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What is Functional Health Care?

Functional Health Care is client-centered form of healing at its best.
Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated diseases, it treats individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances and dysfunctions. Some people know of “Functional Medicine”, however, at Core Flex Wellness and Chiropractic, while we see a place in society where the medical system fits, we practice true “health care”.

When health care treats just the symptom(s), it rarely leads to long-term relief and vibrancy. Identifying and treating the underlying root cause or causes, as Functional Health Care does, has a much better chance to successfully resolve a patient’s health challenge.

Using scientific principles, advanced diagnostic testing and treatments other than drugs or surgery, Functional Health Care restores balance in the body’s primary physiological processes. The goal: the individual’s lifelong optimal health.

How does Functional Health Care Fill a Key Health Care Gap?

Today’s “health” care system is in trouble because it applies a medical management model that works well for acute health problems and not so much for chronic health problems, where it has been proving itself a failed system in such.

If you have a heart attack, traumatic accident or sudden lung infection such as pneumonia, you certainly want a traditional medical doctor to use all the quick-acting resources of modern medicine, such as life-saving technology, surgery and antibiotics. We are all grateful about such interventions.

However, jumping in with drugs, surgery and other acute care treatments too often does not succeed in helping those with chronic, debilitating ailments, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, or stress related conditions.
Another approach such as functional health care is usually the only approach that works in those cases.

The Healing Approach of Functional Health Care?

To battle chronic health conditions, Functional Health Care uses two scientifically grounded principles:

1. Add what’s lacking in the body to nudge its physiology back to a state of optimal functioning.

2. Remove anything that impedes the body from moving toward this optimal state of physiology. Plainly put, your body naturally wants to be healthy. But things needed by the body to function at its best might be missing, or something might be standing in the way of its best functioning.

Functional Health Care first identifies the factors responsible for the malfunctioning. Then it deals with those factors in a way appropriate to the patient’s particular situation.

Very often Functional Health Care practitioners use advanced laboratory testing to identify the root cause or causes of the patient’s health problem. Old-fashioned medical diagnosis helps too, in the form of listening carefully to the patient’s history of symptoms and asking questions about his or her activities and lifestyle.

For treatment, Functional Health Care practitioners use a combination of natural agents (supplements, herbs, nutraceuticals, homeopathic remedies), nutritional and lifestyle changes, spiritual/emotional counseling, and pharmaceuticals, if necessary to nudge a person’s physiology back to an optimal state. In addition, educating people about their condition empowers them to take charge of their own health, ultimately leading to greater success in treatment.

Does Functional Health Care Treat Symptoms?

In the dominant health care model today, medication is used to get rid of a person’s symptoms. If they stop taking the medication, symptoms generally return, right? So, how can that be very helpful?

Functional Health Care approaches health problems differently.

Instead of masking the problem, it aims at restoring the body’s natural function. This in and of itself, eliminates the symptoms. Although Functional Health Care practitioners may utilize pharmaceuticals, they are only used to gently nudge the patient’s physiology in a positive direction so the patient will no longer need them once the underlying cause is addressed.

For example, conventional doctors would normally prescribe pharmaceuticals like Prilosec, Prevacid or Aciphex to treat acid reflux or heartburn. When the patient stops taking such drugs, the heartburn symptoms often come back. In contrast, a Functional Health Care practitioner might find that a patient’s acid reflux is caused by a particular bacteria in the stomach that causes acid refux, for example. Identifying through testing and eradicating the bacteria might very well lead to the end of heartburn symptoms, permanently.

It’s also important to note that in Functional Health Care, support for similar problems might vary tremendously for different people, according to their medical history and results of laboratory tests.
Factors that can come into play in producing the same symptoms include toxic chemicals, pathogenic bacteria, parasites, chronic viral pathogens, emotional poisons like anger, greed or envy, and structural factors such as tumors or cysts.

What are the roots of Functional Health Care?

You may be surprised to learn that Functional Health Care isn’t new. It actually represents a return to the roots of modern scientific medicine, captured in this statement by Sir William Osler, one of the first professors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and later it’s Physician-in- Chief: “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”

Another important saying by Osler is “If you listen carefully to the patient, they will tell you the diagnosis.” This encapsulates the importance placed in Functional Health Care on taking a thorough history from the patient.

