Eighty percent of the major diseases that kill us can be prevented or at least delayed by lifestyle modification, involving diet, exercise, stress management, sleep, relationships, and avoidance of health destroying habits (smoking, excessive alcohol, prolonged inactivity) and toxins.
So why does modern Western Medicine focus so much on treatment of disease, by which time the best chance for lifestyle modification have been lost? That’s a complex question to answer. We believe it is partly Western Medicine’s extraordinary successes in treatment or formerly fatal conditions that leads us all to a feeling of complacency in our life choices - that even if we mess up our lifestyle and diet, modern Western Medicine will be there to save us. Doctors focus on, and become ever more skilled at, salvage of desperate people suffering diseases and chronic health problems, but this is not “healthcare”. It is “disease-care”, and it represents a failure of real healthcare!
At Mosman Integrative Medicine, we are expanding our focus from assessment and treatment of complex illness to building positive resilient health. Dr Mark Donohoe attained Fellowship of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) in 2018, and we are building a team to make that expertise available to all our clients and their families.
In our new Team Approach, you can now book to see Dr Mark not only for a medical appraisal of your current health problems, but to access a broader Team review of your case (presented by Dr Mark and with your permission). Our goal is to move beyond simplistic medical approaches to your needs, and build a broader path to recovery and optimum, resilient health.
Kate O’Flynn brings over 20 years experience as a naturopath and health coach to our team, with skills in the areas of nutrition, therapeutic diets, herbs and supplements, and diagnostic testing outside the standard pathology and radiology mainstream. She provides a broad range of skills and provides health coaching in consultations, or over the phone or by FaceTime or Skype. This is a great way to keep on track, especially with dietary interventions or accessing supplements or treatments that may be difficult to find and maintain. Kate is the usual person for contact between your appointments with Dr Mark. Kate is also available for consultations directly at MIM, with or without Team involvement.
Fiona Donohoe-Bales is Mark’s life partner, and has been the heart and spirit of Mosman Integrative Medicine from its first days of planning in 2015. Fiona brings 25 years of experience in prenatal yoga (and a thousand happy healthy yogi-babies) and yoga therapy, as well as mindfulness, meditation, psychotherapy, counselling and Qi Gong. Fiona is also available for counselling, and one-on-one consultations in these areas at MIM, with or without Team involvement. She is building online resources for MIM clients, such as meditation and mindfulness recordings, and access to curated services and products both within and outside MIM.
Now that MIM is moving “Beyond Medicine”, we are also moving beyond disease care. We have between us over 80 years of Clinical experience and awareness of what works and what does not to reduce illness and suffering and to optimise health and function. We are curating the best of the products and services and knowledge to provide these to our clients through a Team Approach that we think is unique and an improvement in every way upon traditional medical approaches.
And we are growing that approach and the Team in a three year plan to make Mosman Integrative Medicine your first point of contact for building a healthy and resilient life. We aim to become your trustworthy provider of information and advice for recovery and for resilient good health.
Come join us!