When’s the last time you went to a doctor’s office? If you’re like most people, it was probably the last time you were injured or sick. Medicine has historically been about treatment of existing symptoms or illnesses, with most people avoiding the doctor like a disease. Modern technological and scientific advances have made this mode of thinking outdated, and now it’s time to change your outlook on healthcare too. At American Longevity Center, a whole host of proactive, functional medicine options are available that will help fine tune your lifestyle, upgrade your quality of life, and keep you healthier longer.

Functionally Healthy

Benjamin Franklin once said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If he could visit American Longevity Center, he’d see just how right he was. American Longevity Center is one of the nation’s leading providers of functional medicine. Functional medicine is a philosophy of healthcare that puts the focus on your current everyday health rather than waiting until something’s wrong. It makes sensible use of the latest in medical technology to keep you healthy now and in the future.

Think about this; if you’re suffering from migraines, why wait for your next headache to arrive and then numb the pain with powerful prescription medicine? Why not look further into your health, learn what the triggers are for your migraine headaches, and then treat your body accordingly to prevent migraines from occurring in the first place? That’s what functional medicine is all about, preventing, not only treating. We don’t just mask the pain, we research your health to see what measures can be taken, be it lifestyle, diet or medicine, to prevent the migraines from occurring in the first place.

Functional medicine treats the root of the problem, not just the symptom.

Another example would be treating a patient that suffers from chronic acid reflux. While you may be prescribed Prevacid or other prescription pills for the symptoms of acid reflux, you still haven’t treated the root problem, why you are experiencing acid reflux. At ALC we will run a series of comprehensive tests and analysis that may show a presence of a certain type of bacteria that is causing your acid reflux. Treating and eliminating the presence of that bacteria may be all you need to eliminate your acid reflux once and for all!

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At ALC, each patient’s unique physiology and lifestyle are analyzed and problem areas, or imbalances, are identified. Our doctors may analyze urine, blood, stool, breath, hair or saliva specimens to evaluate the presence or imbalance of heavy metal toxins, hormones, minerals, vitamins, fats, proteins or organic acid chemicals. Everything from the quality of the air and water consumed to stress levels to diet and exercise to genetic make-up are taken into account, and expert doctors like those at American Longevity Center use this information to design a plan that puts you at your optimal health level. These customized healthcare plans utilize the latest in medicinal breakthroughs, special nutritional and exercise programs, and the best of Eastern, Western, and alternative healthcare. You don’t have to be sick or in pain to adopt a lifestyle that integrates functional medicine, you just have to want to be the best you can be at all times.

Functional medicine can treat:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Migraines
  • Immune imbalances
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Irritable bowel
  • Digestive problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Skin dermatitis/eczema
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Recurring infections
  • And many other conditions!

Functional Medicine Creates and Maintains Health

Functional medicine looks at the patient as a whole, and gives doctors a full palate of treatments that allow an active approach to medicine. By doing things like optimizing hormone regulation, bolstering immune system effectiveness, helping the body get rid of its toxins, and improving cellular function, a patient’s body will be restored to its ideal balance. This allows the patient to operate at the highest level possible, both internally and in daily living. The end result is an improved quality of life, prevention of some illnesses and diseases, and an increased lifespan. Why sit around waiting for the time to come when you’re unhealthy or unable? Keep yourself functional and able with proactive, functional medicine treatments at American Longevity Center.

Why Functional Medicine Now?

It’s time to shift the focus of medicine from reactive to proactive. Our society is suffering the effects of an increase in chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. We need to not only treat these diseases, but practice medicine that prevents them as well. The practice of functional medicine involves understanding the origins of these diseases and then integrates treatment programs along with lifestyle changes that aim to prevent and treat chronic disease.

The physicians at American Longevity Center are nationally recognized experts in the field of functional medicine. If you have made up your mind that you want to get healthier and live with more vitality, call us at 800.653.8154 to find out what functional medicine can do for you.