Shifting the Culture of Health in Ocala

Our Medical Director, Dr. Mel Seek, provided some key insights for our team recently during a recent team training.  He informed us that a 2018 health report ranked Marion County 49th out of 67 counties in Florida for health outcomes.  These outcomes are based on how long people live and how healthy they feel.  As you would expect, this was very unsettling news for our team.  Dr. Seek challenged us to help shift the culture of health in Ocala – and we are up for the challenge!  

If you are reading this article, we know you don’t want to a part of this statistic.  

At Faithfully Guided Health Center we are striving to guide Ocala to better health and abundant life!

One of the hurdles in conventional medicine is a reactive approach to your health, focusing on symptoms and not the root cause of disease. Our approach at FGHC is very different.  We encounter clients every day seeking help with depression, weight gain, fatigue, chronic pain, among other things – we help the client understand that the symptoms are not the root issue.  Whether it be chronic stress, hormone imbalance, toxic overload, poor nutrition or a number of other causes – we address the root cause and focus on restoring balance to the body.  During the process the client is equipped with the tools to maintain that balance for the rest of their life. 

When you come to see us, our intake process is going to look a little bit different than you’re used to.  As we mentioned in the last article, What Makes FGHC Unique, our model is collaborative between medical providers and counselors. Each client visiting FGHC will first experience a one hour intake with a healthcare clinician.  Next, you will receive a Temperament Analysis (spiritual genetics) and Brain Health Assessment. The intake process will be completed by a healthcare clinician for follow up based on what our team has gathered.  We will then give a personalized prescription or treatment plan that will help guide you towards optimal health.

Our model may seem complicated, but it’s truly simple.  When we promote excellent nutrition, help you discover optimal movement, teach you how to manage your stress, demonstrate the restorative power of sleep, all with a spiritual foundation – we can eliminate and prevent 80% of chronic disease!  These are our five pillars of health and the focus of our lifestyle medicine approach to health.  Here at FGHC our role is to be your guide – providing you with support, guidance, and tools in your toolbox; but ultimately you determine the state of your own health, we just help you get there!

How Can Infrared Sauna Therapy Help Me?

Infrared sauna therapy
Infrared sauna therapy is used to cleanse and detoxify the body.  While infrared heat is safe, it is recommended that you only partake in infrared sauna therapy under the supervision of a healthcare professional.  Faithfully Guided Health Center is proud to offer infrared sauna therapy as part of our restorative therapeutic services.

There has been some exciting research recently released on the overall benefits of regular sauna use. The August 2018 journal of Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests saunas can help reduce the risk of stroke, vascular disease (i.e. high blood pressure) and heart, lung and cognitive related diseases, while easing conditions such as headaches, arthritis and flu.

Faithfully Guided Health Center often recommends infrared sauna therapy as part of an overall wellness plan.  While we customize a wellness plan for each patient, infrared sauna therapy may complement other healthcare services such as Ozone therapy and targeted LED light therapy.

If you are experiencing or have been diagnosed with any of the following,

infrared sauna therapy can benefit you:

  • Pain (chronic or acute)
  • Joint and/or muscle aches
  • Slow metabolism and/or weight problems
  • Cardiovascular issues including high blood pressure
  • Chronic diseases such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Stress
  • Compromised immune system

Schedule an appointment to learn more about how infrared sauna therapy can benefit you.  Faithfully Guided Health Center is a full-service, faith based integrative healthcare practice, offering a wide variety of services for you and your family including Christian counseling, chiropractic care, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, fitness classes, Holy Yoga classes, Ozone therapy, targeted LED light therapy, infrared sauna therapy and more.  We look forward to helping you and your family achieve and sustain optimal health!

What Makes Faithfully Guided Health Center Unique?

You may be wondering, what makes Faithfully Guided Health Center (FGHC) unique?

One of the greatest qualities that our team demonstrates is the full understanding of the spirit, mind, body connection.

Over and over again we see clients representing with a physical complaint that roots back to an emotional issue.  Some examples we have all experienced might include: weight gain due to increase stress levels, fatigue linked to depression or grief, heart palpitations because of anxiety, and the list goes on and on.

It is very common to treat physical symptoms without exploring the deeper emotional issues that may be manifesting.  These physical symptoms can be the result of an unhealthy brain or lack of emotional support in our lives.  Many people get stuck in their healing process until these issues are identified and dealt with properly.  Some experience frustration after multiple visits with various health care professionals to be told there is nothing seriously wrong or treatable.

Examples we have helped clients identify as roots of physical symptoms include:

  • Previous emotional trauma (either childhood or adult)
  • Unresolved grief
  • Undiagnosed learning disability
  • Excessive levels of stress
  • Recent loss of relationship (divorce, broken friendship)

That’s what makes FGHC so unique in our treatment approach. Since we know that emotional and brain health issues can often manifest as physical complaints, we recommend a comprehensive assessment from both a healthcare clinician and a counselor.  The reverse is also true, sometimes anxiety or depression can be rooted in a biological issue, such as an unbalanced thyroid hormone.

We’ve developed a collaborative approach between healthcare clinicians and counselors who work together to create personalized recommendations and provide you with a plan to get healthy.

Our treatment plan focuses on improving lifestyle which can prevent, eliminate and reverse approximately 80% of chronic disease.  The five pillars of health we focus on are:

  • Spiritual Foundation
  • Excellent Nutrition
  • Optimal Movement
  • Stress Management
  • Restorative Sleep

How else are we unique?

  • FGHC will guide you to optimal health by connecting spirit, mind, and body.  We work together as a team of healthcare clinicians and counselors engaged in shared decision-making to help you realize your health goals and live a more abundant life.
  • Our diagnostic testing and evaluation utilizes optimal health ranges vs. the traditional reference ranges your conventional doctor may be using.
  • We provide a number of ancillary services in-house that address the five pillars of health including:
    • Holy Yoga
    • Clinical and Sports Massage
    • Functional Fitness
    • Detoxification Services (Mud Bath and Infrared Sauna)
    • Restorative Services (Hyperbaric Oxygen and Prolozone Therapies)

We believe that health is not simply an absence of disease or pain, but instead a life full of joy, vitality, and balance.  In other words, an abundant life.  The FGHC team is here to help you realize your potential and discover optimal health in spirit, mind, and body.

Call and schedule an appointment to get started.