Functional medicine is personally-tailored medicine. It deals with primary prevention and underlying causes of chronic disease rather than simply removing or masking symptoms once they arise. Functional medicine emphasizes true healing, treatment of the person rather than a disease, and a partnership of joint responsibility between a professional and clients, with the client carrying most of the load. It also embraces the most current science in diagnosing early abnormalities that eventually lead to chronic illness.
Functional medicine uses botanicals and other forms of nutritional supplementation rather than pharmaceutical agents that create high levels of stress damage. Under the influence of functional medicine, “old age” is not what it used to be, anti-aging is now a science, and optimized living is the “new normal” for people of every age.
In light of the above points, I view functional medicine as a complement to traditional medicine and not an alternative. Systems of health protection should work together where possible. One approach cannot serve all of “heaven and earth.”
Why Do We Need Functional Medicine?
Chronic disease, as a rule, is slow to develop. Examples are diabetes, cardiovascular damage, hypertension, low thyroid, cancer, mental illness, autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, and back problems. Long-term predictions for such chronic diseases keep rising because the physical, emotional, and mental effects of stress are overwhelming us. This stress comes from poor diet, a toxic environment, drugs, accidents, nervous system impairments, emotional reactions to life, mental overload, lack of exercise, and insufficient sleep. Even falling in love is stressful (eustress)!
Diabetes is quickly becoming an epidemic, so traditional medicine is planning to target “high risk” individuals with ever-more dramatic drug interventions. Researchers, of course, hope to enhance quality of life while Big Pharma hopes to enhance profits. Yet, the physical, emotional, mental, and economic side effects of drug interventions leave us with a sobering message, one having little to do with healing or quality of life. Isn’t it time for a “sanity check”?
Functional medicine works to keep you from becoming a high-risk disease candidate in the first place. The rule is simple: prevent disease states from developing now so there’s nothing to “treat” later. But if you already happen to be riding the risk rollercoaster (typical for people over 30), you can start reversing some or most of the acquired stress damage by enabling your body to heal itself. This is very different from suppressing disease signs or symptoms with drugs, as is done with statins or thyroid medications to make lab measurements look better.
Who Qualifies For This Type of Proactive Approach?
Here’s the catch. People must qualify themselves to follow the prevention approaches of functional medicine and optimized living. Although a prevention or wellness lifestyle is highly rewarding, it is not for the timid. The problem is that most people have fallen victim to the harmful mental pattern of hoping rather than (pro)acting. They hope they will somehow fare better than others whom they know are suffering degraded lifestyles. Hope, however, doesn’t have a good track record for preventing chronic disease.
So, what are some of the harmful mental patterns you may inadvertently hold because of cultural influences? Here are a few examples. Do any fit you?
- You’ll pop a pill as a quick fix for almost anything to improve your short-term quality of life.
- You think your doctor’s job is to take charge of your health and “fix” you when symptoms arise.
- Your physical activity has decreased with each passing year because you think you’re supposed to slow down as your calendar age rises.
- You want your body to act and recover as it did in your teens and 20s.
Hint: It can’t and won’t without ongoing lifestyle adjustments.
Most cancers incubate 10 years or more before they are finally detectible. An even longer incubation period applies to the metabolic abnormalities that lead to diabetes. What environmental stresses and biological imbalances occur during those incubation years to serve as such fertile ground for cancer and diabetes? It’s the job of functional medicine to answer such questions and provide tailored re-balancing programs for individuals before they find themselves needing drugs, surgery, or medical appliances.
Functional Medicine – Lifestyle Programs
Have Abdominal Pain?
Have Thyroid Problems?
Any other Autoimmune Disorder?
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Here are our Functional Medicine Program Benefits:
1) Your program is designed to correct the underlying cause(s) of your chronic symptoms or conditions. Each program is personalized to your needs because you are unique. (This is quite different than the traditional medical model of treating symptoms)
2) All 5 major components of your health will be addressed including:
- Organs and Glands (Hormones)
- Genetic Disposition
3) Programs designed to improve: (will have a more profound effect due to more personal care)
- Energy and Vitality
- Body Composition
- Fitness & Strength
- Anxiety / Depression
- Chronic Pain
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Feelings of Well-Being
- Blood and Saliva Chemistries i.e. cholesterol, blood sugar, liver enzymes, hormone imbalance
4) Exclusive membership to our site for ongoing education to optimized living.
5) VIP membership for all future care. (following program completion)
After the completion of your Peak lifestyle program, you may choose to continue with intermittent maintenance. These services are performed at a discounted rate including 10% off necessary nutrient and hormonal supplementation.
6) Family Discount for all family members. (In addition to program discounts)
25% Additional discount, subtracted from discounted total investment, for a Second family member.
7) Personal Referral Reward Program
Your personal referrals are greatly appreciated and rewarded.
8) Unlimited access to all patient educational material & Classes as follows:
- Shopping Made Easy
- Stress Management
9) Our Lifestyle Program(s) will effectively take you by the hand, educate you, mentor you, inspire you and motivate you to achieve your goals so that you too may enjoy the fulfilled life you were meant to!
“Change can be difficult and often seemingly impossible. But, if you are unhappy with the way you feel, the way you look and your general well-being; change is required.” – Julio Jimenez D.PSc
Thank You for allowing us the Opportunity to help you Achieve Your Goals!
Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
We have a number of non-invasive diagnostic testing tools available at our office. Non Invasive diagnostic testing is a way to diagnose symptoms of “not feeling well” without using any invasive surgery. Many times, these types of tests help guide our holistic counseling.
3D Laser Foot BodyScan
In our office, we have a new 3D laser foot balance machine that shows foot arches and how your feet affect the rest of the body and how to correct them. This laser foot scan is used to identify imbalances in the foot, abnormal pressure points, and arch problems that contribute to foot, ankle, knee, hip and back problems.
Antioxidant Level Scanner
Our new Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner helps measure your antioxidant levels in just 30 seconds using the palm of your hand. It then gives you a Body Defense Score from 10,000 – 50,000+. This Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is the world’s first and only tool that provides you with a non-invasive, fast and convenient way to measure your antioxidant status. It allows you to know, in 30 seconds, whether your supplements are actually protecting you. The knowledge can empower you to make improvements to your diet and lifestyle and help you make an informed decision on which supplements are properly formulated to impact your antioxidant health.
Special Events – Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing
During the year, we partner with specialists for non-invasive diagnostic testing that we know can improve your health. These special events are coordinated with diagnostic testing partners with whom we have a long-standing professional relationship. These events usually require an appointment on specific dates and times when they are present in our office. These special events include:
Thermography is a non-invasive screening that maps your individual ‘thermal fingerprint’. This fingerprint is unique to you and does not change over time unless there is a disruption, disease or pathology. The scan is done without ANY pain, radiation or compression.
Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) studies
If you are unsure why you don’t feel well, you may consider non-invasive diagnostic testing as an option to determine the root cause of your symptoms. With no additional pain and large surgery costs, you can get a closer look at why your body is reacting a particular way.
Call us 770.974.5215 or contact us today to schedule your non-invasive diagnostic tests.