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Total Body Health and Wellness Services & Equipment *

1. Nutritional Counseling - The FirstLine Therapy is a 12 week lifestyle modification program that will put you on the path to optimal health and ideal body composition through a combination of balanced eating, regular exercise, reduction of stress, and the appropriate use of supplements.

Sessions consist of three 20 minute appointments with Dr. Orwick (at Week 1, 6 & 12) and nine 1 hour sessions with Anna Burchard over the course of the twelve weeks. Dr. Orwick will supervise your program, design your supplement plan, and answer any questions concerning complex health issues or lab work results. Anna will go over your test results with you, coordinate your program, and provide information concerning your unique health profile and challenges. She will be your coach and support throughout the 12 weeks while you begin to make lifestyle choices that will change your future well-being. See Nutrition/FLT for more information.

About Anna - Anna Burchard is a Metagenics Certified Lifestyle Educator and a FirstLine Therapy participant. She is an ACSM (American College of Sports medicine) Certified Personal Trainer and a graduate of the Providence Institute's Personal Trainer Program.
Anna is personally committed to the pursuit of superior health and wellbeing. Having dealt with various auto-immune issues she knows first hand the power of appropriate diet, supplementation and positive visualization to optimize one's potential. Anna brings this experience to share with her clients, fellow traveler's on our common path to greater living.

2. Detoxification Foot Bath - Heavy metals and toxins are everywhere, including our air, oceans, top soil and many food sources. They are the hidden cause of many symptoms and diseases. We all need to clean up our diet, air and water sources, which is quite a commitment of both time and energy. Here is an easy way to start, with instant results you can see.

The Erchonia EB-305 Energy Balancing System is a warm water ionic energy foot bath that facilitates the natural Detox process in only 23 minutes. The benefits of a Detox bath include: heavy metal removal, increase in energy and oxygen in your body, reduces injury recovery time, relieves pain and stimulates the immune system.

Individual bath is $35
Package of 10 is $300 when purchased in advance. As a bonus, you will also recieve (FREE of charge) $80 in supplements that specifically help with the detoxification process.
Rcommended frequency is twice a week for 5 weeks.

3. Orthotic Casting - Dr. Orwick attended a 150 hours post-graduate orthopedic diplomat program. Three months of the program was devoted to the importance of our feet and ankles as our foundation. If you have a hyper-pronated (dropped arch) it can cause problems right up the kinetic chain.


You know the song that talks about how the foot bone is connected to knee bone? Well it’s truer than we realize. Improper foot biomechanics are often connected to low back pain. Dr. Orwick uses a company that provides a firm on the inside, soft on the outside Orthotic that her patients tend to like better than the typical hard plastic kind. She custom casts your foot, and it will take approximately 3 weeks to manufacture your unique Orthotic. Casting is easy and painless and we can order the Orthotic that fits your life style the best.

LAB TESTING
4. Genova (Great Smokies) Laboratory
is a unique company in North Carolina that runs comprehensive lab tests, mainly for Naturopaths, DO’s and alternative friendly MD’s. The tests are generally more thorough than tests run in Primary Care Physician offices.

For the most difficult cases or the scientifically minded patient, Dr. Orwick will use Genova because of their quality and integrity. Some examples of testing that Genova performs are:

  • Hair Analysis-to show heavy metals & mineral content

  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis-to show parasite, yeast, bacteria, PH, digestive enzyme function

  • Comprehensive thyroid test- to test your thyroid, pituitary and auto-Immune function

  • Cardio Vascular Profile

  • Hormone Profile

  • DNA Testing

Prices vary according to tests ordered.

5. Cholesterol and Diabetes Panel -
We do in-office testing for lipid profile and blood sugar level analysis to determine your risk for coronary heart disease and diabetes. The test provides results for Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, HDL, LDL, TC/HDL Ratio, and liver enzymes. The finger prick testing is simple, painless, quick and inexpensive.

6. Inflammation/Fats- Prostaglandin-E2 is a hormone that regulates modulation of inflammation. It is naturally released by blood vessel walls in response to infection or inflammation that acts on the brain to induce fever. You can unnaturally increase it (thereby inflamation) in your body by eating meat, sugar, and/or refined carbs, saturated and/or trans fats. Also by eating
Omega 6 oils (corn, soybean, safflower, peanut, cottonseed, and sunflower) ex: cookies, chips, salad dressings.

