In modern Western culture, we have been indoctrinated to think of medicine as something that comes in pills, and we think of diet, exercise, and sleep as those nice-to-have, good-idea, lifestyle adjustments that are good for us but aren’t really necessary. This is totally wrong!
Food is medicine. Sunlight is medicine. Exercise, sleep, stress reduction, and loving relationships are all-powerful medicines. Many chronic diseases can be treated and even cured with lifestyle therapies.
Here at Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, we believe that people should be given the most effective treatments for their conditions that have the fewest negative side effects. In many cases, the best first-line treatment options are a combination of supplements, diet, and exercise.
IMGI offers comprehensive healthcare, which includes pharmaceuticals and more invasive medical procedures when necessary. But for most patients, it makes sense to start with lifestyle medicine and actually weans off of pharmaceuticals whenever possible.
We prefer to reserve powerful drugs and medical procedures for critical medical situations, health conditions for which there are no adequate natural remedies, and chronic diseases that are not fully responding to lifestyle therapies.