Betsy Hendricks, MD
- Medical Doctor
We are entering a new era in medical thinking. It is no longer enough to use medications and surgery to treat a person‘s illness or condition. The more we understand the role of multiple factors in our health and wellness, the more we understand that we have multiple tools for improving our health and improving our quality of life. These multiple factors include our environment, what we are exposed to on the outside, and our mind, what we are exposed to on the inside. The environment encompasses everything from the quality of food that we eat to the toxins we are exposed to (chemical and emotional). The mind interacts with our body and from moment to moment, alters our internal biochemistry and ultimately influences our structure, including the health of individual cells, tissues and organs.
We have used the term Integrative Medicine to mean the combining of the best of both "conventional" and "alternative" medicine. My current definition reminds us of the value of recognizing the role of body, mind and spirit in health and the value of having balance of our body, mind and spirit.