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I would like to make some drastic changes in my lifestyle.

Question:

I would like to make some drastic changes in my lifestyle.  I have been gaining weight steadily over the past 15 years or so, and I want to avoid those chronic diseases that I see so many elderly people suffer from.  Your program attracted my attention because of the body impedance analysis and the emphasis on a healthy lifestyle.  How long does the initial consult last?

Answer:

My consultation is at least 90 minutes long.   We usually start out by filling out a thorough medical history, which will give me a lot of background information on where you have been in your life, with your diet, past medical history, past surgical history and any medications and supplements that you are currently taking.  We then perform a Bio-impedance analysis, which is a very precise way to measure body composition.  This will tell us your body fat percentage, how much lean body mass you have on your body, your basal metabolic weight, your body mass index, the water balance in the body, among other things.  It is a very thorough assessment of where you are physically at the time of consultation.   The beauty of this is that we can repeat this, and compare it to your initial results to see how you have progressed during the process.   Following the Bio-impedance analysis, I will sit down with you for between 60 and 90 minutes and review your medical history and discuss your goals in an anti-aging program.  I will point out areas of deficiency you may have and we will discuss diet, nutrition, supplements, specialized testing, looking at things such as hormones, neurotransmitters, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid function, cortisol levels, etc.   It is an extremely thorough consultation, and by the end of it, we will have a plan to start you on the track for total wellness. Posted by Dr. Allison Pontius

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