• December 2013

Are You Ready to Have a Wellness Workup?

You don’t feel well, but you can’t quite figure out why. You’ve been to several health care practitioners — but no one has quite hit the nail on the head. And you still feel yucky.

Most likely, you don’t have any specific symptoms — or don’t think it’s affordable to keep searching for the answer. Fortunately there is an answer, insists Dr. Kim Muzinski, co-founder of the Integrative Chiropractic & Natural Medicine Clinic in Arlington, VA: www.MyHolisticDocs.com.

Staying healthy is key.

“With the payments for health care plans changing dramatically, it’s more important than ever to take control of your wellness,” she explains.

“The value of spending your dollars toward wellness is so important.”

No busy adult has time to get sick.

“Having enough time to fit in all the things you need to do every day is also a big issue in your life,” knows Dr. Kim, who specializes in helping patients by discovering the underlying blockages to optimal health, whether it be structural, nutritional, energetic, or emotional blockages.

“Most people can work through pain, but any bigger disruption — such as when you’re sick and have to stay in bed — is simply too disruptive for most busy Americans. And that is a big motivator to staying healthy.”

That’s why the docs offer the Wellness Workup.

“This simple blood test that screens the back-end symptoms related to dozens of complex health problems — from Type 2 Diabetes and hair falling out to debilitating migraine headaches, holding onto weight after trying everything, and extreme fatigue that won’t go away,” says Dr. Scott Muzinski.

It’s not just adults who are getting chronically ill these days.

“What surprises and concerns us most is that so many young people — as early as middle school — are having troubling issues with their health,” Dr. Kim adds.

“Sometimes their health problems are stress-related, but often it’s due to poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Our goal is to help them find the cause, and work toward a significant solution to health and wellness.

Who is the Wellness Workup good for?

“Studies show that health issues stem from biochemical imbalances,” explains Dr. Kim, a 1989 magna cum laude graduate of the Logan College of Chiropractic, who is a diplomate of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and a certified Applied Kinesiologist. “In fact, each ‘disease’ is really a specific pattern of biochemical imbalances.

“A simple blood test identifies the patient’s biochemical patterns, and makes specific, scientifically based recommendations,” adds Dr. Scott, who is also a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. He has a secondary doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine (NMD), graduating summa cum laude from John Thomas College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2002. “As a result, patients see clearly in one Wellness Report what their nutritional deficiencies are — and which foods they should delete or add, or which supplements could help.”

When should you get a Wellness Workup?

Dr. Kim believes the Wellness Workup is ideal for anyone who wants to:

  • Address existing health conditions — from aches and pains to infertility, high blood pressure, digestive issues, extreme fatigue, anxiety/depression, hormonal imbalances and other chronic conditions
  • Discover and address imbalances while they are still reversible
  • Reduce intake or dependence on medications
  • Increase energy and vitality
  • Balance hormonal issues
  • Decrease the risk for chronic disease
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Optimize athletic performance
  • Lose weight
  • Simply wants to feel better every day

What makes the Wellness Workup different from other evaluations or lab tests?

In addition to the standard lab test results that detect major imbalances with wide reference ranges, the in-depth 35-page report uses a much narrower reference range based on the values you’d want if you were at optimal health.

“This, along with a complete holistic clinical evaluation of your diet, current symptoms, objective findings, and family history, we are able to discover and address imbalances before they become major issues,” says Dr. Scott. “In most cases, nutritional therapy, diet and lifestyle changes are what is needed. The sooner an imbalance is detected, the easier it is for patients to respond to natural approaches, and not have to resort to drugs or surgery.”

How does the Wellness Workup — and treatment plan — work?

“Imagine a tree, with the roots at the bottom, a trunk in the middle, and big branches that veer off above,” explains Dr. Kim. “The leaves are the symptoms that come from any core problems.”

“The trunk is your good health, and the branches veer off when you diverge from optimal levels of wellness,” she adds. “The more branches, the more symptoms you have and the worse you feel.”

For example: A 49-year old male showed a number of classic magnesium deficiency signs. But a standard blood test showed his magnesium was in the range of “high normal.” His Wellness Report revealed he needed to maintain an unusually high dose of magnesium to remain healthy.

He increased his magnesium intake. Within days, his fatigue vanished, the dark circles under his eyes faded, his blood pressure lowered, his HDL levels rose, and his blood sugar control improved.

Magic?

“Far from it,” says Dr. Scott. “The Wellness Report simply shows us things that a health care professional could miss on a routine visit. In fact, studying the 35-page report enables us to assess each patient through the dozens of graphs that give us the exact indicator of the range of how healthfully each of a patient’s systems is functioning. That gives Dr. Kim and I an incredible amount of information, so we can come up with the best treatment plan based on what’s happening in your blood, gut, heart, and throughout the other parts of your body.”

Priced at $495 for the entire Wellness Workup, the process includes:

  • Step 1: The blood test = The Clinical Picture. The simple blood test provides the doctors with a screening panel that produces the wide range of color-coded lab results — such as cholesterol and thyroid levels, liver enzymes, calcium, and hormone levels. “Anything outside of the ranges are a red flag that there’s a problem, and that the patient needs to alter what they are eating, how they are exercising, how much they are sleeping, etc., so we can figure out how to help them get back on track,” explains Dr. Kim.
  • Step 2: The analysis = The Diagnostic Picture. With the Wellness Report in hand, Drs. Kim and Scott assess the values indicated for several functions (including the kidney, liver, digestion, cellular production, and a dozen more functions) and put them together and graph them to show quantitatively what’s going on in each of those different body systems. “Not only can we clearly see why a patient is complaining of certain symptoms, we are also able to catch imbalances before they turn into bigger problems,” says Dr. Scott. The report also enables the holistic docs to take a natural approach to helping patients heal — especially those at risk for Diabetes Type 2 or high cholesterol, which can lead to coronary disease.
  • Step 3: Diet Diary = The In-Depth Picture. Along with the Wellness report, Drs. Kim and Scott encourage patients to keep a Diet Diary for a week, which tracks everything that goes in and goes out of the body — food intake, sleep activity, and bowel habits. “Then we put everything together and start to see clear patterns,” says Dr. Kim. “Almost always, our patients discover that certain foods they’ve been eating for years aren’t good for them — in fact, they are making them sick. So we give them dietary guidelines and any nutritional supplement support tailored specifically to begin the reparative phase.”
  • Step 4: The support = Health Coaching. Throughout the entire process, two health coaches help patients through the process — Kimberly Gubser, who works with patients with complex cases who are very sick to help them progress through the reparative phase; and Christine Olson, who offers a six-month program designed to walk people through implementing the reparative phase and a structured teaching phase. “It’s imperative to have support,” insists Dr. Kim, “because anyone can make a short-term change, but a health coach provides tools and ongoing support for it to be a lasting change.”

The Bottom Line

The key to healing, Drs. Kim and Scott share, is discovering the facts about what’s happening in your body, then taking a healing approach to getting well.

“It’s about educating our patients, and giving them the tools they need to have healthy, active lives,” concludes Dr. Kim. “We don’t just do a blood test and give you the report with some recommendations. Rather, we teach you how to compose tasty meals, how to work exercise into your life in a joyful way, and what to avoid. We know that if we don’t do this, odds are good that once you get well, you’ll just fall back on old patterns. Our goal at the Integrative Chiropractic & Natural Medicine Clinic is to help you make life-long, lasting changes — so you get healthy and stay healthy. We are your partners in good health.”

For more information, visit MyHolisticDocs.com.