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Integrative Health 2017-06-01T06:37:23+00:00

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH

The Body Genius Institute has a very clear cause: To start at the grassroots level and to inspire enough individuals to create a social movement that leads to a real difference in how people view health and wellness.

It is our mission to change conventional thinking about health and wellness and to create a ‘social movement’ that influences individuals and leads to a healthier world.

To overcome the current healthcare crisis that we face in the world today, individuals need to begin to take responsibility for their own health and begin to make better choices. This process of change will not begin at the top. Governments are not going to lead the way for a healthier future as they are too heavily invested (economically) within industries that profit from sickness and disease. Nor can we rely solely on teachers and the educational system to teach each child the value of leading a happy and healthy life. This responsibility starts with each individual and within each home.

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A NEW HEALTH CARE MODEL (HOLISTIC HEALING)

There is a need for a new health care model that is client focused and holistic in nature. First and foremost, each individual needs to take responsibility for their own health and wellness and make decisions that reflect their desire to be healthy and happy. As such each individual should focus on the ‘Foundation Principles’ of health on a daily basis, whether they are looking to remain healthy or recovering from pain, illness or disease.

Foundation Principles of Health

This new ‘holistic’ model of health care will allow clients to surround themselves with a team of health professionals that is most suited to their needs. See Appendix A: ‘A New Holistic Model of Health Care.’

Under this new model clients will be empowered to practice self care that is based firmly on these foundation principles. These habits should be adopted both for preventative care and for healing purposes. Medical doctors and allied health professionals (Physiotherapists, Naturopaths, Chiropractors, Chinese Practitioners, etc) should work together to support clients and develop a cost-effective strategy for maintaining or restoring health. This new model will replace the current allopathic (medical) model that often disempowers patients and does little to restore their health.

  • Organic whole foods
  • Active lifestyle
  • Emotional health
  • Quality sleep patterns
  • Adequate hydration
  • Mental health
  • Optimal breathing patterns
  • Spiritual health
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These concepts become especially powerful when put into context in relation to human performance. A client’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health must make up the foundation for any performance model.

Medical doctors and allied health professionals who treat clients for ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ without first satisfying the baseline Health level are less likely to achieve a successful outcome. Every client should be evaluated from a health perspective and mentored and empowered to successfully fulfill the requirements of the foundation principles of health.

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WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE HEALTH? WHAT DOES AN INTEGRATIVE HEALTH PRACTITIONER DO?

There are many definitions of ‘Integrative’ health care, but all of them involve bringing ‘conventional’ and ‘complementary’ approaches together in a coordinated fashion.

  • The initial consultation focuses on building a relationship and connection between the client and the integrative health practitioner.
  • This relationship should be based on compassion, mutual respect and empathy.
  • One of the roles of the IHP is to mentor, educate and empower their clients. The client should be clearly informed at all times and provided with choices so that they can contribute to their own health care.

Modern medicine has systematically broken the body down into its composite parts: Heart, lungs, muscles, bones, liver, kidney, brain, joints, etc Think of all the specialists that currently exist in the current healthcare system.

  • Cardiologists
  • Rheumatologists
  • Gynecologists
  • Oncologists
  • Physiotherapists
  •  Orthopedic surgeons
  • Ear nose throat
  • Immunologists
  • Pediatricians
  • Chiropractors
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Dentists
  • Endocrinologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Osteopaths
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Dermatologists
  • Obstetricians
  • Urologists
  • Podiatrists

The challenge is that these specialists have a massive amount of knowledge and expertise but only in one specific area of the body. They often fail to recognize the interconnections of the human body and don’t fully understand its physiology.

An Ears Nose Throat (ENT) specialist is treating a patient for rhinitis (inflammation with the nasal passages) but doesn’t evaluate the health of the patient’s gastrointestinal system in relation to this condition.

A Dermatologist is treating a patient for psoriasis and eczema but doesn’t evaluate the patient’s diet, stress levels or the health of their gastrointestinal system.

A Physiotherapist is treating a client for ‘hot, swollen’ knees and provides a range of exercises. They fail to consider the impact that the client’s processed food diet and general ‘inflammatory’ lifestyle is having on the condition.

Integrative health practitioners focus on the whole person and consider all of the systems within the body: Cardiovascular system, digestive system, endocrine system, lymphatic/immune system, integumentary/exocrine system, musculoskeletal system, renal/urinary system, reproductive system, respiratory system, and nervous system.

