Alice W. Lee, MD
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Today, I want to write about the general rules that govern my holistic healing approach.
There are two principles, five levels, and eight categories. Keep reading for the quick review of what they are and why these rules in my holistic playbook lend structure to the healing process.
Have a great week!
From a holistic perspective, who/what heals the patient? Is it the doctor, the supplements, or the diet? Though all these aspects matter, I believe that healing comes from the body's own wisdom and innate ability to return back to its natural healthy state.
To facilitate the body's healing process, I try to meet each unique patient armed with a few guiding principles that are generally applicable to just about any situation. These rules in my playbook create a familiar playing field for me, despite the vast differences between each patient. Here they are:
1) The two principles of healing: good things in and bad things out. Health is a constant creative cycle where the "good stuff" is enough and the "bad stuff" is cleared out. Often, the imbalance in these two processes, especially under stress, creates various biochemical states that look like different diagnoses, but are really an accumulation of undesirable metabolites/toxins, or a deficiency of desirable nutrients, aggravating inflammation and oxidative stress.
When supporting a patient's healing process, I try to increase the "good stuff," whether they are nutrients, energy, or sleep and decrease the "bad stuff" whether it's through water, glutathione, liver extract, foot detox pads, or castor oil packs. Without needing to know the exact underlying cause, patients tend to improve as the good stuff increases and the bad stuff decreases.
2) The five levels of being: spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and social. Most patients come to my practice understanding that they need to heal their health physically, but don't know the immense power for healing that can come from healing other levels of being as well. By improving the patient's health at each level, the process of recovery is magnified exponentially.
Some patients who may not be able to use healing tools from one level can use healing tools from another level. For example, if a patient cannot take nutritional supplements or has difficulty with their diet, it may be possible to heal him/her by providing help and support at the emotional/mental/energy level of being through Reiki, acupuncture, Logosynthesis, EFT, or meditation.
3) The eight categories of nutritional/functional support: vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, G. I. support, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and detoxification. When I create a nutritional regimen, I look to see if the patient has support in all these categories. Some supplements meet many of these categories at once, such as a whole food supplement like Pure Harvest Greens by Integrative Therapeutics. Other supplements mainly help in one category, such as Liver Extract by Cardiovascular Research.
It may not be necessary or even helpful to start everyone on all categories from the beginning, but typically, at some point in the treatment, all my patients are on all eight categories, in addition to their daily smoothie packed with living enzymes and fiber. As I teach them:they need to meet and exceed their daily nutritional needs if they want to get better each day.
So--two principles, five levels, and eight categories--these are the rules in my holistic playbook.
I hope that describing these simple guidelines for a holistic approach has empowered you in your healing journey.
May your week be filled with great healing experiences!
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