The Correct Answer - Preventive Healthcare
At a time when we as a nation reevaluate what we want from a healthcare system, we need to be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater. As we look forward to what we hope will be the best possible healthcare for us all, we need to look back as well and consider the healthcare system of the past.
Rather than the traditional system in which you go to a healthcare provider when you’re sick and are treated illness to illness—think instead of a patient/ healthcare provider partnership through which the focus is on keeping you well not just treating you when you’re sick. This is the "Preventive Model" of healthcare versus the "Illness Model".
Preventative healthcare is a concept whose time has come. Not only is it better for the patient, it actually costs less to keep people healthy than it does to treat them for chronic illnesses. Effective preventive healthcare requires partnering together—patient and healthcare provider—to achieve and maintain lifelong good health, not just treat illness.
Effective preventive healthcare requires partnering together—patient and healthcare provider—to achieve and maintain lifelong good health.
Individualized Patient Care Plan
Maintaining good health can never be one-size-fits-all. Each and every human being living on this planet has a unique genetic makeup. Dr. Burrows and his medical team conduct comprehensive physical examination and laboratory testing to develop a patient care plan for each individual.
Utilizing technology like the Berkeley HeartLab testing they identify metabolic defects and genetic markers that may predispose a person to certain chronic illnesses. A customized health maintenance program is then developed; including a proper diet, appropriate exercise, nutritional supplements and medications (when necessary) specific to the patient’s needs.
Merely telling someone to lose weight and exercise to get their cholesterol under control is of limited benefit. With the data we gather we can help patients understand how their genetic makeup and any existing metabolic defects may predispose them to certain conditions. We then walk with them through lifestyle modifications and necessary treatment regimens—one step at a time—monitoring their progress as they go and preventing problems before they occur.
Where Do I Start?
Burrows Internal Medicine serves the entire family—from pediatric to geriatric, with an emphasis on preventive healthcare. How about you? Are you at risk for heart attacks? Does your genetic makeup or metabolic defects predispose you to diabetes? High cholesterol? Stroke?
Give us a call at 720-493-9006 and find a partner in good health.