The future is calling out for us to re-frame healthcare beyond alternatives – we must see past the dilemma of managing disease versus supporting a healthy life.
Indeed, our turning point has already begun! The role of the medical system is being redefined in context to the shifting agents of individual awareness, responsibility and informed choice. The way each person, family, and culture within our society understands, engages, and fosters health is the foundation of this change.
Healthcare will continue to embrace technological advancements in diagnostics and treatments. And yet we are discovering that sustainable and resilient health crucially depends on a more holistic approach encompassing disease prevention, health promotion, and supporting the unique solutions each needs to thrive.
Optimum, accessible, and sustainable healthcare for all, through quality services and partnerships, and the mindful integration of traditional and modern systems.
We facilitate positive change, with those who seek balance and a better life.Through our extensive therapeutic training and experience, we provide affordable, practical and evidence-based alternatives that complement western medicine.
We engage our patients in a committed partnership of healing, no matter what their age or condition.
The holistic principles that guide us*
Optimal Health is the primary goal of holistic medical practice. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest level of functioning and balance of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of human experience, resulting in a dynamic state of being fully alive. This creates a condition of well-being regardless of the presence or absence of disease.
Whole Person. Holistic health care practitioners view people as the unity of body, mind, spirit and the systems in which they live.
Prevention and Treatment. Holistic health care practitioners promote health, prevent illness and help raise awareness of dis-ease in our lives rather than merely managing symptoms. A holistic approach relieves symptoms, modifies contributing factors, and enhances the patient’s life system to optimize future well-being.
Innate Healing Power. All people have innate powers of healing in their bodies, minds and spirits. Holistic health care practitioners evoke and help patients utilize these powers to affect the healing process.
Integration of Healing Systems. Holistic health care practitioners embrace a lifetime of learning about all safe and effective options in diagnosis and treatment. These options come from a variety of traditions, and are selected in order to best meet the unique needs of the patient. The realm of choices may include lifestyle modification and complementary approaches as well as conventional drugs and surgery.
Relationship-centered Care. The ideal practitioner-patient relationship is a partnership which encourages patient autonomy, and values the needs and insights of both parties. The quality of this relationship is an essential contributor to the healing process.
Individuality. Holistic health care practitioners focus patient care on the unique needs and nature of the person who has an illness rather than the illness that has the person.
Teaching by Example. Holistic health care practitioners continually work toward the personal incorporation of the principles of holistic health, which then profoundly influence the quality of the healing relationship.
Learning Opportunities. All life experiences including birth, joy, suffering and the dying process are profound learning opportunities for both patients and health care practitioners.
The Healing Power of Love. Holistic health care practitioners strive to meet the patient with grace, kindness, acceptance, and spirit without condition, as love is life’s most powerful healer.
* These holistic principles are adopted from list created by The American Holistic Medical Association
Beyond Alternatives - a sustainable, adaptable vision
The time has come. A turning point is happening in healthcare; although maybe not the one you think! The future is not about life extension through technology and micromanaging diseases — at least not for the majority. Emerging from a former focus on disease detection and symptom mitigation is a network of progressive health professionals who will help reframe the very idea of healthcare itself. They represent a paradigm shift by both average citizens and healthcare practitioners alike. It can be seen in the evolving ways clients and healthcare professionals interact with each other. We are moving away from the current dichotomy of making choices between mainstream medicine or “alternative” practices, and facing more toward a legitimate system of complementary choices that people are making for better health.
We live in a time defined by change. Our modern wealth and scientific knowledge have enabled better and longer lives, and yet we are overwhelmed with more information than we can understand and use effectively! Ironically, modern day afflictions are closely aligned with changes of lifestyle and diet that the new area has afforded. Contemporary lives are now rooted in unhealthy choices that bring us to both insidious excesses and deficiencies. Excesses of fat, sugar, salt, and emotional stress on the one hand, and deficiencies of whole foods, basic nutrients, sleep, exercise, and bodily awareness on the other! But despite living longer than ever on average, we don’t live any longer than the longest lived people did before the scientific revolution. Sadly, many of us now will live out the last decades of our longer average lifespan under intensive medical management for chronic and possibly preventable diseases. We no longer die of old age, but rather fight a series of long battles against chronic pathologies. What is our future? Read ATP blogs that embody our vision and what inspires us