Why Integrative Medicine?
We are all coping with a chronic stress response to some degree as we navigate daily life. When we have “good enough” health, this stress response is effective at helping us prioritize, energize, respond, and adapt on a cellular level within our bodies as well as more generally in our conscious awareness as we make choices that support wellbeing. When things go awry, we begin to have symptoms such as sleep disruption, depression, aches and pains, brain fog, forgetfulness, fatigue, weight gain, GI upset, elevations in blood pressure, weakening of our immune response and more frequent infections, to name a few.
What are the sources of this stress? They could be anything we come in contact with: the food we eat, the products and substances we use, toxins or allergens in the environment, infections, exercise or injury, and traumatic life experiences are all common sources. Things go wrong when the stressors (toxins) outstrip our bodies’ capacities, either because of a functional “glitch” in our biology, or because of an undue toxic burden.
Chronic inflammation, also known as the chronic stress response, is an epidemic. Research shows that 60% of Americans have at least one chronic condition that leads to persistent inflammation in the body, 42% have at least two conditions, and 12% have 5 or more conditions.* These chronic disease states include cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis and joint pain, obesity, allergies, asthma, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions like IBD and psoriasis. There is a tangled interplay between these conditions and the inflammatory/stress response itself, as each causes and perpetuates the other. We have countless data to support the comorbidity of mental and physical illness, and multiple diagnoses within a single individual are the norm rather than an exception. This is both a statement of the limitations of our diagnostic systems as well as a sign of our times. The expectations of modern life set us up for failure, mentally and physically, as we induce ourselves to take on more than we can reasonably manage. We are dealing with a problem of abundance, even as our instincts remain trained to protect us against the threat of scarcity.
The work of integrative medicine becomes identifying what can “give” to restore balance and correct the mismatch between the environmental demands and the body’s capacity. It requires patience and curiosity to begin to discern the most effective points of intervention for any one individual. Beginning with your first appointment, we seek to understand you as a whole individual, why you are experiencing what you are experiencing, how your symptoms are interconnected, and how they link, on a deeper level, to a core process. What is the nature of your unique imbalance, and how can we correct it?
We don't take health insurance at YWP. The nature of our work does not fit well within an insurance model, which is limited by ever-increasing administrative burdens and pressure to limit the face-to-face time spent in direct patient care. Your Wellness Practice operates within a self-pay model, and we offer membership-based wellness plans. We find this to be the most honest representation of what we are offering to and requesting from you. We offer human-centered, thoughtful, personalized, and depth-oriented care. And we ask your prioritization of our shared process of real, lasting change and healing.
Being a patient at Your Wellness Practice is a commitment to partner with your provider in a journey of uprooting and pruning different areas of your life to reach a healthier and more wholesome state of being.
*Jialal, et al. Chronic Inflammation. StatPearls. June 2019.
"This practice is going to help a lot of people. The amazing ladies who run it are experienced in a wide array of medicine...this includes promotion of gut health, lab testing to discover sensitivities, balancing diet, etc. What was once considered new age is now essential in our daily health."