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What is Functional Medicine?


Functional medicine determines HOW and WHY illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes. By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, we become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.




How do I start working with Beyond Medicine & Dr. Somji?


Excited to start?! Wonderful! Motivation is essential for success in any functional treatment plan. However, the magic and synergy comes from our ability to partner together. My style of teaching and delivery of medical care may not be a good fit for some people. This is why I request a 15-minute FREE Discovery Call before enrolling you as a private patient. This call is completely free and there is no catch. If we feel like you will be a good fit for our programs we will walk you through the process of enrolling in our membership programs.




I'm not sure if I need membership, how can I get a sample of Functional Medicine?


1. Try out one of my online courses for less than a dinner and movie! 2. Purchase the Basic Access Pass so you can join our Open Office Hours and unlock all my content for free! 3. “Like” my Facebook Page and follow me on Instagram where I talk about what functional medicine can do for your health.




What kind of specialty testing does Beyond Medicine & Dr. Somji offer?


As a physician who trained in both internal medicine and functional medicine, I can explain the labs you’ve already acquired with your primary care doctor in great detail. If you need specialty functional testing to help reach your goals, I have contracted with some amazing companies via RupaHealth (Doctor’s Data, Great Plains Laboratory, ZRT labs, RealTime, and Labrix) to provide Organic Amino Acid testing, Comprehensive Stool Evaluation, and salivary measurements of cortisol and hormones. (These are just a few examples.) All of these tests are done in the comfort of your own home, with the convenience of FedEx shipping labels and containers.




How important are vitamins and supplements in the treatment plan?


We help you clarify exactly which vitamins or supplements you need (or don’t need). While much of your treatment momentum can be gained with customized instructions on food sources and lifestyle changes, many people require temporary (or long term) supplementation based on their unique genetic limitations, digestion inefficiencies, or micronutrient deficiencies. In this case, I’ll provide you access to prescription quality supplements through my FullScript dispensary, where I have personally vetted companies that show the highest purity and 3rd party quality certification. Since you are ordering them from my recommended prescription service, you will get discounted pricing from MRSP. However, you should still budget $200-300 for the cost of supplements during the first few months of recovery.




Does Dr. Somji or Beyond Medicine accept insurance, Medicaid or Medicare?


No. But let me tell you why. Beyond Medicine is an “insurance-free” zone! This gives the greatest liberty to choose your best path to wellness without the restraint of red tape. There’s no surprises, hidden costs, or worries about what might not be covered. All prices are transparent. Many patients use their flex plan or HSA account to pay for services with me. I will provide a properly coded ICD-10 visit worksheet and itemized bill so you can submit this for reimbursement.




Can Dr. Somji be my primary care doctor?


No. Your healthcare is a team effort, and Functional Medicine plays a different position on this “team.” My mission is to educate you on your body’s signals and help you reach your goals as an ongoing consultant. Typical results are achieved from 3-6 months of dedicated collaboration. We require that all patients retain a primary care provider to handle ordering of important screening tests (like mammograms, colonoscopies, etc). As a consultant, I do not provide urgent/same-day care that might require immediate assistance or hospitalization. If permitted, I’ll happily communicate our findings to your PCP to provide a seamless approach to your overall healthcare.





 

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