Dr. Berndtson’s strength is the evaluation and management of chronic health problems that persist despite usual medical care. The most commonly missed diagnoses are mold toxicity, tick-borne infections, and gluten sensitivity – due in part to mainstream medicine’s uneasy relationship with these conditions.
Insurers and provider systems continually struggle to reconcile their payment policies and practice guidelines with new research on the underlying mechanisms of chronic illness. Patients with medically unexplained or non-responsive forms of chronic illness often feel abandoned by the “evidence-based” policies and guidelines of their health plans and provider systems.
Click on the hyperlinks below for in-depth perspective perspective that contrasts integrative with conventional medical perspective for a variety of chronic conditions.
Medical conditions that we commonly address include:
- Lyme disease
- Mold toxicity
- Gluten sensitivity
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Low Back Pain
- Metabolic syndrome & obesity
- Menopause & PMS
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Chronic sinusitis
WHAT WE DON’T TREAT
We are not a primary care practice. Dr. Berndtson’s background is in family medicine and primary care, but his strength lies in applying integrative medicine to complex chronic health problems. We complement but cannot replace your current primary care physician. Most of the patients we see already have a primary care physician. If you do not, we may be able to help you connect with a physician whose practice is able to meet your primary care needs.
For minor acute or urgent care needs, you should work through your source of primary care. If this is not available to you, call a local pharmacy-based clinic to see if their staff can help you. For emergencies, get yourself to the nearest emergency room or dial 911.
For patients with later stage heart, lung, liver, kidney, or neurological disease, our conventional health care system offers the high level skills that you need. Functional medicine methods like ours can sometimes play a secondary prevention role by slowing progression or reducing the occurrence of complications.
Most of our new patients are referred to us by word of mouth. Some schedule a visit as a result of something they learned on our website. Some get referrals from other health professionals. In almost all cases, our new patients already know about what we treat and what makes us different. If, for whatever reason, you’re not sure about whether you’re the right kind of patient for us, contact us and our staff will help you make the right decision.