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Our Approach

Our purpose is our mission: to help unlock new life in others through lifestyle training and functional wellness. We are committed to serving our clients by increasing their potential for healing, health and wellness in all three dimensions of life: physical, bio-chemical and emotional.

We help clients learn the devastating effects of dysfunction within the body and how proper function is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, clients learn how proper nutrition, supplementation, balanced chemistry, detox, and exercise can help decrease the negative stress on their bodies.

Through creating a wellness lifestyle, we identify an individual's wellness needs and provide solutions to reduce the negative stress and increase the positive factors for health and healing. By integrating the three dimensions of life, we can dramatically change an individual's battle with chronic and acute disease.

Underlying this entire approach is the science of functional health and wellness, which is the cornerstone of our practice. Functional wellness is a personally tailored approach to whole body health. It deals with primary prevention and underlying causes of chronic disease rather than simply removing or masking symptoms once they arise. Functional health and wellness emphasizes true healing of the person rather than a disease, and a partnership of joint responsibility between coaches and client, with the client carrying most of the load.

Functional health uses botanicals and other forms of nutritional supplementation rather than pharmaceutical agents, which create high levels of stress damage to an individual—sometimes hidden for years and sometimes irreversible. Under the influence of functional wellness, “old age” is not what it used to be, anti-aging is now a science, and optimized living is the “new normal” for people of every age.

Because of this understanding, functional health and wellness should be viewed as a complement to the acute care of traditional medicine and not an alternative. Systems of health protection should work together where possible. One approach cannot serve everyone all the time.

So, how does functional medicine address the underlying causes of chronic disease?

Chronic disease, such as diabetes, cardiovascular damage, hypertension, low thyroid, cancer, mental illness, autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, and back problems, is typically slow to develop. If you examine long-term predictions for these diseases, the frequency rate keeps rising because the physical, emotional, and mental effects of stress are overwhelming us as a western culture. This stress comes from poor diet, a toxic environment, drugs, accidents, nervous system impairments, emotional reactions to life, mental overload, lack of exercise, and insufficient or poor sleep. Even falling in love is stressful (eustress)!

Diabetes, as a specific example, is quickly becoming an epidemic. Traditional medicine is planning to target “high risk” individuals with increasingly dramatic drug interventions. Researchers, of course, hope to enhance quality of life (or at least long-term grants) while Big Pharma hopes to enhance profits. Yet, the physical, emotional, mental, and economic side effects of drug interventions and increasing disease management tactics often leave people chasing a "quality of life" that never really improve and a lifestyle of health which is centered around "keeping diabetes in check" instead of resolving the causes of diabetes. 

Functional health helps chronic disease, like diabetes, by 1) preventing disease states from developing now so there are no symptoms to “treat” later and 2) eliminating the stress and damage that has led to the development of the disease by reducing, eliminating, and reversing the stresses, toxins, impairments, dietary errors, and lifestyle choices in a systematic and calculated approach.

Here’s the catch: People must qualify themselves to follow the prevention approaches of functional health or follow an elimination protocol and lifestyle change aimed at reversing chronic symptoms. Although a prevention or wellness lifestyle is highly rewarding, it is not for the timid. Such a lifestyle requires us to understand how the Big Five Stress Agents deceive us and reduce our collective wellness. The problem is that most people have fallen victim to the harmful mental pattern of hoping rather than being proactive. They hope they will somehow fare better than others whom they know are suffering degraded lifestyles. Hope, however, doesn’t have a good track record for preventing chronic disease. 

So, what are some of the harmful mental patterns you may inadvertently hold because of Big Five Stress Agent influences? Here are a few examples. Do any fit you?
  • You’ll pop a pill as a quick fix for almost anything to improve your short-term quality of life.
  • You think your doctor’s job is to take charge of your health and “fix” you when symptoms arise.
  • Your physical activity has decreased with each passing year because you think you’re supposed to slow down as your calendar age rises.
  • You want your body to act and recover as it did in your teens and 20s. Hint: It can’t and won’t without ongoing lifestyle adjustments.
If you are willing to re-think the way you approach healthcare and embrace the responsibility to bring about lasting, helpful, and needed change to your life and health, then functional wellness is a great choice for you. Healthy Beginnings exists to help you in this process so that you don't have to do it alone or without guidance.

As a final note, many people have misconceptions about what we do or about functional wellness. We do not practice chiropractic. Most of our clients come because of chronic health problems like thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, and autoimmune issues. It is important that people understand our care is not a treatment, but a lifestyle training which is a vital part of gaining health independence for them, their families and their friends.