About half of the American population has at least one chronic illness. The majority of these illnesses can be prevented, delayed, or alleviated with proper treatment. You do not have to suffer—we can do something about this together!
The Optimal Wellness Network was created in order to fill this role. “OWN your health” is the motto of our integrative network of wellness professionals. You do not need to be overwhelmed and confused by the information out there. By utilizing the services offered through the Optimal Wellness Network, you can get the results that you need and end up saving time and money.
People generally first come to our office seeking hormone balancing. Proper hormone balancing is a critical piece of your health. Having your Testosterone, Estrogen, Progesterone, Cortisol, Thyroid, and Growth Hormone properly evaluated is a must if you want to have a vital life. It is like having gas in your car. But it is not the entire answer.
To have optimal health we must also address what you eat & drink, your sleep, the supplements that you require, the stress that you have & your overall mind set, your exercise regime, and your toxin exposure. This can be overwhelming to most people. Each of these areas has multiple sub categories. Our goal is to simplify this for you and help you with every step.
The Optimal Wellness Network offers a true integrative approach to your health. The other practitioners in the network coordinate with what we do at An Optimal You. Here is the extended team of highly experienced and talented professionals that are available for you under one roof in our building in Murrieta:
- An integrative nutrition specialist who eliminates the confusion about diets and supplements. He tailors his approach to your specific needs; helping you to achieve lasting energy, decreased inflammation, functional digestion, and overall great health.
- A thermography expert who helps you to be proactive with your health. Why wait for disease to occur when you can detect the precursors to cancer and diseases?
- A yoga instructor who specializes in customizing stretches and breathing exercises to your needs and capabilities. She will first listen to you and then guide you toward a healthier, more radiant life.
- A massage therapist who gets to the root of your problems utilizing Ortho-Bionomy-a gentle, non invasive form of healing. She has a unique gift at reminding your body of its natural ability to restore balance and heal itself.
- Hypnotherapists who can help you overcome a lack of confidence, phobias, smoking, weight concerns, sleep issues, etc. The power of the mind is incredible and the use of proper hypnotherapy allows you to heal yourself from the inside out.
- Reiki practitioners who offer you a truly unique healing experience. Reiki utilizes your own body’s energy to heal itself. One of our Reiki practitioners is a Reiki master who also offers transformational coaching. Another Reiki practitioner also teaches you how to easily meditate.
- A colon therapist that offers painless detoxification to rid your body of toxic chemicals, yeast, & parasites to promote a healthier colon. It is incredible the things that she can find and eliminate from your colon!
- There is also a mild hyperbaric chamber—oxygen is good, more oxygen is better!! Pro athletes are using these types of chambers after their games in order to increase healing and improve recovery time.
- A practitioner who specializes in PRP and Stem Cell—utilizing your body’s own healing powers to fix musculoskeletal complaints. You may be able to avoid surgery and steroid injections by utilizing this therapy that is widely used in professional athletes.
- An ultrasound screening technician who offers ultrasound screenings without having to go through insurance hoops. An affordable way to check for problems.
It is sad when people choose the path of poor health, but it is a tragedy when they suffer because they do not know what is out there to help them. The Optimal Wellness Network works with you to reduce or eliminate pain, move better, think more clearly, sleep restfully, digest normally, feel balanced, and prevent disease. If you are interested in learning more about this amazing network and start your journey towards living a life with more vitality and joy; attend the upcoming wellness expo on Sept. 17th from 10 am to 3 pm.
Getting properly balanced with bio-identical hormones for men and women is done outside of insurance. Balancing your Testosterone, Progesterone, Estrogen, etc takes the willingness to invest in yourself. In return, you save time, money and relationships.
- Save time spent in other doctors offices getting treated for illnesses that could be prevented (or treated) with hormone balancing. (Osteoporosis, Dementia, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Erectile Dysfunction, etc)
- Save money on copays for the medications you no longer need for blood pressure, mood, sleep, etc.
- Save your job, or even make more money, by improving your work performance.
- Save your marriage. When you feel better you will be less easily irritated and be a better communicator. You can also improve your sex life with hormone balancing. Many couples still love each other but have grown apart due to changes in their mind and body that occur due to hormonal imbalances.
- Save money on weight-loss programs since you can finally lose weight when your thyroid and other hormones are properly balanced. (When combined with eating healthy and exercising)
- Save money on cosmetic procedures since Testosterone, Progesterone, and Estrogen all help to mprove skin color, tone, and elasticity.
Live your life rather than just exist each day. Have vitality and the energy to enjoy your time.
Aren’t these things worth having?
We receive often receive the question; “Does my insurance cover bio-identical hormone consultations
and treatments?” The short answer is no. Historically, insurance does not pay for the time involved in customizing a personalized treatment plan and they do not cover bio-identical pellets and creams.
