Penicillin antibiotics were among the first medications discovered and were effective against many bacterial infections. These medications actually cured acute illnesses, or diseases. This was the beginning of the modern pharmaceutical era where pharmaceutical companies began developing new drugs to treat more and more illnesses. Unfortunately, this approach did not end with acute illnesses only.
This is where the majority of medicine is practiced today. Instead of treating the patient as a whole, most of today’s medicine is centered around treating a specific organ system or dysfunction. Whether it is your heart, brain, kidney, knee, etc., medications are prescribed for just about every illness or health problem, both acute and chronic. This is what I call the “pill for an ill” approach. However, the effects of acute vs. chronic medication is entirely different. Medications prescribed for acute conditions are still very effective in most cases. You get sick, an antibiotic can help. You break your arm, a cast and pain meds should do the trick. When it comes to most chronic illnesses, medications help to manage the symptoms, but provide no cure. In fact, over time what usually happens is more and more medications get prescribed, and less and less emphasis is put on balancing your total health or correcting your imbalances or deficiencies. This approach will certainly help you live longer (maybe), but does it help you live better, or stay well? We do not believe so, which is why we, here at Dilworth, have evolved our approach, helping our patients achieve vibrant health and balanced wellness.
We still believe drugs are an important part of the treatment of chronic health conditions (hey, we are a pharmacy after all), but not the entire approach. Our philosophy to patient care treats the entire body as a whole, not in its parts. All your systems work together in a symphony of health (or dysfunction). When one system is not in balance, another is affected. Over time, if we continue living an unhealthy lifestyle, this will eventually lead to sickness and chronic disease. The Integrative/Functional approach to health looks for the root cause of illness and dysfunction and explores ways to treat those imbalances by using traditional medicine and using complementary and alternative treatments together. By taking this functional (whole) approach to your health, we can personalize your care plan by exploring the root causes of your symptoms/illness, and finding ways, together, to help regain your balance. We focus on wellness, not sickness.