Alternative Medicine - - Quick Nutrition - BY ERIKA SCHWARTZ, MD

It's im­por­tant to un­der­stand that every­thing we do in­ter­acts with every­thing else. We don't need health­care in the old-fash­ioned way of look­ing at it, which is gen­er­ally fo­cused on treat­ing in­di­vid­ual symp­toms in­stead of look­ing at the body—at each per­son—as a whole. Rather, we need to look at dis­ease pre­ven­tion and bet­ter qual­ity of life.

TREAT­ING THE WHOLE PA­TIENT This is dif­fer­ent than treat­ing some­one with acute trauma—say, some­one who was in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent, suf­fered a gun­shot wound, or had a heart at­tack. There's a cer­tain for­mula to di­ag­nos­ing and treat­ing those in acute dis­tress, and con­ven­tional medicine is very good at treat­ing those con­di­tions—but what it ul­ti­mately boils down to is that some peo­ple get bet­ter, and some peo­ple don't.

For a long time, I won­dered why that was the case. I ran a trauma cen­ter for the first five years of my ca­reer and knew, for ex­am­ple, that it wasn't be­cause my staff wasn't trained well or didn't un­der­stand the pro­ce­dures. But one day it dawned on me that we need to be prac­tic­ing “ev­ery­day medicine”—that is, the pre­ven­tion of dis­ease rather than chronic care. Rather than wait for peo­ple to be­come ill so we can treat them ac­cord­ing to that acute care for­mula, we must pre­vent the trauma from the start.

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