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Integrative health vs functional medicine

Dr. Erica Steele – So we’re gonna talk about integrative health versus functional medicine, and we’re gonna talk about the differences between the two. My name is Dr. Erica Steele. I’m a holistic doctor in family practice. I’m trained in both integrative medicine as well as functional medicine. I hold six degrees in my field and they’re all in the natural healthcare space, and I am a drugless.

Doctor, so thank you for tuning into my channel. So let’s talk about it. So functional medicine versus integrative medicine, they both work together as a team beautifully, and we’ll talk more about that. So integrative healthcare and integrates the whole person. It looks at all different aspects, but so does functional medicine.

Can look at all different aspects. I find integrative medicine does deal a little bit more with, let’s say, the psycholo psychologicals of the person or the emotional aspects. They do use some mind body modalities and functional medicine does too, but it’s more heavy on. The laboratory diagnostic sites.

So we’re really using lots and lots of labs to be able to evaluate. And there’s not a lot of diagnostics that are in the western world that we use to evaluate, let’s say emotions. And so functional medicine does have, its. Place because it’s looking at, your nutrient deficiencies, your accumulated toxins, your overall organ health and function, as well as areas of prevention to get to the root causes of why a person may be unwell.

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Physically. It doesn’t really do a lot in terms of the emotional side of the person or what mental aspects are the person. Some functional doctors can have additional training. But they oftentimes don’t have some of the training that’s required, so they’re just gonna look at the patient simply from a physical perspective.

Integrative medicine, I find has a little bit more of the mind body approaches to it. It ha it talks a little bit more about how mindset plays into it. A little bit more about the. Psychologicals of the person, but it also deals, it allows for depending on the person’s training, and allows for more drug therapy, surgery interventions or procedures.

So an integrative healthcare provider, as long as they’re an allopath, does have those particular modalities as well to be able to offer and bring into the mix. Functional doctors can’t also have that additional training. So there’s a lot of different providers. I see both of them as very similar, but really as more of a modernized naturopathy.

So naturopaths, we were the original nature cure. We believe that the body is whole. We believe prevention is number one. We also believe Doctor is teacher. And so we do spend a lot of time educating. And then secondary to that, the traditional osteopathic doctors who were more holistic back in the day when Dr.

Andrews still first founded, but then when they joined in with the A m A, they lost a lot of their, unfortunately, their holistic practices. And then Allopaths, they are. Definitely trained more in the allopathic approaches like drugs and surgery, et cetera. However, over the last several years, they’ve been really learning a lot more about natural health practices to be able to integrate into their practices, which has been very exciting to see.

Functional medicine providers can be from various different back. They can be medical doctors, they can be osteopaths, they can be chiropractors. I often see a lot of chiropractors doing functional medicine practices and in doing a functional neurology, which is really exciting to be able to help with various neurological conditions like Parkinson’s and dementia, et cetera.

And so they can really help from a natural perspective help serve that patient population, which is. And so functional medicine providers can also be I’ve seen even some acupuncturist doing functional medicine. It’s a, that’s a little bit of a stretch just because of their original training. They’d have to go through some formalized functional medicine training programs.

Just to be able to add more of the Eastern and Western approaches to their practices. And then even I’ve seen some physical therapists start to incorporate some of functional medicine into their practice as well. So hopefully that helps to educate you about the differences in integrative health and functional medicine.

I really believe they work very closely together and I love both modalities and I use them both in my practice as a board certified naturopathic doctor. Thank you so much for tuning in. If you have any comments or questions, please share, subscribe, and send it below. Thank you.

holistic health can be defined

Dr. Erica Steele – How can holistic health be defined? My name is Dr. Erica Steele. I’m a holistic doctor in family practice. I hold six degrees in my field and they’re all in the natural healthcare space, ranging from all sorts of different things from psychology, natural healthcare sciences, natural medicine. I’m a board certified naturopath.

I have a public health degree, hundreds of certifications. I left out a whole bunch. Let’s talk about holistic health. This is probably one of my favorite topics. This is one of the reasons why I’ve become a holistic doctor, is really to help educate people about what it truly means to live a holistic lifestyle.

So what does that mean? We look at the. Physical of the person. Most of the time people come in with a physical ailment. So I will serve families that, let’s say their children have an issue like eczema or autism, and they bring their children in because they want answers. They wanna a holistic approach.

They wanna learn how to transform the health of their family. Or they’ve gone through the gauntlet of allopathic medicine and it didn’t work. Then I’ll work with people that have chronic diseases. So I’ve worked with people that have had a well range of diseases from digestive disorders, i b s colitis, Crohn’s to neuroendocrine conditions such as thyroid conditions, Hashimotos I’ll, I’ve worked with people that have had just hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism.

I’ve worked with people with metabolic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome. I’ve worked with people that have had autoimmune conditions, cancers. All different types. I’ve lost track of all the different nuances of health expressions and disease expressions that I’ve worked with.

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Cause I’ve worked with so many people. I’ve worked with over 40,000 people since 2009. So it’s a lot of people that I’ve seen in all different states of their health. I’ll also work with people with mental illness, so those people that struggle with anxiety, depression people. Struggle with s schizoaffective disorders, all kinds of different mental health challenges, post-traumatic stress, trauma responses, et cetera.

I work with high level professionals, doctors, lawyers, CEOs of companies who really wanna optimize their mental emotional. As well as physical health so that they can perform. Because when you are playing a big game at a really high level, you need to really be optimized to be able to perform.

