AS PUBLISHED IN Natural Awakenings magazine, May 2013
Dr. Marvin Schweitzer has been doing pioneering work as a Naturopathic Physician in Connecticut since 1986. The profession has grown tremendously since that time and, as a former medical researcher in endocrinology and immunology at McGill University, he is enthusiastic about the similar explosion in medical knowledge that has occurred.
What are two of the advances in bio-medicine that excite you most?
Apart from the mapping of the human genome, I’m amazed at how much more we know about the biochemical pathways and genes involved in inflammation – a major driver of all the major killers: cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and so on. A drug, even if it is a blockbuster, is one molecule that can only modulate a small portion of the pathways involved. Food and phytonutrients, however, contain hundreds of molecules that, in conjunction with stress management and exercise, act powerfully throughout these inflammation pathways. Careful toxin removal also reduces inflammation and immune dysregulation.
And the other advance?
Another exciting area is energy medicine. There is growing scientific realization that acupuncture meridians, and their branches going to the nucleus of individual cells, are carriers of many energy frequencies including light photons with laser-like properties. We appear to have a fiber-optic network within our bodies that can carry huge amounts of information. These scientific findings help explain how homeopathy, Ayurveda and acupuncture work; and how the over 100,000 chemical reactions per second in each of our 50 trillion cells are coordinated.
Do you use energetic methods other than Acupuncture and Homeopathy?
Yes, there are several additional energy therapies that we use in our office, including:
Asyra® electrodermal screening taps into this internet-like fiber-optic network in our bodies. It is enormously helpful in finding effective and well-tolerated nutrients, energy medicines, toxin cleansers, and allergy and food intolerance desensitizers.
ONDAMED® pulsed electromagnetic field therapy stimulates tissue healing and regeneration and unblocks the network. Patients with Lyme disease, injury, osteoporosis and pain frequently benefit.
Gentle laser light therapy, including Erchonia, re-establishes proper communication and facilitates healing within the body.
Any new developments in your practice?
On the evaluation side, a thorough history coupled with laboratory and physical exam data is foundational. Body Composition Analysis tells us about the health of cell membranes, hydration and percent body fat vs. lean. We are now using MaxPulse accelerated photoplethysmography to screen for blood vessel health and heart rate variability to measure important aspects of stress and resiliency. As heart disease, stroke and stress are acknowledged as big killers – this is a wonderful new addition.
On the treatment side, BrainPaint EEG Biofeedback helps people with anxiety, trauma, ADHD, sleep and stress. We also have exciting old and new approaches to improve blood vessel health to lower inflammation and balance the function of the immune and nervous systems.
So how do all these cutting edge technologies and treatment options come together for the patient?
We use all this information to generate an individualized plan to move you in the direction of greater health and wellbeing. Careful listening, a caring attitude, education, addressing underlying causes on our part and your shared commitment and desire to partner with us, all contribute to excellent outcomes.