What is integrative medicine
Dr. Bill Reeder offers medical investigation and therapies based on the INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE concept variously termed Nutritional Medicine, Biomedical Medicine and so on. Increasingly, more folk find the standard medical approach with pharmaceutical drugs does not always provide solutions to certain problems.
Moreover, with increasing scientific knowledge, there are valid options other than medical pharmaceuticals that are able to more ‘naturally’ correct metabolic, hormonal, immune, detoxification and deficiency dysfunctions.
It is unwise nevertheless to withhold pharmaceutical treatments where they provide a better and safer resolution – especially in life threatening situations. Hence the term ‘integrative’. Common sense must prevail. The term alternative medicine is over. It should be a term reflecting efficacy and safety. This must apply not only to ‘natural’ or biomedical treatments but EQUALLY to medical drugs.
Evidence Based Concept
It is standard medical policy to judge treatments based on EBM, or ‘evidenced based medicine’. This term is laudable and reflects the need to protect the patient from potential harm and to provide proven, safe treatments.
Unfortunately the concept can be used by self-interest parties to shut down very worthwhile treatments which have an excellent record of benefit, minimal if any harm – but lack the much touted RCT – randomised clinical trial. Such trials are extremely expensive and almost exclusively confined to pharmaceutical chemicals.
Small trials, evidence from case studies and observation over time can be valid parameters of evidence. We are only too aware of the EBM drugs that have taken a toll on morbidity and mortality – to be eventually withdrawn from the market and not too promptly I should add.
So the EBM model is a good concept but must be used wisely – not as a political device.
|Interestingly, when I attended an international conference (2013) about nutrition and integrative medicine – it was very obvious that there are many major academic centres world-wide (whose professors addressed the conference) that are researching better ways for wide-reaching health improvements by utilising better lifestyle and diet management, identifying nutrient deficiencies and discovering things our grandmothers always knew!This reflects groundswell change. Nutritional Medicine, Genomics, Epigenetics – are all terms we are hearing. Its no longer only about pharmaceuticals.
The mind blowing costs of developing drugs, the long time (10 plus years) it takes to develop and then more time to see if it even works let alone market lead times – has become an alarming, almost panic situation – given the rapid rate of increase of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autism (1:85 !) autoimmune disorders and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimers.
These will not wait for the magic bullets. It has recently been admitted that ALL the promising Alzheimer drugs so far have failed. Some may induce a small statistical improvement. Yet guess what? The most exciting ‘find’ now has been Vit B12 deficiency for stopping brain cell loss especially when a substance called Homocysteine is elevated!
Many advances in laboratory investigations exist internationally but are rarely available to doctors via regular laboratories – at least in New Zealand. These ‘functional’ tests are designed to assess how systems are coping, where faults exist and how interventions can be applied. Examples of these biomedical tests are available on this website.
“Ultimately, medicine has a single aim: to relieve human suffering and promote wellness. When measured against this benchmark, different therapies should be seen on a spectrum ranging from effective to ineffective rather than as ‘orthodox, mainstream’ or ‘unorthodox, non-mainstream’. More so, any therapy choice should cause least, preferably, no harm.These two themes must influence treatment choices.
No single professional group has ownership of health, and the best healthcare requires a multidisciplinary approach. Thus there is an imperative for all healthcare professionals to work together for the benefit of their patients and the wider community – prejudices should be cast aside”
Specific areas of interest
- Hormone imbalances – Female Menopause, Male Andropause, Thyroid, Adrenal, PMT
- Aging – optimise health
- Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, ME
- Gastro-intestinal disorders
- Food Intolerances – dietary investigations
- Heart disease – risk factors – options
- Back and other joint pain/injuries – Prolotherapy, Neurofasciotomy
- Toxic metals assessment – mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic
- Detoxification, chelation
- Cancer options – integrating with existing treatments
- Intravenous vitamin treatments – Vit C, micronutrients, glutathione
- Weight loss – International Ultra Lite System – real food dieting.
- ENJO home and commercial - advanced fibre deep cleaning system. Fully chemical free. See ENJO Fibre website
- Genomics – testing an array of genes for specifics and patterns of altered DNA sequences that can explain chronic illness or indicate weakness that may lead to later disease. Example Autism, Heart Disease, Cancers, Inflammatory conditions. Refer to information >>>>>>
Our website provides appropriate questionnaires and pre-visit workup forms to provide clinical information. Following the initial consultation and relevant examination, investigative testing is arranged as necessary. A list of available tests with costs is in the Information page. We also do telephone consultations but will generally require face to face appointment.
Any person may consult with Dr. Reeder; you still retain your usual general practitioner and other health providers. All consultations are private and confidential. A report to your general health practitioner may be provided but only if requested by you – there would be an additional fee for the time required.
Please note that by coming to this clinic it is assumed you have explored main-stream medical treatments or wish to review valid options.