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Going the distance with integrative medicine

December 10, 2019

-My name is Patti Porto I’ll and I am NOT a young person. In June, I’ll be 63. A few years ago, I was going through menopause and I was really angry. I’m having a really hard time and nobody’s listening to me. I definitely needed help. -At UC Irvine Health, having a patient-centered approach is the key to achieving health and wellness. -I’ve got involved with the Samueli Center and it changed my whole life. -When I started going there i was feeling so bad, I would have tried anything. -I am very enthusiastic to see great improvement and know the parameters. -It’s not a 15 minute appointment. They spend at least an hour with you listening to all of your concerns. I got on the right supplements and vitamins, I wasn’t on the same medicines that everybody else was on. I was doing things naturally and I felt great. -Integrative medicine combines the best of the East and the West. This combination is going to truly make a significant difference. -I got involved in running because I felt so good. I lost 35 pounds, I went from a size 12 to a size 6. And I was like wow i wish i had found this place earlier, imagine if I had found it when I was 40. -If you have a patient who’s now empowered, they’re going to see results. They’re going to be successful. -Since 2009 I’ve run two marathons. I ran the second marathon with my daughter which was so much fun. She told all her friends that worked, my mom could do anything she can do anything if she puts her mind to it, she’ll do it. That got me into thinking, if I could do a marathon perhaps I could do a triathlon. I can already swim a mile in my pool. My goal isn’t time , my goal is to finish. -What’s important to understand about living healthier lives, it’s not just about living longer, its living fully. -People at work say to me “oh wait till you get my age” and I don’t want to save them while i’m already older than you. I’m amazed myself at how great I feel and I attribute that all to the Samueli Center. I don’t even want to tell people my age so you all are lucky that you know my age.

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