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Discover the Roots of How
YOUR Dis-Ease Process has Evolved over Time
LivingMatrix is a powerful tool that enables you to easily document the unfolding phenomena that lead to ill health
– a process that often occurs over many years, perhaps even a lifetime.
It gives you and your practitioner the “Big Picture” so you can take the necessary steps to build back your health.
We give you ongoing access so you can use your LivingMatrix report to document your progress and your recovery.
What is the importance of creating a Living Matrix Portfolio?
Illness and disease do not appear overnight. They develop over time. Yet our health care system is not set up to accommodate this obvious fact. We pool together a pattern of symptoms, put a name on it, and call it a disease. Then, a one-size fits-all protocol is applied. When you come in with breathing problems and get a diagnosis of asthma, you get a prescription for an inhaler to help you breathe better. But what about the answers to questions “Why did I develop asthma?” or “What do I do to reduce my need for the medication?” It is the equivalent of focusing on and treating the exhaust pipe when your car begins spewing black smoke. Of course we want to feel better and need our symptoms addressed. But the bigger picture – the accumulation of all the small events that have occurred – facilitates the understanding of where the disease has come from.
Our symptoms and our current state of health are an accumulation of actions, events, and environmental influences that have taken place over the course of our entire lives. Events in our distant past, even our childhood years, may provide clues to solving the puzzle and identifying the root cause. Even events that occurred at or before birth, influenced by your mother’s health years before you were born, may play a role. Scientists are discovering that our genes and the way they are expressed are influenced by what our ancestors may have experienced several generations ago. In fact, this discovery has spawned a whole new scientific discipline – epigenetics – to understand how our nutrition, lifestyle, environment, and events in our daily life influence gene expression. Imagine that somehow last winter your small backyard garden had a spill of 10 gallons of pesticides, and you didn’t know about it. In the spring your seedlings do not take root and grow, leaving you wondering “What’s wrong with these seedlings?” That’s why a “Big Picture” history is so important.
Documenting the actions, events, and environmental influences that have occurred in your life allows for the construction of meaning and a “Big Picture” view of how your body got to where it is today. This opens up a conversation between you and your practitioner. The Living Matrix helps you and your health team to work together, evaluate holistically, look for patterns, and find correlations/triggers/mediators. Each of us has a unique history that accumulates over time and holds the clues that can contribute significantly to creating a personalized plan to get you back to the health you want.
How do I get started?
To get started, Living Matrix has provided you with the ability to answer a few questions and create your timeline. The questions are specific and designed to help you think about your symptoms and issues and – just as importantly – when they may have occurred. We will also ask you about key events in your life so that you can begin to see the patterns.
Once you have answered the questions, you will be able to view your interactive timeline and get the “Big Picture” of the relationships between life events, symptoms, and diagnoses. You will also have continued access to your timeline through this site to return and document your recovery as symptoms improve and you feel better.
Can I share the information with my medical healthcare provider?
Absolutely. That’s the purpose. We want you to have these tools at your fingertips to share with your Health Care Team. When you are in the midst of a crisis (and we all will have them in our lives), THAT’s when you’ll need this. For example, let’s say that all of a sudden you start developing difficulty with breathing – it creeps up over a few weeks until it’s so bad you think “I better go see a doctor.” It’s not realistic to expect yourself to remember how you (for example) had a reaction to a flu shot 9 years ago that lasted for almost a week and you had difficulty breathing. But if you have a printed copy of your LivingMatrix that you take with you to your medical doctor, and she reads that, she’ll understand that you may be having an allergic reaction that is affecting your breathing (as you likely had 9 years earlier from the flu shot). This can save you tremendous amounts of problems avoiding the wrong diagnosis, or the wrong medications. Use it anytime you or your family member need to see a doctor.
You can share the information in two ways:
Print out a copy and keep it in a drawer/file for easy access. And, you can download and print the PDF report and in the future to take with you to your next practitioner visit and share the insights.
Additionally, when you are with your practitioner, you can also log into the site on a computer and show them the interactive timeline.
What about data privacy and security?
Rest assured your information is safe with us. LivingMatrix uses the same state-of-the-art HIPAA-compliant platform for your data as it does for our practitioners. All personally identifiable information in the portal is fully encrypted and only available to you and Dr. Gamble through the password-protected, secure Sankofa Healing and Enrichment, Inc. portal.