Empower Your Health: Introducing Thrive Clinic

Firstly, we’re thrilled to announce that Empowered Nutrition is evolving to better serve your needs. We’ve been listening to your feedback and have made significant enhancements to our services. Our mission remains the same: to provide accessible and effective healthcare that prioritizes holistic wellness.

In line with this vision, we’re introducing Thrive Clinic – a groundbreaking approach to healthcare that combines primary care and nutrition services. Thrive Clinic is designed to bridge the gap between traditional healthcare practices and holistic wellness, offering integrated care that addresses the root causes of health issues.

At Thrive Clinic, you can expect:

  1. Personalized Care: Our team of expert dieticians specializes in functional medicine, providing tailored solutions to meet your unique health needs.
  2. Comprehensive Services: From longer visit durations to unlimited consultations and telehealth options, we’re committed to offering the support and resources you need to thrive.
  3. Accessibility: We accept a wide range of healthcare plans, ensuring that our services are accessible to all.
  4. Results-Driven Approach: Our goal is to help you achieve lasting results and live your best life, free from the limitations of health issues.

We’re incredibly excited about the possibilities that Thrive Clinic brings, and we can’t wait to embark on this journey with you. Whether you’re looking to address specific health concerns or simply want to optimize your well-being, Thrive Clinic is here to support you every step of the way.

Stay tuned for more updates and information on how you can get involved with Thrive Clinic. In the meantime, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to learn more.

Thank you for being a part of the Empowered Nutrition community. Together, let’s transform healthcare and empower each other to live our healthiest, happiest lives.

