IIt is common to visit a health care practitioner to cure or treat a pre-existing condition. At Duncan Integrative Medicine in Olympia, Drs. Thomas Duncan and his team prepare for it, but it’s not the work that defines it. They are driven by a desire to help each of us achieve our best life.
Duncan’s integrative approach to medicine
Inspired by his own struggles and experiences with weight gain, exhaustion, depression and a brain tumor, Duncan began to question his traditional medical training and explore alternative approaches to healing and health. He began to understand that health and vitality are sources of freedom and that when we take our time, our identity, mood and energy and the way they positively influence our lives, we gain control of our future and our lives or affect negatively, to evaluate .
“At Duncan Integrative Medicine, we see the value in taking the time to look for the root causes of our patients’ complaints and symptoms,” explains Duncan. “Once we identify these causes, we can guide them to their best life by focusing on simple, impactful lifestyle changes that support long-term health and wellness. We focus on setting wiser goals and engaging in a feedback model rather than focusing on failure.”
Duncan and his team at Duncan Integrative Medicine believe that when we consciously shift our focus to the positive, change our negative thinking, and address the elements of our environment that are holding us back, it is possible to achieve our best life. dr Duncan talks about the three enemies of our mind, body and spirit which take form as negative thoughts, inflammation and fear.
Much of the work Duncan and his team do is only possible because they are willing to invest in developing meaningful relationships with each of their patients. They are constantly working to listen, learn and fine-tune the journey to well-being for each individual patient.
“Integrative medicine is a partnership,” says Duncan. “We specialize in medicine and patients specialize in themselves. For me, the reward is listening to every story and figuring out how best to serve each patient.”
Duncan lives by the motto “Do the simple better”. So many of us go about our days unaware of how sleep, food, water intake, stress levels, and exercise can affect our quality of life. In reality, they are incredibly powerful forces. Duncan and his team at Duncan Integrative Medicine help each patient explore these simple ideas and develop strategies to use them to their advantage.
Duncan Integrative Medicine 12 week program
Are you interested in exploring the approach of Dr. To experience Thomas Duncan first hand? On September 27, he will begin a 12-week program, Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club Fireside Room. Program registration is limited to 20 participants, so it is important that you reserve your spot soon by visiting the STB 3 Simple Steps to Creating Everlasting Change registration page.
‘STB,’ explains Duncan, ‘stands for ‘Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired.’ In this program, we will delve into the truths about who you are, who you want to be, and the thoughts and behaviors that support that journey.”
During the 12-week program, participants have the opportunity to explore topics such as nutrition, menu planning, food as medicine, the power of positive self-talk, mood awareness and personal responsibility, meditation and other mindfulness practices, and sensible, manageable physical activity. Perhaps the most impactful will be the opportunity to interact and learn from Duncan in this small group, with time set aside for questions and discussion.
Open to anyone in the community, the STB 3 Simple Steps to Creating Everlasting Change program is a great way to experience the philosophies that Dr. Duncan practices every day at Duncan Integrative Medicine.
“Many of my patients worry that this work might be too difficult,” admits Duncan. “Changing our behaviors and thoughts, prioritizing sleep, planning healthy meals, meditating, and exercising regularly are hard habits to develop. A life of desperation, exhaustion, and chronic illness is just as difficult, if not more so. I ask my patients to choose their hardness. We have a choice to work hard now for a short time to establish positive lifestyle habits, or work hard forever.”
More information about dr. Thomas Duncan, his practice and approach can be found on the Duncan Integrative Medicine website.
Duncan Integrative Medicine
2950 Limited Lane NW, Olympia