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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.

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.

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.

what’s integrated health services

Dr Erica: What is considered an integrative health service? Tune in to find out. My name is Dr. Eric Castile. I’m a holistic doctor and family practice. I hold six degrees in my field and they’re all in the natural healthcare space. So what’s this? Integrative healthcare services, what’s a practice like? What does that look like?

We deal. So many different aspects of the human being to really help to optimize the human being. We wanna optimize their physical health, their nutritional health, their emotional health, their mental health. And then even in holistic medicine, we even go a step further when we’re dealing with the human being.

We look at physical, so that’s lab testing that we would run, that’s doing nutritional physicals on the patient. That’s offering them supplementation. When we’re looking nutritionally, we’re looking at their diet. Are their macros balanced? Do they need to lose weight, gain weight, maintain weight? Do they need to build muscle?

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What key nutrients does their body need? How many Mac. Macros of each, or excuse me, grams of each macros. Do they need mentally do they have limiting beliefs that are surrounding their health, that are holding them back emotionally? We incorporate various different mind body techniques to help to release any emotional blocks or wounds that they may have.

In integrative health, they tend to incorporate, we tend to incorporate all aspects of healthcare, so nothing is off the table. So I may examine a patient and go, I think this person needs X, Y, and Z, and then I will refer them accordingly. Or I’ll look at this patient and go, okay, X, Y, and Z I need to educate this patient about their diet.

Give them emotional coping mechanisms, help them to clear out any limiting beliefs or old beliefs that they may have that can be affecting them in all areas of their life. So when we’re looking at a person, we’re looking at an individual as a whole person, and we’re addressing that whole person I love.

Integrative healthcare. However, I love holistic healthcare even more, and we’ll talk about that in a later video because holistic medicine takes it even a step further, more into the energetic realm, dealing with the spiritual resonance of the person. Meaning that we’re teaching people how to live like.

Every single day and being in communion with their higher self. We also look at ancestral components, ancestral RO wounds, trauma and even genetics and methyl genetics and how that plays a role into that person’s health. So integrative health integrates allopathic practices along with more holistic practices.

I’m not an allopathic provider, however, I have enough integrative health training. I’m certified in integrative. and I have enough integrative health training so that I know when I’m speaking to a patient, when I need to bring in, let’s say, an allopathic doctor to be able to help. Because as a naturopath, I’m a board certified naturopathic doctor.

We do not diagnose and treat and manage disease. That is not our role. Our role in healthcare is to educate, coach on hold, the patient accountable to. Action and empowerment over their health. Our role is to really inspire and motivate and encourage that patient to live a natural health lifestyle. We spend a lot more time with our patients.

We can really get to the root causes. We are more of that medical detective in healthcare to be able to understand how the fire started different from our allopathic counterparts, which their role is as a firefighter is. Put the fires out and then keep them out. We work together integrative, whereas they put the fires out and then we come back and figure out how the fire started to begin with.

So that’s just some of the ideas of what entails in integrative health services. If you have any questions further about what constitutes integrative health, there’s so many different things from reiki to massage, to yoga to Tai chi. So many different modalities out there. So I don’t wanna keep a short list because it’s so long, there’s so many different modalities to choose from.

It just really depends on the person and what the person needs. My name is Dr. Erica Steele. I am the founder of Holistic Family Practice, and we help families live naturally. If you’ve liked this video, please subscribe, share and comment below your questions.

Does integrative medicine work

Dr Erica: Have you ever asked the question, does integrative medicine actually work? My name is Dr. Erica Steele. I’m a holistic doctor in family practice. I hold six degrees in my field and I’m a board certified naturopathic doctor. And I love teaching about integrative healthcare, especially as it pertains to many things like chronic diseases.

Chronic diseases, unfortunately, are on the rise. I think, gosh I don’t even have a statistic. I could pull something out of my brain, but right now we know that chronic diseases on the rise, so many people are suffering on and on with. So many debilitating conditions. And so they’re really, people are really looking for answers and solutions to help.