And then lastly, I work with people in the metabolic health realm. Meaning people that want to lose weight, gain weight, or even athletes that want to, let’s say run a marathon or climb Mount Kilimanjaro. All kinds of different components that I work with to. People who are training for different things, and so I work with a full gamut of people, and so that’s what really brings them in is all these physical ailments that they’re wanting assistance with that, like I said, they’ve either been failed with our traditional medical community or.

They just already know that’s not in alignment with their philosophy. So they come in. Cause I treat people from all different spiritual backgrounds, all different cultural backgrounds and all different parts of the world. And so they come in wanting some physical support and We look at their nutrition, we look at their labs.

We recommend supplements. We also look at the environment, how their households are run, how their relationships are. Do they have healthy boundaries in their relationships? Do they work well with their colleagues that work? Do they enjoy their job? All of those things impact their physical health.

Then we look at their mental health, their mindset, their limiting beliefs, their core beliefs, their subconscious mind and their conscious mind. What is stuck and what’s not working in their mind that is not allowing for healing and health to, take hold. Then unfortunately, fortunately, we unbury all of the emotional health and wellbeing of the person.

So these are things that have not been dealt with. They’ve been suppressed for whatever reason. I know for me, What got me into this practice for sure was my post-traumatic stress that I have healed. I was very emotional and I had to perform and survive, and I pushed down all kinds of emotional issues and so I really worked on bringing those up and healing them and continue to this day.

And so it is an ongoing practice. Spirituality I work with people on and mostly so that they. Be in alignment with their higher self. They can trust their self, they can be an intuition. So if you’ve had any kind of trauma, a lot of times you don’t trust yourself because you were told that this was acceptable when it wasn’t.

And so there’s a lot of distrust in our bodies and our minds and our spirits and our decision making. And so getting all of that back into alignment so that they can, a person can really be in tune spiritually. And ancestor only. So I am trained in genetics and methyl genetics. We look at that aspects of the person.

So we look at the data of it, which is really interesting, but also look at transgenerational traumas. Those are traumas that are passed down from generation to generation and how that impacts the physical health of the person behaviorally as well as nutritionally. Cuz certain people need certain macro ratios in their diet, but also too how that’s gonna impact disease and how a person can really take ownership over their health and not be a victim to their genes.

Genetics only counts for less than 30%, some say even less than that. The rest is lifestyle driven. So when we’re looking at holistic health, we’re looking at all the details and. We have to see the person as almost like a puzzle and we have to put all these puzzle pieces together and we organize it and prioritize it.

And so ob obviously when we, when a patient comes in, they wanna get to the physical symptoms first. And unfortunately those symptoms have lots of different root causes to them and. We have to dig all of those root causes up and resolve them and heal them for the symptoms to dissipate. There’s an excellent tree that I’ve seen around with functional medicine where it has like all the branches of the trees with different diseases like diabetes or autoimmune conditions or, unforgiveness or whatever.

And then that trunk is all of those root causes. And then we get down into the roots below where you’ve got, genetics and toxicity and lifestyle factors and mindset, and all of those things are hidden underneath the surface. And we have to dig those things up. To be able to help the person heal.

And so I’m really excited for your interest in holistic health. If you have tuned in this far, you definitely are interested in holistic health and holistic healing, and so if I can help you in any way, shape, or form, I’m happy to do that. My name is Dr. Erica Steele. My practice is holistic family practice.

We help families live naturally, and I do offer a complimentary 15 minute consultation. No obligation and move forward past that if you think that holistic health is a right fit for you. So thanks for tuning in.

Integrative heal this

Dr. Erica Steele – You wanna learn more about integrative health and what it is as well as what it isn’t? We’ll tune in to find out. My name is Dr. Erica Steele. I’m a holistic doctor in family practice. I hold six degrees in my field and they’re all in the natural healthcare space, and I choose to be a drugless.

Integrative doctor, so let’s talk about integrative health. So it’s very necessary that we as doctors I don’t care what kind of doctor you are, if you’re an allopathic doctor or you’re a drugless doctor like me, that you use integrative healthcare because. , it’s important to give the patient what the patient is looking for and what the patient needs.

So that’s why it’s necessary, because even though we may not necessarily be helpful for the patient, it’s important for us to educate the patient about their risk versus benefits. They can make an informed decision and then we send them wherever they need to. , it’s very unethical if providers discredit modalities that they’re not trained in.

And so I see this more so in I see it in both worlds and I see it in both communities where, an allopathic doctor will say that doesn’t work. Don’t do that modality, that’s dangerous, that’s not proven, et cetera. And while it may be true that there’s not a study that proves that it works or doesn’t work, Placebos do work.

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And so if a allopathic provider is not trained in a specific modality, for instance, we’ll just say reiki as a, for instance if they’re not trained in reiki as a reiki modality, I can’t necessarily discredit it because I don’t, I’m not educated enough about it to be able to talk about it in an educated manner.

I can say I don’t know about it, if you. In that, go see X, Y, and Z. There’s a lot of modalities that people will come to me and ask about. And I’ve been in practice for a long time and there’s not a whole lot that I’m not somewhat knowledgeable about or experienced in. So I’m grateful for that to be able to have that broad knowledge.

But even if I’m not, I. I will advise that patient and say, these are the benefits, these are the risks. And then check out this type of qualified provider to be able to help. And so my role is to just send people where they need to go. For instance, I’ll have a patient come in and they say like a patient with glaucoma for instance.

There’s not too many things natural that can heal. It’s just not, there’s not enough data to be able, for me at least to feel comfortable, but I’m going to refer that patient to an ophthalmologist. I’m gonna refer that patient to, somebody that’s specialized in that area to be able to serve that patient appropriately.

