Nutritional Based Therapies
The importance of a balanced patient-specific diet is common to both Eastern and Western medicine. Evaluating a patient's nutritional status shifts the traditional disease-centered focus of medical care to one that is more patient-centered, addressing the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Patients I work together exploring the interactions of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that can influence long-term health and influence complex chronic disease processes.
Patient Centered Care: Promoting health as a positive source of vitality, above and beyond the definition of the absence of disease.
Science-Based Healthcare: Focusing more on "upstream" causes of illness, and exploring the patient's history, physiology and lifestyle.
Integrating Medical Disciplines: Integrating traditional Western medical practices with "alternative" or "complementary" medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, exercise and diet. This approach may use laboratory testing and diagnostic techniques, leading to a combination of Western medications with herbal medications, supplements and therapeutic diet plans to meet the patient's goals.
"Dr. Etges is always present, listening and sharing his skills from both a background in Western and Eastern medicine. He has a great bedside manner, and is willing to discuss the plan for your health care and pain management. I have directly experienced his skills in diagnosis and treatment. "