AND TREAT THE CAUSE
Illness does not occur without cause. The underlying causes of disease must be discovered
and treated before a person can recover completely from an illness. Causes may occur
on many levels including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The doctor
must evaluate fundamental underlying causes on all levels and direct the treatment
at the root causes rather than at symptomatic expression.
3. FIRST DO NO HARM
Illness is a purposeful process in the body of an individual and the doctor's actions
can either support or antagonize this process. Therapeutic intervention should be
complimentary to and synergistic with the healing process. Therefore, treatment
programs that are designed to suppress symptoms without removing the underlying
causes of the condition are considered harmful and avoided or minimized.
Although the doctors at the Integrative Health Centre do not use drugs or surgery,
they are well trained to recognize where conventional medical treatment must be
utilized, and refer to the appropriate medical practitioners.
4. TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON
Health and disease are conditions of the whole individual, a whole involving a complex
interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social,
and other factors. The doctor must treat the whole person by taking all of these
factors into account. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual
is essential for both the recovery, and prevention of disease.