Other centers fall far short on many key levels, due to lack of organic diet, inability to safely taper medications, or not providing top shelf, non-toxic modalities, discussed below. The term holistic is often misused, a mere buzz word within the healthcare industry. More than limited intravenous nutrients, a yoga class, or a once a week acupuncture, true holistic practices are best delivered by those who understand its science, deeper teachings, and believe and continue to witness its benefits daily.
Environmental medicine studies the impact of chemicals in our environment and an individual’s physical, mental and emotional responses to them.
Each person has a unique genetic profile, genetic polymorphisms, that allows the processing of toxins. Where there are handicaps, accumulations of poisons can occur, including heavy metals, pesticides and medication waste develop in the body. These toxins are harmful and can lead to DNA damage, hormonal impairments, compromised neurotransmitter expression, and immune deficiencies. We use extraction techniques to relieve the body of these stressors, clinically shown to vastly improve mental health.
Neurotoxins are defined as poisons that directly impair the nervous system.
Some over-excite nerve cells to death, while others debilitate the expression of neurotransmitters that directly affect mood. Heavy metals, pesticides, additives to food and hygiene products are common culprits. We use chelation, a process to remove toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, and aluminum. Other organic poisons must be transformed based upon unique, genetically determined mechanisms. We design a neurotoxin removal program to fit the individual, allowing the nervous system to re-regulate itself in the way that it was designed.
The body is naturally designed to manufacture neurotransmitters, important in mood balance.
Drugs do not manufacture neurotransmitters. Serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin and others have amino acid precursors that configure these highly important chemical messengers of emotion. By administering these non-toxic amino acid precursors, we help direct the body to replace potential deficiencies and balance what could be over-expressed.
The term orthomolecular was coined by the late Dr. Linus Pauling, a double Nobel prize laureate.
Orthomolecular medicine is the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of naturally occurring substances that exist in the body. It has gained specific popularity in the treatment of mental health. As far back 1952, Abram Hoffer, M.D, Ph.D led the first double-blind, placebo-controlled study in the history of psychiatry, demonstrating Niacin as a curative for schizophrenia.¹ Today, orthomolecular medicine is highly regarded and a respite for those seeking options to medications.
To effectively manage pain, it is often necessary to remove the use of medications to understand what patients true baseline is for pain.
Surgeons have sent us their patients, prior to surgery, to help them rid their codependency of opiates. Amazingly enough, often after our treatment, it is determined that they no longer need the surgery. To rebuild endorphin levels, we use non-toxic neurochemical precursors. When a person has diverse body pain or fibromyalgia, a simple lifestyle adjustment such as removing allergen and inflammatory foods from the diet can provide lasting relief.
Art therapy serves as a valuable component of our integrative mental health treatment approach.
Alternative to Meds Center incorporates art therapy into our recovery program as it supports recovery in numerous ways. From improving cognitive and sensorimotor functions, to strengthening social skills and boosting self-esteem, art therapy can be an effective method of reaching deeper levels of self-awareness while in recovery, breaking through persistent feelings of limitation or inability to express oneself.