Functional Medicine Frequently Asked Questions Answered Here

Posted in Functional Medicine on May 18, 2022

Functional Medicine

 When was the last time you woke up feeling great, ready for any challenge? And not just praying for relief, the weekend, or relying on prescription and self-medication to get through the days or nights…

If you found a doctor that only accepts patients that he can help get better... Does it matter how or what school he graduated from? Would it be okay if getting better didn’t require drugs or surgery either?

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What is functional medicine?

Functional Medicine is a healing art that focuses on finding and correcting malfunction, the source of most disease. Functional medicine practitioners take a drug free, non-surgical approach, to restoring function instead of just labeling and treating symptoms.

These holistic health providers believe that no one size fits all in healthcare, recognizing that each person is unique and requires treatment that is tailored to their specific requirements. It is based on the principle that all systems in the body are interconnected, and that imbalances in one system can lead to problems in others.

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Functional Medicine practitioners work with their patients to find the underlying causes of illness, using a variety of tools including diet, lifestyle changes, supplements, exercise, and physical relaxation therapies.

Certified Functional Medicine Practitioners also focus on prevention, rather than simply treating disease. And it’s becoming more popular as people seek out alternative approaches to their health. Functional medicine can provide a more comprehensive and individualized approach to healthcare, which is often lacking in conventional medicine.

Is it worth the money?

Sometimes. As in all professions, too often the most famous are the most expensive, but not always the best. Also beware of very expensive “comprehensive testing”. Most complete blood panels cost less than $500 to run. Saliva labs, less than $500. Urine labs, less than $500. Stool labs, less than $500. Specialty allergy panels, sometimes a little more than $500. Any practitioner claiming to run $10,000 of tests should be ruled out immediately regardless of how famous they are or what zip code they practice in.

And beware of automated prefabricated programs. There is no one size fits all answer in functional medicine. And there is no functional need for a period after menopause. A typical functional medicine consultation should cost less than $500. Treatment and coaching plans vary, depending on individual need.

Functional medicine can be worth every penny. Because there is no return on investment as rewarding as health. More than ever, people are tired of trading one symptom for another, open to alternative medicine, and ready to start taking better care of themselves. Sometimes we could all use a little help with that.

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Are functional medicine tests accurate?

Yes, most lab testing is at least as precise and accurate as any medical test.

But standard medical labs are designed to discover disease. Sometimes functional tests need to be more sensitive to determine the malfunction causing a person’s problem. And the data must be interpreted correctly to be beneficial. Medicine is an art form that requires constant attention to results and refinement of approach.

For example, one high blood pressure reading could cause someone to be on multiple medications for the rest of their life. But if that same person kept a log of blood pressure, taken first thing in the morning, at noon, six and ten p.m. for a week the results may show something different to a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. And if the blood pressure was taken lying down, sitting and immediately upon standing, in both arms, that too could mean something more, as well.

Is functional medicine evidence based?

This evidence-based non-invasive healthcare approach considers lifestyle factors such as nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress levels, relationships, and genetics. By addressing all these factors, instead of just managing symptoms, functional medicine can help to prevent and sometimes treat chronic disease. More importantly each protocol is custom made and revised as needed to suit the patients’ evolving stress patterns. And evidence shows that functional patients report better quality of life improvement changes with functional medicine protocols than with conventional medicine alone.

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How can I improve my Functional Medicine results?

• Reduce stress. Listening to calming music, taking a warm bath, and daily exercising can help you relax and may reduce your risks of chronic disease.

• Limit stimulants like caffeine to a cup of light roast organic coffee or tea in the morning and eliminate nicotine. The niacinamide version of vitamin B3 can help eliminate the chemical addiction to nicotine.

• Limit intoxicants like alcohol to half an ounce per day.That means half a glass of wine or a shot of vodka.

• Hydrate appropriately with 3 quarts a day of filtered water.

• Learn your best anti-inflammatory food choices.

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• Practice good sleep habits. Early to bed... 10pm- 2am is the most restorative sleep time. Staying up later than 10pm consistently, reduces the ability to adapt to stress.

