If you’ve received a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), Conventional Medicine has run out of answers for you. CFS/ME is a term that doctors assign to you when they’ve ruled out possible known causes for your condition and have nothing else to investigate. It’s a diagnosis reached by excluding other causes.
As a patient, where do you turn?
It’s time for a different approach.
“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease” - Hippocrates
At Evergreen, we examine the body as a whole person. What is the body telling us with these symptoms and which systems are not functioning properly? We also utilize tools of Conventional Medicine to get as complete a picture as possible. We are able to help many patients improve their health by treating the body’s systems and their functions.
Emerging research is showing that CFS/ME may be caused by stealth infections. These infections are often caused by common bacteria that may only cause a brief illness in a healthy individual, or perhaps no symptoms at all. When a person has a vulnerability, these infections may enter a chronic state and lead to a condition such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. (Similar research suggests that Fibromyalgia, MS, and several other conditions are also possibly caused by chronic, stealth infections.). If a case of CFS/ME is being caused by an infection, balancing the body changes its environment to become less hospitable to disease-causing bacteria.
When an exact diagnosis is possible, we use that to safely and effectively address a patient’s needs. By the time many patients come to us, a precise diagnosis has eluded their doctors and they are often told they’ll be on medication the rest of their lives to manage symptoms as best as possible.
Because of the nature of Functional Medicine, the diagnosis is often less important than treating the body as a whole by working to improve the systems. As we balance a patient’s systems, we often see improvement.
What is the training of your providers? Our Functional Medicine patients start with Dr. Bond. He has 30 years of clinical experience, is licensed as a chiropractor, and has received additional training as a Functional Medicine provider. Chiropractors are natural Functional Medicine providers because they are trained in the philosophy of balancing systems to enable the body to heal from within. Many of our Functional Medicine patients will also see our medical provider, Steven Robinson, NP. Nurse Practitioners have extensive training in primary medical and Steven has additional training in Functional Medicine and Hormone Therapy. In collaboration, Dr. Bond and Steven bring complementary training to each patient.
Does my insurance cover Functional Medicine? During the course of care, some medical visits or lab tests may be covered. Any recent tests you’ve had may help us avoid ordering duplicate tests. We are very excited to be the first Functional Medicine clinic in the Treasure Valley to offer a flat-rate Functional Medicine service, which makes your costs much more predictable. More on that here.
What does Functional Medicine treatment look like? Each treatment plan is individualized but the tools we have include: labs and other testing, diet and nutritional counseling, chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, whole body ozone detoxification, herbs and other supplements, essential oils, and medications.
Dr. Bond has 30+ years of clinical experience. In addition to being licensed as a chiropractor, is a functional medicine specialist.