What is the difference between this health consultation and primary care ? Our health consultation is for those who want to learn how to manage their conditions through lifestyle and behavioral changes or want more health education. We are a consultant, we do not do initial diagnosis or urgent visits. However, once you have had an initial visit with traditional health provider ( ie primary care, urgent, speciality) , we can help. We recommend everyone have a primary care physician to refer you for appropriate screenings including mammogram, colonoscopy , flu shots, HIV , which can not be done here.
What is a holistic consultation? Holistic means to consider the whole person , including mind, body and spirit. This also means the treatment approach is whole, instead of focusing only medication or procedures . We focus on nutrition, activity, lifestyle and environment. Treatment can include diet, exercise or referrals for other therapies. What to bring and expect. Bring Honesty. To gain the most out of the session, clients should be honest about their behaviors and issues. This includes being honest about eating habits, sexual behaviors, physical activity etc. You can bring medications you take including vitamins and supplements, any labs test results that may be helpful. Expect Relaxation, this is a non-intimidating environment, there are no scary white coats, blood draws , uncomfortable disrobing. This is just talk. The provider will provide handouts, charts or even models to help explain things.
What is the benefit? The main benefit is for individuals and families to have a better understanding of their health and how to improve it. The goals of services is to decrease or delay complications, reduce hospitalizations, improve function, reduce symptom exacerbation and improve overall community health. Do you prescribe medications? We generally avoid prescribing, however, for regular clients we can renew medications. We will also provide information on the use of natural ingredients through other means such as aromatherapy or topical treatments. We can provide medical evaluation for Medical Marijuana ( see below). We DO NOT encourage clients to stop their prescribed medication. Through improved diet and lifestyle, we hope clients will need less medication, but this can only be done in advisement with your primary care physician.
Medical Marijuana Medical cannabis can have therapeutic benefit. It is not however a " magic green bullet" that can treat all things as is often falsely advertised. Medical cannabis, provides more symptomatic relief but does not "CURE" most disease. Therefore, it is better to use in debilitating conditions. For clients with neurologic conditions such as Parkinson's, spinal cord injury, spinal stenosis, neuropathy or severe anxiety and PTSD , we may discuss if medical marijuana is a possible therapeutic option
Cost and do you take my insurance? Cost ranges from $30 - $80. Currently you can pay by credit card ,debit card or cash.. Currently we do not take any private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. Many preventative services such as general health counseling are not covered by private and public health insurance.
How frequently do I have to come? Most clients will learn how to better manage their health in 3-5 consultations. The number of visits is totally optional. The purpose is to learn , so you become empowered and not be dependent on continuously using our services.