Family Practitioners Key to Reducing Infant Mortality in the US
An experienced family practitioner, Dr. William Leach sees patients at his full-service private family medicine and addiction medicine practice in North Florida. He holds membership with the Florida Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. A nation's infant mortality rate (IMR) reflects its commitment to public health, nutrition, poverty reduction, and environmental issues. Despite ranking among the world's top 10 wealthiest countries, the United States fails to make the top 20 nations when it comes to low IMR. Among the leading causes of infant mortality is drug and alcohol abuse by the pregnant mother, which commonly leads to premature birth and low birth weight. Family physicians as a whole have long advocated for improved preconception care, especially in individuals challenged by issues that may affect pregnancy, such as a history of substance abuse. Family physicians stand on the front lines of women's health care. Going forward, physicians who treat the whole patient with holistic care and compassion will play an important role in improving preconception care.
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A board-certified physician, Dr. William Leach of Florida has substantial expertise in both family and addiction medicine. Possessing three decades of experience, he now provides clinical and consulting services through his comprehensive private addiction medicine practice. Dr. William Leach offers multiple services, including clinical management, business administration and legal consulting. He also serves as an intervention specialist and an advocate for pharmaceutical treatment.Before launching his private practice in 2010, Dr. Leach completed an addiction medicine fellowship though the University of Florida, his alma mater. Over a one-year period, he held responsibility for the medical care of patients in detox and residential treatment units. In addition to serving in several medical leadership roles throughout his career, Dr. William Leach spent three years as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. Working in Alaska, he served as Chief Medical Officer and Acting Administrator at a local hospital. Dr. Leach managed disease outbreaks, taught medical students, and oversaw construction of new healthcare facilities, receiving the Presidential Special Services Award for his accomplishments.
Dr. William Leach works as a medical consultant in Longwood, Florida. He possesses training in several types of health care, including orthomolecular medicine. First conceived of by two-time Nobel laureate Dr. Linus Pauling, orthomolecular medicine seeks to correct imbalances in the body. The discipline focuses especially on making adjustments using substances that occur naturally in humans, like amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Orthomolecular medicine involves both genetics and biochemistry, recognizing that the biochemistry of each individual varies based upon genetics, and that the biochemical abnormalities that contribute to or cause many diseases are genetic in origin. Several professional societies support the practice of orthomolecular medicine. Founded in 1994, the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine serves as an umbrella organization, bringing together many other groups working in the same field. Other key orthomolecular medicine societies around the world include the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, the Canadian Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, and the Society for Orthomolecular Health Medicine.