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Many of today’s most challenging, costly, and debilitating conditions, including a variety of age-related disease, are now recognized as being closely tied to the mismatch between dietary and lifestyle habits and genetic predisposition.
Nutritional Medicine goes far beyond just telling you what to eat and what not to eat. The new paradigm of metabolic analysis is called functional medicine . It is directed at uncovering the root causes of your ailments and then addressing these causes with a natural approach that may include whole food nutritional supplementation, lifestyle modifications, stress reduction, cold laser therapy, infoceuticals, far-infrared sauna.
Using nutritional functional medicine, we have been able to improve the lives of hundreds of children and adults with chronic health disorders. Many adults with depression, irritable bowel, hormone imbalances, high blood pressure, inflammatory bowel diseases, inflammatory arthritis, skin disorders, migraines, and so forth have been helped with nutritional / functional medicine programs.
Our approach is anchored by an examination of the core clinical imbalances (Cornerstones) that underlie various disease conditions. Those imbalances arise as environmental inputs such as diet, nutrients (including air and water), exercise , and trauma are processed by one’s body, mind, and spirit through a unique set of genetic predispositions, attitudes, and beliefs. The fundamental physiological processes include communication, both outside and inside the cell; bioenergetics, or the transformation of food into energy; replication, repair, and maintenance of structural integrity, from the cellular to the whole body level; elimination of waste; protection and defense; and transport and circulation.
The overall goal is to maximize whole body function at all levels - cellular, genetic, emotional, mental and physical. The doctor may analyze urine, blood, stool, breath, hair or saliva specimens to evaluate various molecules such as heavy metal toxins, hormones, minerals, vitamins, fats, proteins, or organic acid chemicals, etc. In many cases very few laboratory tests need to be evaluated, and the doctor can assess a person through additional means and implement simple but highly effective nutritional suggestions.
When combined with the life changing treatments of chiropractic, nutritional supplementation and dietary changes can initiate significant recovery in patients with chronic health conditions. The following health problems typically have a primary nutritional and/or toxin imbalance as a root cause: chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, migraines, skin dermatitis / eczema, autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroiditis, etc., brain fog / memory issues, recurrent infections, weak immunity, asthma and many other conditions.
Functional medicine protocols have been developed that provide restoration of tissue function. Common treatments may focus on the digestive, immune and detoxification systems that have a calming effect on the whole body. By building a good foundation in these core control systems, the brain or hormone system can now regulate and orchestrate the rest of the tissue functions at the highest level. The net effect is that patients begin to feel better with more energy and symptom reduction or reversal.
What Functional Medicine Means to You
Functional medicine is the adjustment of our body tissue system imbalances (metabolic, physiological) using natural therapies and fundamental approaches to restore harmony to the body. Using emerging research and effective interventions, Functional Medicine treats illness and promotes wellness.
The goal of Functional Medicine is to support the body in its own healing processes by understanding a person's genetics, environment, physiology and individuality. These all play a part in their health today. Disease and even symptoms are just manifestations of underlying imbalances influenced by lifestyle and past experiences. Natural Health is dedicated to discovering the source of symptoms rather than succumbing to drug therapy.
Functional Medicine is Upstream Medicine...
Clients come to us because we care and they want to get healthy and feel better. Diseases don't just happen overnight. Long-term imbalances, left untreated, become chronic diseases; often times created from poor nutrition, lifestyle, physical and emotional habits, which ultimately diminish the quality of your life. Drug therapies commonly used to treat diseases become long-term band-aid approaches and at times cause problems of their own - never addressing the underlying cause of imbalance.
"Upstream medicine" explains the principles of Functional Medicine. It's the intervention at a point where imbalances become apparent and adjustments to influencing factors and triggers, such as nutritional, exercise and lifestyle habits, are made before they create dis-ease in the body.
...We intervene upstream rather than letting you go over the falls
Your visit may be as simple as starting you on a path of understanding what your body needs for proper nutrition and exercise. Or, it may involve laboratory testing to look deeper into your physiology. Understanding metabolism is as unique as your fingerprint; we tailor programs to fit your body's needs.
Working in partnership with you, lifestyle changes are made that allow you to be in charge of improving your health and changing the outcome of disease.