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It has been estimated that over one million academic papers are published each year. As such it is simply impractical to think that any health professional can read every scientific paper pertaining to their chosen field.

With that said, it’s imperative for integrative health practitioners to stay ‘current’ with the latest scientific evidence. This requires making time to consistently research, read and evaluate scientific papers and then to determine whether this information is congruent with what they see in clinical experience and whether changes to ‘best practice’ are required.

In addition to physical health, integrative health practitioners also need to consider the mental, emotional and spiritual health of their clients.

  • It’s worth defining a few terms at this point for clarity of the discussion.
  • The term ‘conventional medicine’ is used to describe a system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation or surgery.
  • The term ‘allopathic medicine’ can be used interchangeably with the term ‘conventional medicine.’
  • The term ‘complementary’ is most often used to describe non-mainstream practice that is used together with conventional medicine.
  • The term ‘alternative’ is most often used to describe non-mainstream practice that is used in place of conventional medicine.

Most complementary health approaches fall into one of two subgroups: Natural products and supplementation, or mind and body practices.

 

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Integrative Health Practitioners practice ‘complementary’ health care making use of a wide range of therapeutic treatments.

  • As stated, Integrative Health Practitioners practice “complimentary” health care, which means combining ‘conventional’ medicine with ‘non-mainstream’ medicine. For many clients a team of healthcare professionals may need to be considered. This may include Chinese practitioners, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, podiatrists, naturopaths, dieticians, massage therapists, kinesiologists, homeopaths, movement coaches, and/or medical doctors.
  • See Body Genius Institute – ‘A new healthcare model’
By joining modern medicine with proven practices from other healing traditions, integrative health practitioners are better able to alleviate pain and suffering, reduce stress, maintain the client’s health and vitality, and enhance their resilience. Most simply put, integrative health offers best practices for optimal health and healing.

Practice Origin
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) China
Acupuncture China
Modern Medicine Greece
Ayurveda India
Yoga India
Naturopathy Greece (Hippocrates)
Unani Tibb Arabic – based on Greek medicine
Siddha South Indida
Homeopathy Germany – Samuel Hahnemann
Chiropractic United States
Colon Therapy – Enema Egypt
Osteopathy / CranioSacral therapy United States
Meditation Hindu traditions of Vedantism
Mindfulness Buddhist traditions
Qigong, Tai Chi China
Ancient Herbal Medicine South and Central America
Feldenkrais Method Israel
Fasting Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Taoists, Confucianists, Jainists, Buddhists, & other religious faiths.

BODY GENIUS INSTITUTE – OUR VISION

This is our worldview – the way it could be!

It is our mission to change conventional thinking about health and wellness and to create a ‘social movement’ that influences individuals and leads to a healthier world.

Conscious Living Sustainable Living Organic Living

We are 100% clear on why we exist and what we would like to achieve. Our cause has been clearly defined and every individual we help brings us one step closer to reaching our goal.

Read more about our cause.

Collectively, the Body Genius team has over 60 years of experience in the health and wellness industry and we have helped thousands of people to achieve their goals. We have a proven track record of success.

Our treatment protocols are well-structured and follow a proven system for success. Why we exist as a company is outlined in the document outlining ‘Our Cause’. ‘How’ we operate as a business is clearly defined in The Performance Pyramid e-book available from this website. You can be confident that you are working with a team of skilled professionals that are focused on your success and have the experience and systems to make this happen.

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Our strategies and protocols are based firmly on the foundation principles of health. Where possible, our protocols are supported by the latest scientific evidence.

Foundation Principles of Health

Organic whole foods Adequate hydration Quality sleep patterns
Active Lifestyle Mental Health Spiritual Health
Emotional Health Optimal Breathing Patterns

 

Our goal is to enhance your quality of life and to create a sustainable lifestyle that not only helps promotes healing, but also enhances your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

Body Mind Spirit Diagram

In addition to physical health, integrative health practitioners also need to consider the mental, emotional and spiritual health of their clients.

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COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In a nutshell, essentially every condition can be improved in some way by the focused attention and mentorship of an Integrative Health Practitioner. Here is a list of the most common complaints and ailments:

Psoriasis Eczema Uticaria Rosacea
Constipation Diarrhea Crohn’s disease IBS
Joint pain Arthritis Cancer Diabetes
Brain fog Chronic fatigue Poor sleep patterns Hormone imbalances
Menstrual problems Reflux/heartburn Food sensitivities Acne
Bloating Depression Anxiety Headaches/migraines
Lower back pain Neck pain Inability to lose weight
Infertility – inability to fall pregnant or carry the foetus to full term

 

the more simple the strategy

Excellent question!

