The Swiss Watch Principle is a concept that is fundamental to how we view health at LifeWorks Integrative Health and Functional Medicine.

If you looked inside a wristwatch, you would see many small gears all working in synchronicity to keep perfect time. If one of those gears gets damaged or worn out, it affects the entire watch’s ability to keep time.

The same is true of your body.

The current healthcare model separates each system acting as if they have no influence on each other. If you have a kidney problem, you see a nephrologist. A heart problem? You see a cardiologist, and a gastroenterologist for your digestive issues. We need specialized skill, particularly surgical skill in each area of specialty, don’t get me wrong. But, we also need to remember that everything is connected. Everything. How inflammation moves from one system in the body to another is a key component to how the body systems interact. Your health needs a multi-pronged, integrative health approach to inflammation. Let’s talk more about why:


Inflammation is most commonly the root cause and/or contributing factor to all chronic disease. It is your body’s response to imbalance in any system. But, an imbalance in one system aids in the imbalance of another system. Inflammation can come from so many different sources and develops for so many different reasons that there will never be one way to address it. It will always take a multi-pronged approach

Multi-Pronged Approach

The Swiss Watch Principle is one way we conceptualize the multi-pronged approach to reducing inflammation and healing your body. When we consider how to help you, we are thinking about what you need in each of these categories:

Chiropractic Care: Good alignment of the spine is the only way the nerves that transmit signals through your whole body can remain in good working condition. Poor signaling through the body can be connected to almost all health issues.

Personalized Nutrition: The old adage “you are what you eat” has never been more true in our nutrition deficient environment. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that food is the only fuel source your body has, so the quality of fuel directly affects how your body performs.

Stress Reduction: This is often the most difficult area for people to admit they need to make changes. It is also an area of life that is practically a bit more difficult to make real change. Stress is, for most people, the cornerstone source of inflammation in the body. It’s the elephant it the room that many people do not want to address. Our team helps you identify and address stress in a way that works for you.

Detoxification: There is no way to avoid toxins in the environment. Whether it is a water source, plastics, chemicals in body products, or herbicides/pesticides in foods, they are everywhere. An effective detoxification protocol alongside lifestyle changes go a long way in helping to decrease your toxic load. Again, our team personalizes these types of protocols to your unique needs and guides you through every step of the way.

You deserve the whole person approach that is fundamental to the way we think and work at the LifeWorks Integrative Health clinic. We are here to make that happen. For more information on FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE contact today!

Dr Corey Priest, DC - Functional medicine practitioner

About the author

Dr. Corey Priest has been practicing functional medicine since 2001. in2GREAT was founded in 2014 by Dr Priest after 13 years of experience with his other practices. Over his career, Dr. Priest has worked with and helped well over 10,000 patients under a functional medicine model.

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