Typically, when we are feeling unwell, we present to our primary care provider with a symptom(s) to uncover the source of the symptom(s) we are experiencing. You may seek consultation with your traditional medical physician as to why you are exhausted, unable to sleep, have persistent headaches, feel depressed, or possess anxiety-driven emotional and physical symptoms. In many instances, your symptom(s) may not be able to be solved within the traditional medicine model due to it being diagnosis and disease-centric. The methodical approach is uncover what is wrong on a standard diagnostic test and treat the disease with medicine or surgery. However, the majority of the time, there may not be a disease to treat initially and you continue to manifest symptom(s), feeling "unwell." Functional medicine plays a vital role here, addressing the root cause of the symptom(s) prior to the manifestation of disease and/or the root cause of the disease.
Functional medicine is a highly personalized approach including a detailed understanding of the patient's genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages this comprehensive analysis to promote optimal wellness. "Optimal wellness" is not just the absence of disease, it us us living our best life, one we love. Functional medicine treats the individual who has the disease, not the disease the individual has. It is centered on improving patient outcomes by determining the areas of dysfunction and imbalance in your body to then tailor treatments to reinvigorate you back to optimal function.
The goal of functional medicine is root cause resolution by determining how and why illness occurs, and in turn, restoring body balance and optimal wellness.
At WOW Wellness, we partner with you on your journey to "optimal wellness" and a life filled with longevity. It is our mission to enlighten and empower you to evolve into optimal wellness, guiding you to feel younger, more vibrant, and thrive living a happy, healthy, and authentic life. When we are presented with health challenges or are living with a chronic disease, we settle for "better" but not optimal wellness.
The first step we take with you is to understand what your own wellness picture looks like. Our personalized, science-based patient approach uncovers and treats the root cause of the symptom, illness and/or disease you are experiencing to restore your body balance. We utilize a variety of tools, including individualized health questionnaires, a comprehensive client assessment, and an advanced laboratory based analysis system identifying the patterns of dysfunction and imbalance. We incorporate a three body system clinical model emphasizing hormonal balance, gut health, and effectiveness of body detoxification. The four pillars of healing focusing on relationships, diet and lifestyle, the environment, and detoxification is a key component of a comprehensive, personalized, science-based treatment plan focused on the "whole you." Pharmaceutical-grade supplements and lifestyle changes are the "heart" of our functional medicine treatment approach to create optimal wellness.
The first step is to assess your hormonal system by measuring the function of your adrenal glands with the Adrenocortex Stress Profile test. This test analyzes how your body is managing stress caused by lifestyle issues such as working long hours, poor eating habits, lack of exercise or lack of rest. Adrenal stress can be caused by internal organ dysfunction such as poor digestion or inadequate detoxification ability. Imbalances in adrenal hormones can have a wide range of negative consequences that can adversely impact a patient's quality of life. Symptoms of adrenal dysfunction are highly variable but may include: fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, depression, GI complaints, and chronic pain. These imbalances can provide guidance on a comprehensive, personalized, science-based treatment plan targeting hormonal health, nutrient support, stress management, and lifestyle modifications.
The second step is to assess how your body is digesting, and if a problem is detected, determine why your body is not digesting with the GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile test. This test will provide data on inflammation and how well you digest and absorb the food you eat. Additionally, it can provide a detailed picture regarding the balance of yeast, parasites, and healthy and unhealthy bacteria that live in our large intestine. This bacterial population is called the microbiome. Many patients do not realize that in addition to gastrointestinal complaints, systemic diseases can be linked to the gastrointestinal tract. Improving the health of your gut may improve your overall health. These functional imbalances can provide guidance on a comprehensive, personalized, science-based treatment plan targeting gut health, nutrient support, and lifestyle modifications.
The third step is to assess the body's metabolic processes including energy production, detoxification, anti-oxidant production, functional vitamin and mineral status, amino acid insufficiencies, and bacterial/yeast overgrowth with the Organix Comprehensive Profile test. This test allows nutritional assessment for a broad variety of clinical conditions, general wellness and the prevention of chronic diseases including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders and metabolic disorders. It specifically evaluates hundreds of areas in the body that are affected by poor nutrition and vital to keep your body in perfect balance to achieve optimal wellness. These nutritional imbalances can provide guidance on a comprehensive, personalized, science-based treatment plan targeting nutritional support and lifestyle modifications.
Mold and non-heavy metal toxicities can be the root cause of many symptoms of chronic illness. We are exposed to mold in our showers, food, and water-damaged buildings. Some mold types produce toxic chemicals. Molds are typically inhaled or ingested, and most mycotoxin exposures (toxins from mold) are through airborne exposure. Food can also be a source, particularly those that are spoiled or have not been tested following harvesting. Mycotoxins are inflammatory to the immune system and deplete antioxidants in the body. Symptoms of mold exposure can be fatigue, memory loss, headaches, allergies, bloating, and other various symptoms. Additionally, we are exposed daily to environmental pollutants linked to many chronic diseases. We utilize mold and non-heavy metal toxicity testing at WOW Wellness to get to the root cause of unexplained symptoms and illness.
Heavy metal toxicity results from an accumulation of heavy metals such as aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury along with others that disrupts the normal body processes. It can come from multiple sources and be a key driver of chronic illness and disease. Depending on exposure, symptoms can be acute or chronic. Acute exposure can manifest symptoms such as confusion, numbness, nausea, vomiting or even coma. Long-term exposure can produce symptoms that are less severe including fatigue, brain fog, weakness, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, constipation, joint pain and muscle pain. Heavy metals accumulate in the body over our lifetime and identification and treatment of these metals can assist the body in achieving optimal wellness. At WOW Wellness, we conduct heavy metal testing to get to the root cause of unexplained symptoms and illness.
Food allergies and sensitivities can greatly impact optimal wellness. Food allergies and intolerances can be the root cause to many major health issues. Specific foods can create a significant inflammatory process within the body. Food allergies are a result of an immune reaction to a particular food that causes immediate reactions such as swelling, rash, itchiness and sometimes a life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Food intolerances cause more subtle health challenges that create uncomfortable symptoms without outward immune reactions. Food intolerances can often lead to elevated levels of whole body inflammation that can cause fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, digestive disturbances, headaches and other unwanted symptoms. Sixty percent of individuals have food sensitivities and at WOW Wellness we use sensitivity testing to get to the root cause of unexplained symptoms and illness.
Are you ready to begin your wellness journey, but lacking a road map to follow? Together we will determine what your current wellness picture looks like with a thorough health history conducted in-person or via telemedicine. A personalized plan will be developed to embark on a journey to achieve optimal wellness.
WOW Wellness Center
2069 York Road, Suite 100, Timonium, MD 21093