Holistic Medicine vs. Functional Medicine

Holistic Medicine vs. Functional Medicine

Many people use the words holistic medicine and functional medicine interchangeably, thinking they mean the same thing. In fact, functional medicine is an evidence-based approach to holistic medicine.

A functional medicine doctor isn’t trying make your immediate symptoms disappear, although initial improvement is common. If you have back pain, for example, a functional medicine doctor will not prescribe pain medication, which would simply treat the symptom of pain. Instead, a functional medicine doctor wants to find the root cause of the backache and this is done by taking a holistic look at you.  As a chiropractor trained in functional medicine, modalities such as stretching, exercises, adjustments, and dietary change may be recommended.

Holistic Medicine at Turack Chiropractic in Wexford, Pa.By asking questions about your diet, lifestyle and genetic makeup, a functional medicine doctor can gain a comprehensive look at what is happening in your life, which can then affect your body.  After all, a middle-aged man who sits at a desk for seven or more hours, five days a week, a working mother who has a lot of stress at home and at work, and a weekend athlete might all have back pain. The reason for the pain would be different for all three individuals and, if the reason is different, the treatment should be different.

It’s only when a functional medicine doctor looks at everything that is happening in a person’s life can you discover the underlying cause of a medical issue. Functional medicine emphasizes prevention and considers food to be medicine. Changing your diet and lifestyle can do wonders for your health.  The ultimate goal is to create lifelong positive change in your food and lifestyle choices.

At Turack Chiropractic, Dr. Dan is a chiropractor and a nutritionist, which allows us to take a holistic approach to your health. Our goal is to recommend whatever it takes —stress reduction techniques such as meditative breathing or exercise or dietary improvements with probiotics, botanicals and/or nutritional supplements—to help patients improve their health.

This individualized approach to wellness works best when the patient is treated as a partner by the functional medicine doctor.  Through collaboration, the doctor and patient together determine the root cause of the health issue, which is the first step to treatment.

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Fall Specials

Fall Specials | Turack Chiropractic

Vitamin D

Except during the summer months, the skin makes little if any vitamin D from the sun at latitudes above 37 degrees north or below 37 degrees south of the equator. People who live in these areas are at a greater risk for vitamin D deficiency and should take a supplement. Vitamin D is best known for its vital role in bone health. Without this “sunshine vitamin,” the body can’t absorb the calcium it ingests, so it steals calcium from bones, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Vitamin D also helps maintain normal blood levels of phosphorus, another bone-building mineral. Vitamin D would be essential if it did nothing else, but researchers have discovered that it’s active in many tissues and cells besides bone and controls an enormous number of genes, including some associated with cancers, autoimmune disease, infection, and mood disorders.


This delicious, effervescent, orange-flavored powder easily provides therapeutic dosing of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Potassium bicarbonate is included in this formula as a buffering agent and to give it “fizz.” Also included are quercetin, hesperidin and rutin, which are all natural bioflavonoids found in citrus fruits. This is an ideal supplement to have on hand during the cold and flu season.


Silvercillin™ Liquid is a highly effective antimicrobial found at Turack Chiropractic, located in Wexford, Pa.

Silvercillin™ Liquid is a highly effective antimicrobial composed of pure silver complexed with purified water. Silvercillin™ Liquid utilizes a technological breakthrough allowing for the production of a silver particle small enough to enter a single red blood cell, enabling the silver to travel through capillaries, the tiniest blood vessels in the body, and inactivate viruses at the cellular level. Also, Silvercillin™ Liquid uses technology that permanently distributes the mineral int the structure of the water, so it will not fall out of solution or suspension.

As a result, the pure silver in Silvercillin™ Liquid has been shown to provide a whole host of health benefits, from killing drug-resistant bacterial strains to inhibiting viral replication as well as stimulating stem cell production. It can be safely used internally with no known side effects.

Benefits of Silvercillin™ Liquid may include:

  • Broad-spectrum antimicrobial – capable of killing many pathogens, even those resistant to antibiotics
  • Can be used internally – non-irritating to mucous membranes
  • May be useful for infections of any kind
  • Anti-inflammatory (inflammation is often caused by bacteria, virus, or mold)
  • Does not encourage resistant microbial strains
  • Does not interfere with antibiotics and may actually increase the effectiveness of specific antibiotics
  • Spares good bacteria
  • Faster healing via stem cell stimulation
  • Non-toxic, even if used multiple times per day for weeks
  • No known side effects or contraindications; safe for all individuals
  • Immune system support

Immunoberry Liquid

ImmunoBerry Liquid is an immune support product at Turack Chiropractic.

ImmunoBerry™ Liquid provides immune support in a pleasant tasting liquid. Research suggests that certain herbs, mushrooms, and other natural compounds have the ability to support normal immune functions such as natural killer (NK) cell activity, cytokine synthesis and the T-cell and B-cell mediated responses. The ingredients such as Elderberry, Shittake and Wild Cherry Bark are known for their beneficial effects for maintaining a healthy immune system. ImmunoBerry™ Liquid is sweetened with glycerine and tastes great, and is ideal for both children and adults.

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Contact us at Turack Chiropractic and Performance Health, if you’re interested in learning more or purchasing some of our Fall Specials.