Functional Medicine VS Conventional Medicine
What's the difference?
No question...our medical system saves lives. It is set up to save lives. The whole system is expert at helping people in crisis get out of crisis as fast as possible and back to their baseline. If you are having a medical emergency, your hospital is set up to whisk you in and fix the immediate problem, whether it is a clogged artery in your heart, kidneys that don’t work, injuries from a car accident, or an overwhelming infection.
Even in primary care, your medical provider is set up to fix or reverse whatever your crisis happens to be: you are not sleeping, you are depressed, your blood sugar is too high, you are in pain...
Here’s the thing.
The ‘quick fix’ that we have all grown accustomed to is ALMOST NEVER the long-term fix. Our medical providers have been pushed by our insurance industry to do the least costly, quickest thing that is going to get you out of their office. Usually, that means giving a prescription.
Although some medications save lives, almost NO medication fixes the problem. Whether we are dealing with sleep or depression, gut issues, blood sugar or blood pressure issues, obesity, pain, fatigue, brain dysfunction, autoimmune disorders, or degenerative conditions, YOUR MEDICATION IS ONLY A TEMPORARY FIX.
And with only a temporary fix, the underlying issue usually gets worse.
You get worse.
You suffer more.
You get frustrated and give up.
You take more medications.
You feel worse.
Your quality of life gets worse.
You find yourself with no life.
You look back on your last 10 years and think, “what happened and how did I get here?”
Here comes your Functional Medicine doctor in her white cape to save the day!!
Well, no. Well, kind of.
What will she do?
Functional Medicine is the evidence-based way of taking a deep dive to see how your genetics, cells, molecules, organ systems, your life experiences, and the interactions between and among them have affected you.
So, here’s the truth:
1. Every symptom, every dis-ease, has one or several root causes. Your doctor is not trained to find that root cause in most cases. If we find the roots of what is causing your issues, we can help you to turn them around.
2. Your body has the innate ability to heal itself, if given the right tools. Most people don’t even know where to start to find the tools that are right for their particular body or their particular situation. If you are given the right tools, you can start to get your health back.
3. The fact that the answers are out there is a BEST KEPT SECRET. Because it requires more time and a deeper dive than your insurance company is willing to pay for, most medical providers don’t offer it. In fact, most medical providers are not even trained to know what that deeper dive might look like.
4. It is NOT out-of-control expensive. With the right Functional Medicine program, you can get what you need without breaking your bank.
5. It is NOT that difficult. We have helped more than 600 people get their health back in the past 6 years. We dare say that it can even be FUN.
How do you learn more?
The good news is that finding out more is pretty much risk free. You book an appointment to talk with Dr. Laura. She spends an hour with you, reviewing your whole case. And you have a conversation about what could be next. And then the decision is up to you.
Dr. Laura believes that it's important to get to know each other before making any commitments. For this reason she offers the first visit at a discounted rate. Find out if you're a good fit and book here.
What your doctor could be missing
Your doctor is likely an expert at dealing with your immediate symptoms. Your doctor is also likely an expert at doing a diagnostic work-up for the usual health issues, like cancer-screening, cardiovascular screening, and diagnosing painful conditions. They know when and where to refer. They have a list of thousands of medications they can give you. I always recommend that everyone have health insurance and a family doctor who they can go to who can be the gatekeeper into this whole world of acute care and crisis medicine.
As a Board Certified Family Practice Doctor, Dr. Laura knows what your doctor knows. She has done what your doctor does. She herself has a relationship with my family doctor and she has supported me beautifully in times of need.
Because most doctors are curtailed by the insurance model, they are not able to take the deep dive that is necessary to truly get to the bottom of what is going on with your health. Most do not look at your health through the lens of Functional Medicine. It is only by doing this that we can illuminate the underlying causes, which will allow you to correct them. It is only by correcting these underlying causes that you will be able to get your health back.
Why are my labs "normal"?
Did you get the right Labs?
Most people don’t even give this question any thought. Go to the doctor. Complain that you feel like crap. The doctor orders labs. The labs come back normal. You are told you are normal. Come back in 3 months if it is still a problem and we will do this all over again.
Here is the truth:
Your conventional doctor has been conditioned to order the labs that will be covered by your insurance company. If they order labs that are uncovered, you will be charged for those labs. And you will be charged just what the lab had originally tried to charge your insurance company, which can be anywhere from 2 to 15 times the actual cost of doing the test (we will call this the CASH price). That can get incredibly expensive. And that is why your doctor chooses not to order those labs. They are trying to work within the system.
Many doctors are trained to accept these lab tests as ‘good enough’. Good enough to have a reasonable picture of what is going on to properly treat this patient in front of me at this time. If their condition gets worse, we might be able to justify getting some of those more detailed lab tests.
Unfortunately, that deeper dive often doesn’t happen. Because you don’t go back. Because your doctor wasn’t able to find the answer for you last time, so why bother?
The truth is that there are many tests out there that can get to the root cause of what is upsetting your system, whether it is fatigue, brain fog, gut dysfunction, inflammation, mood issues, skin issues, sleep issues, weight issues, or pain. More specifically, we can order tests to more deeply evaluate your metabolism, levels of inflammation, nutrient and Vitamin levels, gut function, thyroid, sex hormones, and so much more. And, if you can get these labs outside of the insurance model, I.e. pay an often low cash price for them, you can actually have the information you need to get to the bottom of what is wrong!
The Issue With Insurance
You should be HAPPY that we don’t bill your health insurance.
Because the insurance industry STIFLES your ability to get to the bottom of your health issues.
Insurance curtails the amount of time that your medical professional may spend with you.
Insurance curtails the breadth and depth of diagnostics that may be offered to you.
Insurance greatly increases the complication of most doctor/patient relationships and affects the decision-making process when it comes to diagnostics, treatments, and referrals.
If you can budget just a little bit out-of-pocket, or out of savings, to once-and-for-all understand what the heck is going on with your health and how to make it better, in the long time you will likely be rewarded with a much greater quality of life, well-being, and even, for those who need, even more years of financially productive life!! It is an investment in YOU. What we do and how we do it cannot be found within your insurance model.
Check out our transparent pricing and see how affordable we are. You will find that you can’t NOT afford us.
Why working with us is the best thing you can do for yourself
Because there are answers!
There are answers that nobody has ever offered.
Dr. Laura will take the time with you.
She will dive deep into your health history.
She will want to hear all about all of your symptoms and health concerns.
She will give you her honest opinion about what you need and what to do next.
She will create a game plan that is tailored to your needs, budget, and goals.
And she and her coaching team will support you in getting to your finish line.
You CAN get your health back.