Background

DO vs MD

All American physicians are either DOs (doctors of osteopathy) or MDs (medical doctors). Their schooling is identical in duration and very similar in content in the core studies of pathology, pharmacology, anatomy etc. The principal difference between the two types of physicians is that DOs are trained in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). DOs and MDs compete as equals for internship and residency training positions in all specialties. This is similar to American dentists, who can be DDSs or DMDs; in both medicine and dentistry, there is no legal distinction between the paired credentials.

Alternative vs Conventional

The term ‘modern medicine’ represents an attempt to create distance between current high-tech practices and a history marred by interventions that did more harm than good. After centuries of blood letting, mercury administration, leeches and the like, it isn’t hard to see why the medical industry might want to make such a distinction. We believe wholeheartedly in modern conventional medical science as it is applied to many chronic and almost all acute disease states. But in some ways the pendulum has now swung too far in the other direction.

But in some ways the pendulum has now swung too far in this direction.  Despite incredible advancements in technology, millions of Americans continue to fall through the cracks of the prevailing medical paradigm. Big pharma has given us many valuable tools, but in their search for a quick fix, especially one which requires perpetual treatment, they have helped create a culture of chronic disease. It’s become routine for patients to be labeled with diagnoses like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome, that imply neither a cause nor a cure. We believe that these and many other disease states represent common end points of complicated processes involving (but not limited to) nutritional deficiencies, chronic infections and overloaded detoxification pathways. If these underlying causes can be addressed, even longstanding symptoms often resolve. It may sound trite and it isn’t always easy, but we always look to address the underlying cause rather than just manage the symptoms.

Functional Medicine vs Integrative Primary Care

All of the Sound Clinic practitioners integrate conventional biomedical and alternative philosophies into their approach to the patient. In the setting of a clinic that is equipped to provide services related to the management of common conditions, this could be called integrative primary care. Functional Medicine could also be described this way, but a better definition would also include mention of the desire to more deeply understand a patient’s individualized biochemistry. Functional Medicine practitioners typically recommended specialized lab tests that allow for the creation of a holistic and personalized treatment plan. A typical plan might be expected to include nutritional supplements made from herbs, nutrients or homeopathic remedies, and is generally targeted at underlying imbalances rather than symptom management. We hope this page and the provider biography section will help you to determine which of our talented providers are best suited to your needs and beliefs.