Courtney Jonson, L.Ac. is a preventative healthcare practitioner and is available for WellnessFX consults in California. Visit her site here.
I think it is important to point out that each year Americans continue to spend more out-of-pocket money on health services beyond those offered within the traditional health-care system. There’s a very important message being sent here. People are actively searching for “more” when it comes to their healthcare. Gone are the days that patients are routinely given comprehensive detailed laboratory assessments. In fact, the average health care practitioner spends very little time with his or her patients. A 45-minute office visit to the doctor that includes 5 minutes with the doctor and 40 minutes waiting is dangerous to one’s health. This poses a serious problem and, I believe, is one of the main reasons why people end up in an office like mine.
People are seeking healthcare solutions and practitioners that can provide them with comprehensive evaluations, carefully thought out treatment plans and non-invasive, early detection screening options. It is this transformed mindset that sets up the stage for “functional” medicine, and comprehensive evaluations in which people seek objective analyses such as lab tests with conservative support that includes nutritional therapy, diet, and lifestyle change.
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