Useful Information in Your Very First Visit
STEP ONE- Preparing for Your Visit
Cost of the initial visit includes 2 hours with Dr. Karen Carrick and several in-office tests. Please allow 3 hours for your first appointment. For some unwell patients 3 hours may be too long for your initial visit. In that case your first visit can be divided into two appointments.
What to Bring:
Bring a first morning urine sample and any available blood-test results.
Patients will be removing only their shoes and socks. Before arriving you should complete your new patient paperwork.
STEP TWO - In-Office Diagnostics
Before being welcomed by Dr. Carrick, you'll meet her assistant for in-office tests and for a Multi-Scan. Dr. Carrick will perform a Functional Urinalysis (more extensive than a standard urinalysis) and will discuss the results with you later, during your next appointment.
STEP THREE - Receiving Diagnostic Information from Dr. Karen Carrick
Patients are always greeted warmly by Dr. Carrick, who listens carefully to each person's health story and discusses her thoughts about symptoms and test results from all the in-office tests. This includes the Multi-Scan and a test for sufficient zinc and Vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system.
If no recent blood tests are available, Dr. Carrick usually orders one. She then gives some immediate recommendations regarding nutrition, exercise, supplementation and stress-management. In some cases, health problems have been so emotionally exhausting that patients have trouble holding back tears. Dr. Carrick understand this and uses a very gentle, encouraging technique for emotional relief if requested and needed.
What is a Multi-Scan?
Changes in physiology precede pathology (illness), so discovering early problems with core physiology is helpful. Using extremely accurate biosensor and LED technologies, the Multi-Scan is one of the most advanced diagnostic tools available to physicians today. This tool provides a whole-body scan of the patient’s entire circulatory and lymphatic systems and reveals problem areas, such as reduced blood flow to the brain; the level of arterial stiffness; areas where lymphatic drainage is poor; etc.
The Multi-Scan is a helpful predictor of future heart, circulatory and lymphatic difficulty. Proper lymphatic drainage is essential to rid the body of toxins and waste. A poor lymphatic system is one cause of cancer, for instance. Also, the tool reveals whether there is too much extracellular water present (due to diabetes or other conditions).
What will a Functional Urinalysis reveal?
1. How well fats, proteins and carbohydrates are being digested
2. Digestive-enzyme insufficiency
3. Pancreatic insufficiency
4. Bowel toxemia
5. Elevated indican levels (a sign of protein maldigestion or a poor GI microbiome)
*A microbiome is the collection of microorganisms living in and on the human body. It includes communities of symbiotic, commensal and pathogenic bacteria (in addition to fungi and viruses). There are about ten times the number of microbial cells as human cells. (in addition to fungi and viruses).
If appropriate, Dr. Carrick’s assistant will speak with you again to help sort all the new information, which may include how to follow through with lab testing or how to implement a lifestyle change.