Clinical trials suggest that the best way to treat disease is to explore, understand, and treat the underlying cause. Western medicine has historically focused on the use of medications to manage conditions such as hypertension, cardiac disease, and diabetes. Our philosophy at the S.A.Y. clinic is one that focuses primarily on the underlying causes of disease. The usual suspects are obesity, stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and at times, not knowing or understanding what constitutes a healthy lifestyle. To that end, our patients enjoy a comprehensive approach to their wellness that includes:
Nutritional counseling and reference materials
Smoking cessation resources
Weight loss classes
Emotional and psychiatric counseling
The clinic is also now aligned with multiple organizations and services to help patients cope with other problems throughout their lives.
We have achieved tremendous success with patients who have taken advantage of these services. We have seen reduction in the need for blood pressure and diabetic medications, weight reduction, increased personal strength and confidence, and individuals who are simply “feeling much better.”
These improvements are as a result of our general philosophy: heal the entire person.
A special post from the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic Director Dr. Val Gokenbach DM, RN, MBA, NEC-A, RWJF