I’m not gonna then say, oh yeah, let’s go ahead and try it, because that would be unethical. So it’s really important to know. That our training begins and ends up with where our comfort level is. And so integrative healthcare, while it is an amazing modality because it helps to really help you to see the person as a whole, we really wanna be mindful of recommending modalities that either A, we’re not aware of, or b, we’re not trained in.

We also wanna be mindful of not discrediting things that we’re not trained in as well as equal. . Integrative health really brings that conventional and complimentary approaches together in a very coordinated way. And so sometimes it can be a little challenging because again, if you’re not trained in certain things, how do you know how to coordinate them?

And so I think it’s really important that if you do hang your shingle out as an integrative healthcare provider, That you do, train in various modalities. You also experience various modalities so that you can educate your patient about what it is and what it isn’t. So from a patient perspective, though, integrative healthcare really brings all of it together.

You may have an integrative healthcare provider that’s an MD or a do, and they can either prescribe drugs or they do surgeries, but they can also provide mind body services or nutritional services or supplement recommendations, et cetera. You can also find, let’s say a chiropractor or a acupuncturist who are trained in their primary modality of chiropractic and acupuncturist.

And then there also have some other modalities that they’re trained in, maybe functional medicine or Chinese herbs or they may be trained in breath work or nutrition, et cetera. And so they offer more of a wellness. Based approach. And then naturopathic doctors such as myself, who also have integrative healthcare training, even though I’m not an allopathic doctor, I have been around them and I work with them enough to know when I hear something, I go, oh, you know what?

I wanna, I need you to, I need you to go and see a cardiologist to go get a stress test. Or, I need to send you back to your primary care because you haven’t had a DEXA scan and you’re getting up there in age. Or, oh, you’re over 50, you haven’t gotten. Colonoscopy, you need to go and do those preventative services.

I am able to identify that with my patient. And even though I’m a Drugless doctor, even though I’m a natural doctor, I’m able to advise to make sure that we are checking all of the boxes cuz it’s really about the patient. It’s not about our egos or about what we think or don’t think, et cetera. And so I think it’s really important that we just share.

If we’re not familiar with something, we just say, you know what? I don’t know about that modality, but here I recommend something, somebody to, see a person about that. There’s a lot of various modalities out there. And and a lot of different coaching and that kind of thing. It’s really important that we.

Stay humble and we stay committed to making sure the integrative healthcare grows because human beings are very complex and they need multiple modalities to help them get well. My name is Dr. Erica Steele. I’m a holistic doctor and family practice and we help families live naturally.

Creating balance with your health

Speaker 1: You know, let’s face it, modern moms have a lot on their plates and dads too these days from balancing, homeschooling, working from home, caregiving, cooking, all of those things, their own health can often become neglected. Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach joins us now with some self care advice. We need that. Dr. Steele.

Speaker 2: Yes, we definitely do need that, especially in this new school. There’s a lot of new challenges that are being presented that weren’t necessarily the case last year. . And so I really wanna just share some tips for moms and dads as well, who were just really overwhelmed, overloaded.

I’m hearing story after story about, computer issues on the first day and internet issues on the first day. And so a lot of people can really internalize those things and turn it into a negative thing,

Speaker 1: right? So what tips are you giving moms about, making sure they take care of themselves?

Speaker 2: Yes. So number one, this may be an A, a, an intuitive, non-intuitive tip, but creating a schedule and a structure is so important. I think so many women skip that. They have a running list in their mind of what needs to happen and what needs to get done, but then they wake up, the alarm goes off, oh my gosh, I’ve got a whole bunch of things to do, and they just jump into the day.

And so then that type of behavior and that type of frantic energy. Carries them throughout the entire day. Oh my goodness. And that goodness’s just really not gonna work. When you’re trying to do so many things all at once.

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Speaker 1: And I saw one picture and it was a woman looking like she was pulling her hair out. So is that the impact of you women not taking care of themselves? So creating balance.

Speaker 2: Oh my gosh. It, that’s just really shows how we internalize things. It’s like outwardly, everything’s really crazy. And then instead of handling what’s out here and really owning what’s out here, like we’ve got some really powerful.

Superwomen that really don’t realize how powerful they are. And so what they’ll do is they’ll internalize all of it and then implode. It’s like you take a little bit, and then it’s meltdown Citi. And so we can prevent that by really understanding no, I can handle this. can do this. I manage things, I can get things done. I just need to organize my. Organize my schedule. I need to tell my time what to do.

Speaker 1: Let’s stay there about organizing your time. 24 hours, that’s all you get, but can you manage it better?

Speaker 2: Oh yeah, for sure. In 168 hours a week is what we have H each one of us. And I often say you have the same time as Oprah, Tony Robbins. I have that same time, and you would be amazed at all of the things that I get done in a 24 hour span. It’s because I tell my time what to do. and I block things off. My, my morning routine, the first hour, I’m meditating, I’m working out, I’m getting some breakfast in my system.

I’m really setting that tone for the day. I need that time, right? And so you may not have an hour to spare, but you can do 15 minutes, you can do five minutes even. You really just have to start that day in a. State. And then I love to do this segment intended exercise where I tell myself, wouldn’t it be great if, and then I fill in the blank and I go through all the things in my schedule.

Wouldn’t it be great if you, my workout went really well. Wouldn’t it be great if my coast live interview went really awesome and I reached all these people, right? And I just go through my day and I really set that intention and that tone for the day. And then you would be amazed at just how.

Your stress level comes down and you’re like, oh, okay. I can handle the internet going down on virtual learning. I can handle the kids running around and nobody wants to focus. And we’re looking at,

Speaker 1: I’m sorry, Erica . Keep going. No, you’re good. . Yes, you’re good. I didn’t mean to step on you there, but I was so excited cuz I saw your e-book is available and it’s free.

