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THRIVE is a collaborative platform of conventional, integrative, & functional medicine practitioners coming together in one setting to provide personalized healthcare to clients.
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What Questions To Ask Your Functional Medicine Provider?

Questions for Functional Medicine Practitioners Is getting to the root cause of your health issue a goal of yours? Our Functional Providers are all certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine and believe in delivering a whole-health approach towards healing. If you're interested in becoming a patient of Thrive's or consulting with a functional medicine provider here are some questions that you may consider asking a clinician who practices Functional Medicine: How would you describe your practice? Do you work with other clinicians – Nutrition Professionals, Health Coach, etc.? Do you have any information you could send me about your practice? Do you have experience treating my condition(s)? Please describe your Functional Medicine training. Do you take insurance? Or are you a cash practice? What are the main...

Breast Cancer Empowerment: Key Preventive Actions

  Prevention is KEY! Adopting just 3 preventive habits can reduce the likelihood of developing breast cancer by 62% according to a study by the American Institute for Cancer Research on >30,000 postmenopausal women. By knowing which lifestyle changes can have such powerful implications on breast health, you will be empowered to start making positive changes in your health and wellbeing. Below are the top 10 health issues women should be aware of with regard to breast cancer prevention. The first 3 listed have been shown to have the greatest impact. Start there! The staff at Thrive is here to help you as you strive for your best health. Switch to a Whole Food Plant-Based diet Reduction of Adipose (body fat) Limit alcohol Regular exercise Incorporate Flaxseed ...

Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast Cancer Awareness…Prevention by Dr. Nancy Palermo Lietz, MD Unless you’ve had your head in the sand you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of October it is impossible to avoid articles that highlight Breast Cancer and the inordinate number of women who suffer every minute with the diagnosis of this  feared disease. It is said this “awareness” has only added fear without making any measurable difference in the disease.  In Preventative Medicine magazine 80% of women state they are moderately or very afraid of the diagnosis of breast cancer and rate this as one of their greatest fears. Despite these fears, the reality is 90% of women will never get this diagnosis. Breast Cancer Awareness month was established in 1985 by...

Chronic Medical Diseases We Treat

At Thrive we take an individualized and personalized approach towards treating our patients. Many people still don't know that Functional Medicine tries to help treat your ill by treating the root cause of the problem. This is a small selection of some of the chronic medical diseases we treat at Thrive.   Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): A widespread condition involving recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhea or constipation, often associated with stress, depression, anxiety, or previous intestinal infection. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) A disorder that involves chronic inflammation of your digestive tract. Skin Irritations A stimulus or agent which induces the state of irritation. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) An autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. Anxiety A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with...

Thriver Spotlight: Lee Anne Smith

If you've ever called into Thrive or checked out at our front desk, then there's a great chance you've encountered Lee Anne Smith. She's the person behind our Instagram account, the friendly face behind the desk and the phone, and most importantly the person who picks up the snacks. Get to know her a bit better in our first installment of our Thriver Spotlight. What’s on your Netflix que? Anything true crime-related – and The Great British Baking Show (of course) Dog kisses on the mouth yes or no? No, thanks! But doggy snuggles are the best Where did you grow up? Wilmington, NC Why did you choose Thrive? I have three things I look for in an employer. Is this a...

The Outcome of Functional Medicine Residency Increases

The Outcome of Functional Medicine Residency Increases   More than 400 practitioners have received Functional Medicine training through the Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP).  Approximately twenty of these practitioners have also received training at IFM’s Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) course.  With that being said, this partnership has resulted in the successful treatment of more than 1,000 patients since 2011.   In the fall of 2016, FMRP implemented an ongoing 16-week cardiometabolic medical visit program.  Each week, 12 patients attend a two-hour program to learn about lifestyle, making healthy choices, and coping with emotions.  Meanwhile, these patients rotate through 15-minute clinical appointments with a practitioner and a shadow resident.   This program is beneficial for both practitioners and patients: practitioners are able to integrate Functional Medicine into their...

Why to Consider an Independent Primary Care Physician

Independent Primary Care Physicians   Patients have been comforted into a costly daze allowing reimbursement policies to govern their decisions in managing their health.  Meanwhile, reliant on reimbursement revenue for survival, physicians may continuously reshape care delivery to mirror the ever-shifting values of payers.   This period of medicine is drawing quickly to a close.  As consumers shoulder the growing burden of healthcare costs, America is waking up to the reality of an apparent oxymoron.  With deductibles ballooning to thousands of dollars, most working-age Americans are now insured, self-pay patients.   For primary care physicians, in particular, this new reality creates an extremely important for in the road. Consumers hate the old, payer-driven model of primary care.  Now that they are footing the bill, they will seek out and buy what...

Under Pressure: The Hypertension Effect

Under Pressure While everyone has pressure in their lives, some are under far more severe pressure than others. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a condition in which the stress that your blood exerts on the interior of your blood vessels is significant enough to pose potential health risks over the long term. Hypertension can present in a variety of ways, and many have no symptomology at all. ​Hypertension Symptoms​ Headaches Shortness of breath Nosebleeds It is important to note that none of these can point directly to hypertension, but if the pressure is severe enough to have symptoms, it can mean that the pressure is elevated enough to pose significant risk. Luckily, a hypertension diagnosis can be as simple as taking your blood pressure! Blood pressure should be...

Are You Suffering From Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

Are You Suffering From RA? Rheumatoid arthritis, commonly known as RA, is an autoimmune disorder that causes chronic inflammation in your joints. As an autoimmune disorder, it is due to your bodies immune system mistakenly attacking its own tissue. Compared to osteoarthritis, which is usually due to normal wear-and-tear on your body, RA directly affects the lining of your joints, causing swelling that can become painful and even result in deformity and erosion of bone. Despite its significant effect on, and therefore association with, joints, RA can also affect multiple other body systems. These alternatively involved systems can cause symptoms that may not generally be associated with RA. ​Other Involved Body Systems and Associated Symptoms​ Skin - Rheumatoid nodules (small lumps under the skin over bony areas) ...

IBD vs IBS

IBD vs IBS Despite many people suffering from either IBD or IBS, there is some confusion between the two. Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS, is the less severe of the two conditions, affecting the mainly the colon or rectum. It is non-life-threatening and does not increase one's risk of other more serious conditions such as colitis, Crohn's disease, or colon cancer. It is important to note that bleeding or black stool is not a symptom of IBS. Irritable bowel disease, IBD, is generally considered to be more severe and refers to a variety of bowel-related diseases including Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and others. ​IBD Diseases​ Crohn's disease Ulcerative colitis Enteritis Ileitis Proctitis Crohn's Disease ​Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammation of the bowel that can even cause ulceration. Crohn's...