And my belief is integrative medicine is the beginning of the evolution of our healthcare system. Many years ago, far before I was born, there was many different types of doctors. There was allopathic doctors, there was naturopathic doctors, there was homeopathic doctors, there was chiropractors. And they all really shared in this philosophy of service and giving to other people, and they really wanted to help heal fast, for fast forward till now, lots of things have changed, lots of investments have been made.

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I won’t go into all of those pieces on this particular video. However, it’s important to know. History of healthcare and how our healthcare system has unfortunately turned into a sick care system. And so my goal and my mission is really to help people understand how these things work. And so integrative healthcare uses data to be able to track a patient’s progress.

So a patient will come in, we will listen, assess the case. Then I’ll typically run some lab panels. I can run basic lab panel. And or I’ll run more advanced functional lab panels. Once I get that data back, I educate the patient about what the data actually means, and then I lay out a treatment plan for them.

I often will use other tools to be able to measure things such as body composition, or I’ll use biofeedback to assess, or I’ll use Thera, which assesses the bio energetic system. So I use all of these different diagnostics I. Upwards 350 data points, both subjective, which is what the patient tells us, as well as objective something outside of me and the patient so that we can measure and track the progress.

And that’s how we know it actually works. So it’s so we get both. We get the subjective, the patients are filling. Different things out that are clinically sound questionnaires and whatnot so that we can understand and track the progress from a subjective standpoint. And then we use the data like labs or some of the other diagnostics that we were talking about to be able to determine if the numbers have changed.

And so if we are doing our part, meaning me as. The provider is educating the patient appropriately and prioritizing the care appropriately, and the patient is doing their part and they’re walking through a process step by step. As a time goes on, the patient is designed to get better and better because they’re learning more.

They’re learning their mistakes, they’re learning what to do. They’re learning how to heal in their following directions. Oftentimes, patients will come into my practice and they. So many things to deal with, and they just throw it all on my desk. And my role is to prioritize things, right? So as an example, if a patient comes in.

They’re stressed out at work. They’re stressed out at home. They are not prioritizing them themselves. They have unhealed emotional trauma from the past. They have poor eating habits. I can’t tackle all of those things all at once. So the first thing is really getting their mindset. Into a different place.

I have to get their buy-in pretty much that they can heal, especially if they’ve been to many other doctors who’ve to told them otherwise. And they’ve, A lot of times when I get patients, they’ve been to every doctor underneath the sun, they’ve been told, oh, we don’t know. We don’t know. Everything’s.

Normal, my labs look good, my labs look fine, et cetera. So by the time that they get to my practice, they’re very frustrated, disheartened they don’t trust doctors, and they’re almost like arms crossed I dare you to help me . And so we have a big hurdle to overcome in the beginning when it comes to trust.

And so I really appreciate the bravery of so many different people who come into my practice who have been through those journeys. And if you’re watching. Been on a similar journey. It’s actually more common than you may think, unfortunately. And so that just exhibits how broken our healthcare system is and how we need change really from the inside out.

And so when we’re working with integrative health, we need to make sure that we, it’s not just about evidence-based. I know that is a catchphrase and we do look to studies to help guide us, but unfortunately, There’s just not enough studies out there to be able to justify care, and when I have a patient sitting in front of me, I really need real time data.

And there’s so many different variables with studies. I’m not gonna get into that in this particular video. What I am gonna do is just say that we take data on the individual in real time, and taking that data in on the individual in the real time gives us the power to be able to make those decisions far faster.

Then let’s say waiting for a larger clinical study. I’m hoping in the future we can get more clinical studies that are fair and balanced and actually give a holistic view of things rather than some of the bias studies that we have today. And The patient has to buy in and adapt to the care plan, meaning they have to do their part.

I tend to work with people that have had history of trauma or they have mental illness like anxiety, depression, et cetera. So we wanna make sure. That they’re not overwhelmed. And so we really, we go over a lot of information in the beginning. A lot of times it’s new information. Biochemistry can be very complex in the beginning when you first hear it, and especially too if it’s contr contradictory to what you’ve been told.