Ideally your
Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio should be 1 : 1.
The average American’s ratio is
10 : 1 and people with chronic pain have an average of 20 : 1.
If you lower yours to
4 : 1 then you decrease risk of heart disease by 70%.  
You can increase
Omega 3 by eating clean fish, flaxseed oil and clean EPA-DHA.

What’s YOUR Ratio?  We now provide a simple finger prick lab test for $125.

7. Neurotransmitter/Adrenal Testing - Are you:
Depressed, Anxious, Stressed, ADD, and tired all the time? Do you have: Insomnia, Brain Fog, Addictive Issues, Panic Attacks, and Crave Carbs? These are all indications that your Neurotransmitters(NTs) are deficient or out of balance. Affective Disorders are thought to be NTs deficiencies. Did you know that anti-depressants don’t increase your NTs they only affect how NTs function? Nutritional Supplements do increase your NTs.
We recommend an NT/adrenal test that allows you to see what your baseline is for the top 6 neurotransmitters (serotonin, GABA, dopamine, nor-epinephrine, epinephrine, and glutamate) and how your adrenals are functioning with 4 cortisol and 2 DHEA values
Out of 60,000 patients tested, 70% had low serotonin levels.
(p.s. Sugar, unhealthy diet, toxins, stress, and sedentary lifestyle all decrease your serotonin levels.)

Our $295 test is a simple urine and saliva home collection kit.
It will determine your baseline values, we will recommend the appropriate supplements, and you can retest every 6-9 weeks until your NT’s are balanced.


8. Laser Rental – Erchonia cold laser PL5000 is available for rent to established patients for maximum at home recovery from surgery, broken bones, chronic pain, TMJ, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, etc. See the Laser Article by Dr. Orwick for more information.


9. Nutritional Supplement Quality - What you don't know can hurt you and waste your money. All herbs and vitamins are not created equal.

Fortunately and unfortunately the FDA does not monitor supplement and herbs. Many profit seeking, unethical or even uneducated companies are jumping on the bandwagon and producing vitamins. I often have patients tell me I've already tried "so and so" and it didn't work. Let us look at some differences in quality that you might not be aware of.

Metagenics
is one of our main suppliers of supplements. An independent company assays the supplements to verify potency, purity and viability at the time of expiration.

One such independent study of probiotics pulled ten different Acidophilus products from a health food store shelf and assayed them. They found that none of the ten contained what the label represented. What is worse, several contained additional bad bacteria, like strep fecalis, indicitave of temperature damage. Many companies store their products in hot warehouses and ship them in hot trucks and then place the product in the refrigerator at the health food store. Other companies use low-grade processing methods that damage the beneficial bacteria. Then many consumers just buy the cheapest brand and wonder why it doesn't work. Metagenics' probiotics are carefully processed, shipped cold and kept refrigerated in our office until you buy them.

Efficacy of herbal supplements - Metagenics uses only pharmaceutical grade, organic, wild crafted herbs that have been independently assayed for the active ingredient with scientific research behind it. If the herb is grown in leached out soil, harvested at the wrong time, covered with pesticides, or doesn't have enough of the active ingredient in it, then it will not work for you. The consumer would have no idea what is behind the herb, only that it was "the right price" and that it did not help.

There are 5 markers to look for in a quality nutritional company:

  •  GMP (good manufacturing practices) certified manufacturing facilities

  •  Comprehensive scientific evaluation of ingredients

  •  Comprehensive safety reviews

  •  Human clinical evaluations to document predicted safety and efficacy

  •  Advanced scientific staff and facilities.


Metagenics works diligently to be certified by NNFA (National Nutritional Foods Association), NSF (National Sanitation Foundation), TGA (Therapeutic Goods Association- a pharmaceutical certification for herb quality). There are 5 grades of herbs, the top grade being pharmceutical grade. Metagenics supplements are sold only through doctors in order that their highly potent products be administered correctly.

Please see
META E-HEALTH for more information about supplements and ordering from Metagenics.

Dr. Orwick thoroughly researched her suppliers and will only use those that have scientific research to back their claims (such as Nutri-West.) Remember THE MOST EXPENSIVE SUPPLEMENT IS THE ONE THAT DOES NOT WORK !! If you save $5 on a $15 product and it doesn't work, then you have just wasted $10. Suppose you purchased inferior glucosamine for arthritic relief.  You now still have the pain you were seeking to alleviate and the belief that glucosamine does not work.

* Some Health and Wellness Services can be paid for with Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) but are not covered by most insurance plans.  Speak to our billing department for specific questions about your insurance by calling (520) 740-1718.


 
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