So here’s a.

Speaker 2: Yes. So many moms have asked me, oh my gosh, can you write some stuff? So if you text our business number 7 5 7 6 8 5 4 3 2 5, get time, my staff will email you the ebook and it’s got tons of tips in it for you and anyone else that really wants to gain mastery over their time.

Speaker 1: All right, Dr. Steele, thank you so much for being with us today.

Integrative health providers

Dr. Erica Steele – Are you curious as to who can be an integrative healthcare provider? Tune in to find out. My name is Dr. Erica Steele. I am a holistic doctor in family practice. I hold six degrees in my field and they’re all in the natural healthcare space. I am a drugless doctor by choice, so let’s jump into it. So how do we know who can be a integrative health provider?

So medical doctors can be integrative health providers. Osteopathic doctors can be integrative healthcare providers. Chiropractors can be integrative healthcare providers. Naturopathic medical doctors can be integrative healthcare providers. Acupuncturists can be integrative healthcare providers. And then naturopathic doctors such as myself, can also be integrative healthcare providers.

And. What makes an integrative healthcare provider, and I believe that integrative healthcare providers are created because of the education and the experience, but more importantly, the practical application that they have. I believe that anybody can learn things in a book, right? And where in allopathic philosophy is more driven around the body being flawed.

The organs being separated and not being the whole person. It’s gonna take them a little bit more work to be able to make that transition and that big leap to the concept and the idea that the body is whole. Nothing wrong about that. I just wanna be clear. That when you believe or when you are cultivated as a provider, that the body is separated.

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It’s really difficult to now go into this philosophy that the body is whole. That’s where I really believe the practical application comes in, because if a person has been an allopathic provider and they’ve had personal experience about how, this is broken down or that’s broken down and they’ve done that inner work, I believe that it really helps them when they.

Applying some of these various modalities because they have personal experience. Some of the integrative health modalities or tools that we use, let’s say Reiki, while it’s been studied a lot of times people can’t explain why and it takes somebody to be very open-minded and to be willing to.

Leave that Western medical model and go into some of the more Eastern philosophies of bio energetics. Whereas let’s say an acupuncture who has all that eastern theory and bio energetics, they have to learn how to make that leap over into allopathic western philosophy where they do look at the body and kind of isolate things out because if they don’t, then they may miss something from the patient because while yes, everything is energy.

Sometimes if there is a true health, not a true, but a, but an actual health emergency that needs immediate assistance, they may miss that and then not be willing or able to identify and refer to our allopathic medical providers, which I why integrative healthcare is so important. We have to be able to be open-minded, to be able to identify.

The things that may be a disease process that needs to be diagnosed and managed versus let’s say a lifestyle factor or an energetic modality or nutritional issue that we really can be able to support either nutritionally or through detoxification or some of our mind body modalities. I also believe, and this is my opinion, that if you do find an integrative healthcare provider, I really want you to encourage you to look at all of their training and education, for instance.

Nothing gets chiropractors. I love them to pieces and I’m not picking on them by any stretch cuz I know ton of amazing ones. But I find that a lot of times they will operate a little outs outside, outside of their scope of practice. They’ll take a, let’s say a. Workshop and let’s say acupuncture.

And so a weekend is not long enough to be able to really learn a modality and a skill like acupuncture. Yes, they could put the needles in and put ’em in the right positions, but to really be a master at that particular modality requires, a two to four year training. And so we really wanna, even though you can take, a seminar here, workshop here, while that is a.

Introduction into a particular modality. If you really want mastery on something, that’s where dedicating the time and the research and just the structure in an educational setting is really important. There’s certain nuances to practice that you learn. By not just reading, but practical hands-on experience, which is why it’s really important that all providers have a clinical residency as well to be able to learn and be able to grow.

I know for me personally, I learned more working with patients and putting that practical application than I did just reading the information alone. And then I still continued to take continuing education and continue to. My, my studies I’m working on my PhD right now in applied psychophysiology in how that mind and body work together as a team or in, sometimes they work separately, in a lot of cases, and so I think it’s really important that you find an integrative healthcare provider.

That matches your philosophies, number one, that has the education to be able to advise you. Number two, but also has a lot of those practical application skills and has some years worth of experience. I definitely believe that if you resonate with somebody on a deep level, I think all of that is an null and void, however, Just for everyone’s safety and their health.

I really think it’s important that you, number one, definitely trust your gut, but also look at those other principles that I was discussing earlier. So thank you so much for tuning in. My name is Dr. Erica Steele, holistic Family Practice, and we help families live naturally.

Integrative Health vs Homeopathy

Dr Erica: Integrative health versus homeopathy, and how do these modalities compare? My name is Dr. Erica Steele. I’m a holistic doctor in family practice. I have six degrees in my field and they’re all in the natural healthcare space. And I have training in homeopathy as well as integrative healthcare, but you probably knew that already.

Okay. So hopefully this will not be super esoteric. We’ll do our best. So integrative health is more of a masculine approach. It’s more relating to your thinking. It’s logic, reason, decision making. You’re using lab test, you’re using a clinical process. The name of it escapes me at the moment, but you’re using a process to be able to determine and prioritize things for the patient.

So it’s a very it’s more of a leadership sort of role you’re guiding a patient through, whereas homeopathy is far more feminine, it’s more energetic. It’s really relating to your emotions. In fact, when we make a recommendation in home, It’s based off of the bio frequency, so it’s based off of the psychologicals of the patient, how the patient’s emotionally being their general symptoms, their peculiar symptoms.

