Today is my 52nd birthday. The best gift that I could give myself that no one else could give is to go in for a physical examination. I called a few weeks ago to schedule one on this day. Years past, I would see a traditional doctor (Western medicine). Over the course of studying alternative medicine and meeting other MD’s that work in the field of alternative medicine, it was a no-brainer that I should be seeing a holistic doctor. Last year, I located a wellness center that met my needs here in San Diego. Centric Wellness, like most holistic centers, focus on the whole person, not just the symptoms. I met with Mark Rabe, MD, ABIHM last year who put me on the right path to healing my body, mind , and soul holistically. Today, I met with Samuel Park, MD who is also an awesome doctor. He took his time, asked all the right questions, answered all my questions, and didn’t rush me. I can honestly say that both of us were on the same page and wanted the same results . . . being in the best health possible for life longevity. In my opinion, a yearly physical exam guarantees health and great well-being. Some think of it as a preventive step and an approach to catch a more genuine condition before it starts to cause issues. A yearly physical can likewise screen vitals like weight, circulatory, cholesterol, and different markers. Physicians utilize a physical exam to perceive how the body is performing. Contingent upon a patient’s well-being, a specialist may decide to concentrate on specific ranges of a physical exam. Individuals with a family history of coronary illness may get extra pulse checks, blood tests, and cholesterol screenings. A normal physical exam may incorporate the accompanying parts:
- Health History: This may include, employment, relationships, family.
- Vital Signs: blood pressure reading, heart and respiratory rate
- Visual Exam: your specialist will visually look at your appearance for indications of any potential conditions.
- Physical Exams: An exhaustive physical exam including checking the head and neck, abdominal area, hair, nails, and appendages. The specialist will likewise listen to the heart and lungs.
- Lab Tests: The specialist may do a fasting blood draw. This aides in identifying irregularities in the blood that may demonstrate a bigger issue. They may ask for a lipid panel, or cholesterol test, if a patient is at risk for a heart attack, heart disease, or stroke.
I do understand that holistic treatment is not for everyone; but it works for me. Over the past few years, I have had tremendous results from acupuncture, herbs, massage therapy, and by reading and understanding different ailments. I cannot stress enough how important it is to get annual examinations; men and women. As always, my goal is not to change you, but to plant the seeds to help you grow.