The point philosophy
At The Point, we incorporate elements of lifestyle, functional, and conventional medicine to lead each individual to optimal health.
Conventional medicine is a disease-oriented and symptom based approach to care. Conventional medicine is excellent at addressing acute and urgent medical conditions like heart attacks, broken bones and ligaments, congenital deformities, physical trauma and acute illness. Traditionally, a medical doctor prescribes medication to treat a chronic disease such as high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, elevated cholesterol, and thyroid dysfunction. The conventional approach to healthcare is not always sufficient for dealing with chronic disease and typically does not get to the root cause of why the disease is occurring. Conventional medicine typically follows an algorithm for disease and takes a one size fits all approach to care. We will always have a need for conventional medicine, however, this model of care is failing in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease that impacts over 130 million Americans.
Functional medicine seeks to find the root cause of disease, with the objective of eliminating not only the symptom, but also the underlying problem. The approach is patient-centered and looks at the whole person instead of focusing on an isolated list of symptoms. Typically, a Functional medicine doctor will spend more time with patients as the provider takes a thorough history and pays special attention to genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that could be influencing health. The latest research shows that our bodies are a complicated network of systems that are far more intertwined than previously understood. Understanding these relationships on a very deep level allows a functional medicine doctor to see more clearly into the function or dysfunction of the body. This doctor/patient relationship takes time but can lead to solving the underlying problem in the body and not merely masking the current symptoms with medication.
According to the World Health Organization, by 2020, two-thirds of all disease worldwide will be the result of lifestyle choices. Lifestyle medicine is the therapeutic use of evidence-based lifestyle interventions to treat, prevent, and reverse lifestyle related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, and depression. The use of lifestyle medicine empowers the individuals with knowledge and life skills to make effective behavior changes that address the underlying cause of disease. The good news is that over 80% of chronic diseases can be prevented through lifestyle modifications by looking at factors such as nutrition, movement, stress management, and sleep. Lifestyle medicine reflects what scientific evidence has shown: good nutrition, movement, and mind-body health are powerful forms of medicine.
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The Point Retreat Center and staff provided a truly amazing and unique conference experience. Set in the serene surroundings of Northwestern Minnesota, the facilities provided the perfect backdrop for a community centered learning experience. The thoughtful agenda allowed for networking with colleagues as well as indulging in self-rejuvenation. Chef Jeremy prepared amazing food- while teaching us how to as well. The fitness team integrated activities and the option of a full workout into our days. The weekend embodied wellness as it should be. I left with a renewal of spirit and tools to better care for my patients and myself.
Dr. Kristin Lockhart
HealthEast Oakdale Clinic