Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Wednesday, 19 October 2011 16:42
What sounds better – going to the doctor when you’re sick, or going to the doctor to stay well?
Dr. Marc Behar, an OB GYN in Garden City, realized after years practicing traditional medicine that he wanted to focus on preventative care. He now looks at the complete picture of a patient’s life, rather than simply treating symptoms as they arise. Behar spoke with Healthy Living Digest about his holistic approach.
“I am looking at health care more from the perspective of being well, rather than being sick,” Behar said. “This is a new definition of health care. My patients are coming to me because they want to maintain wellness and functionality.”
A lot of this approach entails preventative measures. Behar combines traditional and alternative methods in this effort. He involves everything from vitamin supplements to routine testing to working with other practitioners, like acupuncturists, chiropractors, trainers, osteopaths and even meditation specialists.
“We look at the overall health of a patient – the complete mind, body and spirit,” he said. “There is still a place for traditional gynecological procedures and surgeries, of course, but I wanted to offer more options for patients who want to take a step approach. We can start more conservatively before stepping up to something drastic.”
Behar said he started to find that the traditional view of medicine is limited in how it approaches maintaining health. He found that a lot of effort is spent on symptoms while the root cause goes untreated.
“Oftentimes, you will see the root cause glossed over,” he said. “If someone has pain, sometimes you are just treating that instead of truly looking at the complete picture to see what factors might be creating the problem. This holistic approach goes beyond the specific area of the visit. We look at the general view and are more likely to find those root causes.”
Behar shared a moving example. He said that uterine fibroids, benign tumors in the uterus, are often treated by removing the uterus. He believes fibroids are sometimes caused by hormone imbalances, or sometimes bacteria imbalances. So, in some cases, the right vitamins can replace natural hormones, or address other issues, he said, and serve as a very beneficial alternative treatment.
“Looking at things more globally, you can actually take a ‘wait and see’ attitude with surgery and it might not be necessary,” Behar said. As many patients would probably prefer some vitamins to surgery, this approach might be worth exploring for those seeking conservative options for their health issues.
Excited about his new holistic practice, Behar is conducting seminars on various topics at his Garden City office. Starting in November, he will host classes with a meditation specialist. The doctor is running weight loss seminars himself as well.
People interested in learning more about the holistic OB GYN practice can contact Dr. Marc Behar, Franklin Avenue, Garden City, at 294-1800.