In Health Horizons Nutrition Department, we practice Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine helps clinicians identify and ameliorate dysfunctions in the physiology and biochemistry of the human body as a primary method of improving patient health. Functional Medicine acknowledges that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a lengthy period of declining function in one or more of the body's systems. Those dysfunctions are, for each of us, the result of lifelong interactions among our envirionment, our lifestyle, and our genetic predispositions. Each patient, therefore, represents a unique, complex and interwoven set of influences that have set the stage for the development of disease or the maintenance of health.
Functional Medicine could be characterized, therefore as 'upstream medicine' or 'back to basics' --back to the patient's life story, back to the processes, wherein disease originates and definitely back to the desire of healthcare practitioners to support people in getting well, not just manage symptoms. (Excerpt from the Textbook of Functional Medicine, 2010)
At Health Horizons, we believe that the body's innate intelligence does the healing and our role is to facilitate the healing process. Facilitating the healing process means that we identify the underlying causes of ill health and work to resolve them through strictly natural, non-invasive approaches.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What type of evaluation do you perform?
The primary method of evaluation is called Nutrition Response Testing or Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing), a system of gathering information about your current state of health. This analysis is done by testing neurological reflex points and specific energy points on your body. Each Nutrition Response Testing reflex point corresponds to a specific organ, system or function. Nutrition Response Testing is a study of how the different reflex points of the body relate to the state of health and flow of energy in each organ and system of the body.
Additionally, we utilize Heart Rate Variability Testing, to assess the autonomic nerve system, Bio-Impedance Analysis to measure cellular health, visual examination of the tongue, skin and face, and urinalysis to assess your body's function. Blood work and functional lab tests are utilized as needed.
The following is a list of stressors, antecedents or triggers that are assessed and may have a negative effect on your health: food sensitivities, airborne allergies, microbial overgrowth (virus, bacteria, parasite, fungus), metal or chemical toxicity, mycotoxins, electromagnetic radiation, emotional triggers, and physical stressors such as prior injury, repetitive motion and posture.
What is your goal in treatment?
Our goal is to increase vitality, reduce stress, restore optimal function and nourish your body's organs, tissues and systems. When these goals are met through natural, nutritional support and lifestyle changes, the body can repair itself and maintain optimum health.
What type of remedies do you use?
Our testing process eliminates the guesswork in deciding which solutions are correct for you. At Health Horizons, we have a well stocked dispensary of nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, homeopathic remedies, herbs, and medical foods. These products are made of the purest, most rigorously tested ingredients which are quality controlled at every step of the process. The primary brands that we utilize are as follows: Standard Process, Metagenics, Thorne, Eclectic Institute, Phytotherapy Research Labs, HVS, Designs for Health and Mid-America Marketing. By choosing brands we trust, we can ensure the effectiveness and consistency of our protocols.
Additionally, we utilize lifestyle coaching to assist you in making changes in your nutritional habits and digestion, sleeping patterns, stress management, weight reduction, and exercise routine. This type of support ensures your success in your personalized health improvement program.
What types of complaints do you normally work with?
- Allergies and Asthma
- Blood sugar issues
- Cardiovascular issues
- Children's health issues (ADHD, Ear Infections, Thrush)
- Digestive issues (IBS, Constipation, Diarrhea, Crohn's)
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid issues
- Hormone imbalance
- Inflammatory disorders
- Thyroid issues
- Weight management
- Women's health issues (Fertility, Menopause, PMS)
Do you care for people of all ages?
Yes. We have no age restrictions
How do I get started?
We offer an initial complimentary consultation in order for the doctor to understand your health concerns and lifestyle habits. We will explain our procedures and fees and give you your initial paperwork if you decide to begin nutritional care in our office. Call 412-828-0700 Ext. 10 or email for an appointment.