Living Well Daily Parler: Table Topics

What is Holistic Medicine?

Understanding the nuances of holistic health and wellness with Dr. Jean Williamceau

Jean R. Williamceau, ND, LAc, MBA, MSAOM, LMP, CKTP
striking a pose for the camera

It’s an epidemic

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the US is currently undergoing an opioid epidemic. They are not all illegal, as they are commonly used within the healthcare system to lessen pain in the body. As a matter of fact, it is naturally found in the opium poppy plant, which has been around forever.  In 2017, the HHS declared a state of emergency, and developed a plan to fix what seems to be a large issue in the US.

So, how does this affect healthcare professionals?  Patients that come into the hospital are often prescribed pain medications legally, whether it be due to trauma or chronic issues. Nurses dispense those medications regularly.  It’s the responsibility of the nurse to safely administer those drugs to the patients.  If not, it is very likely that those same medications used to help the patient can become harmful.

As people are finding alternate methods to help with their pain, providers that take a more holistic approach to medicine are being sought out. Holistic medicine, which at this point was becoming a lost art, is a practice that tends to lessen the utilization of pharmaceuticals.

Back 2 the basics

Dr. Jean Williamceau, a practicing Naturopathic Medical Doctor, currently, has his own practice. He works with a Chiropractor to bring alternative routes to treating and caring for the human body, other than medicine.  A conversation with his mentor drove him to do further research into this area following his acceptance to an osteopathic medicine school. After placing his admission on hold to the Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program, he moved to Seattle with his family to pursue his desire to become a physician.

Doing work on the beautiful island of Haiti

What started out as a journey to become a doctor, led him to obtaining an MBA in Health Administration, a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, along with the licensure to practice. Dr. Williamceau is also a Licensed Massage Practitioner and a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. This list of credentials, only attests to the fact that you just never know where life will lead you when you fully apply yourself.

Doing things the natural way

Having been born on the small, beautiful island of Haiti, Dr. Williamceau can recall his grandmother going to the backyard for herbs to create concoctions of home remedies. My 98-year grandmother, till this day, has her daily tea that comprises of plants from our yard.There’s no doubt his upbringing in Haiti, birthed a desire to take a more natural approach to healthcare.

But is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor a real physician? Absolutely. He describes how he too, had to meet the requirements to practice.  His training consisted of learning the pharmacological properties of traditional medicines used in the hospital, in addition to, learning the properties of herbs. “People think just because something is natural, it can’t hurt you and that’s not true.”  Herbs can be abused too!

There are several instances when healthcare professionals and students choose to do philanthropic work in other countries

Looking through a holistic lens

Trendy cafes and stores promote natural and organic food and supplements.  With the intent to become healthier, people are adapting to this way of living.  As the founder and owner of his own practice,the future is bright for Dr. Williamceau. He describes the challenge of not being able to accept insurance, due to the nature of his practice.  This hurdle does not prevent one from being able to utilize his services, as he often provides what he calls a “super bill”which can be submitted to insurance companies for reimbursement.

What you consume matters

We are what we put into our body.  There is no doubt that there are benefits to utilizing medications, but it is comforting to know that we have options! Naturopathic medicine does not mean you’re anti-medicine. Maybe you want to take a more preventative approach to your health, and that’s totally fine! 

What does that mean for nurses at the bedside? Asking patients more in-depth questions when doing your assessments.  People don’t always report herbs because they don’t consider it to be medicine, though it has the same medicinal properties as some drugs. Collaborating with other professionals that are more keen in this area is key!

Suggested Reading:

Behind Mountains: Edwige Danticat

Law of Attraction: Michael Losier

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This segment of Parler: Table Topics was brought to you by contributions from Dr. Jean Williamceau.

You can contact him through the following social media platform:

IG: @drjrwilli17

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