Nov 4, 2009
Gregg Hake | CEO, Energetix
Many MDs and Nurse Practitioners are looking for ways to enhance their ability to care for patients in an increasingly challenging and restrictive medical environment. Despite the remarkable progress we’ve witnessed in allopathic care over the last 100 years, the model has its limits, and doctors are caught in many cases between a rock and a hard place. Having entered the profession to care for people, they often are allowed so little time per patient that success is based more in volume of patients processed than in quality of care. A frustrating state indeed.
An excited trend we’ve noticed on the horizon is that of the development of integrative practices. Over the last century medical care has evolved from largely individualized care to more of a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Many of the age-old modalities that rounded out the medical model, including homeopathy, nutritional supplementation and botanical remedies, were overlooked as the centers of influence in the medical community turned their eyes to technological advances afforded by the science of the 20th century. What was gained in scientific advances was impressive, yet what was lost, in essence, was the “care” in “healthcare.”
We all agree that prevention is important. Benjamin Franklin noted two centuries ago that “an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure” and how true that is! Our current medical model, however, relies primarily on diagnostic capability to foresee illness or to detect symptoms. Relatively little importance is placed on the inputs and contextual factors such as quality of nutrition, exercise and rest, a priority which is set during years of medical education.
As increasing numbers of large medical educational institutions put wellness on their curricula and as the NIH continues to investigate the usefulness of “Complementary and Alternative” modalities, we must as consumers and as providers of medical care take note of the shift that is occurring. 2010 promises to be a year of transformation for the medical establishment, a shift towards preventative care, a more educated public and a more capable doctor. While largely invisible, like the gestating fetus in the early stages of pregnancy, a shift is underway, and we encourage medical practitioners to be early studies of this important new trend toward a more integrative approach to healthcare.
For more information, contact Energetix Corporation by calling 800-990-7085 to find out how we can help you transition your practice. Hear from our practitioner support team and our clients who have paved the way for you – surgeons, OB/GYNs, family practice doctors, dentists, etc. – and avoid the predictable pitfalls that lie in the path of what can be a graceful and efficient transition.