Guest: Dr. Arthur Capperauld, D.C., CCWFN
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Dr. Art Capperauld is president of Concepts For Health, Inc, a health and healing expert, teacher and lecturer. His 23+ years of clinical experience and 10’s of 1000’s of people asking his advice has enabled him to develop a unique system that enables people to take control of their health. His professional teaching experience to doctors and the public covers a wide range of topics.
Segment overview: Dr. Art Capperauld, DC, and president of Concepts for Health discusses his unique system for health and healing.
Health Professional Radio – Concepts for Health
Neal Howard: Hello welcome to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. Our guest in studio is Dr. Art Capperauld, President of Concepts for Health Incorporated, a Health and Healing Expert, Teacher and Lecturer with more than 23 years of clinical experience that’s enabled him to develop a very unique system that enables people to take control of their health. And he’s here to talk with us about Concepts for Health and this system of healing. Welcome to Health Professional Radio today Dr. Capperauld.
Dr. Art Capperauld: Thanks for having me Neal.
N: You’re the president of Concepts for Health, exactly what is Concepts for Health?
C: Well it is an organization that has specific things that drive us and one of those, at the very top of it is making sure that the patient gets well as quickly as they can to, but it’s done in a supporting and loving environment where the patient is actually part of the team, which is very, very important. A lot of patients that come into my office, one of the things that they first say when we start the process of consultation is that they’ve been in the other doctors and the doctors don’t really listen to them and many times the patient will tell you what’s wrong with them because they have a general idea of what’s going on within their bodies. Some are not quite aware of how to process that and that’s part of what we do is create awareness and know what works for the body and what doesn’t work for their bodies. So a team environment is really critical I think.
N: So the patient is involved taking pretty much control of their or at least responsibility for being involved in their health care. Health to one person may not be health to another.
C: Right. So health, the way most people view health and I see this many, many, many times a day, most people view health if they feel good and they don’t have any symptoms that they’re healthy and that’s… far from the truth and so we look at health as an absence of what traditional chiropractors called disease and all that mean is that the body is functioning in a harmonious unit and what I found and what probably a lot of other doctors have found is that anything can cause anything. And so, I’ve had a patient where low stomach acid problems causing pain in their arm which makes no sense.
N: Low stomach acid is causing pain in their arm?
C: Was causing pain in their arm and so look at the most important thing when you’re trying to define health for a specific person is looking at what their specific health goals are as you said, what is health for one person may be different for another person but what’s common is that they’re all gonna have specific health complaints. And so by looking at those health complaints and then looking at the person as a person and finding out first with they’re telling you and then doing a complete physical exam to determine what their bodies are telling you, you can come up with an idea of what’s causing their specific complaints for them and then come up with a plan or an outline that you share with them to get them to their health goals. And part of what you said is really important, I’m sorry for interrupting, but taking responsibility for that as a team because both of us have specific responsibilities within that.
N: You being the practitioner responsibility to the patient, the patient having a responsibility to their own health. At Concepts for Health, patients come in, they have a specific complaint, you diagnose, you discover the cause of their complaint but in that process you discover something else that they aren’t complaining about and really don’t care about. They think that “Okay, if this is not bothering me, I’m healthy.” Where does the responsibility kind of blend over to where you convince the patient if necessary to be optimally healthy?
C: That’s a great question. I was fortunate enough in my initial training years ago to just create a plan that took care of everything that the patient had going on. I didn’t pick and choose what was important and, a good example, if somebody comes in for low back pain or somebody comes in for headaches or somebody comes in for high blood pressure and they want me to look at them to see what I find out to balance of their system, and again I don’t claim to cure any disease that’s not what I’m talking about here. But I find, say I find very glaring digestive problem or I find a very glaring breathing problem or I find some other thing that’s not correlated as far as they’re concerned but maybe it’s correlated structurally or a long organ radiance or something I’m concerned and so there’s always a way to show how things are interconnected because everything is interconnected and so my job is to give them the complete picture and then if they choose to deal with them, I’ll let them know. So this is something that we can work on but your progress is gonna be slower and it’s not gonna be as great if you’re not dealing with these other aspects that tie into what your major complain is.
N: Does your practice offers a nutritional supplements or are you strictly hands on chiropractic?
C: It’s all of it. Yes, I offer specific supplements for specific issues that they’re having, again which is currently the testing. In my practice, I find that there’s many things that affect health. Proper nutrition, diet, lifestyle is one of them, structure is one of them, you also have to take into account all the other things that deal with health issues and that’s either giving the proper, proper quality and quantity of sleep for them. Are they getting the right amount of exercise for them, are they getting the right amount of water for them, are they getting the right amount of time for themselves or relaxation, destressing for them. All those things coupled with other things are part of health and so I think and my belief in my practice is I don’t wanna short-change the patient so I look at all the things that they can be affected by and one big mental, emotional stressor can tip the scales off the deep end so they have to be very good on the other things to support that process while that mental, emotional stressor goes by and then you can actually support them in their process toward as they start to create homeostasis again.
N: You have a whole person approach to health care. Do you think that this approach is what makes your practice unique among practices?
C: I think it is. I mean I’m sure there’s other doctors who do this and the colleagues that I’m closed with, they do a lot of this as well. One of the things I always hear is that, I’m kind of an advocate, I’m in their corner to back them up when, I hold them accountable, they’re gonna come in sometimes and they’re gonna ‘hmmmm and haaa’ about do I have to do the diet or do I have to take the supplements, I have to be the solid on my commitment to them to make them solid about their commitment to themselves and so many times I hear practitioners that patient will say “Well I didn’t do really well on my diet this week or this month” and the doctor will say “That’s okay”. They’re afraid that they’re gonna hurt the patient’s feelings instead of being there to support the patient. It’s just like being a father for me, I love my son but I have to hold fast on what I’m making him do and I have to do what I’m making him do. So with my patients, I mean I had a practice in a very small town of ten thousand people and lots and lots of patients and I’d see at the store all the time and the first thing they would do, they would look in my shopping cart to make sure I was eating the same food I made them eat. And so I have to do what I make my patients do and that bleeds over into their confidence knowing that it work because they see how healthy I am.
N: You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. And we’ve been in studio talking with Dr. Art Capperauld, President of Concepts for Health. He’s a health and Healing expert Teacher and Lecturer, he’s developed a very unique system for health and healing that involves patient becoming actively involved and taking ownership of their own personal health care. It’s been a pleasure talking with you Dr. Capperauld.
C: Thank you for having me.
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