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Allen Lawrence, M.D.


Interventive vs. Integrative Medicine

There are really two very different types of medicines practiced in the western world; Interventive Medicine and Integrated Medicine. Both types of medicine are extremely important and valuable.

Interventive Medicine is based on the construct that when a person becomes ill the Interventive physician acts to manage and/or control both the symptoms and the illness and/or disease process using physical examination, diagnostic and laboratory testing, medications, surgery or radiation to treat symptoms and mange the underlying disease process. In other words, the Interventive physician best functions when their patient is already sick or becoming sick.

The Integrative physician operates from the belief that true prevention, preventing illness before it occurs, is the best approach to protecting their patients. They use information, education, life style changes such as nutrition, diet, exercise and engage the very power of the individualís

mind to help their client-patients protect themselves against becoming ill. When necessary they help their client-patients heal developing conflicts before illness can ultimately occur. The Integrative physician does not wait until their patient is already ill, they work with their client-patients to help them prevent illness before it can occur and to help prevent them from becoming ill in the first place.

The greatest majority of Western physicians are Interventive rather than Integrative physicians. At present, perhaps this is exactly the way it should be. For the past several hundred years physicians had little information or understanding of what disease and illness actually were. They also had few real or school taught tools to operate within the societies they lived. There was little information about true prevention.

Many years ago prevention was related to water supply and preventing greatly destructive diseases such as cholera, typhoid, polio, rabies, yellow fever, and malaria. It is not until World War I that we really developed even a fledgling understanding of prevention and it was not until after World War II that any sizable number of individuals had the means by which to pay for or even consider prevention.

While Interventive Medicine has moved unceasingly toward modernization so have the grass roots proponents of Integrated Medicine. Integrative Medicine has really taken off since the creation of the internet and the ability to disseminate massive amounts of information and knowledge. There is now an endless stream of ideas and new understandings about prevention.

Many years ago I recognized that my head and heart were firmly entrenched in Integrative Medicine. Repairing lacerations and fractured bones, removing diseased organs, tumors, managing cancers with surgery and radiation as well as managing pain with a sophisticated medication pharmacopeia is still the bed-rock foundation of Western Interventive Medicine.

But in more recent times prevention has taken on becoming a beautiful face of alternative choices to help prevent individuals from becoming ill or injured.

As long as we humans have physical bodies and we are active, there will always be an important need for Interventive Medicine but the need and call for prevention and Integrated Medicine is rapidly on the rise and possibly by the mid portion of the 21st century, reach a level where the average citizen will say to themselves, "Why do I first need to get sick, in order to heal the problems I have and those which can be prevented?"

Please understand that neither prevention nor healing are perfect sciences. Interventive Medicine is not perfect in that it cannot and does not save every life. Alone each type of medicine has its faults and problems. Working together they combine to become a much more formidable system of support to help us prevent illness, strengthen our human core and console us in knowing that if we were to become injured or ill, that we have a system that can take over and work as hard as possible to return us to good health and well being. We then can return not just to optimal health and well being, but also restart the dynamic process of protecting ourselves through prevention of those illnesses and problems which can be prevented and/or healed.

I am an Integrated practitioner and proud of it. It is in this spirit that I offer my training and expertise to my patients. I will work with them to help them first prevent possible illness and then if they should become ill, help them heal their illnesses rather than simply treating symptoms or waiting until their condition has reached the state of a chronic illness.

Within my website and the twelve others I write for, edit or manage I provide information directed at helping my readers first prevent, next heal and if these fail, at least understand the most appropriate and natural, drug free, surgery free methods of treating their problems. Let us enjoy learning, growing and evolving together!

Allco Publishing, 2013

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