So it’s a little less tangible than, let’s say an integrative health, which relies more on the Western medical model. Homeopathy is more eastern even though it originates out of Germany. Of India. There’s a lot of homeopaths in India. It has a very energetic experience. I’ll give you an example. A patient will come in and they’ll present, let’s say a child will be, crying, they’ve got a cold a fever, et cetera.

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Whereas in a integrative health practice, they’re going to test them, for influenza. They’re gonna test them. Covid, they’re gonna test them for these things and then be able to give them whatever appropriate remedy is necessary. So whether that is excuse me, a an antifungal or an antiviral, et cetera they’re gonna give that to be able to help with some of the symptoms.

Whereas in homeopathy, they’re gonna present, and let’s say that child is really clingy to their parent while they’re sick. That lets us know that’s a little bit more towards Pulsatilla, because Pulsatilla, as a classical homeo, homeopathy is more ex, that patient is gonna express more of a clingy person.

So whether that person has, let’s say, a fever or they have a cough or cold, whatever, they’re going to use that single remedy. Traditional classical homeopathy does require about a two hour case taking. I don’t do it personally in my practice anymore because it my practice, it just the volume of patients I have just doesn’t work.

However, traditionally you would take, you would ask all these questions and you would get it down to one single remedy, and you give that patient that remedy. They’ll have maybe some symptoms with taking the remedy over the next 24 hours, but then their body heals itself. It’s really based off the pr principles of attracts like, so like energy, so the pellets, the homeopathic pellets have an energy to them and then it matches up with the patient, which has their own energy and then that heals itself.

And so homeopathy very mis. Stood in our western culture, in our western mind because we’re, oh, we’ve gotta prove it and it’s gotta be in a study. And actually, Samuel Hineman, who was the founder of Homeopathy, he did a lot of scientific studies and provings and He would give all of these pellets to people and follow them and evaluate how they respond.

And so he created a material mek, which has all of these provings in it. And and there’s softwares and all kinds of things to make it easier, but it’s very fascinating how these pellets. So let me talk a little bit about how homeopathy is made, cuz I think that’s important. So they’ll take an original substance, let’s say.

A SNCC has a, for instance and they’ll shake it up, they’ll dilute it through succession and dilution, so they’ll dilute it down till it’s no longer that original substance, and now it’s just the bio energetic frequency behind it. So it’s not harmful in any way. So if a person takes it and they don’t need it, it’s.

Not gonna harm them. Now, in my practice, I use a lot of complex homeopaths and complex homeopaths, use multiple homeopaths together, and they create more of a complex substance. And that works a little bit better in my style of practice. If you’re interested in a classical homeopath I can make some recommendations for you.

Otherwise, if you wanna use homeopathy, there’s some really good books out there that can teach you how to use homeopathy in your home to be able to treat your children cuz it’s very safe, effective and it’s helpful as long as you get the right one. And whereas homeopathy is pretty safe to practice at home by yourself with integrative health, you need a provider to be able.

Run lab test and be able to evaluate what it is that you do. So hopefully that helps. The different learning about the distinctions between integrative health versus homeopathy. They both are beautiful and I use them together as a team. They work wonders. My name is Dr. Eric Castile. I’m a holistic doctor in family practice.

To Age Gracefully and Healthy

Speaker 1: they say age is just a number, but there are some practical tips. That can help you grow old gracefully and stay in the best health possible. Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Virginia Practice in family practice in Virginia Beaches here with tips. Thank you so much for coming in.

Speaker 2: Yes, of course.

Speaker 1: Yeah. Okay. So how do we do it gracefully?

Speaker 2: Yes. So I think we take ourselves entirely too seriously. Okay. Honestly. All right. So I think lightening up and sometimes Have you noticed this? People that seem like they’re easily offended, like they’re just waiting to be offended?

Speaker 1: Yeah, I know a few, yeah.

Speaker 2: Yeah. Maybe a couple. And they’re really uptight and really stressed out and everything is a big drama trauma. Those are the people that are aging quickly. Oh, so you gotta reduce stress. Totally. Okay. Exactly. And laugh. Okay. Mostly at yourself. Okay. Okay. Because we’re all human. We all have these human experiences, right? Yes. And just be easy. Learn to really be easy with self because it’s all about mindset. , we’ve talked about this before, previously, about mindset and having positive energy and. Really just being more upbeat. We have two perspectives. We can look at things optimistically, we can look at things pessimistically. , we can look at the world as a dangerous place or we can look at the world as an incredible place filled with opportunity. The choice is up to us. Really.

Speaker 1: Okay. So half empty or half full now. Yeah. I have a question about the stress though, because Okay. I’m laughing at myself. I got that part down, . As you are committed to doing more things and your children and your parents and your jobs, It’s hard not to be stressed out about situations that we can’t control.

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Speaker 2: Do you know why we get stressed out about those things? No, cuz we can’t control them. At least that’s me. Of course. And people love control, and I used to love control. I’m in a support group of letting go of control. Oh, okay. . Because the only thing I’m joking and the only thing to truly. Have control over is really nothing. It’s an illusion. Okay. And so I think that happens when we lose ourselves, we lose how powerful we are. We forget that we are creators and we can just go out and create anything that we want to achieve. Okay. And then with that comes, our codependency and relationships. . So we’re always doing, especially moms.

Especially women. , we’re always doing for everyone else. And it. I’m the last person on the list, but really, we should be the first person on the list. Oh, each and every one of us. . And so what that looks like is taking time for ourselves, drinking water, exercising, relaxing, even if it’s just 5, 10, 15 minutes, when my daughter was little, I, she has no airs to the bathroom door. However, e even then it was like, okay, if I have five minutes to just breathe right. And believe you, me, I put myself through. School. I was a mom. I still am a mom. Naturally. I’ve built practices.

