Data has shown that the vast majority of patients today are seeking some sort of alternative/integrative care to add to their conventional treatment protocols, but at the same time there is a crisis of standards and quality control in the field and a desperate need for these critical factors to be addressed. Unipathic Medicine’s mission is to educate doctors on patient safety in the practice of personalized integrative medicine for the treatments of chronic diseases, cancer and preventive medicine. Often “natural” and “alternative” options are buzz words used to attract patients and meet the increasing demand for a wider range of medical options. The term “integrative medicine” is being used and advertised by everyone from the big-name hospitals, to the small town untrained alternative medical practitioners, and shady snake oil salesmen. Most conventional hospitals offer the same old conventional treatments for every patient but have added some “fluff” alternative therapies as a way to look like they fit under the integrative umbrella and appease patients. To make matters worse, standards are lacking within the alternative medical industry itself, there are no quality controls or well-designed IRB’s and often therapies are unsupported by published literature. In addition, unlicensed and uncertified salesmen and practitioners share space under the same umbrella term as actual licensed naturopathic, osteopathic, allopathic and other licensed healthcare professionals trained in integrative medicine. Furthermore, there is even great disparity among licensed alternative medical professionals when it comes to technology, training, safety and standards of care.
With everyone from Whole Foods to MD Anderson claiming to offer alternative/natural healthcare options, the precise science of true integrative medicine has been pillaged and left as an empty and formless wasteland.
With everyone from Whole Foods to MD Anderson claiming to offer alternative/natural healthcare options, the precise science of true integrative medicine has been pillaged and left an empty and formless wasteland. The term has been bastardized, and truly effective and targeted therapies have been lumped in with and lost amidst a sea of unproven and unscientific “feel good” therapies. Reiki, music therapy, light therapy, extreme and unproven diets, dubious supplements, therapeutic touch, healing crystals, new age practices- the list goes on and on. These varied and baseless therapies are all viewed as part of the same alternative medical model, making for a confusing smorgasbord of options that can be impossible for patients and doctors to navigate. Patients are wasting precious time and money and are being sold a bag of missed opportunities and, for some, it has cost them their lives.
Unipathic Medicine is desperately needed because of the critical importance of utilizing targeted personalized medical care with integrative medicine to achieve better outcomes for patients that want or request options. Personalized diagnostics can reveal unique markers of disease that can then be more effectively treated with an individualized treatment protocol. No two patients, cancers, or chronic diseases are alike; therefore, it is a necessity for better and more effective treatment that each patient’s protocol is personalized and different. However, just like the term “integrative medicine,” “personalization” is another buzz word that is quickly becoming diluted by practices using it as a marketing ploy to attract patients. Actual personalized treatment still eludes most conventional and integrative healthcare providers alike.
The problem is two-fold. First, personalized medicine has only made great strides in laboratory testing and the identification of targets for treatment but not in the implantation of care (e.g. biomarkers and molecular profiles in cancer for example). Red tape, politics, poor training and financial interest have prevented the widespread availability of personalized treatment at the hospital level. The second problem is the underutilization of those personalized tools that are already available. Often, alternative medical practitioners lack the staff, scientific know-how and training to effectively integrate and personalize treatment. A small fraction of conventional medicine attempts to offer personalized pharmaceutical treatments but in a way, it is too little too late. The conventional model standardizes care first, every patient is treated the same, and if that fails, in some limited circumstances, genetic information is used as a last resort. Cancer, chronic disease and good preventive care cannot simply be treated by prescription drugs based on symptomology and a “one size fits all” approach. They also cannot be treated based on what is often outdated information. Rather, these are complex systemic, genetic, and environmental issues and risks that require a high level of precision in both diagnosing and treatment. For instances, if adjunctive integrative care is implemented sooner than later patient often experience better quality of life and better response to the conventional care. Genetic information and specialized diagnostics should be used throughout the entire treatment process to ensure that only the most effective and safe integrative treatments for each particular patient are used and no time is wasted. Lastly, among those few practitioners who already employ a personalized approach, there are still limitations. The prejudice of singular-minded medical providers to only personalize medicine in one particular discipline has stifled the availability of a wide array of effective treatment modalities that could be properly synchronized to treat patients on a whole new level. In the end the more tools a practitioner has knowledge and use of the more access patients will have to viable treatment options to improve their quality of life.
True integrative medicine should combine only the most effective, targeted, quality-controlled, and research-based treatments from the conventional, alternative, functional, allopathic, osteopathic, and naturopathic medical fields. It should be personalized for each patient based on his/her unique genetic pathways, underlying causes of disease, metabolic markers, immune system function, environmental factors, infection, endocrine imbalances, and more. Doctors should be trained and knowledgeable in a variety of disciplines and be able to pull from a full toolbox of the best-matched available treatments to serve each patient. The need for these critical objectives is dire, but achieving them has been out of reach until now.
