What is Functional Medicine And Why Do You Need It?

What is Functional Medicine And Why Do You Need It?

What is Functional Medicine And Why Do You Need It?

Depending on your Google search you’ll come up with many answers to this question. Functional medicine is simply helping you function better and age slower.

What is Functional Medicine? It’s an alternative approach to western medicine using, supplements, fitness, natural therapies, and Mind-Body medicine to keep you as well as possible. Keep reading there’s a lot more.

Why Do You Need It?

Don’t you want to be healthy and live a happy, long life? Because Functional Medicine is a patient-centered science-based approach, it focuses on you. It also focuses on the cure or root of your illness instead of what drug to give you.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine [FM] has been around for decades. Until recently when medical doctors decided it was valid, it was simply called natural medicine. Western doctors seldom deliver when providing FM is the patient-centered longer visit times. When you are ‘partnered’ with your clinician, your health is better. Most health insurance doesn’t allow western doctors to spend longer times with patients.

No so with an alternative specialist.  Your visit with us will take longer because that is the nature of our training. Health insurance allows us to spend time with our clients.

A Functional medicine practitioner will spend time with their patients. We listen to your health history. We look for interactions between genetics, environment, and lifestyle.

How Is Functional Medicine Different?

  1. Patient-Centered Care. It focuses on your goals. This helps you create realistic, healthy, outcomes to your wellness. The objective is wellness or illness care. It’s listening to you and helping you be your healthiest.
  2. Science-Based Health Care. For centuries, natural medicine, now referred to as Functional Medicine has looked at the root cause of disease. It’s called looking up-stream. We look at the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle. This guides us to what lead to illness. Then how to integrate the natural approaches best to achieve wellness.
  3. Integrative Approach To Health Care. Whether the patient currently is experiencing a health problem or disease, integrative therapy is part of sound Functional Medicine. Prevention and healing through nutrition, diet, exercise are all part of FM.Functional medicine also uses the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques. Prescribed are botanical medicines, supplements, acupuncture, natural allergy elimination, therapeutic diets, lifestyle, and fitness — also detoxification programs and stress-management techniques

Why Is Functional Medicine Important?

  • Our society is getting sicker. There’s a sharp rise in a disease like diabetes, cancer, chronic disease, heart disease, and mental illness. Autoimmune disorders including Arthritis are at the highest rate ever. No, it’s not an aging population. Those under 45 make up a large part of people affected by these illnesses.
  • Current western medicine is oriented toward drugs or surgery to fix the problem. Drugs are used to cover up the symptoms not cure or slow the progress of the illness. In many cases, they harm. Primetime commercials are proof.Surgery is permanent. It should be a last resort, not the end all. Knee surgery, for example, lasts about ten years then you get to do it again!
  • There’s a huge gap between the latest research and the way doctor’ practice medicine. Many still believe in low-fat diets while the research of the last 30 years shows your brain need cholesterol to function.
  • Unfortunately, most physicians aren’t trained to do more than prescription drugs or surgery. Medical school doesn’t train professionals to look for the underlying cause of complex, chronic disease. There are only a few if any classes are training a medical doctor on nutrition, fitness, diet, or natural wellness.

What Is Functional Medicine And Why Do You Need It?

Functional medicine is your ticket to feeling better and improving your health. You need it because you deserve to live drug-free and without multiple surgeries whenever possible.

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The Migraine Cure

The Migraine Cure

Let’s talk about pain. The kind that stops you right where you are because it’s a migraine. I had it. I hated it. It ruled my life. When I was a teen, it ruined dates. Later it made it impossible to be a good employee. Migraine relief can seem impossible but I have a solution

Constant Head Pain

The good news is I had to find something that stopped my constant head pain and that I controlled career-wise. I became an acupuncturist and Functional Medicine provider. Lucky me!

Really! Because my migraines went away. Not just mine but many of my patients. No, I’m not a miracle worker. I believe when you have a definite goal like enjoying life and getting rid of your head pain you really focus and manifest your desire.

Let The Universe Help Your Migraines

I just know that for me the Universe sent me beautiful patients to help and learn from. Each had a unique migraine pattern. Each got better. Most no longer have migraines like myself. I call it, The Migraine Cure.

