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America has become the world leader in chronic disease.  How can this happen in a country blessed with the most sophisticated health care system on the planet?  One reason might be the use of drugs to treat chronic disease - the predominant choice for most medical doctors in the U.S. today.  Disease is not a drug deficiency and medications many times bring more health problems!  Merely masking the symptoms by using a drug is just not enough.  So, the health problems just continue as the costs goes up.  Drugs are not the best answer; so what is?  Maybe there's a better, more efficient way to wellness.

Functional Medicine is the new health care model currently attracting more patients and doctors. It focuses on testing and measuring the health of your organs and cells and recommending natural substances to help rebuild your body.  No drugs.   Bloomington Chiropractic Center is one of the first health care facilities in Indiana to integrate functional medicine services into its health care program for overcoming chronic disease and achieving optimum wellness.  Thousands of patients have been tested and treated at this clinic utilizing these natural health concepts.  The results have been astounding. 

 What Is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine was founded on the premise that your body is a self-healing, self regulating organism. You were born to be healthy.  If you are not experiencing vibrant health & wellness, something is impeding
or unbalancing your inborn healing capacity.  Symptoms appear and are often regarded as the evil enemy. 

Functional medicine is patient-centered, science-based health care that identifies and corrects biochemical and physiological imbalances that can lead to illness.  This is accomplished by measuring your body composition, cellular toxicity, and various chemical constituents in the blood, urine, and saliva.  Functional medical treatment addresses those imbalances by removing toxins and allergens, improving diet & exercise, and utilizing therapeutic grade micro nutrients and botanicals.  By pinpointing the cause of your symptoms and determining your current level of health, this clinics' Doctors can help you heal faster, perform better, and achieve your optimum health and wellness.

What conditions can improve with Functional Medicine?
Chronic disease is caused by a multiplicity of factors interacting between your genetics and lifestyle. Your genes are inherited and you have no choice in that matter.  But these genes can be turned on or off by patterns in your lifestyle.  Functional medicine can identify those patterns that can contribute to these common diseases and disorders:

  • Chronic fatigue and pain
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Diabetes & dysglycemia
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Poor digestion & enzyme deficiency
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Menstrual/menopausal symptoms
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Allergies & immune deficiencies
  • Susceptibility to infections
  • Slow healing of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Poor academic & athletic performance
  • Arthritis & fibromyalgia
  • Acne & skin disorders

How do we find the cause?
The Functional Medical Assessment (FMA) is the investigational toolkit used at the Bloomington Chiropractic Center.  This includes a thorough review of your personal and family medical history, a standard physical examination, a comprehensive symptom questionnaire, and the appropriate laboratory tests to determine your body chemistry and cellular function:

  • Blood panels including cholesterol, lipids, glucose, creatinine, and ketones.
  • Chem screen blood panel including electrolyte and mineral levels.
  • Blood typing panel
  • Routine Urinalysis
  • BioCellular analysis (BCA)
  • BioImpedance analysis (BIA)
  • Toxic mineral hair analysis
  • Hormone profiles
  • DNA and genetic profiles
  • Stool analysis
  • Biomagnetic organ scanning
  • Comprehensive heath questionnaire 

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What is Biocellular Analysis (BCA)
Biocellular analysis is a computerized method of measuring nine biochemical parameters of the blood, urine, and saliva. These parameters include acid and alkaline balance (pH).  These are crucial findings in assessing the homeostatic capabilities of your internal biochemistry. This sophisticated in-house test can be performed in 15-minutes and will reveal a wealth of medical information including: 

  • Protein assimilation
  • Acid/alkaline balance (pH)
  • Cellular toxicity
  • Mitochondrial efficiency
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Adrenal stress
  • Kidney stress
  • Hydration status
  • Detoxification efficiency

The beauty of this technology is the ability to re-test and scientifically chart improvement over time.  Although patients have shown incredible improvements, there's never been a perfect score after thousands of biocellular tests in the past decade at Bloomington Chiropractic Center. This may surprise some especially if they were declared in "perfect health" by their doctor.  That mantra is antiquated and you deserve an in-depth assessment that goes way beyond just blood pressure and cholesterol testing. 

Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA)
Bioimpedance analysis is a computerized method of measuring altered body composition. It is extremely accurate and reproducible. Your body is comprised of lean body mass (muscles/organs) acting as a bank for your  nutrients.  Your fat mass is your reservoir of stored fuel and toxins.  And the total water inside and outside your cells is your transport and detoxification mechanism. If these water containing compartments are altered in any way, chronic disease and poor fitness can be right around the corner.  This simple 5-minute non-invasive test measures the body's resistance to imperceptible electrical currents traveling in a circuit through your body.  BIA can reveal the following measurements in percentage and weight:

  • Body Fat Mass
  • Lean Body Mass
  • Intracellular Water
  • Extracellular Water
  • Total Body Water

The following BIA measurements are calculations that also help you and your Doctor monitor acute/chronic illness, potential health risks, dietary status, and overall fitness: 

  • Phase angle - measures the amount of intact healthy cells in your body.
  • Capacitance - measures the integrity of cell membranes and their water holding capacity.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) - a calculation of chronic disease risk factors.
  • Basal Metabolism Rate (BMR) - measures individual caloric needs in your body.

The BIA can also be repeated to scientifically chart improvements over time.  This is especially helpful in readjusting the treatment plan and establishing what works best for the patient.  Competitive athletes are especially amazed how this information can help them improve their performance.

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Treatment Using Functional Medicine
All the testing information will be compiled and discussed with you.  Specific recommendations will be offered to directly address any abnormal findings. This may include therapeutic grade nutritional, herbal, and botanical products designed to support various systems of the body. Metagenics and Standard Process are two of the more common brands prescribed by the doctors at Bloomington Chiropractic Center.  These products are backed by exhaustive research, are guaranteed potency, and are professionally dispensed by the majority of nutrition experts in the world today.  Additional recommendations may include changes in dietary habits, exercise, and lifestyle habits. The entire treatment plan will be individualized for your specific needs and your desired level of health. 

Instead of being prescribed symptom-masking medications with potential harmful side-effects, you will be educated, encouraged, and facilitated to resolve the potential cause of your problem and speed your recovery.  Wellness care or illness care? . . .  What will you choose?

 WELLNESS PLANS                                                                                                 

CREATING WELLNESS  Options    Choose a level that suits your needs!

Creating Wellness Testing Options
Choose a level that suits your needs.  All sessions are weekly one on one with your Doctor lasting 20 minutes except for the initial 45 minute consultation and evaluation session.
Level 1 BEGINNINGS 1-2 sessions Initial health & dietary assessment, body fat, recommendations and goal setting with follow up support and motivation session
Level 2 BASIC 2-3 sessions Body composition testing, Urinalysis, in addition to Level 1 "Beginnings"
Level 3 COMPREHENSIVE 3- 4 sessions BioCellular testing (blood & saliva analysis) plus Level 1 "Beginnings" and Level 2 "Basic"


Nutritional Wellness   Package Options
All sessions are one on one with a specialist lasting 30 minutes except for initial 45 minute consultation and evaluation session.
Health Diet NOVICE 1-3 sessions   Basic diet analysis, Basic dietary needs and  food groups review, diet and meal planning, goals and recommendations with follow up review and support
Healthier Diet ADVANCED 3- 6 sessions Diet analysis, General dietary needs and food groups review, in depth discussion of specific needs ( i.e. allergies, pathologies, behavioral concerns, specific detailed meal planning, recipes, food substitutions, family strategies), creating helpful shopping lists, goals and recommendations with follow up support

CREATING FITNESS Highly recommended that these sessions be taken with one of the PERSONALIZED
                                  NUTRITION WELLNESS sessions listed above.


Exercise Fitness Fitness Options
Sessions are scheduled 3 per week and are one on one with your specialist.  Either selection includes an initial assessment resulting in a personalized work out program to suit your current fitness level as well as general dietary tips. 
 Fitness 1   POWER PACKAGE  9 sessions Each session lasts 30 minutes with warm up and cool down  times for 3 weeks.
Fitness 2 STRENGTH PACKAGE +18 sessions Each session lasts 30 minutes with warm up and cool down times  for 6 weeks.


    Exercise is a key component for helping realize your best health.  Diet and dietary changes are greatly potentiated when exercise is added.  To make changes for becoming the BEST you in shortest amount of time, it is highly recommended that you add one of the CREATING FITNESS with the NUTRITIONAL WELLNESS packages. This makes a totally complete program for you.

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                                                           Each viewing available at this office.   
                                                       Patients, family, and friends are welcome. 
                                                     Call the clinic for information (812)332-6427

                        Women's Health                        Detoxification                            Chronic Fatigue
                        Inflammation                             Allergies                                     Stress 
                        Headaches/Migraines                Anxiety                                       Hypothyroid   
                        Hypoadrenia                              Fibromyalgia                              Diabetes    

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