by Dr. Angelique Hart, M.D.
Recently, I celebrated my 30th year as a medical doctor. What started with the Hippocratic Oath and a lifelong calling to “fix” people has morphed into the realization that in order to really make a change in our healthcare system, we need to empower our patients with health care education at home, and allow for early and very affordable medical intervention when symptoms do appear. A lot of my patients gather information by time-consuming “surfing” on the internet which can be informative but doesn’t consider the personal circumstances of the reader.
As to affordable medical care: the sad truth is that in our country, health care is absolutely not affordable. 12.4 % of adult Americans are not insured and 45% of adults are under-insured, meaning that they have high deductibles and significant co pays. This causes delays in asking for help when symptoms arise. We all know that our health care system needs to change, and we can’t keep waiting for Health Care Reform to “fix” us. The “fix” is in prevention. Taking responsibility for our own health is what will truly transform our health care.
The true meaning of doctor is actually teacher!! When I see patients, I feel that my role is that of a guide; a teacher who helps the patient to understand what’s wrong, why and how the problem has gotten there and what to do about it in every aspect of the patients life, especially what to do about it at home.
According to Dr. Joseph Pizzorno Jr. ND, only 20% of disease is due to genetics, 80% is due to diet, lifestyle and environmental toxin exposure. This is actually good news. It means that we can improve our health significantly by focusing on diet, lifestyle changes and avoiding/removing toxins. Of course, many of us already knew about this, but didn’t know how to implement it and where to get the correct evidence-based health information tailored to our personal needs.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have access to an interactive personalized health chart that teaches you about health conditions, provides you with personalized health information on diet, lifestyle, exercise, toxins, supplements, medication profiles, and allows you to order recommended lab testing, track your health progress and gives you feedback on how you are doing with a health score? As I was searching for a way to educate patients on a much larger scale, I found out about a brand-new computer health platform called ‘First Alternative Health’. This interactive Health Dashboard is available to First Alternative Care members. The membership fee is only $35/month per household and provides unlimited access to a well-established telemedicine company with board certified doctors including dermatologists. There are no additional co pays/fees for the tele-health visits and 3 free mental health visits/year are included. With this membership, you have very affordable immediate access to medical advice that can include a prescription to your pharmacy as needed.
For an additional $10/month/household, you get access to the First Alternative Health computer program. This program is based on evidence-based research in the area of Epi-Bio-Genetics, combined into a HIPPA compliant system using AI technology. Epi pertains to your lifestyle choices, eating habits, stress levels, exercise routine, sleep patterns, medication use, toxin exposure, etc. Bio refers to your unique biochemical makeup, lab work, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, toxic load, etc. Genetics has to do with your DNA and family history. Based on information you put into the Dashboard, the program is able to provide you with a health score and an individualized action plan to improve your health, supported by data from over 40,000 medical studies. There are multiple diet plans with recipes specifically for you, exercise routines, supplements, recommended labs you can order (without a doctor’s prescription), educational articles to read. It also gives you the ability to store all your health information to track and use during doctor visits. I think that this is a revolutionary approach for Changing Health Care Together!