I know I do!! Especially now that I am a 40 year old mother of a 1 year old.
It is probably not a surprise to most, if you hear that in our society, we are spending more than ever on health care, yet mortality rates are on the rise, disease rates are on the rise, and for two years in a row, the average life expectancy has declined! Concerning?? I’d say so! We already know that this current generation of children are not expected to live as long. There are a lot of reasons for this, and FORTUNATELY there are a lot of things that are still in our control.
The CDC declares the reason for lowered life expectancy is due to drug related deaths, particularly pain medication prescriptions, but really there is more to it than this. We are also seeing a rise in many different disease states- diabetes, heart disease, cancers, etc. I’m sure these conditions lead a lot of people to need pain medicine. Did you realize that people can also feel more pain when they are not nourished adequately, or when they have genetic patterns that affect pain and inflammation, and these patterns become further compromised by nutrient deficiencies. Depression, also on the rise, can lead to altered pain tolerance and pain perception…. again, impaired nutrition can make this worse.
Let me give you an example:
What if a 45 year old female who is fair complected and has always taken very good precaution to avoid the “damaging” effects of the sun using her sunscreens and shielding her skin with hats, etc, unknowingly has vitamin D deficiency? This puts her at risk for a number of health conditions as a result of having low vitamin D levels- depression, fatigue, inflammation and more. If her health care provider isn’t checking her vitamin D level, she will not know this needs to be corrected. She may end up on Prozac (depression) and Adderall (ADD) at first, then maybe Mobic (anti-inflammatory) and down the road Ultram (pain med).
Poor food choices, increased exposures to environmental toxins, lack of sleep or even lack of quality sleep, increasing number of prescription medications used which are not without side effects and are not often studied in a polypharmacy setting (I once saw a patient in her mid 50s who was on 23 different medications-GASP!)- all of these things contribute to health, or should I say lack of health!
Would you believe me if I told you that the 3 rd leading cause of death in the U.S. is medical related errors?! These are the errors that we know about. I’d imagine that this is even higher, as a lot probably goes unreported or even unnoticed in this area.
Doesn’t it feel like this is all we are doing sometimes in medicine……
Functional Medicine looks to turn off the water.
So as our country is getting sicker and more and more money is being spent on health care, don’t you wonder why with so many resources for our health, so many people can not get to feeling better and actually being healthier?? There is a reason people are in more pain and “needing/seeking” more prescription meds that in turn, maybe contributing to them dying younger. Dr. Buchert and I want you to think about what is going on in the environment and behind the scenes within your body, because you can influence so many of these aspects, and we are here to guide you!! Pain is often a late sign of imbalance in the body. Toxins in our environment and changes in our foods are leading to a lot of inflammation and problems in our bodies. It is alarming! I wish everyone could hear this message and begin to take action on making the changes in their life that will help them to not be a part of what seems like the demise of health with our societies current state. As I mentioned earlier, the CDC has announced that for TWO years in a row, the life expectancy has gotten lower!
Don’t stand around waiting on our current conventional health care system to save you from your chronic illness or from a future chronic illness.
Conventional medicine is necessary for many situations, especially acute illnesses and emergencies, but Functional Medicine is the key to re-balancing the body and restoring health and not being part of the sad statistics that we are seeing these day. Functional Medicine is a systematic approach that gets down to the biochemical imbalances in the body and uses conventional medicine when appropriate.
Dr. Buchert and I work so hard to encourage people to make the changes that are truly life saving and lead to better quality of life. We are so passionate about this message that it would feel unethical to not at least introduce it to you. We understand change is a process, but we feel sad when the message falls on deaf ears, and we see people struggling with health issues that we know could improve with some key life style changes. Sometimes it is hard to get people to realize that this potential for healing verses just bandaiding (often the case with Conventional Medicine alone) a current condition is REAL and we see it daily!!
For those of you that haven’t already started working with us in the Functional Medicine part of Mint Health , now is the perfect time to plan on getting more in touch with your body, so you can get off on the right foot in 2018! Are you ready to look at some of the behind-the-scenes issues that are keeping you from functioning at your best, and may even lead to a serious health situation in the future??
If you are seeing us on the Ob/Gyn days (Tuesday/Thursday), and you want to take a deeper dive than we are able to do with conventional medical workups and recommendations, please click on the ” get started ” tab below to begin your life-changing journey into Functional Medicine (these appointments are on Mondays and Wednesdays and are longer, more in depth, and offer more thorough “lab” evaluations to help us figure out YOU!).
Take a look HERE at what some of our patients have to say about Functional Medicine!
And if you have missed some of our previous write-ups, you can access these HERE !
Happy New Year, and we hope you have a wonderful day!
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Maybe you are tired of taking more and more medications and still not feeling great, or having labs done that are “normal” but know you are not well.
Maybe you have a friend or family member that has worked with us, and you are ready to find out what they’ve learned that you are still missing.
Maybe you are ready to thrive, instead of just getting by each day.
What we do in our functional wellness programs here at Mint Health is truly unique, our patients amaze me every day, so we have quite a unique and different process for you to get started with us!
What does it mean to move towards resolving your symptoms or health concerns by identify and working on the actual root cause? Instead of just trying to medicate away each symptom by itself?
To help you understand, the first step in working with us at Mint Health is to watch our introduction to health, functional wellness, and our practice – called “Stress, Hormones, and Health”.
You’ll be blown away with insights, probably some relief that you’ve finally found the path you’ve been looking for, and definitely excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. Click on the button below and visit our get started page to register for our health coach Brittany to plan your viewing. After you watch and learn everything you need to know to have a fruitful and effective consult with me, we’ll get you scheduled for your first visit!
