Kenneth R. Kafka, M.D.
Informed Consent for Integrative Health Care
a physician who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Anti-Aging
and Regenerative Medicine, I recommend both traditional and complementary
medical intervention to diagnose and treat your physical and emotional
condition. There are circumstances in which I may predominantly suggest
natural or holistically oriented methods. These complementary (holistic,
complementary, natural and alternative are used interchangeably to describe
an approach other than conventional) modalities may be offered as an adjunctive
service to support your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Part of this approach uses natural products and lifestyle improvements
such as eating natural foods oriented to your individual biochemical needs
and sensitivities, drinking plenty of fresh water, exercising appropriately
and finding ways to minimize the ill effects of stress in your life by
using techniques such as biofeedback, meditation, yoga, visualization
or psychotherapy to name a few. Herbal products, homeopathic remedies,
a specialized diet, bio-identical hormones and nutritional supplements
also may be recommended. Other practitioners such as acupuncturists, chiropractors,
massage and physical therapists, psychotherapists etc. may also be suggested
depending on your circumstance. However, just because a modality or product
may be more natural than a conventional medicine does not mean that there
is not a possibility of uncomfortable side effects or other untoward reactions.
Aggravations from homeopathic, herbal and nutritional supplements are
not uncommon and are a signal that the dosage or frequency with which
it is taken may need to be changed or the product may need to be discontinued
altogether, just like with conventional medicines. In most cases, complementary
medical advice should not be confused with medical care of a disease condition.
The holistic methods suggested by me should be seen as a way to improve
your overall health, not necessarily as a primary treatment of disease.
R. Kafka, M.D.