I’ve been an entrepreneur my whole life, so I get it like busy. I love busy. But I don’t lose myself in the busy.

Speaker 1: Got it. I get it. Okay. So you also talked about exercise. So if you’re trying to age gracefully, so meaning you haven’t aged yet. Yeah. What are some of the tips to, getting in that exercise and is there a particular type of exercise? Should I be doing the chin things to, so I don’t get that double chin.

Speaker 2: Holding your brother. Yeah. No, it’s really just about movement, right? , and from a habit perspective, it’s more of movement that you enjoy, right? Okay. So if you don’t like spin class, Don’t go and try to pain yourself through spin class.
Good cuz I know I don’t, I love spin class. Do you? I know I have a Peloton. It. Oh my god. I love it. I can’t get, I’m into it. Oh my gosh. But the best exercise

Speaker 1: I love is sleeping. Is that exercise.

Speaker 2: You know what? Sleeping actually helps you age gracefully. What? Yes. Okay. So I love that. I can do that. Yeah. Wasn’t it Ariana Huffington Huffing post, she did the big expose about sleeping because the busier you. A lot of times what we trim out is sleep. And honestly, I’m guilty about myself. Okay.

Speaker 1: So do you think that men, women are gonna outlive men because they sleep more?

Speaker 2: I think women are gonna outlive men because we’re more conscious of our health. Oh, see, men still have that. We talked about that in men’s health. , men still have have that caveman philosophy if it’s. It’s not broken. Don’t fix it. Like my leg is hanging off. Oh gosh, I’m bleeding, but I’m okay. There’s that kind of primitive, primal, I don’t wanna show weakness sort of thing. women were very, were more in tune and I think. The more that we really come into our own as women, we’re gonna recognize that we are very intuitive and we really know what not only we need, but also our families too. Okay.

Speaker 1: So how do people find you, Dr. Steele?

Speaker 2: Yeah our practice is on Laskin Road., holistic family practice Those are, that’s our website. 757) 685-4325 is our telephone number. They can always come to classes. And we also have two consultation options available.

Speaker 1: And thank you for the free session.

Speaker 2: Of course. I appreciate it. Thank you so much.

How to find an integrative health practitioner

Dr. Erica Steele – So today many people are looking for integrative health practitioners, so I’m gonna make it easy to be able to identify one. My name is Dr. Eric Cast Steele. I’m a holistic doctor in family practice. I hold six degrees in my field and they’re all in the natural healthcare space, ranging from psychology to natural healthcare sciences, alternative medicine, natural medicine, public health, and I’m a board certified naturopathic doctor.

Hundreds of certifications, which I won’t get into. So how do you identify an integrative health practitioner? Okay, so first things first, you want to check their education. So where did they go to school? What’s their primary education? Are they a medical doctor? Are they an osteopath? Are they a chiropractor?

Are they a naturopath? Are they a naturopathic medical doctor? What is their original. Base training that’s gonna help you understand kinda where they’re coming from in the beginning. Like I’ve said in other videos, allopaths have a little bit of a difficult climb, in my opinion coming from that baseline training that they learn, the body’s kind of separate to learning that the body’s integrated, so you know that’s fine if they have that train that.

Initial baseline training, but they’re definitely gonna want to have additional certifications on top of that to be able to learn. And also those certifications need to be more of, natural health modalities. So let’s say acupuncture or homeopathy or herbology or functional medicine or integrative medicine.

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Some of those types of trainings to help them to really understand how this body works together as a team. Because they’re taught in their initial program that the body is not a team. It’s isolated like little islands, you’ve got the heart over here, you’ve got the digestive system over here, you’ve got the bloodstream over here.

And so teaching them that it’s a whole, sometimes can be a bit of a challenge and. There’s that if the provider is a chiropractor then again, they’re [00:02:00] gonna need that additional training because they’re taught that this, the spine has the subluxations in it, which can interfere with the nerve function, which then impacts all kinds of things.

So their baseline training is really about adjusting on a physical level. And so now we’re looking at deeper mental emotion. Physical, imbalances, detoxification, nutrition. So we wanna make sure that they have some additional education in those areas of specialty as well. Same thing goes for like physical therapist as well.

This, the other thing with acupuncturist is they’re gonna need to have that western. Medical training because their training traditionally is gonna be more eastern. They’re trained in the bio energetics of the human not necessarily in the biochemistry. And so integrative health, they really need the biochemistry.

So just some things to consider in terms of their baseline training. I’m a naturopath, so we are definitely. Trained all in nutrition, detoxification, mind body components, emotional components we’re trained holistically. And then I’ve deci, I went off into psychology and various different aspects of psychology and trauma healing and all of those aspects as well as in integrative healthcare to understand how I integrate with allopathic doctors.

Functional medicine and being really skilled in functional medicine and homeopathy and all different modalities. So I’ve done a lot of training in a lot of areas to really be able to give a big, I have a big toolbox to be able to offer my patients Here’s a way to identify a good provider for you.

So they are they open-minded? That’s really important. So even if they don’t understand it, even if they don’t agree, they’re patients that come in and they talk about, oh, I wanna. Do an alkaline diet. I don’t agree with an alkaline diet. I’m not opposed to it, but I subscribe to macros, your proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

However, I’m open-minded enough to educate that patient and meet that patient where they’re at. Are they willing to listen? Number two, are they willing to listen? So they need to make sure that they can listen to the patient, even if they don’t agree and also be able. Actively listening to hear what’s going on with the individual.

Are they willing to be open to the patient and to the discovery? So are they willing to be open-minded and see where the patient’s coming from, and then maybe slowly lead them into a healthier direction so that they can underst. What’s going on? Are they also able to be creative? Are they going to think outside of the box?

