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.
Integrated 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, integrated medicine then addresses the whole person, not just the isolated set of symptoms. Integrated 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 integrated 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, integrated 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 integrated medicine is different and bridges the gap between “acute care” and “patient-focused preventative care.” In the integrated medicine model, the doctors are trained to understand the origins, prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
Hallmarks of an integrated medicine approach include:
Polo Health + Longevity Centre
711 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 1B1
During this exceptionally difficult time we have been closely monitoring what the public health officials have been sharing, and with that in mind, we are making important changes to the services we are offering at Polo Health + Longevity Centre.
At this time all non-essential visits have been moved to telephone consults and telemedicine.
Our front desk is open and available to help with your supplement needs, and for booking telephone appointments. As well, our pharmacy is open for all prescriptions. Hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am –5:30pm and Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm. If you wish to pick up supplements, please call ahead so we can get them ready for your pickup. If you are on the Pound-A-Day program, we encourage you to pick up your weekly B-12 shots so you can self-administer them at home. Dr. Polo and Dr. Kassam will follow up weekly by phone for the duration of your program and/or until we reopen for in-clinic visits. As the situation is changing rapidly, we want to make sure all of our patients are taken care of both physically and mentally. We continue to follow the situation closely and will continue to keep you all updated. Call in to book phone consults, refill your prescriptions, and pick-up any supplements you may need.
We recognize this is a trying and stressful time, and we urge to focus on your mental wellbeing through the chaos. Our team is still actively checking social media, and we are here to chat if you need anything.
Best In Health,
Dr. Allana Polo