1. What is Functional Medicine? Functional Medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better address the health care needs of population as a whole. Functional Medicine shifts away from the traditional medical model of disease oriented focus, to a patient centered approach looking at the whole person and identifying the root cause of their disease. We look at the triggers of disease such allergens, genetic makeup, stress, environmental toxins, and lifestyle; how they interplay with one another and how they influence the onset of chronic disease. Spending great deal of time with patients to learn their detailed medical history is important to understand how all of these factors work together. Functional Medicine focuses on prevention through nutrition, exercise, bio-identical hormone replacement, detoxification programs, and stress management. 2. What is Anti-Aging /Age Management Medicine? This is a specialty that is scientifically based and focuses on early detection, prevention, and treatment of age- related diseases. The goal is to identify risk factors of chronic disease long before it comes to fruition. While we may not be able to improve longevity, being proactive in your health will enhance your quality of life and extend your overall health span. This is achieved through extensive medical evaluation, lifestyle assessment and developing a proactive plan consisting of proper nutrition, exercise, stress management and bio-identical hormone balancing. We all want to lead active and productive lives for as long as we can. 3. What are Bio-identical hormones and are they safe? Bio-identical hormones are hormones made in compounding pharmacies typically made from wild yam or soy. They have the exact chemical structure and are functionally identical to what our body produces so they are recognized as our own. They replace our hormones back to a more physiologic and youthful level. There is still a great deal of confusion in the medical community about the benefits and safety and of bio-identical hormones. This originated from a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) which found that synthetic hormones i.e. Premarin and Provera, increased the risk of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer and blood clots. However the research since then has shown that bio-identical hormones do not have the same risk and side effects of that of synthetic hormones. It has been shown that bio-identical hormones, can be protective against breast cancer, lower heart disease risk, decrease clots as well as the incidence of stroke and Alzheimer’s dementia. There continues to be a gap between the research and medical practice by as many as 15-20 years. To date, bio-identical hormones continue to be safer, more effective, and more physiologic than their synthetic counterpart. (link to BHRT article) 4. Do you take insurance? New Spring Integrative Medicine is an out-of-network practice and insurance coverage varies based on the individual health insurance policy. Most policies have out of network coverage, and Dr. Sainer provides you with a Super Bill at each visit which lists your diagnostic codes and office visit codes which can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. Health savings accounts can also be used as well, and can be tax deductible. Lab work is covered by most insurance companies. 5. What are your office hours? By appointment only. Call (720) 328-8784 to schedule. 6. Do you take credit cards? Yes. Visa, Master Card or Discover. Contact us or call 720.328.8784 to set up your consultative appointment.