Most importantly, we realized that there is no such thing as "knee arthritis", "chronic headache", "low thyroid hormone" or "bad teeth". Our body is an incredibly complex supersystem composed of >100 trillion cells (and 10 times that many microbes), connected by >90,000 miles of electric cables, our nervous system. Every cell, tissue and organ is interconnected with everything else by the means of biochemistry, thermodynamics and quantum physics. Any local symptom is a reflection of the system's disturbance and so should be treated in the context of the entire body and mind. This holistic principle is best realized in the "P4 medicine" concept in healthcare, where "P4" stands for Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory.
Unlike "western" medicine focused on treatment of acute conditions with pharmaceuticals and interventions, P4 model aims at early detection, focuses on the cause and provides life-long guidelines for preventing disorders and supporting active longevity.
P4 model entails comprehensive functional diagnostics, personalized treatment programs and long- term health support plans for every patient. This is the model we implement at Santa Maria Medical Retreat.