The providers at Renewed Vitality use a functional medicine approach in treating our patients. Many people come to us because they are weary of feeling bad and the traditional or “conventional” medicine approach is not helping them. Our patients find that they are able to heal and thrive because we look for the root causes of chronic diseases, hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems, and autoimmune disorders.
Conventional medicine works well for some types of situations such as acute illness, life-threatening illness, and trauma. Doctors and hospitals do surgeries, complete diagnostic tests, and prescribe antibiotics and other medications to treat their patients. This is necessary and life-saving when appropriate however, many patients fall through the cracks of conventional medicine and often feel like they can’t find a provider to fix what’s wrong with them.
Many folks suffer and have their quality of life affected because they are continuing to get sicker and more frustrated. Lots of times this is because their provider either doesn’t understand what’s wrong with them or doesn’t exactly know how to treat them other than prescribing medication to treat their symptom(s). At Renewed Vitality, we look for root causes of illness along with imbalances in the endocrine system so that our patients can heal and enjoy their lives again.
“When I saw the nurse practitioner for my thyroid issues, she really went through all of the bloodwork results with me and helped me understand what it was saying. She explained in depth about why I’m taking the different supplements I am. I found the diet easy to follow because it was very strict and clear. I lost about 25 pounds!” – Wendy N.
Our Functional Medicine Providers Are Here to Help
Our Functional Medicine approach includes:
- Looks for root causes of illness or dysfunction.
- Focuses on chronic disease management and prevention.
- A partnership between the patient and provider that engages provider expertise with patient participation.
- Spends more time with the patient to address all underlying issues (all of our appointments at Renewed Vitality are one hour in length). This is drastically different than the typical doctor’s appointment which may only last 10-15 minutes.
- Utilizes the most up-to-date screening tests so as to proactively manage chronic illness, correct imbalances, and promote long-term vitality and wellness.
- Addresses the whole person to include diet, stress, lifestyle, environment, and genetics.
- Identifies stressors of the body and mind, including inflammation, which can be precursors to serious disease.
- Thyroid balancing (we test TSH, T3, T4, Reverse T3, and Antibodies). Conditions treated include Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Disease, and Graves’ Disease.
- Hormone balancing for men and women (Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Pregnenolone, DHEA) and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
- Diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders, food sensitivities/allergies, and overall gut health.
- Other comprehensive serum lab testing to include cortisol, insulin resistance, melatonin, serotonin, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, and Magnesium levels.
- Diagnosis and treatment of adrenal fatigue.
- Testing and treatment for chronic viral syndromes, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- Low-dose Naltrexone for pain management.
- Nutritional counseling.
- Weight-loss program as needed.
- PCOS diagnosis and root-cause treatment.
- Sleep disorders and treatment.
- Lyme Disease testing.
- Detox programs for heavy metals exposure and other environmental toxins.
- Anti-aging protocols.
“Caring practitioners, thorough, and knowledgeable.” – Nathan S.
The Role of Hormones in a Functional Medicine Approach
Women and men can both have hormonal imbalances. Ensuring proper balance of your hormones is a vital part of Functional Medicine. In addition to the aging process, hormonal imbalances can occur as a result of diet, stress, sleep disturbances and medications.
In women, hormonal imbalances often occur as we age, such as with perimenopause and menopause. It can also occur in premenopausal women who suffer from conditions such as PMS, estrogen dominance, or PCOS.
As men age, they will go through a period in their life called Andropause which can deplete hormone levels. Regardless of age, both men and women can experience chronic illnesses, adrenal fatigue, gut problems, thyroid issues, insulin resistance, and sleep problems. All of these things can cause hormones to go awry.
If a person is experiencing hormonal imbalances in one area, it’s not uncommon for the entire endocrine system to be disrupted since all of the hormones work synergistically with each other. These imbalances can lead to disease, early aging, infertility, and autoimmune disorders. Gut health can also significantly impact the endocrine system along with other biological processes too.
Achieving balance with hormones is crucial to not only delay aging and prevent more serious illness, but also to feeling good physically and mentally.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalances may be vague and overlap with other conditions so it is important to have accurate lab testing in order to treat your specific needs.
Signs that you may be experiencing hormonal imbalance may include:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Weight gain or the inability to lose weight, even with exercise
- Weight gain in the abdominal area
- Difficulty concentrating
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep issues
- Heart palpitations
- Cold or heat intolerance
- Digestive problems
- Loss of muscle tone/decreased muscle mass
- Hair loss
- Chronic constipation
- Loss of outer third of eyebrows
- Painful sex
- Decreased libido
- Loss of skin elasticity
- High blood pressure/high cholesterol
- Irregular/absent periods/Infertility
- Dry skin/scalp
“My wife Donna and I enjoyed a meaningful experience at Renewed Vitality. We are much healthier now than ever and on the road to recovery. The staff was great to work with and follow up has been helpful. We both feel great after one year of appointments too.” – Don G.
The Role of Gut Health in Functional Medicine
More and more research studies are emerging which show how much gut health influences the body and the brain. Our immune system is greatly influenced by our gut health and is the first line of defense against disease and illness. Oftentimes, the breakdown of the immune system can be linked to the health of our microbiome.
Our microbiome also affects our metabolic rate. Metabolism is a biochemical process that determines how quickly your body converts calories into energy. Problems such as an underactive thyroid, adrenal fatigue, stress, lack of sleep, and an accumulation of toxins will affect your metabolic rate. Therefore, a healthy microbiome is critical, affecting not only digestion, but mood, cognitive function, aging, and of course, our immune system. Gut issues can also be caused by taking some medications.
