About FxMed Centers
FxMed Centers is truly unique. At FxMed Centers, your mind, brain, and body will receive functional medicine and health services from a team of highly experienced health specialists. At our functional medicine centers, you will receive the kind of care for your mind, brain, and body that I would seek for myself and my loved ones. It is truly integrated into what we have brought together. Our team of specialists in functional medicine, psychology, psychiatry, nutrition, exercise, health coaching, meditation, mindfulness, and mind-body balance constantly aim to achieve the highest level of healthcare that is fully integrated. You will receive an in-depth assessment and personal plan of care to help you attain your best mind-body health.
Living the Functional Life program has a proprietary approach to behavior change that is highly effective. Ask yourself, how many times you have committed yourself to making a health focused change, whether it was to get more sleep or to lose weight or any goal, only to find yourself slowly but inevitably falling back into old patterns. Over the years of practice, Dr. Vanessa Gourdine has designed a program with an objective to help you be successful with making a permanent change. The program is currently available in two tiers: PREMIUM and PREMIUM PRO.
There are defined stages in the program that have resulted in successful and sustained behavioral changes over time. The behavioral changes are at the core of any health program and wrestling yourself free from the routine and habitual patterns that have resulted in your less than optimal physical and mental/emotional health. The program has been tried and tested and with your consistent participation in sessions to address the obstacles to permanent change, she has accomplished what we all seek which is consistency and acceptance of change over time without the feeling of having missed out or lost something that was given up along the way.
No treatment plan is effective if it is temporary and lacking in permanence or the state of contentment and satisfaction when the change has been achieved.
Integrative Mind-Body Health Program
Check out the complete list of our Integrative Mind-Body Health Program services here.
Healthy Functional Environments
Living the Functional Life means that we are dedicated to defining the special tasks required to achieve the most important objective of a true healthy and happy life.
According to the CDC, 60% of Americans have a chronic disease. If you are age 60 or older that number increases to 85%. This statistic means that you will not enjoy a healthy, happy aging process or an energetic retirement. We are clearly not doing what we need to do, because as a country we are not well. If you want to enjoy your life and live long we need to address health before it becomes a diagnosable disease.
Functional Medicine provides us with the means of being able to identify biological, mental, relational and environmental systems that are not working ideally, and to reverse the course or direction towards chronic disease. The reality is that it is not solely dependent on what is happening inside your body, but also what your brain and body are being exposed to. What is the reason why we are so chronically ill or not well? Toxins are a common cause because they disrupt our body’s and brain’s systems to function normally.
We are constantly being exposed to toxins in the food, water, and air. The toxins are in your home where you spend most of your time and therefore in order to achieve and maintain health, your home needs a health assessment as well. Did you know that radon is a leading cause of lung cancer and that most homes are exposed to radon? Or, that PFAS are the forever chemicals that are leading causes of cancer? Or that hidden molds leave their toxins in your skin, brain and organs? We are uniquely positioned to provide the home health assessment and intervention needed to keep your environment and your body as toxin free as possible, with our Functional Medicine Health Services.
It’s important to acknowledge the importance of healthy relationships as a part of our ongoing health. We need supportive relationships in our lives, and the ability to build and maintain healthy relationships. Often this is overlooked, as it does not relate to our physical health directly, but the effects of not having healthy relationships can manifest physically, as well as emotionally and mentally.
The CDC reports
- Social isolation significantly increased a person’s risk of premature death from all causes, a risk that may rival those of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.1
- Social isolation was associated with about a 50% percent increased risk of dementia.1
- Poor social relationships (characterized by social isolation or loneliness) was associated with a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke.1
- Loneliness was associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide.
- Loneliness among heart failure patients was associated with a nearly 4 times increased risk of death, 68% increased risk of hospitalization, and 57% increased risk of emergency department visits.1
At FX Med Centers we’re not only concerned with physical health, but with mental and emotional health as well. It’s important to acknowledge what we take into our bodies in relation to our relationships, and not just the food and supplements we put into our bodies. We are staffed with relationship experts to help foster loving relationships and supports through our group services.
Functional Medicine is an assessment of the different systems in the body. The assessment is very detailed and designed to find potential health issues in the present, or future. The objective is to restore total health and prevent disease. Functional Medicine is for those who are ill and for those who are not ill. Ideally it is easier to prevent disease then it is to reverse disease. If you believe yourself to be well have a Functional Medicine evaluation that will include your nutrition, genetics, nutrigenomics, methylation, Gut health and mitochondria functioning (cell energy) which together are at the very core of health and wellness. If you are well, use our facility, Functional Medicine Health Services (FxMed Centers) to stay well and avert disease as well as utilize our plan for anti-aging.
All systems in the body are connected and affect multiple organ systems at the same time. For this reason traditional medicine thinks about your “illness” as one organ system and this is counter to how functional medicine works. Functional medicine is designed to restore the body to optimal functioning in its natural form whether it be thyroid, brain or Central Nervous System, etc. that is affected. . It doesn’t matter what is the primary concern as living the functional life is our focus: physical and mental health, your relationships, capacity to perform, and the health of your environment all contribute to living the functional life.
We provide alternatives to medication with the objective in mind of restoring you to optimal good health. To effectively provide a full functional medicine intervention, an in- depth assessment is performed. You will be provided with a very detailed history taking, along with examination and the necessary traditional and specialty labs to provide a detailed analysis of your health status. You will be provided with 1-2 hours of education about your body and its health status and a personalized treatment program that is specific to your body’s needs. We integrate all forms of intervention: professionally prescribed supplements, diet, exercise, behavioral health coaching, meditation, mindfulness; any and all interventions necessary for your good health through our partner organizations from a team of experienced professionals. We refer to this level of service as the Comprehensive Functional Medicine Plan.