Alternative vs Traditional Medicine, which one will save you which one will kill you?
An Interview with Dr. Dalal Akoury
Discussing health care, medical treatments, and doctors a lot of people have a lot of different thoughts and opinions on what is right and what is wrong. When it comes to health can there be a real right and wrong, or is there just what makes you better, healthier, and able to live a longer life. If you are to ask 10 people the different between traditional medicine and alternative medicine you are going to get a variety of answers and responses back.
There is some very strong and passionate belief in alternative medicine, which consists of healing or treating of diseases through methods that are not included in the traditional curriculum taught in medical schools. Some of these methods include chiropractic, homeopathic, naturopathy, Ayurveda, or faith healing. Some also refer to this as eastern medicine. As easier explanation would be without having to use traditional prescription medicines, but instead look to natural alternatives. Entire groups of people follow this, swear by it, and don’t use any medicines and find themselves to be incredibly healthy.
Traditional medicine, more widely understood by the masses, or what some refer to as western medicine is what most are used to experiencing. Consisting of your medial doctors and healthcare professionals who treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. You don’t feel well, you go to the doctor, you get prescribed drugs. What is thought to be more main stream medicine.
Have a conversation with anyone who has lost a loved one to a terminal illness or someone who was saved from one, and you will find an even more passionate and argumentative divide between the two theories of medicine.
Both sides have a lot to say about the other, and in most cases saying that which side is opposing them is wrong and not going to heal or help anyone. Many on the side of alternative medicine will say that the traditional doctors are just treating the symptom or pain, while the alternative side looks at that pain or symptom as the body trying to communicate with you that there is a cause to that problem that needs to be addressed. Traditional doctors and health care professionals would argue that major illnesses can’t be cured by alternative methods.
Does there have to be a divide?
According to Dr. Dalal Akoury there is a space for both alternative and traditional medicine. Integrated medicine is a balance between the two and it’s what she uses at AWAREmed, her advanced integrative treatment clinic, every single day. In wanting to know and understand more about integrated medicine and how both styles of medicine can come together for maximum benefit a further discussion was had with Dr. Dalal Akoury. Can two sides that have opposing thoughts and methodology really work together?
How did you first decide to get into medicine?
(DR) After my father died of pancreatic cancer I went on a quest to find a cure of cancer. From my very long journey in medicine I have learned that all diseases are created from an imbalance in spirit, mind, and body. These imbalances, be it deficiencies or excesses, will lead to inflammation followed by auto-immune diseases, then cancer and malignancy. What started as a cause to make sure no one would go through what I went through when my father passed, ended up leading to a much bigger calling.
What medical training have you actually received?
(DR) Extensive training from a multitude of medical universities, here are all of them so you can really get an understanding to the amount of education and training I have received over the years.
- 1979 Graduate from University of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt
- Emory University – MD, Pediatrics Hematology Oncology 1990 – 1992
- Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport – MD, Pediatric Resident 1986 – 1989
- Board Certifications and Associations:
American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), Member of the Fellowship for Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine (FAAFM), Member of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), Member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)
- Fellowship trained and Certified in Integrative Cancer Therapy ICT June 2010
- Oxidative therapy at Dr. Rowen and SU
Ultra-violet blood irradiation, Ozone therapy, intravenous hydrogen peroxide, Santa Rosa, CA 5/21/2011
- IPT/IPTLD Certification
Cancer Care & Introduction to IPT Therapy
Integrative Oncology: a Whole-Being Healing Platform + Targeted Cancer Hollywood, FL 5/11/2011-5/14/13
- Intravenous Nutritional Therapy for Physicians:
- Advanced Clinical Applications of Parenteral Products 4/9/2011
- Level One Course Curriculum—Fundamentals of the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System (ETMS) 05/2010
- Level Two Course Curriculum—Advanced Clinical Applications of the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System (ETMS) in Cancer Therapies 09/2011
- Integrative Cancer Therapies and Molecular Biology of Cancer Boca Raton, FL 10/2010-8/2010
- Chelation therapy Certification from ACAM 2010
- IV therapy training with Dr. Mitch Ghe 2010
- The Institute of Functional Medicine
- Anti-Aging Functional and Regenerative Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Also since 1990 I have been serving as an Emergency Room Physician, and am currently a diplomat in the American Academy for Anti-Aging medicine. This should give better incite as to how much I am really now dedicated to healing people.
With years of traditional training, and some alternative training how did you deiced to combine both sides of medicine?
(DR) When I completed my training at Emory University I started as most do, by treating the symptoms as well as the disease, through standard pharmaceutical treatments and surgical procedures. I found that there was still always a nagging question that remained unanswered to me… Why did so many patients continue to have only modest success in healing and recovering from illness, and why were so many of the most commons illnesses on the rise? I then started to realize that traditional “one size fits all medicine” is doomed to fail without the balance for finding the root cause and fixing that first. I made a decision to create a medical center whose main objective is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness. In which I wanted to empower individuals to find their own inner healing power. I decided to focus my practice on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes, instead of just fixing the symptoms. This done combine actual drugs, surgery, or treatments used in traditional medicine but also includes whole body healing and creating the lifestyle that will make the person healthier.
Do you notice a difference in the patient when they are informed and educated?
