Sun, 27 Feb 2011 14:57:00
Dr. Sarah Kalomiros - Photo by Western Edition staff.
Western medicine is not living up to the expectations of many in our society. Most would agree that in an emergency, the knowledge and skills of Western medicine just might just be the best method of treatment; however, we may also agree that on the prevention and maintenance side, Western medicine often falls short – due to its approach being one of control through drugs, technology and surgery.
Organic life is difficult to control without destroying it. Holistic healing acknowledges this principle, which guides a philosophical approach toward providing the general public with additional healing options that go beyond drugs, technology and surgery.
Holistic approaches toward healing acknowledge that we live in an ecosystem that can provide for all of our basic needs – and one that includes healing. Holistic healing also insists that we can be active participants in the healing process, which means that we will learn how the body works, learn about nutrition and exercise, and then practice what we have learned.
Nature also provides us with a direct inner guidance system that we often ignore. We know instinctively that we should not eat processed or fatty foods with fillers, but somehow we are not following that guidance. We have tossed this inner guidance system aside, and we have adapted to a news and media information system that says, “Enjoy this deluxe meal with all you can eat fried something,” with other commercials suggesting to talk to your Doctor about a drug to cure acid reflux, or some other disease we may be experiencing, to “see if its right for you.” Such messages are followed by a litany of side effects that can include nausea, headaches, blindness, suicidal thoughts and other really scary possibilities.
Fortunately, more and more scientific minds are helping us to reconnect and heal. Nutrition, exercise and health maintenance are becoming the big cure for many ailments.
Dr. Sarah Kalomiros – or “Dr. Sarah,” as she is called by her clients – shares her perspective on health and maintenance. Dr. Kalomiros is a chiropractor who runs two clinics; one is in San Francisco, and another one is in Cupertino. Her clinics focus on restoring and maintaining optimal health through a basic understanding of cellular activity; nutrition response testing; lab work; and then designing an individual program to meet the nutritional and/or detoxification and physical needs of her clients.
“We do a 21-day detox program,” Dr. Kalomiros explained. “This [is] a very small section of the services we provide, and tonight’s lecture series was the wrap-up. I always try to bring in speakers on the different aspects of health to teach our clients that this is not about completing the program, providing supplements, and having them move on.
“It is a pretty involved program that calls for diet modification where each week is different and including supplements that are tailor-made for each participant, because everyone is different. We test and figure out what nutrients they each need as individuals. Clients in the detox program go through a series of steps, including Far Infrared Sauna, nutrition counseling, detoxification teas, blood balancing herbal teas, and others that help with gut systems [elimination of toxins] and flora. We also identify how to get the toxins out of our houses, and therefore our systems. The final lecture series is geared to help people maintain the work they’ve done.”
Dr. Kalomiros further explained that balancing our lives with knowledge of nutrition, exercise and use of herbal remedies can be a part of healing and health maintenance. She also shared her view that mental, emotional and spiritual health is critical to physical health.
Dr. Kalomiros said that the majority of her clients come to her in order to heal conditions that are not being addressed by medication or through their usual systems of care. She feels that many of her clients are fatigued, and their systems are not functioning properly.
With regard to her approach to treatment Dr. Kalomiros said, “There is no magic pixie dust. People have to work very hard. Supplements are not drugs. Lifestyle is how it works. Eating right, thinking right, talking right, cooking right, drinking right, all of these things have to be considered. Regular life has to be fixed. Your everyday habits have to be fixed. Even with supplements you may feel well for a while, but you know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting something different to happen!”
Dr. Kalomiros said that she and her team are ultra-compassionate about changing the paradigm. She said that sanitation addressed the issue of infectious diseases that were causing illnesses. However, today’s problems are caused by what we eat, how we live, the remedies and their side effects.
Unfortunately, the Food and Drug administration is approving products defined as food that have no nutritional value, but can be consumed. This is also true of the pharmaceutical products that we ingest.
Dr. Kalomiros stated, “For every $1 spent on a pharmaceutical, it takes a $1.33 to clean it up in side effects! There is a movement happening [in the general public] because their government is failing them, and their health is failing them.”
Dr. Kalomiros was concerned that insurers do not like to cover holistic services. She said that it then becomes a circumstance where only people who are willing to pay out of pocket come to holistic resources for help.
From the viewpoint of a holistic process, Dr. Kalomiros feels that illnesses can be sparked by lack of nutrition, exposure to toxins through food, or substances and through stress. She said that for people who are in extremely stressful environments it is the same as being constantly in a life or death circumstance, except that there is no easement or relief because the extreme stress is constant. She gave an example of running from a dangerous animal. At some point, that event passes; however, consistently worrying about finances, or abuse, is very harmful because of the hormones produced consistently over time.
Dr. Kalomiros said that anyone with the appropriate information can help maintain their own health, but they must have the right information. She said that any inflammation is generally caused by some type of nutritional imbalance. She also said that if you think your nutrition is adequate but you feel really tired all the time, chances are that your diet is not providing the nutrition you need.
Dr. Kalomiros added that part of identifying health concerns is taking into consideration how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally.
When asked to describe what healthy looks and feels like, Dr. Kalomiros said, “A healthy person can get out of bed in the morning! They are not tired. Your eyes should be white and open; your teeth should not be decaying. A healthy person does not have fat around the middle. They have healthy elimination [two or three times a day] and no pain. Pain is a result of inflammation. A healthy person sleeps well. Additionally they talk positive! ”
To learn more about the Kalo Clinic Natural Health & Healing Center, visit www.kaloclinic.com.