The Top 3 Things to Look Out for When Choosing a Functional Wellness Doctor
Don’t waste your time, your money or your health. Make sure your functional wellness doctor meets these three very important criteria.
In an age when more and more people are becoming dissatisfied with the time, treatment and results they are getting from mainstream medical doctors, there is a growing movement toward seeking more holistic or functional wellness based approaches. As a team of holistic wellness providers ourselves, nothing could make us more excited. . . and more scared at the same time.
Just like in any field, there are good functional wellness doctors, and there are bad functional wellness doctors. Not all providers are created equal. A good functional wellness doctor will help you get to the bottom of your symptoms, create a clear picture of the level of function of each of your organs, systems, and glands, and help your body heal and repair naturally so that you can thrive, symptom free.
On the other hand, a not so good clinician will usher you through a high priced, fast paced, one-sized fits all system and leave you feeling no better, and perhaps even worse. A lot of money can be spent on treatments that don’t work, or have serious side effects, or that are said to be permanently needed. At worst, symptoms may even worsen under the care of a less skilled clinician.
Choosing the right functional wellness doctor to guide you through your healing journey is imperative in order to avoid these pitfalls and get you on the road toward true and lasting healing. But where do you start? Use these three criteria as a “must have” checklist as you are making your decision about the doctor that is right for you and your family.
Number One: Experience and Availability: The best functional wellness doctors know the body’s intricate workings like the backs of their hands, and they also recognize from years of experience that no two bodies are exactly the same. This comes from quality training, but also from time spent in the field. A good functional wellness doctor is going to be able to combine training with years of experience in order to be able to ‘solve the puzzle’ of what exactly is going on in your body that is giving rise to your symptoms and why.
Equally as important, the functional wellness clinician that is going to be able to get the best results for you and your family is one who is available. If it’s too hard to schedule or if you feel rushed during your appointments, chances are your doc is too busy to be able to truly see you as a unique individual, appreciate the intricacies of your case, and to devote the time necessary to understand and create solutions.
Number Two: Comprehensive Assessment Measures: There are many forms of assessment out there, from bloodwork, stool samples, verbal questionnaires, computerized surveys, body scans, applied kinesiology, frequency meters, and more. A quality functional wellness clinician is going to be able to assess for both challenges and pathology in the body, such as immune challenges, heavy metals and other toxins, and food sensitivities, as well as the overall level of functionality of each organ and gland. In essence, this tells you as the patient what is working well, what is not working so well, what needs support, and why for all of it. A full case history should always be taken into account, and in some cases a family history as well. Without sufficient assessment, treatment can be misguided and ineffective, if not harmful.
Number Three: Effective Treatment Approaches: The sky is the limit when it comes to natural healing methods. From everything to the uber ‘woo woo’, to synthetic formulas cast as holistic remedies, to superfoods, tinctures, miracle herbs, essential oils, supplements, vitamins and minerals, frequency treatments, energy work, dietary guidelines, detoxes and cleanses, and everything in between. . . it’s important to be a discerning consumer, even when it comes to natural remedies. There is much out there that is very helpful and beneficial to the body, as well as some that can be harmful, but a true functional wellness treatment is going to use treatment methods that are designed to restore the body’s organs, systems and glands to their optimal functioning. As this happens, symptoms naturally disappear as the body returns to functioning the way it was intended. Frequent visits or sessions, high quality natural products, and quantifiable ongoing assessment to monitor progress are absolutely necessary. Similarly, it is imperative to seek a provider that is able to create a custom protocol for you, rather than take a cookie cutter approach to addressing a specific condition, and be results driven.
If you’re in the market for a functional wellness doctor for yourself or your family, we hope this checklist is helpful for you.
If you are currently working with a provider, how does he or she measure up?
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