Integrative Medicine An Approach to Wellness

Do you have problems with attention and focus? You (and many traditional healthcare professionals) might assume you have ADD/ADHD, but these symptoms could stem from a variety of other causes, such as past head trauma, or even gut dysfunction.

Are you filled with sadness and fatigue? It could be due to depression, or it could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance.

Before you start taking Prozac or some other antidepressant, isn’t it better to find out if what you really need is progesterone? No one will ever have a Prozac deficiency, but you could definitely have a progesterone deficiency. Progesterone imbalances have been linked to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and balancing hormonal levels has been found to alleviate these symptoms.

Why would you ever want to take a medication or treatment you don’t need?

Unfortunately, most primary care physicians and traditional psychiatrists don’t look for the root causes that might be lurking behind your symptoms. Most healthcare professionals are likely to listen to you describe your symptoms—such as depression, anxiety, or brain fog— and then make a diagnosis and treatment recommendation based on what’s called “symptom clusters” without any further testing.

Because of this, you may be misdiagnosed or given the wrong treatment. Not only can make the wrong treatment make you feel worse, but it can also set you up for additional physical, mental, and brain health problems in the future. As you know, many medications come with a laundry list of side effects. They can make you even sicker and can steal your life.

Integrative Medicine (also known as Metabolic or Functional Medicine) puts you at the center and addresses all the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors that can influence your health and sense of wellbeing.

Integrative Medicine is based on solid science. As science advances, so does Integrative Medicine with more sophisticated diagnostic testing, more effective therapies, and more powerful solutions. This ensures you’re being assessed based on the most cutting-edge scientific findings.

With comprehensive testing involved in Integrative Medicine, we can determine the root cause of your health problems. Common causes of symptoms that appear to be mental health issues on the surface can include:
• Blood flow problems
• Chronic inflammation
• Gut health issues
• Genetic predisposition for illness
• Head trauma
• Exposure to environmental toxins, such as toxic mold
• Overexposure to alcohol or drugs
• Immune system issues
• Infections, such as Lyme disease
• Neurohormonal imbalances
• Diabesity (blood sugar problems and overweight or obesity)
• Sleep problems

In keeping with our Integrative Medicine approach, you can optimize your physical health, mental health, and brain health. Personalized treatment plans can be created that addresses all of your needs by targeting and treating imbalances within the body and brain.

It’s important to understand that Integrative Medicine does not mean that only alternative therapies are used in place of conventional treatment. The use of all appropriate therapies, including medications (as needed), as well as a variety of other healing treatments to enhance the body and brain’s healing response are incorporated.

Effective Solutions Can Include:
• Nutritional supplements
• Bioidentical hormone replacement
• Brain health nutrition coaching
• Exercise
• Neurofeedback
• Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
• Psychotherapy
• Medications (when necessary)
• And more

Integrative Medicine Evaluations are ideal for anyone who seeks a comprehensive, integrative approach to mental/physical health issues. People seek integrative medicine evaluations for a wide variety of concerns, including:

• Disease and symptom prevention
• Anti-aging
• Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Mood swings
• Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
• Focus and attention issues
• Hormonal imbalances
• Low libido
• Fatigue
• Gut issues
• Memory issues
• Lack of motivation