A Look at Their Lives Together and Oriental Medicine
By Steven O. Evans, PhD
OutClique is proud to feature Dr. David Webb (Doctor of Oriental Medicine) and his husband, Brian Webb, on this month’s cover. As the premier lifestyle magazine and travel destination guide for South Florida, each month we highlight groups, organizations, and individuals that are making a difference in our community. I had the pleasure of talking with Dr. and Mister Webb about their relationship, life in Fort Lauderdale, and professional ventures. You can read more at www.DavidWebbDOM.com.
Where and how did you and Brian meet? How long have you been together and married?
As I’m sure many can relate, we had both been in past relationships that just weren’t the right match or ended due to irreconcilable issues. Frustrated, we had both kind of given up on finding our perfect match. We met each other through a mutual close friend, and the funny part is, I thought for about a year that Brian disliked me and he thought I disliked him. When we attended the same events, we would sit far apart, we wouldn’t look at each other, and would give each other “shade.” Then at our friend’s birthday party, we started talking and discovered that we are both so alike that it’s scary. We also realized that we were both so attracted to each other. We went on our first date to La Bamba the very next night. And the rest – is history. We got married a year later, have been a couple for three and a half years, and married two and a half years. During the whole time we’ve been a couple, we haven’t had a single fight or argument. It’s been the easiest and most amazing relationship I could have ever imagined.
What is your and Brian’s favorite date night activity in South Florida?
Although we really enjoy going out to places like Morikami Japanese Gardens, Fairchild Botanical Gardens, the museum, or a ballet, Wednesday nights are our date nights and time off from the gym. Brian is an incredible cook, so we enjoy staying home, eating an amazing home cooked dinner together, and then relaxing on the sofa watching a good movie afterwards.
What’s one piece of advice you have for a happy and healthy relationship?
Never go into a relationship with the goal of molding your significant other into the person you want them to be. That never works. Always go into a relationship accepting and loving that person just how they are. That means every day tell your significant other how amazing and beautiful they are and how much you love them. Brian and I tell each other “I love you” every morning before we go to work, and before we fall asleep every night.
Give our readers some history on Oriental Medicine.
Oriental Medicine has been around for a very long time. Acupuncture itself has been practiced for at least 5,000 years. In ancient China, each village had its own doctor who practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine according to the family’s secret techniques and formulas passed down within that family from generation to generation. You could see differences in how acupuncture, for instance, was practiced from village to village. In modern times, the practice of Oriental Medicine was standardized into a very cohesive system of medical theory, diagnosis, and treatment called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The standardized system of TCM in professional schools are learned in the Western medical systems.
After completing a four year college pre-med program, I completed a four year professional program, just like MDs and DOs. I graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver 22 years ago and later became a staff instructor there. TCM training is very rigorous and very comprehensive. We are not acupuncture technicians, but rather physicians just like MDs and DOs. However, we just practice a different system of medicine, and acupuncture is only one small part of our treatment methods.
How does Oriental Medicine differ from Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) Medicine?
Eastern and Western medical systems both have their value and strengths. Both are comprehensive systems of medical theory, diagnosis, and treatment, and both require four years of intensive schooling. Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine are physical medicine systems based on what can be seen and measured with physical examinations and lab testing. Oriental Medicine is an energy medicine that appreciates that beyond our physical form we have an energetic anatomy of channels of vital energy circulation with energy centers throughout the body, which we call acupuncture points, where we can access and balance our body’s vital energy. Oriental Medicine theory teaches that disease first starts as blockages or imbalance in our energetic anatomy, that if left untreated, eventually become physical disease. Our energetic anatomy is the deeper, more fundamental part of our being. In Oriental Medicine, we seek to uncover the deeper underlying causes of illness and dysfunction and correct those causes, rather than merely treating and masking superficial symptoms. Do you think pharmaceutical drugs are prescribed to correct the underlying cause of your symptoms? Of course not. Pharmaceutical drug companies make far more money managing illness rather than curing it. I think so many people are looking to systems like Oriental Medicine now, because they’re tired of being seen by their doctor for 8 minutes and then handed a drug script to “manage” their symptoms. Or they’re looking for alternatives to surgery and addictive drugs to treat their injuries or chronic pain.
Tell our readers about the concept of Patient Centered Medicine and how you implement that in your practice.
In Patient Centered Medicine, the focus should be first and foremost on our patients, giving them the best care available, and addressing their complaints with the goal of long-term resolution, rather than a focus on satisfying for-profit insurance requirements and seeing the required number of patients per hour. This is one reason I incorporate Functional Medicine into my practice. Functional Medicine is a Western medical science-based approach to healthcare that focuses on addressing the root cause of your complaint using laboratory testing and western science-based evaluation. I use labs that offer the most accurate and comprehensive test for a condition, not the cheapest labs, covered by insurance that is more concerned with profit. They are often outdated labs that frequently miss uncovering the cause of the patient’s illness. Ultimately, patients want to resolve what’s causing their issues rather than managing their symptoms long-term for someone else’s profit. That’s why I offer non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical methods with the goal of correcting the underlying cause of your complaint rather than merely managing symptoms.
What ways can a combination of Oriental and Functional Medicine systems heal and improve a person’s health?
As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, I have a general practice and treat all types of complaints. With a Functional and Oriental Medicine approach, I can often identify the actual underlying cause of my patient’s complaints and treat the patient, not the disease, in a healthy, painless, side-effect-free way, and allowing the patient to heal themselves. We are ultimately our best healer. All effective treatment modalities are ultimately just supporting our natural, innate healing potential. With the approach I have adopted, I can often help resolve autoimmune reactions by understanding and correcting their underlying cause, and eliminate immune hypersensitivity reactions to chemicals, animal danders, foods, molds, and other environmental allergens. I can also resolve pain without surgery or drugs, and slow down and even halt the progression of debilitating conditions like osteoarthritis. This eliminates my patient’s disabling pain while giving them back their lives and freedom to enjoy an active lifestyle again. Those are just a few of the many complaints I help my patients with every day.
What do you see as the future for Oriental Medicine?
Oriental Medicine is evolving as it moves more and more into use in our modern world. As it is accepted and used more and more in the Western culture, we are seeing it used as a part of a comprehensive approach that combines the best of both Eastern and Western medical systems. That is one of my greatest passions, to integrate the best of both systems. For this reason, I use in my practice Western science-based modalities like Cold Laser, Biopuncture, and Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM). FSM is an incredible treatment modality that uses ultra low intensity, imperceptible electromagnetic frequencies to stimulate the same responses in organs and tissues that pharmaceutical drugs do, but non-invasively and with no side effects. FSM does not merely mask pain or other symptoms, but rather produces long-term healing of underlying causes of our complaints. When we can overcome the monetary-based biases held by the insurance industry and the American Medical Association (AMA), I foresee a day when Eastern medicine is fully incorporated into a combined system of healthcare in every hospital and doctor’s office. We need to be offering our patients what will help them the best and have the least detrimental effect on them, not what profits the medical industry the most.
What are three things our readers can to do improve their overall health?
We as a society have become so hooked into modern conveniences that we have lost sight of how simple it actually is to enjoy great health. We want our cake and eat it, too! We want to continue to enjoy abusing our bodies with unhealthy lifestyles, and then look for the magic pill or latest medical procedure that will give us back our health without making any changes to our diet or lifestyle. The three things that can improve our health the most are simply to go back to eating a healthy, unprocessed, whole-food diet, exercise, and adopt a healthy lifestyle, which includes things like quitting smoking, getting outside and enjoying nature, limiting our exposure to unhealthy modern technologies like cell phones and computer games, and minimizing stress in our lives.