Are they gonna just be pretty standard? It’s not just about throwing supplements at patients. That drives me bonkers. When patients come in and they’ve been to an integrative health provider who’s done nothing but run a whole bunch of expensive lab tests on them and given them a whole bunch of supplements, that absolutely drives me nuts because it’s not just.

Supplementing. You have to address the diet. You have to address the emotional issues around the diet. You have to address, what is ailing the person in their mindset. If you don’t address those issues, then you’re not gonna gain traction with the patient. You’re just gonna be replacing a pharmaceutical for a nutraceutical, which just doesn’t work.

A supplement is there to supplement, it’s there to support. It’s not to do the body’s work for it. It’s really important that, and then do they have various educational philosophies? I think that’s really important too, because if they’re truly an integrative healthcare provider, then they will have stepped outside of whatever their traditional practice is and learned other modalities to help, because as you’re actually treating patients, And you’re realizing that human beings are so complex, you tend to wanna put different tools in your tool bag.

That’s how I started. I started out as a massage therapist and started working with patients and then realized, wait a second, my people aren’t getting better, so let me start, looking at nutrition and I did some. Certifications in N R T and then I was like, wait a second, I just don’t wanna do a whole bunch of supplements with patients.

And that’s what got me into functional medicine and, so I just kept going back to school, going back to school, getting education and deepening my understanding. Of natural medicine so that I could be able to really help my patients in a big way. So looking at your integrative healthcare provider what is their baseline training and do they have open-mindedness, willing to listen?

Are they open to the patient experience and to the discovery? Are they creative? Do they think outside of the box? And what is their educational background? And lastly, this is the most important part. What’s their practical application like? What are they doing on the day-to-day? If they’re not actually living this holistic lifestyle, then they can’t advise you on the real, because there’s certain things that happen when you’re trying to integrate.

One lifestyle into another lifestyle. So if they can’t give you shortcuts and tips and tricks, et cetera, then they’re not really living this holistic lifestyle and they’re just selling something. And so you really want somebody that you can relate to that’s on your level that you can communicate with, and that you feel comfortable and safe.

That’s ultimately, I think, number one, that you are able to open up, feel safe, and also feel heard. That’s really important. So my name’s Dr. Erica Steele. I’m a holistic doctor in family practice. Thank you so much for tuning in and hopefully that helps you to find an integrative healthcare provider that works for you.

Keeping children healthy this school year

Speaker 1: Difficult time for parents with the stresses of back to school and the pandemic. So how can you keep your kids healthy this fall? Dr. Erica Steele from Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach joins us now with some advice. Dr. Steele, your glowing, it’s so good to see you.

Speaker 2: Thank you so much for having me again. Thank you.

Speaker 1: I know parents, they’re stressed. What can they do to ensure their kids are. As some of them are going back to school.

Speaker 2: Yeah, exactly. And I think the tendency is to go towards fear rather than logic and reason and what can I do and that sort of thing. So my goal really, and my intention is really to shift parents out of. The fear mindset and more into the, okay, what? What are the practical skills and tools that we can do? Because children are gonna model behavior. So if the parents are like, oh my gosh, the kids are gonna be like, oh my gosh. And so we really wanna make sure to model, model that healthy behavior.
So we really wanna teach them how to be well, how to be healthy, and do that by first making sure that we’re healthy and we’re well. That’s very, I.

Speaker 1: That’s a great point because if one of us has anxiety, then the kids are gonna pick up on that anxiety and that’s gonna cause more problems and have that snowball effect.

Yes. So you wanna teach them to be well, and that includes eating too.

Speaker 2: It includes eating well. And so if you’re like, oh my gosh, I’ve gotta go to this, I’ve gotta go to that, let’s go through this. Drive through, throwing the chicken nuggets in the backseat, those are not healthy habits.
Those are habits that are actually now being a part of what that child believes is health. So I find that if we start talking to children about Oh, what’s a vegetable and how, what does it mean to be healthy and how do you be strong? They pick up so quickly. It’s amazing what they, pick up.

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I have a 16 year old daughter and she knows about nutrition. She knows about eating healthy. She knows how to. Stay. She knows about exercise. So much to the point that she really owns that information and that’s what we want. We want our children to own their health and not just wait for somebody else to say, eat your vegetables. That’s an old paradigm. .

Speaker 1: Yeah, you don’t wanna hear that. That doesn’t get you anywhere. I think the role that you play as a holistic healthcare provider is crucial to children, and a lot of people are now starting to think outside the box. We’re relying that, so go into that a little deeper.

Speaker 2: Yeah. So as a holistic doctor, our role is really that, that public health education, teaching parents how to be better parents, more efficient parents, healthier parents. I oftentimes will work with mom initially and teach her what it means to be healthy and then work with the kids. I always say too, like in my practice, the parents have all the rules.

The kids are good, they pick up so quick. So we teach ’em about drinking water. We teach ’em about eating healthy. We teach ’em even about emotions. And so as they start to build that communication, cuz we often forget that children don’t have language, like we have language. They haven’t learned that.

So they haven’t connected with the Body Mind connection in terms of, oh, I feel angry, or I feel. Frustrated or I feel sad. . And then also too, we’re so busy in survival mode that we really forget, oh wait a second. Dad has to work out of the home a lot. How is that impacting the kids? Have I sat down and talked to the kids and said, Hey, the reason Daddy you know goes here and goes there?

It’s not because you’re bad, you’re wrong cuz children are still in the ib. They think the world is revolving around them, which in a lot of ways it. But we’re so busy in survival mode as parents that we forget to stop and say, wait a second, how is this child perceiving this? And what stories are they gonna make up?

