Leading Integrated Healthcare

Ecological Medicine

Dr Damien Downing writes;

Ecological Medicine looks at the human in the world.

It is a systems approach to health that considers interactions between individuals and the environment, and their health consequences:

INPUTS; the impact of Nutrition and Environment on the individual,

PROCESSING; how our Immunity and Individuality handle those inputs and how that determines health,

OUTPUTS; the impact of each individual’s actions on the Environment, upon which we all depend.

 

We study the food that you eat, the quality of the nutrition it provides, and your resulting nutritional status.

We look at your environment and the good and bad factors to which it exposes you, such as;

  • physical stresses – heat, cold
  • lack of sunlight
  • environmental toxins – pollutants, pesticides, heavy metals

We examine how your immune system is affected – by toxins, deficiencies and infections – and how it is responding. You could have;

  • allergies, intolerances, sensitivities
  • autoimmune disease
  • impaired resistance to infection

We assess your biochemical individuality, including two key areas;

  • detox processes (mainly in the liver)
  • methylation (involving vitamin B12 and others)

and how this impacts on your health

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

Dr Kaplan: Provocative Therapy

In December 2012, as result of a stress at work, I suffered from severe anxiety, fear, panic attacks, tachycardia and insomnia.These symptoms became increasingly severe and were associated with low self-esteem and loss of self-confidence. I consulted my GP who prescribed Citalopram and beta blockers for the tachycardia. The antidepressant did not suit me and I felt worse. I was then referred to Dr Brian Kaplan, to be treated with the ‘Provocative Therapy’. This treatment adapted by Dr Kaplan, is based on the principle that the therapist ask questions covering all aspects of the patient’s life, by exaggerating the meanings of it. During the 1 hour session, the patient experiences a strong reaction, triggered by the ‘Provocative’ input of the therapist. Initially, there is an increased fear with regression to the childhood, associated to strong emotions and sorrow, which may precipitate sobbing. Subsequently, this state is followed by a phase of self-analysis which is more constructive. The ‘provocation’ breaks the pattern of the patient’s own feelings of hopelessness and discomfort. In fact, there is an opening of the self-image and a critical strong desire for change, in response to the provocation, which can be at times, outrageous. I underwent 9 weekly sessions during which I progressively became free from fear. The anxiety and panic attacks reduced significantly and I started to know what I want from my life and became more positive and optimistic. At the end of the 9 weeks, I acquired my self-confidence and self – esteem together with a new approach in my life which initially appeared to me broken and rather useless. The 9 sessions – in my opinion – were sufficient to resolve the initial acute state with anxiety and I felt a person full of interest and happier.  It is more than one year since I started the ‘provocative therapy’ with Dr Kaplan and I have not had any relapse to the original symptoms and discomfort. I strongly recommend this this therapy as a novelty; this is medication- free and can produce resolution of the acute psychological/mental conditions, quicker than the conventional therapies. In order to be successful, it is crucial that the patient collaborates and has complete trust in the therapist. The scientific process of such a treatment is not yet known and /or clarified. However, a number of recent studies in Neurophysiology and Psychiatry have shown the importance of hexogen and endogen stimuli, which can triggers and induce changes in the brain in response to the external inputs, acting via the hypothalamic/endocrine axes. It can be suggested that some of these mechanisms may be involved in the therapeutic process of the Provocative Therapy, but a lot of work needs to be in hand.

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