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Raleigh, NC 27612
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Dr. Goode-Kanawati is board-certified in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine (ABPS).

Genes Are Not Destiny

By Beverly Goode-Kanawati, DO

Many women believe they carry a genetic curse with them. Because their mother had a hysterectomy, for example, they are convinced they will need one also. Some of my patients feel fated to repeat the heart disease that took one or both of their parents at a too-early age

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But in my practice, I take great pleasure in preventing and even reversing many of these conditions, no matter what the family history. Many hysterectomies, for example, can be prevented by treating the underlying imbalances. And we can prevent clogging of the arteries, type II diabetes, and other “metabolic” conditions—and also reverse them!

Often, my patients ask me why a “traditionally” trained physician such as myself has become so immersed in and committed to holistic and integrative modalities. And the answer is quite simple: I had great personal motivation—the desire to overcome my own serious genetic maladies.

The Family Inheritance

My father, his mother, my aunt, and a first cousin all suffered from debilitating migraine headaches. My headaches started when I was 13 years old. For 23 years, I never felt normal and healthy. If I stayed up too late or ate the wrong foods (and at the time, it was hard for me to figure out what was “wrong” for me), or became too stressed, I would quickly find myself laid low with a migraine.

Over that same span of years, my headaches seemed to herald additional health problems, many with strong genetic links. I was obese, had hypertension, high cholesterol, PMS, thyroid and “female troubles”—all conditions that were common in my family. Almost worse, I began to have hip pain—disturbing, because my mother and her two sisters had all needed hip replacements. We share a genetic hip malformation that causes abnormal pressure to be placed on the joint, leading to early arthritis.
I was frightened by the idea that I would need hip replacement surgery before the age of 50. And traditional medical doctors offered me only one piece of preventative advice: “lose weight.”

Changing the Course

I share this personal information with my patients because many of them are dealing with the same kinds of health problems that beset me for so long—and which I finally overcame. I made dramatic changes in my lifestyle, what I ate, how I cared for my body, and how I focused my energy.
As the headaches became less frequent, I gave my new path to good health the ultimate test: becoming board-certified in emergency medicine in addition to family practice medicine.  Being able to do this tremendously stressful work, enjoy it, and find it satisfying amazed me.  And all without fear of a crippling migraine headache!

My personal experience transformed the way I understand and practice medicine.  I built my practice around the elements of preventive, integrated care that worked miracles for me—and have now worked for so many of my patients.

An Integrative Approach and Team

At Beverly Medical Center, we focus on understanding the whole person, offering individualized care that encompasses the many factors affecting health.  We thoroughly investigate, leveraging a full suite of specialized and functional testing.  This helps us understand and treat the root causes of illness and not just the symptoms. 

Armed with this information –and in partnership with our patients– we develop therapeutic plans that deliver tangible results.  And at every step, we emphasize patient education, collaboration, and support.  As I know from personal experience, “lose weight” is not a plan—or particularly helpful!

My practitioner team offers expertise and insight to help create the most effective big-picture plan for each person.  Nurse Practitioner Sandra Britt brings a special focus in bio-identical hormone replenishment and anti-aging medicine, working with many patients to navigate life changes with energy and zest.   She also performs platelet rich plasma joint treatment, which can help patients regain mobility with less medication— or even without surgery in many cases!

Sharon Price–the most recent addition to our practice–holds a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition and has earned the designation Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)—the gold standard nutrition certification for advanced-degreed personalized nutrition practitioners.   Sharon works with our patients to craft optimal nutrition plans as well as to help support them in making gradual changes, offering a range of services up to and including structured, balanced meal plans.

New Possibilities for You?

My team and I share the conviction that focusing on what you can control is most effective—and we can control a lot!  For many patients, the idea that they can do more than just accept these family traits is as radical as it is invigorating. 

For myself, I now live free of chronic migraines and pain, have normal cholesterol, blood pressure—and no hip pain!  Through the use of the same practices and tools we use in my practice, I have learned that we can beat the genetic hand we’ve been dealt.  And I’m living proof it can be done successfully. We would be honored to help you embark on a healthier path this spring!