Choose Optimal Health and Live Longer Younger
Optimal Health is not just the absence of the disease or symptoms but the body and all of its systems functioning optimally.
Optimal Health is not just the absence of the disease or symptoms but the body and all of its systems functioning optimally.
Here is the way we describe Functional Medicine. Let's say you have "water on the floor". You don't know where its coming from, there's just water on the floor... your symptom. You try to treat it and clean it up yourself. When your plan doesn't work you go to the doctor and tell him you have "water on the floor." he spends about a min asking you a couple of questions and says, yep... You've got water on the floor. He then writes you a prescription for a mop and tells you to go to the pharmacy each month and refill you mop and just keep mopping. After mopping and mopping and mopping you finally get tired of mopping and you say to yourself, I need another doctor and a different plan. That's when you hire someone like us. We're going to take the time to get to the "root cause" or "underlying cause" of your water on the floor. We're going to look at the roof and at the pipes in the walls and the windows and eventually we find a sink overflowing in the corner. We turn off the water and the floor dries up and you get to quit mopping.
So the question is ... Are You Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired? Are you tired of mopping your floor?
Functional Medicine is a personalized systems approach where the Doctor looks at the whole body as one, naturally. Using holistic medicine and alternative medicine the Functional Medicine Doctor gets to the "root cause" of your problem not just the symptoms; and, then treats that root cause. It incorporates the use of sophisticated testing from traditional and functional laboratories to aid in finding that root cause. By finding and treating the "root cause" we get "Life Changing Results" for our patients. Are you ready to really figure out what's causing your problems and treat that cause? Read on
Please take and hour and read through this website. Functional Medicine is completely different from anything you've ever done in medicine. We have a lot of information here and it's important that you understand what we do to help you. Dr. Millar
At Millar Functional Medicine, healing is based on a partnership between you and your Doctor. It's a process, a journey we take together. Remember, Doctor means teacher, not healer. So our job is to teach you and guide you how to naturally, holistically treat and eliminate your health problems. Remember not every problem can be completely resolved as we all have limitations, But Thank Goodness many of them can completely resolve or at least be made better.
It’s common to feel a bit overwhelmed at the beginning or even after your first few visits. For years, you have been going to the Doctor for "Sick Care" where the Doctor spent 10 minutes with you, grunted and said "take these and if that doesn't work we'll try something else." Now, you're coming to us for "Health Care" or "Well Care". This is an entirely different process. This is why we provide guidance for how to get started on your healing journey. We use a scientific based whole body systems model that empowers patients and Doctors to work together to achieve your highest expression of health or "Optimal Health" by finding and addressing the "root cause" or underlying cause of your symptoms, disease or dysfunction.
So the first step is the FREE Consultation Meeting. The Free Consultation Meeting is just that. It's a 20-30 min meeting with the Doctor for you to tell us what's going on with you and for us to listen to you and see if we can help you. If you choose to become a patient; and, the Doctor accepts you as a patient, then we send you home with our 30 page intake package, a 7 day CDC Food log and a 7 day CDC Bowel Movement log.
Instead of rushing to finish the Millar Functional Medicine intake paperwork as fast as possible, we ask that you take your time and really go in-depth into your intake paperwork. We'll ask you more questions than any doctor ever has so far. We start at the beginning and build your timeline. Patients tell us that we take the most in-depth intake history they have ever had. You have asked us an awesome responsibility, that is, to be your Doctor. The more we know about YOU the better we can advise you on health decisions. This intake history normally takes 2-3 visits over several weeks. We charge a single flat fee of $300 for the intake no matter how long it takes or how many visits it takes. During this time, we also get and review your past medical records, past test and past imaging.
Next comes a complete physical exam going over your problem(s). You will remain fully clothed during the examination. You can't do a real physical exam from across the room not touching the patient as so many doctors do these days. We don't charge extra for the exam as it's included in your single intake fee.
Finally comes the Report of Findings Visit. This cost $150. We want, and we're know you want, NO SUPRISES. At this office visit the Doctor sits down with you and goes over what we found in our history, our examination and in review of your past medical records and make recommendations for your care going forward. We give you a written report of:
1) What we found, Your "Root Cause" or underlying cause if we've found it. "Our working hypothesis"
2) What test are recommending and their cost.
3) What treatment we recommend for your problem and the cost of treatment.
4) What homeopathic remedies, nutraceuticals, Injections, IV's we recommend and their cost.
5) What supplements we recommend for your problem and their cost.
We get your full approval before we start anything. If you chose to go forward with treatment, as most do, then start treatment and schedule future appointments. We like No Surprises when we go to the doctor and we know our patients feel the same.
We can then proceed at YOUR pace. Remember YOU'RE in charge of YOUR health and healthcare.
You can pay for each visit as you go along or you can purchase a package treatment at a substantial discount. Remember, natural healing takes time. It took you a while maybe even years to get into your state of sickness; and, it will take time to reverse the process and heal the body naturally.
"The Good" is that functional medicine really works. It gets to the root cause of problems and treats that root cause to the limits of your body.
"The Bad" is that insurance does not cover functional medicine for the most part. There may be some test like blood or urine test that may be covered but not much is covered.
