Dr Tracy Chandler is an Integrative GP living in New Zealand. Her passion for whole foods, exercise, mindfulness and meditation has inspired her to gain further qualifications and experience in sports medicine, with a focus on nutrition in order to help her patients and family improve their health.
Tell us about what you do and why?
I’m an Integrative GP, which means I am privileged to be able to more completely help my patients. This is because integrative (AKA functional) medicine addresses the whole person, not just their symptoms (the conventional medicine approach). Specifically, I look at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health. This means I can totally optimise health and vitality for my patients. I also spend more time with my patients and utilise more extensive and accurate lab testing and offer a broader approach to healing.
A great analogy (a colleague told me) is that conventional medicine just puts a sticker over the warning light on a car dashboard whereas integrative medicine gets in under the car bonnet to find out why the warning light is on.
Why are you such a firm believer in the IQS philosophy?
Another name for integrative medicine is nutritional and environmental medicine which highlights the fact that the majority of health problems are nutritional or environmental. The major culprit is sugar, not fat as doctors are taught in medical school. If everyone quit sugar most people’s health would improve. The IQS program offers the best approach to quitting sugar that I have ever seen ( the recipes are super tasty!).
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking us?
I would cook my favourite dish of a white chunky fish, pan-fried in coconut oil. With that I’d serve a salad made of seasonal organic vegetables such as kale, spinach, julienned beetroot, cucumber and carrots. I would dress the salad with a range of raw nuts and seeds and would toss it with a lemon and nut oil dressing. My non-alcoholic mint mojito would be a great accompaniment to this dish.
Tell us your number one health tip in under 25 words.
Quit sugar, move your body, breathe deeply, meditate and find at least one thing to be grateful for each day. (Sorry it’s not one tip!)
You can me if you’re looking to…
Optimise your health, prevent diseases including cancer and live a full joyful life.