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.
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.