The Enteric Nervous System or ENS is located in your digestive system and is the link between digestion, mood and health. It basically releases enzymes that break down food and controls blood flow for nutrient absorption and elimination. For those people who have IBS, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, upset stomach and bloating, the irritation that this creates can actually cause mood swings by sending signals to the central nervous system. There is a much higher percentage of anxiety and depression in people with IBS and GI tract diseases and as much as 40 percent of the population suffer from some kind of gastrointestinal problem in their life.
While some conventional practitioners recognize that there are underlying causes of disease and/or symptoms that are linked to gut health, many times they do not understand its role fully, nor do they test for it. Instead, they will prescribe a medication to treat a symptom. At Renewed Vitality, we recognize the importance of a healthy gut microbiome and offer testing to find the root cause of your illness.
“They’ve never dismissed any of my concerns as unimportant and take every concern of mine very seriously. They go to an extra effort to make me feel respected and attended to. They always listen to every question or concern I may have.” – Hashimoto
GI Effects Testing
GI Effects Test is an innovative stool test that measures biomarkers of GI function and performance of the microbiome in your gut. This cutting-edge test helps to indicate not only your gut health, but your overall health as well. Once identified, better and more targeted treatment can be implemented in your individual health plan. Additionally, if there are pathogens present in your gut that may be causing illness, or if there is an improper balance of commensal and beneficial bacteria present, and/or also any risk factors relating to the microbiome, these will also be indicated through this test.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food allergies can play a major role in quality of life. Many people keep an Epi-Pen on hand in case of accidental ingestion of common allergens like peanuts, shrimp, and lactose because some food allergies can be life-threatening.
Food sensitivities are not the same as food allergies, however, they can wreak havoc on the gastrointestinal tract and the way we feel. Sensitivities and intolerances are becoming a growing problem to a greater number of people. Some people may not realize that they have food sensitivities even if they suffer from chronic inflammation and/or gastrointestinal problems.
You may experience symptoms such as:
- Joint aches and pains
- Frequent fatigue
- Digestion issues such as gas, diarrhea, IBS, IBD or other intestinal issues
- Brain fog
- Weight gain or the inability to lose weight
These are just some of the types of symptoms you may experience. Renewed Vitality uses the ALCAT Test which is the leading source for food sensitivity testing. Those who suffer from food sensitivities may benefit from knowing specifically how food and chemical intolerances are affecting their bodies. ALCAT testing allows cutting edge technology to create personalized nutritional planning resulting in improvements you can see and feel.
“Great staff and doctors that care about your whole body health. Close to functional medicine too. Thanks for helping me and my wife get healthier over the years and going forward.” – Don E.
Wm. Marcus Spurlock, M.D. Medical Director
Wm. Marcus Spurlock, M.D. is one of the most experienced physicians in Integrative Medicine and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for men and women. Dr. Spurlock specializes in treating Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Age and Weight Loss Management, Sleep Therapy, Chronic Viral Syndromes and Body Detoxification. He brings a wealth of experience and research to Renewed Vitality, helping his patients regain a full and energetic life.
Dr. Spurlock has worked for over 17 years in the field of viral diseases. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
Dr. Spurlock is knowledgeable, experienced, and has a passion for finding solutions to environmental and age related illness. He brings a variety of cutting edge professional services to Renewed Vitality, making it the best choice for patients searching to improve their quality of life.
His résumé includes 20+ years of experience with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement and Integrative Medicine.
He contributes extensive research and experience to Renewed Vitality, helping multitudes of patients under his care to reclaim complete and active lives. See Dr Spurlock’s Full Bio
Roxana Cocos, NP-C
Roxana Cocos is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a proud member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. As a Nurse Practitioner she has worked in a Family Practice, in Primary Care, Urgent Care and in Endocrinology, giving her a well-rounded foundation of experience in treating patients.
Roxana is passionate about personalized health and medicine. While working as a Family Nurse Practitioner, she found the “pill for every ill” model dysfunctional and misleading, as simply treating the symptoms rather than the causes, not only failed to resolve the patients’ conditions, but often caused even more side effects. In her search to solve this puzzle, she was introduced to Integrative Health and Medicine while attending a conference. Presently, she is nearing the end of a two-year postgraduate fellowship in Integrative Health and Medicine.
Roxana is driven to empower patients, through use of many resources for high quality diagnostics and education, to take control of their own health and to help guide them on their paths to wellness.
Amanda Hoelscher, NP-C
Amanda Hoelscher is certified as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and nationally certified in both Advanced Oncology and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care. Amanda is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Amanda has always had a genuine compassion for people and a desire to help them. In her spare time, she works with Medical Ministries International where she is able to travel on mission trips to places such as Sababa Grande and the Dominican Republic. There she has been able to broaden her experience and education by working in primary care, women’s wellness, and in general surgery in the nurse practitioner role.
Practicing in Oncology has provided Amanda with a wide knowledge base and extensive experience. She realized that the conventional medicine model of spending only 15 minutes per appointment with her patients wasn’t enough time to provide the all-inclusive and quality level of care that they needed. This increased her the desire to look at patients holistically and individually, rather than practicing the traditional medical model and the “one size fits all” approach to medicine.
It was with this in mind that she searched for a practice that would allow her to provide the kind of care, attention, and cutting edge medical research and knowledge needed to truly help each patient she worked with, and she has found this at Renewed Vitality. We welcome her knowledge, experience, and compassion for helping her patients improve their quality of life.
Amanda looks at the whole patient picture. She enjoys educating patients and helping them to make needed lifestyle changes in order to achieve optimum health. This includes overseeing hormone balancing for both men and women, treatment of thyroid disorders, weight loss, and overall health and nutrition.
She listens to her patients and gains a full understanding of what they have been experiencing. With this understanding and the correct use of diagnostic tools and labs, Amanda works to find the root cause of underlying issues and address these to achieve long-term wellness for each of her patients.
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