In my first year of naturopathic medicine school I determined that western medicine didn’t always have an explanation for every bodily function and what western medicine lacked Chinese Medicine seemed to have a sensible explanation. I found that I resonated with the sleuthing out what the body showed in terms of skin color, smell, pulse, tongue and symptoms. In Chinese Medicine there are documents that date back to the 13th century noting the digestive system’s proper function as crucial for maintaining health, if one doesn’t absorb nutrients properly then a host of conditions stem from this deficiency. Because Chinese Medicine principles are able to explain the body’s malfunctions in a simplified easy to understand manner I often integrate Chinese Medicine theories in my explanations and use Chinese Medicine dietary therapy to help restore bodily functions.
As an anatomy and physiology instructor at Colorado Mountain College I discovered that my students fared better when complex medical concepts were broken down in an easy to understand, big picture style format with plenty of humor injected along the way. I use the same approach with my patients. The body is complex, as are it’s intricate processes, throw in a plethora of do this, don’t do that and the merry go-round in the news with the hot supplement of the month to cure all that ails you, that will kill you in 3 months and bam frustration sets in. My mission is to help patients get to know their body, how it uniquely functions, it’s limitations as well as it’s strong points, how they respond to stressors, what they are up against genetically so that they have an owner’s manual to keep them on track to feel amazing look great and slow the aging process.