Total Load Approach to Healing

Medical Diagnosis vs Total Load Approach
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If your doctor stops at a simple diagnosis,
they are not serving you in healing chronic conditions

Copyright, Neva J. Howell

This morning, I read an online medical article by Frank Lipman. I had never heard, from a doctor’s point of view, just why the medical model of today was ever considered good medicine.

Now, I understand that before my time, most people didn’t go to the doctor for chronic conditions. They went because there was an acute emergency and the medical approach of name it, blame it and tame it (as Dr. Lipman puts it) worked well for those.

I agree that someone with a broken bone needs a name it, blame it and tame it approach. Someone with a heart attack, the same. However, most of us are walking around with some kind of chronic condition that involves a lot more than just one factor.

I like the total load approach that Dr. Lipman speaks of and, if I were going to see a medical doctor, I might ask if they look at the total load. If that doctor looked at me as if I’d asked which planet he or she was from, I might keep looking for a doctor.

So what is total load? Basically, it means that your doctor doesn’t stop with a diagnosis of a chronic condition. It means your doctor considers emotional, mental and spiritual factors, lifestyle choices that could be contributing to the chronic condition (these could include dietary choices, use of unhealthy substances such as tobacco, alcohol or recreational drugs, work habits, exercise or lack of, etc.

Here’s the article. I think it’s just great information from a doctor’s perspective:

Total Load Medicine vs Simple Diagnosis

I don’t want to simplify what Dr. Lipman says here; I’d encourage reading the entire article. However, because I so align with what he says about the importance of asking the right questions, I’ve excerpted the two things he says are more important for your doctor to know about and address than the diagnosis:

According to Dr. Lipman, your doctor should be asking….

1) What is harming you and needs to be removed to permit the body to heal?


2) What is lacking or what does your body need to promote healing?

I definitely believe that, If more doctors incorporated those two questions into their evaluation, diagnosis and resulting treatment plans, more people would be getting well and staying well.

Of course, the other side of that is the patient compliance. Once the harmful elements are identified, there must be a willingness to remove them from your life. There must additionally be a willingness to incorporate what is lacking so your body can heal.

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