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What Makes Us Unique?

Root Cause Medical Clinic is multi-disciplinary, consisting of doctors from the fields of Internal Medicine, Functional Nutrition, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic. This array of practitioners allows the doctors to treat you utilizing a wide variety of tools. We are not limited to the use of drugs as our only tool of treatment, unlike so many traditional medical clinics.

Root Cause Medical Clinic concentrates on diagnosing the reasons underlying your health problems. The diagnosis involves using the latest in medical technology, and treatment tries to focus on non-drug therapeutic approaches whenever possible.

How long does it take to see health changes?

Everyone is very different in this regard. It is very difficult to predict who will respond quickly to care and who will take longer. Discuss with your doctor what you are noticing and he or she will give you a good idea what time frame you should consider to be “normal” for your particular condition.

What do treatment programs cost?

Our treatment programs run anywhere from 4 - 12 months in length and cost  $4000+. Our programs are an investment of time and money. Our goal is to change the biochemistry of your body and correct the mechanical distortions that have happened over years. We are committed to giving you the tools for long term success. 

Why aren’t you a part of my HMO?

Root Cause Medical Clinic provides a specialty type of medical treatment that focuses on treating the cause of the health problem. Most medicine practiced today focuses on managing the symptoms which are the result of a body’s malfunction and breakdown. Since we are committed to treating the cause and not predominantly the symptoms of disease the HMO system does not provide the structure for us to treat patients in this manner.

We provide care that is not available in the standard HMO system.

Becoming an in-network provider requires the doctors to see all patients in their geographical area who are signed up for that network. The special treatment that HNMC provides focuses on treating the cause of a patient’s problem. This usually requires change in the patient’s lifestyle and therefore often requires a period of time. The typical “network” practice involves a lot of one-time treatment for colds, flus, etc. If we were in a network, our doctors would not be able to practice our specialty. 

Why shouldn’t I just take a drug?

The problem with drugs is twofold:

  1. They don’t tend to get to the root cause of the problem but rather only mask the symptom thereby allowing the underlying cause to worsen.
  2. Drugs have dangerous side effects.

In recent years many drugs have been taken off the market due to dangerous side effects. You have only to watch TV for a short time to hear all the life threatening side effects associated with drugs that are on the market. Suicidal tendencies and death are named side effects for drugs available from your doctor. It’s truly frightening. Therefore, drugs should only be used as a last resort, and then only temporarily until the root cause can be properly diagnosed and addressed.

We specialize in getting our patients off their medications, because after you have successfully completed a program here, you typically don’t need most or all of the drugs you initially were taking.

Can chiropractic help my acid reflux?

The diaphragm is a big umbrella-like muscle that separates the lungs and heart from the abdominal cavity containing the stomach, liver, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas, small and large intestines.

Acid (esophageal) reflux can be helped by normalizing the diaphragm muscle tone if the opening that allows for the passage of the esophagus through the diaphragm is not functioning correctly.

An enlargement of this opening (hiatus) permits the stomach to push up through the opening (hernia) and the stomach acid can then splash up into the esophagus.

Nerves that control the diaphragm muscle originate in the neck (the phrenic nerve) and the upper back. Delivering a chiropractic adjustment to these areas of the spine can help to normalize the function of the diaphragm.

Additionally, we can manually break the spasm of the stomach allowing it to relax into a better position below the diaphragm, thus relieving the pressure. This may take a few sessions, but most patients report relief after the first few treatments.

Additionally, a nutritional evaluation is a necessary component, often, to successfully treating acid reflux. As a condition, acid reflux is a great example of how chiropractic spinal adjustments and manual manipulation go hand in hand with the nutritional approach of functional medicine to improve health and restore balance.

Can I take vitamins instead of changing my diet?

Vitamins are micronutrients – meaning small quantities of nutrients. Food is a macronutrient – meaning a large quantity of nutrients.

It makes sense that if your food intake is poor that just taking vitamins probably won’t be enough to counteract the effects of a poor diet. We typically encourage our patients to both change their diet and take vitamin supplements. This combination will speed your health recovery.

It would be great and very easy to be able to just swallow a pill and eat whatever we wanted. Unfortunately it doesn’t work.

Why doesn’t my regular doctor help me to change my diet or lifestyle?

If your doctor ever told you to lose weight or exercise more he or she was suggesting a lifestyle change. It’s just that most doctors don’t go beyond a general recommendation because they aren’t nutritionists. Nutritionists know the value of lifestyle changes and thereby put in a tremendous amount of time assisting their patients to successfully implement them.

Chiropractic – how does it fit into a healthcare program?

Chiropractic care is a unique form of health care which not only addresses pain in the body without drugs but has the ability to improve the communication between the brain and the body’s organs through removing any stressors in the nervous system. Most people don’t realize the importance of a functioning nervous system. Nerves which are irritated can create pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and muscle spasm. Not getting to the root cause of pain but rather just continuing to medicate it creates bigger problems in the long run.

Why do I need to change my diet?

We live in a society which likes to “take a pill” and have the symptom go away.

The good news is that drugs do often make the symptom go away and they do so rather rapidly.

The bad news is that the effect is only temporary and the drug doesn’t solve the root cause of why the symptom developed in the first place.

So where does food come in? Food is fuel. Just like your car needs fuel to function, so does your body. All too often we find our patients putting “bad fuel” into their bodies and wondering why the body doesn’t work well.

Missing the fact that the food someone is consuming is not fueling their body well is a big mistake and one we don’t make here at HealthNOW. Patients are often so amazed at how much better they feel when “all they did” was change their diet. They can’t believe that simply making a dietary change created such an impact on their health – but it very much does.

Is anti-aging possible?

Yes. There are glands and organs of the body which, when restored to their optimum function, repair the effects of aging on the body.

Many of us are biologically older than we are chronologically. This can be reversed so that while you continue aging chronologically, biologically you are much younger.

This program does not involve drugs or surgery. We restore optimal function to the glands and organs of your body, we do not perform cosmetic or plastic surgery. Although many patients who do this program notice that their restored health does cause them to “look” younger as well as “feel” younger.

Do you work with bio-identical hormones?

Yes.  Natural or bio-identical hormones are the only hormones we prescribe. Synthetic hormones can have negative reactions in the body and we therefore avoid them.

After specific lab tests are performed our Functional Nutritionist and Medical Doctor will create a hormonal balance program tailor made for you.

Why haven’t I heard about adrenal fatigue before?

This is a very common question. We live in a society that stresses treating organs which have become diseased.

The adrenal glands don’t often become diseased and therefore they are not frequently addressed. However, they do malfunction frequently and we’re finding that malfunction to be affecting a large number of Americans.

Those doctors who study the adrenal glands agree that optimal adrenal health is critical for normal bodily function.

Adrenal Fatigue is one of the most pervasive, yet under-diagnosed syndromes affecting people today. And since Adrenal Fatigue occurs both as a distinct clinical disorder as well as a contributing factor to many chronic illnesses and pain disorders, we don’t feel that its importance can be overemphasized.

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