Answering the Question: Why?

When diagnosed with a chronic condition, most patients have a similar experience: a diagnosis is made, medications are prescribed, and discussion is centered on “living with” or “managing” the condition.

But, did anyone answer the question: why? Why did you develop this disease? What are the underlying factors? Can anything be done to correct what went wrong to restore health?

Functional medicine at Innovative Health identifies genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence health and complex, chronic disease. Biochemical imbalances and nutritional deficiencies are found and corrected to restore normal function to the body.

When your body functions as it was intended, symptoms disappear, and medication may become unnecessary.

Tradional vs. Functional Medicine

Traditional medicine excels at delivering life-saving measures for acute medical problems. But when it comes to treating chronic disease, the current “pill for every ill” healthcare model is failing.

Chronic disease is on the rise, and life expectancy is falling. Functional medicine offers a scientific, researched-based approach to combat chronic disease by restoring health.

Functional Medicine can benefit those suffering from many chronic diseases

Functional medicine is changing the future of health care by utilizing new approaches to understanding and treating chronic diseases. It is a viable treatment approach for any disorder that has a biochemical foundation.

  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Chronic GI Disorders
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Grave’s Disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Diabetes/Pre-diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart Burn
  • Autism
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Food allergies & sensitivities
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic Pain
  • Hypo/Hyperthyroidism

Genes + Lifestyle + Environment = Disease

Research has shown that genetics alone account for only a small fraction of disease.  How your environment and lifestyle interact with your genes is the true root cause of most disease.

There are seven key areas that influence health. These are known as foundational lifestyle factors:

  • Genetics
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Sleep
  • Stress levels
  • Relationships

Since no two people share the same foundational lifestyle factors, functional medicine must look at each patient as a true individual.

Foundational lifestyle factors impact how your cells function, repair, and maintain themselves. Cell function, in turn, influences larger
biological functions, including:

  • Immune system function
  • Regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters
  • Inflammatory response
  • Digestion and absorption of nutrients
  • How the body rids itself of toxins
  • Structural integrity
    and much more.

When these processes are disturbed or out of balance, it can lead to disease

Functional Medicine Assessment & Treatment

Treatment begins with a detailed history of your present health status, an exam, and a detailed look at current dietary habits.

Next, tests are ordered to help identify biochemical imbalances and nutritional deficiencies. Test samples may include blood, urine, stool, and saliva.

Upon review of the lab results, a treatment approach will be developed. The plan will include a combination of lifestyle modifications and dietary changes,
empowering you to take an active role in regaining health. The doctor may also prescribe nutraceutical supplements.

If you would like to book a no-cost Functional Medicine consultation with Dr. Kevin Ritzenthaler, please call Innovative Health at 715-355-4224.

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Different patients will benefit from different of treatment options. The doctor will determine the best combination of treatments for each individual patient.