Your lifestyle or the environment you live in, as well as your genetic predisposition to health issues or disease, can all impact your health from multiple angles. Causes of illness or disease can often trace back to lifestyle or environmental problems. Addressing these instead of merely treating symptoms can help rebalance your overall health and support your immune system.
At All Functional Health with locations in San Ramon and Turlock, California, Jeffrey Mark, MD, and Frances Mark, PharmD, DD, can help you look at your health as a whole. We focus on, treating and adjusting your entire body’s systems for an optimized, balanced state of being. Best of all, they can do much of your functional medicine consultations and make your treatment recommendations remotely using telehealth options that cut down on the number of office visits you have to make.
Functional medicine basics
Functional medicine looks at your body as a whole system made of interlocking, in sync parts. Just like a finely tuned machine, if one part is operating incorrectly or isn’t synced up with the others, your functionality can suffer. Every other part of your body has to work harder to make up for the weakness, and this can cause a cascade of failure, contributing to chronic pain or illness.
Dr. Mark wants to treat the original cause of any symptoms you have. If you have pain, he wants to find out why, not just mask it. If you have heartburn, he wants to understand what is causing it, not just treat the symptoms alone. He can provide testing to check your hormone levels and put together a stress management plan to lower your blood pressure naturally.
Overall, functional medicine uses nutrition and other natural methods to improve your quality of life and can help you overcome the cumulative effect of multiple diseases or conditions that are dragging you down. We can also perform telomere and genomic testing to help determine your body’s actual physical age, and help find ways to turn back the clock.
Dr. Mark can evaluate any and all health issues you have — such as chronic pain, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, restless sleep, digestive ailments, sexual health, and more. Then, he will create a customized treatment plan for you designed to bring your entire body into sync.
Functional medicine and COVID-19
It’s important not to miss your functional medicine appointments due to staying at home. While precautions should be taken when visiting your doctor, your functional health team is here to optimize your health and boost your immune system. While you can’t eliminate the risk of getting COVID-19, you can do your best to stay healthy and strong for a better chance of fighting off the virus if you do become infected. We can test your vitamin D levels to see if a boost can be applied to help support your immune health during this time.
Many appointments can be kept remotely through telemedicine. If you need a consultation or have a follow-up appointment scheduled, Dr. Mark can meet with you using telehealth options that let him provide the same great medical care you’re used to from the safety of your home. If you do need to come in, we’ll inform you of the steps we’ve taken to keep our physical offices safe for you and our staff.
To schedule your next remote or on-site appointment, please call your nearest All Functional Health location or use our online booking system.