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 Or they give you really outdated information because, or general information.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.

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