What is NEW Medicine?

Dr. Elson Haas
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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 “W” of NEW – Western Medicine

Dr. Elson Haas
written by
Dr. Elson Haas

Jun 04, 2017

Western Medicine is our modern, technology-based system and is currently the predominant form of health care in the U.S. and most Westernized countries. Acute care, trauma medicine, surgical interventions, and treating bacterial infections with antibiotics are the strengths of Western Medicine. I was initially trained in this system and use its basic principles to evaluate patients with physical exams, laboratory tests, as well as x-rays, ultrasounds, CAT scans and MRI’s (when needed) to look into the body at the organs and tissues. There are also new types of testing for gut function, salivary hormones, food allergies, nutrient status, and measurement of the body composition, such as body fat, muscle mass, cellular hydration, and more. These can help physicians and patients to expand their medical repertoire by seeing in more detail how the body systems are functioning.

Drug prescriptions are a main part of Western medical practice. With a NEW Medicine approach, prescriptions are given when that is the most appropriate choice for what ails patients. As a “collaborative” or “cooperative” physician, I often write prescriptions when that’s what the patient requests (after our review) as I believe that patients have the final say on how they treat their bodies, especially when they are well-informed. For example, a prescription medicine may be appropriate for depression that has not responded to lifestyle changes and natural therapies. Overall, my goal is to use less pharmaceuticals than the typical Western physician with a focus on creating better outcomes with less cost and risk.

 

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