Osteopathic Medicine for Colorado Patients
Dr. John Hughes, D.O. is a Colorado osteopath who has also been classically trained as a medical physician. He practices integrative medicine, which aims to incorporate the best of all medicine addressing the primary mental, spiritual, emotional and physical causes of disease.
Dr. Hughes’ goal is to improve the health of the whole person instead of simply one symptom. His osteopathic clinics in Basalt and Aspen, Colorado emphasize the following practices:
Nutritional medicine includes nutritional supplementation and dietary advice.
Nutritional supplementation is necessary for many individuals due to the depletion of nutrients in foods due to cooking, modern agricultural practices, food additives, pesticides and distance from the ocean. Dr. Hughes practices with the understanding that many diseases result from a deficiency in a food, nutrient or mineral, rather than prematurely concluding that prescription drugs are needed.
Often, instead of prescribing a particular drug, Dr. Hughes attempts to understand what nutrient might be missing from an individual’s diet or environment. Whenever possible, Dr. Hughes recommends concentrated whole-food nutritional supplements and live superfoods from companies such as Standard Process and Designs for Health.
Dietary advice goes hand in hand with nutritional supplementation. Dr. Hughes bases his nutritional approach on the work of Weston A. Price, D.D.S. and the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, helping patients eat in a nourishing, intuitive, and enjoyable manner similar to that of their primitive ancestors and other primates.