Integrating Treatment Modalities

Integrative Endometriosis TreatmentWe are coming to a point in medicine where we finally realize that becoming healthy means more than simply treating a particular symptom or disease. Treating illness doesn’t mean fixing just one part of the machine. In the Western medicine system model, each organ system is viewed and treated separately. This model fails to treat and manage complex, chronic health conditions. Our bodies consist of an interconnected web of systems, not individually functioning parts. These bodily systems interact and influence one another. Therefore, to effectively treat complex medical conditions and optimize a patient’s overall health, we have to support him/her as a whole, look for root causes of disease, and untangle the web that has led to disease. This may require using a combination of treatment modalities.

To effectively treat endometriosis and optimize a patient’s overall health, we have to understand the bigger picture of a patient’s well-being, and support her in all the ways that affect her health.
-Danielle Cook

For this reason, at the Vital Health Endometriosis Center we coordinate and support a range of therapeutic options for our patients, including:

  • Advanced minimally invasive endometriosis excision surgery
  • Medical and/or surgical management of co-existing urogynecologic disorders
  • Functional Medicine
  • Comprehensive, specialty lab testing
  • Dietary and nutritional medicine (nutrigenomics)
  • Pelvic floor physical therapy
  • Pain psychotherapy and counseling
  • Pain management
  • Body work
  • Acupuncture and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Hypnotherapy
What is functional medicine and how does it differ from traditional western medicine?
If specialist surgery can effectively remove all areas of endometriosis, why should I consider additional treatments and therapies besides surgery?

Before going to Dr. Cook, I had 3 surgeries and no doctor fully understood my pain and concerns. Dr. Cook not only understood me, but he took the time to research some new possibilities for treatment in order to leave no stone unturned before going in for surgery with him.
-Megan

Notes:

1. Epigenetics is an emerging area of medical science that studies the role of environmental modifications to DNA that affect gene expression (whether a gene is activated or deactivated). Rather than resulting from changes in the actual DNA sequence, epigenetic factors affect the manner in which cells “read” the genes. Epigenetics explains why endometrial cells (the tissue that lines the uterus) look and behave differently from peritoneal cells (the tissue that lines the pelvic structures). While these cells have the same basic DNA, their genes are expressed differently, which ultimately determines the type of cell present and the cell’s activity. Endometriosis has become a target of study by epigeneticists, who hope to identify means of modifying gene expression in endometriotic tissue to change cell behavior and appearance.

2. Multi-Systemic Disease (MSD) refers to a family of clinical syndromes that share similar underlying dysfunctions of the body. These clinical syndromes would include such diseases as endometriosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, food and environmental sensitivities, some cases of interstitial cystitis, insulin resistance, hypothyroidism, allergies and autoimmune diseases, Lyme disease and associated infections, just to name a few. Genetic and environmental factors typically contribute to the specific clinical syndrome expressed.

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Integrating Treatment Modalities
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To effectively treat complex medical conditions and optimize a patient’s overall health, we have to support him/her as a whole and find the cause of a disease.

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Summary
Article Name
Integrating Treatment Modalities
Description
To effectively treat complex medical conditions and optimize a patient’s overall health, we have to support him/her as a whole and find the cause of a disease.