The key to functional medicine is treating each person as an individual and getting to the root cause of health problems. This generally entails a detailed conversation about your current state of health, health history, family history, diet, lifestyle habits, etc. At that point we will discuss with you potential approaches and recommended laboratory workups. This visit will last approximately 60 minutes and is primarily an information gathering and sharing session, and a physical examination. We may make some simple recommendations at this time, but most advice will be deferred until after lab results are in and there has been time to thoughtfully consider your case.
The second visit is generally scheduled a week or two later and will last approximately 30 minutes. Any additional physical examination, if indicated, will be performed again during your second visit. It is at that time that we will discuss the review of findings. This includes what may be causing your health problems and what supplementation (vitamin, minerals and herbs), diet, and lifestyle changes may be needed, as well as any or other medications that may be appropriate for your care. Follow-up visits thereafter are usually scheduled in approximately 4–8 weeks from this visit to evaluate progress and make any adjustments in your program. These visits will also last approximately 30 minutes each.
How often you see us after that will depend on what you are being treated for. Some healthy people see us only once a year for physical exams and screening lab tests. Many people who have multiple complaints are seen more often based on the severity of their condition.
If you have any further questions after reading the enclosed information, please call our office. We will be happy to assist you. Please ensure that all forms are completed and sent through at least two days prior to your appointment. We look forward to working with you.
Dr. F Badenhorst and Staff