A Message to the patients of Medical Wellness Associates

MWA office is open but not for direct patient care.  We anticipate re-opening for direct in-office patient care in 30 days unless the COVID Crisis is over before then.  All established patients will have phone (1-800-834-4325), email, fax (724-527-6416) and website access to vitamin and Rx refills, and diagnostic and lab services.

We are complying with the president and CDC recommendations.  If you have an upcoming appointment, you will need to reschedule your appointment for 30 days.  If things change, we will contact you and move you up in the schedule.  You should make a Telemedicine consultation with the physcians at the office in the interim.  These are available to all of our existing patients.

We have established an interim service to support new and established patients through TELEMEDICINE. This service is available by contacting the office at 1-800-834-4325 to schedule an appointment with the available providers including Emma McGowan, MD, William Fischer, DC, DABCO and Martin Gallagher, MD, DC, ABOIM.  Telemedicine consults will need to be scheduled in advance by contacting this office via phone (1-800-834-4325) or email. You may also contact Mary Belzer to schedule your appointment.  The Telemedicine consults will be done by Skype, FaceTime, and WhatsApp.  For those of you who would prefer a non-video version, it can be done by computer or direct phone call.

In addition, we have updated this website with information and Guidance for COVID-19.  Please click here to view this information. We will continue to update you frequently, so please check back with us often.

We are here for you, and we want to help.

Martin P. Gallagher, MD, DC

 

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Nutritional Assessment Plan

nutritionMedical Wellness Associates recognizes the relationship between diet and disease.  Our nutritional plans are based on a term that Roger Williams, PhD coined called, Biochemical Individuality.   Since no two individuals have the same fingerprint nor the identical dental records, we should not expect that a one size fits all nutritional plan will work across the board.  The physicians at MWA will recommend an individualized, comprehensive nutritional assessment and plan.  The assessment may include (please click on an item below for more information):
 
Medical history and nutrition interview - this provides the physicians with insight into your food preferences, cravings, potential allergies, and status of your digestive system.
Laboratory Analysis of Blood - this determines potential organic illnesses, as well as, insight into nutritional deficiencies.
Nutrition Anthropometrics - the Metabolic Syndrome (diabetes, hypertension, obesity, hyperlipidemia) is epidemic in the U.S. This test will determine your body measurements, percentage of body fat and loss of lean tissue mass as a baseline for lifestyle changes
Digestion, Absorption, Elimination Profile - Important test for those suffering from chronic GERD, Peptic Ulcer Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohns Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Chronic Constipation.  Specific tests for digestive enzyme deficiencies, gut bacteria, parasites, fungal infections, and colon cancer risk.  Remember, it’s not what you eat, rather it’s what you digest, absorb and eliminate.
Food Allergy/Sensitivity Test - Blood test that determines “delayed” reactions to 95 foods that may contribute to Arthritis, Allergies, Chronic Fatigue, Asthma, ADD, Skin Diseases (Eczema, Psoriasis), Psychiatric Disorders, etc. Unlike conventional allergy evaluation that tests only for “immediate” reactions to foods (IgE) that are associated with anaphylactic reactions (shock and sometimes death), our testing involves both IgE (immediate) and IgG4 (delayed, up to 4 days after eating a food) via the Elisa method.
Female and Male Hormone Profiles - Urine, blood and saliva tests that indicate the levels of hormones that are often associated with menopause, andropause and reproductive diseases.  Important tests for those with Fatigue, Low Libido, Menopausal symptoms, Erectile Dysfunction, and Premature Aging. Patients often have subtle hormonal imbalances that can be detected with more in-depth profiles.  This is leading to what experts are now calling the new, emerging field called, “Functional Endocrinology”.
Organic Acid Test - Urine test that determines the functioning of your Krebs cycle (energy cycle) within your cells.  Tests your levels of neurotransmitters (serotonin, melatonin, etc), vitamins, minerals, and probiotic balance. {/slide} {slide=Thyroid Testing}Unique blood test panel that looks at the ratio of T3/T4, reverse T3 and free T3.  Important since many people continue with hypothyroid symptoms fatigue, depression, weight gain, etc.) despite taking adequate amounts of synthroid or armour thyroid. For more information: MWA_WESTHROIDSTUDY2.pdf (120.04 KB)
Hair Analysis - A tablespoon of hair is obtained from the nape of the neck to screen for heavy metal exposure and/or mineral imbalances. Toxic metals are linked to all of the major degenerative diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, allergies, etc.)
Heavy Metal Challenge - Unlike blood tests for metals (Lead, Mercury, Aluminum, etc.) that test for acute toxicity, this is an oral and IV test that uses “chelating agents” (DMPS, DMSA, etc.) to assess your exposure to heavy metals. Most patients do not have acute toxicity. Rather, they have chronic storage of toxic metals from dental fillings, processed foods, water and air pollution, etc..  Metals accumulate in the heart, brain, bone, colon, etc. Heavy metals are implicated in childhood Autism, ADD/ADHD, memory and behavioral problems, and all of the neurodegenerative diseases (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Neuropathy, etc.).  There is a strong link between heavy metal exposure and cancer, as well.
Gluten Sensitivity Testing - Gluten is a common protein found in wheat, rye, oat, and barley. Incompatibility to this protein can lead to celiac disease or gluten intolerance that is often associated with chronic diarrhea, anemia, skin diseases, seizure disorders, autism, arthritis, auto-immune diseases (Lupus, Rheumatoid, etc), neuropathy and many of the so-called mental illnesses------depression, anxiety, panic disorder, mood and behavioral changes, etc. This profile evaluates 3 different antibodies that positively correlate with gluten sensitivity. This test is also used to measure your progress, since the antibody tests normalize with prescribed dietary changes.
Metabolic Syndrome Test - This is a test for early detection of Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome. By the time Diabetes is diagnosed using conventional laboratory methods, patients already have significant cardiovascular disease.  This test evaluates, along with lifestyle evaluation, Insulin Tolerance during Glucose Tolerance Testing. Many patients who have normal blood glucose tolerance curves have abnormal insulin tolerance curves, which Dr. Kraft (Metabolic Researcher) refers to as Diabetes Mellitus in situ or Occult Diabetes.
Omega 3/Omega 6 Fatty Acid Markers - (Blood test)  A wide range of chronic medical conditions are now known to be related to chronic inflammation and can  respond to therapy with Fish Oils containing omega-3 fatty acids.  Recent studies describe the use of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Heart Disease, Bipolar Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and Arthritis. When the EPA Fraction in the blood reaches 3.2%, inflammation is largely suppressed. This test can now be used as a Biomarker for high-dose Omega-3 therapy.  This is an important test for patients not only with chronic pain, but for those individuals with strong family histories of heart disease, cancer, and psychiatric disorders, since the genetic susceptibility may become expressed because of chronic, low grade inflammation.