What to expect
Dr. Russell specializes in reversing and/or preventing chronic conditions by treating the root cause using a functional approach that addresses each person as a whole biochemically, structurally, emotionally and energetically and spiritually. Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated diseases, his patient-centric, science-based, natural healing approach treats individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances and dysfunctions. Identifying and naming diseases are just the tip of the iceberg. According to the Functional Medicine model, the patient’s real health problems are below the surface.
What Dr. Russell does is help remove the cause of the imbalance and then provide what creates balance. This is a partnership, however. While he will help his patient identify the cause of the imbalance, and ways they are willing to work to create balance, the patient must do the work. This work includes digging deep, identifying hurts or emotional wounds and changing unhealthy habits. It won’t work if the patient isn’t willing to do the work. Patients symptoms don’t show up overnight, they take years to develop. So a quick fix cannot be expected. This isn’t about suppressing the symptoms with a pill, a cream or a potion; this is true healing at the root!
As an example, consider a patient suffering the symptoms of hopelessness, sadness, fatigue, no sex drive, poor memory and no motivation. Society has named this “depression.” But depression is not the cause of these symptoms, it is the name of these symptoms. Medicine has confused this. If the disease name is “x”, the treatment is “y” and everybody gets put on the same medication. Did you know over 30 things (including medication itself) can cause these symptoms? The cause for each person can be very, very different and that is what Dr. Russell works to uncover!
Science-based diagnostics include a variety of blood (thyroid, immune, metabolic, infection, hormone, etc.), genetic, food allergy, heavy metal, and neurotransmitter tests, as well as at home oxidative, nitric oxide, pH, sulfur testing and more. Treatment involves a variety of noninvasive modalities such as bio-energetics, neuro-emotional updating, applied kinesiology, chiropractic, body integration technique and more, as well as nutritional supplementation and coaching on lifestyle changes through diet, nutrition, exercise and stress management.
Dr. Russell considers the uniqueness of each patient and how both internal and external factors impact functioning. Again, he encourages his patients to become pro-active in their own health and partners with them as they journey towards true health and optimal wellness.
The Ideal Patient
Those who have a desire to optimize their health through lifestyle, self reflection, nutrition, and supplements.
Those who feel uncomfortable in their skin, bloated, especially after eating, have digestive distress, pain, reflux, constipation and/or diarrhea and want to improve their digestive and immune systems.
Those who feel stressed, fatigued, depressed or overweight and want to feel alive again and full of vitality.
Those frustrated with mainstream medicine and are not finding answers to their chronic health problems.
Athletes seeking an ideal training program based upon present nutritional and hormonal status.
Individuals who are tired of popping pills to suppress symptoms and are willing to work to find natural solutions to their body’s rhythm and metabolism.
OPTIONS FOR WORKING WITH DR. RUSSELL
There are several ways to work with Dr. Russell.
Personal one-on-one treatment. His main office is in Grapevine, Texas (DFW) with a satellite office in Durango, Colorado. Treatment, which generally takes 60 minutes, always begins with a very intensive set of questions and a health history. This is followed by hands-on emotional and energetic bodywork. From there he will work with you to chart your course, pinpoint which lab testing might be beneficial in helping to better understand the root of your dysfunction and the course of your care. The length of treatment is completely dependent upon your state of health. If your case is not complex, it may only take 1-3 months. However, while complex cases can take 6 months to a year to completely reverse, relief of symptoms often occurs fairly quickly after treatment begins.
Skype or phone consultations. Dr. Russell offer long distance consultations for individual clients wanting counseling on nutrition and lifestyle factors, how they interact with your genes and how you can use them to improve your health. Distance consultations are also possible for patients who have visited my office for their initial examination.
Why do we need functional medicine?
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.
The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatment such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.
There’s a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous — as long as 50 years — particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.
How is functional medicine different?
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of a function medicine approach include:
Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs.
An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
Integrating best medical practices. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
Common Health Challenges Addressed
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Food Sensitivities, Allergies, and Intolerances
Hormonal Imbalance Including Adrenal, Thyroid and Sex Hormones
Inflammation and Immune Dysregulation
Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Dysfunction
Toxins & Toxicity