Insurance covers treatment for a specific ailment after the fact, but not preventive treatment or a customized medication and treatment plan. Quality, compassion, a personal tailored hormone balancing plan are all out of pocket expenses. The upside is you have the option of not waiting until you have a debilitating disease, but rather you can start optimizing your health with a healthy diet and hormone balancing to live as “an optimal you”.
Health insurance is there for major medical expenses, like you car insurance is there for major accidents, not tune ups. Your health and wellness is in your hands and should be the most valuable thing you have. Investing in bio identical hormones
done correctly is worth it. Nothing compares to feeling energetic, sleeping well, and having optimal health!
Testosterone has been repeatedly picked on by the FDA. In Europe they have shown it to be safe and not a cause of heart issues. In the USA some poorly designed studies have caused the FDA to panic and unfortunately scare the public. Therefore, you may see reports that Testosterone causes heart disease when in fact the good studies are not showing this correlation. The bottom line is that each adult should make his/her decision about their body and what is needed in order to live their life optimally after having a proper hormone consultation.
EU Final Position: Little Evidence for Testosterone Harm
Miriam E Tucker
November 21, 2014
A regulatory body representing European Union member states has confirmed it believes there is little consistent evidence of an increased risk for cardiac problems in men who receive testosterone products to treat hypogonadism (low Testosterone ).
The Coordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralized Procedures – human (CMDh), a body that examines questions related to marketing authorization of medicines in two or more member states, issued its final position on testosterone today.
“Taking all the data into account, the signal for an increased cardiovascular risk associated with the use of testosterone remains weak and inconclusive,” according to an EMA statement.
Today’s world is fast paced and paying attention to your health while taking care of life’s other necessary tasks is getting more difficult. Both men and women are finding it more and more challenging to maintain optimum health. Maintaining optimal health is the best line of defense in staying ahead today.
Optimal health involves getting the right nutritional advice, getting your hormones balanced, getting on a fitness program, and dealing with emotional issues; among other things.
You can not easily achieve optimal health working with a typical doctor’s office: you get an appointment of 15 minutes or less, it can take a month to even get that appointment, and you might see a physician’s assistant instead of your physician. I know this because I tried my hardest to provide my patients with the guidance needed to achieve optimal health in that environment and it could not be done–despite working 12 hour days.
A concierge medical practice is the answer. It allows your physician to provide longer appointment times, same day appointments with your doctor when needed, non urgent appointments within a week of calling for the appointment, and personal direct access to your physician; among many other benefits. Concierge medicine is about you and your doctor having a relationship which allows you to work together so that you may achieve the health that you desire.
There has been a lot of research done on the role of inflammation and diseases such as Alzheimer’s dementia, cancers, autoimmune diseases, and heart disease. It is fascinating to realize that these different diseases seem to have something in common: inflammation. A person’s genetic predisposition “guides” the end result (I.e. final disease that you get) of the inflammation.
Inflammation is caused by many things: stress, excess sugar and grain intake, and chemical/toxin exposure. These are the most common causes that we currently know of. Where do you get these? When you consume processed foods you often get sugars, grains, and chemicals all in one setting. Our society has turned into a fast food, junk food, soda addicted society. These foods and drinks irritate your body and cause inflammation.
The bottom line for you to understand is that what you eat, drink, and are exposed to can cause inflammation. This can disrupt your hormones: causing your Cortisol, Thyroid, Testosterone, Progesterone, Estrogen, etc to be significantly out of balance. This inflammation can also lead to severe diseases such as Alzeimer’s dementia, cancers, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, etc.
Regenerative medicine aka anti-aging medicine is about helping you to live optimally. Balancing your hormones is more than just giving you bio-identical hormones. Hormone replacement is a piece of the puzzle. You have the power to fix some of the other pieces by lifestyle adjustments. A regenerative medicine specialist helps you to do this.
Do you get tired more easily? Feel older than your chronological age?? Lack the energy to do the things you want to do??
Fatigue, feeling tired, is a common complaint. You want to get a work up for this as it can be caused by many things: sleep apnea, heart issues, anemia, infections, poor water intake, poor nutrition, lung issues, etc. It is important to have your physician, who knows you well, evaluate you to make sure everything is OK.
The problem arises when your evaluation is “normal” and there is no apparent cause of your fatigue. This is where anti depressants are often prescribed (sometimes they are needed but generally they are not). This is when you really should think about a hormonal imbalance causing your issues—especially if you are between 35 and 55 years old. Of course, hormonal imbalances can affect men and women younger or older than this.
Most people think of low thyroid as a cause of fatigue and it can be overlooked by physicians when the levels are “normal” but not optimal. However, low Testosterone in men and women is more often missed in traditional office settings and is a common cause of fatigue, as well as brain fog, muscle mass loss, loss of overall vitality, etc. Men are typically not treated until their Testosterone levels are critically low, and then they are only offered synthetic replacements and their Testosterone levels are not even brought up to optimal levels. Women are generally not even treated at all for low Testosterone in a traditional medical setting. Medical training programs forget that women need Testosterone too, just at lower levels than men.
