctly assess which foods are affecting you is through a series of blood, skin, or fecal allergen tests done through various natural health practitioners usually, however these tests can have false negatives and positives. What I utilize to help my patients with their food intolerance's is a more heuristic technique known as Applied Kinesiology, AKA muscle testing. This in combination with a modified elimination diet is the fastest and most effective way to identify your food intolerance's and improve your health.