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Integrated Health Care
The Institute for Functional Medicine defines functional medicine as “addressing the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.” It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional symptom-centered focus of conventional medical care to a patient-centered restorative approach, Functional medicine approach addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional health practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. “In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of OPTIMAL health and vitality for each individual.”
Evidence based Conventional Health Care utilizing Complimentary, Alternative, and Holistic approaches for:
- Optimal Health and Aging
- Women’s Health; PCOS, Menstrual Problems, Endometriosis, PMS
- Menopause: Weight gain, brain fog, hot flashes, incontinence, anxiety, lack of sleep, heart palpitations
- Andropause: Reduced libido, loss of muscle strength, erectile dysfunction, lack of energy, low mood
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Nutritional / Diet / Supplements
- Sub clinical Diagnostics (“I don’t feel well but my doctors cannot find anything wrong with me”)
- Functional Medicine approach to complex chronic diseases
- Type 2 Diabetes support; proven effective approaches
- Auto-Immune Disease Protocol ; Lupus, Rosacea, Hashimoto’s, Fibromyalgia
- Natural Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension Support
- Depression and anxiety; Nutracuetical therapies
“Chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes wreck our quality of life and cost a fortune. In recent years, a new and intriguing concept has emerged in the prevention and treatment of chronic illness: the health coach.”
–CBS News, October 2009
“The primary objectives of health coaching are to educate the patient regarding self health management and to encourage patients in taking a more proactive role in staying healthy.”
-Medical Economics, Nov 2010
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone balance is crucial to optimal wellness. Neglecting to “fill our hormone reservoirs” means we have no hope for health. We know we want to be healthy, have sex, and continue to be active as we age.
Modern Hormone Replacement Therapy is the replacement of deficient levels of natural hormones with Bioidentical Hormones which are identical to the molecular structure of what the body naturally produces. Aging, declining function of pituitary, thyroid and associated chronic conditions cause a significant loss of optimal hormone levels in blood and tissues. Compounding pharmacies are able to formulate capsules, creams, or sublingual forms of Estradiol, DHEA, Testosterone and Progesterone to truly customize your prescriptions.
Women of any age can experience hormone imbalance symptoms. Perimenopause refers to the time of fluctuating hormone levels before periods stop, and can last anywhere from one to ten or more years before menopause. Menopause technically starts one year after a woman stops having periods.
Andropause is a more gradual decline in a man’s level of testosterone at midlife. In most cases, the cause is reduced signalling from the hypothalamus and pituitary glands in the brain due to aging. Depression, irritability, fatigue and erectile dysfunction are the #1 symptoms of low testosterone in men.
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