Achieving Health

Achieving health is about you as a person and your body achieving balance. When the physical body has achieved balance all the physiological systems that maintain life and vitality including hormone, biochemical, immune, detoxification, antioxidant etc. interact in a way that not only supports health, but longevity too.

Dr Cornelia Botha and Dr Tanith Davidson are registered homeopaths practicing in Johannesburg, South Africa. They both employ an integrated approach to help their patient achieve their health-related goals. They have compiled the below article, which explains their philosophy to achieving health. To make an appointment with either Dr Cornelia Botha or Dr Tanith Davidson please visit our contact page.

Achieving health: What needs to be done?

It is important for you to realise that virtually everything is connected – your various symptoms, your diet and lifestyle choices, your genes, your medical and family history and your emotional world. This unfortunately doesn’t make things much easier for you, the patient, since recognising and understanding exactly how everything is connected in your unique case requires the kind of knowledge and experience that takes years to acquire.

This is why it is better to partner with a suitably qualified and experienced practitioner that will take the time to do a thorough history-taking and combine the insights gained from this with the results of various diagnostic techniques to “connect the dots” and formulate an individualised plan for your recovery.

Here are just a few examples of how things can be connected. Vitamin D deficiency is common, even in South Africa. Vitamin D is not only important for bone strength; Vitamin D deficiency can be the hidden cause of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, insomnia, infertility and several other disorders. Type 2 diabetes is an under-diagnosed condition, since most medical doctors fail to test the fasting insulin together with the fasting glucose. Many (but not all) cases of recurrent urinary tract infections and recurrent thrush are caused by insulin resistance.

Can’t get your cholesterol under control, despite faithfully taking your medicines and changing your diet? The problem may be with your thyroid, although other considerations should be investigated too. If your hypothyroidism remains undiagnosed and untreated you may wonder why you are unable to conceive, although the problem may also be undiagnosed anemia or type 2 diabetes. Can’t shake that chronic cough or sinusitis despite various treatments? Investigating and treating reflux and food hypersensitivities are just two examples of possible solutions.

This should illustrate how complex the interconnections between your symptoms and diseases can be. Once your practitioner has taken the time to discover the associations between your symptoms a holistic treatment plan can be formulated.

Identify contributing factors & obstacles to cure

Understanding how things are connected is not enough. We also need to identify various contributing factors and obstacles to cure. Failing to do so will lead to incomplete results and frustration. A simple example of an obstacle to cure is sitting up until 2am on the internet, studying or working on deadlines. Continuing this will reduce your response to any good treatment for fatigue, anxiety, depression, irritability or problems with memory and concentration (to name just a few symptoms of sleep deprivation).

Many doctors overlook the fact that certain medical drugs that their patients are taking are in fact the cause of their patients’ symptoms. For example certain drugs used to treat high blood pressure can suddenly cause allergic reactions such as angioedema, asthma attacks and anaphylaxis, even in people that have been taking that drug for many years. Trying to treat the allergy without realizing that the drug is the cause will result in a frustrating lack of response to the allergy treatment.

Take action

Remember that your relationship with your practitioner should be a partnership. Your practitioner is responsible for choosing the correct methods to diagnose, treat and monitor you. It is your responsibility to commit to your treatment regime, to make the required lifestyle and diet changes and to return to your practitioner for follow-ups to assist your response to the treatment.  Failing to do so will usually result in unsatisfactory results. Your body is designed to function at its best under specific conditions. You may get away with circumventing adequate sleep, exercise and nutrition for short periods of time, especially during your youth, but your body’s compensatory mechanisms will eventually collapse, resulting in any combination of illnesses.

Functional medicine

The approach to diagnosis and treatment described here fits the definition of something called Functional medicine.

Functional Medicine combines the best information and testing available from western medicine and the latest scientific research with much older health and healing systems such as Chinese traditional medicine, Ayurveda, homeopathy etc. These healing traditions always aim to restore balance on a physiological, mental / emotional, social and even spiritual level.

Functional medicine also takes into consideration the interplay between the individual's unique genetic make-up, his or her lifestyle, diet and environment. The focus is on seeking out various causes, contributing factors and obstacles to cure. This approach is particularly well-suited to addressing chronic diseases.

For information on the types of diagnostic testing used in functional medicine click here.

To make an appointment with either Dr Cornelia Botha or Dr Tanith Davidson please visit our contact page.