Functional Medicine

At Metabolix Health, we follow a “functional medicine” approach that views your body as one integrated system rather than many different systems that aren't "talking to each other". This is a client-centered approach to your health which is collaboration rather than authoritarian or doctor-led which is the traditional route. This can be new for clients when you first consult us because we are facilitators of your health journey, so rather than telling you what to do, we make recommendations based on proven studies and our decades of experience working with a holistic model.  You take FULL RESPONSIBILITY for your health choices and outcomes.  This is true HEALTH FREEDOM. 

Why Is Functional Medicine So Powerful?

At Metabolix Health, we believe that health is wealth... and that everyone deserves vibrant health. Unfortunately, the conventional medical system wasn't designed for creating & maintaining vibrant health... it was born out the need for acute care interventions (think fractures, car accidents and the like).

In a time where chronic wellness issues threaten to bankrupt millions of families and entire countries, we need an altogether different approach that cost-effectively addresses the underlying factors that create disease... without expensive and toxic prescription drugs that merely mask symptoms.

In fact, it's actually not entirely new... it's how medicine was practiced 4000 years ago.

What's new is that we have brought advanced lab testing and a keen systems-biology approach to medicine – which is short for looking at the body as a system of interconnected organs that need to play in perfect sync to function optimally. That's what coined the term "Functional Medicine", because ultimately, it's about restoring proper function to all the body's systems.

A good analogy is your car: For your car to get optimal mileage, you need to maintain it consistently: Change the motor oil, change spark plugs, keep it shined to prevent rusting, take it to the body shop when the "Check Engine" light is on, fill it up with the appropriate fuel.

That's exactly how to approach your body with functional medicine... it's not about what to do when your body is broken, it's about maintaining proper health in the first place, and prevent the body from breaking down.

Key Aspects Of Functional Medicine

Caring for your health properly is so much more than just the basics of eating right and exercise. With current medical research, we have discovered that the body is a complex collection of organs and systems and even bacterial colonies (the microbiome) that greatly impact each other.

While the standard of care hasn’t quite “caught up” yet with most of the current science, conventional doctors and “specialists” are still treating parts of the body separately – without taking into account the fact that all these areas greatly impact each other.

When you are healthy, they work together like a symphony in perfect harmony – and you have vibrant health. But when one of these systems is off balance, the whole symphony is out of tune! When you need a “tune-up” so to speak, not only do you need to look at areas that aren’t working right... but also whether the rest of your body is in balance.

Sadly, most clients receive instead medications to treat symptoms associated with a body part that “isn’t working” – when all too often, it’s a systemic issue that needs to be treated in a completely different way.

In addition, the conventional medical approach also doesn’t consider that each person is born with unique health needs: Based on their genetic factors, the environment they were born into, what kinds of bacteria populate their gut, as well as what they are exposed to as they grow – each person’s body has a very unique health profile which means they need an equally unique healing protocol.

It’s no wonder people go from doctor to doctor and never find the answers to their illness!

Conventional medicine is missing the mark when it comes to effectively treating many chronic illnesses caused by aging, environment and diet, hormonal imbalances, and food sensitivities because they try to treat symptoms with medication.

In fact, we find with our clients that while they may share the same symptoms, they frequently suffer from very different imbalances!

That’s why at Metabolix Health, we follow a modern functional medicine approach that uniquely equipped to resolve chronic wellness issues once and for all... without requiring lifelong dependence on toxic or expensive prescription drugs. It incorporates advanced functional lab testing and relies on current nutritional science to help you rebalance and finally heal.

This in-depth approach is the only successful way of treating chronic disorders because most chronic illnesses have many causes, brought on by modern lifestyle choices.

Instead of simply addressing different symptoms across separate areas, functional medicine seeks to treat the underlying root cause – while looking at lifestyle factors such as diet, environment, emotional health, and mindset that usually brings on the illness clients are seeking to heal.

We take a systems approach that is a 3 step approach to your health. We review and analyze gut health, metabolism, and hormones in this order.  We understand deeply that digestive disorders and blood sugar dysregulation play into every single health issue regardless of symptoms.  So we will ask you to run lab testing. We are a lab-driven practice and use data as well as client histories to piece together all relevant information before designing a program. 

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At Metabolix Health, our functional medicine programs are a more comprehensive form of care (along with health coaching) to help clients learn lifelong skills on how to upgrade their lifestyle – so they don’t remain stuck in the “chronic illness hamster wheel”.

Here are just some of the things we focus on in our program:

  • We prioritize quality over quantity with our clients. We will only make a functional assessment after listening carefully to a client’s medical history, reviewing testing, looking at lifestyle factors that are materially contributing to illnesses, then making a personalized recommendation based on each client’s unique situation.
  • Assessment, natural healing, and prevention are prioritized over wait-and-see treatment approaches.
  • Science-backed proven clinical strategies are used along with homeopathic medicines along with natural forms of healing like upgrading your diet and healing herbs or supplementation with fewer or no side effects.
  • Clients are taught how to take a more active role in their own health and will learn up-to-date nutritional science & lifestyle modifications that can boost their health and overall wellness for a lifetime.
  • Instead of relying on prescribed medications again and again for temporary relief, a functional medicine practitioner, Clare Kelway, and her team at Metabolix Health analyze problems holistically and arm clients with the modern tools for healthy living.

Health Issues

Clients who came to us with the following health issues were able to restore their health using the clinical and lifestyle strategies we shared with them:

  • Gut health: reflux, leaky gut, digestive pain, diarrhea, constipation, and unexplained bloating
  • Autoimmune Conditions:  blood dysregulation, thyroid autoimmunity, Lymes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and CIRS.
  • Hormonal Imbalances: Feeling “tired & wired”, low libido, lack of energy, Peri-menopause and Menopause symptoms,  missing periods, Hot Flashes, Painful Periods, Mood Swings.
  • Broken metabolism: hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, inability to lose or gain weight, high cholesterol, and fatty liver issues.
  • Chronic stress:  Chronic Fatigue, Adrenal Issues, Hypothalamic dysregulation, mitochondrial dysfunction.
  • Cognitive Issues: trauma from injuries, brain fog, memory issues, and focus issues.
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Your Next Best Steps

Unlike conventional insurance-based medicine, we carefully evaluate a client's case before we agree to take them on as a client.

This is in the best interest of both you and our team, because we want to ensure we can truly help you restore vibrant health.

To get started, sign up for a free health consultation with a member of our team, so we can evaluate whether partnering with Metabolix Health is the best next step for you.

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3336 Arapahoe Road #B-258 Erie CO 80516

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