• Ensure optimal alignment, balance, and coordination with upper cervical chiropractic care.

What Is Upper Cervical Chiropractic?

Upper cervical chiropractic is a type of chiropractic care that helps keep the head and neck in alignment. Upper cervical chiropractors believe that this is important for overall health and well-being. Upper cervical chiropractors may be able to help improve overall health and relieve many seemingly unrelated pain and other symptoms.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a safe and effective therapy for a wide range of ailments. It is non-invasive and never (manipulates) twists or cracks the neck. Upper cervical chiropractors utilize a variety of methods to realign the spine and restore balance, coordination, and alignment. Patients frequently experience long-term relief without medicine or surgery, even when they already tried “everything”.

What causes cervicocranial syndrome (CCS)?

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Cervico means neck, cranio means head. So, whether you call it cervicocranial, craniocervical, or upper cervical, all refer to the top of the neck. Or the area and relationship between the base of the skull and the top few spinal segments of the neck. Cervicocranial Syndrome (CCS) can be caused by a birth defect, like a genetic mutation, or more commonly, an injury to the neck.

CCS is a disruption of normal joint function, with a combination of joint (fixation) too stiff and (ligament laxity) instability. This upper cervical joint malfunction is known for creating muscle tension, compromising blood and cerebral spinal fluid flow in the brain, and stresses the nerves that go to and from the brain, through the neck.

In studies, CCS is linked to accelerating neck arthritis (cervical spondylosis), disc herniation (degenerative disc disease) and narrowing the canal(spinal stenosis). CCS can create balance problems, elevate blood pressure and stress hormones.

Some studies show chronic conditions like fatigue, indigestion, migraines, neuropathies, sleep disorders, TMJ, trigeminal neuralgia and vertigo all can come from CCS.

How is CCS diagnosed?

The best way to diagnose cervicocranial syndrome is with a quantified functional exam that measures postural Alignment, Balance and Coordination (ABC)

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Does CCS show up on MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging is a good way to find soft tissue injuries in the neck. But when Computed Tomography (CAT scan) and regular x-rays don't see any broken or misaligned bones, MR cannot determine if the neck is stable.

Can CCS cause AFib?

Cervical instability, a component of CCS, can create autonomic myopathy or autonomic neuropathy. A type of nerve damage that interferes with the messages sent between the brain and the heart. Various symptoms include palpitations, racing or skipping beats (atrial fibrillation – AFib)

Can CCS cause digestive problems?

When the connective tissue of the neck joints become unstable, they can cause excessive movement of the vertebrae. This can lead to problems with the joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves in that area. If the Vagus nerve is affected, that can cause symptoms like digestive problems.

Can CCS cause fatigue?

Common symptoms of CCS include a painful, heavy head, headache, rapid heart rate, brain fog, neck pain, visual problems, dizziness, and chronic fatigue.

Does CCS affect the brain?

Patients with CCS and cervical spondylosis may experience structural and functional brain adaptations. White matter damage, gray matter volume loss, and functional adaptive changes in the sensorimotor cortex can occur as a result of this.

Upper Cervical Chiropractors

All chiropractors have more formal education than conventional medical doctors, but Certified Upper Cervical Chiropractors go through several more years of post-graduate training. This specialized training enables Upper Cervical Chiropractors to deliver amazing results without ever using medication, performing a surgery, inserting a needle, or cracking a neck.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Experience

I was testing for the most prestigious medical school on the planet in tenth grade. Not too much stress there. But that stress was compounded by several chronic health issues. Then I woke up one morning and could not turn my head.

Like so many of my current patients, I couldn’t remember any recent injury that could cause this neck locking spasm. Even though I did take a few trips to the ER in the past, that was years before and after a few weeks of pain pills, muscle relaxers and physical therapy, my neck felt fine.


While grateful at the time, for the relief, no doctor that treated any of my countless childhood injuries, ever measured anything more than height, weight, blood pressure, temperature with an occasional blood test. Just more and more meds that literally made me sick, and some token physical therapy. On a couple of ER visits I got x-rays, but unless something was broken or dislocated, they said it was just a muscle spasm.

