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A Holistic Health Plan: Can you do it alone?

by Dr. Randy


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Designing a plan for optimum health and prevention can be a daunting endeavor. Today we are faced with complex issues of exposure to unprecedented levels of toxins, depleted nutrients in foods, and complex choices in healthcare and prevention. Many people feel overwhelmed by the volume of information about these issues in the media and their inbox. Can you confidently navigate this huge array of choices and issues, or like most people, are you making do the best you can and just doing what you are able to manage?

Your choices include issues around prevention, especially dietary choices, the current concepts of paleo, vegetarian, vegan, Mediterranean, and others. Which foods are important to use organic? How relevant is non-GMO? They involve supplement controversies, how much vitamin D, whether to take different forms of vitamin E, what antioxidants, what forms of calcium and magnesium, or whether you actually need any of these. What about toxic exposure? Is there something that you don’t know that could undermine your health? What are the best ways to handle EMF and cell phone exposure? This can be a bewildering array of material.

And that does not begin to address the treatment of symptoms and diseases. Navigating the advice about effective herbs, nutritional supplements, and physical treatments is complicated. To design a treatment plan you need trustworthy resources and practitioners.

You have several options:

  1. You determine that this is way too much information for you to process and just give up, putting yourself solely under the care of conventional medicine. Not a good idea. Conventional doctors are great at reductionist (drugs and surgery) and high-tech medicine, but not usually trained in holistic approaches to health care.
  2. You become an expert on your own and order your own supplies. Also not the best option, because these subjects are complex and involve clinical judgment and full time research.
  3. You decide to rely on one or more experts in the field of holistic medicine to give you advice about a program, and get guidance about ways to learn more through books and Internet sites.

Most people take a few generic (usually synthetic) vitamin supplements and hope for the best. This is obviously not a very considered or sophisticated path, but the whole subject just seems too overwhelming.

I am working with a group of doctors through the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University to develop an app and website for personal holistic health assessment and recommendations. This will provide consumers with reliable personalized information about nutrition, management of toxic exposure, and holistic treatment options. But even with a fancy app that employs artificial intelligence you will still need personal medical care.

Here are my recommendations:

  1. Research one subject at a time. For example, what are the best containers to use for leftover food instead of plastic and plastic wrap? Or, what are the most important supplements to give to toddlers? Or, what are the essential supplements to prevent heart attacks, or urinary infections, etc?
  2. Find a trusted expert in holistic medicine to guide you in a direction of healing and address your questions about an individualized supplement and diet program.

If you need help with this process, I am happy to consult with you, either in my office or remotely by phone or video consults. Just get in touch at