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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Thrive In Uncertain Times

In March 2020, governments responded to the rapidly spreading coronavirus by shutting down the world. Schools closed. Non-essential businesses locked their doors. Travel was restricted.

Essential workers (doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, police officers, postal workers, truck drivers) faced exposure while everyone else sheltered at home, either alone or with direct family.  Many workers were furloughed or lost their jobs as bars, restaurants, non-essential retail, hair salons, hotels, and more ceased operation. Others quickly learned the technology required to work remotely.

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Many parents of school age children suddenly had to both work from home and homeschool their kids. Many parents have developed a new appreciation for their kids’ teachers!

 

Normal flies out the window and in its place is fear of getting a serious illness, working in a different way or unemployed in an uncertain economy, with children constantly under foot or being completely isolated.

Over the months, the number of cases and deaths have grown. Rapid opening leads to spikes in case, followed by spikes in deaths. 

 

Fear for our physical and economic health plagues us.

 

Can you say stressful?

Handling Emotional Stress

How did you handle the swirl of stress and emotions? Is a newly found passion for baking treats and enjoying those creations helping to sooth the anxiety (emotional eating to the rescue)? Since the gyms are closed, has exercise ceased (motivation to move disappeared)? Have you caught up on all of your favorite shows and discovered a number of new ones (couch potato time)?

 

Having an emotional temper tantrum is a reasonable response to these extraordinary circumstances. Eating without concern for calorie count or health helped many handle the relentless pressure. Cocooning on the couch compensated for the disappearance of their routine.  Watching amusing entertainment provided many the needed escape from the frightening daily reality.

Did emotional eating and other less than healthy coping methods help you to navigate these first few months of living in the middle of a pandemic? Now, over four months later, is the realization that this is our new normal dawning? The understanding is growing that our lives are not being upended for a short stretch, but instead we are in the middle of a marathon.

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Surviving (Maybe Even Thriving) Today

 

What do we need to do to survive living with this potentially deadly disease in our world and communities for the duration? 

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Continue Following Health Guidelines

First step, we all need to follow the medical guidelines to wash our hands, wear masks in public and maintain a physical distance from each other to reduce the spread of this virus.

Dust Yourself Off

Second step, time to stop having an emotional temper tantrum and embrace a healthy response to the constant stress, unease, and uncertainty. Don’t strive for perfection or make “a chocolate will never pass these lips again” declaration. Time to pick yourself off the floor and move towards a healthier response.

Moving Matters

 

The goal here is a healthy balance. A funny comedy followed by a dance party in the living room. Want to feel better? Move it! Start or end the day with a gentle yoga routine and/or stretching and/or cardio and/or strength training. There are wonderful online yoga and exercise classes. Many gyms have created virtual exercise classes. Call your gym to see if they have online classes. 

Here are some resource to give you an idea of what can be found to help you get strong, flexible and in shape (let them know that Calmglow told you about them):

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A Little Zen

Moving your body helps release stress and other stress management techniques such as journaling, meditation, and taking a moment to breath deeply are great help towards reclaiming a healthier you. A moment of calm can even help you sleep. And with a solid night of sleep under your belt, you can handle so much more!

You Are What You Eat

 

Next we turn our attention to what’s cooking in the kitchen. After all, food is the foundation of our health.

 

Getting creative in the kitchen

One of the benefits of working remotely is that we have more time to spend in the kitchen creating tasty, healthy food. While many turned to experimenting with baking and desserts when the lockdowns began, let’s now challenge ourselves to make delicious, healthy, comfort food. The Mediterannan Diet is one of the healthier diets with an added benefit that it is not based on elimination of a category of foods, such as carbohydrates.

The Mediterranean diets incorporated the traditional foods enjoyed in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. While most are more familiar with the foods of France, Greece, Italy and Spain, there is inspiration to be found from each country: Morrocan Tagine, Turkish Chicken Kebab, Lebanonese shawarma bowls and more.

When you are planning your cooking adventure, think about adding a rainbow of color to your plate: red peppers, purple cabbage, orange sweet potato, green broccoli, and yellow squash.

You can make your diet more Mediterranean-style by:

 

  • eating the rainbow of color of fruits and vegetables (organic, if possible)
  • eating whole grains and legumes 
  • eating lean proteins (fish, chicken, plant-based)
  • eating less meat and dairy products
  • choosing healthy fats, such as olive oil and nuts

 

To enhance the flavor of your meals (and the fun of your culinary adventure), add fresh herbs and spices. A tip: before starting on this kitchen adventure, purge your spice cabinet of old spices. Spices lose their flavor as they age.

 

A tip: watch your portion sizes. Too much of even a good thing can undermine your efforts.

A Mediterranean Feast

 

You have finished with your emotional temper tantrum. You are shaking your tail feathers, finding zen moments in the midst of COVID chaos, and dining on delicious (maybe even homemade!) dishes. One more area to improve: the home in which you are sheltering-in-place.

 

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Make Your Home A Comfortable Nest!

Surround yourself with the objects that bring you happiness. Clear the clutter and the chaos. Play music that brings you joy or soothes your soul. Fill a vase with fresh flowers. Diffuse citrus, floral or spicy oils. Open the windows. Put a bowl of summer fruit on the kitchen table. Chill a pitcher of water with slices of cucumbers and mint to enjoy when the temperature rises. Toss a soft throw over the back of the sofa so you can wrap yourself in warmth on a cool morning. Place twinkle lights inside to enjoy once the sun sets.

 

Your home is your sanctuary and now you are spending more time there than usual. Make it a place you hate to leave.

Do not plan to change everything at once. Let go of your emotional temper tantrum. Make changes to bring balance back. Consistent, small steps create huge improvements. Create the health lifestyle that supports you during this new normal. 

 

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!