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By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
June 05, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: health care system  

Illness Care System


Definition: a field of endeavor whose identity, purpose, mission, goals, structure, process, outcomes, habits and culture are centered on the creation, aiding and promotion of illness, independent of the intent.


This extended definition sums up the so-called “health care system” particularly, but not solely in the US.


Bluntly stated, illness profits. Yes, people should be rightfully be remunerated for providing a much-needed service. But human beings were designed to be in health, not kept imprisoned in illness.


“For where a man’s treasure is, there will his heart be also.” Or in more modern phraseology, Follow the money”. Most of our “health care system” dollars derived from insurance premiums are spent on disease.


The closest the illness care system gets to true health care is the provision clinical preventive services (CPS); mammograms, STI (sexually transmitted infections), colonoscopies, etc. Now offering CPS is helpful as well as important, but is not truly the same as preventive care. CPS avoids health behavior modification (HBM). It is next to impossible to do HBM in a 10-minute visit. However, health begins with accurate knowledge, understanding, good application (healthy choices), development of a culture and environment for health.

By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
June 03, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: doctor   wellness  

The English word for “doctor” comes from the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) root word “dek”, to "take, accept”, which in Latin means wellness“teacher”. (Etymology Online)

The problem is we have been psychologized from ancient times only to show up at a doctor’s office when we are sick. In ancient times, the doctor only came to the house when someone was ill when we did not have the elaborate and often inefficient massive health care system of today, which is more appropriately named “illness care system”. The family which served as the “doctor” from the beginning of civilization, and often still serves as the “doctor” did the triage and treatment at home. However, we have lost much of the knowledge of “using our food as our medicine” to promote health. But there has been a quiet revolution going on for over 40 years to restore this operating principle. Health begins not at the doctor’s office, but with the dirt (soil) you are standing on and often take for granted. Hence, health STARTS and is Maintained at home.


But are all mechanics? Are all computer specialists? Are all attorneys? Are all construction workers? The obvious answer is no. So not all are physicians. Even within the health care system, there is an array of specialists. Specialists are people with expertise within certain areas of knowledge. Doctors are here to help you take care of the most valuable piece of equipment you have, your body. Without your body, you cease to exist here in the earth and your house, family, money, gifts, talents, and all other material as well as non-material things have no impact. So, if you are not a specialist in health, then you need to cultivate a formal relationship with an expert in health and this is would be your wellness doctor.


Why do you need a doctor? The truth is the American population is sick. We know this by the epidemics of diabetes, obesity (overweight), physical inactivity, poor eating and sleep habits. All of which leads to an immunocompromised population that has had an explosion of various autoimmune disorders and left highly vulnerable to all sorts of highly contagious pathogens. Many are walking timebombs waiting to explode. Wouldn’t it be nice if we show up to the doctor’s office before we are detonated? I know my Emergency Medicine colleagues would be most grateful for the lighter workload.


So, the long and short of it, show up to the doctor when you are well. Do not wait until your body’s transmission seizes up before you seek care. You are worth far more than your vehicle, car, house, etc.


Dr. Camille Dillard and her team can guide you on the path to better nutrition and better health right here in Rome, NY. Call us today at 888-338-WELL to start on your path to wellness.

By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
April 29, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: PRP Injections  

Dealing with chronic pain impacts just about every facet of your life. The pain can dictate whether you are able to work, meet up with prp injectionsfriends for dinner, or even enjoy a beautiful day walking in the sun. At Natural Health Center in Rome, NY, our osteopathic doctor, Dr. Camille Dillard, believes that people shouldn’t have to live with pain.

If pain has been present for months or even years, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) Injections may be what you need to take control of your life again.


What are PRP Injections?

In order to understand this treatment, it’s important to understand what plasma-rich plasma (PRP) is and what it does. PRP is naturally found within the blood, and it contains special proteins that help to regenerate damaged tissues and promote healing within the body. It also promotes the development of new, healthy cells.

