Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition

The Aligned Modern Health Process

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1 THOROUGH CLINICAL ASSESSMENT

Your initial meeting with our Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition team will take approximately one hour.  During this time, a thorough medical and lifestyle history will be conducted. We will discuss your current health concerns, listening to your stories and looking at the interactions between genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health. We will mutually agree on a go-forward plan.

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2 Diagnostic Testing

Following the initial assessment, the Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition team will order a series of diagnostic exams, intended to get a comprehensive picture of your health and bio-chemical make up. Labs requested might include:

  • Comprehensive Blood Analysis
  • Salivary cortisol: this test is used to assess adrenal
  • Complete GI panel: this test is used for detection of chronic hidden infections, GI inflammation, compromised digestion and to assess the immune system
  • Food Sensitivities: this test is used to detect hidden food sensitivities, a common source of chronic inflammation
  • Organic Acid Testing: this test is used to identify vitamin, mineral and amino acid insufficiencies
  • Fatty Acid Profile: this test is used to assess the ratio of omega 6:omega 3. This ratio plays a major role in determining whether your internal environment is pro inflammatory or anti inflammatory
  • Homocysteine and hs-CRP: elevated homocysteine and hs-CRP levels are both risk factors for heart disease
  • Vitamin D: vitamin D supports our bone health, mental health, immune system and insulin levels

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3 LIFESTYLE/BEHAVIORAL CHANGE ROADMAP

After your laboratory assessments are completed, our Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition team will schedule a complete review of findings. During this time together you will have a comprehensive discussion of your results and- more importantly-set a course of action to help you live better. This may include dietary change, supplementation, behavioral modification and counseling. Our Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition doctors will connect you with the best experts in Chicago to help achieve these goals and will schedule regular check ins to monitor progress and ensure that you are truly changing and adopting practices to live better everyday.

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Get to the Root Cause of your Health Concerns

Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition is an approach to healthcare that seeks to identify and address the root cause of health concerns, illness and Disease. Our practitioners believe that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a lengthy period of declining health in one or more of the systems of the body.

 

At Aligned Modern Health we begin by conducting a thorough history of current lifestyle and behaviors, combined with specialized Diagnostic tests that we will perform or prescribe.

 

Treatment is individualized and cooperative and we seek to create sustainable lifestyle and behavioral changes that seek to not just treat the symptoms but create a plan that will change the way you live.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition covered by Health Insurance
    • Our Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition Doctors are in-network providers with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and we are happy to submit claims directly to BCBS on behalf of our patients.  If you have a different insurer, we will provide you with a detailed receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.  Whatever type of health insurance you may have, we are happy to verify your benefit details prior to your appointment so you’ll know your approximate out of pocket cost before you incur any charges.  Many of our patients choose to leverage their Flexible Spending Accounts, Healthcare Savings Accounts, or Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts to cover their portion of costs, whether in-network or out-of-network, for deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance.  Many of the diagnostic labs that our practitioners utilize are provided by LabCorp, an independent laboratory service company, which works with all major medical insurance and can bill your insurance directly as well.  For those patients who choose not to use health insurance, we have affordable rates for payment at the time of service for both functional medicine and lab testing.
  • What kind of results can I expect?
    • Results depend on the commitment of the patient severity of condition. We have to date hundreds of success stories, but it is not an easy course. It requires commitment to changing behaviors that might be very long-standing lifestyle choices. We work hard to make change and results tangible, we will meet every patient where they are at, sometimes the small changes are the ones that create the path for larger ones down the road.
  • Where can I buy the supplements
    • Some care plans or lifestyle changes involve supplementation. Our Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition team has taken great care to find and provide the best and most efficacious options. We offer all supplements at our locations, in addition we have aggregated them at our supplier Healthwave below. https://www.healthwavehq.com/welcome/alignedmodernhealth Many of these can be purchased at Whole Foods or other nutrition providers. Please consult your Doctor to make sure they are the same ones on your plan. We try to make sure that we are as price competitive as all other sellers for your convenience.

"I finally think we discovered the reasons for some ailments that many specialists have not been able to figure out."

- Anna N.

"I've lost 12 pounds in the past five weeks, feel better and have more energy than ever, and have already cleared up a lot of the gut issues I'd been having. "

- Paige W.

   

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