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A Functional Medicine approach to optimal health requires sufficient nutrition. In our experience, most people are nutritionally deficient. There are numerous potential causes for these deficiencies and we recommend nutritional supplements on a regular basis.
We are the premiere Functional Medicine Tulsa clinic offering a full spectrum of comprehensive therapies to help our patients look, feel, and perform at their absolute best!
There are no many functional medicine clinics in Tulsa and none that offer the range of options we provide. We continue to search for the most current and cutting edge therapies. We are constantly reading, training, and attending the world’s best conferences in Functional Medicine to ensure the best therapy science has to offer.
Since we do not accept insurance, you are not limited in your experience with us. The sky is the limit. If you are looking for a specific test or therapy we would be happy to provide it assuming that it is medically indicated and not potentially harmful.
Using a Functional Medicine approach in our Tulsa, OK clinic, we seek to identify and treat the underlying cause for illness, disease, and/or dysfunction. We take a more patient-centered approach. We focus on the whole person and not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine physicians look for the interactions between genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle that affect our health and chronic disease.
Our traditional medical system is focused on an acute-care model. It doesn’t try to prevent disease. This approach looks for a medical problem in need of acute-care such as appendicitis, heart attacks, and trauma. The solution to these problems is algorithmic and often referred to as “cook book medicine.”
Unfortunately, trauma and acute care issues aren’t the primary reason people die in the United States. In fact, these issues aren’t even in the top 10. Americans are dying of chronic illness and disease and our current medical system is missing it. Cardiovascular disease, a chronic illness, is the #1 cause of death of men and women. The next 8 causes of death are all chronic illness issues.
Functional medicine trains the physician to look for interactions between unique genetic make up, environmental factors, and lifestyle factors. Functional medicine takes and integrative, science-based approach to the patient, illness, and disease with a focus on preventing disease in the first place.
If you are looking for a clinic who spends time with their patients in order to discover the root of the problem then we are the Functional Medicine Tulsa Clinic for you. We use a variety of tests and diagnostic techniques to evaluate your health and incorporate different diets, nutritional supplements, stress management techniques, detoxification programs, and medications to help you get better.
Allopathic or traditional medicine does not focus on the underlying cause of illness or disease but rather on the treatment of the manifestation of the disease. While this may not be the intent it is exactly what it has become. Patients with hypertension and go to their doctor and get a medication to control their hypertension. Those with pain go and get pain pills.
Functional Medicine is nearly the complete opposite. I can say that this is the case because that is exactly what I saw during medical school, residency, and the first few years of my medical practice. I was never taught to consider WHY someone had pain. I was never taught to look for the reason for hypertension with the exception of a few specific medical issues such as a pheochromocytoma or renal stenosis.
I was taught that a good physician knows all of the studies and guidelines. However, I later learned that a great physician seeks to understand the disease process and what caused it to begin with. I wanted to be a great physician but hadn’t heard of functional medicine yet.
It wasn’t until I was exposed to prolotherapy that my eyes were really opened.
I remember seeing a specific patient when I was a battalion surgeon in 5th Special Forces Group that caught my attention. He was an elite commando and was asking to be medically discharged due to back pain. I remember having a conversation with my physician colleagues and thinking that there was nothing actually wrong with him. His MRI was normal after all…
When I was exposed to prolotherapy I discovered that there were other reasons for pain besides those that could be identified on an MRI. I suddenly discovered that I had been wrong. I had not considered the full spectrum of causes of pain and disease. This was revolutionary to me.
This discovery changed my entire approach to medicine. I began to realize that, not only had I missed the reason for my patient’s pain but I was also missing the reason for so many of my patient’s conditions such as depression, fatigue, weight gain, low sex drive, lack of interest, and the list goes on and on.
I knew I had to change my approach. I could no longer simply prescribe pills for conditions with which my patients presented. I started reading everything I could get my hands on about physiology, thyroid, hormones, endocrinology, medications, supplements, IV therapies, etc. I started attending trainings and conferences. This is when I discovered functional medicine and knew that I needed to follow its approach. Through this process, I got an integrative cardiology certification as well.
I was on a mission to get the most training I could get and provide the most comprehensive functional medicine approach to my patients.