PRP injection therapy, is a nonsurgical way to reconstruct, repair, and regenerate ligaments, tendons, joints, and connective tissue within the body by stimulating the body’s natural healing response. There are a variety of different natural medical preparations used in this treatment, but more recently our osteopathic physician has been performing PRP Injections at her Rome, NY, practice with amazing results.

Along with stimulating the body’s natural healing response PRP Injections also reduce chronic pain and inflammation within the body. It usually requires several treatment sessions in order to achieve the desired results.


What can PRP Injections treat?

The difference between regular Prolotherapy and PRP Prolotherapy is that PRP allows us to use a patient’s own blood from which to extract the PRP. PRP Prolotherapy is ideal for patients who are dealing with a wide range of injuries and musculoskeletal damage that may be leading to chronic pain and inflammation. Some conditions that could benefit from PRP Injections include:

  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Knee instability
  • Shoulder instability
  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tendonitis and bursitis
  • Labral tears
  • Meniscal tears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic joint pain
  • Cartilage or muscle tears
  • Whiplash injuries


When Will I Notice Results?

During your consultation, Dr. Dillard will determine the number of sessions you may need, which is based on several factors including the extent of the damage, as well as the condition or injury you are currently facing. While most people experience pain relief after just one injection, it may take up to three injections to achieve full results.


Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about PRP Injections and the other comprehensive osteopathic treatment options that could provide you with pain relief, then call Natural Health Center in Rome, NY, today at 888-338-WELL.

By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
December 20, 2019
Category: Medical
Tags: Nutrition  

Change your habits and mindset around eating to improve your diet and your wellbeing.

Food is something to be enjoyed and savored. Food can bring families and friends together and create incredible memories. Of course, what we put into our bodies can also dictate how we feel physically and mentally. Processed foods and junk food can wreak havoc on our bodies and increase our risk for illness and chronic diseases such as diabetes. Our Rome, NY, osteopathic doctor Dr. Camille Dillard wants to arm patients with the knowledge and preventive medicine aimed at improving everyone’s nutrition for a sound mind, body and spirit.

Food is Medicine

This is a pretty powerful statement; however, food truly can be as helpful as medicine sometimes. It’s best to think of food as preventive medicine. What we eat contains vitamins, nutrients and minerals that our body needs, and eating more of the foods that have these healthy elements helps our bodies work as optimally as possible.

Think about how sluggish, tired, bloated and off you feel when you grab fast food. Now think about how nourished you felt after a fresh home-cooked meal. Food has the ability to improve or negatively impact your health, and our Rome, NY, osteopathic physician can help you create the nutritional plan that works for you.

Good nutrition can offer a host of amazing health benefits:

  • Reduce your risk for cancer
  • Improve bone health
  • Elevate mood
  • Boost memory
  • Improve gut health
  • Manage chronic conditions (e.g. diabetes)
  • Prevent disease
  • Improve sleep
  • Promote good heart health
  • Maintain a healthy weight

Be Patient and Mindful

Shifting your diet completely can feel overwhelming and stressful, which can make it easy to fall back into bad habits. Instead, focus on making small changes such as incorporating more vegetables into your meals or tracking your food intake each day. Make a new small change a week and don’t forget to reward yourself when you create a new healthy habit.

There are no quick fixes or fad diets that work. Trust us; if there was a diet plan that instantly helped everyone drop those unwanted pounds and keep them healthy everyone would be following it. The best tools at our disposal are to be aware of what we are putting in our bodies, making sure that we drink enough water and that we read labels on all the foods we buy so we know what we are consuming.

We know that changing your diet and nutrition can be confusing. That’s why Natural Health Center in Rome, NY, has its very own health food store full of vitamins, herbs, oils, gluten-free foods, healthy snacks, alternative milk, organic foods and more.

Dr. Camille Dillard and her team can guide you on the path to better nutrition and better health right here in Rome, NY. Call us today to schedule a nutrition consultation.