Integrative medicine considers what else may be available and helpful to patients in meeting their personal health goals and challenges, including all of the disciplines that fall under the heading of Complementary or Alternative Medicine. A personalized and integrative approach in our experience is often what helps the most.
We have particular interest in the individualized treatment of hypothyroidism by standard and alternative methods. We were very interested in the number of patients with hypothyroidism that still “feel bad” even though their thyroid blood test numbers were normal. In our experience it is possible to find ways to help hypothyroid patients feel better and function optimally by using a combination of thyroid hormones both T3 and T4. It is also important to evaluate and treat adrenal stress and fatigue, and to consider the role of the sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
While we are not expert in all forms of alternative medicine, we are careful, thoughtful, and open-minded physicians and are always happy to help our patients find ways through the options available to them.
We feel one of the most important roles we serve as physicians is their role in helping our patients understand what their diagnosis means. Lab test and radiological studies are often confusing and reports are worded in ways that we patients feeling lost. We enjoy helping patients make sense of the information confronting them so that they can make wise and informed decisions about their healthcare.