Welcome to a new look and purpose to our website. Our primary mission has not changed but we are now more committed to bringing necessary information to our patients and readers. Our newsblog will be published weekly or more often depending on the issues of the day. Critical and breaking stories such as new drug warnings, research, and press releases will be featued if they are likely to raise important questions in the management of daily health, risk management, and treatments.
Minnesota Natural Medicine is a place where you can discover and apply the tools of integrative health and pursue a comprehensive approach to solving health care issues. We are a consultative medical office providing a combination of conventional and integrative approaches to health, aging and disease. We attempt to understand patient uniquenesses through careful history-taking, pertinent examinations, and detailed laboratory analysis as a foundation for choosing among all options available for your healthcare.
We focus on the application of "upstream principles" that are all too often excluded from our medical care. These include the identification of our genetic strengths and weaknesses, biological functions, and nutritional needs that form a unique set of variables that are highly specific. If addressed appropriately, we feel that functional capacity can be optimized, disease activity curtailed, and true prevention practiced. There is nothing "experimental or investigational" about what we do. Necessary time and focus (things you rarely get in your local insurance company-managed care factory) are essential elements in what we do.
The so-called "standard of care" is no longer simply what the AMA or the local HMO or ACO wants it to be so that health and disease management can be rationed with your dollars. Rather, it is to whatever the current science and discovery of one's unique nature can lead us. It is optimal to have a basis of evidence for making these choices. But often, such evidence is not forthcoming and must be discovered through the diligent efforts of a professional working with a patient as a team.
Some things we do differently including many unique functional medicine tests through labs such as Genova and Meridian Valley. This is one of the only places in Minnesota where arterial pulse wave analysis is done allowing a true measurement of small vessel arterial elasticity (a much more accurate method of determining whether or not one should be on blood pressure medications). We do perform the blood culture test for Lyme disease, now felt to be the gold standard for practitioners who are knowledgeable in the diagnosis and management of this all-too-often missed diagnosis. The new generation of testing for cancer, the OncoBlot, is now available. This test may ultimately render mammograms and colonoscopy quite obsolete. The idea is to manage every case according to its uniquenesses instead of clumping everyone into a practice guideline many of which are seriously flawed.