Our Chiropractic & Naturopathic Services
At Elan Wellness, we believe in using the most advanced methods and proven protocols available in the non-invasive treatment of dis-ease. Our services and protocols include:
Advanced Metabolic Weight Loss
Have you been on a weight loss roller coaster? Are you tired of starving to lose a few pounds? Did you know that permanent weight loss involves much more than what you eat and how much you exercise?
Through years of research and clinical trials, Dr. Truhlar has developed a revolutionary approach to permanent weight loss that has proven unrivalled by any other method of weight loss.
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The process begins with a comprehensive consultation to discover your health history, followed by recommendations for any necessary laboratory testing. A foundational component of Dr. Truhlar’s weight loss program is a Metabolic Efficiency Analysis. Through the Metabolic Efficiency Analysis, your cellular metabolism can be “mapped” in order to understand the specific weakness (or weaknesses) in your cellular chemistry.
With this information, Dr. Truhlar will develop a metabolic weight loss program specifically for your bio-chemical condition that will allow you to successfully loose the weight you want to lose and feel better than you ever have. By design, you will learn the keys to losing weight and maintaining your weight for the rest of your life!
ALCAT Sensitivity Testing
Allergy or Sensitivity?
Did you know that only about 5% of the U.S. population has a true food-related allergy? This means that food allergies are pretty rare. However, food-related sensitivities are undetected by allergy testing and can cause chronic health problems. The only way to establish that food-related sensitivities are at the root of your health problem is with the ALCAT Test.
The ALCAT Test is a blood test that identifies reactions to over 300 foods, chemicals and other substances associated with inflammation that are linked to chronic health problems like migraines, aching joints, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, eczema, hyperactivity/ADD, asthma and even obesity.
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The ALCAT Test differs from other food allergy or intolerance tests as it accurately and objectively measures leukocyte cellular reactivity in whole blood, which is a final common pathway of all mechanisms. The test utilizes electronic, state of the art, hematological instrumentation. Standard allergy tests, such as skin testing or RAST are not accurate for delayed type reactions to foods and chemicals. They measure only a single mechanism, such as the effect of mast cell release of histamine or the presence of allergen specific IgE molecules. Delayed reactions to foods and chemicals are NOT IgE mediated.
The ALCAT Test also differs from standard IgG tests in that they rely exclusively on one immune pathway, serum levels of immunoglobulin G (IgG). In fact, high food specific IgG titers are indicative only of exposure, not necessarily intolerance.
The ALCAT Test reproducibly measures the final common pathway of all pathogenic mechanism; whether immune, non-immune, or toxic. It is the only test shown to correlate with clinical symptoms by double blind oral challenges, the gold standard.
Health & Behavior
Changes in thoughts, emotions, behavior and lifestyle can improve health, prevent illness, and reduce symptoms of illness. More than twenty-five years of research, clinical practice, and community-based interventions in the field of behavioral medicine have shown that such changes can help people feel better physically and emotionally, improve their health, increase their self-care and health maintenance skills, increase empowerment, and improve their ability to live fulfilled lives with chronic pain and illness. Behavioral medicine interventions also can improve the effectiveness of medical care, can help to reduce over-reliance on the health care system, and can reduce many costs associated with medical care.
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Behavioral Medicine & Related Fields
Behavioral medicine is the interdisciplinary field concerned with psychosocial aspects of illness, health and healing. It focuses on promotion and maintenance of health and wellness through development and application of behavioral and psychosocial theories and methods, and their integration with biomedical science. The behavioral medicine approach assumes that promoting mental, emotional and spiritual well being promotes physical well being.
Methods of behavioral medicine include psychotherapy (including cognitive behavioral therapy), education, meditation, relaxation training, hypnosis, biofeedback, and energy medicine.
Related and overlapping areas: some areas included in and overlapping with behavioral medicine include:
Mind-Body Medicine: the field which covers the understanding and use of non-medical therapies to harness the mind in order to activate the innate healing capacity of the body.
Behavioral Health: the study and application of behavioral and psychosocial theories and methods in order to facilitate behaviors that increase health and prevention of illness and dysfunction. It involves promoting a philosophy of individual responsibility for health and overall well being. There are several areas that behavioral health can address, including smoking cessation, weight loss, exercise, medication compliance, reduction of high risk behavior, increased appropriate contact with health care providers (e.g. pregnancy checks, dental check-ups).