But each new sprain and strain became another weakened link, just waiting to flare up when stressed. Because when any joint sprains, the ligaments that give feedback to the muscles stabilizing that joint, get damaged. So even with mild sprains and strains, if the joint does not receive proper alignment, balance, and coordination rehabilitation, that joint becomes permanently unstable and begins to degenerate at an accelerated pace.


Arthritis can be caused by many things but when one joint appears, on x-ray, 20 years older than the joint right next to it, that means the joint was injured and never properly rehabilitated. Even if that area stopped hurting within days or weeks of injury.

One of my early mentors had a formula for determining the age of any spinal injury on x-ray. People would come from around the world and stay for days or weeks to get daily treatments. Because he could get most people better, no matter what didn’t work for them prior to that.

And he did that by finding unresolved spinal sprains, then restoring alignment, balance, and coordination using his hands and precision tools that he invented. But he never twisted or cracked anyone’s spine.

Most of his patients were referred by their chiropractors who cared more about their patients than their egos or incomes. That was far, far away, a long time ago.

Is Upper Cervical Chiropractic Functional Medicine?

When I woke up that morning, in tenth grade, and couldn’t turn my head, that was the one thing that my medical family cautiously considered a chiropractic issue. And I got lucky because the chiropractor that advanced training, no twisting or cracking. Most people prefer the more gentle and precise chiropractic much better if they ever get a chance to compare the two. But at the time, all I cared about was getting rid of the spasm in my neck.

I started feeling better and faster than I did in the past with medication. But this doctor predicted I would feel better within a few treatments and that it would take longer to rehabilitate the previous neck injuries. And I trusted him enough to see if that really meant anything to me.

Long story short, within the first year of treatment, for the first time in my life, I was pain and medication free. I became more active and had fewer injuries because my flexibility, balance and coordination improved dramatically. But I also felt more at ease than ever. My temper improved and I wasn't as easily irritated as before.

Unlike any other doctor, the chiropractor examined and measured my postural Alignment, Balance, and Coordination. And by treating that, instead of just managing pain, all my pre-existing sprains and strains started to heal properly. At least for me, taking the physical stress off my head, neck, and shoulders also solved half a dozen other chronic medical conditions.

Chemical Dependency

None of the surgeries or medications, none of the physical or psychological therapy ever gave me the lasting relief that I found with someone my medical family didn’t even consider a real doctor.

But it took me a whole year to detox from years of daily medication. Some of the damage, from those medications, may never completely heal. But now I work and play as hard as I want to every day, mostly pain free and haven’t even taken an aspirin in almost 40 years.

Most Doctors Agree

Recently the American College of Physicians, a distinguished group of over one hundred thousand medical doctors and healthcare providers, published formal recommendations to avoid pain management and surgery whenever possible. Instead, they suggest non-invasive therapies if the patient responds to those treatments.

And the world-famous Cleveland Clinic released an extensive two-year study tracking thousands of patients who got better Quality of Life results with functional medicine than just conventional medical care alone.

Most doctors know that appropriate diet and exercise is the best long-term medicine for any condition. But they’re expected to write a prescription in a few minutes. Even though any search engine could do that, and much more in less than a second. But neither of those options are good medicine.

How I Got Rid of My Chronic Migraine Headaches

After I was properly examined and treated for Alignment, Balance, and Coordination. With specific, no twist or crack, chiropractic to reduce the physical stress, throwing my posture out of balance and coordination... My neck started moving and improving better than previous injuries treated by bracing, PT, and medication. My lifelong headaches, shoulder, and back tension went away too. And once I saw how out of balance I was, I could understand how that postural misalignment was a constant strain on everything else. So now, if I stick to my daily stretches and anti-inflammatory diet, I have little if any pain or tension anywhere.

Not Intended As Medical Advice

Even with several new injuries that forced me to find more amazing drug free, non-invasive therapies... I now choose to save time and money by proactively staying healthy, so I don’t miss out on irreplaceable experiences with friends and family. Like I used to when I relied on emergency medical care and constant medications to manage my symptoms.

Results vary, and we never share patient information. But you can search Dr. Thomas Polucki and read the reviews on Google, Healthgrades, and WebMD to see what some of our patients say about their experience working with us.


