What is an Integrative lifestyle physician?
A General Practitioner (GP) who has undergone further specialist training through various institutions.
Dr Aloke De has completed the following further specialist training:
- Diploma in clinical hypnotherapy (UK)
- RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canada )
- AHN (Advanced Holistic Nutritionist (Canada )
- Certification in NEM level 2 from ACNEM (Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, working towards a Fellowship )
- Member of ASLM ( Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, working towards a Fellowship )
- Member of the A5M (Australasian Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine)
What is Lifestyle medicine?
Lifestyle Medicine is a comprehensive, evidence-based approach, which is addressing the challenges faced by our society and its impacts on our health. It is the application of environmental, behavioural, motivational, nutritional and medical principles related to various health problems, in a public and/or private clinical setting.
Lifestyle Medicine is a holistic approach to chronic and lifestyle-related diseases. It involves a team of health professionals working together to prevent, manage and treat conditions that result from unhealthy habits, unhealthy environment or unhealthy lifestyle. The Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine approach provides assessment, diagnostic and recommendations that will be aiming to correct and/or improve the condition suffered by the patient. This process will be done through a thorough physical exam, questionnaires, different tests, education and an active participation of the patient in his/her treatment.
What is the difference between a regular GP and a GP who has Lifestyle Medicine training?
Lifestyle Medicine differs significantly from conventional clinical practice by requiring patients to be highly active in their own health care. As a result, a deep understanding of the motivational principles governing behaviour, emotional responses and the necessary commitments required to make lifestyle changes is fundamental to effective practice.
By targeting the root causes, a range of health issues can be potentially reduced, eliminated or prevented. In addition, Lifestyle Medicine allows practitioners to address these contributing factors by prescribing changes in behaviour and environment where possible.
As a result, this functional medicine approach will benefit the following patients who are suffering from multiple long standing conditions:
- Unexplained tiredness
- Trouble losing weight despite eating all the “right” foods
- Chronic gut issues, e.g. bloating, diarrhoea, constipation and stomach digestive problems
- Feelings of anxiety even after having tried multiple remedies and fixes
- Female hormonal issues
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity
- Chronic conditions such as sensitivities, allergies, recurrent infections
- And many others…
How do I book an appointment?
Call us on 03 9663 4517
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You will be asked to pay for your consult upon arrival to the clinic. You will be given a receipt and you will be able to claim a portion of your consult from Medicare and/or your insurance company.
Please note that some tests may not be covered by Medicare. This means that you may receive a bill from the laboratory that will process your blood/urine sample. Please ensure that you speak to the doctor/pathologist to be informed of the cost attached to these exams. You should also know that some recommended supplements might not be covered. Dr De is not linked to any pharmaceutical, nor any other company selling nutraceutical, supplement or natural remedies.
Initial Consult – What will happen?
When calling to book your first appointment, be prepared to tell the receptionist the reason for your consult, as she/he will make sure that you will have the proper length of time allocated for your visit. Also, it is possible that she will tell you to get certain blood work and urine analysis done, before your appointment, in order to facilitate your assessment and saving time. Any copies from recent lab results or reports from other consultations might be useful, so you are welcome to bring them.
Review/Subsequent consult – What will happen?
Your integrative and lifestyle doctor will have determine a course of treatment based on his assessment and will have discuss with you about the proper follow-up required to insure the best care. The number and the frequency of subsequent consults may vary, according to your condition. Each subsequent consult will be an opportunity to review and reassess your progress. It will provide you the opportunity to ask questions and become more in control of your own health, as you will get a better understanding of yourself and your environment.
Be in charge and get back your well-being where it belongs: in your hands.