What is Functional Medicine? And How Can It Help You?

 

You have not felt well in ages. You have been to doctors and specialists, who order tests and prescribe medicines. But nothing seems to help. In fact, you feel worse than when you sought out help. You are discouraged and feel defeated.

 

Can anything help you feel like yourself again?

 

A friend suggests you see her functional medicine practitioner. What is functional medicine, you wonder? How can it help you when none of the doctors could? What exactly could you expect to happen when you visit a functional medicine practitioner?

 

What is Functional Medicine?

According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.

 

Many call Functional Medicine: root cause medicine.Functional medicine practitioners learn about the biochemical uniqueness of each individual, utilize a mind/body/soul approach to care and healing, and create a customized, evidenced based healing plan.

 

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How is that different from a traditional doctor’s method of treating your ailments?

A traditional doctor treats your symptoms. As an example, a 45 year old woman feels fat, fatigued and foggy and has felt that way for the last 10 years. She has tried the traditional medicine route to help her find out what is wrong with her. She has seen four or five doctors, who have prescribed a number of different medications: antidepressants, stimulants and antibiotics to address her complaints. None of these doctors nor the medicines prescribed have helped. In fact, she feels worse. She is concerned that her malaise is negatively affecting her job and relationships. She does not have the energy to do anything. Her self-esteem is at its lowest.

How does a Functional Medicine Practitioner help you?

A Functional Medicine Practitioner finds out the physiological needs in your body and what in your body is preventing it from working optimally. Functional Medicine works on replacing what is missing and eliminating, in a natural way, what is harmful.

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In our example above, the 45 year old woman turns to Calmglow, the functional medicine clinic in Modesto, California her friend suggested to her. Working together, within months, not years, of being with Calmglow and successfully following her unique health and healing protocol, she is better and back to her best self.

What is the typical process and procedure for Functional Medicine?

 

The typical process for most patients involves starting with simple labs. Mind you, not the same test requested by traditional doctors. Can’t expect to achieve different results from the same information acquired before. These lab results will reveal what is happening at your biochemical level. Armed with the knowledge gained from the test results and the information gathered from your paperwork and discussions, a fix can be found to address your underlying health issues, the root cause of your problems.

 

 

At Calmglow, helping our patients achieve their optimal health is the cornerstone of our mission statement.

 

Our Mission Statement:

Calmglow is a lifestyle/Functional Medicine clinic. It is our purpose to offer a multilayered – mind/body approach to health care. We seek to bridge the gap between traditional allopathic medicine with modern science based Integrative therapies. Calmglow provides customized Functional Medicine care through an in depth personalized method of testing each individuals biochemistry then providing “natural” treatment options for chronic medical conditions. We honor the diversity of all communities and provide the means to guide patients onto their individualized paths of wellbeing and balance.

 

 

Returning you to your best self is what motivates us.

 

 

Dianne Hinton

 

Dianne has been caring for patients for over 30 years, as a nurse practitioner and physician’s assistant in the traditional medicine and functional medicine field. In fact, her desire to be able to provide better care for her patients is what drove her to become a Functional Medicine practitioner. Many of Dianne’s patients have complex, multi-system ailments and are tired of feeling poorly when they seek her help.  After a thorough investigation, Dianne prescribes natural treatments customized for each patient, who typically respond with an overall sense of well-being and energy that helps slow the aging process, moving from fat, foggy and fatigued to fit, energetic, and sharp.

 

 

Jessica Santos

 

Jessica Santos traveled a similar road as Dianne’s. During her first decade as a nurse practitioner, Jessica was frustrated by the limits to the care she could provide. While stitches and casting broken bones helped people, she felt her hands were tied when it came to health promotion and disease prevention. She knew there had to be a better way to take care of her patients. As a Functional Medicine practitioner, Jessica can focus on the whole person and the root causes of ailments, not just the symptoms. She can help her patients achieve whole person balance and wellness. 

