Optimal Health & Wellness

Optimal Health & Wellness Functional Medicine Consultations and treatment plans that focus on Root Cause Owner/Physician: Johnny Gomes, D.O. Wellness Nurse: Sue Gomes, R.N., B.S.N.
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Office Manager: Micah Beaver

Functional & Lifestyle Medicine Education - Empower Yourself and Take Control of Your Health

Functional Medicine uses an integrative approach with an emphasis on identifying root causes that lead to an individual's illnesses and poor health. By addressing these, through modifications in lifestyle factors and other triggers of dysfunction, it is possible to improve,

reverse, or even eliminate many of these conditions. It is an holistic approach with a focus on every aspect that makes us who we are. We are presently ill-served by the conventional model of utilizing a pharmaceutical treatment for every condition, "a pill for every ill", focused on suppression of symptoms rather than a cure, all while the disease process continues unabated. While there is a time and place for medications, they are now used as the primary treatment in the majority of these chronic medical conditions. History shows that this has only led to further disease progression. Improving people's lives through lifestyle modification - dietary changes, proper nutrition, effective exercise, stress management, targeted supplementation and optimized sleep - attention to the mind, body & spirit - you can achieve dramatic changes in your life. Our goal is to help individuals to thrive, not just survive, by providing this knowledge. We offer an educational experience focused on the prevention or management of chronic medical conditions. This knowledge enables one to take control of their own health and empowers the individual to improve themselves. This educational experience can be provided in our office, your home or a public venue. We offer individual, family or group lectures and discussions that are targeted to your area of interest, individualized for you and your target audience. The body is capable of healing itself.... We help you learn how. For more info, visit our website: www.optimalhealthwnc.com
Call us at (828) 536-0320 for more info or
Email us at [email protected]

06/20/2024

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06/20/2024

Exactly!

Dr. Bikman

06/20/2024

I have really been preaching this to my ladies lately. We gotta eat that protein...your bones and body needs it!

Our waiting room is a little different from your conventional medical office waiting room. A little more comfortable, ma...
06/19/2024

Our waiting room is a little different from your conventional medical office waiting room. A little more comfortable, making you feel a little more at home. Comfortable seating, peaceful, music, essential oils, diffusing, and coffee or tea to get you settled in for your appointment.

Some progress toward blocking out the hideous houses they built behind our office. Hopefully, within the next 6 to 12 mo...
06/19/2024

Some progress toward blocking out the hideous houses they built behind our office. Hopefully, within the next 6 to 12 months, we will have a full barrier wall.

A phrase I hear often from clients is that they are “in tune with their body” and “try and listen to what it's saying”, ...
06/19/2024

A phrase I hear often from clients is that they are “in tune with their body” and “try and listen to what it's saying”, but I often see the message lost in translation.

This is often stated when speaking of CARBS/SUGAR CRAVINGS

They crave carbs/sugars. For most, they intelligently try and steer towards the non-processed carbs like fruits and veggies.

Does that satisfy that craving? More often than not, no. It just temporarily quiets it and the craving returns. So what gives?

What if the body is craving something like carbs/sugars but indulging never quiets the cravings? You're right in that the body needs something. Most often, it needs MORE fuel. Yes, MORE calories. The cravings for carbs/sugars are because those are the quickest sources of fuel, but not the most nutrient dense or sustaining, so therefore the cravings return. What is often being desired is the most nutrient dense types of food, which are composed of protein and fats.

This is where your logic has to over ride your emotions. Time and time again, when clients regulate blood sugars with more fat and protein, those cravings start "going away."

5 Reasons NOT to Use Functional MedicineIf you’re not familiar with the term functional medicine, it’s a delivery of hea...
06/19/2024

5 Reasons NOT to Use Functional Medicine

If you’re not familiar with the term functional medicine, it’s a delivery of healthcare that looks at the body from a perspective of systems and origins, not just symptoms and organs.

While looking at the body as infinitely interconnected and an organism that is miraculously designed to heal, this style of practice may not be good for you as a potential client.

Here are 5 reasons to reconsider your initial appointment with a functional medicine practitioner…..

1. YOU WILL HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR CARE
Where modern medicine has had its success is also where it has its great failures. Modern medicine has been amazing with event-based health care like infections and trauma. The patient suffers from an event (infection, accident, etc), shows up to the facility, gets some treatment, goes home, and most likely gets better by not doing much other than resting.

