One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned over the past 25 years of holistic practice is the significance and importance of balance in all arenas of health. The balancing of protocols is of optimum importance in maximizing our success and efficiency in treating the whole person.
Most of us have heard about “balanced nutrition” all of our lives; if we eat sensibly from the different food groups listed in the food pyramid, we should experience the benefits of that discipline. But, as we all know, the food pyramid changes from time to time. What my parents’ generation thought of as a balanced meal would not meet the approval of at least half of today’s nutritionists.
I now know the proper nutritional program that helps me perform optimally. However, I also know that as vital and imperative as a healthy nutritional program is, that it is only a component of wholeness. As alternative practitioners, we should aim to balance nutrition, along with other alternative adjunct modalities, to maximize optimal health. A properly balanced protocol of synergistic procedures addressing the whole person perspective will provided the most therapeutically empowering approach!
In the 21st century, we are finding our patients to be more receptive to alternative forms of healthcare. In this affirmative environment, w hat will separate the general alternative practitioners from the most successful ones is the application of more effective and efficient protocols. These practitioners will be able to get the fastest, most effective, and cost efficient results!
In our ambition to balance adjuncts, we must evaluate the weight of each component. Nutrition, for example, is largely a supportive therapy, and we must be careful to afford this highly effective modality the proper environment in which to perform optimally.
As we increase our efforts in nutrition, without the balance of other protocols, we can sometimes end up over-prescribing and giving our patients more pills than they can swallow. Patient compliance and confidence can frequently fall off in the nutritional treatment program and referral potential.