The current healthcare system has become one based on costly medications and procedures which may be detrimental to our long-term health and mask symptoms of medical ailments rather than treating the underlying cause. Our mission at Reveal Vitality is to educate and empower every individual to live a life of optimal health and wellness by returning your body to its natural state, therefore, promoting self-healing. We are dedicated to reviving the care in healthcare.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both client and medical provider in a therapeutic partnership. It is a return to the historical practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of our times. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of current medicine to a more client-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms strung between numerous specialists and providers using their own varying set of practice and theories. Functional medicine providers spend time with their clients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. A term that is frequently used for this method of care is “patient-centered approach.” At Reveal Vitality, we classify our patients as clients and/or wellness partners. We work together to help them achieve the goals they have. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Every wellness partner has different values, preferences, and desired health outcomes based on his or her unique background, experiences, and lifestyle. Client-centered care involves transforming the relationship between providers and clients from the traditional model, in which a care provider prescribes the same treatment for most clients with similar diagnoses or conditions, into a client-provider partnership that considers treatment options based on a client’s unique concerns, preferences, and values.
Why Do We Need Functional Medicine?
- Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
- The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
- Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
- There’s a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
- Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.
How is Functional Medicine Different?
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:
- Client-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on client-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the client and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.
- An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the client’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
- Integrating best medical practices. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of pharmaceutical drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs and stress-management techniques.
- Asking Key Questions. Client-centered care also focuses on the health outcomes that are important to individual patients, addressing questions such as: “Will this treatment improve the quality of my life? Given my lifestyle and preferences, which options are best for me? How will the implications of a particular therapy affect my family?” To answer these questions, there must be more and better communication among care providers, patients, and patients’ families. It requires health care providers to be continuously engaged with clients so that they are aware of the outcomes that matter most to clients and can help them make decisions that are in their best interest.
- Focused on Outcomes. Client-centered outcomes focuses on identifying which of the existing treatment options will work best for clients instead of the provider choosing what THEY prefer. It is not about the preference of the provider, it is about the best choice for the client.
What IS Functional Medicine?
Our bodies and their systems are masterpieces of design. Every part has its specific functions as well as an interrelationship with the whole. When you experience symptoms, it’s your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t working at its full function. Our role is to work with you to determine what’s not functioning, why, and how we might assist you in restoring your health. Clients seeking optimal sport performance find our programs meet their needs exceedingly and abundantly.
We use a supportive client-centered approach to healthcare that benefits clients of all conditions. As integrative interventional cardiologists and functional medicine practitioners, we consider the web of interactions that occur among the following:
- Digestive function
- Detoxification function
- Energy metabolism
- Hormonal function
- Structural function
- Immune system function/inflammation
We clarify the extent of any dysfunction by intensive listening (taking your history), physical examination, and laboratory tests. Once we have identified the root causes of your symptoms, we recommend specific treatments and therapies, including dietary changes, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicines, exercise and stress reduction appropriate to your lifestyle, mind body medicine, and pharmaceutical use when necessary. We consider ourselves to be your partners in improving your health.
We also use functional medicine to assess your risk of developing certain health conditions and to prevent chronic illnesses from occurring. In this way, we move from a downstream (reactive) approach, to an upstream (proactive) approach. We can help you determine what factors are “pushing you into the river” in the first place by identifying your susceptibilities. One of our newest approaches is functional genetic testing. Although you cannot change the “hand of cards you have been dealt” genetically, with this information we can assist you in “playing your hand” in a more effective way. Genetics load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger. This approach offers significant promise regarding prevention of cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis, as well as successfully addressing a number of common maladies.
What kind of conditions respond well to Functional Medicine and Integrative Cardiology?
Complex, chronic conditions best respond to functional medicine. These are typically long-term diseases that linger or get slowly worse over time.
Examples of disease states that respond well are:
Inflammatory Conditions: Plantar Fasciitis, Arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Allergies, Asthma
Chronic Pain / Musculoskeletal Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue
Cardiovascular Conditions: Cardiovascular Disease, Elevated Cholesterol, Atherosclerosis, High Blood Pressure
Autoimmunity: Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac Disease, Eczema, Psoriasis, Grave’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Lupus, Type I Diabetes
Preventative Care: A functional medicine health care plan is extremely effective in maintaining health and preventing disease. Just some of the diseases that can be delayed or avoided altogether include: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Autoimmunity, Osteoporosis, Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Dementia
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Cash or Check
Do you offer payment plans?
We do have payment plans for our programs. This allows all who truly wish to improve their health to be able to work with us. Many of our clients are single parents or retirees on fixed budgets.
Do you accept insurance for office visits?
No. We do not accept insurance for office visits. Upon request, we can provide you with a copy of your invoices which YOU can submit to your insurance company. We cannot guarantee what reimbursement, if any, you may receive. We do not submit claims or call insurance companies directly. This is the responsibility of the client.
Why do I have to fill out the forms?
Often, chronic, complex conditions begin decades before symptoms appear. One of the hallmarks of functional medicine is the ability to reach back into a client’s history and figure out why symptoms are occurring and how to reverse the process. In order to fully understand an individual’s story, an extremely thorough history must be taken.
What tests will I get?
Every plan is unique. We work with you to customize testing orders based on your health needs and personal preferences.
What is the price of a membership?
Prices are quoted individually as functional medicine is never a one-size-fits-all approach. You will receive a program price at the end of your new patient wellness consultation based on your health goals and needs.