Yes. Unconsciously yes. About what’s actually happening. So important. So we tend to break all those core beliefs down.

Speaker 1: Absolutely. And really quick before we go, I know you’ve got some classes you wanted to highlight.

Speaker 2: We totally have some classes coming. I think one’s on a Monday, one’s on a Wednesday, and we have Saturday. They’re all virtual right now, just to help with easing, the spread of the virus and being able to really be supportive. So an hour of your time and I educate you more how you can make sure that your children get off to the good start. And

Speaker 1: Dr. Steele, you’re the best. Thank you so much.

Speaker 2: Oh, thank you so much for having me. It’s always a pleasure.

Speaker 1: Aw. All right, we’ll see you soon.

Treating chronic disease with integrative medicine

Speaker 1: Welcome back. Diseases can be difficult to live with and many people don’t really understand that. Joining us today to discuss chronic illnesses and integrative medicine is Dr. Erica Steele of Holistic Family Practice in Virginia Beach with the top hat on. How you doing? Happy New Year.

Speaker 2: Happy New Year.

Speaker 1: You are glowing as always. Okay. We’re talking about chronic disease, so this is like a serious topic. Yeah. What type of people with chronic disease do you work with?

Speaker 2: Oh my gosh, so many people. , so your typical hypertension. Okay. Diabetes, metabolic syndrome, people that are overweight, thyroid conditions, cancers, autoimmunity, you name it I’ve seen, I’ve been in practice a long time, so I’ve seen just about.

Speaker 1: All right. So how are you trying to work with their primary doctors and you’re making it a, an integrative type of system?

Speaker 2: Yeah. I think there’s a lot of stigma that says that I’m an alternative doctor. Okay. Which is not true. I actually don’t practice alternative medicine. It lacks a lot of science.

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For one, but also that they have to ditch their other doctor and then come to me. And that’s not the case a lot of times. patients need an allopathic doctor for medication management, especially if they come in and they already have a chronic disease. The last thing we wanna do is pull that medication and then let’s say their blood pressure shoots up is very dangerous, or their glucose shoots up, which is really dangerous.

So I work alongside allopathic doctors all the time from endocrinologists to card. To internal med oncologist, you name it, I’ve,

Speaker 1: okay. And how does the partnership work? How do you guys, stay on one page?

Speaker 2: Yeah, so they manage disease. That’s what they’re trained to do, to look for, identify and diagnose the disease process and manage that. And I’m really trained about the health of the patient. Okay. So that’s why when you go to your medical doctor and ask them questions about nutrition, Supplements or things like that, they’re like I don’t know. Or they give you really outdated information because, or general information. Because they’re just not trained in that, where we’re really trained at building the health of the person.
So if you build the health of the person, the body was made to heal itself and it can and will heal itself if it’s given the right environment.

Speaker 1: Okay. So what have been some of the results as a result of the experience? Oh my gosh. Of health.

Speaker 2: Oh gosh. This is why I do what I do. Yeah, because it’s so amazing. See people really get their lives back. They’re able to, have more energy play with their kids, run around with their grandkids. Travel, sometimes even change relationship statuses because that was the source of the problem. So yeah it’s really incredible and I feel so grateful to see so many transformations with people’s lives,

Speaker 1: I have to say, live their best life. Cuz that’s, the phrase that was so 2022. Exactly. Exactly. I guess we’re dragging into 2023. So what are some of the. That you can give viewers now that may be suffering with chronic disease.

Speaker 2: So I’d say first things first. Simply put, mindset is very important. So you have to decide. That’s the first thing, right? If you don’t decide that you’re gonna get well, then forget it. Nothing anybody can say, I don’t care what kind of doctor you are, it’s not gonna help, right? So make a decision then. Simple things. Sleep. We, you guys talked about that. No happy boo. I know. No nap boo.Exactly. Water is important. Half your body weight ounces in water. And I think it’s also important, a lot of people think they’re doing what they need to do. So they come in and they’re like, I ask ’em, how much water do you drink? And they’re like, oh, I drink an, I drink a ton of water. Come to find out the only drink, like 32 ounces of water. How many do you need now? So half your body weight and ounces in water. Yeah,

Speaker 1: that’s a calculation. Chandler to come out here, calculate it on the spot.

Speaker 2: I’ll be very vulnerable. Okay. So mine would be about 80. Okay. Ounces of water per day. Wow. So that’s a lot of water. Yeah, it is.

Speaker 1: All right. So I have so many questions. I You answer so many, but I live with so many. So you have an open house where people can get some questions?

Speaker 2: Yes, we do. We have a virtual open house. , we’re pretty much just gonna take people through the practice so that they can really see how we do what we do. We take a lot of data on patients and I think that’s also a misconception that we’re pseudoscience or we don’t do a lot of data when we take. So much data on patients, right? Because our goal is to educate the patient on what the data means, coach them around practically what they need to do, and then of course, hold them accountable so that they achieve results.

Speaker 1: Okay. And what are you say in your office right now? Are you seeing the RSV and the Covid and Oh, and the flu type of things?

Speaker 2: Oh yeah, that’s. Been going on for forever. Oh. So it’s nothing new to us. Ok. . Yeah. It’s not that I know. Everybody’s oh my God. That’s like another day in the life. Yeah. We catch the respiratory issues. We wanna make sure you know that it doesn’t turn into pneumonia. And things like that. So we really try to build people’s immune systems and educate them early. So October timeframe, educate them on what they need to. Stabilize their immune system rather than like reactive houses on fire. Grab the hose. Oh my gosh. Got it. We try to be proactive.

Speaker 1: Dr. Erica Steele, thank you so much. Awesome. Thank you. We appreciate it. All right.