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A Personal, Individualized Plan for Your Best Health

What if you had an individualized health plan created for your specific needs? Where you weren’t given a generic medication for your condition? Where you not only got rid of any symptoms you were experiencing but eliminated their root cause? We’re here to give you just that. The way to get a personalized plan is through a functional medicine approach to your healthcare. Functional medicine is when the cause of your symptoms is addressed rather than just getting rid of the symptoms themselves. Think of high blood pressure, for instance. Functional medicine wouldn’t just throw a prescription at someone to lower their blood pressure, but rather it would dig deeper to find out what exactly is causing the high blood pressure. Instead of medications, functional medicine works with natural supplements that don’t have side effects. Attacking the cause rather than symptoms may provide other health benefits simultaneously. In Western medicine, blood pressure medication is seen as a success simply if it lowers the blood pressure; it doesn’t take into account if the individual is actually healthier overall or sees a positive effect in other symptoms as well. Let’s use diabetes as another example. There are a myriad of things that can cause diabetes — from genetic and environmental factors to the state of an individual’s immune system — so the common method of attacking the disease by taking medications to lower insulin is a very generalized approach. This route doesn’t take into consideration why an individual developed the disease to begin with. So we ask ourselves, why would doctors treat a disease the same for everyone when very different things lead to the disease for different people in the first place? Another thing to note when it comes to the use of medications is that some create new side effects — as you’ve surely heard if you listen to the fast-talking voiceover reading that disclaimer information at the end of drug commercials. This in turn starts a whole new problem for your body, even if the initial symptom does go away, which is why functional medicine uses natural supplements in place of medications. A vast majority of diseases affecting lives today are what we call “lifestyle diseases” and are brought on by a combination of the food we eat, lack of exercise, poor stress management, drug and alcohol use, and even by medications. Until you address these lifestyle factors, you aren’t really getting yourself to your healthiest state. But if you address those first, then you start to get healthy and your symptoms — such as the high blood pressure mentioned earlier — decrease, leaving you feeling better. Add that to an individualized functional medicine approach to your healthcare, and you’ll be well on your way to creating your healthier self. One real-life example to share that we have seen at Burtis Chiropractic Center is of a patient who had diabetes and was overweight. He was on a few medications for his diabetes and just wasn’t feeling great, but after he worked with us and changed his diet, started to take natural supplements, and began to exercise, after three months he had lost 30 pounds and was off his diabetes medications. It’s important for you to know that being knowledgeable about functional medicine takes specialized training; it’s not as easy as looking up vitamins on the internet. It takes the right expert who’s versed in nutrition, supplements, and natural healthcare to help you figure out exactly what you need. For example, you may know that you’re low in iron, but when you go to buy it, do you know whether you need iron sulfate or iron gluconate? Or if you’re taking CoQ10, do you need ubiquinol or ubiquinone? And did you know the right amount to take for your situation? These are questions that a functional medicine expert will help to answer for you. It’s also important to know where to find quality supplements that will have the intended results. Oftentimes, the brands of vitamins you can find at your local drugstore either don’t contain sufficient levels of the vitamin in question, or they aren’t absorbable, frankly making them inefficient and a waste of your hard-earned money. Without sounding too ambitious, we want you to know that the right approach to your health can truly transform your life. Even doctors at national-leading hospitals have advised their patients to include supplements in their healthcare regimen and have seen better results than they even anticipated. The biggest takeaway here is this: you can’t truly achieve a healthier version of yourself by simply eliminating symptoms of an underlying disease or condition. You need to dig deeper to understand what’s underneath the presenting symptoms and figure out how to fix that problem. Using a functional medicine approach to your health helps make you healthier while treating your problem. You don’t just feel better, you function better. When’s the last time you really, truly felt good? Remember that time, and look forward to when you’ll feel that way again. Because we know it can happen, and we want to help get you there.


Dr. Burtis, MS, DC, CFMP, has been providing natural healthcare to the Fairmont area at Burtis Chiropractic Center for over 30 years. He uses a combination of chiropractic, nutrition, and functional medicine to help individuals restore and maintain health and healing through individualized care plans. The mission of Burtis Chiropractic Center is to provide transformational healthcare that takes an individual’s life to the next level. We strive to be a solution for families to experience transformational healthcare and help create vibrant and resilient lifestyles that can be passed to future generations.

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