4.) How am I involved with the T.E.A.M. and what are my responsibilities toward my own healing?
Your involvement with the T.E.A.M. requires your commitment to proactively participate in your own healthcare. This participation begins before your integrative medicine consultation. You will be expected to complete an in-depth health questionnaire, which has been compiled from Western medicine, Oriental medicine, chiropractic medicine, botanical medicine, and behavioral medicine. Of equal, if not greater, importance is your time and effort in compiling Your Personal Story. What does this mean? Your story requires you to review and document your personal medical history from your own perspective. This may include a review of your physician/hospital experiences, but most importantly involves your interaction and perceived consequence to these events. An example from our past case studies: a patient had a normal healthy lifestyle until age 33, at which time various family members contracted what appeared to be a viral syndrome from which everyone recovered except the patient. From that time forward, there was a progressive loss of energy and interest in previous activities, difficulty in concentration, and perhaps a craving or repulsion from certain foods, smells or temperatures. This information is especially helpful to an integrated T.E.A.M. as clues not readily accessible in Western medicine.
Your involvement with the T.E.A.M. goes beyond being a thorough and prepared historian. Although a treatment program will only be initiated with your consent, once agreed upon, you must be willing to participate for a minimum of 90 days. It has been our combined experience that a 90-day program is the minimal required amount of time to elicit physical, emotional, mechanical and/or spiritual responses. Obviously, you are free to stop treatment at any time; however, since you are the only person who can ultimately create a change in your own healing, we suggest that you do not unilaterally stop treatment without the consultation of your T.E.A.M.