Are you one of the 50% of Americans diagnosed with a chronic condition? How about one of the 35% of obese Americans? Maybe you’re one of the 100 million Americans currently living with diabetes or prediabetes (it’s estimated that 88% of people with prediabetes are completely unaware they have it). Based on these statistics released by the CDC, it’s very likely that you are. The question that quickly comes to mind is “what the heck is going on?” In a country where we have access to some of the best healthcare technologies, research, testing and interventions, our overall health status continues to decline at faster and faster rates. Chronic disease accounts for 7/10 deaths per year. These causes include complications due to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Additionally, conditions also account for billions in healthcare costs and the worst part…they are almost entirely preventable. That’s right, preventable.
So where is the breakdown? Ultimately, we have a healthcare system that does not care about your food and a food system that does not care about your health. The majority of our healthcare providers are trained in acute conditions and symptom management once you’ve developed a disease. We have great surgical techniques and more medications than you could begin to count. Over the past few years we’ve heard more and more buzz words like “preventable medicine” or “disease prevention”, but really what’s going on is what I refer to as early catching. Our medical system has gotten better at screening for diseases or pathologies sooner and catching them earlier before bigger, more costly problems develop. The issue is, we are still failing to address the root cause of what is driving the disease process in the first place. The time has come to change that and functional medicine is one of the solutions.
At Elite Spine & Sport, we are one of the northeast Wisconsin’s functional medicine providers. The Institute for Functional Medicine defines FM as an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. At Elite Spine & Sport we are going to gather a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical (nutritional), and lifestyle factors in order to develop a personalized treatment plan that leads to improved patient outcomes. It is by this approach that we can begin to not just manage symptoms, but rather stop and/or even reverse many of these preventable, chronic conditions that are plaguing so many of you.
If you are one of the many individuals that have begun to feel helpless, or simply accepted that you have to live with a certain diagnosis the rest of your life, it’s time to contact Dr. Grenfell at Elite Spine & Sport to schedule an initial consultation and begin to thrive…not merely survive.
Yours in health,