What is NEW Medicine?

Dr. Elson Haas
written by
Dr. Elson Haas

Jun 15, 2017

N.E.W. is an acronym for the integration of three healing modalities:
N for Natural
E for Eastern
W for Western

NEW Medicine offers an integrated vision, empowering you to take more responsibility for your health. It presents an innovative synthesis of more traditional healing practices with the current “conventional” medical system. This integration, that is also offered at my clinic, combines a number of healing modalities and disciplines, including:
• Time-tested Natural and Eastern energy approaches to preventing illness and optimizing health
• Nutritional and Herbal medicines
• Cutting edge health psychology, wellness and lifestyle counseling
• The best of Western diagnostic technologies and pharmaceuticals when needed, as well as newer integrative testing.

The NEW Medicine approach encourages a fundamental relationship of preventive and integrative care between patient and doctor, and helps achieve improved health outcomes for various medical conditions, by helping each patient learn what’s needed for their health and self-care strategy. This involves guiding people to discover what works for them to live most healthfully, choosing wisely, and employing natural remedies where possible. NEW Medicine brings time-tested healing traditions into today’s healthcare practice, increasing the potential to be our best FUTURE Medicine.

This is my calling, the culmination of my career so far, beginning with my training as a conventional Western doctor, followed by an intensive study of the systems of Natural and Eastern medicines. I feel it is time we returned to some of these more traditional sources of healing that may have been ignored during the last decades of scientific and technological advances. We are drawing together the varied threads of healing throughout the ages and across cultures, to weave together a new form of health care that embraces the very best we have accomplished as a species to advance the health of our own bodies and minds, of those in need around the world, and of the Earth herself.

Core Concepts of the NEW Medicine approach:
– Increased personal responsibility for sustainable health
– A focus on prevention and regular health check-ups
– Education and support for building health-enhancing habits such as better overall dietary and other lifestyle choices, especially with childhood education to enhance lifelong health awareness
– Improved Doctor-Patient Partnerships in caring for individual health
– Shifting our policies, laws and corporate priorities from a disease-focused approach to a preventive and health-supportive model.
– Financial incentives by the government and/or the insurance companies for changing bad habits, such as nicotine use, lack of exercise, etc., by lowering premiums or financial rebates for those who make changes or demonstrate lifestyle choices that support disease prevention and improved health.

The “N” of NEW – Natural Medicine

Dr. Elson Haas
written by
Dr. Elson Haas

Jun 08, 2017

Natural Medicine has a long history throughout the world. Before modern medicine, Nature was all we had to rely upon to heal us. Today, this form of health care includes not only the use of appropriate medicines, but it also involves lifestyle, self-care, a nourishing diet, and ideally the guidance of a health practitioner for the use of naturally-based nutritional and herbal supplements.

Natural Medicine means reconnecting with Nature. This includes taking notice of the cycles of life, our local environment, and the changing seasons, as well as learning about the products of Nature and how to use them to rebalance and heal the body while doing no or little potential harm to the body or environment.

Since nourishment is an essential building block of good health, nutritional knowledge and its proper application are the keys to Natural Medicine. Ideally they are an essential part of each person’s self care as well as a part of every primary care practice and training courses for our healthcare providers. My clinic has a knowledgeable nutritionist who specifically counsels and supports patients in regard to dietary changes pertaining to their health conditions. A comprehensive evaluation includes counseling about healthy food shopping and preparation of balanced meals for the individual and family. Ongoing support is essential to ensure that patients can make manageable changes in their eating programs and to help them remain healthfully motivated.