Functional medicine views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms. Functional medicine is also patient-centered; it promotes health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. Functional medicine also considers the unique genetic makeup of each patient, along with both internal and external factors that affect total functioning. Finally, functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques. — Dr. Mark Hyman
Family Medicine providers (a.k.a. Family Practitioners) are the most widely-skilled primary care providers. They’re trained to be able to help patients at every stage of life, from birth through childhood and adulthood, and onward to old age and death. At ConciergecareNP, we can see adolescent patients; generally age 14 and older.
Internal Medicine providers focus on adult and elderly patients who need management of chronic, complex or severe illnesses, or who recently required a hospitalization. Concierge Care NP can manage your care if you are a client with chronic, complex conditions or has recently suffered from a severe illness.
Some of the most popular IV therapies include:
Alpha Lipoic Acid IV is used for diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, liver disease and stroke and brain disorders.
Glutathione IV for cataracts, glaucoma, alcoholism, asthma, cancers, heart disease, high cholesterol, AIDs, Chronic Fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, Osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, COPD, allergies, IBS, Crohn’s and impaired liver function.
Chelation IV therapy uses either calcium EDTA or disodium EDTA to remove heavy metals, improve blood flow, and remove chemicals that damage arteries. Chelation therapy has shown benefits for hypertension, heart disease, cognitive issues, poor circulation, autism, diabetic complications, and more.
- Rapid Mineral Replacement (RMR) IV protocol infuses high concentrations of minerals to quickly boost energy and alkalinize the body. It is used for stress-related disorders, exhaustion, or a general sense of depletion.
Magnesium IV uses high dose magnesium in the treatment of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias after myocardial infarction. Other indications for it include asthma, COPD, neuropathic pain, hypertension, PVCs, fatigue, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Coronary Artery Disease.
High-dose Vitamin C IV has demonstrated anti-tumor effect in various cancers, an effect not seen with oral Vitamin C. It is also used for reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Popular cocktails include:
Meyer’s Cocktail – IV vitamin and mineral therapy indicated for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, muscle spasm, asthma, hives, Congestive Heart Failure, angina, infections, and Senile Dementia. It is also used to help prevent cold and flus or just give the system a boost in energy.
Liver Detoxification – glutathione, alpha lipoic acid, hepar compositum and high dose vitamin C.
Dr. Gallagher’s Cocktail – vitamin c, glutathione, glyoxal compositum and more to increase energy, repair enzyme systems, and promote optimal nervous system function.
Heart Health – magnesium, trace minerals, cerecomp, vitamins and more to treat atherosclerosis, heart disease, hypertension, etc.
Migraine IV – utilizes high concentrations of magnesium, riboflavin and other ingredients to relieve acute episodes of migraine and decrease further episodes.
Hangover Recovery Accelerator – popular with business professionals and millennials, replenishes with saline, B vitamins, vitamin C and glutathione.
Concierge Care NP uses IV vitamin therapy as a tool to replenish a patient’s micro-nutrient and nutritional status. IV vitamin therapy is an effective and efficient treatment at replenishing vitamins and minerals because it bypasses the digestive system, allowing for 100 percent absorption. Oral intake of such high doses is simply not possible due to absorption limitations from the digestive process.
For patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as autoimmune, chronic inflammation in the body IV therapy can help to re-balance the patients nutritional status. For patients who have suffered an acute illness or even a recent surgery or hospitalization, IV therapy can help restore the micro-nutrient and nutritional status.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are special cells with the potential to repair damaged tissue and organs. Stem cell therapy involves using these cells in injections and tissue transplants to heal injuries and treat disease. But there are real limits to what most of these cells can actually do.
When a patient maintains a healthy lifestyle, stem cells can help reduce inflammation, and in many cases can reduce chronic pain in the joints when other traditional medical therapies and treatments have failed. As with any medical procedure, there are no guarantees that this will work in every situation, but in our experience, the patients that follow the guidelines that we provide have a good success rate.
ConciergecareNP offers stem cell therapy for arthritis, autoimmune conditions and chronic inflammation. The stem cells come from umbilical cord blood from newborn babies.
While everyone has stem cells, the concentration of these cells decreases as a person ages. So, naturally, the greatest concentration of stem cells comes from newborns. After a baby is born, cord blood is left in the umbilical cord and placenta. It is relatively easy to collect, with no risk to the mother or baby. It contains haematopoietic (blood) stem cells: rare cells normally found in the bone marrow.
Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) can make every type of cell in the blood – red cells, white cells and platelets. They are responsible for maintaining blood production throughout our lives. They have been used for many years in bone marrow transplants to treat blood diseases.
Cord blood contains a mixed population of cells, including hematopoietic stem cell and mesenchymal stem cells. These cells have the capacity to self renew, release growth factors and further develop into more specialized cells. These cells have also been associated with contributing to tissue homeostasis, anti-inflammatory responses, and antioxidant effects. This collection of cells can work together to provide a synergistic effect to offset the naturally occurring processes that typically derive from age and environmental factors. When combining stem cell therapy with a functional medicine lifestyle, patients help to “turn back the clock” with a feeling of rejuvenation and renewal.