MY APPROACH.Dr. Ben’s Philosophy
Your body contains incredible healing power
An opportunity to thrive
The common plug-and-play of symptom → treatment is little more than a spreadsheet exercise in whack-a-mole. I like to use the metaphor of a glaring yellow “check engine” light suddenly appearing while you are driving. Let’s say this represents a migraine. Conventional medicine snips the wire, so to speak, by pharmaceutical mechanism of action, to this metaphorical engine light, so that you no longer, potentially, feel the headache, but you have not looked under the hood. I am the mechanic who looks under your hood and tries to figure out just what is causing your “check engine” light to turn on. Much of the time, your engine light is actually a natural, compensatory action in the body which is attempting to restore normal health in the body. Rather than working against your body, I work with it.
I look at every system and realm of the whole patient to re-establish patterns of health that inform your unique care strategy. If you simply turn a symptom off without dealing with the root cause, you risk driving it deeper into the body. A case in point is how the suppression of childhood asthma can lead to chronic eczema later on in youth. Instead, I work with what’s causing the symptom, giving your body what it needs, helping to remove the obstacles to cure, and supporting its innate healing capacity (known as the vis medicatrix naturae or healing power of nature) so that your body (and your whole person) can resolve the imbalance that caused the symptom in the first place.
In other words, I am a colleague of the vital force that’s operating in your body. I help to support it, stimulate it, enhance it, when necessary. And because every case is different, a fact which can be attributed to The Doctrine of Individuality, I start with a thorough, comprehensive intake and physical exam.