What you should expect on your first appointment
Your initial visit will be approximately 45-60 minute. Please come prepared with all your intake forms filled out.
During your initial visit, your provider will consult with you regarding your condition, medical/emotional/mental history, diet and lifestyle, and current medications and supplements. Physical examination will be performed as well as a discussion of any laboratory testing and imaging that may be necessary. If you do have copies of any recent lab tests and imaging studies, it would be helpful for our providers if you brought a copy of them with you or have them faxed to our office prior to your initial visit. Our providers, at your first visit, may order some specialty diagnostic tests to acquire more information about the whole of you. Examples of our lab testing include the following.
Functional Medicine Testing
We also work with leading national laboratories to perform specialty testing in order to discover the root cause of your illness. Please note that these specialty tests give us much needed data but are sometimes NOT covered by your insurance. Test costs can be upwards of $200-300, but provide essential information not obtained in any other way.
|Adrenal Stress Test||Nutritional Blood Analysis|
|Amino Acid Profile||Osteoporosis Markers|
|Cardiovascular markers||Food Allergy Testing|
|Colon Cancer Stool marker||Genetic Testing|
|Comprehensive Digestive Analysis||Hair Analysis|
|Neurotransmitter Profile||Heavy Metal and Mineral Testing (urine)|
|Hormone Testing (Male and Female)||Organic Acids 24 Hour Urine|
Routine Outside Laboratory and Imaging Testing
We work with local laboratories to conduct the following routine tests:
Prescription referrals are available when medically necessary for medical imaging such as for MRI, MRA, CT Scan, Diagnostic Ultrasound.
In addition, your provider may provide you with a prescription referral to see a medical Specialist for endoscopy, colonoscopy, Cardiovascular Stress Test, etc, if medically necessary.
At times, your particular situation may be very clear or urgent; thus, your provider may prescribe dietary and lifestyle modifications, supplements, or medications on the very first visit. A referral to a specialist may also be made if medically necessary on the first visit.
You will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to review your test results, and medications and supplements and to initiate a treatment plan.
What about return office visits?
On your return office visit, your health history will be updated along with reviewing your test results, medications and supplements. The layers are then reassessed using physical exam, lab tests including the specialty tests. In consultation with you, a treatment plan will be devised on your subsequent visits. Depending on the urgency of your condition, certain treatments such as colon hydrotherapy or massage may be performed on the same day to speed up the healing process.
Further follow-up visits involve continual assessment and possible reassessment of the layers. The treatment plan will be altered accordingly to address the next layer of the healing process.
The return office visits take 15-40 minutes depending on the complexity of your condition.
A Word About Supplements
Nutraceuticals impact your health by correcting nutrient issues and aiding disease prevention. Every study of the American diet reveals a sub-optimal intake of many micronutrients. As a result, degenerative diseases related to diet and nutrient deficiencies are a major killer, worldwide.
It's no wonder health risks inundate our cyber-speed world. On a daily basis, environmental carcinogens, second-hand smoke, toxins in our food supply, over-the-counter and prescription medications, refined sugar, processed fast foods and trans fats, escalated stress factors, household cleaners, beauty products and pesticides, automobile exhaust, and an overwhelming number of other substances, identified as xenoestrogens—hormone disrupters, playing havoc in our bodies.
Add to that the reality of our soils being depleted of vitamins and minerals (which once were part of our food) from years of over-farming, chemical toxins and acid rain.
Nutraceutical supplementation is not an indulgence—it helps arm the body to battle modern enemies.
Nowadays, even the healthiest diet demands supplementing with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants.
Not all supplements or supplement formulations are on equal footing. Numerous lab reports demonstrate that commonly available commercial formulas vary widely in quality. Some supplements don't contain the amount of nutrient their labels claim, others use inferior ingredients, are less absorbable or appear in less-effective forms of the nutrient. You don't always get what you pay for.
Food grade vs. pharmaceutical grade. "Food grade" supplements, like most sold in health stores, contain only substandard raw ingredients, which are virtually ineffective. The quality of "pharmaceutical grade" products is substantially higher because the raw ingredients are the most pure and the best absorbed in the body. Also, the label accurately reflects the exact amount of ingredient present within each capsule or pill. On the contrary, "food grade" supplement labeling is misleading in that the amount listed is the maximum that might be present, but in most cases there is only a trace amount.
You get what you pay for. Unfortunately since all supplements are not created equally you can expect to pay more for high quality supplements. Inferior grade nutraceuticals just provide you with expensive urine rather than absorbable nutrition. Please expect to pay $30-$50 for a month’s supply of therapeutic quality supplements.