WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE? The Unique Five-Pillar System that Delivers Life-Changing Results
You are familiar with the conventional process. You see a doctor. They diagnose your condition, and you are prescribed medication to treat your brain or nervous system. It works – to an extent. But as soon as you stop taking your medicine, all of your symptoms come back full-force. It’s a band-aid solution – temporary and unfulfilling.
If you are looking for more effective treatment options, look no further than our functional medicine clinic in Springfield! What is functional medicine? Over many years of study and hands-on experience as a functional medicine and neurologist doctor in Springfield, I have come to a conclusion: when an illness’s root cause is addressed, people just like you can achieve resilient health. Over many years of study and hands-on experience as a neurologist and functional medicine doctor, I have come to a conclusion: when an illness’s root cause is addressed, people just like you can achieve resilient health.
Since 2015, my team and I at Sharlin Health and Neurology have reshaped the lives of many living with neurological conditions. Today, I’d like to share my unique Five-Pillar System with you. This foundational structure empowers my patients to regain control of their wellness and live the life they deserve.
But first, I am a functional medicine neurologist, so what is functional medicine?
What is Functional Medicine?
Where conventional medicine is disease-centric, functional medicine, the approach I take, is patient-centric.
Just like every patient that walks through my door, you are an individual. You have individual quirks and aspirations, you have a distinct lifestyle, and you have unique biology. The nuanced factors that make you matter – they play a significant role in defining your health trajectory.
As a functional medicine doctor, I draw from the latest in conventional medicine breakthroughs and incorporate individualized care into patient treatment plans. I uncover the underlying causes of your disease and formulate a path forward that caters to your specific needs.
Functional medicine is not a cookie-cutter approach. It achieves more than symptom suppression. It is a proactive strategy that empowers individuals with hope and possibility.
“There’s nothing more that we can do” are not words you will hear from me.
My Five-Pillar System
Are you ready for a dramatic change in your health trajectory? I am ready to show you how.
Established in 2015, my practice, Sharlin Health and Neurology, has developed a value-based patient-centered approach to neurological care built around my unique Five-Pillar System:
This provides a clear delineation of the steps for conventional diagnostic investigation and treatment and more holistic options.
Pillar 1: Identify
I use all conventional diagnostic tools, from a comprehensive history and physical examination with an emphasis on neurological localization and differential diagnosis to EEG, NCV/EMG, lumbar puncture, skin punch biopsy, diagnostic neuroimaging (ultrasound, MRI, CT, SPECT, and PET), neuropsychological testing (computerized or in-person), and serology.
Pillar 2: Investigate
With my precise diagnosis, an understanding of the natural history of the given disease, and an exploration of your goals for treatment, we can explore a menu of options.
This stage is executed with one of my patient coordinators who can sit down with you and understand your perspective and readiness for change.
Here, everything is on the table: the traditional treatment options and the integrative approaches we have available. If you only choose conventional treatment (insurance-based) options, you are offered solutions that will not cost you anything (free brain health guide and access to an online resource center, as examples) and returned to the provider for prescription management.
Pillar 3: Integrate
If you choose holistic, integrative strategies with or without traditional treatment options, your coordinator arranges and schedules these options.
These include the following:
- Nutrition consultation with a registered, licensed dietitian
- Engagement in health coaching with a licensed, certified health coach (whose credentials are recognized by CMS)
- Neuro fitness assessment and coaching using our proprietary neurology-centered movement system
- Laboratory evaluation that explores cellular biochemistry, microbiome analysis, analysis of environmental exposures, and genomics
- A comprehensive, all-inclusive approach called Brain Tune Up! (also referred to as The Brain Tune Up! Protocol or Program)
Pillars 4 and 5: Restore and Regenerate
You may also choose regenerative medicine treatment options.
These include the following:
- Bioidentical hormone optimization using a variety of approaches, including subdermal pellet therapy
- IV nutrition therapy
- Near-infrared sauna or hyperbaric oxygen treatments (where available)
- FDA-compliant intrathecal bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell therapy
On the traditional therapeutic side, I have always utilized a variety of oral and parenteral (including IV infusion) pharmacotherapy, interventional neurology, such as nerve blocks, vagal nerve and deep brain stimulation, noninvasive technologies (auricular and peripheral nerve stimulation for pain or essential tremor, respectively), and have worked with allied health and surgery.
Also, my research center, Sharlin Health Neurosciences Research Center, has been a site for numerous clinical trials in multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, migraine, traumatic brain injury, and ALS. The results of my research have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
My Five-Pillar Approach Combats Many Brain and Neurological Conditions
More than 25 million Americans live with brain or neurological conditions.
If you or a family member are experiencing one or more of the following neurological conditions, you may be a candidate for my Five-Pillar System:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic migraine
- Numbness or tingling
- Movement problems
- Vision problems
- Sleep problems
- Motor neuron disease
- Gut health
- Hormone imbalances
- Memory loss
How to Become My Patient
Your journey starts with a conversation. You have two options:
1) Schedule an in-office functional medicine appointment
2) Book a 15-minute telephone consultation to find out more about our 6–12-month Brain Tune Up! Protocol
Before your initial visit, you will need to fill out a detailed medical history questionnaire – this document kick-starts our investigation into your chronic condition and what, precisely, is causing it.
- You will answer questions about the following:
- Your lifestyle, including your regular diet, activity level, and primary stressors
- Your genetics, including your family history
- Your environment, including your exposure to toxins
If you have any questions about this questionnaire or your initial consultation, please do not hesitate to ask.
Your Health, Your Choices, My Solutions
If you are tired of relying on medication, done with doctors that don’t listen, and ready to put in the work to re-route the trajectory of your health, functional and regenerative medicine is for you.
Get started today. Feel free to call us to schedule an appointment or if you are wondering what functional medicine is in more depth. Our Springfield clinic will be happy to assist you!