When out and about in the community, we’re most frequently asked two questions: if we take insurance and if we judge vaccination decisions.
We now accept most major PPO insurance plan. To see a list of some of the insurance plans we accept, you can see our insurance types we accept page. For those who don’t have insurance or have insurance we don’t accept, you can see our cash prices on our services page.
Regarding if we judge a families decision regarding vaccinations: Absolutely not! We work with you to make an informed decision. It’s a personal, private decision to decide on healthcare for your family and we respect that as a personal choice. Our job at GHT is to make sure you are well informed of the risks and benefits of vaccinations. I recommend you read “the Vaccine book” by Dr. Sears. Its a great way to generate thoughtful discussion when you come visit us at GHT.
A holistic pediatrician:
- Views the patients as being ultimately responsible for their own health and wellbeing
- Uses a “whole-person” approach to treatment
- Fosters a partnership with the patient, using therapies in which feel comfortable
- Evaluates and recommends treatment options that address the cause of an illness, as well as the symptoms
- Believes in and practices “The Ten Principles of Holistic Medicine”:
1. Optimal Health is the primary goal of holistic medical practice. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest level of functioning and balance of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of human experience, resulting in a dynamic state of being fully alive. This creates a condition of wellbeing regardless of the presence or absence of disease.
2. The Healing Power of Love. Holistic health care practitioners strive to meet the patient with grace, kindness, acceptance, and spirit without condition, as love is life’s most powerful healer.
3. Whole Person. Holistic health care practitioners view people as the unity of body, mind, spirit and the systems in which they live.
4. Prevention and Treatment. Holistic health care practitioners promote health, prevent illness, and help raise awareness of disease in our lives rather than merely managing symptoms. A holistic approach relieves symptoms, modifies contributing factors, and enhances the patient’s life system to optimize future wellbeing.
5. Innate Healing Power. All people have innate powers of healing in their bodies, minds, and spirits. Holistic health care practitioners evoke and help patients utilize these powers to affect the healing process.
6. Integration of Healing Systems. Holistic health care practitioners embrace all safe and effective options in diagnosis and treatment. These options come from a variety of traditions, and are selected in order to best meet the unique needs of the patient. The realm of choices may include lifestyle modification and complementary approaches as well as conventional medications and surgery.
7. Relationship-centered Care. The ideal practitioner-patient relationship is a partnership that encourages patient autonomy, and values the needs and insights of both parties. The quality of this relationship is an essential contributor to the healing process.
8. Individuality. Holistic health care practitioners focus patient care on the unique needs and nature of the person who has an illness rather than the illness that has the person.
9. Teaching by Example. Holistic health care practitioners continually work toward the personal incorporation of the principles of holistic health, which then profoundly influence the quality of the healing relationship.
10. Learning Opportunities. All life experiences including birth, joy, suffering, and the dying process are profound learning opportunities for both patients and health care practitioners.
The holistic physician may choose or recommend from a variety of both conventional and “alternative” treatments for your child. Together, the physician and parent work to develop an optimal course of treatment. This partnership is a powerful approach to healing and is the cornerstone of the holistic philosophy.
The benefits of holistic medicine are:
- The patient’s lifestyle, beliefs, observations, and habits are honored. Holistic medicine sees the person as more important than the type of illness that person is manifesting.
- Treatment methods, which are least likely to do harm, are used first in holistic medicine. These are often also more cost-effective than conventional medications or surgery.
- Holistic medicine seeks to achieve societal change through respect for the individual and for the contribution of diversity to an integrative model of healing. Healing must take place on all levels— individual, social, cultural and planetary—for the survival, as well as the happiness, of life on earth.
The physician must help the patient understand the disease he/she faces and the risks and benefits of the various treatments. The patient’s hopes and fears must be addressed, as well as psychological factors and family expectations. The patient must be aided in coming to an understanding of what this disease means in his/her life at this time. The physician should proactively call on other sources of support and expertise and the patient should be encouraged to seek other opinions and points of view as well.
The physician should help the patient realize that there is often no “right” answer, but only multiple trade-offs, and then help negotiate these complex decisions together.
Insurance companies are slow to change, but asking if they cover holistic services will at least serve to notify them that you, the customer, are interested in something different. Another option to consider is increasing the deductible on your policy (keeping your coverage in the event of serious illness) and using your premium savings to cover the cost of preventive holistic healthcare. If you participate in a Health Savings Account (HSA), several alternative and complementary treatments are eligible covered expenses.
“Alternative medicine” refers to use of CAM in place of conventional medicine. “Integrative medicine” (also called integrated medicine) refers to a practice that combines both conventional and CAM treatments for which there is evidence of safety and effectiveness. CAM treatments include, but are not limited to: nutrition, herbal medicine, spinal manipulation, “energy medicine,” homeopathy, massage therapy, spiritual attunement, relaxation training and stress management, biofeedback and acupuncture.
The list of what is considered complementary and alternative therapy is constantly changing as more research becomes available. As they demonstrate efficacy and safety, these therapies become part of conventional medicine.
Integrative medicine starts with the conventional Western model of disease, and encompasses other healing methods, such as use of herbal preparations, biofeedback, acupuncture, and other systems of treatment. Complementary medicine is those other systems of treatment, in relationship to the central model of conventional medicine of drugs and surgery. Unrelated to Western medicine, alternative medicine systems as stand-alone options, include Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda.
Research has proven that the investment made in prevention, not only protects health, but is much less costly than the costs of chronic disease.