My labs are fine. My labs are fine. And then I look at them and I show where those imbalances. Number one, it’s very validating, but number two, it can be a little overwhelming for people and somewhat shocking. And so there’s a process of grief that has to happen because you knew something was not off, was off and something just didn’t feel good.

And so now this validates it for you and, but you now you see it in real time. So now you’re responsible for the information, which that is a whole nother, can of worms that’s opening. So we work with people step by step. We go over everything. I tell people, okay, we’ve got a big map of the United States.

We’re in Virginia. We need to drive to California. What are we gonna do? We’re gonna get on 2 64, we’re gonna take the 58. We’re gonna, I won’t go through all the interstates cuz I, I’ll get lost however without my g p s. And so I am very much that g. For my patients. And so my job is to guide them step by step and prioritize things in a very succinct and efficient process.

And so they may not always understand the process, and then they get a little frustrated, especially because I, my goal is to educate the patient. So that the patient integrates this into a lifestyle. So eventually they don’t need me anymore. They leave, they, we, I release them back out into the wild and they are able to fully function and they are able to connect and embody the information that we have provided them.

And so it’s a really amazing ex. Experience as we go through that process and we see how patients adapt and heal and get well. And it’s just such a phenomenal journey that we go through and I’m very excited to be able to see that witness that it literally is incredibly gratifying. And so if you are even in the least bed curious.

If holistic healthcare or integrative healthcare is right for you, I definitely encourage you. We do offer a complimentary 15 minute consultation, and I will chat with just about anybody about holistic health because that is absolutely my passion in life, and If you’ve taken nothing from this, just know that integrative healthcare does work if you work it, but it also works if you have the data to be able to prove it.

My name is Dr. Eric Castile. Thank you for tuning in. Please share its subscribe this video and comment below if you have any other questions.

Integrative health near me

Dr Erica: How do I identify if there isn’t an integrative healthcare clinic near me? That is the question that I’m going to answer in this next video. But first, my name is Dr. Eric Castile. I am a holistic doctor in family practice. I’m also trained in integrative healthcare. Welcome to my channel. If you have never been here before, and I’d love to talk about this topic with you.

So without further ado, integrative healthcare. So what is that exactly? It’s really when we integrate. The whole individual. A lot of times the per individual will have allopathic medical training. They’ll be a medical doctor, an osteopathic doctor, and they’re now integrating complimentary health services such as mind body practices, nutrition, supplementation.

Even some advanced lab testing. They don’t have to be an MD or a DO to be able to practice integrative health. And in fact, I’m a naturopathic doctor that practices integrative health, and I’ll tell you a little bit more about that shortly. So integrative health is really that combining of all of these different modalities.

A lot of times it’s e evidence-based but not. We tend to use all sorts of different modalities to be able to help. A modality is, let’s say, massage or homeopaths or supplements or mind body techniques. Those are all particular modalities. Think of modality as a tool. So we use these tools and then we take these tools and depending on what the patient needs, we provide that.

And Oftentimes there’s no standardization, integrative health, so there’s various different providers that can practice it. Like I was mentioning, there’s MDs or DOS that can practice integrative health, but there’s also chiropractors that can practice it, acupuncturist practice it, naturopathic medical doctors.

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And then also, I’m a naturopath, so I also practice as well. They don’t have to be doctors either. Even massage therapist, reiki practitioners. Body workers, physical therapists, all different types of providers can integrate into our traditional healthcare system. And so we don’t have to be alternative providers.

And so alternative is choosing one over the other, and integrative healthcare really integrates the two, which is why I really love utilizing integrative health because I’m looking at the patient. And the patient’s priorities and what the patient needs first and foremost. And so as I’m assessing a patient’s case, if I hear something and I go, you know what?

