Anyone who has come to visit me at Sacred Health knows it doesn’t take long for us to approach the topic of sleep. I regularly refer to it as one of the foundational pillars of health, and far too often I see many of us NOT treating it that way. There are plenty of others who despite respecting and understanding the value of a good night’s rest, still find themselves incapable of getting enough restful ZZZs.
Your gut. It does more than you think. You already know basically what it is–essentially, a long tube from your mouth all the way through the middle of you and ending with, well, the “end”. And you don’t notice it when it’s working right. You pretty much know what it’s supposed to do–make food into fuel–and you’d rather it just do its job and leave you alone. But the gut is a lot more subtle and complex than that.
Nobody wants to get sick. Your body is built to operate efficiently so that you don’t. Your immune system, which helps your body fight infection and disease, includes white blood cells, the lymph system, thymus gland, spleen, tonsils, and bone marrow. It remembers every germ it's ever fought off and brings all its defenses to the fore when it’s attacked, sending antibodies and killer cells to do them in. And you, my friend, are the immune system’s commander-in-chief.
Ever been herded through a medical experience like cattle at a sale barn? You know what it feels like. Your individuality and dignity left at the door. The aroma of disinfectant choking your lungs and the tissue paper covering the exam table making you feel more like a fast-food burger than a human? Well, we’ve felt that way, too, and that’s why Integrative Family Medicine strives to deliver individualized care to each and every patient. We call it, “The experience we all want, but rarely get.”
Many people never mention metabolism except in reference to body weight. While it’s true that the two have a relationship, understanding a few basic facts about metabolism can not only help us control weight, it can help us understand the relationship between our metabolic process and how we either help or hinder it.
As a homeschooling mama, I am used to the question of “What do you do if you don’t know something?” My homeschooling approach comes from the skills I learned working as a nurse in the ICU for a decade. When our doctors couldn’t figure out a tough case, they called a consult, bringing in an expert who looked at the situation from a fresh perspective, evaluated the possibilities, and could come to a likely conclusion.
Medicine, like so many other practices and phenomena in today’s world has gotten complex, offering more choices and many alternatives. This is a good thing for many of us who have felt either disregarded or sidelined by conventional medical practices. That’s why we started Integrative Family Medicine.