My goal is to help get people as healthy as they can be. Period.
The current US medical system does an amazing job of treating illness and disease. We have CTs, MRI, countless labs, medications, and cutting edge technology to address any number of ailments. Many physicians ‘specialize’ and ‘sub-specialize’ meaning that their focus becomes more narrow. For example, once a physician graduates medical school they choose a ‘specialty’ or residency. After residency they can often choose a fellowship. At each point, they focus on a more narrow spectrum within the medical field.
This increasing specialization is fantastic when you have a specific problem and need the services of one of these ‘specialists’.
However, no part of the body works in isolation.
Who is focusing on the improvement of health and the prevention of disease? Who focuses on the underlying cause of the illness/disease? What about the complex, chronically ill patient? What about the patient who doesn’t feel right even though all of their tests are “normal”?
The interaction of all bodily systems has no ‘natural’ specialty within medicine. My desire is to tie all of the body systems together in an approach to health promotion and the prevention of disease. This is the essence of Functional & Holistic Medicine.
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There are 3 primary tenents of health (The Healthy Trinity) and they are the platform from which all prevention and medical treatment therapies are launched!
- Proper Nutrition
- Proper Exercise
- The 3 R’s: Rest, Recovery from exercise, and Reduction in stress
Helping others increase their health and fitness through these 3 areas is the single best thing I can do for my patients, the medical system, and the cost of healthcare!
However, I fully understand that there are circumstances and situations that are not preventable. There are times that patients have illnesses or diseases that are not completely addressed through these 3 tenets. In these cases, we have to treat the medical condition.
With the goal of increasing overall health in every patient, I will address medical problems with the most cost effective, and lowest risk, approach available. That may mean medications. It might also mean something very different from traditional medicine – things like accupuncture, chiropractic care, herbal medications, or any other therapy that may be deemed beneficial but it will always be in conjunction with the 3 tenets mentioned above.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT I WANT PATIENTS TO GET BETTER. IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER HOW WE ACHIEVE THE GOAL, WE JUST NEED TO GET THERE!
Dr. Edwards was active in several martial arts starting at the age of 6. He attained multiple ranks in several different styles, attaining a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Bo-Ju-Tae Karate.
He enlisted in the US Army in 1989 as a medic and preventive medicine specialist. He was a Drill Sergeant at Fort Sill, OK for three years.
He holds a B.S. in Exercise Science & Sport Medicine from Oklahoma Baptist University and attended Medical School at Oklahoma State University College for Health Sciences. He completed residency atWomack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, N.C. and is board certified in Family Medicine.
Recently, he served as the Battalion Surgeon for a Special Operations unit helping the Iraqi people as well as US and NATO military personnel in northern Iraq. He was a Flight Surgeon and a Dive Medical Officerin the US Army and had the distinct honor of working with and serving in several US Army Special Operations units.
Dr Edwards has worked as an Emergency Physician in several hospitals in Tennessee and Kentucky. He is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Viewing his patients through a holistic approach helps identify subtleties in their function that are beginning to show signs of dysregulation. His favorite thing in medicine is helping others achieve their dreams of feeling healthy again when nothing else has been able to help.
He enjoys running and working out utilizing the Crossfit method and principles to ensure functional fitness.
IF THERE WERE ONLY 1 THING WE COULD DO TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF AMERICANS IT WOULD BE PROPER LIFESTYLE.
Proper lifestyle encompasses nutrition, exercise, body composition, smoking cessation, stress reduction, and nutrition supplementation (when needed). Addressing each of these components will ensure the best health possible and prevent numerous severe medical problems.