You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old. ~George Burns
HealologyHealth – Creating a Healthier You
We all want a good life. One that’s free from stress or medical conditions that keep us from enjoying the world around us. That’s why most of us are constantly searching for answers regarding our health and the ways we can improve it. Many of us rely on the internet to find our fountain of youth, and let’s face it, it’s full of instant fads and inaccurate information right at our fingertips. But plugging a laundry list of symptoms into a computer that doesn’t know YOU and can’t possibly listen and diagnose what you’re feeling rarely reaps long-term success. This is why Kelly Slaughter APRN NP-C, fellowship trained, has created HealologyHealth, an office dedicated to the principals of Functional Medicine, a healing philosophy that addresses the whole person and not just isolated symptoms. Specializing in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement therapy for men’s and women’s specific health related issues, HealologyHealth believes strongly of “Creating a Healthier You” through strength, focus and vitality. We asked Kelly about Functional Medicine, why it’s necessary for proactive healthcare and how HealologyHealth can help us live a longer, healthier life.
What Makes Functional Medicine So Different?
Traditional physicians are generally trained to care for acute illnesses like appendicitis or a broken leg. Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease; the kind that can sneak up on you, robbing you of general wellbeing as you age. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. With the goal of balancing the entire body, we are specifically trained to assess the underlying causes of chronic disease and apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in our patients.
Why Do We Need Functional Medicine?
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, because it can take as long as 50 years for emerging research to translate into changes in the way traditional physicians care for their patients, this time could determine if you’ll live your future life sick or healthy. Functional Medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. Combining traditional western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, we focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques. We utilize the best research in a timely fashion, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.
How Can HealologyHealth Help?
I created HealologyHealth because I have a significant personal and professional interest and experience in Anti-Aging, Functional Medicine and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. I initially launched into this adventure when I myself began following complementary healthcare for hormone replacement. As a seasoned professional with both a Masters in Nursing and a Nurse Practitioner degree in Adult Geriatric Primary Care, I was rooted in what’s best described as “western medicine”, and suspect of “alternative” care. After experiencing positive results in my own health, thanks to the forward-thinking of Functional Medicine, I knew I needed to learn more. This led me towards rigorous training in Anti-Aging, Metabolic and Functional Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Metabolic Medical Institute. HealologyHealth is the culmination of experience, training and care that I provide for my patients. We focus on a holistic, personalized plan to improve overall health and wellness. We spend time with you delivering valid information for understanding your body, health, and treatment options. It’s our calling to help you find the healthy life you want to lead, both now and in the future.