First, our treatment approach will focus on mental, emotional, spiritual and physical healing. Most treatment approaches focus solely on physical healing.

Second, a key step in our approach is to emphasize the reduction of habits or patterns of thinking that are contributing to your symptoms or disease.

  • A reduction in the amount of time spent sitting (Sedentary Lifestyle)
  • Less processed foods such as breads, cereals, pasta, pre-prepared meals, canned or packaged foods, processed meats and farmed seafood.
  • A reduction in the amount of time spent using phones, computers, watching television or using other electronic devices.
  • Minimizing or completely eliminating alcohol, sugar, coffee and other inflammatory foods and drinks.
  • Reducing the amount of negative thought patterns and negative emotions that are experienced on a daily basis.
  • Reducing the amount of stress experienced on a daily basis.
  • Minimizing or completely eliminating all soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks and other liquids containing sugar and harmful additives.

In many cases this ‘reduction strategy’ is far more important than promoting natural supplementation or ‘adding in’ positive behaviours such as meditation or yoga. Eliminating ‘old habits’ and ‘fixed mindset’ patterns of thinking is a crucial first step.

Many clients simply don’t understand that there are barriers to healing and that these need to be addressed first.

Barriers To Healing

Systemic Inflammation Poor sleep patterns Parasitic infections
Food Sensitivities Fungal Overgrowth Malnourished
Chronic Stress Sedentary Lifestyle Negative emotions
Poor gut health Smoking Alcohol & drugs
Food additives Processed Foods Chemical exposure
Medications Inadequate hydration Repetitive stresses

 

Third, it’s through these types of reduction strategies that an emphasis is placed on the ‘Foundation Principles’ of health. You will notice there is a natural shift towards:

  • Improvements in sleep patterns
  • Adequate hydration on a daily basis
  • A diet based firmly on organic, whole foods
  • A diet that focuses on vegetables, leafy greens and healing herbs/spices
  • Daily physical activity
  • Being grateful on a daily basis
  • Being happy on a daily basis. Happiness leads to success!
  • Connecting with friends and family on a weekly basis
  • Greater mindfulness and a lifestyle that is focused on conscious living, organic living, and sustainable living!

 The more simple the strategy, the more successful the outcome.

Fourth, we try to keep treatment protocols simple!  There are literally hundreds of research papers that have studied the effectiveness of various therapies and lifestyle modification programs. The outcomes are very clear: The more complex and time consuming the treatment strategy the less compliant the patient will be with the program. And it only makes sense that if the patient is less compliant then the level of success diminishes exponentially.

Lastly, most practitioners ‘dictate’ treatment protocols to their clients. This approach is disempowering and the client feels like they are not contributing to their own healing process. At the Body Genius Institute our practitioners will always provide you with choices, allowing you to guide your own healing process and feel in control and empowered. In many cases your practitioner will recommend extra reading material, podcasts, websites or blogs that will contribute to your learning and understanding.

Our Integrative Health Practitioners view themselves as mentors and coaches, which is a far different mindset to most other practitioners.

There is nothing worse than watching the costs build up for consultations, diagnostic testing and natural supplementation or medication. Especially when you’re not provided with choices and feel these decisions are out of your control. The stress builds and you either have to stop consulting or have an uncomfortable conversation with your practitioner.

In our experience these costs are often substantially greater when seeking the advice of an alternative health practitioner compared with a medical doctor.

There are two key points that need to be made. First, you will be provided with choices as you move through your treatment protocol and you will be asked to participate fully in your own healing process. Second, costs are discussed openly and honestly with our clients and no client will be placed under financial burden as a result of treatment. The length of your program will be dependent upon the complexity of your case and once again this will be discussed with you in the initial stages of assessment.

Yes, is based on face-to-face contact, with the potential to use Skype or FaceTime if you’re outside the Perth region. Currently our practitioners are consulting with clients all over the world.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

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“The team at BG are professional, considerate, patient and always encouraging. It is a relaxed and welcoming space and I always feeling exhilarated and proud of my new achievements.”* -Nicola Nolan

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“I have now been working with the team at Body Genius for nearly 7 years. During this time period I have lost 75kg and my health has improved significantly.”* – Shirley Capece

*Results may vary. Weight loss or performance results will also vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical.

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