Most people waste time thinking about what they’ll do tomorrow, or what they wish they would have done yesterday – but you aren’t most people. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Mint Yearly Functional Wellness Membership
Covers unlimited health coaching throughout the year and extended time with Dr Buchert to reach your goals (note: We do bill your insurance for your visits with Dr Buchert, so mandatory co-pays from your insurance may apply. Your membership covers extended time, open access between visits, and health coaching)
Access to the most up to date functional testing to help us find the root cause of your concerns
10% discount on recommended high quality nutrient supplements through the year
How do you get started with this program? Attend a seminar with Dr Buchert to learn about what we do!
Designed as a comprehensive easy to follow system to address all areas of your health and improve: Energy and Vitality, Digestion, Sleeping, Body Composition, Fitness & Strength, Anxiety/Depression, Chronic Pain, Hormonal Imbalance, Feelings of Well-Being
A community approach with group learning in the office and in our member’s only on-line forum, so you have a team to motivate you and hold you accountable
Is comprehensive to include your recommended nutrient support, functional testing, group classes, holistic health coaching with Brittany, and functional wellness coaching with Dr. Buchert over a set time frame so you can reach your goals
Note: We bill your insurance for your individual visits with Dr Buchert, so mandatory co-pays and deductibles from your insurance may apply. Aside from visits with the doctor and routine blood labs, your health insurance cannot be billed for recommended nutrient support, functional medicine testing, classes, or health coaching, thus we set up easy to follow programs for our patients that are one all-inclusive investment to include all of the services listed above when you get started with us! This is how we improve lasting success for our patients!
How do you get started with this program? Attend a seminar with Dr Buchert to learn about what we do!
Marie has always been a go getter, always had the energy to do whatever she wanted, burn the midnight oil, drink a little coffee and make it through the day just fine, keeping up with her exercise, her job, her kids – you name it, she could do it! But more and more lately she’s having trouble dragging herself out of bed. Her morning coffee has turned into 4 lattes just to make it through the day. She can’t focus at work and feels ineffective. When she gets home at night, she just wants to melt into the couch, and feels so snappy with her family. She’s just exhausted! She’s always felt she could handle anything that came her way, but now sometimes she just wants to disappear in a “poof!”-could she be getting depressed? Ugh! And not to mention her bowels – she thinks she’s always had the inclination to being constipated, but her doctor told her for some people it’s just normal to have a bowel movement 2-3 times per week. She finally found the time to get in for a checkup, and had some labs done for thyroid and anemia and told they were all normal. But Marie feels anything but normal – she is not herself. She just wishes someone could find something “wrong” with her so she’d know what to do to feel better!
Liz had a hysterectomy 6 years ago for heavy cycles, so she hasn’t had a period for a while, but she feels that she must be entering menopause now because something is just not right! She’s holding so much more weight around her mid-section and can’t lose it, waking up at 3am and can’t get back to sleep, sweating more than ever, and finds herself extremely annoyed or just plain crying because . . . . she’s not even sure what. Getting through the work day without crashing in the middle of the afternoon is a real challenge, and she feels like her brain can’t focus or get any work done. She went to her doctor for a checkup and had some labs done. Her blood hormone check indicated that she was not in menopause and that her thyroid was normal. Really! No way! Something must be wrong. She talked with her doctor about some things that could help her, and she recommended considering a trial with Prozac to help her mood, and possibly some Adderall to help with focus and attention. Liz is worried about the possible side effects (her sex drive is already in the dumps!), and wonders if this is the beginning of the slippery slope to being on 10 different medications like her mom. She is only 47 years old, and was planning to have another 40+ years of feeling great, traveling, spending time with friends and grandkids on the way, working on that painting hobby she’d always wanted to develop when her kids got older. Well it’s not going to happen feeling like this, and she suspects there has to be a better answer than Prozac and Adderall.
Beth has had irregular cycles for as long as she can remember. She was put on a birth control pill in high school to regulate them, and has been on it since. She’s thinking about stopping them soon because she wants to have a baby. Recently she has been having worse problems with keeping weight off – the scale seems to climb too easily. She’s also having embarrassing breakouts, bloating, hair changes, and funny twinges in her pelvis. She had some blood work and a pelvic ultrasound with her doctor and was told that she has PCOS, and she would need to start a medication called metformin and possibly another medication to make her ovulate when she is ready to get pregnant. She is worried about how these problems will affect her health down the road, and how they may affect her baby if she is even able to get pregnant with those medications. She is having increasing anxiety over why her body is not functioning normally. It seems like all her friends don’t have to struggle so much. She suspects there has to be a better answer aside from just taking a birth control pill to artificially control her cycle, and then taking more meds when she’s ready to get pregnant. She wants help getting to the root cause of the problem and working to fix it now so she can avoid the diabetes, depression, heart disease problems, and cancer that run in her family.
Anna has two adorable little boys – 2 and 5 years old. They are the light of her world (along with her husband!) but she feels like they have too many health issues for their little bodies. Both had terrible colic as infants, then recurrent ear infections as babies and repetitive antibiotic treatments. Her youngest was recently diagnosed with eczema and possibly asthma, and her oldest is having trouble in school, and the teacher wants him evaluated for ADHD. Anna and her husband are ready to have another child, but she is starting to wonder if she can prepare herself better, get her body healthier before and during pregnancy, take some other actions, to decrease the chances of their third child having the same uncomfortable early start in life. When she asked her doctor what to do, he told her these are just typical things that many kids and parents have to deal with. But Anna has read that more and more kids are having these types of problems – why is it increasing so much? She’s read some things on the internet that she wishes she’d known before and during her first two pregnancies, and needs to find a doctor to work with who “gets it” and can help her. One of her friends has thyroid problems and IBS and had a lot of complications in her last pregnancy, and Anna wants to help her find a way to not repeat that, too! She just has to know it’s possible . . . . .