Frequently Asked Questions
Functional Medicine FAQs
What is functional medicine?
Who can benefit from functional medicine?
What happens during my appointment?
Before appointments at The Center, patients fill out a Root Cause Analysis form to dive deep into your medical history and establish a starting point for your medical evaluation. This form reviews your family and personal medical history, symptoms, past diagnoses, toxic exposures, major life events, current lifestyle, supplements and medications. This is essential to effective treatment and helps prevent you from forgetting to tell the doctor something you wanted her to know. During the appointment, the doctor will give insights into how you arrived at your current state of health.
Dr. Grose and Dr. Rowley also complete a comprehensive physical exam during the first visit. She may recommend urine tests, blood tests, or other diagnostic tests as needed. She will never recommend costly tests that she does not think you need. Finally, you will get a customized treatment plan including recommendations for your diet and nutrition, exercise, stress-management, supplements, necessary detox protocols and more.
Which functional medicine treatment is for me?
Do you prescribe bio-identical hormones for menopause?
What alternatives do you have for pain management?
Can you help with ADHD type disorders without drugs?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) involves a spectrum of disorders of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. We feel that when various biochemical and physiological factors come together as in a puzzle for a genetically predisposed child, various ADHD symptoms show up. Such factors include excitotoxins, heavy metal toxicity, strep infection, viral infection, and allergies. We look for these factors and use natural remedies and nutriceuticals to correct the problems. We are less interested in the label of ADHD, preferring to address the root cause rather than to immediately prescribe current medications. To quote from a recent article in Johns Hopkins Advanced Studies in Medicine (Vol.6, No.1, January 2006), Benjamin Silverman, B.A., and Glenn Treisman, M.D., Ph.D., state that “[b]y prescribing stimulants to individuals who fit this broad-based description, physicians are practicing cosmetic psychopharmacology – offering treatments to patients as a form of enhancement rather than as correction of a disorder.”
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Gut Health FAQs
What is the gut microbiome?
How is it established?
What conditions are associated with an imbalanced microbiome?
This is a sampling but not an exhaustive list: At the gut level, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, gastric cancer, lymphoma and recurrent C.Difficle infection. At a systemic level, autism, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, fatty liver, obesity and metabolic syndrome, mood disorders, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
How can you optimize your microbiome?
What are the top causes of gut problems?
Your gut’s job is to allow in nutrients and keep everything else out, especially things that can harm you. Poor dietary choices, stress, infection, exposure to toxins and medications and so many other factors contribute to damaging your gut over time. After repeated trauma, the gut lining can become compromised and allow too many harmful things into your body. This is known as leaky gut and this is one of the biggest contributors to gut problems. In addition to leaky gut, an imbalanced microbiome causes poor gut health. The microbiome, is made up of microscopic organisms like bacteria, yeast, and viruses that lives along the wall of your gut. Certain bacteria are associated with good health, lower weight, and more energy. Others are associated with weight retention, fatigue, food cravings, gas, bloating, and other unpleasant symptoms. An overgrowth of these types of bacteria cause symptoms that if not controlled eventually lead to chronic disease.
How can you restore gut health?
Depending on your unique needs, your Functional Medicine doctor may recommend including or excluding certain foods to restore your gut microbiome. In some cases, it makes sense to do an elimination diet for a few weeks to help reset your gut then slowly reintroduce foods to identify food sensitivities. Alternatively, blood testing can be done to reveal what foods you are sensitive to without the elimination diet. When your doctor helps narrow down what foods are best for your unique gut, then an entire meal plan can be prescribed with recipes and shopping lists to support you with implementing the changes.
Making lifestyle changes helps reduce many gastrointestinal problems. Your Functional Medicine specialist might suggest regular exercise, adjustments to your sleep regimen, dietary supplements (such as fiber, probiotics, or prebiotics), or stress management such as mind-body or spiritual practices. Your brain and your gut are connected through nerve pathways that run between the two, sharing information back and forth. This means that when your brain is calm and happy, usually your gut is too, and vice versa.
Supplements can help build and protect your gut lining.
In some cases, medication is necessary. A Functional Medicine doctor can prescribe or maintain medications as needed. However, the goal will be to wean you off unnecessary medications or prevent you from having to take them as you optimize your health.
At times, surgical procedures are necessary for certain conditions. If a surgical procedure is right for you, we would refer you to a highly qualified specialist. Functional Medicine recommendations can help strengthen your gut health in preparation for the surgery and help support your recovery.
Stop the vicious cycle of poor gut health causing increased inflammation and poor brain function which eventually leads to chronic disease.
Autoimmune Disease FAQs
What are autoimmune diseases?
What are the symptoms of autoimmune diseases?
What are the risk factors for autoimmune diseases?
How are autoimmune diseases treated?
Thyroid Disorder FAQs
What are the risk factors for thyroid disorders?
What are the symptoms of thyroid disorders?
How are thyroid disorders diagnosed?
How are thyroid disorders treated?
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