I think that you need a medication, or I think you need a look by a specialist, or you need a surgery or a procedure, I’m going to refer that patient. Even if it’s outside of, let’s say, my scope of practice, I’m gonna refer that patient to an individual that has that scope of practice and then work collaboratively with that individual.

It’s not an us against them paradigm. It actually integrates these two worlds in natural medicine. We’re trained in a lot of different modalities that allopathic doctors are not trained in, so it’s a little bit of a bigger leap, I think, for an allopathic provider to integrate into Natural healthcare sciences because they’re not accustomed to it.

They don’t have any baseline training in it, and so they really have to go and do a CU class. Get further education to understand how they can look at that patient and integrate more natural occurring substances into their practices or even naturally occurring modalities. Cuz it’s not always just about giving a pill to a patient.

And in fact, I don’t often just give pills to patients. We really wanna help people get to the root cause. And sometimes those root causes can be mental, emotional, physical all sorts, even ancestral. There’s so many different components that we’ll talk about when we talk more about Healthcare. So why is integrative medicine so needed and integrative healthcare so needed?

It’s because people are complex. Human beings are complex. They’re not just single entities. It’s never gonna be one thing. It’s never going to be something that is very easy to correct. Especially if you’re dealing with people that have had long-term health issues, they’ve had lifestyle challenges, they’ve tried this, they’ve tried that, and they haven’t really gotten the access to good nutrition or nutrition education, or even learning how to deal with their emotional body and process their traumas.

If you don’t do that type of work, then it becomes really difficult to eat healthy and eat well. So it really works for the patient because the patient really becomes. The central focus of the care we’re able to provide that patient exactly what their need. We’re able to advocate for them. I often contact allopathic providers when I’m working with a case and I will get on the phone and I’ll hear from their perspective where that patient is.

And then I will provide from my perspective where that patient is. And then we work alongside each other a and really help for the care of the patient. Sometimes, in an instance, let’s say a patient has a an aggressive, fast growing cancer, right? I’m not gonna take that risk for that patient to suggest that there’s something natural that can slow that process down because there’s benefit versus risk and treatment that we all look at.

And so when we’re looking at the benefit versus risk, we may need to reach across the aisle and we may need to look at some of the more traditional treatments to slow the tumor down, either through surgery. Or radiation or chemo. And oftentimes people think that as a natural healthcare provider, we are anti-anything that’s in the allopathic world.

And that is just a misnomer that we really have to dispel because it’s harmful to people. Not all doctors are bad . I hear that a lot. I don’t trust doctors. I don’t trust doctors. Doctor’s role is to educate the patient. To be objective and then to provide the patient the information, and then the patient gets to choose from there.

It’s not our role as providers to sway patients, pressure patients, coerce patients, bully patients into treatment. That’s actually malpractice in my humble opinion. We are designed to provide our patients with what we call informed consent. So we are designed to inform our patients of the benefit versus risk, and then is up to the patient to make that decision that is gonna be powerful for them.
And we have to respect our patients’ decisions when it comes to their healthcare. So I think integrative healthcare is incredibly important. I do think it’s also important to know that not every provider that hangs a shingle out is trained in integrative healthcare. They’re not trained necessarily in all of the various modalities and natural healthcare.

So when you’re looking for a provider, make sure that they have some specialized training in whatever modalities that you’re interested in, and if they do make a recommendation, perhaps ask them why they’re making that recommendation. My name is Dr. Eric Castile. Thank you so much for tuning in. I look forward to educating you even more as the month goes on.

Why integrative health matters

Dr Erica: Have you ever wondered why integrative healthcare matters? Tune in to find out. My name is Dr. Erica Steele. I’m a holistic doctor in family practice. I have six degrees in my field. They’re all in the natural healthcare space, ranging from psychology to natural healthcare sciences, naturopathy, public health, you name it.

I have definitely experienced and learned the gamut of natural healthcare. So now to our topic of why integrative health matters. So it’s important to know that human beings are dynamic, they’re complex, they have so many different aspects of themselves, from physical to mental, emotional, even energetic.

