FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PROGRAM
YOUR BRIDGE TO WELLNESS
“It is much more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what kind of disease a patient has.”
– William Osler
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
This is an individualized program that focuses on how long-term health and chronic disease are affected by lifestyle and environment. You will have access to one-on-one consultations with our functional medicine expert to go through your whole story with the goal of finding the root cause(s) of your symptoms. We go through this process with you in the context of the foundation of functional medicine, which believes:
- Our genes load the gun, but our environment pulls the trigger
- The fires of chronic disease are fueled by the Standard American Diet and inflammation
- Conditions are conditional, meaning if you change your conditions will change
HOW FUNCTION MEDICINE WORKS
- 1. FREE 15-minute Exploratory Wellness Phone Consultation
- Request An Appointment
- 2. Initial Wellness Consultation (1.5 to 2 hours)
- We continue to move forward together in your wellness journey
- We go through your whole story and then work together to address nutrition, lifestyle, stress modulation, sleep, and supplementation to optimize your health
- 3. Follow-up Wellness Consultations (0.5 to 1 hour)
Please fill out the forms you are instructed to complete, and upload them in the "Secure File Transfer" link at least two days prior to your appointment.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Anyone with any kind of chronic condition or symptom who is sick and tired of being sick and tired is a good candidate for functional medicine. In essence, anybody could be a good candidate! Some common symptoms & conditions that we see include, but are not limited to:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Acid reflux/GERD
- Autoimmune conditions
- Obesity/excess weight
- Poor memory/”brain fog”
- Frequent illness
- Hot flashes
If you experience or are concerned about developing any of these, consider functional medicine as your next step in your health and wellness journey. Call us today to schedule your FREE Exploratory Phone Consultation.
YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS PRACTITIONER
Dr. Lexi Burkard is currently pursuing certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) to provide you the best holistic wellness services. In the meantime, she lives out the fundamentals of functional medicine to more thoroughly understand its application.
- Comprehensive health history
- Customized treatment
- High quality nutritional supplements
- Food sensitivity
- Gut healing
- Lab tests
- Comprehensive medication review
- Nutrient depletion review
HOW MUCH DOES FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE COST?
The cost of functional medicine varies from person to person, as we treat each patient on an individual basis. We strive to keep treatment as affordable as possible and have payment plans available. Details are discussed further during the FREE Exploratory Phone Consultation.
I was introduced to functional medicine several years ago and I have to admit that I was very skeptical. My engineering brain wanted to see health and nutrition like a bank – calories in were offset by calories out – therefore I could eat what I wanted as long as I exercised.
My wife and daughters worked with a functional medicine practitioner to address stress, inflammation, food intolerance and weight challenges. They approached health and nutrition like a science lab – test and then treat to balance out deficiencies in the body which in turn allowed their bodies to heal naturally.
In a relativity short period of time, my family showed signs of healing. They slept better and seemed to have a higher resistance to infections and viruses. They lost inches, managed stress better, had healthier skin and seemed, well, happier. It wasn’t an overnight change, but it was worth the effort. I on the other hand, hadn’t lost any weight and still felt tired.
So, eight months ago, I made the life changing decision to listen to my family’s functional medicine practitioner. We started with an elimination diet. I won’t lie, it was a challenge, but I learned which foods cause some of my health problems like bloating, fatigue, gas, brain fog, and congestion, and which ones didn’t. I learned to try new recipes and they were actually good!
I kept a food journal and noted how I felt and then tracked my weight daily after reintroducing each inflammatory food group. I couldn’t believe the results! Over the course of the several months, I lost 22 pounds and went down a pant size!! More importantly I was able to come completely off my blood pressure medication, and I felt alive again!! I had much more energy, and could focus better both at home and at work.
Over the holidays, I made several poor eating choices. It was very obvious how bad those foods made me feel. I have experienced the success of lifestyle change and have no interest in going back to my old habits.
I will continue to consult with my functional medicine practitioner on a regular basis to ensure that I’m staying on track, eating well, and living a life of health that I’ve never experienced before!!
If you are reading this testimony, my advice to you is, don’t wait like I did. Seek the wisdom and encouragement of a functional medicine practitioner. Start with an elimination diet and then follow it up with blood work to identify any remaining deficiencies.
My life has greatly improved as a result of this program, and I intend to follow it, for the rest of my life. If you are married, I urge you to do it together! Family is a great support system. You owe it to you and your family to take back control of your health!
At River City Pharmacy, your health and wellness is our highest priority. We are located in Decatur, AL and serve patients in all surrounding areas. Please call us today for more information and to take your first step towards wellness.