Talk to the doctor one-on-one about your challenges. Set realistic goals with time frames and agreed upon outcome assessments.

And if, in agreement, we move forward to the functional exam and then coauthor a step-by-step plan to achieve your recovery with expert guidance.

If we cannot find agreement, we refund the reservation fee and proceed no further. Who else does that?

The outstanding success rate of our patients depends on working exclusively with people who trust and commit to their recommendations.

Nobody ever said to a heart surgeon “I’ll let you cut me open, split my ribcage and then decide if I want you to do anything more.”

Quantified Functional Exam

Our quantified functional exam costs thousands of dollars in specialists’ practices. More than just a few vitals and asking where it hurts, I touch my patients. Not just where it hurts but also feel the tension in the head, neck, and shoulder joints that blocks the healing response from the brain. I also measure three-dimensional body posture, dynamic balance, and system coordination. To help refine treatment recommendations.


Treatment Sampler

Our streamlined approach towards assisted stretch, medical massage, and no twist or crack chiropractic adjustment might take hours, in three different offices, and cost hundreds of dollars anywhere else. But now you can get all the relieving, relaxing and restoring benefits from all three all in one stop, and in less than 10 minutes.

Anti-inflammatory Diet Program

Quick, Easy and Delicious... These online recipes reduce the most common source of inflammation. Helping to avoid indigestion, joint, muscle and nerve pain, fatigue, brain fog, and mood swings without medication. Giving your sprains and strains a chance to heal. Feel lighter, move easier, think clearer in just days of following these simple, delicious, and satisfying anti-inflammatory recipes.

Stretch and Move

In just a few minutes a day, you can reduce headaches and shoulder tension, improve flexibility and stability. Regardless of your work or play, these online stretching tips help you reduce tension and stress every day. We demonstrate, step by step through each movement, so in just a few minutes a day, anywhere, anytime you can stretch your healthcare dollar further.

What You Get

Normally, these services would bill at $671 and that’s a value because comparable services would cost several times that anywhere else. Still be worth every penny to wake up feeling great, thinking clearly, full of energy, moving through your day free of pain and drug side effects that get in the way of your life. And maybe even reduce the risk of surgery from ongoing degeneration that is never addressed even with the best pain management.

Instead, you’ll have a simple plan to get better and stay better. And if you read this far, you know that you want and need something different than what you have been doing, to get what you really want. And for a limited time, you get it all for the regular checkup fee of just $79 to save your spot.


No doctor can guarantee results. And I don’t. But if I’m not confident I can help you, during the consultation, we don’t go any further and refund your $79 reservation fee.

You may reschedule an appointment with 24-hour’s notice but due to high demand, cancellations within 24 hours or no-show appointments forfeit the reservation fee. So only request an appointment if you can make it a priority. Fair enough?

Internet, insurance, and government restrictions change with little and no notice. We may be forced to remove this post, its contents and offers without notice. So, if you are ready, NOW is a good time to request your appointment. Haven’t you already suffered enough?


What’s Next

When you enter your contact information (never shared, federally protected) in the secure Request Appointment form and click the submit button, our friendly scheduler will contact you as soon as possible. Confirming your appointment with a $79 reservation fee that holds your appointment and may be applied to the services listed above in this limited time special offer.

So, submit the form, and then receive the HIPAA compliant request, on a secure link, for your relevant information to make your first visit quick and easy. Once that information is uploaded, your appointment is confirmed. And we’ll look forward to seeing you at your scheduled appointment.

Limited Time Offer

To get your guaranteed consult, and if we can accept your case, your functional examination. Plus, if you Request Appointment Now, you also get the assisted stretch, medical massage, no twist or crack chiropractic specific adjustment treatment package. And the online pain-relieving diet and stretch classes. A total value of $671 for just the $79 reservation fee. Plus, if we discover, during the consultation that we can’t accept your case, you get your $79 reservation fee refunded, but keep the online diet and stretch program. A $98 value just for letting us see if we can help you.

But we may be forced to remove this offer at any time. So, Request Appointment Now!
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