"The Ugly" is you have to pay out of your pocket for care. And we get it. Since you're paying out of pocket we have to deliver on the promise to get to your root cause and help you fix your problem.
As we begin your journey toward optimal wellness, there are often many things to do; and, it is often difficult to choose which to do first. Illness is never simply one discreet process or dysfunction, but rather a bundle of factors - genetics, early influences, environment, diet, lifestyle, habits, travel, stress, relationships, work and beliefs - woven into your story and biology. Understanding the root causes, for your illness is an essential task to determine where we start first, which layer to peel away, or which knot to untangle in the web of physiologic dysfunction, symptoms and disease.
Over the years in practice, the Doctors and health practitioners of Millar Functional Medicine have established principles and well-traveled routes to healing that are straightforward. To this we add the latest in science research and studies. Furthermore, as members of the Institute of Functional Medicine we incorporate IFM tools and methods. These enable us to make sense of chronic disease and involve examining the entire body system.
Not everyone starts at the same place or travels down the same path. At Millar Functional Medicine we customize your health journey and treatment. Some patients just want to treat one problem or one area only. To them we say, Great, Good Start. Let's treat that first problem and see how you like Functional Medicine. And if you want more then we're here for you and your future Functional Medicine needs.
Others come to us and say they want it all. They come to Millar Functional Medicine and say Help me to get healthy and have Optimal Health in all areas. To them we say, we have identified six root causes for illness: Genetics; Inflammation; Toxins, Allergies & Antigens; Infections: (Bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, parasites, and prions); Stress; and Lifestyle. Our task is to identify and implement the five “ingredients” needed for your Optimal Health and biological function. We have found after years of practice that Diet, Rest, Exercise, Activity and Mental State are essential elements of Optimal Health. Then you learn to DREAM Optimal Health and Wellbeing by implementing DREAM lifestyle changes. We use your DNA results to guide us on your Optimal quest.
The presence of any one of the six root causes of disease and the absence of any one of the five optimal health essential ingredients creates imbalance in the body's physiological processes and systems and lays the foundation for chronic disease. This often expresses itself genetically through your DNA and SNP's by turning on or off a gene or group of genes. Together, we will become experts in assessing the deficiency of these "ingredients" and provide the necessary conditions for healing. Throughout your journey to optimal health, you will think less of "naming your disease" and more about understanding what is your Root Cause or True Cause of your disease or problem and What Is Your Why.
Fortunately, the body knows how to heal itself if we remove the impediments and provide the proper conditions and nutrients in the right order. It takes time, patients and persistence. The trick lies in having a
place to start and understanding how to peel back the layers of dysfunction and in what order. So we want to teach you a easy to remember acronym: DREAM. Live your DREAM. Where "D" stands for Diet (anything you eat or drink); "R" stands for Rest (both sleep and downtime); "E" stands for Exercise (in all of its forms); "A" stands for Activity. (motion is life and life is motion); and "M" stands for Mental (in all of its expressions like, stress, happiness, guilt, worthiness, love, community and relationships). We want you to DREAM Optimal Health & Wellbeing. Help us to help you to live your DREAM and Live Longer, Younger.
One of the biggest problems is most doctors do not have an overall plan for your health and wellness. They do a little of this and a little of that and hope that you're all better. We have found that a recipe for failure. Years of experience has taught us that if we follow a plan where together we systematically work on specific areas of the body one after another gives us the best success your gaining optimal health.
At Millar Functional Medicine there are our 9 steps on your journey toward your goal of Optimal Health. Not every patient wants all 9 steps to Optimal Health. Some just want to try Functional Medicine and see if its a good fit. Maybe try to fix their gut or hormones or whatever. To them we say "Welcome... We're Ready, Willing and Able" come discover Functional Medicine. Others have tried Functional Medicine at another provider and would like to try a different approach. To them we say Welcome! Let's Roll.
These 9 steps are listed in our order of priority for finding and treating the underlying or Root Cause of your chronic illness. Sometimes we take them out of order doing like doing the last step first or the first step last. Sometimes we will do multiple things at once. Sometimes we only do one or two steps. It all depends upon you and your health problems. Healing is a process, a journey, and not always a linear one. We tailor the treatment to you – making adjustments each step along the way until we get it just right, for you. This is how we practice Functional Medicine. And, what we have found leads to the most success in healing.
In order for you to obtain optimal health we must set goals. A goal is a do list with a timeline. Don't worry we will be right there with you each step along the way. We often start by telling patients, "Don't try to do to much all at once." It's better to do a little better everyday in everyway. We find many patients want to work on one new area of the Optimal Health at a time. Some want to go faster. Some patients take longer especially if they have more serious conditions. But all need a plan and a some goals. We want your goal to be Optimal Health so you can Live Longer, Younger.
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Results vary from patient to patient and no guarantee is made for your treatment results, We all have limitations to reaching Optimal Health and Optimal Health goals including but not limited to physical, mental, emotional, chemical, DNA, cellular, diet, pre-existing conditions, disease processes, degeneration, and inflammation some of which your body will not be able to overcome. Millar Functional Medicine and it's Doctors will use their best efforts to help you reach your goal of Optimal Health.
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