Into Well Being, PC

Noel John M. Carrasco, M.D., FAAP

Pat Murphy Carrasco, BSN, MFA, CMHT

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PREVENTIVE & INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE ~A HEALING PARTNERSHIP FOR MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT
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NUTRITIONAL THERAPY
Nutritional therapy is a system of healing based on the belief that food provides the medicine we need to remain in a state of health. Food is our medicine and our medicine is our food. Many conditions can be relieved effectively with nutritional therapy, (although some health problems require specific medication be it botanicals, supplements or pharmaceuticals). These include disorders ranging from chronic fatigue, energy loss, insomnia and depression, to backache, skin complaints, asthma, and headaches.

If you have specific health challenges they can be address at a level you feel most comfortable with.

If you have no specific illness, and want to maintain a state of your optimum health, nutritional therapy will be of benefit. The typically prescribed change toward more wholesome foods or eating patterns is safe for children as well as adults, and is a reasonable way to proceed toward wellbeing.

The advantage of having an Integrative Physician review your diet, likes and dislikes, is the knowledgeable support and guidance while making the necessary change in eating style toward optimal nutritional maintenance.

In our modern culture, the pressure of daily life, deadlines, immediacy, eating on the run, denies us the experience, the purpose, and the role of food. Indeed even the quality of food becomes secondary. Eventually it denies us our very lifestyle.

Nutritional therapy is a holistic discipline. As the key to good health, nutrition is the fundamental encompassing principle to help people of all ages to stay at their personal peak of energy and vitality. Research is continually exposing a lot more specific bio-nutrient information that staves off negative effects of aging and disease. Integrative Medicine puts the focus on people to reconnect with their own intuitive knowledge and to take responsibility for choices that fit their own values, by learning food and supplement recommendations that support optimal health they make those decisions, and then experiencing how they feel returns decisive power back to the individual for health, for wellbeing, for life.

Some of the foundation concepts of the nutritional therapy approach: 1. Mindful eating savoring, enjoying and focusing on what is being eaten.

2. Only foods known to have healing benefits or essential nutrients are included.

3. Plant foods create the base and may be accented by animal foods.

4. Seasonal variety of color, balance, nutrient diversity and attention to portion size.

5. Choosing foods that support a healthful environment (e.g. knowing whats in our food and where it comes from) an education in learning what is essential. Acknowledgement is given to Patricia Quinn MD for her insight and discussions on nutritional therapy.

The Healthing Foods Pyramid is a good reference point.

Each person has individual requirements one size does not fit all and in the throes of dis-ease requirements change. Important to distinguish between therapeutic eating and maintenance nutrition.

BOTANICALS HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS

There is tremendous health value in botanical and herbal supplements. I believe there is even more benefit derived from eating a healthy diet than taking isolated substances in supplemental form. Given the current state of our diet, or for nutrional support during health challenges, I recognize the significant role of nutritional supplements ,when and how to use them wisely.

While most botanical or herbal use are not likely to be harmful , keep in mind that natural isn’t a synonym for safe.

Awareness is needed when using botanicals either for food or medicine. Like synthetic drugs herbal preparations maybe toxic. They may also cause allergic reactions, or affect your response to other medications, or may not just be appropriate for you.

     

" Natural Forces Within Us Are The True Healers Of Disease "

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