Touching Lives by Improving Wellness
Mind, Body, Spirit
Touching Lives by Improving Wellness
Mind, Body, Spirit
This patient first came to McMinn Clinic several years ago experiencing issues and challenges that many women face including migraines, low energy, brain fog, joint aches, irregular and painful menstrual cycle, PMS, and night sweats. She was unable to exercise because of the pain in her joints, and this had resulted in significant weight gain. These issues were affecting her ability to function at work, and she was not able to be the mom that she wanted to be to her young children.
Dr. McMinn worked with the patient to evaluate and balance her hormones. Now, the patient indicates that her headaches and night sweats have stopped, her brain fog and PMS have subsided, her menstrual cycles have regulated, and she is excited with her newfound, boundless energy.
Because her joint pain is gone, she is now exercising regularly and is pleased with the 30 pounds she has lost. She says that she is back at 100%. She feels that she is approaching perfection in mind, body, and spirit.
Although he hears similar stories daily, Dr. McMinn never tires of listening to the life-changing successes his patients are experiencing. Many women suffer needlessly. With proper attention, many women can get complete relief from their symptoms. They can get their lives back and once again fully enjoy their families, their lives, and each new day.
By Dr. James E. McMinn
I had a lady in last week who has been on the hormones for a while. When she first came in to see me she had all of the usual concerns including terrible hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, low libido, vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and fatigue. She was spiraling downhill quickly, with no hope of any significant quality of life.
Now, she’s feeling GREAT! In fact, I asked her the question, “What separates you now from perfection in mind, body, and spirit?” She said, “I’m there!” Furthermore, she said that she’ll never get off her bioidentical hormones. ”If they want to take away my hormones, they’ll have to pry them out of my cold dead hands.”
Now that’s “optimization.”
THE EXCITEMENT IS GROWING…
Due to the success last month, McMinn Clinic is again offering Session 1
Hypnosis for Weight Loss-Session 1
3125 Independence Drive
Homewood, AL 35209
Cost: $95 for 6 Week Session
Enrollment: Limited 20 Class Members
3125 Independence Drive
Homewood, AL 35209
Program Leader and Hypnotist:
Donna Mullinax, BCH, CI
Meetings Throughout Session Will Include:
Did you know…
This Hypnosis for Weight Loss session can be used independently or in conjunction with other weight loss programs.
McMinn Clinic also offers individual hypnosis appointments for stress management, insomnia, relaxation, and other areas of concern/interest.
After seeing various gastric doctors over a five-year period and being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, then later diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, this patient had three major inflammatory episodes during the first seven months of 2014. One resulted in a seven-day hospital stay and another resulted in a 20 pound weight loss within a month’s time. The conventional medication he had taken for four years was no longer effective in addressing the intense pain, ongoing bloody diarrhea, and other symptoms that often left him unable to work or even leave home.
Understanding that there was no cure in conventional medicine, this patient came to see Dr. McMinn in August, 2014. By focusing on the concept of functional medicine to identify the root cause of the pain and diarrhea, and by using integrative medical techniques, Dr. McMinn worked with the patient to heal his gut by changing his gut flora. Addressing the root cause of the patient’s medical issue not only relieved his pain and other challenging symptoms, but, by creating a healthy gut, also alleviated many of his food allergies, as well as enabling him to absorb needed supplements. The integrative treatment included changes in diet, as well as supplements, nutritional IV treatments, and an anti-inflammatory drink to heal the lining of the gut. According to the patient, he has had no inflammatory episodes in the seven months since he has been seeing Dr. McMinn. “I use to take supplements, but didn’t absorb them. Now I absorb the supplements I take. ”
The patient has been quite pleased with his results. “Before, I was so drugged-out, I could hardly go. I had it bad. It was horrible. It’s much better now. I am very pleased with what we have accomplished. I am very pleased with Dr. McMinn. I like how he thinks about things and how he treats his patients.”
Do you or someone you know deal with gut health issues? Come see Dr. McMinn and get your personalized gut health program.
By James E. McMinn, M.D.
ER Doctor: What medications are you on Mrs. Jones?
Patient: I’m taking a blue pill, a red pill, and a yellow pill.
ER Doctor: What is the name of these pills?
Patient: I don’t know.
ER Doctor: What are you taking them for?
Patient: I don’t know, my doctor just told me to, so I take them.
I heard some variation of this theme played and replayed hundreds of times in my many years as an ER doctor. It characterizes a paradigm of the dogmatic, paternalistic doctor on the one hand, and the unquestioning naive patient on the other. This is a doctor-patient relationship that I feel and hope is archaic and rapidly changing.
Old school: the doctor is completely responsible for the patient’s health. The patient blindly trusts the doctor, follows orders, and never gives it a second thought.
New school: The doctor and patient work together as partners, but ultimately the patient is the captain of the ship.
Clearly, if the patient is in the ICU, unconscious and on a ventilator, then the doctor makes the calls. However, for the other 99% of the patient’s life she should be given the opportunity to fully understand her individual health status, and participate in decisions regarding her health. The relationship between the doctor and the patient should be a dynamic two-way exchange of information that allows the patient to make informed decisions about her health.
In my practice I frequently take my patients through a visualization exercise. I invite you, the reader, to do this with me now.
