Our Healing Philosopy

Healing Paradigms
A healing paradigm is the prevailing belief system that underlies a treatment rationale. When you see a doctor or other healing practitioner they will treat you within the context of what they believe to be true about the way we heal.

If you go to a faith healer their paradigm might be that God heals everything if you have enough faith. If you go to a medical doctor they may treat you with the idea that the body as an ignorant machine  that needs drugs and surgery so that the person does not suffer anymore.

When choosing who to see to help you regain and maintain health it is important to know how they see the way healing occurs. Many times patients go to medical doctors and then complain about the treatments. Really it is not the medical doctor's fault. If you see a surgeon you should be expecting surgery. If you are looking to heal you probably need to see another type of practitioner.


Western Medical Paradigm
Western medicine, the prevailing paradigm in our culture is based on science. It is generally based on the belief in Newtonian physics and largely uses the scientific method.

With western medicine the body is seen as a machine with parts, not unlike a car. Since it is complex we have many specialist to address the various parts. The parts, like eyes or joints, are considered as relatively independent of the rest of the body and lifestyle and so are treated as isolated entities. Like fixing the brakes on the car.

Once something seems to go wrong with the body, it is assumed that there is little we can do to heal the problem and so drastic measures must be taken. We need to cut out the offending part, like tonsils, ovaries or appendices. We need to irradiate the offending part or we need to drug the patient so that they now longer notice or care about the symptom.

There is little in this model that has to do with the body actually healing. The physician is often seen as a god that is responsible for the patient getting well.

Natural Healing Paradigm
In the natural healing paradigms of such things as homeopathy and naturopathic medicine, the prevailing view is that the body has the infinite wisdom to heal itself. Disease occurs when the intelligence of the body has been subverted, overwhelmed or when the healing energies of the body have been so reduced that it simply cannot do the job right now.

Unlike western medicine, natural healing sees the body/mind/person as one whole entity that is also inseparable from its environment. For this reason when treating a person, the intake includes what is happening in the body as well as the mind and the overall life. This can include major events from the past that are still exerting an influence on the person. For instance childhood trauma can still be exerting a major influence on the nervous system that can deplete the adrenal glands and lead to chronic fatigue. Or it might include going to be too late at night or not getting enough protein in the diet.

Natural medicine uses a variety of modalities and life style changes to assist and provoke the body into a healing response. Rather then focusing on labeling conditions and naming diseases, the focus is on how can we induce healing in this person at this time. The actual healing is done by nature, not by us.

Biotherapeutic Drainage
In our clinic we rely the on the Biotherapeutic Drainage model. In this model we fully trust the bodies innate ability to heal itself when conditions are appropriate.

We combine palliative care, that is care to relieve symptoms, along with curative care. The palliative care is hopefully short term to provide a window of time for the body to heal. The curative care is ongoing as we slowly unwind the altered physiology of the body so that it can heal itself.

Our intake procedure combines a history, intake forms and a variety of testing. Dr. Forrest then evaluates the findings and comes up with a treatment rationale and protocol. Cases are then followed with the patient giving feedback along with follow-up testing. Treatments are often changed monthly to accommodate the changes in the body.

Case History Example - Hypothetical
A patient comes into the clinic with a number of health issues. These include high cholesterol levels, chronic fatigue and depression. What should we do?

 - Western Medicine
  • Place patient on a Statin Drug to lower cholesterol
  • Recommend bed rest for the fatigue, if that does not work consider lab work.
  • Put patient on a selective serotonin uptake inhibitor for depression
- Faith Healing
  • Pray for a miracle
- Natural Healing
  • Take a history to find why the body is producing high cholesterol and address the underlying issues. Start drainage.
  • Test for adrenal or thyroid exhaustion. Place patient on nutrients to provide more energy and begin drainage to help the body to heal.
  • Do neurotransmitter testing to find imbalances in brain chemistry and treat with Targeted Amino Acid Therapy
- Years Later
  1. Western Medicine - patient still on statin drugs but has now experienced muscle pains and liver problems. Growing concerns that statins reduce the immune system and may increase the incidence of cancer. Research showing that statins do not improve overall health risks.

    Patient is now more fatigued. Sleep, coffee no longer work. Condition is getting worse and patient has had to reduce their activities and curtail many aspects of their life. They feel there is no hope and they are resigned that the best years of their life are behind them.

    Depression is worse. The SSRI no longer working. Their underlying emotional issues that remain unresolved.

    Overall the doctors do not know what to do next. Suggest getting psychological help.

  2. Faith Healing - patient has either won the lottery and healed or they are worse and now feel guilty that they did not have enough faith.

  3. Natural Healing - Patient is now much improved. The underlying stressors leading to high cholesterol, fatigue and depression have been resolved and they are doing much better. Patient feels that their health, while not perfect, continues to improve. The future looks bright.


Summary
We feel that there is a place for all healing modalities. Western scientific medicine had been a boon to society and we would not want to be without it. It is really just a question of choosing the appropriate modality for the situation. Are you trying to palliate, suppress or heal? Do I do this therapy alone or in combination with others. Generally we find that full healing requires addressing body, mind and spirit.



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