Integrative medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. The focus of integrative health care is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. Using an integrative, science-based healthcare approach, I look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, nutrition, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. considering the unique genetic makeup of each patient, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical, nutritional and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
In my integrative health care approach, I incorporate traditional Western health care practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” health care, creating a focus on prevention through the following: nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques. Someday “alternative” will be considered mainstream and a genuine aspect of an integrative approach to modern health care.
In integrative health care, the patient becomes an active partner. This allows everyone to have an opinion. I am unique in that I work with you from beginning to completion of your specially designed program, supporting you along every step. I have helped clients locally and globally overcome health problems using thoroughly researched and carefully applied personalized nutritional/lifestyle enhanced programs. Harris Integrative Health & Nutrition offers customized programs to fit your specific needs, concerns, and lifestyle. Each program is designed for you to succeed. With over thirty years of clinical nutrition experience, I have realized that accountability is a key in the success of our programs. I work with you through every step of your journey and will support you as you develop a new, healthier lifestyle. My goal for each client is to achieve a better sense of health and vitality while enjoying a longer, healthier life.
Nutrition is not just about fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. It is much more than previously thought. Nutrition involves the complex interaction of molecules and even the most basic form - atoms. How these molecules interact and behave in an ever-widening set of circumstance is one of the fundamental relationships in nutrition. The more we begin to understand these complex relationships and learn to predict their behavior, the more we can appreciate how nutrition affects us and how the lack of, or excess of, certain nutrients causes strong implications in the development of most diseases.
We live in a toxic environment. There is no place on this planet where a man-made toxin doesn’t exist. We have polluted 100% of the earth. The same is true with us. Because of man’s inexcusable behavior, no man, woman, child doesn’t have at least 500 toxins in our bodies at any given time. Up to 50% of these toxins are carcinogenic, cancer causing. Even unborn babies have up to 287 toxins in their umbilical cord blood. Why is this important. Studies indicate that up to 90% of all diseases are related to our environment, lifestyle and poor nutrition. Toxins rob our bodies of essential nutrients essential to detoxify these dangerous toxins. Cancer, autoimmune issues, heart disease, depression, autism, digestive disorders, infertility, arthritis are just a few diseases caused or at least contribute to our sick society.
An individual’s lifestyle, the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group, directly affect health care around the world. Economic level is probably the most important since 80% of people don’t have the opportunity to receive proper health care. In today’s day and age that is inexcusable. We can help every person/child on this planet but we decide to ignore the problem.
Some individual genetics also play a role in our health care system. More and more therapies are being targeted to specific genes. In the future, this will become standard in treating disease but we’re still in the infancy of genetic therapy.
I have worked with corporations, schools, towns, social groups, doctors, sports teams, individual among many others to bring a better understanding of nutrition, lifestyle, and environmental choices can either make us sick or worst case scenario, kill us. I am constantly looking for opportunities to lecture. I moderate a TV show in Vermont, “Out of the Box” to help educate people on the traditional and alternative choices they have when deciding about their health care. I have an online eBook that has helped thousands of people understand why we are such a compromised society, globally, and how they can change their lifestyles to accommodate their illnesses.