Building The Perfect Clinic
By Dr. William R. Kellas
How do people get sick?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have divided the primary causes of disease into the following categories: Heredity plays a role of about 18% in causing illness. The remaining 82% of disease is within our control: environment, avoiding medical intervention, and especially making lifestyle changes. The CDC is validating what progressive practitioners have known for years. The mainstream is shifting in this direction.
What is the nature of illness, and why is it important?
The first step to setting up an effective clinic lies in understanding the nature of illness itself. A medical practice may start with a faulty premise, such as: "All parts of the body are separate from each other, and some are unnecessary," or "most illness is hereditary or beyond our control so the doctor's role is to treat the symptoms". Once these faulty premises are set up, the clinic will not function well in its primary role of helping the patients get their health back.
To work effectively, a clinic must be based on an understanding of the nature of chronic illness.
What are the basic premises on which the ideal clinic is based?
There are many steps in the patient's road to bad health, including metal dental work, chemical toxins, surgeries, electromagnetic radiation, structural problems, and poor nutrition. These primary toxic suppressors can then set up conditions for microorganisms secondary toxic suppressors to move in and do their damage. Both types of suppressors have to be eliminated and dealt with before medication or other approaches will have much permanent effect.
These suppressors can adversely affect the immune system, the key to the optimum functioning of the body's systems. This suppression and the resulting symptoms were given the name Toxic Immune Syndrome seven years ago. The symptoms can vary according to the patient's genetic weakest link chronic fatigue, headaches, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, and others. These and many other symptoms have no single cause. The CDC now agrees with this approach.
All of the body's systems are interrelated. There can be a "domino effect" of poor health. Structural problems can lead to nervous system problems, which can lead to digestive problems and continuing in a circle, with a problem in one system setting you up for and making you vulnerable for one in the next.
The bad news is that health problems can lead to a negative domino effect a vicious cycle. The good news is that the inter-relatedness of the body's systems can also lead to a positive domino effect, where clearing up one problem can enable most or all other systems to function better. For example, fixing a structural problem can lead to better nerve transmission, which can lead to better digestion, until finally you come full circle. And you find its a good place to be, because you are once more experiencing what is like to feel good again. And you may have felt so bad for so long that you have forgotten what it feels like to really be healthy!
How does one gain perspective and regain health?
So now, in order to start the positive domino effect in motion, there are seven steps to good health that must be followed, more or less in this order.
What are the advantages of comprehensive health care?
The whole body is involved in most illness, especially chronic illness. In addition, a person with chronic health problems may need expertise from several disciplines such as: Chiropractic, Nutrition, Immunology, Toxicology, Microbiology, Allergy, Dental, Herbs and Homeopathy.
In this age of specialization and isolation both by body part and by treatment philosophy, it is important to find a clinic that can treat the whole person and use different disciplines in the proper order. This is one of the strengths of Center for Advanced Medicine in Encinitas, CA. It pulls together the expertise of a number of practitioners. In addition, patient health care is coordinated, with all practitioners sharing a similar philosophy, having access to the same patient charts and test results, and meeting to discuss the best way to work together for the individual patient.
What is the real root cause of the illness?
The truth will set you free! The philosophy of Center for Advanced Medicine Medical Center is to find and treat the root causes of illness. Sometimes what seems like the apparent root cause may have an even deeper cause. For example, certain symptomssuch as fatigueor headache may be treated symptomatically by many doctors. A better doctor may discover the apparent root cause as being a yeast overgrowth, and treat the yeast with diet and medication, with subsequent, if temporary, alleviation of symptoms. A good doctor or clinic would see the yeast overgrowth as being a symptom of a systemic imbalance in itself and would ask why the body isn't keeping the yeast population under control. Such a doctor or clinic would realize that the mercury in amalgam fillingshas an antibiotic effect which can kill the beneficial bacteria in the intestines which control the yeast population, and it is the mercury, not the yeast, which is the root cause that needs to be addressed.
An effective clinic will help stop the influx of, and remove, toxins which can be suppressing your body's systems, and support the body nutritionally and biochemically in healing disease.
How does dentistry fit in?
Dental problems such as mercury amalgam fillings, electrical charges (the battery effect) from metal dental work, root canals, and misalignments in the jaw, are major players in a surprising number of health problems. A good medical clinic will have an affiliation with a dentist who knows how to remove mercury fillings safely and whose knowledge and methods are known and trusted by the clinic. Ideally, the medical and dental clinics should work together in a supportive manner on diagnosis (medical) and treatment (dental) of such problems as: whiplash, which can throw the bite off; TMDor cranial sutures out of alignment; patient sensitivity to some dental materials; electrical charges from metal dental work; bite balancing; and infected toxic root canals.
In summary, an effective medical clinic should have knowledgeable practitioners, a comprehensive approach, and be able to refer patients to a dental clinic that understands and practices the kind of non-toxic dentistry that complements and supports what is happening for the patient medically in the ideal clinic.
Center For Advanced Medicine is such a place, with an adjunct dental practice providing the type of competent dental care that can be trusted to support the patient in a complementary manner.
Dr. William R. Kellas is the co-founder of the Center for Advanced Medicine in Encinitas, CA. He also hosts a weekly syndicated radio show Health Talk A Second Opinion every Saturday from 11 to noon on KPRZ 1210AM, KKLA 99.5FM and KAVC 105.5FM. Dr. Kellas is the co-author of Thriving in A Toxic World and Surviving the Toxic Crisis and has authored the Toxic Immune Syndrome Cookbook. He also speaks to corporations, associations, health professionals and conducts seminars world-wide and he and other practitioners from the Center For Advanced Medicine will be speaking at the Del Mar Health Expo Oct 15, 16 & 17th. For further information call 1 (888) 244-4420, or you may check out our website at www.ctradvmed.com .
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