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Welcome to Ultra Health–Roanoke’s Premier Functional Medicine Center!
The unique, functional medicine approach offered by The Center for Ultra Health recognizes the importance of the advances of modern medicine and utilizes these techniques fully to bring you answers to your medical questions and solutions for your best health to date.
Do you feel let down by the few minutes you spend with your doctor? Do you wonder if your doctor is even listening?
Are you tired of feeling tired? Are you sick of feeling sick?
If you answered “YES” to any of the above, then we may be the right fit for you. Knowing that the current medical system is flawed, Dr. Arthur created The Center for Ultra Health to eliminate those major flaws and help patients feel their ultra-best.
Ultra Health is your functional medicine place for healing. You will be listened to & heard. You will be understood. You will be treated with the utmost respect and honored as a partner in your own health.
Dr. Arthur’s functional medicine approach to your health relies upon a variety of complementary techniques provided by the Ultra Health team for a comprehensive, fully-integrated treatment plan specifically designed for your needs.
Treatment plans include:
- Testing with advanced functional medicine labs
- Lifestyle interventions: dietary changes, nutritional supplementation, stress reduction, sleep restoration
- Acupuncture & acupressure
- Chinese medicine
- Massage therapy
You may need only one or two of the above components–or you may need many of the above components. Each aspect is a stand-alone service or can combined with other aspects, depending upon your unique needs.
Just as your primary care physician deals with a variety of medical problems, we also take care of:
- Bowel and digestive disorders: leaky gut syndrome, gluten sensitivity, food allergies, IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, collagenous colitis
- Obesity and weight loss: Everything is completely personalized to your needs–from dietary intervention, nutritional supplementation, exercise programming, personal training, and medically necessary treatments for your adrenals, your thyroid, and your metabolism.
- Medically-supervised, safe detox: we don’t do “popular” or “fad” detoxes
- Cardiovascular problems: high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, & heart disease
- Metabolic problems: thyroid disorders including autoimmune thyroid issues (Hashimoto’s disease & Grave’s disease), pre-diabetes & diabetes, metabolic syndrome, PCOS
- Respiratory disorders: asthma, allergies, & environmental sensitivities
- Energy problems: adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heavy metal toxicity
- Autoimmune diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Grave’s disease
Listen below to our NPR interview to find out more about The Center for Ultra Health and our patient-centered approach.
Frequently Asked Questions About Functional Medicine
What is functional medicine and why should I try functional medicine?
Functional medicine approaches illness differently. Have you ever been to the doctor, and the “cure” causes another illness? Sometimes, the traditional approach doesn’t take everything into account. Rather than focus on a specific system grouped by organs, functional medicine focuses on processes–energy, hormonal balance, removal of waste (detoxification), gastrointestinal dysfunction, and cardiometabolic regulation.
Functional medicine allows the patient and the physician to work together to improve health. Each treatment plan is tailored specifically to YOU, because YOU are biochemically unique. Some people metabolize chemicals more quickly than others. In other words, there’s no cookie-cutter approach in functional medicine. Each Ultra Health client is respected for their uniqueness.
Finally, functional medicine is scientific. Studies are published in top-notch journals, and the approaches drill down to the basic chemistry of life.
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What types of problems do functional medicine patients have?
Functional medicine patients have most of the same types of problems as traditional patients! In fact, functional medicine strives to help everyone as an individual, rather than as a walking diagnosis. The following are just a few of the conditions that are improved with a functional approach: leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies and gluten sensitivity, chronic headaches (migraines, tension), hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, weight loss, fatigue, and arthritis just to name a few!
Functional medicine sounds too great to be true—how is functional medicine really different from traditional medicine?
Functional medicine focuses on the cause, and the individual’s unique biochemistry that may be contributing to the disease. The best way to explain this is with an example. Many people have something called “leaky gut”. Leaky gut occurs when we eat things that cause inflammation (and it can be different for every individual), and then the normal germs of the gut die, and other organisms take over. These “new” organisms don’t have the same ability to process food, so you get gas, bloating, and other unpleasant things. Furthermore, the cells of your gut don’t work as well. They are supposed to keep your blood from seeing all the trash in your gut, and they don’t. So, now your blood stream is “seeing” things it shouldn’t, and it starts an immune response to get rid of the invaders. That sets off a cascade of inflammation, which can cause various problems like joint pain, thyroid issues, or hypertension–depending on your genetics and your biochemistry. Fixing a leaky gut is often the cornerstone of treatment for chronic disease throughout the body.
Why doesn’t my primary care doctor practice this way?
Functional medicine is a newer branch of medicine, and it represents a shift away from “a pill for every ill”. Instead, functional medicine emphasizes lifestyle changes, holistic approaches, and nutritional support for health. We’re often able to get you off of medications or at least requiring less, but these types of interventions require more face-to-face time in the office. Currently, most insurance companies don’t financially support doctors taking this much time with their clients. Our current medical paradigm pays doctors to “do” (give medications or do procedures) and not to “think” (prescribe thorough, thoughtful lifestyle interventions including diet, exercise, stress reduction).
OK—I’m ready to sign up—now what?
Great! Call our office at 540-989-9800 (extension 4) to speak with Aimee and schedule your initial functional medicine consultation. We will then send you some forms to fill out. It’s important that you fill them out as completely as possible. Unlike traditional medicine, the more information you can give us, the better! During the 2-hour initial consultation, Dr. Arthur & his medical assistant will ask you more questions to flesh out the history of your illness. Then, the team will repeat your story back to you to make sure it’s accurate. Many patients have told us how therapeutic this functional medicine process is because they have the ability to make sure all of the details of their story are understood. It feels so good to be finally heard! About one week after your initial lab work, the Ultra Health team will have another hour to sit down and partner with you to advise the advanced functional medicine testing that is appropriate to your situation and to begin the necessary lifestyle changes to address the root cause of your symptoms in order to eliminate your symptoms and start living your UltraLife!
I’m not sure I need all this individual attention. Do you offer functional medicine with less face-to-face time?
Yes we do! We offer functional medicine group sessions centered on weight loss, safe metabolic detoxification, fixing gut distress, reducing stress, and dealing with cardiovascular disease at various times during the year. These group visits occur in the early evening, once a week, and continue for 4 to 8 weeks. These packages include access to lifestyle coaching, e-mail and internet education, and provide you with the tools you need to meet your goals. You can call our office or tune in to our special functional medicine events on this website for more information on enrollment.
What other services are offered at The Center for Ultra Health?
Because Ultra Health is an integrative functional medicine center, we offer acupuncture, Chinese medicine, lifestyle change packages (a comprehensive program with our lifestyle coach to support your journey toward better health), massage therapy, and personal training packages including weight training and therapeutic yoga & Pilates.
My child has many of the same symptoms I did when I was younger. Do you see children at Ultra Health?
Dr. Arthur is trained as a family practice physician and is skilled in seeing children. He will see children over the age of 2 on a case-by-case basis. There is a fair degree of compliance with dietary recommendations, nutritional supplements, and therapeutic lifestyle changes. Typically, children over the age of 12 have better understanding and compliance with these necessary changes and can participate more fully and actively with their healing process. If you are interested in pediatric services, please call the office at 540-989-9800 to schedule a telephone consultation to ensure that we are the right fit for your situation and your child.