Joining forces for faster recovery
I have worked as a physician for almost 20 years, ten of which were as a general practitioner. I have always worked in health centers or hospitals, sharing knowledge and experience with other healthcare professionals. My goal is to offer support in parallel with the GP-guidelines or the recommendations of your professional group.
The Dutch guidelines leave a lot of room for natural recovery by applying a 'watch and wait' strategy when indicated, or by re-testing at a later time to see if a medical intervention is reallly necessary. Or the patient is suffering from a chronic condition for which the treatment does not offer a complete respite.
Helping patients to help themselves
Sometimes we can do more than just waiting during this expectative period, by making lifestyle changes, supporting the immune system, reducing stress, or providing a well-chosen natural remedy. This empowers patients to reduce the symptoms in a healthy way and gives them tools to take their health into their own hands.
Or we can provide natural adjunctive measures in a chronic condition where regular medicine is not providing complete symptom relief.
You have probably been asked by patients: "Is there anything I can do about this myself?" Or "Is the drug really the only solution?" or "Does the food I eat make a difference?"
An integrative medicine specialist can support your work if your patients are dealing with
- PMS, painful periods, or an irregular cycle
- PCOS or endometriosis
- menopausal problems
- hay fever and other allergies
- recurring colds
- recurring cystitis, candida or BV
- cold sores/ herpes simplex that just won't go away
- an abnormal smear or a positive HPV test with the advice to come back after six months
- Irritable bowel syndrome or colitis
- subclinical hypothyroidism
- unexplained fatigue — indeed, any puzzling condition in which all diagnostic tests are normal
Preventive advice can also help your patients with questions like these:
- How can I stay healthy through the flu season?
- How can I get through menopause smoothly?
- My mother has diabetes, what can I do to protect myself from getting it too?
- How can I prepare for a healthy pregnancy?
- I have a shelf full of supplements, how do I know which ones are right for me?
- I would like to become vegan, do I need to take supplements?
- I want to stop eating so much sugar, where do I start?
Respecting professional boundaries
I have knowledge of and experience with regular medicines but I do not prescribe them in my practice. I do not prescribe (bio-identical) hormone preparations.
Prescribing and discontinuing regular medication remains in the hands of the GP or specialist.
If necessary I can order lab tests, but I am also happy to work with the lab tests that have already been performed. (Lab tests ordered by me will not be reimbursed by insurance)
I give nutritional advice but I am not a dietitian. I do not prepare special meal plans for complex conditions as post- gastric bypass surgery, severe under- or overweight, or (complex) nutritional problems. I simply focus on nutrient-dense whole foods.
I give advice on nutritional supplements and I prescribe homeopathic remedies.
A referral is not necessary, but a short referral or a note is very welcome. Your patient may also ask you to transmit his episode list, lab results, or reports from specialists so that we can begin our work with a solid foundation.
I can send a report on my work with your patient, with the patient's permission, if you wish.
You can contact me at:
We can communicate securely through:
Zorgmail: email@example.com (works with ezorg, too)
Siilo: Maaike Thiadens
Here you can find answers to a few common questions related to the way I work along with GPs and specialists. Please don't hesitate to contact me using my contact page.