We are not a traditional Internal Medicine practice. Although it is often appropriate to be on medications for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc. it has become quite clear in recent years that polypharmacy (multiple medications) can have devastating health side effects that often go unrecognized. Our goal is to work with YOU, the individual, to optimize your lifestyle, nutrition, supplements, sleep, physical activity and medications (if needed), to increase health, wellness and well-being allowing you to take ownership of your health.
Your first visit will include an extensive history taking about diet, exercise, family, stressors, health history, your concerns about your health, how you feel about yourself as you age, review of prior medical records, review of medications, complete physical exam, blood draw for baseline labs. At this point we will start to work with you to develop your customized Health Optimization Plan. We think of this as your contract with your future self. It is a living document that will change over time. Pallas staff will help you maintain the document, check in with your progress, be available to you for both acute health concerns requiring an office or home visit and regular “check ups” for ongoing Health Optimization Plan adjustments.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, 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. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Functional Medicine offers a powerful new operating system and clinical model for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease to replace the outdated and ineffective acute-care models carried forward from the 20th century.
Functional Medicine incorporates the latest in genetic science, systems biology, and understanding of how environmental and lifestyle factors influence the emergence and progression of disease.
Functional Medicine enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, personalized medicine and empowers patients to take an active role in their own health.
What is Neurofunctional/Medical Acupuncture?
Neurofunctional/Medical Acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique in which fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted into anatomically defined neurofunctional sites. Once inserted the needles are stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the:
• nervous system and/or the endocrine
• exocrine system
• immune systems,
• in pain syndrome
• functional problems
• any diseases in which these modulatory mechanisms are available. Neuromodulation occurs through neurological and neurohumoral mechanisms at multiple levels, namely: peripheral nerves, spinal cord, brain stem, brain and cerebellum.