Many of Calmglow’s patients were referred by a friend or family member (just like in our example!). As a thank you, Calmglow established an unlimited referral program (as in there is no limit to the number of referral for which you can receive credit). A $50 in office credit, good for in office service, is awarded for each referral received. This is Calmglow’s way to pay you for all of the hard work you have done with your word of mouth recommendation of Calmglow. 

 

What is Functional Medicine? An individualized, patient and science based, get to the root of the issues, best way to care for our patients, approach to health care. We look forward to helping you recover your healthy, best self.

 

To your health,

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

 

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14-Day New Year, New You Detox Challenge

Want to start the year with more energy, thinking clearer, and feeling your best? Take our 14-day New Year, New You Detox Challenge to eliminate any foggy fatigue following a few weeks of holiday indulgences.

What is detox?

Detox is a process to rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. Our bodies are constantly eliminating the toxins acquired from our environment and what we consume. In our modern life, we interact with thousands of toxics in our food, air, water and soil. Such onslaught can challenge our system to a point that toxins are not eliminated but remain in our bodies.  

When should you do a multi-day detox challenge?

Are you feeling sluggish? Your skin and eyes are not as bright and clear? Your brain is a bit foggy? A multi-day detox challenge will help your body remove the substances causing these problems.

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What are the benefits of 14-day detox challenge?

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Guide to 14-day detox challenge

The 14-day detox challenge starts with Pure PaleoCleanse Plus.  Pure PaleoCleanse Plus is a comprehensive 14-day diet, lifestyle and nutrient program designed to reduce toxic burden and support Phase I and II liver detoxification function. During the 14-day detox challenge, you will take enzymes and supplements which breakdown the toxins stored in your body so that you can safely eliminate them.  In addition, you will follow a healthy lifestyle and menu plan to restore your vitality.  A helpful hint for the healthy menu plan, should you desire to modify the suggested menu plan, is to take the supplied grocery list and create family favorite meals from the groceries listed.

During the first day or so of the detox challenge you may experience headaches and other discomforts while flushing the harmful substances.  After those first days, your mood and well-being will improve.  By the end of the 14-day detox challenge, the new you will have the clarity of thought and rejuvenated levels of energy so that you can tackle those New Year’s resolutions.

To your health.

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

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What our
patients
are saying

Always get clarity and understanding…

Dianne has always help me understand the complicated issues of hypothyroidism, understanding the symptoms and long term effects. She has helped with my dietary needs and overall well being. Highly recommend if you are still feeling the symptoms even if your on traditional medications.

—- MC

The best part of talking with new patients…

I have worked with Dianne Hinton at Calmglow for 4 years. I receive calls from new patients every day. I think the best part of talking with new patients is that I give them the knowledge and hope in knowing that I–like all of Dianne’s staff–was her patient before her employee. I think that says a lot about Dianne as a practitioner. She is very compassionate and caring towards each individual patient.

— Cindy Toste

Diane Hinton saved my life!

After over a year of traditional doctors misdiagnosing and mistreating my illness, Diane immediately got it right. She identified the root cause of my illness, and I went from being chronically ill to healed and healthy in less than a year. Diane listens to and cares for her patients like no one I’ve ever known. I highly recommend her for diagnosing the true health issues, rather than just treating your symptoms.

— Sarah Hayes

My husband and I just love Calmglow …

Just what is Functional Medicine?  Simply put…. I call it getting to the “cause” of a health issue. Rashes, High Pressure, Arthritis, Obesity, Insomnia, and Fatigue are a few of the issues she’s helped us with.  But what I really like best is; she doesn’t say “here, take this pill” and it’ll “treat the symptoms”.  She treats the “cause” of those symptoms so they truly go away without requiring “pills”.  Our bodies are healing, and the we feel we’re the healthiest we’ve been in a long time! What we’ve discovered about the manner in which our bodies “had been” functioning previously, from the in depth tests she recommends, was pretty astounding. We’ve learned so much since starting to see her as our practitioner, I would never choose to go back to an Allopathic doctor!