What does the term “Functional Medicine” mean?
Functional Medicine is a term which describes an approach to health care that tries to find the real causes to a health concern, instead of simply focusing on relieving the symptom. Many natural health doctors do no better than traditional medicine in that they prescribe large quantities of supplements with the hope of chasing away symptoms. I call this practicing “Green Pharmacy”. Basically, instead of prescribing a drug for a symptom they prescribe a supplement. This approach has limited value. The approach taken in Functional Medicine is to investigate the problems in body system function and to prescribe protocols which support a normalization (or balancing) of those systems. Many doctors are finally embracing this logical and scientific approach to health care. Unlike many practitioners who have just recently started learning this approach, Dr. Zimmer has practiced Functional Medicine for over 15 years!
What kind of testing do you do to determine what supplements I may need?
We do use a number of tests including heavy metal hair/urine analysis, DNA stool analysis, neurotransmitter urine testing, serum vitamin D testing, Iodine testing, hormone testing, gluten sensitivity testing, food sensitivity testing, and others. If we decide that doing one of these tests is important, we will give you direction on how to get them done. However, it is very important for you to understand that it is not always imperative to complete expensive testing to get a good idea of what direction to take to improve your health. If your symptoms and history clearly indicate a leaky gut, for example, it does not make good sense to order an expensive stool analysis to verify what we already strongly suspect. Thus, we will suggest testing if we feel that the results will give us vital information that we cannot get from other sources.
I have been to many other doctors and have seen other nutritionists. What do you do that is any different and may be of benefit to me?
Most of the patients we see have been to multiple doctors and other nutritionists. The main difference with our consult is that we will investigate and try to identify the real problems of your symptoms. This is an involved process that takes lots of thought and an amount of commitment on our part that, frankly, most are unwilling to give you. Keep in mind that we absolutely guarantee that you will be satisfied with your consult. If we are unable to give you new direction in your search for health, we will not charge you for our time.
I know that I will have questions after our appointment. How do I get those answered and what will be the cost?
Simply email me. My goal is to work with you toward better health and I understand that this will not occur overnight. I will never charge you for a follow-up question after your initial appointment. The only time you will be charged is if we agree that a follow-up phone appointment is necessary.
Do I have to get my supplements from you if I do a consultation or can I get them anywhere?
We offer the highest quality supplements at below retail prices as a service to our patients. You should read the Why Buy From Us
portion of our site to gain a better understanding of what we offer. My goal during a consultation is to give you direction and information. You can decide to get your supplements from any source. My feelings are never hurt if you decide to not get the supplements I suggest from us.
Can I simply email you with my problems instead of doing a nutritional consultation?
You sure can. I am happy to answer general questions regarding supplements and your health. However, if a proper answer on my part becomes too involved to handle by email, a nutritional consult will be advised.
I am interested in doing one of your Detoxification protocols. Do I have to go through a consult to do this?
No. All of our detoxification protocols come with complete instructions on how to perform the detox. Questions you may have after you get the protocol can be answered via email at no charge.
Will insurance typically cover a nutritional consult?
Almost never. We can supply you with the needed paperwork to file with your insurance company, but good luck in getting it covered.
I would like to get my whole family on the right track. Can I do one nutritional consult for everybody in my family?
If we are doing a consult for your general health and that of your family members, we will have no problem covering this information in a typical 30 minute consult. We will even be able to address specific concerns you may have with the different members of your family. If, however, anyone has a very involved case we may not be able to cover everything in our allotted time. I will let you know if I think that you should make a separate appointment in that case.