Philosophy

What is Health ?

Dr Singh’s aim is to guide you through your journey to optimal health. For some of us this may simply involve making small improvements to our existing level of health. For others, it may involve managing a crisis situation or chronic illness to begin with before moving on to maintaining a state of good health.

Learn more about the ideas and concepts that underpin Newave Medical’s services:

Subjectivity vs objectivity

We frequently make the statement “I am healthy” but when we do this we often base this on I’m healthy because...

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The wider problem

Statistics continuously show that people are generally living longer and the proportion of the population over the age of 50 has been increasing.

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Understanding the journey to disease

Disease does not appear overnight by random chance. Most of the time our body has gone on a long journey before it starts to show symptoms and develop disease.

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Knowing where you are at, and where you need to get to

When we drive from one location to another we will often use our GPS to map out the journey and tell us the direction in which we need to go.

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Understanding the journey back to health

Once we have understood the journey to disease we will be better equipped to understand the journey back towards optimal health.

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Personal responsibility

Good health does not only require the collection of data and knowledge regarding good nutrition, appropriate exercise and sleep.

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The age of Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine involves the combination of conventional methods of testing and treatment with other complimentary treatments where appropriate.

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Subjectivity vs objectivity

We frequently make the statement “I am healthy” but when we do this we often base this on:
 
I’m healthy because….

  • I have not been diagnosed with a disease
  • I do not have any symptoms
  • ‚ÄčI am a healthy weight
  • I exercise regularly
  • I eat healthily

These statements are often assumptions based on our own subjective opinions and personal experiences rather than anything objective.

Dr Singh is passionate about obtaining an objective view of your health through comprehensive testing and analysis, with the aim of moving you closer to fully understanding the reality of your health situation.

 

The wider problem

Statistics continuously show that people are generally living longer and the proportion of the population over the age of 50 has been increasing. The average retirement age for men and women has also been increasing. For this reason, it is even more important to take steps now to make sure that we remain in a good state of health for as long as possible.

Currently, many of us are spending the last 10-20 years of our life with a very poor quality of life, often in the confines of a nursing or residential home with multiple levels of physical or mental impairment and disability.  This can have a significant impact not only on the individual themselves but on their family, and carers. This also has significant implications for future health expenditure and the sustainability of government funded healthcare services.
 
The key to preventing these poor health outcomes can be to adopt good lifestyle habits from an early age.

Understanding the journey to disease

Disease does not appear overnight by random chance. Most of the time our body has gone on a long journey before it starts to show symptoms and develop disease. There are many different reasons that disease can start to develop and there can be a long period of time between good health and the onset of symptoms of disease. The good news is that there is an opportunity during this time to see where you are with your health and by making simple changes, you can arrest, and sometimes even reverse the disease process.

Often disease can result from years of poor lifestyle choices and habits such as poor diet, lack of exercise, poor sleep and stress and the combination of less favourable genetics with these lifestyle factors.

Knowing where you are at, and where you need to get to

When we drive from one location to another we will often use our GPS to map out the journey and tell us the direction in which we need to go. To be able to do this, we will need the starting location. If we do not know this, it will be virtually impossible to navigate to the destination. We could try guessing where we are, but we could be completely wrong. The same is true of our health. In order for us to know where we need to get to, we need to know where we are at the outset.

When it comes to our health, there are several reasons why we find it difficult to establish our starting point. The main reason is usually the lack of objective information about our current state of health.

Understanding the journey back to health

Once we have understood the journey to disease we will be better equipped to understand the journey back towards optimal health. This journey can take time and patience. If someone has developed chronic complex health problems over the course of 1-2 decades, it may take some time to stop and reverse these issues.

Many of us are accustomed to attending a health practitioner with the expectation of receiving an instant fix for a health problem. The reality of recovering from chronic disease and achieving optimal health is that it may not be achieved in a day, a week, a month or even a year. It is a constant lifelong process of learning, monitoring, adjustment and improvement and requires dedication, patience and commitment.

Personal responsibility

Good health does not only require the collection of data and knowledge regarding good nutrition, appropriate exercise and sleep. This is just one step in a much longer process which will also require the daily implementation of good lifestyle habits and taking full ownership of your health.

Failure to consistently apply these good habits and take full responsibility for your health can often result in poorer health outcomes as your life progresses.

The age of Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine involves the combination of conventional methods of testing and treatment with other complimentary treatments where appropriate.

It focuses on the doctor-patient relationship and the personalisation of care.

All areas of your health are considered with the aim of improving them over time. These can include nutrition, activity levels, sleep, stress, digestive health, emotional health and other environmental factors.

An Integrative GP considers you as a whole person and aims to identify the root causes of your poor health, rather than focusing on specific symptoms.

We are all unique in terms of our health and our lives in general and therefore we will need a personalised approach.

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