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Cross Synergy - Improving On What Works

Posted on 4/1/2011 by Dr. John Moore III in Prevention Synergistic Health
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The Synergistic Health Approach is aimed at eliminating confusion and apprehension that is keeping so many people from moving ahead with an effective personal preventive health program. As well, it aims to motivate patients and their doctors to go for the highest levels of surety in prevention of major causes of premature debility and death. The approach aims to convince patients to avoid being tunnel-visioned on one or two health steps or agents as being the be all and end all in their efforts to avoid or control a disease or health condition. It is hoped that the Synergistic Health Approach will help convince patients and practitioners of the inherent safety net of employing multiple preventive health steps or agents.

We should recognize the value of “cross synergy” between proven health steps or agents. Cross synergy in the Synergistic Health Approach refers to the fact that health steps or agents that are utilized together for synergistic benefit in preventing one major disease process may well have proven benefit in preventing another major disease process. For instance, low dose aspirin has been credited with lowering heart attack risk, stroke risk, and colon cancer-three of our biggest killer diseases. Thus, having low dose aspirin in a synergistic regimen to prevent heart attack might bring total health program efficiency in that you would already have it in place when building your synergistic health regimen aimed at preventing either colon cancer (third leading killer in men) and strokes(second major killer in men).

As well, a synergistic preventive health regimen for the health of one major organ or system will provide benefits toward the health of others. An example is circulatory system health. You implement a synergistic program aimed at circulatory health. It might include regular exercise, antioxidants(including magnesium), cholesterol lowering agents, a blood pressure control agent, attaining the right balance of essential fatty acids intake, multivitamins, hormone supplementation if needed, and regular disease screening to guide further preventive needs. Assuming this synergistic regimen maintains the optimum health of your circulatory system, we get improved health of numerous other organ systems dependent on optimum circulatory health. This would include the brain, heart, digestive track, bones, joints, reproductive organs, and skin.

So, we see “cross synergy” giving us efficiency in our preventive health program. Proven health steps for the prevention of one disease process or one organ or body system might also be identified as a significant proven step or synergistic combination for others-reducing the overall cost and effort required in one’s total preventive health program.

We have seen through our own practice and observation of the practice of other practitioners that combinations of therapeutic agents or interventions many times bring much better results than pushing the dose of one agent or relying on one health intervention or step to bring results in controlling a disease process. This is likely the result of synergy in many cases, as various agents or health steps attack the cause of the disease or disease manifestations through different mechanisms and bringing exponential increase in healing effect. At the same time, dose related side effects from having to rely on maximum levels of one agent for results can be reduced. A good example of this is in the field of pain management. By including an anti-inflammatory and a muscle relaxer with an opiod pain killer, it is likely less opiod pain killer will be required. Since dependency risk, overdose risks, side effect risks with opiod pain killers can rise with increased dosing, the combination therapy reduces health risks from the care program while improving pain control and assisting condition resolution.

The Synergistic Health Approach is aimed at eliminating confusion and apprehension that is keeping so many people from moving ahead with an effective personal preventive health program. As well, it aims to motivate patients and their doctors to go for the highest levels of surety in prevention of major causes of premature debility and death. The approach aims to convince patients to avoid being tunnel-visioned on one or two health steps or agents as being the be all and end all in their efforts to avoid or control a disease or health condition. It is hoped that the Synergistic Health Approach will help convince patients and practitioners of the inherent safety net of employing multiple preventive health steps or agents.

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