At some point in our lives, we have experienced services that made us feel like we were given the same answers, treatments, and products as everyone else. It is common sense that no two patients are the same and it would be wonderful if treatment plans were uniquely designed for each patient at every clinic. Unfortunately, the current healthcare model has become more interested in the bottom line (referred to as “productivity”) and this forces therapists to look for the fastest, easiest treatment plan so they can either hand over their patient to a number of assistants or get to the finish line having met simple goals for a “successful” discharge.

When the first scenario happens, the patient will not have continuity of care becau...

As the days get longer, we are exposed to more light, and are more likely to wake up earlier and go to sleep later. For many of us living in the gray Pacific Northwest, this is our happy time! We have more daylight for gardening and outdoor recreation after working a full day and the extra vitamin D puts us in a better mood. However, if we get less than five to seven hours of sleep on a regular basis, we can age faster, increase our health risks for heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, and diabetes to name the top few. Sleep deprived people complain of poor energy and brain fog and inability to perform well at school or work.  Brain studies show that lack of sleep can also increase our risk for dementia and increased depe...

February 2, 2020

We all love choices and health insurance plans are no exception. Most insured get their plans through their  or their spouse’s employer with two popular types of insurance plans being HMO and PPO. The HMO plans are least expensive and have many exclusions (no massage, chiropractic, or other holistic healthcare treatments). HMOs limit subscribers to an approved list of in-network providers while PPOs allow you to choose any “credentialed” provider (meaning, they must be pre-approved to bill for their services). Additionally, PPOs don’t require a PCP referral to a specialist (but still required for skilled therapies).

PPO plans offer greater flexibility and many cover things such as chiropractic, acupuncture and massage – all worth...

In my lifetime, I have known people who came down with a condition that was hard to understand or treat effectively, and I have joined their ranks more than once. In the absence of answers, we are told, “you will have to live with it and take medications to manage the symptoms as best you can.”  It takes a certain type of person to respond to that advice with defiance and resolve to find a solution or an advocate. As a clinician and strong patient’s advocate, I say, “don’t give up or give in!”

There are many ways to solve a problem and in my opinion, functional medicine is the most logical approach to wellness because it does not address the problem with pharmacology as the first approach. Functional medicine recognizes that a pe...

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