The long term risks of not correcting low Testosterone is bone loss (osteoporosis), dementia, possible increased heart disease risk, etc. plus an overall decrease in vitality and energy. If you feel that you may have a hormonal imbalance and you have not gotten the help you need, you naturally want that help.
There has been a lot of talk about healthcare lately. One topic of conversation is concierge medicine. Concierge medicine has a different meaning to different people.
There is a small number of physicians who charge roughly ten thousand dollars (or more) per year in order to provide comprehensive care to a very limited number of people. The more common version of concierge medicine is where the patient pays $1500 to $2000 per year in order to have better access to their doctor and longer visits. This is an affordable concierge option for most people. The extra $4-5 per day that you pay allows your doctor to greatly limit his (or hers) practice and spend quality time with you.
Insurances are designed to be there for when you are sick. In essence they are disease insurance. It is important to have that type of insurance in case of major illnesses, to cover medications, and to pay for radiology and laboratory services. But if your desire is to truly be healthy than adding concierge medicine is for you. A concierge doctor has the time to work with you to personalize your health care.
You might be asking why concierge medicine comes with a fee and why you should pay that fee in addition to your insurance premium. To answer that question let’s look at traditional insurance based medicine (100% insurance based). This is where you may pay a copay or not, and your office visits are billed to the insurances. Your visits may fall under a deductible that you must pay but otherwise you do not pay the doctor anything else.
100% insurance based medicine (PPO/Medicare):
Doctors are paid a set amount ,of money for several different levels of visits. These levels are based on the number of illness diagnosis that you have. If you are not sick and do not come in, they are not paid. If they spend extra time with you they are not paid extra. The incentive is to have you come in often and deal with only a few issues at a time. If they do not do this then they will be out of business. The majority of doctors do care about you, they just need to keep the lights on. The system is broken and is based on disease rather than being well. It causes doctors to take on several thousand patients and to utilize mid level providers (physician assistants or nurse practitioners) to survive financially. Patients end up waiting weeks for a routine appointment and then see a doctor or mid level provider who hardly knows them.
Concierge medicine: patients pay an annual fee which enables the doctor to be able to greatly limit his/her practice to a few hundred patients. The doctor is no longer solely dependent on what the insurance companies pay them. You are one of a few hundred patients instead of a few thousand. This allows the doctor to know you personally and give you his/her personal cell phone and e mail. Your concierge doctor is available 24/7. Often he/she can address questions by phone (text or voice) or e mail, saving you time and money. Your office visits are still billed to your insurance but these visits are longer and more involved than what insurance would pay for. Many patients with an HMO insurance use concierge medicine too, paying a minimal office visit when they do come into the office. (Saving their HMO for hospitalizations and medication). With concierge medicine you get a comprehensive physical yearly included in the price. This is generally an hour and a half including testing. Unlike the 15 minute insurance covered physical, your concierge medicine physical encompasses a comprehensive wellness plan for you. In addition, treatments such as bio-identical hormones can be addressed at your physical and at other visits. This is typically a separate privately PSID service. Basically concierge medicine is health care tailored to you.
The question to ask yourself is this: is $5 per day worth it for personalized, comprehensive wellness care? Naturally people who want to live long and vibrantly answer yes. Act now because the concierge doctors fill up quick and there are not a lot if them!!
Has this ever happened to you: You call for a doctor’s appointment and you have to wait a few weeks or even a month or two to get in. Then when you are finally seen, the appointment is only a 5-15 (if you are lucky) minutes long. When you call to ask a question that you forgot to ask, you are told that you need another appointment. On top of that, your appointments are focused on how to give you medication or how to handle your medication. It is rare for your doctor to help you get off medication, or better yet work with you to prevent needing medication in the future.
With the upcoming health care changes this scenario is going to become more common. A large number of patients are going to be able to access health care with no regard to pre-existing conditions. This is going to overload the system that already has a shortage of primary care physicians. The wait to get into a physician will be longer and the visits will become shorter. You are also more likely to be pawned off to a mid-level provider and not a physician.
The alternative to being just a number in a medical practice of thousands of patients is to join a concierge medicine practice.
In a concierge practice the physician limits his/her patients to several hundred patients, not several thousand. This allows the physician to personally know and work with each of the patients. There is time for true preventive care that actually results in you being on less medicine (if any) and on feeling your best. Just think how wonderful it will feel to be able to talk with your doctor, and see your doctor if needed, when you need to! This is the type of medicine that everyone needs–this is not just for the person who is on a lot of medicine. It is for the person who wishes to become healthier or wants to work on staying healthy for the long run.