Dr. Turner has been trained in two medical specialties.
General practice, or general medicine, is a comprehensive area of medical care that focuses on the treatment of all types of conditions and diseases, similar to that of a family practice. Physicians who practice general medicine are known as general practitioners and usually provide primary care services. General practitioners not only provide treatment for existing conditions, but are also trained in the area of preventive care.
General practitioners are trained to treat a wide range of illnesses and diseases and are usually the point of first contact for a patient when they are unsure of their condition or are seeking initial medical care. In a sense, general practitioners act as the “gatekeepers” to the medical world, deciding when and for which conditions their patients will be referred to a specialist.
Many general practitioners who have not completed specialized fellowships in specialty areas pursue Certificates in Added Qualifications (CAQs), which allow the physician to earn credentials in areas such as geriatrics, sleep medicine, adolescent medicine or hospice & palliative medicine.
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Holistic medicine is a type of medical care concerned with treating the patient as a whole, rather than attempting to look at individual complications or disorders. Holistic practitioners tend to take the following into account as contributing factors: nutritional, emotional, physical, environmental, lifestyle, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of the patients life. One of the main goals of holistic care is the attempt at attaining complete physical, spiritual and mental health.
The practice of holistic medicine attempts to integrate both conventional medical techniques with those of alternative and complementary practices to promote optimum levels of health, addressing diseases and complications by taking into account as many contributing factors as possible. Holistic practitioners understand disease as the result of emotional, spiritual, environmental, social and physical imbalance, and that correcting this imbalance is vital to treating and possibly curing the diseases faced by their patients.
The field of Holistic medicine is quite broad and can encompass a wide variety of treatment techniques and procedures, but mainly focuses on the lifestyle of the patient. Nonetheless, treatments may include acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, aromatherapy, natural foods and diet, homeopathy, regular exercise regimens and forms of counseling, among others. If the holistic doctor is an MD, they may provide traditional medical care from a holistic standpoint. Other terms associated with holistic medicine include alternative medicine, natural healing and complementary medicine, among others.
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