The word "wellness" has become a poorly defined and overused marketing term in recent years. The National Wellness Institute defines it as: "Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence."
Practical Health Strategies is a Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness practice centered on the Value of Health through optimizing your health-related quality of life and productivity with a special emphasis on the role of sleep.
Using a modern "Lifestyle Medicine" approach, we focus on the health-related quality of life with a special emphasis on sleep and productivity which lays the foundation for a meaningful and lasting lifestyle improvement. Dr. Dawkins has provided Lifestyle Medicine solutions throughout his thirty years of sleep center practice and helps you achieve your Rhythm of Life for optimal health and productivity by making realistic and practical lifestyle choices.
Practical Health Strategies is not in the business of selling nutritional or weight-loss products, exercise equipment, or "wearable" gadgets. You will gain the specific health knowledge you need to effectively communicate with your primary doctor, to get the most from that relationship, and to be an informed consumer of medical services.
What is Lifestyle Medicine?
Lifestyle Medicine is the practice of promoting scientifically validated and evidence-based optimal sleep, nutrition, activity, and stress management behaviors with the goal of naturally reaching your peak performance and productivity. A secondary goal is to manage, minimize, or even resolve your lifestyle related diseases and disorders. Examples would be sleep apnea, hypertension and, possibly, diabetes. Lifestyle Medicine considers your home, community and workplace social and environmental factors. You are always the person in charge of your program and the provider is your partner and advisor in your health journey. Lifestyle Medicine is compatible with your conventional medical care.
How does it differ from other medical systems?
Conventional Medicine, the primary healthcare model in the United States, has a focus on curing a disease or injury with an emphasis on making a diagnosis and treatment with medication or surgery. It is very successful for acute illness and injuries but poorly equipped for the chronic diseases and disorders common in modern society. This is not because the doctors do not understand the problem but because the payment and medical education system in America requires the doctor to "do something" and keeps the patient a passive recipient. The role of Lifestyle Medicine is to fill this gap with scientifically supported lifestyle adjustments.
Integrative Medicine emphasizes integrating conventional treatment with alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, biofeedback and nutraceuticals along with some evidence-based lifestyle interventions. The physician or other provider directs and manages the care plan. Formerly referred to as Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the federal government's own National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health states: "With few exceptions, data to guide evidence-based decision making about safety and efficacy are at best preliminary." (http://bit.ly/2iZ1bU8)
Naturopathic Medicine relies on homeopathic and naturopathic treatments such as herbs, "cleanses", and colonics. The treatments are generally based on folklore-based traditional practices and are often presented as "natural" but usually lack acceptable, recognized scientific evidence. Patients may be active participants or passive recipients of care depending upon the practitioner. Provider usually directs the care, in an attempt to emulate the conventional medical model, and the business model often depends upon selling supplements and other products. Naturopathic Medicine may consider the patient's home and community environment.