Alternative Healthcare Practitioners
As an RN and a Whole Health Educator®, I have been fortunate to work in both the traditional western medicine world and the alternative fields of health and wellness. I have also been a patient/client of both and am passionate about bringing practitioners of both together. Each way has value and both are necessary. The key is for both sides to have access to each other and to know which one will best serve the patient/client. Sometimes it’s a combination of both.
We are well into the 21st century and the way our existing healthcare system functions is being challenged every day, not only by patients/clients but by practitioners themselves. Corporate medicine has made its way into the conventional medical model, and adds another challenge to healthcare providers who believe that a whole person -centered approach to health and wellness is paramount for optimal, sustainable health.
As alternative healthcare practitioners, it can be difficult to win over potential clients to the benefits of alternative therapies. It can be even more difficult to convince conventional medicine practitioners to consider an alternative therapy for their patients.
How do you communicate with MD’s? How do you communicate and educate potential patients/clients?
When patients and doctors understand that a more whole person-centered approach to wellness exists , they see that it is very important to:
Be an integral, responsible participant in their own health and wellness beyond a “pill for every ill” concept.
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Experience what and how alternative therapies can work for them in addition to what they are doing to heal inside conventional medical treatments.
Understand that “dis” ease creates a toxic environment physically, emotionally and spiritually and that all these areas interconnect. These interconnections of the various aspects of health should be part of a patient’s complete treatment plan.
Address stress, in all its forms, in a manner that helps patients/clients understand that several alternative therapies now have clinical trials and evidence to support the work they do with and for patients/clients. The NIH shares information about the benefits of acupuncture for health and wellness. It’s important for physicians to know where to go for evidenced-based studies on alternative therapies. There are even integrative MD’s who include acupuncture in their practice.
Make choices about their health and wellness outside of conventional medicine by opting to incorporate various credentialed, established, and trusted alternative therapy practitioners into their health and wellness plans.
Integrative MD’s, Functional Medicine docs are becoming more mainstream, and they have decided to meld some of the alternative therapies into their practices. Reach out to them as they are looking for highly qualified, credentialed alternative practitioners to collaborate with. A quick Google search of these MD’s in your area should bring up these doctors.
Healthcare practitioners are also your potential patients/clients. Treat them to a complementary therapy session. Educate them, share your knowledge, and invite them into the world of alternative health and wellness practices with the intention of shifting what health and wellness can be in the 21st century.
We are stronger together and our patient population will be better served when we use each other as resources.
A Bridge To Wholeness aims to be a catalyst for the future of healthcare through encouraging and facilitating creative collaboration.
But I can’t do it alone.
I invite you to learn more about our organization and be a part of a new, more whole person way, of providing medical and wellness care.
Who should join ABTW?
ABTW is open to any and all healthcare practitioners, clinicians, and experts in the fields of health and wellness who want to:
Foster a more “wholistic” approach to health and wellness
Create whole person-centered care which includes body, mind and spirit in all modalities of health and wellness.
Connect and communicate via open, non-judgmental dialog, education and networking opportunities
Aspire to achieve a working model of health, healing and wellness for the 21st century that is inclusive, innovative and visionary.
The investment for being a member of this dynamic community and movement is $197 per year payable online.