Where modern medicine is getting exposed as a failure is with chronic illness. 86% of annual healthcare dollars are spent dealing with chronic illness, not event-based claims. What are the greatest causes of chronic illness? Lifestyle choices.

There’s no drug that creates nutritional sufficiency. There’s no drug that helps you achieve the required movement standards. There’s no drug that creates better relationships. There’s no drug that creates a cleaner air environment.

If you plan on visiting a functional medicine practitioner, you had better plan on participating in lifestyle changes. You’re going to have to change the way you eat, move, and think, just to name a few. Only you can do that. The practitioner will guide and give directions but he or she can’t do the work for you.

2. YOU WILL HAVE TO INVEST
The biggest oxy-moron I encounter in the delivery of functional medicine is that people want a provider that thinks differently, analyzes their condition differently, has trained differently, spends more time with the patient, yet expects payment for those services to be covered under traditional, cheap co-pays and quick office-visit codes that insurances will accept.

It’s not that your doctor doesn’t want to accept insurance, it’s more that your insurance company doesn’t want to accept your doctor. A provider has shifted to functional medicine because they see great holes in the standard of care. The provider is fed up with managing a disease and actually wants to see people get well. Insurance is also usually about 10-15 years behind what research has uncovered. It’s a very slow moving system. Especially if it’s government-sponsored.

The standard of care is great for event-based care but horrible for chronic disease care. Until the insurance industry gets hit by lowered profits, they aren’t going to change their model of care. Therefore, your desire for something different isn’t going to happen under the traditional 3rd party payer model. Until the government stops mandating insurance coverage for everyone, there’s no incentive to change.

Imagine if you had a product that the government forced everyone to purchase, regardless of quality and effectiveness. Would you strive to make it better?

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

You may think functional medicine is expensive, but I dare you to compare the rates to those for a hospital stay or ambulance ride. It’s perceived as expensive because you are paying directly instead of waiting for a third party to pay. Just a reminder, you have most likely paid the 3rd party payer directly (your insurance company) plus deductibles and co-pays, way more than you would pay in direct payment to the provider.

What many people do is take advantage of tax savings by paying directly using an HSA or HRA plan.

3. YOU WILL HAVE TO UNLEARN AND RELEARN
A top reason your provider has adopted functional medicine is that, because "this is the way we have always done it," it wasn’t working. Suppressing symptoms never made anyone healthy. As a result, your provider then has to dive back into the books, spending hundreds, if not thousands of hours unlearning what their professional training taught them.

Something you may find in common among functional medicine providers is that they have a heart ❤️ to teach. The hardest thing to teach is getting you as the patient to unlearn the decades of faulty health advice hammered into your head via your preferred media source.

You may have to unlearn things like: cholesterol causes heart disease, you must eat 3 meals a day, all you need is a TSH, and sunshine is dangerous….

As you unlearn media-induced health dogma, you will have to learn and adopt new practices and procedures. See #1.

4. YOU WILL HAVE TO TRUST THE PROCESS
Chronic illness doesn’t develop overnight and therefore doesn’t resolve overnight. The body is so amazing at adapting to the things we choose and experience that aren’t helpful, that we don’t often feel those negative effects until there’s a breaking point.

Often, when someone decides to see a functional medicine provider, their health has been in a steady decline. When that person takes action, it’s not an immediate U-turn to health. There’s an application of the brakes to slow the process down, then the actual U-turn, then the drive back up the street.

Many people have brakes so badly worn that the deceleration is nothing more than coasting until the person can turn safely.

Where people give up on the process is that they have U-turned and driven back up the street to the point that they entered the office, feeling like there hasn’t been a change, then they stop the process. I’ve seen it enough, that those that stick with the process and get past that ‘I don’t think this is working’ point, finally have the break through that they have desired.

From clinical experience for almost 20 years, I often see this around 90 days after changes have been made. It's the point of resistance. The person is making progress and building momentum and then life hits them in the face, knocking them off their routines and rituals that helped them build the momentum in the first place. It's really just physics. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Rejoice that you have resistance as you are probably making a difference.

5. YOU WILL CONSTANTLY SELF EXAMINE
Where functional medicine greatly differs from traditional medicine is that in functional medicine, life experience is not discounted.

A physical symptom can be caused by and/or exacerbated by emotional trauma. Emotional imbalance can be caused by and/or exacerbated by physical means. They cannot be separated. If a doctor discounts any connection, most likely they have no way of connecting those dots to help your situation. There-in lies the essence of the training of functional medicine.

