Bradford Harding, M.D. | Margaret McMorrow, Lic. Ac., M.S.
174 West Street, Ste. 200, Litchfield, CT 06759 | T: +1-860-269-7011
Progressive Medicine offers a wide range of Biological health assessments, acupuncture therapies and individualized treatment strategies. After 25 years in clinical practice, we have come to offer a multifaceted, integrative approach designed for individuals, students/academic institutions, and workplace cultures.
The Ecology of Wellness
Progressive Medicine’s Ecology of Wellness is a proactive approach designed to optimize physical, psycho-emotional and cognitive states. This model recognizes that a mindful caring for our own health will be reflected in all our daily experiences. An individual with an enhanced state of health and perceived wellness is more likely to perform optimally, be self-empowered and better able to identify, develop and pursue interests, both personal and professional.(1) When this model is applied to a group of interacting individuals, the benefits become amplified.
The Ecology of Wellness employs assessments and indicated solutions that are not routinely utilized in standard medical care nor current wellness programs, yet can have a profound effect on our day to day lives. By optimizing certain biochemical parameters, the individual’s benefit is maximized and response rates to any therapy or program are improved.
The importance of biochemical analyses designed to identify certain vitamin, mineral, fatty acid, and neurotransmitter imbalances cannot be underestimated. For example, inadequate levels of Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Magnesium, Zinc, Folic acid polymorphisms and less frequently assessed cardiovascular risk states are not uncommon. These differences result in multiple adverse changes involving brain function, energy levels, immunity etc.. Clinical manifestations can include; decreased memory and attention, problems concentrating, depressed mood, lethargy, anxiety, reduced muscular coordination, more frequent infections, sleep disorders and increased disease risk. (2-14). By assessing, reversing and or compensating for these factors; symptoms can be reduced or alleviated.
The Ecology of Wellness acknowledges that health is defined by our capacity to aptly sense, respond and self-regulate within internal and external environments. A balanced internal ecology provides a terrain that is considered a prerequisite for achieving full potential. Each aspect amplifies and reinforces the overall health effect. By using this framework and incorporating dietary and lifestyle changes, an optimized state of health can be re-established and maintained.
Available assessments, tailored to individuals or groups:
• Vitamin and mineral levels to screen for imbalances and deficiencies
• Gastrointestinal status including flora biome, immune reactions to foods, inflammatory potential
• Neurologic status including fatty acid and amino acid profiles, urinary neurotransmitter profile
• Endocrine/hormonal status
• Infection status including overt, latent and chronic states
• Immune function including environmental sensitivities and autoimmune dysregulation
• Cardiovascular risk assessment, advanced biochemical analysis
• Genomic polymorphism status that potentially affects any of the above categories, as well as, medication tolerance and selection
An individual’s results will be analyzed, discussed, and a plan of corrective actions will be formed.
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Epub 2013 Feb 27.
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