What Is Health?
Answers from Our Scottsdale Integrative Medical Center
A Personal Message from Dr. Martha Grout:
When we are 20, we tend to think that we are either healthy or sick - nothing
in between. It's black or white. By age 40 we have come to realize
that often sickness is a slow descent away from health. Symptoms develop
- heartburn, bloating, diarrhea, joint pain, miscarriage, memory fog,
slower reflexes, lack of energy. Tests are run, we are told that everything
is fine, and perhaps the suggestion is even made that the symptoms are imagined.
One day, something breaks down, we develop undeniable symptoms, and the
dysfunction is now measurable in the physical body. Our symptoms are no
longer "functional." They are now called "physical"
and can be measured to some degree using the tools of allopathic medicine.
We see a doctor who puts a label on it, and we now have a diagnosis which
our insurance company can comprehend. We typically go home with a prescription
for a drug which suppresses the symptoms, or with a date for surgery to
cut out the offending body part.
There are times when symptom suppression or surgery is necessary. There
are many more times however, that it is not. Prescription drugs have side
effects. Surgeries remove body parts that Mother Nature intended us to
have. This is where the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine can help you.*
Call (480) 418-0220 to reach a doctor from our integrative medical center
My History Treating Patients
In the 1990s, I was working as a doctor in the emergency department of
a fairly large hospital in Sarasota, Florida. The people coming to the
emergency room had just about every problem one can imagine. At one point,
I had a succession of patients with lower back pain. The family practice
doctors on call were not excited about seeing these patients, because
they tend to be very needy, so I began to refer them to a neuromuscular
massage therapist because that therapy really does help back pain.
One day, I was called by the hospital administrator and the Director of
the Emergency Department and informed that I was not to refer outside
the list of doctors on call, and specifically not to refer outside the
bounds of traditional allopathic medicine. Apparently the family practice
doctors had complained that they were losing business. I resigned from
that position the next day, because I could not justify a medical career
based on those rules.
"We believe that treating the whole patient - body, mind, and spirit
- is the most authentic path to health." - Dr. Martha M. Grout
Our Revolutionary Perspective
American mainstream medicine is wonderful in acute emergency situations,
but for chronic diseases brought on by genetics, diet and lifestyle, allopathic
medicine is not much help. I do not see that pharmaceutical medicine helps
people heal from chronic illness.
Arizona is one of a small handful of states that allows an MD to take advanced
studies and become licensed as a medical doctor of homeopathy. In 1996,
I passed the Homeopathic Board examination, and was granted an MD(H) license
in addition to my MD license.
Homeopathic medicine embraces standard allopathic medicine, yet goes beyond.
It is a form of medical care which is holistic, scientifically based,
safe, effective and comparatively inexpensive. Homeopathic physicians
are regulated by the Arizona Board of Homeopathic Medical Examiners, one
of only three such homeopathic medical boards in the country.
Finding a Different Approach to Healing
When the physical body becomes ill, it is clear organs are dysfunctional.
Kidney failure for example comes with a high blood urea nitrogen and creatinine,
and usually has protein in the urine. Before there is overt kidney failure,
allopathic medicine may recognize blood and/or protein in the urine, but
does not offer anything in the way of mitigation. The usual course is
"watchful waiting." Translation: "Wait a while until your
kidneys fail, then we can give you steroids to decrease the damage."
A homeopathic physician gets involved with the organ systems long before
they begin to fail, while there is simply dysfunction. A homeopathic physician
knows that fatigue, muscle pain, knee or hip pain, headaches, inflamed
gums, palpitations, heartburn, brain fog, mental confusion, etc., are
the body's way of saying an organ is in trouble.
For "functional" problems such as these, allopathic medicine
has no answer. Patients are often dismissed, left to wander from one doctor's
office to another, hoping someone can connect the dots.
The prescription pad is much too commonplace in American medicine today.
Patients are in and out of a doctor's office in eight minutes. This
fuels the profitability of the pharmaceutical industry, but it does little
to restore health to the human body.
I am not opposed to pharmaceuticals when necessary, but I know that diagnosing
and treating the cause of dysfunction is much more effective than simply
treating the symptoms. My initial consultation lasts almost 2 hours.