Psychosomatic Medicine: the study of how illnesses and physical disabilities are caused and/or maintained by psychological dynamics. It includes the study psychological and emotional factors in functional/psychogenic conditions (no biological organic basis) and organic conditions. The field was founded on Freud’s psychoanalytic theory and the idea that personality traits and unconscious conflicts are associated with development of specific illnesses. Today, psychosomatic medicine has a much broader scope, although it is still burdened by popular misconceptions that it tends to dismisses people’s illnesses as being “all in their head.” There is much overlap between behavioral medicine and psychosomatic medicine.
Health Psychology: all of the theory and methods associated with the discipline of psychology that are relevant to understanding the relationship between thoughts, emotions, behavior, and social context and health and illness. Health psychology addresses the roles of thoughts, emotions, behavior, and social context in health promotion and maintenance, illness prevention and treatment, as well as in understanding etiology/causes of health and illness. Health psychology is a broad field which encompasses many of the activities of psychologists who work in the area of health and behavioral medicine. There is much overlap with behavioral medicine, and some believe the two terms create an artificial separation.
Areas of Behavioral Medicine Research & Intervention
Behavioral medicine has applications to many areas of health, such as: adolescent health, aging, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease (heart disease, hypertension, stroke), children’s health, chronic pain, cystic fibrosis, depression, diabetes, disease-related pain, eating disorders, environmental health, headaches, HIV/AIDS, incontinence, insomnia, low back pain, minority health, myofascial pain, obesity, public health, pulmonary disease, quality of life, hospice, rehabilitation, sexually transmitted diseases, social support, sports medicine, substance abuse (alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs), women’s health.
Research Documented Health Effects of Behavioral Medicine Interventions
Research has documented many health effects of behavioral medicine interventions. These effects include prevention of disease onset; lowered blood pressure; lowered serum cholesterol; reduced body fat; reversed atherosclerosis; decreased pain; reduced surgical complications; decreased complications of pregnancy; enhanced immune response; increase relaxation; increase functional capacity; improve sleep; improve productivity at work and school; improve strength, endurance, and mobility; improve quality of life.
BIONESS NESS L300 Foot Drop System
The Ness L300 Foot Drop System uses mild stimulation to lift your foot to help you walk more safely and easily on flat ground, up and down stairs, as well as on uneven surfaces. This light-weight device is designed to fit just below your knee and to be put on and taken off with one hand. Use of the NESS L300 may eliminate the need to wear a rigid, heavy orthosis.
To learn more about the NESS L300 and to find out if this device is right for you, call us at (800) 916-Elan or visit www.bioness.com.
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Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis
This is the science of thoroughly analyzing the molecules circulating in your bloodstream and using the information to identify nutritional deficiencies and correct imbalances.
This information may help identify potentially life-threatening conditions and diseases before they become problematic.
Healthy people have test results that fall within fairly narrow range. Significant deviation from the optimum ranges may indicate a variety of poor health conditions.
Lack of proper care, ill-fitting shoes and general foot neglect are responsible for the majority of foot problems. It’s important to understand that your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body and support you with each step. A small abnormality in foot function can have a large impact on joints higher up in the body, causing pain and discomfort.
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When you are running, the pressure on your feet can be three or four times your body weight. Even walking can produce more pressure than the sum of your body weight. The American Podiatric Medical Association says that the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. That adds up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime or more than four times the circumference of the globe. That is a lot of walking with ill-fitting shoes or painful feet!
In some cases, foot ailments can be an early signal of more serious medical problems like arthritis or diabetes.
Women have four times as many foot problems as men because they have a long history of wearing high heels and/or pointy toe shoes.
Orthotics and proper shoe fit are very important aspects of foot health. The TOG GaitScan™ is the most technologically advanced gait analysis system available. It allows precise digital mapping of the mechanics of your foot while walking. The TOG GaitScan™ is far superior to all other methods of gait analysis available today! Are your feet contributing to your health problems? Call to schedule your comprehensive foot analysis today!
Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA)
What is MUA?
Manipulation under anesthesia is a medical procedure that originally began being used in the 1930′s by Doctors of Osteopathy. During this procedure, the patient is placed in “twilight” sedation so that the spine can be adjusted and the soft tissue can be stretched when the while the patient is in a relaxed state. MUA is now available at Elan Wellness for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, with specific focus on pain that has not responded well to other forms of treatment.
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There are some patients whose acute condition may warrant MUA, but the overwhelming majority of patients who choose MUA as a treatment option are those with chronic pain that have been unresponsive to conventional treatment and therapy.
Am I a candidate for MUA?
