Dr. John Hughes, D.O. is an osteopathic doctor who has also been classically trained as a medical physician. He practices integrative medicine, which he understands to incorporate the best of all medicine that addresses the primary mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical cause of disease. Dr. Hughes’ goal is to address the health of whole person and instead of only one symptom. His areas of interest include 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 understands that many diseases result from a deficiency in a food nutrient or mineral rather than, of course, a drug deficiency. 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.
Dietary advice goes hand in hand with nutritional supplementation. Dr. Hughes bases his nutritional approach upon the work of Westin Price, DDS and the Price-Pottenger Foundation, with a goal of helping patients eat in a healthful, intuitive, and enjoyable way that is similar to their primitive ancestors and other primates.
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Heavy Metal Testing/Detoxification
Heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, and tungsten are abundant in human environments. Today’s human bone contains 1000x more lead than humans 100 years ago. Dental fillings are so full of mercury that if one were left in a 10 acre lake, it would violate EPA standards for that lake. No human or mammal has escaped the burden of these heavy metals—a toxicity often associated with neurological disorders, infections, chronic fatigue, or chronic pain. Dr. Hughes utilizes provocative urine testing to analyze the toxic heavy metal burden by each patient. He then offers oral or IV chelation therapy as necessary to detoxify patients from these metals.
Botanical medicine Botanical medicine is simply the appropriate, intelligent use of herbal therapies to assist with human ailments. Some examples of these therapies include herbals that assist with heavy metal removal, detoxification, energy, and vitality. Click here to read more research behind the use of EDTA for heavy metal detoxification.
Supplement and Medication Review
Oxidative therapies include use of ozone at EPA approved low levels to purify the air or water, as enema treatments, skin treatment, by injection, or blood exposure. Ozone, while popularly known to form a protective layer in the upper atmosphere, also serves as a natural substance in the body made by antibodies. Ozone is administered rectally, dissolved in olive oil, by ear insulflation, or by injection. Ozone, when administered at low doses, is known to have a powerful antimicrobial effect, healing, and energizing effect upon the body as it speeds metabolic processes and allowing the blood to carry more oxygen. It is reported that Lance Armstrong used ozone to assist in his Tour de France rides. Ozone can be effective at supporting the body with infections, diverticulitis, eye disease, asthma, cancer, or cardiovascular disease.* Dr. Hughes never recommends breathing ozone or using ozone in the blood at levels greater than EPA standards.
*Results may vary; no guarantee of specific results
Hyperbaric medicine is another very potent way to utilize oxygen to address nonhealing wounds, radiation osteonecrosis, TIA, diabetic wounds, neurological challenges, and acute or chronic pain conditions. Dr. Hughes works closely with the HBO team at the Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine to provide world-class treatment for the above conditions.
Food Allergy Testing/Elimination
Chronic Disease Support
Many patients labeled with a chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, or neurological disorder benefit from regular supervision by Dr. Hughes as well as their primary physician or specialist. Dr. Hughes uses typical medical reasoning and a holistic perspective to understand what else might be the root source of a chronic illness. Dr. Hughes will subsequently provide oral or IV nutrition or pharmaceutical support as necessary to aid patients in recovery from a particular type of disorder.