No, it wasn’t acupuncture or herbs. It was many things. Remember the Universe? I’m not about to suggest to you ‘God’ did it.

Migraine Relief

I’m telling you that when you use something called Focused Intention along with natural medicine you get terrific results – that last. In the book, The Tools, the authors swear that their tools only work if you connect to what they call, Higher Forces.

Yep, that’s what I am telling you. It’s why people will come to me who’ve tried acupuncture for migraines and never got results. Some have done herbs, supplements, and exercise, changed their diets and the headaches persist.

Mine did too.

Headache Relief

In fact the first few months in practice I ‘absorbed’ every a migraine my patients I had. That was awful!

It trained me though that I was connected to something greater than myself and that while I have the ‘tools’ [acupuncture, functional medicine, herbs, therapies, etc.], it takes two. The patient and I working to connect through their pain. Sounds a little weird I know.

Let me make it simple. If you have migraines, you’ll need to get in tune with your body and the pain. My job is to tune in too. The Migraine Cure is unique to you and involves you understanding your body. This is easy, and we do it together. That’s what is the special sauce we do with painless acupuncture in my office
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Do We Need A High Dose Magnesium?

Do We Need A High Dose Magnesium?

Every time I test my magnesium level, I’m deficient even though I take a huge dose of these horse sized pill nightly. It’s not just me.

Do We Need A High Dose Magnesium?high dose magnesium

Yesterday a patient – mark her the 3rd patient this month who test deficient in magnesium. The month isn’t even half over. Let me first say. I don’t buy into basic blood serum testing. That’s what your medical doctor likely does. When you go to Quest or Lab Corp, they’re testing only your blood. This doesn’t answer the question of how much is getting into your cells! High dose magnesium usually is necessary.

Always Buy Quality Supplements

For me and many others, our vitamins are swimming in our blood but not making it into the cell where our body can use them. So, we’re wasting our money, right?

Maybe or maybe not. It can be the way the supplement is made, and if you’re buying the local bulk store brand, then it’s how it’s made or the quality. This goes for many others found in health stores and online. Quality may be the difference. Even using High Dose Magnesium isn’t going to work with the bargain stuff.

supplementsWhy Are Americans Deficient In Magnesium?

Magnesium deficiency is running rampant among Americans. Many experts estimate that 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient. And, a major contributing factor is the presence of excess calcium in the body mainly coming from the extreme ratio difference in common foods such as: fortified orange juice (27:1), cheese (26:1), yogurt (11:1), dairy (7:1) and the very commonly used antacids (300:1). Other common contributing factors include:

  • Fluoride
  • Processed foods
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Stress
  • Medications

Are You Taking Enough?

Magnesium is a vital component of the workings of over 300 enzymes in the human body. Yet many Americans are not getting adequate intakes of this crucial mineral in their daily nutrition. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), “Dietary surveys of people in the United States consistently show that intakes of magnesium are lower than recommended amounts.”1

What This Supplement Does For Youhigh dose magnesium, supplements

Ongoing research into the role of magnesium suggests it should be doctor recommended. Ample data shows it plays a significant role in preventing and managing disorders such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. If you eat a diet high in protein, calcium, or vitamin D, you need to increase magnesium.  I supplement vitamin D in myself because I am so deficient and to counter this I have to be sure to take enough magnesium.  Don’t take these two things at the same time either or you just waste your money as they negate one another.

Take your D vitamin with fatty foods and your magnesium at bedtime. I recommend about 500 mg at bed. There are 9 different types of Magnesium too so knowing which one is right for you can be like walking through the Valley Of Death without water.  I have a few favorites I can help order for you.

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Wishing you health and Wellness,

Accent On Health Wellness Center

Dr. Debra

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The Top 8 Nutrients For Brain Health Or How To Avoid Alzheimer’s

The Top 8 Nutrients For Brain Health Or How To Avoid Alzheimer’s

Are there ways to promote brain health other than taking a vitamin? Food has some of the most powerful abilities to help you avoid `This is my top eight nutrients for brain health. Brain Health, nutritients

There are a lot of different kinds of illness that can affect the brain. As we age however this population is unique because there are so many of us and never before has there been so much mental decline. Alzheimer’s is but one cognitive disease.