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And so it’s important to take a very holistic approach, a very humanistic approach when we’re looking at addressing what a cause is for a patient. If we’re just looking at treating symptoms, then we’re gonna be very reactionary. We’re constantly going to. Chasing this symptom and chasing that symptom and chasing that symptom, and the patient ends up getting frustrated because it’s ineffective.

Because a lot of times the symptoms are just the body giving signal and communicating with the person and saying that there’s something that’s out of balance. It’s up to the provider to discover and work with that patient to be able to quickly and efficiently identify what that root cause is. And d.

Viruses, bacterias, heavy metal toxicities, all sorts of, even emotions can trigger a lot of symptoms. And so we have to really put our detective hats on to really understand what could be driving a lot of these symptoms. It takes a lot of discipline and you have to be able to see the big picture and be a little bit more of the detective.

I always say that allopathic doctors are more like the firefighters. They’re always running in to put the fires out and we need fire. In our healthcare system, we need emergency care people. We need providers that are trained to quickly identify and stabilize the patient. And so for acute care purposes, they’re absolutely excellent.

Also, too, for let’s say surgery or procedures, absolutely brilliant. Sometimes we need to have surgery, sometimes we need to have some of these more aggressive procedures. However, Vast majority of people, especially those living with chronic disease, may not necessarily need either one. They may not need the acute care and they may not need the surgical intervention.

So what is the in-between state? The in-between state is being able to educate that patient on what those root causes are, whether that’s lifestyle, nutrition, mindset emotional health and wellbeing, et cetera. And then from there, Teach that patient practically. In integrative health, we use a lot of data.

We don’t just give out supplements like KitKats. That’s not really the way that it works. We wanna look at the data that the patient is presenting with, and then based off of that data, we wanna make those recommendations. So if you have an integrative health provider that’s just throwing pills at you to fix the problem, that’s actually not how we do it.

We do take data, we evaluate the. We are to educate our patients on the data and then, We are there to coach them practically on what they need to do, step by step in order to resolve whatever the issues are. And in turn, we then go back and we hold that patient accountable to getting those things done while also rechecking the labs to hold ourselves accountable.

To ensure that our recommendations are actually working. And so that’s how any scientific experiment is built. We take a lab test, a diagnostic, something outside of me, outside of you to be able to measure the progress. So we have to listen to the patient, then make a determination, a hypothesis of what we think that may be.

The issue underlying issues, there’re more than likely several. And then from there, use an objective analysis, a lab test, et cetera, and then we coach the patient on what to do. We then provide things like supplements and breathing exercises and all different modalities. That are in integrative healthcare that we can use, which are nothing more than tools that we can grab onto.

And then from there we retest and reevaluate to ensure that our treatment plan is actually working. Now, sometimes patients lab work will come back worse, but a lot of times people come in and there’s. So nutrient depleted, they don’t have enough nutrients either from diet or digestive issues, imbalances within the biochemistry that then usually that mid-range lab panel is gonna actually look worse cuz now the body is oh, thank goodness we’ve got enough energy and we’re dumping now.

And so not to be discouraged. I, in my practice, I normally work with patients over a year. It takes that amount of time to help with those behavioral changes. It takes that amount of time to get the mindset, the emotions, and just get somebody clicked into the. Process of getting well. I know that may seem like a long time, especially when a person comes in and they’re super desperate to get well fast.

However, there’s whole different shifts of philosophy and understanding that we have an integrative healthcare that’s very different than your traditional allopathic practices. So that integrative health practitioner really has to be. Open to all the different modalities. They have to be open to time, they have to be very patient.

They also have to be able to articulate and educate to their patients exactly what’s going on and really build that confidence. And so if you were looking for an integrative healthcare practice, we treat people all over the world. We absolutely love what we do, and we educate, coach, and hold all of our patients accountable.

So if you would like to see us in our practice, feel free to reach out Dr. Eric Castile, and we are happy to give you more and more information. Just subscribe share our channel out in the world. Thank you so much for watching, and have a great day