You may be a candidate for MUA if your chronic pain is from one of the following sources: (this list not comprehensive)
- Unresponsive cervicogenic headaches & migraines
- Chronic neck pain and muscle spasm
- Frozen Shoulder Syndrome
- Fixed articulations from adhesion syndrome
- Chronic mid-back pain and muscle spasm
- Herniated disc w/out fragment
- Bulging disc
- Protruded disc
- Failed back surgery
- Chronic lower back pain and muscle spasm
- Fibromyalgia patients
- Chronic sprain/strain
- Unresponsive muscle contracture (shortening)
- Chronic neuro-musculoskeletal conditions
Where is MUA performed?
For our patient’s convenience in order to minimize their travel distance, the patient may request one of several surgical center locations to have the MUA procedure at, from Aurora to Chicago. When you have been cleared by a medical examination and any necessary testing (i.e. blood tests, imaging studies, etc) and it is determined that you are a candidate for MUA, then the MUA procedure will be scheduled at one of our surgical centers.
What happens after your MUA?
The treatment after your MUA is just as important to your recovery and achieving the maximum benefit from the MUA treatment. A regimented rehabilitation program will be designed to complete your healing with the goal of achieving a pain-free life! This specific rehabilitation protocol usually requires 4 to 6 weeks of treatment to be successful.
Is MUA covered by my insurance?
MUA is not an experimental procedure and it is covered by most insurance carriers. We will help you obtain complete information regarding your health insurance coverage for MUA as we have specialists in this area. For more information or to make an appointment for a consultation please contact our office.
Our nervous system influences how we think, feel, and act, as well as how the rest of our body functions. At Elan Wellness we believe the function of the central nervous system, including a balance of neurotransmitters, plays an essential and central role in the health of all body systems.
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We advocate an assess-address approach to nervous system function. This process entails laboratory assessment of the body’s chemical messengers, via urinary neurotransmitter and salivary hormone testing. Based on your laboratory results, a treatment plan can be designed to address the spectrum of neurotransmitter and hormone imbalances.
In our younger days we were able to concentrate, complete tasks, and cope with day-to-day living. On the other side of the coin we were able to rest, relax, and enjoy our days. Now it seems as if everything has suffered; achievements are less because of our inability to focus, stress follows because of lack of achievements, home life is affected, relationships suffer, and to complete the circle we can no longer escape the agitation of the whole situation because relaxation and rest are miles away.
Today’s multi-tasking life style and high paced society propels us into this situation. If you are experiencing any of the following there is an ANSWER!
Do you experience?
Autism, stress, low mood, mood swings, anxiousness, depression, irritability, agitation, tension, panic attacks, difficulty concentrating, focusing or remembering, sleep disturbances or difficulties, headaches, fatigue, lack of energy, weight issues, or food cravings.
The ANSWER is that the body’s stress response system is dysfunctional. It is a physical problem interconnected with your emotional issues. The brain chemicals that help us to respond to stress appropriately can be in limited supply due to diet, stress, exposure to toxins, and/or genetics.
The word “Orthomolecular” comes from the Greek word “ortho” which means “correct” or “right”, and “molecule” which is the simplest structure that displays the characteristics of a compound. So, literally, it means the “right molecule”.
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Orthomolecular medicine describes the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body. This alternative therapy employs vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to create optimum nutritional content for the body, as well as the right environment and equilibrium. Like most alternative medicine techniques, orthomolecular medicine targets a wide range of conditions.
Orthomolecular medicine was developed by Linus Pauling, Ph.D., winner of two Nobel prizes, in 1968. It is designed to enable individuals to reach the apex of health and the peak of their performance by utilizing only naturally occurring substances (e.g. vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements, co-enzymes). The proper balance of these substances in the body is the key to reaching physical, mental, and emotional health and stability. Orthomolecular medicine can be used therapeutically to treat diseases such as hypertension, sleep disorders, cancer and AIDS; or preventatively to impede the progress of degenerative disease and aging. When all is said and done, however, the main objective of orthomolecular medicine is to help the patient reach an optimal level of health; his or her self-esteem will probably improve in the process.
Biochemical individuality is the main principle of orthomolecular medicine. This principle was elucidated by Roger J. Williams, Ph.D. This principle is quite simple: every living organism is unique! Furthermore, each individual requires different relative amounts of nutrients for his or her satisfaction and optimal level of health. Several studies have proven the existence of biochemical individuality.
Other principles of orthomolecular medicine include the following:
- Nutrition is the key aspect of diagnosis and treatment. Nutrient-related disorders can be cured once nutritional balance is achieved.
- Drug treatment is to be used sparingly.