It’s looking at the non-obvious and connecting those dots. Where the problems surface is often times not where the problems reside, but a compensation of a multi-layered problem. There are rarely separate issues going on but a myriad of expressions of the same issue.

Therefore, self-examination is critical and essential to your journey. That argument, that long car ride, or that movie ending may trigger a reaction in the body that subconsciously elicits a reaction that may leave clues to your root cause of dysfunction. And in order to heal, you may have to confront an uncomfortable situation, offer forgiveness to someone else or even yourself, and kill some lies that you have been telling yourself for a long time.

You may read through these 5 reasons not to see a functional medicine practitioner and think, I can’t do those things. But before you say you can’t, are you really saying you won’t?

You won’t budget time or resources to create the consistency of action in doing or obtaining the activity or object in question.

It’s fine. I’d rather hear an ‘I won’t’ over an ‘I can’t’ any day. Saying, I won’t, is a more honest answer and being honest with yourself is sometimes the first step in your health journey.

By Dr. Kurt Perkins
Fuctional Medicine

06/19/2024
The snickerdoodle from maybe the best guilt free dessert I have ever had.Visit their site. They ship around the country....
06/18/2024

The snickerdoodle from
maybe the best guilt free dessert I have ever had.

Visit their site. They ship around the country. You will not regret it. All clean ingredients. Very low carb.

One of my favorite things about Indian cuisine is the flavor explosion in all of their foods. One of our favorite Indian...
06/18/2024

One of my favorite things about Indian cuisine is the flavor explosion in all of their foods. One of our favorite Indian restaurants is in Asheville.

FYI… Those are not green beans. 🤣🔥🌶️

Father’s Day dinner… ribeye steak, ribs, bok choy, and onions. Lit up the Big Green Egg for the occasion. What a delicio...
06/17/2024

Father’s Day dinner… ribeye steak, ribs, bok choy, and onions. Lit up the Big Green Egg for the occasion. What a delicious meal.

3 grass fed steaks & a rack of ribs for under $40. Can’t beat that.

A special Father’s Day breakfast. Bacon with onion, chives, manchego cheese, & beets.
06/16/2024

A special Father’s Day breakfast.
Bacon with onion, chives, manchego cheese, & beets.

Clean, healthy options for adding more fish into your diet. No catching, cleaning, and filleting necessary.
06/16/2024

Clean, healthy options for adding more fish into your diet. No catching, cleaning, and filleting necessary.

06/16/2024

Pay attention to energy...when it's draining...moving on is an option ❤

No comparison.
06/16/2024

No comparison.

06/16/2024


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06/16/2024

🦠🧠 Early life gut microbiota are major contributors to both short- and long-term health, and disruptions during this period can have lifelong impacts. 😱

Here's what you need to know:

1. Gut Microbiome Development: Gut microbial colonization starts at birth and continues to develop for 2-3 years until it reaches adult-like diversity. This process is influenced by factors like gestational age, delivery mode, birth weight, feeding types, antibiotic exposure, maternal microbiome, and diet. 👶🍼

2. Essential Functions: The gut microbiome assists in digesting food, controlling pathogens, modulating the immune system, and influencing the liver, brain, and endocrine system. 🥗🛡️

3. Microbial Metabolites: Critical microbial metabolites, including SCFAs, neuroactive molecules, vitamins, and hormones, play multiple roles in these interactions, supporting overall health and development. 🌟

4. Risks of Dysbiosis: Imbalances in the gut microbiota, known as dysbiosis, are linked to diseases like asthma, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and neurological disorders. This highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy gut microbiome from early life. 🚫

5. Immune System Education: The development of the gut microbiome is closely linked with the education and maturation of the immune system. Many diseases with immune and inflammatory origins can be traced back to early life gut health. 🛡️🌿

6. Long-Term Health: Early life gut health influences not only immediate well-being but also long-term health outcomes. Chronic conditions often stem from early gut imbalances, making this period critical for preventive health strategies. ⏳❤️

These studies go to show the critical importance of gut health on overall health and how supporting a healthy gut microbiome from the very start is crucial for long-term health and wellness!

Read more into this here: https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/10/3/459 🌿✨
PMID: 30529020

Homemade meals are the best. While we enjoy eating out, exploring new restaurants, we rarely find that the food we get i...
06/15/2024

Homemade meals are the best. While we enjoy eating out, exploring new restaurants, we rarely find that the food we get is anywhere close to what we are able to prepare at home. We have complete control over every ingredient, preparation methods. No guilt, no remorse.

