Lynne R. Mielke, M.D., Physician. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has since done extensive training on anti-aging medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).
Dr. Lynne Mielke, who founded Optimal Health Spectrums, offers Integrative Wellness Medicine including Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, HCG Diet programs, food allergy and nutritional assessment and supplementation, heavy metal detoxification, chelation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and optimalization of the gastrointestinal and immune systems for a healthier you!
Lynne R. Mielke, M.D. discusses how her integrative wellness approach differs from the traditional practice of allopathic medicine:
There are two major kinds of medicine in this country, each with their own “standard of care.” Allopathic, or traditional western medicine, is a disease and drug-oriented approach to medicine, vs. Integrative, Complementary, or Wellness-Oriented medicine, which is more focused on natural interventions designed to make the patient healthy and prevent illness in the future. Integrative doctors use medications when needed – but as a last resort, not the first resort. Integrative Medicine is not taught in most medical schools, since medical education is strongly influenced by drug companies which have a huge financial interest in what prescriptions are being written. Integrative doctors have a special interest in preventive medicine and have had to learn this information on their own at specialized conferences.
Some Allopathic doctors are indifferent to Integrative Medicine, but others are overtly hostile to these alternative approaches, thinking that if it wasn’t taught in their training program, it must not be valid. Furthermore, reimbursements from medical insurance generally only cover drug-based treatments for diseases, not preventive or health-enhancement care. For example, testing for and treating nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal imbalances, food intolerances, and chelation or detoxification treatments are often not covered. Given these biases, patients have to make a decision to invest in their own health, despite the discriminatory levels of insurance reimbursement. Many people are realizing that the side-effects of many drugs end up causing more problems in the long run and want natural alternatives. In other words, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
In contrast to Allopathic Medicine, the Integrative treatments at Optimal Health Spectrums rely on a foundation of improving diet and lifestyle, enhancing health through the use of nutritional supplements, optimizing hormone levels, and removing anything that is toxic to the human body, such as heavy metal and chemical toxins. These important and basic aspects of Integrative Medicine – nutritional science and detoxification – are almost completely overlooked by traditional medical doctors. In addition, for many people, a low normal value on a blood test is not optimal for them and they may not feel well at that level, but their doctor tells them that nothing is wrong. We attempt to achieve optimal values for all nutrients and hormones, placing a high priority on how the patient feels.
Many patients have multi-system imbalances that require a comprehensive medical work-up to figure out where their problems lie. This means that typically Integrative Medicine doctors order different tests than other doctors do when assessing health status. Other doctors do not have any training on how to interpret these tests. When a trained Integrative Medicine doctor is armed with this data, an individualized treatment plan can be implemented that in general improves the patient’s health and quality of life. I encourage patients to educate themselves about the different approaches to health care in this country, and to understand the Integrative Medicine paradigm.
- Lynne R. Mielke, M.D.