Dr. Daniel Stickler, M.D., and Dr. Mickra Hamilton, Au.D. / Apeiron Center for Human Potential
Apeiron Center for Human Potential wants to help clients optimize their lives.
It’s been called a “new prototype” for medicine: the human potential medicine movement. Asheville-based Apeiron Center for Human Potential (ACHP) is at the forefront, helping clients establish healthy physical and mental lifestyles that in turn will allow them to utilize all their inner resources. The company’s mission? ACHP states on its website (Apeironcenter.com) that it is “committed to optimize consciously aware individuals using their genetic blueprints to create a plan for lifestyle modifications that alter genetic expression and transcend the limits of human potential.”
In essence, Human Potential Medicine is what Apeiron terms “a human systems approach,” examining the needs of the whole person rather than just an isolated set of symptoms. Treatment is intended to tap into the latest genetic and epigenetic science along with current research findings in physiology, psychology, biochemistry, and brain/peak performance.
Apeiron was founded in 2015 when Dr. Daniel Stickler, M.D., and Dr. Mickra Hamilton, Au.D., decided to merge their respective practices. (Dr. Stickler is also an author, speaker, blogger, and host of the weekly internet radio show/podcast, The Ironman Executive, while Hamilton is a colonel in the USAF Reserves with 25-plus years of experience in the field of acoustics.) A number of people in the medical community claim that humanity is on the verge of a new frontier in consciousness, and that such a frontier will require an accompanying new paradigm in medicine. So Drs. Stickler and Hamilton propose to shift the focus away from the current Western disease (“sick care”) model in order to take a holistic approach in addressing health issues that include sleep, nutrition, weight loss, detoxification, supplementation, and athletic performance.
“Our goal,” states Apeiron, “is to assist each client to move beyond his or her limited condition to a limitless state of human potential.”
Explains Lynn Howard, an Apeiron physician assistant and human potential coach, “When people focus on symptoms/disease, they get stuck in the ‘victim’ mode, which limits their beliefs that they can get better. In this process, I see that most all disease is created by stress and lifestyle—back pain, anxiety, headaches, GI complaints, and insomnia… the list goes on. When the body has a symptom, it is asking for a shift/lifestyle change. When people focus on healthy lifestyle and optimization, the symptoms and diseases get better. Life gets better.”
The approach Apeiron takes is linking health consciousness to lifestyle choices and improving quality of life, with the company listing several key elements: personalized attention (approximately 10-15 hours per year, compared to the typical five-to-eight minutes); individualized care (taking into account patients’ preferences, genomics, and responses to interventions); precision nutrition plans (based on genomics, food preferences, individual response, goals, and meal patterns); peak cognitive performance (by helping clients take charge of cognitive function and control subconscious programs); and “subconscious reset” (working with clients to subjectively and objectively map emotions trapped within the subconscious and providing tools to help them bring these into conscious awareness).
Apeiron pledges to combine proven, successful aspects of traditional Western medical practices with “alternative/integrative” medicine, employing evidence-based therapies in order to establish a baseline for each client. At that point, healthy lifestyle choices related to sleep, stress, nutrition, human movement, hormones, cognition, and inner balance can be put into place. “Our goal,” states Apeiron, “is to assist each client to move beyond his or her limited condition to a limitless state of human potential.”
In addition to the medical programs offered, Apeiron has specialty services such as acupuncture, bioenergetics digital homeopathy, movement coaching, massage, neurofeedback, biofeedback, and psychoacoustics. There are physicians, assistants, and coaches who specialize in these areas on staff.
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