Imagine that we are out on the high seas in a magnificent sailing vessel. The name of the vessel is the “Titanic.” You are the captain of the ship, and I (your physician) am your humble navigator:
Navigator to Captain: “Ahoy, Captain, iceberg straight ahead. I can see it in plain sight captain. If you turn to the right you’ll miss it completely and sail out into clear waters.”
Captain (you) to navigator: “Don’t bother me now navigator. Can’t you see, I’m busy?”
Navigator to Captain: It’s getting closer Sir. I can see a name on the side of the iceberg. It says, “HEART ATTACK, STROKE, DIABETES.”
Captain to Navigator: “OK, OK, I’ll get around to it tomorrow.”
Navigator to Captain: “You must change courses NOW Captain, or you’ll sink the ship.”
The end of the story has not yet been written. Each of us will finish our own script according to our day-to-day choices, actions, and inactions. As a physician, I can tell a patient over and over, until I am blue in the face, to lose weight, to exercise, to get more sleep, to stop abusing alcohol and drugs. Furthermore, if I am an excellent physician, I will teach them, give them tools to be successful, and hold them accountable. However, ultimately it is up to them to heed the call and steer their ship to clear waters.
We are each given a magnificent vessel. I never cease to be amazed at the beauty, complexity, and splendor of the amazing human body. It is up to each of us as to what we do with it. Do we respect it, love it, nurture it, and make it prosper, or do we abuse it with stress, toxins, obesity, drugs, alcohol, no sleep, and junk food?
It reminds me of the parable about the ten talents. One person buries his talents beneath a rock and stagnates, while the other grows and nurtures his talents and prospers. Which path do you choose?
Gone are the days when a patient should just take the blue pill and the red pill just because their doctor told her to. Patients need to ask the questions and health care providers must we willing to provide the answers, so that the patients can be empowered to optimize their wellness. For it is the empowered patient and the educated patient who becomes an inspired, and compliant patient.
Physicians and health care providers need to realize, as Bob Dylan once said, that “The times they are a Changin,” Just yesterday one of my patients, who happens to be the nicest, sweetest, most humble lady, said that her doctor actually got irate with her because she didn’t “just take the pill.” She wanted to know why she had to take this pill. She wanted to know her options. It’s her body. She has a right to know what she’s putting into it. Unfortunately, he didn’t see it that way.
In summary, the pendulum is swinging toward a more empowered, educated patient. To patients I say: take ownership for your body. Take care of the amazing, miraculous vessel that you were given. Ask the questions. Read the books. Be proactive. Shake off the shackles of the victim role. Grow, learn, and cherish this mind/ body/ spirit that you were given. Understand that you are the one who ultimately must be accountable for your actions or inactions.
To physicians and health care providers, I ask that you embrace this change. It’s hard to teach us old dogs new tricks, but at the end of the day, patients and providers will benefit. Partner with your patients in their treatment of disease and their quest for optimal wellness. Love them. Care for them. Teach them. Empower them. Show them the way, and motivate them to go there. Hold their hands when you need to. Steer them away from the looming icebergs of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, fatigue, and countless other maladies, and guide them to clear sailing. At the end of the day, understand that it is the patient who is the Captain, and you are the humble navigator. The days of the dogmatic and paternalistic medical paradigm are over. In the end we will all be better off for the change.
Getting Your Life Back-The Scourge of Drug Addiction
As a physician for many years, I have had the privilege of caring for many thousands of patients. However, there are a few that stand out, and whom I will never forget. One of those was a distraught mom who came in with unbearable sadness and anxiety because she had just lost her daughter to a heroin overdose. We, the staff, rallied around her and we did everything that we possibly could to comfort her, but she was inconsolable in her grief over the tragic and senseless death of her young daughter.
I have always felt that “there but for the grace of God” go any of us when it comes to being addicted to drugs, or having a family member addicted to drugs. We’re all one car accident away from getting on a lifetime of narcotic pain relievers. That in-turn may begin a cycle of dependence on drugs, which many of us cannot escape. This addiction to drugs morphs into a many- headed monster. It can get us fired from our jobs, take away our children, ruin our marriages, estrange us from family, land us in jail, and even rob us of life itself as with the young girl mentioned above.
As a wellness doctor, my goal is to help every individual reach his or her maximum potential. I strive to help the patient be the best that he or she can be in mind, body, and spirit. I have also come to realize that drugs destroy lives in all of these same areas. They dumb-down the mind, destroy the body, and rob the spirit.
As with many addictions, those who are addicted to drugs may have to hit rock bottom before they are ready for help. However, when they get to that point, fortunately there are many resources that can help. Ideally the process to recovery involves a comprehensive program of treatment, support, counseling, and targeted nutrition, along with a loving family in order to help the affected individual get his or her life back.
If you or your family member has a drug problem please seek help. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Please join us for The Wellspring Connection Book Club
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
The Original Prescription, by Thomas G. Guilliams Ph.d with Roni Enten M. Sc.
Read with us or just come and listen to the discussion.
For questions please contact Janie Hannah at email@example.com.
It’s Time to Get Real About Food
(from Laurie Davis producer of An Inconvenient Truth and Katie Couric)
Join us on February 10, 2015 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at McMinn Clinic
A wake-up call for everyone who eats!
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