FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Work with us to uncover the root cause of your chronic health issues and let us create a personalized solution for you using Functional and Lifestyle Medicine.

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At Apex, our Walnut Creek Functional Medicine services take a personalized approach to your health care with a focus on root cause resolution. The naturopathic doctors at our practice get to the bottom of things specific to your physiology. We use your story, your instincts, your history and your data to garnish the most complete picture of your health. From this, a naturopathic doctor at Apex’s Walnut Creek location will provide a personalized functional medicine plan for you to follow in order to achieve optimal wellness.

Do you feel like something is off? Are you visiting your doctor hoping to find a resolution to things but only to be told that everything is absolutely fine? Or do you have a diagnosis, but the attention is only given to managing your symptoms with one medication after another? Or do you have symptoms that no one can explain? And is all of this occurring despite visiting one specialist after another?

Through cutting-edge functional diagnostic testing and tuning into you and your story, Dr. Scharf and her team of naturopathic experts address whole body homeostasis. Apex’s functional medicine services in Walnut Creek are about finding the blind spots and missing links in your health so you can get back to your thriving life as quickly as possible.

Areas We Work

Functional Medicines’ Approach to Autoimmune Disease is Different.  Unlike conventional medicine’s approach that point fingers at the system that is being attacked as the problem (Celiac patients must have a gut problem, RA patients must have joint issues, Psoarisis patients must have something wrong with their skin, etc.)  We know that the Immune System attacks otherwise healthy tissue in the body when the overall health of the body is off.  Particularly when the gut is imbalanced, the liver is sluggish, the body overall is inflamed, and the adrenals are stressed.   So we focus on building up the function of your primary systems and guess what?  The Immune System’s attack backs off, it reels in, it wises up and begins to distinguish between the good guys and bad guys in your body.

Everybody’s why behind their Immune System dysfunction is unique, but absolutely solvable.  There’s only so many stones in the body to look under.  Give us a call today to start understanding yours.

It’s well known that Inflammation is the root cause of most health issues but it’s rarely tested for in conventional bloodwork.   Why?  Because there isn’t a solution to heal inflammatory patterns in conventional medicine.  Conventional medicine’s “go to” tools involve putting in a stent, removing an organ, providing chemotherapy, putting you on dialysis…you get the idea.  It’s emergency care after the body has been chronically steeped in inflammation and then understandably, develops a disease.

We believe in addressing inflammation before a disease kicks in.

We put a tremendous priority on measuring inflammation through functional bloodwork but it doesn’t end there – it’s not enough to measure inflammatory levels.  What’s key is to get to the root cause of where the inflammation is actually coming from in the body and from there, address the dysfunction, heal, and build up the strength of the body.  That’s what puts and end to mounting inflammation.

Commonly referred to as “the second brain” the gut is widely considered one of the most important areas of the body to get right. Whether it be irregularity, bloating after eating any type of meal, uncomfortable stools, or being plagued by an auto-immune condition such as Hashimoto’s, Celiac’s, Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis, a healthy gut dictates how well, or unwell, we will be. And if you’re thinking an annual stool kit at Kaiser is going to suffice, those tests crucial, yet are predominantly looking for scary pathologies (cancer, tumors) not how well or unwell the gut is functioning.

The Cortisol and Thyroid hormones are classically overlooked in conventional medicine. Why? Because the conventional solutions are simply medication or surgery. To take a functional look at the Thyroid and Cortisol means looking at how well or not so well they are functioning. Classically, they’re only assessed for whether or not you have a disease, need a medication or a surgery date. People come to us want to look at the level of functionality (or dysfunctionality) of these crucial hormones to overall health.

Sleep issues, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, hair loss, stomach problems, low libido and weight gain are all classic symptoms that scream to take a functional look at the adrenals and thyroid.

Using a natural approach looking at nutrition, lifestyle and hormonal imbalances we help men and women balance their hormones as they go through the stages of peri-menopause, menopause, and andropause (male menopause). We work with compounding pharmacies using the most organic, natural plant based ingredients. We also have both our Naturopathic doctor and Functional nutritionist to give our patients  the most comprehensive approach to their overall health and hormone balance.

Food is the foundation for everything.  We can’t heal and build function in our bodies without a solid foundation.  The trick is certain foods fuel and build for some and that same food breaks down and weakens for others.  It’s important to discover which foods are on your side and which aren’t.  Kind of like friendships.

We guide our patients on finding their own nutrition patterns to follow for life.  There’s a bountiful of options for all of us, it’s just a matter of determining what suits you.

The tests we run on our patients are much different than those that are run on an annual or semi-annual basis in a conventional setting.  Why?  Because we’re looking under the hood at the overall functionality of your body.  What’s conventionally looked for are scary scenarios – diseases – or conditions that require a drug or a surgery date.

Since we’re looking at a fuller picture, our tests are much more comprehensive than traditional tests.  But the good news is that as a practice, we offer all of our labs at cost to our patients.  There are no mark-ups involved, keeping functional testing financially within reach for anyone who cares to look.

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Pane
  • Organic Acids – Metabooic Testing
  • Thyroid Hormone Panel
  • Cholesterol/lipids
  • Blood glucose, insulin levels
  • Vitamin D
  • Gluten sensitivity/Celiac Disease
  • Comprehensive digestive analysis
  • Comprehensive sex hormone profiles
  • Adrenal gland function
  • Growth hormone levels
  • Obesity biomarkers
  • Inflammatory markers
  • EMF sensitivity testing
  • Neurotransmitter testing (mood disorders)
  • Environmental toxicity testing (heavy metals, PCB’s, volatile solvents)
  • Organic acids (cellular metabolic efficiency)
  • Micronutrient testing
  • Food Allergies (IgG antibodies)

Specialty Labs used include: Cyrex, Labrix, Doctor’s Data, Genova, and more.

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Virtual Format

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Team Approach

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Learning Portal

Watch Dr. Mark Hyman, IFM Chairman, describe how functional medicine differs from conventional medicine:

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VIRTUAL FORMAT

Time is Precious…

Forget about the taking the day off to visit your doctor, or the panic in trying to find a trusted provider closer by.  Our Virtual Zoom platform  brings us to you, allowing all of our appointments to be done over your computer.  This translates to fitting in your appointments with us with total ease.  And best of all it is very easy (just click on the link we send you) and you’re all set. And you can use the recording feature in order to listen later.

PATIENT PORTAL ACCESS

The Patient Portal Access to your labs and records

We want you to have 24/7 access to your labs and records.   What that means is that you can communicate secure messages to us, request appointments, or transfer anything directly out of your chart to another provider.  You will also use the portal retrieve invoices to submit to insurance and update any billing information.

TEAM APPROACH

It takes a village,

so the saying goes and supporting you in your health journey is no different. We’ve carefully curated an experience that offers you multiple levels of care and access. We will all be invested in getting to know you and understanding all the details of your health in order to create a more well rounded, dynamic approach for helping you to achieve your goals.

LEARNING PORTAL

We believe it’s not enough to get well…

What matters even more possibly, is staying well. We continuously put together all that we know, from where and how to shop, what goes into the perfect smoothie, to what supplements to avoid, and when and how should you detox?