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it is the body, not medicine, that is the hero.-Ronald J. Glasser, M.D.
I start off with a thorough review of your comprehensive medical and health history. Next, vital signs are taken including resting pulse, oxygen saturation, blood pressure (supine & standing) and respiratory rate. Next is a comprehensive assessment that obtains key information often missing from conventional examinations. I palpate the abdomen (similar as done in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine). I evaluate your physical constitution by looking at your nails, tongue, eyes (iris analysis), and general complexion from a functional medicine perspective. This is where your ‘biological computer’ as I like to call it, can display much-needed information and guide me where to look, and what to ask.
Next is a bio-impedance analysis test (BIA), which is an electrical conductivity device that measures body fat, muscle mass, intra and extra cellular water content (toxicity value) and phase angle (cell membrane health).
I also will test energetic information by kinesiology (Autonomic Response Testing or quantum reflex analysis) methods. For a quick demonstration of quantum reflex analysis (QRA), check out this video. These are feedback methods that help target areas of distress and help to minimize potential trial and error. We also may use the biofeedback device called the Asyra. This system allows checking on energetic stresses in the body (does not diagnose), which helps us focus on areas of complaint and weakness in the body.
How does your body actually deal with stress? Are your supplements or diet is REALLY working? Is your nervous system balanced? The answer to these questions and more can be found in a 5 minute test at our office with the HRV – Heart Rate Variability monitor. Heart rate variability is a monitor of overall health and well-being, and a low variability reading can also be a predictor of cardiac risk and overall health and mortality. Can a simple test really reveal all this? Yes. Is there any science behind this? Try over 2,000 publications this last decade alone based on MEDLINE search, key word ‘HRV’. Originally researched to evaluate stress on Russian cosmonauts during the space program, this technology is now available in our office. We’ve find it an objective tool for guiding people back to health and wellness. The advanced HRV software system used at HealthQuest also has a unique ability to digitally assess the body’s meridian and chakra systems and show it graphically! Learn more…
For more information, see www.hrvhq.com. Call our office to make an appointment today.
If I feel more information is needed for accurate assessment, I often will prescribe additional testing. This can include any of the following: outside bloodwork (we do not perform venipuncture in our office), advanced stool analysis, salivary hormone testing and diagnostic imaging (x-ray, MRI, computerized thermal imaging, etc). Occasionally, we find that a referral to an MD is the most appropriate course of action for additional testing. We make every attempt to work collaboratively with your primary physician. If you don’t have a primary doctor (MD or DO), we encourage you to get one. We can refer you to physicians in various specialties if needed.
The LightMD is a technology that’s shown great success for reducing pain, healing injuries, and supporting metabolic balance throughout the entire body. A gentle, warm light is applied to the skin with flexible pads that allow the beneficial photons of light energy to be delivered to our cells. Many people experience instant relief of symptoms, while others feel improvement after a series of healing light sessions. Our system has a vast number of healing frequencies for a variety of conditions, along with higher power and multiple wavelengths. After many years of research, owning, renting, and experience with dozens of light therapy devices, we feel the LightMD system is simply the finest, most advanced light therapy in the world. We’ve found it has beneficial effects on a variety of organs, including the pancreas, spleen, liver, gallbladder, intestines, ovaries, uterus, adrenals, thyroid, thymus, stomach, as well as the entire lymphatic system! Learn more…..
We offer this light therapy which can be used once or in multiple sessions. It also constitutes a part of all of our Health & Wellness Programs.
All are painless, non-invasive (no needles), and very efficient. I use concepts of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as well as Nogier’s auriculotherapy and Korean hand point systems. I find many times these methods are quicker and more effective than traditional needling techniques. Learn more….
Designed to help reduce energetic stress on the immune and nervous systems through selective detoxification and specific meridian balancing techniques.
I will often suggest either of these to very specific sites on the body, based upon in-office testing. I find them useful for pain, cramps, clearing lymphatic congestion, scar therapy, imbedded trauma sites and digestive support among many others. If not done properly and on the right location, these can be of little use. If done correctly, it can make the difference to resolve lingering health issues.
I offer nutritional support for many conditions including digestive disturbances (including halitosis, reflux/GERD, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, colitis, Crohn’s, etc), fatigue, allergies, acute and chronic infection, PMS, menopause, andropause (male menopause), weight loss, weight gain, asthma, attention deficit disorder, carpal tunnel sydrome, spinal disc degeneration, cardiac and lipid imbalances, immune system challenges, eczema, psoriasis, osteoporosis, arthritis, auto-immune conditions like lupus, rheumatism and thyroiditis, herpes, MS, poor memory, candida, parasites and more.
Following Dr. Barsten’s advice after major surgery last year was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My surgeon was amazed at the speed and extent of my healing. He said at 3 weeks after surgery, I was where the typical patient is at 3 months! The benefits from following Dr. Barsten’s advice have extended far beyond healing from the procedure. I feel energetic, old blemishes on my skin have faded, my digestion has improved and overall I feel better than ever. I am grateful that I found my way to Dr. Barsten and would highly recommend him to anybody wanting to address specific health concerns or invest in their overall well being.
Dr. Barsten is the smartest and most intuitive care provider I have ever met. He has helped me over the last two decades with dozens of issues that MDs had absolutely no idea how to treat. In fact, I went to Dr. Barsten initially because my MD put me on so many antibiotics, they had killed all of the good gut bacteria and created a host of problems. Dr. Barsten is up on all of the most current, independent research and I would trust him with my life. He is brilliant!
The class IV laser treatments at HealthQuest have significantly lessened my osteoarthritis pain in both my knees, and I am much more stable on the stairs as well as on the golf course!
I’ve been receiving annual bone density scans. The recent combination of Dr. Barsten’s guidance on diet, nutrition, specific exercises, etc., has made a huge difference, an incredible difference. My most recent scan showed I was not only able to stop the bone loss, but actually gain bone density back. This is something my OB-GYN physician called both remarkable and surprising, given that I did not take prescription medications for osteoporosis. I am so glad I listened to you. I cannot thank you enough.
Greg is fabulous. You always hear horror stories about people who go to chiropractors every week for years on end. With Greg, he can usually fix what ails you in one or two visits. I’ve recommended him to friends, and all of them were pleased.
Dr. Barsten is our health expert. Our family has consulted with him for many years for a variety of ailments from heart disease, thyroid issues, headaches and arthritis. We always walk away inspired and armed with solutions that really work. He will often recommend therapies that are simple and free.