Western modern medicine, or allopathic medicine, plays a crucial role in our health care system today. It is extremely valuable to have an MD and ND work in cooperation to address all aspects of health and to help educate and promote valuable lifestyle changes.
Functional medicine has evolved from the practice of modern medicine and is able to better address the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the ‘traditional and conventional’ disease-focused model to a more patient-focused approach, functional medicine then addresses the whole person, not just the isolated set of symptoms. functional medicine allows for MDs to address the underlying cause of disease, while supporting the relationship between patient and practitioner in a therapeutic and empowering partnership.
This model of medicine allows for functional medicine doctors to spend more time with their patients, listen to their histories, and assess the interactions between environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors that can influence chronic disease states. In this regard, functional medicine truly supports the unique individual expression of health and vitality.
The current system of healthcare practiced by most physicians is centered around “acute care,” or diagnosis and treatment of illness at the time that it presents. Most physicians are then prescribing drugs, treatment or surgery that aims to fix the immediate and urgent problem. Unfortunately, the “acute care” approach does not take into account people’s unique genetic makeup, individual lifestyle factors, or environmental influences that may have a direct effect on their current state of health. This is where functional medicine is different and bridges the gap between “acute care” and “patient-focused preventative care.” In the functional medicine model, the doctors are trained to understand the origins, prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
Hallmarks of an functional medicine approach include:
Polo Health + Longevity Centre
711 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 1B1
COVID-19 Clinic Update:
To our valued Polo Health family, community, customers and patients we have dearly missed:
As of May 19th, we have entered phase 2 of the gradual return to work plan, keeping in mind the safety of our staff and patients as top priority. We are slowly transitioning back to in office visits and appointments in a safe and responsible manner. We are closely monitoring what the public health officials have been sharing, and their safety recommendations and guidelines for opening the clinic. With that in mind, we have made important changes, new practices and protocols.
Our goal is to collaboratively ensure you feel safe and secure so together we can navigate the complexities of these changes. Here are some things we are implementing to help keep our clinic space safe and to support you:
● More frequent cleaning and sanitizing of high touch point areas such as treatment rooms before and after your appointment.
● Access to hand sanitizer throughout the clinic.
● Removal of the waiting room chairs and social distancing decals on the floor to invite less gathering in the front area.
● Screening patients prior to coming into the clinic with the following COVID-19 Symptoms: • Fever > 38C • Cough • Sore throat • Shortness of breath • Flu-like symptoms • Runny nose and ensuring these patients stay home
● Personal Protective gear such as gloves and masks available for those who wish to use them
● Sneeze guards/ Plastic shields at the front desk counters
● Touchless payment devices and keeping credit cards on file for ease of transactions
For those of you who wish to continue with virtual phone and telemedicine appointments, this service is still available for you. We will also continue doing curbside pickup of supplements if that is your preference, kindly please call ahead with your supplement order.
Our hours of operation have changed for the time being, until further notice:
Monday to Friday 9:30am-5:30pm.
We would like to assure you that we are doing everything possible to safely manage this challenging situation and to thank you for your cooperation and patience. We understanding this has been a stressful time, and want you to know we are all here for you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and loyalty during these past few months. We are looking forward to seeing you in the upcoming weeks. We know this situation has brought our health and wellness, both physical and mental to the forefront, and we are glad you have a place to come to get these dealt with.
With gratitude, the entire Polo Health Team.