dreamstime_xxl_1493819Last week I had the honor of having lunch with Dr. Steven Hotze. He was visiting Jacksonville, FL. from the Hotze Health and Wellness Center in Houston, Texas. www.hotzehwc.com.

Sitting with him and discussing his approach to anti-aging through his book “Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness” was such a refreshing experience as we both have the same belief to advance the wellness revolution.

The focus of the book is dedicated to the thyroid gland, imbalances within the body and how to manage symptoms rather than focus on lab work and synthetic medications.

This type of practice is known within medicine as anti-aging practice, and it may be the way of the future within medicine. It is helpful for patients to become aware that not all physicians look at medicine the same way. There are a growing number of us that believe that the patient’s symptoms and root cause is the key. Listening to the patient and how they feel, can be an overlooked item in our medical tool kit.

Meeting Dr. Hotze has continued to ignite my passion to empower my patients to honor their bodies. Patients have a right to ensure that physicians take note of patients’ symptoms and what is being said to them by rather than allowing lab values to be the only answer.

Simple treatments often with supplements and vitamins rather than prescribed medicines can also be the key to patients feeling healthy and whole again. Others do need a prescribed dose of compounded thyroid medication or Armour Thyroid for hypothyroidism.

The bottom line is anti-aging physicians are trained to look at approaching medicine by treating the whole body as a symphony, reflecting longevity rather than a protocol for body parts.

The difference is startling!