As a physician, I bear witness to the limitations of a reductionistic treatment paradigm in reversing chronic diseases. Important medical advances have resulted in many lifesaving treatments. On the other hand, the overuse of medications that do not truly cure diseases at the root-cause level and the prevalence of polypharmacy (the concurrent use of multiple medications) conflict with fundamental principles of integrative and functional medicine. In fact, those physicians trained in the field of (conventional) geriatric medicine most appreciate the importance of avoiding polypharmacy, if at all possible.
Practicing medicine holistically, through the principles of integrative and functional medicine, is important to me because it treats disease at the root of the problem and promotes whole-person health. It is very fulfilling for me to see patients' diseases reversed and their debilitating symptoms alleviated through integrative and functional therapeutic approaches. Whenever I am able to prescribe food as medicine to a patient instead of an expensive chronic medication, my enthusiasm for this practice of good medicine is renewed. I am able to share the joy of fundamental health creation with people who have not discovered it.
My mission is to bring whole-person healing to as many people as I can. It gives me hope to see people being active in dialogues that help fellow humans find ways to achieve true health through prudent choices and, at the same time, walk hand-in-hand to promote a healthy planet for future generations.
Through my clinical work, I hope to contribute to catalyzing a paradigm shift in the way health care is delivered in our country and in the world—as the field of integrative and functional medicine continues to promote—by relinquishing the reductionistic way of health care delivery and, instead, embracing a truly holistic approach to creating health in body, mind, and spirit.
- George Wang