What May My Experience Be With A Functional Health Care Practitioner?

We call functional health care practitioners, ” Medical Detectives,” because people often feel their Functional Health practitioner is leaving no stone unturned in their relentless research to pinpoint the causes of a particular person’s symptoms.

When you consult a Functional Health Care practitioner, the first step is always your history. Practitioners are trained on how to unravel and make sense of a complicated story. Often patterns and clues in the story lead to the identification of key imbalances.

The next set of clues comes from a comprehensive physical examination, which includes many nearly forgotten examination procedures used by famous diagnosticians (both living and long gone), such as chapman reflex points, tongue, skin, and nail inspection.The final set of clues comes from specialty laboratory testing.

Innovative, cutting-edge lab tests help the practitioner look deeply into a person’s physiology to identify how it has been compromised and how physiological balance can be restored. After diagnosis and treatment, a Functional Health Care client can expect his or her symptoms to diminish in severity, with a renewed sense of well-being and significant increase in health and vitality sometimes in just the first few weeks of care.

Why are functional specialty tests important and how much do they cost?

Labs are a vital part of the process in uncovering hidden dysfunctions, discovering healing opportunities, and getting to the root cause of your health issues. Without the data and information that labs provide us, we would just be guessing about your health issue. We prefer not to guess…so often times we test.

Blood draws can be performed at any Lab Corp draw center, “Any Lab Test Now”, or some community hospitals. 

Saliva, Urine, and Stool test kits are available for clients so they can be done in the comfort of their own home. Price of the home kits include testing and shipping. They are shipped to you at no charge.

We use Diagnostic Solutions Lab, Genova Diagnostics, Realtime Labs, Precision Analytical, and Quicksilver as our “go to” specialty lab partners.

Program members can expect to pay anywhere from $179-$400 for initial specialty testing. Health insurance covers a bulk of the testing prices, but in the case where coverage isnt possible, as a program/membership holder, you will receive wholesale practioner pricing on all specialty testing. This will save you hundreds of dollars alone for each lab.

These types of specialty tests are instrumental in helping us identify the root cause of an individuals health condition(s) and as well as the importance of treatment specifics. Sometime follow up testing is also necessary to provide important data to identify treatment outcome and progress. The art of knowing which tests are important comes with the experience and education level of the Functional health practitioner. Usually the more experience and educated the practitioner, the less testing is needed.

Which Supplement Brands Are Recommended And Where Do I Get Them?

While over the counter supplements (for example, Natural Grocers, GNC, etc…) may be less expensive, they contain suspect ingredients used as fillers called excipients. The excipients extend shelf life and maintain adequate dispersion of the supplement in the capsule or pressed pill. There has been some research on excipients that reveal that they aren’t good for you. Over the counter supplements are not as concentrated as the supplement suppliers that we use due to child safety laws. In the long run, you likely end up paying more for over the counter supplements due to lack of potency, excipient burden, and fillers.

There are a lot of illegal and counterfeit suppliers lurking on Amazon, so know your supplier if you order online. The problems with getting much “cheaper” supplements on Amazon is:

1. They are likely counterfeit and probably dangerous.
2. They are likely useless expired products that have been repackaged as new.
3. They are likely stolen products released on the black market without any quality control.

Supplements ordered and recommended through Core Flex Wellness are mainly Designs for Health, Pure Encapsulations, and Quicksilver Scientific. We also use a quality controlled distributing company, Full Script, that makes online ordering of quality brands easy and cost effective. These products are manufactured for the highest purity, highest potency, and absorptive capacity currently on the market. This assures the most bang for your buck and quality on investment.

Does functional health care cost more than standard medical care?

Functional health care being “expensive” is a very big misconception. In reality, it is the most affordable form of healthcare available. In fact, insurance companies and governments are now running pilot projects to demonstrate the significant cost savings to both patients and healthcare systems using a functional healthcare model. It’s always important to recognize the true cost of services that are rendered. Just because something is covered does not make it cheaper. In fact, our average autoimmune patient saves over tens of thousands of dollars each year in medical expenses utilizing functional health care over pharmaceutical management. It’s also important to note that functional health care teaches you a liberating life skill, which makes your care cost less over time versus the allopathic model which gets more and more expensive over time (more testing, more medications, more scans) all while not teaching you a life skill or addressing the root cause.

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