The concierge approach to medicine is experiencing increased demand, notes Dr. Mayer. People are seeking ways of addressing prevention of chronic disease and wanting to correct underlying causes.
“Patients want a relationship with their physician where they have accessibility, longer appointments and education regarding the status of their health,” she advises. To facilitate that, her new practice affords same day or next day 30-minute appointments and a holistic approach to wellness.
“I am seeing a lot of younger people, even some 20-year-olds, who know their parents’ generation and grandparents’, the fast-food generation, have a lot of problems,” says Dr. Mayer. For emphasis, she quotes Food Revolution Network’s Ocean Robbins, “If you eat the standard American diet, you’re going to get the standard American diseases.”
Dr. Mayer draws expertise from 10 years of cancer care. “I think it was my work in cancer practices that really put it all together for me,” she says. “I really saw all the effects of cancer. Medical literature indicates that 40 percent of cancer cases and deaths are related to lifestyle-associated risk factors and more than that for chronic diseases. That’s pretty shocking.”
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