Whole-Person Respiratory Medicine at the Leading Forefront of Medicine:
"Caring for the Lungs of
The Whole Being"
Sam Kim MBBS (Qld) FRACP MPH MBA MMED (Syd) JD (Deakin)
Jasna Kim BA (UNE) MAAPM
33 North Street, SPRING HILL, BRISBANE
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Respiratory Medicine Doesn't Only Treat the Lungs
Respiratory system diseases are like every other disease, they come from a base or "root" cause. The thing about this basic cause is that it is hard to discern. In many cases, that cause may not even have its origin in the respiratory system. Respiratory medicine has a tendency to treat just the disorder. This does not solve the issue, however, because even as the symptoms are alleviated, the underlying cause is still going strong and any progress will soon be reversed. It is necessary when treating respiratory system disease to know that all other bodily systems are connected, and we must discover where the disease originates. Only by unveiling that cause and treating it, can we effectively hope to realise lasting treatment of respiratory medicine.
Consider the following scenario: A person with a respiratory system disease comes to us. She is under-nourished because she has difficulty eating. She is overtired because she lies awake at night, unable to sleep because she worries. Her blood pressure is high and her heart has a slightly irregular beat. She has gotten her diagnosis and is frightened. As we start to take a history, both medical and psychological, the levels start to peel away and, with enough time and effort, we get to the main problem. It seems she has experienced anxiety since she was a child. As she got older, she would use eating and smoking tobacco as coping mechanisms. The food she ate put weight on, but it wasn't good weight and eventually, the extra weight put stress on her heart. In the meantime, the cigarettes are damaging her lungs. The heart irregularity is creating a situation where oxygen isn't able to be pumped through her system efficiently. She worries more, is depressed, and the anxiety increases, lessening sleep quality. In this case, the anxiety she had as a child has led indirectly to the present respiratory system disease. Unless the anxiety is treated, the rest will not be successful for it is a circle that must be broken.
Respiratory medicine that is likely to heal this woman begins with treating the respiratory symptoms but must also include nutrition education, sleep medicine, and anxiety-reducing activities. As one area improves, the rest follow suit, but they must be addressed as one package and not alone. This is the Medicine of the Whole Being, or the Medicine of the Universal when we take into account of the physical, emotional, psychological and underlying "root" cause of how the human vehicle operates with the alignment of what causes our human behaviour and expression.