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Functional Medicine

foodFunctional Medicine is cutting edge science directed toward gaining a greater healthspan, not just lifespan. It is different from allopathic medicine which often offers a drug to drive a chemical change in the body to resolve a symptom. Alternative medicine simply substitutes a natural remedy for the drug, but is too often simply ameliorating symptoms, but doing little to enhance the health and vitality.

Functional Medicine is the field of health care directred at assessment , early intervention, and prevention which seeks foundational improvement of phsiological, cognitive/emotional and physical functioning.

Jeffrey Bland, Ph. D., nutritional biochemist and president of HealthComm International, Inc. states it well: “Functional Medicine20adopts an integrative approach to achieving optimal health, crossing traditional bariers between medical systems. Ideally functional medicine focuses on prevention and restoration of efficient physiological function. A central principle of functional medicine is that maintaining optimal function leads to a longer life of optimal health.

Staying at the cutting edge of health sciences and service has long been our goal. At Downes Chiropractic & Whole Health Solutions we implement testing and application that are far ahead of tradittional thinking. We have been leaders in this cutting edge application since 1999 and continue to take exceptional steps to be up-to-date with functional assessment standards. What we do may be revolutionary, but the way we do it holds to the highest professional standards.

foodNutrition and digestion and undeniably important to good health. Many assert that we are what we eat. I balk at that stat ement as incomplete if not unhelpful.

Functional Medicine at its core relates that we are what we eat, digest and assimilate into our bodies. Thus,excellent health is impossible without good nutrition. However, without adequate breakdown and assimilation, even the best diet offers little help.

My goal as your doctor is to detect functional physiologic problems and resolve them with appropriate diagnosis as well as assistance in healing, restoring digestive function with whole food nutritional supplementation. This combination of fortifying the body’s resources for foundational health is the only way I know of to restore and regenerate the body’s organs and systems.

foodChronic and degenerative conditions account for 78% of our healthcare dollars spent, yet allopathic medicine is being used and in my opinion is only really useful in solving acute distress, injuries and infections. That would account for the other 22% of cases, but money is being spent here for conditons they do not address. Functional Medicine and Whole Food nutrition are the answers.

As your personal Functional Medicine and Whole Health Specialist I would be pleased to discuss with you any health concerns or issues you may have and work together to tailor a plan to suit your very particular and personal needs. Please call my office and arrange a Functional Medicine consultation.

 

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Headache Relief with Chiropractic Care
Many people suffer from chronic headaches needlessly. Some headaches can be attributed to stress or tension which can affect the neck. In fact the latest medical literature1 reports that many cases of chronic headache are caused by a biomechanical problem in the neck—which is often misdiagnosed or unrecognized by physicians.
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Power Immunity
Just say no to H1N1

Our bodies do not have an immune system, as much as it is an immune system in its functional totality.  Systems such as the skeletal system, respiratory system, reproductive system, endocrine system, central nervous system, etc. are complete functioning systems with a clear set of organs and responses.  The human body does not have a single immune system, as it is better described as having an immune alliance among various systems  and organs which when coordinated by the brain, give an immune response to the presence of disease associated factors, such as bacteria or vital invasion.  The immune alliance is comprised of the thymus gland for lymphocytes, the spleen for antibodies, bone marrow for blood cell formation, digestive system and its acid to destroy parasites, intestinal flora, which destroy pathogenic microbes, and the liver for detoxification and enzyme production.
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Whole Food for whole body health
As a chiropractor I came to my work in whole food nutrition not by design but by necessity. My earlier thought was that there were plenty of nutritionists, plenty of nutritional advice, and lots of vegetables to be had if one wished to follow that path.
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We can help arthritis
Twenty-five years in the back-care field has brought more people through my door who thought they had no hope concerning their daily quota of aches and pains. "Oh its my "arthritis", or my "rhematism", nothing anyone can do about it, my mother had it, four of my brothers have it, it just runs in our family...
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