(DR) What I have discovered is then the outcome for my patients dramatically improves when they are informed and understand that we are looking for the soruce of the problem, not just to treat the symptom. There is also a big difference when they are balanced spiritually, mindfully, and physiologically through more self awareness. In other words, patients, when treated with a strong emphasis on prevention have greatly improved results. Specifically, these preventive treatments involve the application of bio-identical hormone therapies.
What are bio-identical hormone therapies?
(DR) These are therapies with hormones that are identical to the ones that are already found within your body. These hormone therapies also respond very well when couples with advanced nutritional therapies, to get the balances nutrients that your body is deficient in and needs more of to balance out.
Through your education and training Anti-Ageing and Cancer/Oncology seem to be a theme, are these the things you treat at AWAREmed?
(DR) Yes these are some of the things that I focus on, but there are so many other things that I also work with patients on. I mentioned that my medical journey started with wanting to cure cancer, but now I feel my mission and journey is so much bigger then that. At the clinic we work with patients on all of the following…
- Adrenal fatigue/stress
- Cancel Prevention and Holistic Treatment
- Cardiovascular protection, cholesterol
- Cellular nutritional deficiencies
- Depression/mood disorders
- Diabetes/OBESITY and Metabolic Syndrome
- Sexual Dysfunctions
- Hair loss (men and women)
- Chronic Pain Syndrome relating to migraines, back pain, arthritis, sports injuries, tissue laxity
- Immune disorders/increased infections
- Digestion, indigestion
- Inflammatory disorders
- Dermatological disorders
Also I want to add that none of the treatments that I use in any of these areas are experimental. Sometimes people are of the understanding that my treatments are tests, trials, or experments, but they are not. Everything we do is from evidence-based medical literature, and have been used extensively.
How many patients are you able to see in a typical day?
(DR) On a typical day I am able to see 3 to 4 new patients and 10 – 15 current patients that are on daily, weekly, or monthly treatments at AWAREmed.
What changes do you think, if any, need to be made in the health care industry today?
(DR) There needs to be a much stronger emphasis on prevention, and finding the root cause o the problem to fix that and not just patching the issues that come to the surface. A better focus on treating the person as a whole including mind, body, and spirit. Solutions for customized care that takes into consideration ethnic, genetic, and nutrition background. Also taking time to understand geographic, toxic, and stress influence. Looking at everything and really finding solutions to healing, not here is a symptom let’s fix that and move on. No two people or illnesses are the same so they shouldn’t be treated exactly the same.
How do you see the field of integrated medicine growing in the next 5 years?
(DR) The current health care system is fragmented, short sighted, and not oriented to health promotion or disease prevention, and that a shift in the focus of the system will be necessary for a healthy population. The Doctor of tomorrow will be an integrative healer and whose practice differs in many ways from that of today’s physician. The doctor of the future will provide care that is patient centered and comprehensive (mind, body, and spirit), care that is both high-tech (using genomic prediction tools and systems biology, for example) and high-touch, and care that focuses on preventing disease and injury. Putting the patient in the driver’s seat. There are going to be big shifts, as more and more people educate themselves and start looking to alternatives and want options.
How you have been helping to educate and spread the word about integrated medicine?
(DR) In addition to speaking at any event anywhere in the world that I can to help spread the word and education, I also offer an Integrative Medical-Health-Wellness E-learning training program without boundaries. The IAMI E-learning is available on web, iPad, iPhone and android devices. The Integrative Advanced Medicine training is geared to train: MD, Physicians, Naturopathic Doctors, D.Os, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Health Coaches, mental health counselors. Offering step-by-step, interactive courses and certifications using Quiz App for learners to improve their diagnostic skills. This advancer progressive E-Integrative Advanced Medical-Health-Wellness Platform Offers Novel Method of Integrative Medical Education suggesting significant strategies in ensuring the quality of health protection. It represents the most dynamic structural element of good quality of advancement in Integrative Medical-Health-Wellness. The aim of E-Integrative Medicine, the interactive Medical-Health-Wellness platform process is harmonization, and not a path to “standardization” or “equalization” of Medical education but to create an enriching holistic (totalistic) ground for incorporating basic principles of safe autonomy and diversity in individualized Integrative Medical Treatments.
My vision is to have as many health care professionals as possible armed with the knowledge and understanding so that they can become empowered to lead in the medical industry, and empowered to education and inform their patients. I want as many people out there as possible to understand.
Which type of medicine is the best?
After listening to what Dr. Dalal Akoury share some more on how the two can balance and work together. Perhaps more people can learn from Akoury and find a way to have two sides find a balance. There must be gaps in which alternative medicine can’t completely work 100% of the time. Also a great point in made in the fact that often the symptom is treated, but not the root cause discovered, where if there was more focus on that we might actually see a healthier community. Is one of them going to kill you if you chose sides, well that’s a tough question to answer. But the chance is always better if you can leverage both sides, and styles of medicine to work together to your benefit.
You don’t have to chose one side or the other, you can actually put the two together for an integrated approach that can lead to better health. Your health is wealth, if you aren’t healthy you aren’t going to be able to build the business, create the legacy, and make your vision a reality. So find the balance and create a healthier path forward for yourself.