Healthcare is changing as our current model of “disease care” is failing. Chronic disease such as heart disease remains the leading cause of death in America and worldwide. A new system of healthcare is emerging that engages you, the patient, to become more empowered and play an active role in health and wellbeing. Modern science is demonstrating that most noncommunicable disease, like heart disease, results from both current and lifelong environmental exposures that interact with the microbiome (gut microbial population), lifestyle choices, and a variety of psycho-social and economical factors. A whole person approach to health and healing cultivates resilience by supporting individual needs while also helping remove the obstacles to optimal health.
Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It is widely reported that 70% to 90% of all heart disease is preventable. In addition, an unhealthy diet is now the leading cause of death in Americans. Yet, cardiologists have little to no training in lifestyle medicine, especially nutrition.
Superior doctors prevent disease.
Mediocre doctors treat the disease before it is present.
Inferior doctors treat the full blown disease.-Huang Dee: Nai-Ching (2600 B.C. 1st Chinese Medical Text)
Cardiology is ripe for integrative medicine. Bridging the knowledge of modern medicine with the wisdom of indigenous healing systems, a new system of health care will emerge which supports the health of the individual as well as the community and environment in which they live. I plan to do my part as an integrative cardiologist.
What is integrative cardiology?
Dave Johnson, MD blends the integrative medicine approach with a functional medicine mindset. The result is the most comprehensive strategy at preventing and reversing heart disease. Complementing over two decades of experience as a clinical cardiologist with extensive and formal training in integrative and functional medicine, Dave Johnson, MD is only one of a few physicians with such training.
What does this mean?
This holistic approach helps identify potential causes of heart disease rather than simply diagnosing and treating the disease as it develops. Most heart disease is preventable and potentially reversible. Our comprehensive strategy explores all aspects of life- body, mind, soul and spirit. After mitigating the cause, then strategies are used to optimize health and vitality.