With more than a quarter of a century of experience in surgery, missionary, academic and private medicine, Dr. George Yu, M.D. has been practicing an integrative approach to health, aging and disease. He believes that the art of medicine is to know when to use the right tools for individual health needs.
With shrinking medical resources, severe fragmentation resulting from specializations, the patient often receives partial symptomatic treatments. We take a stand and insist upon evaluating the person as a whole. In acute medicine in Intensive Care Units, it is well known to doctors that multi-system dysfunctions such as heart, lung and kidney together means a higher mortality, yet in the chronic setting, we tend to look only at one organ system and not its related pieces.
Dr. Yu takes the example from his specialty urology and sites examples of people with recurrent urinary tract infections who are cured with a change in their diet and adding probiotics affecting their intestinal tract to get the source of the problem. Another example is men with erectile dysfunction may be having blood vessel pathology leading to an eventual cardiac artery disease. Instead of a Viagra pill why not study all blood vessels and his hormones and treat his circulatory disease
Genetic Polymorphism dictates that individuals are different from each other; therefore custom- designed care is of paramount importance for us. We do not believe in volume-type “factory” medicine.
We believe in using traditional medicine and surgery where it is necessary, but always integrating it with preventive measures of nutrition and cleansing the body burdens as first two steps. We are well too aware that the 4th most common cause of death in the United States is from therapeutic medications itself (JAMA 1998;279:1200-05), therefore we insist on using the least number of medicines as possible.
For diagnostics and therapeutic measures, we are always weighing the most effective tool with the least adverse side effects. Dr. Yu likes the Asian approach of “mimicking nature” as much as possible but intervening with modern tools at the right time.
We use full diagnostic testing including, Sonography Cat and MRI scanning with blood and fluids testing to aid with diagnosis. In addition we go further and define genetic risk mapping with gene snps, toxic chemical fat sampling where in situations where we need to take a preventive approach.
Our goal is to make you look good on the outside, but feel great on the inside by getting to the source of your ailment.