What is Natural Health?
In the context of Pastoral Science and Medicine, “natural health” involves improving your health and wellness through use of holistic, biblically-sound natural approaches, non-toxic substances and non-invasive protocols – and by practicing healthy living.
Natural health looks at the whole person, attempting to identify the underlying causes of imbalanced conditions, and tailoring health recovery plans to the individual while emphasizing prevention and self-care.
How does Natural Health compare to conventional medicine?
Natural health is for people seeking to improve their health by using food and natural supplements as their medicine to help with various health conditions, rather than pharmaceutical drugs, and by practicing healthy living.
Can you help me with my health problem?
If you suffer from a chronic medical condition, if you are frequently ill, tired or in chronic pain or if you simply seek to optimize your health, we may be able to help. If you feel you are taking too many prescription drugs, want a more natural approach or wonder which supplements are right for you, we can help.
Mainstream medical practice does not focus on finding the root cause of illness. The usual medical tests do not look for food sensitivities, hidden infections, environmental toxins, mold exposures, nutritional deficiencies and metabolic imbalances. Newer testing can uncover underlying elements that can be modified through diet, lifestyle, supplements or medications.
Should I stop my medications as a client of your practice?
No, you should not. You should always consult with your medical doctor about any changes you want to make with your medications.
Is Michael Lonardo a primary care physician?
NO! We do not provide primary care services. We will work with you closely as a consultant in preventive, nutritional and naturopathic medicine to help you address the roots of chronic health problems. We will confer with your primary care doctor and specialist physicians if required.
What about laboratory testing?
Some testing can be done through conventional laboratories, and others are only available through specialty laboratories. During your consultation, your natural healthcare practitioner will determine which tests are needed and will review testing recommendations, instructions (for instance, fasting or non-fasting, etc.) and costs.
Your financial resources and how much testing you want to do are taken into account, and the plan for testing is reviewed with you. Testing is frequently done to assess nutritional status, including amino acids, fatty acids, oxidative stress, vitamin levels, mitochondrial function, food sensitivities, and heavy metals. Many other tests are available including genetic testing for a variety of conditions, hormone evaluations, bone health, gastrointestinal health, adrenal function and many others.
Most testing will be performed at home with test kits to collect blood, urine, saliva or stool.
Do you sell nutritional supplements?
Yes, we often recommend nutritional supplements to patients in conjunction with lifestyle and dietary modification. In most cases, nutritional supplements can be used in place of more toxic prescription medications. We rely on scientifically based studies to guide our therapeutic decisions regarding nutritional supplementation. We have researched high-quality nutritional products and carry only those products that undergo rigorous quality testing by nutritional research laboratories. These products are often of higher quality than those sold over the counter and are free of fillers, allergens and additives.
Is there anything special I need to know about in-office appointments?
Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Makeup is fine, however, please do not wear perfume, cologne, oils, or strong fragrance products (including hair products, sunscreens, and lotions) when coming to our office. Many people with allergies are very sensitive to these substances.
Also, please do not bring food or drinks with you that are not a part of your health recovery plan. It is a good idea to drink at least 8 ounces of water within an hour of your appointment.
Parents please do not bring children to your appointment. If a child is coming for an appointment, please do not bring any other children unless you have first consulted with our office staff.
If you are sick or some other emergency arises, please contact us immediately to reschedule your appointment. Your cooperation in these ways is much appreciated.
Do you accept insurance?
At this time, we do not accept insurance. However, your insurance company may cover our services, but we cannot guarantee this. Your coverage will depend on your insurance carrier and the type of coverage you have. Please retain your receipt if you plan to submit a claim to your insurance.
Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Accounts, offered by some insurance plans and employers, are another option for paying for our services.
When is payment for your services expected?
Payment is due at the time service is provided. For your convenience, we accept cash, checks and most credit cards. If paying by credit card, the person whose name appears on the card must be present at the time the card is used, or we must have a signed credit card authorization form signed on file.