- Environmental pollution and food poisoning are definite hindrances to optimum health that must be accounted for when determining the causes of illness. They must be eliminated immediately to avoid the arrival of pathogen diseases and symptoms.
- Blood tests are sometimes unreliable and do not necessarily reflect accurate levels of nutrients found in the various tissues of the body.
- Optimism, hope, and faith are valuable allies to both the physician and the patient in times of need and crisis. This is a principle that is unequivocally supported by all alternative medicine therapies.
The goal in treating disease is to bring all of the natural substances of the body into balance. The only way that a physician can help a patient stave off illness and reach optimum health is for him or her to take all of the patient’s nutritional factors into account. The types and amounts of the nutrients needed are determined by blood tests, urine analysis, and other tests for nutrient levels.
Orthomolecular medicine benefits children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly and is effective in the treatment of the following conditions: acne, allergies, angina, anxiety disorders, asthma, atherosclerosis, bruises, burns, candidiasis, cholesterol imbalance, chronic fatigue syndrome, colic, colitis, common cold, constipation, Crohn’s disease, chronic anemia, cystic mastitis, cystitis (bladder infections), depression, diverticulitis, eczema, endometriosis, gastrointestinal disorders, hay fever, headache, heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), heart attacks, heart disease, heavy metal toxicity, hives, hyperactivity, hypertension, hypoglycemia and diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and bowel intolerance, influenza, insect bites, macular degeneration, memory and cognition problem, mood disorders, muscle cramps, osteoarthritis, obesity and weight management, Parkinson’s disease, pellagra, psoriasis, Raynaud’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, shingles (herpes zoster), stress, and viral pneumonia.
“Orthomolecular therapy consists in the prevention and treatment of disease by varying the concentrations in the human body of substances that are normally present.” ~Linus Pauling, Ph.D., 1968
“For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect.” (Pfeiffer’s Law) ~Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D.
Orthotics (Custom Orthotics)
Using the advanced GaitScan™ by The Orthotic Group, we can prescribe precision custom orthotics for you that are unmatched by any other method of making orthotics.
Using the advanced TOG GaitScan™, you can now have custom orthotics designed to fit in any style of shoes you need them in most, from soccer shoes to dress shoes! No more bulky orthotics that only fit into tennis shoes.
If necessary, or if you desire, we can incorporate your custom orthotic into any of the dozens of name brand shoe manufacturers that you like, from Hush PuppiesTM to FlorsheimTM and even CaterpillarTM work boots! And custom orthotics may be covered by your health insurance plan. Call us for details.
Saliva Hormone Testing
Saliva testing is the most convenient, and above all, the most accurate means of testing steroid hormones. Scientific studies have shown a strong correlation between steroid hormone levels in saliva and the amount of hormone in the blood that is active or “bioavailable”. It is this fraction of total hormone that is free to enter the target tissues in the brain, uterus, skin, and breasts; this information provides the only accurate measure of biologically active hormone in your body. Conventional testing of steroid hormones by drawing blood is only representative of inactive steroid hormone transport, and does not represent what is occurring in your body at the target receptors sites of the hormone.
As technological advancements are made in the analysis of human steroid hormones and neurotransmitters, conventional methods are proving to be too cumbersome, ineffective and even misleading and should not be relied upon for proper management of these chemicals in our bodies.
Intervertebral disc pathology is one of the primary causes of back and neck pain. The discs are prone to degeneration and injury as they are compressed and twisted through daily activities.
As the disc degenerates, the gel-like nucleus loses its hydration, reducing disc height and creating the possibility of facet syndrome and lateral foraminal stenosis. Furthermore, disc degeneration causes the pliable outer coating of the anulus to become brittle and susceptible to cracks and tears that can lead to disc herniations. Bulging or herniated discs often press on spinal nerves, causing severe pain and radiculopathy.
Damaged intervertebral discs seldom heal because they remain under constant pressure, even while a person is at rest. It is widely accepted that the ideal environment to improve disc pathology is to decompress, or reduce the intradiscal pressures of the damaged disc.
The goal of reducing intradiscal pressure is to enhance the osmotic diffusion of fluids and nutrients across the endplates into the disc, furthering the body’s natural healing abilities. Additionally, reduction of intradiscal pressures may help draw the nucleus pulposus of a herniated disc back into the center, thereby relieving pressure on a compressed nerve root—alleviating the problem and the pain.
Dr. Truhlar uses telephone consultations to help patients in almost every state as well as international patients. If you are not local to the Chicago-land area, a telephone consultation allows you to get the guidance and results you want without traveling great distances.
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Whole Food Nutritional Therapy
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