Southern Maine Integrative Health

Dr. Mulcahy’s philosophy and approach to treatment

There are a large number of people who feel the current medical system fails to adequately address their medical problems, and this dissatisfaction is further exemplified by the growing percentage of patients seeking some alternative form of therapy. As an Osteopathic Family Practitioner for over 20 years, I have seen this shift within the medical system supported by the rising number of people with chronic diseases, increased number of children with Autism and ADD/ADHD, as well as those with cancer, autoimmune disease, and chronic pain. The underlying problem with our present standard of care is that it is symptom-based and often fails to address medical diseases on a causative level. The medical community is focused on treating the effects of disease, rather than the underlying cause(s).

The traditional medical system is well-suited for health prevention screenings and acute medical problems, e.g., trauma, acute infections, respiratory difficulties, and various surgical procedures, or where relieving symptoms is paramount. However, an alternative model of medicine is needed for the treatment of chronic medical conditions, so that the underlying pathology driving the disease process can be addressed. My practice is directed toward the underlying processes that result in disease or chronic ailments. My approach combines traditional and alternative therapies tailored to the unique needs of each patient.

The cause of all chronic medical problems can be attributed to four factors: diet, detoxification, genetics, and emotions. Think of these factors as the four legs of a chair; if one or more are distorted or unaligned, the human body will become imbalanced and predisposed to illness.

  1. Diet - The central concern of most diets is the combination of high toxicity (preservatives, additives, chemicals, pesticides, added hormones, rancid fats, processed food) and low content of vitamins and minerals, creating an imbalance within the body. Toxicity can accumulate over many years, inhibiting enzyme systems and disturbing fundamental metabolic processes. The standard American diet of processed, genetically modified, or microwaved food typically does not provide adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals necessary to correct metabolic imbalances. In fact, it takes a specific quantity of vitamins and minerals just to metabolize the food we eat. If these are not present, either due to poor diet or quality of food choice
  2. Detoxification - Detoxification is the ability of the individual to eliminate. The ability to eliminate is variable and quite different among individuals. The most important means of elimination is through the kidney, colon, and especially the liver. A healthy, functioning liver will be able to adequately detoxify the body. In the world we live in there are an alarming number of chemicals and pollutants to which we are exposed. Detoxification has become a major factor in determining why one person will develop illness and the other will not.
  3. Genetics - In this context, genetics refers to the way a person adapts to the world, which is called the "reactional mode". There are certainly genetic tendencies that predispose us to various medical conditions (i.e., Autism, Cancer, Heart Disease, etc.); however, these are only predispositions. These diseases are not hard-wired into our constitution. By understanding our own genetics and making proper lifestyle choices, genetic tendencies toward disease can be modified to avoid illness.
  4. Emotions - Emotions are the deepest form of toxicity. Emotional traumas affect one's present health and create barriers toward the healing process. In over 20 years of practice, it has been my observation that many people experience physical ailments both within the body and on a subconscious level, as a means of avoiding past or present emotional trauma. Recognizing and directing therapies toward these traumas can have tremendous benefits with regards to relieving physical symptoms and overall healing. Likewise, physical ailments can have a profound emotional effect, the most common symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, depression, weight gain, loss of libido, hot flashes, poor memory, or brain fog. By addressing the body's neuro-endocrine system to naturally balance one's hormones and neurotransmitters, profound differences in quality of life can be attained.

I partner with my patients to holistically address these four parameters and assist you on your path towards optimal health.

Throughout my years of clinical practice, I have seen the consciousness of the community steadily evolve. A greater number of people are suffering and require specialized care to address their problems at a causative level. The future of medical care involves partnering with people to address their medical issues from a holistic perspective, considering the individual on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level.