Unipathic Medicine is a revolutionary educational platform of medicine that unifies only the best research-based treatments from a variety of disciplines to safeguard patients and give doctors the best options for the treatment and or adjunctive care of cancer, chronic diseases and preventive medicine. It is a new educational platform providing diagnostic training and treatment methodology that preserves and advances the art and science of true integrative medical practice. Unipathic Medicine applies peer-reviewed research and decades of treatment experience to create a unique medical blueprint for each patient. Our research-based and quality-controlled methodology and review board ensures that from diagnostics to treatment, only the best conventional and natural approaches are employed at the right times, in the right sequence, and in the most efficacious ways to deliver safe personalized care for each individual patient. Genomics, molecular profiling, in-depth diagnostics, and more ensure that each patient gets the most efficient, targeted, and effective care possible. Unipathic Medicine is committed to advancing integrative care and the safe practice of personalized medicine.
There is a delicate and precise clinical science behind the philosophy and practice of true integrative medicine. It all starts with the proper specialized and in-depth diagnostic testing. The next step is the development of a personalized treatment plan, which includes knowing which alternative treatments to integrate with the proper targeted conventional ones. The last step in the practice of true integrative medicine is knowing how to administer these treatments- the timing, sequence, and method of delivery. From antioxidants to oxidative medicine, and standard drug regimens to other various combinations administration is key. Unipathic doctors ensure that each patient is provided with the latest technologies, innovations, and diagnostics tools from around the world and from a variety of medical disciplines. Unipathic doctors are trained to ensure treatments are administered in a quality-controlled, synergistic, and unified manner that best ensures patient safety and effectiveness.
Based on the peer-reviewed research as well as many years of clinical integrative medical experience, Unipathic medical providers aim to utilize in-depth and specialized diagnostics for each patient. Diagnostics include such things as genomics, molecular profiling, metabolic markers, infection exposure, imaging, chemistries, heavy metal toxins, environmental toxins, inborn errors of metabolism, underlying causes of disease, nutritional analysis, immune status, endocrine imbalances, and more. These detailed findings create a “medical blueprint” for each patient that identifies unique targets and the best adjunctive care for each patient’s expression of disease. Physicians can then take that “medical blueprint” and use it to guide treatment. Finding key targeted markers for cancer, chronic disease and preventive medicine can often be a truly difficult task; however, better education has allowed for the utilization of new and wonderful agents. Unipathic doctors use the training they receive to help customize patient care as they see fit. Training focuses on employing highly personalized IV medicines and injectables in compliance with FDA guidelines. Treatments and strategies come from an overlapping of disciplines. Functional medicine, Anti-aging medicine, Generative medicine, Oxidative medicine, Environmental medicine, Naturopathic medicine, Osteopathic medicine and Allopathic medicine are all used in addition to any other medicine that is published in scientific literature, safe for patient care, medically ethic and fits the criteria that has been set by the Unipathic Board. The ultimate goal is to form the best treatment plan possible so patients have access to viable options to improve their quality of life, and doctors are safeguarded by implementing the best practices for safe integrative patient care.
Once the medical blueprint is established, Unipathic doctors can correctly decide which targeted conventional and natural treatments they will choose to combine based on the patient’s personalized diagnostics/ target goals. Many of the disease markers that are being tested for do not have standard treatment approaches to address them, for this reason Unipathic Medicine utilizes integrative treatments and strategies to support other medications and biochemical pathways working with the body. This integration of information and treatment approach can make all the difference. Despite the panoply of drugs available, there are still markers of disease that remain out of reach of the traditional singular drug model and conventional pharmacology simply can’t address them all. This conventional model uses mainly reductionist pharmacology methods and the Unipathic medicine encourages comprehensive network pharmacology. When you add phytotherapeutics, immunotherapy, Nutrition and other advanced alternative treatments, patients have the best chance for successful outcomes because the full spectrum of disease factors and supporting healthy physiology are being targeted together. Having a full toolbox of integrated treatments is particularly important when you’re talking about complex systemic diseases, autoimmune disease, cancer and advanced preventive medicine. The practice of medicine is not only just about providing new and better treatment methods, it is also about making sure that older proven methods are not overlooked and good standards are encouraged. Unipathic doctors provide the best and latest proven treatments as well as the tried and true methods. Each physician brings their unique set of tools, training and knowledge and Unipathic helps to educate them in the safe implementation of adjunctive integrative treatmentsfor patient care.
Most “integrated” treatment approaches suffer from a problem that can best be described as “separate and thrown together.” Conventional and alternative treatments are typically given by different doctors, who are doing completely different things, usually at different healthcare facilities. These treatments are combined in such a way that one hand is unaware of what the other is doing. Even worse, most of the time the providers and treatments are at odds- providers from one discipline usually disagree with or ignore what the other is doing. Treatment approaches are separated or utilized in a haphazard and non-therapeutic manner, and patients must pursue both sides on their own in the hopes that something will stick. Such treatment is anything but integrated. Instead, care by a Unipathic medical provider ensures that patients receive good seamless treatment approach that is precisely coordinated and integrated in the most effective and scientific way possible. What most “integrative” medical providers fail to understand is that there is a precise clinical science and art behind how to correctly administer and integrate therapies based on biochemistry and clinical experience. Based on each patient’s unique disease, risks and specialized diagnostic profile, Unipathic doctors ensure that the timing and sequence of conventional and alternative treatments are truly integrated in the best and most efficacious way.