Contact me at the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, a Scottsdale integrative
How I Can Help You Recover
Often, the people who come to me are those who have been to many doctors'
offices and have not yet given up hope that someone will want to do more
than "manage their disease." They are mothers who don't
want to simply drug their hyperactive child. They are people tired of
living with allergies who don't want to take monthly shots. They have
irritable bowel syndrome and are tired of taking pills and not feeling
any better. They are approaching age 40 or 50, and beginning to feel that
everything is falling apart. They are adults who can't find anyone
to fix what's wrong with them.
In short, they are the walking wounded.
In my clinic I treat with orthomolecular substances like IV infusions of
vitamins, minerals, and other substances to give the body what it needs
to repair itself. Some dysfunctions can be treated with acupuncture, which
will restore energetic balance and health to the body and the mind. Some
dysfunctions due to retention of viral particles may require significant
detoxification, and I guide patients through that. Some dysfunctions due
to embedded heavy metals like mercury, lead, arsenic or cadmium, may require
detoxification with chelating agents. Some dysfunctions are ideally treated
by classical homeopathy. Others are better treated by means of electrodermal
testing and complex homotoxicology. Still other dysfunctions require body
work, massage therapy, spinal manipulation, or cranio-sacral manipulation.
Addressing Every Aspect of Health
The brain and the body have a substantial influence with each other. We
find that in many cases treating the brain and body helps the systems
recover faster than treating either system separately. Children with any
sort of developmental delays are especially aided by neurodevelopment
techniques, along with head trauma patients with so-called "minimal
brain dysfunction," who have no physical sign of injury, yet whose
lives have been completely changed by their head injury.
In our quest to continually provide the best holistic approaches to reversing
chronic disease, we continually add to our services. I like to look out
to the horizon for new and more effective ways to solve health issues.
Because nutrition is so fundamental to health, we developed an easy program
called FirstLine Therapy to empower you to take control of your diet.
We give you educational materials and work one-on-one so you can make
real changes that benefit you - and your family - for a lifetime.
Our Work at the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine
In 2007, we began to custom make preservative-free allergy remedies because
there is nowhere else in the Southwest where this can be done. This is
particularly important for those with chemical sensitivities.
Different people respond to different forms of healing. Let's take
a person with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) for example. There is
a direct pathway from the nose into the central part of the "old"
animal brain, or limbic system, which is involved in governing sleep,
mood, eating, aggression, and other very basic survival behaviors. In
MCS, the nerve tissue is over-sensitized. The autonomic system kicks into
overdrive, upsets the balance of the brain's limbic system, and the
person becomes anxious - goes into a flight or fight state. Some people
with MCS are helped with chelation and colonics to detoxify, some are
helped by hypnosis, some with homeopathic remedies, and others respond
best to energetic medicine.
Health is the body's normal balanced state; yet it can be very hard
to maintain in a stressful world increasingly drenched in pollutions,
pesticides, plastics, not to mention what we eat, such as:
- Genetically modified food
- Hydrogenated oils
A Patient & Practitioner Partnership
How to prevent disease, how to recognize the signs, and turn around an
illness - that is the kind of medicine I have come to practice. Health
is not the absence of disease. Health is not attained through chemicals.
Health can be restored through a variety of modalities of green medicine,
meaning cost effective, natural, environmentally friendly, and easy on
the body. The goal is to recover the body's own functional reserves,
so that healing mechanisms can function as they are intended to function,
When we take our first steps into medicine, we look just at the symptom
and often take a drug to suppress that symptom. That is allopathic medicine.
Then we take the next step and trade our prescriptions for more natural
supplements. At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, we have gone
beyond merely applying the allopathic approach to alternative, homeopathic
medicine. It is exciting to seek out others to bring new areas of understanding
and expression to the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine.
According to Dr. Grout:
"Everything we do has a solid, scientific basis, although it may not
be science that every allopathic physician recognizes as yet. It may be
metabolic biochemistry, may be physics, quantum entanglements, the configuration
of water, or it may be looking at the way our minds and thoughts affect
our body's water structure, and hence everything we do."
Welcome to the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine where your health is
Call (480) 418-0220 today to get in touch with our Scottsdale integrative
*Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment.
Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services,
meaning results may vary for each person.