Burger Bowls are Ready to Go!

Second trip to Waterbean Coffee. Got the French press this time. Live piano music. Great vibe and atmosphere. Loving thi...
06/15/2024

Second trip to Waterbean Coffee. Got the French press this time. Live piano music. Great vibe and atmosphere. Loving this new little locationin Morganton. Next time I may have to try the espresso flight. They also have a great variety of tea.

This is always fascinating... what are we doing to people? But do not take supplements -- they are dangerous, or worthle...
06/15/2024

This is always fascinating... what are we doing to people?
But do not take supplements -- they are dangerous, or worthless, or both 🤔
Hormone Replacement Therapy (aka Hormone Support Therapy) is dangerous 🤔
Eating red meat is dangerous 🤔

Maybe we need to reassess what we truly believe to be dangerous. I once saw a 42 year old woman in the ER that was on 45 medications daily. FORTY-FIVE! For some reason, despite all that medication, she still felt like 💩.

If you do not address the problem, you will not see improvements.
If you do not make necessary changes you will not see improvements.
If you do not improve nutritional status you will not see improvements.
If you wait until something is broken beyond repair you will not see improvements.

Results are not as reported by social media influencers, with miraculous improvements within days to weeks of making changes. Every individual is unique in their root causes, abilities to change, and requirements to achieve their goals. I promise you, it can take some time. What is the alternative? More additions to the list?

Looking to hydrate your cells properly? Then you need to get some minerals with your fluids. The best way to do that is ...
06/15/2024

Looking to hydrate your cells properly? Then you need to get some minerals with your fluids. The best way to do that is with adequate potassium combined with other electrolytes like magnesium, sodium, and chloride.

Some provide a lot of sodium with very little potassium.
Some provide no potassium at all.

Most of us get plenty of sodium from our meals, adding it to meals, or already in it. It’s important to get adequate potassium. This is beneficial for muscle function, heart health, blood vessels (blood pressure), and brain health.

Adequate hydration means hydrating your cells, not just adding fluid into your blood vessels. Plain water is not hydrating… you’ll just p*e a lot, but your cells won’t plump up. You’ll be left feeling tired, sluggish, brain fogged, tight, and tense.

Find a product that’s clean and contains the electrolytes your body needs. It’s not Gatorade.

This product can be found on Fullscript, contains 50 servings with a great cost savings when compared to others with less trace minerals!

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Owner/Physician: Johnny Gomes, D.O. Wellness Nurse: Sue Gomes, R.N., B.S.N. Functional & Lifestyle Medicine Consultations - Empower Yourself and Take Control of Your Health Functional Medicine uses an integrative approach with an emphasis on identifying root causes that lead to an individual's illnesses and poor health. By addressing these, through modifications in lifestyle factors and other triggers of dysfunction, it is possible to improve, reverse, or even eliminate many of these conditions. It is an holistic approach with a focus on every aspect that makes us who we are. We are presently ill-served by the conventional model of utilizing a pharmaceutical treatment for every condition, "a pill for every ill", focused on suppression of symptoms rather than a cure, all while the disease process continues unabated. While there is a time and place for medications, they are now used as the primary treatment in the majority of these chronic medical conditions. History shows that this has only led to further disease progression. Improving people's lives through lifestyle modification - dietary changes, proper nutrition, effective exercise, stress management, targeted supplementation and optimized sleep - attention to the mind, body & spirit - you can achieve dramatic changes in your life. Our goal is to help individuals to thrive, not just survive, by providing this knowledge, searching for root causes of your symptoms and addressing them through a lifestyle approach while minimizing the need for pharmaceutical interventions. We offer functional medicine consultations focused on the prevention or management of chronic medical conditions. We provide you with the knowledge that will enable you to take control of your own health and empowers you to improve yourself, to heal. Our consultations can be provided in our office, your home or a public venue. We offer individual, family or group appointments. Contact us for pricing.

We also provide educational lectures and discussions that are targeted to your areas of interest, individualized for you and your target audience. These are provided at $250 per lecture / small group discussion. The body is capable of healing itself.... We help you learn how. We offer the testing to identify root causes and the recommendations on how to address them. Take back control of your own health journey and begin to feel “well” again. For more info, visit our website: www.optimalhealthwnc.com Call us at (828) 279-7998 for more info or to schedule an appointment Email us at [email protected]

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