How To Avoid Alzheimer’s

Check out my favorites and incorporate them into your diet. Remember organic and non-GMO is always best, locally growth is great, and fresh is good. Avoid packaged food and frozen foods.

1. Sprouted grains are great. They provide energy for brains, but we don’t want to eat too much. Some great ideas are sprouted out quinoa or brown rice. I recommend staying away from pasta, or regular rice is both are starchy foods. The brain does not like starchy foods.

2. Make sure you’re getting your Omega’s. Omega-3’s have a crucial role in brain functioning and Alzheimer’s . To get enough from food sources like salmon, trout, herring, or sardines you’d have to eat a lot of fish. I recommend a hearty supplement that contains omega-3’s, 6, 7, and 9.

The Power Of Nutrition

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3. One of the most important nutrients in the top 8 nutrients for brain health is vitamin E.  According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, vitamin D plays a role in delaying cognitive decline. He is plentiful and most nuts, leafy green vegetables, asparagus, olives, seeds, and eggs.

4. Blueberries and other berries support a healthy brain. They are especially rich in a protective compound called anthocyanins according to Tufts University. Blueberries and blackberries have been found to be effective in improving memory and delaying short-term memory loss.

According to Tufts University, July 2015 issue of Ask Tufts Experts, Do blackberries have similar brain benefits from polyphenols as seen in blueberries? The answer is yes. Health find goes on to say that blueberries are also packed with vitamin C K and manganese. The Atlantic goes on to say that blackberries and other berries provide great protection against Alzheimer’s as well as other age-related memory loss and types of cognitive decline.

5. Vitamin K or potassium hit the list of top 8 nutrients for brain health and Alzheimer’s. Vitamin K is a powerful brain power booster and enhancer of cognitive function. To get more eat broccoli and berries. Rich in compounds called glucosinolates vitamin K helps neurotransmitter processes which keep the brain and memory sharp. Neurotransmitters continue to grow and form our entire lives. They actually form in neural networks according to our beliefs and thought patterns. When we talk about changing our lives and changing how we believe we have to lay down new neurotransmitter pathways. To do this, we have to have a healthy brain, to begin with.

How Important Is Sleep?

6. To me this should be at the start of the top 8 nutrients for brain health list, it’s a good night sleep. Our body needs 7 to 8 hours, and so does our mind. When we sleep, it should be relaxing yet dream filled. If your dreams are troubled, you toss and turn a good night sleep may not be happening for you. Taking time to discover if this is stress related, pain related, or function of our brain is important.sleep, insomina, acupuncture, naturopath

7. Vitamin C is a nutrient that seems to be good for everything. It is also good for the brain and protects against degeneration, and there’s a long history of its use. We know citrus fruits have vitiamin C, did you know it’s also in red peppers and broccoli as well.

8. Something hitting the news and it’s not a trend, is Turmeric. Turmeric is wonderful for many things including being a powerful anti-inflammatory. Many people are rushing to the store to buy Turmeric, and it may not even be the quality you need. It should be a unique blend that usually is found only from a prescription level at your naturopath or acupuncturist office.

Top 8 Nutrients For Brain Health

So how do you get all these great nutrients into your diet daily? My favorite way is a fruit smoothie. Now I don’t put protein powders or honey in mine. I find the fruit has enough sweetness but you can add a few drops of your favorite Stevia if you like. Stevia comes in flavors, and you can use the liquid form which isn’t processed.

Brain Health Daily

By mixing the berries together with some Kiefer or yogurt, you have a simple smoothie. Throw in some broccoli with your lunch or dinner. Make sure you go to bed and get the rest needed. Start your day with meditation or journal for a few minutes. This is a calm, relaxing state. Center your mind around positive things you see coming your way this day. Even on our worst days, our cloudy days we can begin with a fresh outlook. This is your day for a healthy body and a healthy mind. This is my list of the top 8 nutrients for brain health and to  help you avoid Alzheimer’s.

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