About

“Healing comes from the optimization of function in the physical body while attending to the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of life. Although early detection of disease may be helpful to initiate the healing process, proactive health care is about learning effective strategies that both prevents disease and potentially even reverses disease when it is present.” -Dave Johnson, MD

My training:

A board certified cardiologist that knows where to look to find the origins of heart disease. I will help you identify the patterns in your life that are at the root of heart disease and support you in making the appropriate changes in order to prevent and potentially even reverse heart disease.

  • Medical School: The Ohio State University
  • Internal Medicine Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship: University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Integrative Medicine Fellowship: University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Plant-Based Nutrition Certification: Cornell University

Why I Provide a More Unique Healing Perspective:

Your doctors likely trained in reactive  care. That is, they wait until signs and symptoms of disease develop before recommending an intervention.

My approach is to provide early detection of cardiovascular disease while offering proactive health care to prevent disease and even reverse disease in it’s early stages. Dis-ease in the body results from far greater influences than the interactions to our genetics and physical environment.

My own spiritual journey has opened me up to an expansive realm of inner healing that is left out of the conversation in medical science. Modern medicine continues to focus on the interaction of genes and the environment in the balance between health and disease. While this is important research, what is often left out of the conversation is the influence of metaphysical energy, human emotions and the subjective human experience in the balance between health and disease. While it is important to address the physical signs and symptoms of disease, it is negligent to ignore the subjective lifetime human experience as a contributing factor, perhaps even causal, it most disease states.

My 3-Tiered Approach:

  • Nourishment
  • Detoxification
  • Connection

These three factors are explored in three domains of body, mind and spirit.

The physical body is a mere reflection of these three domains with the mind including our individual cumulative experiences, memories, emotions, thoughts and beliefs. Healing is a journey where one can transform victimhood and suffering into power, that is, the power to reclaim their health and wellbeing.

Healing is not a result of a certain pill, potion or mutilation (surgery), albeit sometimes these interventions are needed. My own experience has informed me that it is essential for one to draw upon their own personal authority in order to reclaim the health and wellbeing that has been bestowed upon them. This certainly does not mean the absence of physical pain but rather transformation of suffering to personal power.

This is my proactive approach which is aimed at empowering individuals to reclaim their personal authority over their health and wellbeing.

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* David Johnson, MD is an independent practitioner within the Grand Rapids Natural Health office.