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Naturopathic Medicine in Spokane Valley, WA specializing in discovering the root cause of your chronic symptoms.  We utilize environmental medicine protocols and holistic treatments to treat chronic symptoms and autoimmune diseases.  

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Dr. Julie George aims to provide you with knowledge to take control of your life.  Our blog provides information for you to become informed, aware, and able to make confident decisions.  

 

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My Dad Has Dementia

DrJulie George

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Over the holidays I went to spend some time with my family back in Texas.  Each time I go back it seems as if not much changes.  There may be a few additions to the family, but overall it feels the same time and time again.  This trip was a little different...  See my dad recently has been diagnosed with a form of dementia.  In additon, my brothers and I found out that he hasn't been taking his medication properly.  As a physician, this is frustrating to me. 

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday get togethers, I went to my dad's primary care physician to request his medical records and sign forms to allow me to speak with him.  The doctor was at the window on my arrival so he took us back to his office.  I wanted to ask a few questions about his medications.  As a naturopathic physician, I was puzzled to why he is not being monitored more closely and why he hadn't been referred to specialists for his dementia and blood sugar.  The doctor was very apathetic to my concerns.  He actually told me that my dad's condition was not a serious medical condition, yet a family problem.  This doctor didn't think a specialist was needed but stated, "If that is what you want, then I guess you can take him."  He went on to tell me that my dad has dementia and it is common and there isn't much you can do for it, except take his medication.  At this moment I realized what YOU may be feeling when YOU go and see your primary care physician.  I was so frustrated with my dad's doctor.  Besides this doctor lacking care and compassion, he wasn't even giving future options for care.  

If you live in or near a city that offers licensed naturopathic medicine you are BLESSED.  My dad lives in a semi-rural area of Texas where sick care is healthcare.  Naturopathic medicine isn't even licensed there.  Finding good quality care and healthy foods is dismal.  My dad does not want to progress any more than he already has so he has agreed to come for an extended stay in Spokane, WA with me.  To be honest, I am a little worried to break his social routine.  However, I am confident that eating a diet that I prescribe and cook for him will help control his blood sugar and cut the inflammation.  In addition to dietary changes, I will be hitting him hard with environmental medicine protocols.  I believe that dementia is a cumulative effect from our genes, lifestyle, and environment.  Therefore, addressing the whole person is key to slowing down progression and/or reversing symptoms.  

  • Cognitive Nutritional and Herbal Supplements

  • Detoxification Pathways

  • IV Nutrients

  • HBOT Therapy

I love my dad more than he will ever know.  It hurts so much to know the man that influenced my life is so confused.  My dad is aging as we all are, but restoring HIS quality of life and YOURS is why I do what I do.

 

This content is not intended to diagnose or treat your health conditions.  If you have any questions regarding your symptoms or health please contact your primary care physician.      

Defining Health

DrJulie George

Photo by IJdema/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by IJdema/iStock / Getty Images

What does being healthy mean to you?  A few weeks ago I had a man tell me that everyone shares the same philosophy on being healthy.  I couldn't help it but disagree.  I witness people posting "healthy" recipes on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook and I cringe because it isn't healthy to me.  I see people practicing so called healthy hygiene with antibacterial soap/hand sanitizers and my skin crawls as I know those chemicals are culprits to causing disease.  I may be a little critical but I want you to achieve optimum wellness.    

Merriam-Webster defines Health as

"The condition of being well or free from disease; the overall condition of someone's body or mind; the condition or state of something"

The World Health Organization defines it as 

"Health is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

I have this discussion with a lot of patients, friends, strangers, and colleagues.  Each person has a slightly different idea.  For a lot of people being healthy is a goal: losing weight, running a marathon, increasing energy, walking a flight of stairs, beating cancer, kicking the caffeine addiction, walking a daughter down the aisle, being their for the birth of a grandchild...  Others believe being healthy is not getting sick (they are dumbfounded when I tell them differently).  Some live and breathe being healthy each day.  On rare occurrences, I talk with people that view being healthy as going to the doctor or hospital.  Many define health as living a long life.  I am here to validate all of these definitions.  

The beauty of having a naturopathic physician is we get to spend a lengthy amount of time with our patients.  We are here to assist with each individual's journey to achieving a healthier lifestyle.  For some people we have to start with the fundamentals: you must drink water to survive, pooping is a daily occurrence, fat is essential for brain power, the body requires identifiable foods, and sleep is not for the weak.  Once one masters the fundamentals then we can advance to: why you are freezing when its 110, why your feet itch, why you haven't pooped today, why you have no energy to deal with your todos, why you don't sweat in the desert....  Once we have eliminated a few of these issues we can proceed on to finding the cause, preventing future ailments, promoting a healthier you.  How do I do this?  I look at your genetics, toxic exposures, and use advanced medical testing to help you optimize your health.  Some people may be pleased knowing that they really needed to drink water, and  others may be praising Jesus that they finally have regular toilet time.  However, the vast majority of people are so excited that they want to know more.  

My own definition of being healthy for myself is eating organic foods, supplementing my biochemical pathways, empowering my cells to function optimally, relaxing, loving, compassion, and being faithful.  Guess what?  I'm always altering the subcategories to each of these as I learn more about my body and with new research.  I can't simply define my health definition concretely because my cells are constantly changing.  However, I strive to be the healthiest I can be each and every day.  

I hope you define your own health.  I wish you well on your journey.