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Hello and welcome to the Empower Nutrition Podcast. This is Erin Skinner. This will probably be a fairly short episode, but I just wanna jump on and let you know that we’ve made some pretty big changes at Empower Nutrition. So the podcast is staying the same, but you probably know where we also actually have a clinic, where’s a whole group of us of dieticians that practice functional nutrition with insurance in North Carolina except healthcare insurance. So we’ve made a big pre, pre big shift that just came out this month. So I just wanna give you a heads up of what’s that’s about what is happening. You might catch wind of it. And just to kind of talk about the topic of healthcare in general.
And so that’s the purpose of this episode in at the Empower Nutrition Practice in North Carolina that we have. It’s grown pretty quickly in the past. We’ve only been open a couple years. We have five dieticians now. And I think the reason why we’ve grown pretty quickly is that there’s really a desire for healthcare that’s accessible and affordable. So people can use their insurance, but it’s more effective, it’s more root cause based. It makes people feel seen and heard, and it really gets at their true goals, which is not just to mask as symptom with a medication, but to actually be well and healthy. So that’s what we do at Empower Nutrition. It’s been amazing, but there’s been a problem that we continue to have, which honestly has been a frustration for me since I became a dietician, start practicing in 2015. And that’s that when somebody comes to us and works with us, we’re doing a lot, we’re we’re using supplements, we’re using food, we’re using lab testing, and we’re making some pretty dramatic changes in people’s health.
And yet their primary care that they have is on a completely different team and a different practice. We don’t have a good way to talk to them. We don’t share notes, we don’t see each other’s labs, we don’t share care plans. And there’s not really a good way to do that because if you’re on the same team in healthcare, it’s almost impossible. I mean, we’re talking about an industry that still communicates via, via fax machine. If you didn’t know that, well congratulations. Now, you know, it still happens. We have facts all the time in healthcare. So that’s been a big problem for, for, in my opinion, the outcomes that we can get with patients when there’s such a strong disconnect between their dietician or, or our team and, and the rest of their healthcare team. And aside from just logistical challenges, there’s a difference in philosophy. So they can kind of feel pulled between like, okay, I come to my dietician and I’m working on all these root cause things, but then I go to my provider and they just wanna put me on a statin or metformin or whatever it is. And so who’s right? It doesn’t, it’s not cohesive. So really our new clinic, which is called Thrive, is meant to be an answer to this problem and to
Solve this disconnect. And what it basically is, is it’s a combined primary care and nutrition practice where patients access this coordinated team of their primary care provider and their dietician who’s trained in functional medicine. And so that in that way our patients access nutrition centric healthcare, that’s comprehensive and root cause. And it doesn’t have that, that weird disconnect between, between the two care teams. There’s a really, I guess the reason why we felt like this was important is not just like, oh hey, you know, it’d be cool to like put these together. I mean that would probably be enough reason, but to me this is about a bigger problem, which is just like the state of healthcare in America. So I’m gonna share some statistics with you guys. In the United States, we spend about 17% of our GDP on healthcare. So that’s about $4.5 trillion a year.
That’s almost twice as much as the next highest first world country, which would be Germany. So most first world countries are spending about eight to 10% of their GDB on healthcare we’re spending 17. So you’d think for that huge $4.5 trillion cost, not to mention the high cost to families for healthcare insurance, you’d think we’d get amazing health outcomes. But actually we’re, we’re not everything. Our health is horrible and getting worse. So a few things, for example, cancer incidents is increasing pe you’re more likely to get cancer now than you were pre in previous years. Six out of the 10 most common cancers are becoming more common and the age of getting cancer is becoming younger.
Diabetes, of course there’s an epidemic of diabetes, but did you know that that includes children? There’s an epidemic of childhood diabetes eight, depending on what you look at. Eight or nine out of 10 United States, adults are insulin resistant. So that includes pre-diabetes and diabetes. 80 to 90% of people speaking of metabolic problems, liver disease is now around 24% of US adults. So there’s absolute epidemic of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. And that’s again related to insulin resistance and obesity, which of course we know there’s an epidemic of obesity. It’s now 42% of adults that are obese and 72% overweight. And you know, of course we know that, that who cares if you’re obese? I don’t care except I care about you having the lifespan you wanna have. And we know that obesity is a driver of massively increased risk of heart disease, stroke type two diabetes, cancer, dementia. Those are things that I wanna help people avoid, right? Obesity is a leading cause of preventable and premature death in the United States. What I kind
Of hate about healthcare is that it doesn’t actually help people with obesity. And so, and like neither does our popular culture, most weight loss offerings that don’t because the real issue is around gut health, metabolic endotoxemia addressing systemic inflammation through like getting phytochemicals, eating the right types of fats, avoiding industrial seed oils, minimizing insulin resistance. So getting away from like pop culture thinking around what carbs should look like and how often we should eat getting enough protein, that alone is just like an epidemic problem we see with almost every patient. So they’re not getting enough protein. So, so really I think the issue I have with healthcare is that they’re not supporting people with obesity. So I don’t want people to hear this and think, oh, like, you know, people should just eat less food and get together. That’s not actually the issue. If, if that’s, if that was against obesity, it would’ve been fixed.
People have all heard that and it’s wrong. Moving on autism, of course, the incidents, it truly has rapidly increased. This is not just like more screening and more diagnosing. It’s now one out of every 36 children. We know autism does have a genetic element, but this massive increase in autism incidents is related to microbiome and nutritional factors as well. And we’re not supporting families with the right information about this or the right environment about this. And that’s again, a failing of the healthcare. This is just my list of healthcare failings, a short list of some of them. And then to sum it all up, a couple points.
For the first time since the 1920s, life exp expectancy in the United States has now been decreasing since 2019. And this is related to all these modifiable, nutrition related medical conditions that we’ve been talking about. So from 1920s on until the 2019, Americans were living longer and longer and longer, and now it’s getting shorter and shorter since the last few years. And then also related to this for the first time now in 200 years, children in the United States, so like the generation of my kids, is actually expected to live shorter lives than my generation. So kids are now expected to live shorter lives than their parents. And again, that hasn’t, it hasn’t been like that in the last 200 years in America. And that’s directly related to obesity and the related health conditions of obesity. So like we talked about, so yeah, we’re not getting our value out of this expensive healthcare that we’re paying for, and it’s because healthcare is too reactionary.
It doesn’t address the actual pressing life limiting conditions of our time. It waits for them to happen. And then it still doesn’t do anything to actually reverse or address it. It just gives a drug that works on one system that kind of is like a short term bandaid solution that doesn’t help. And I know you guys probably mostly already realize this and you’re frustrated just like I am. So I know you’re not, this isn’t news to you, but the fact that the system is reactionary and medication based, there just needs to be a better answer. I’m sick of seeing my, my clients honestly frustrated. Not finding anywhere that they can go to get healthcare that actually is preventative, that helps them achieve true health that helps them to increase their lifespan. Which means like not only how long you live, but how long you live well and healthfully.
So that’s really what we’re aiming to do with Thrive, create a more comprehensive healthcare offering that again, isn’t some expensive unattainable cash pay practice that you can only do for six months before you like run out of money. The idea is to have it be where it’s like, yeah, we take your insurance to do it sustainable, and we can work with you indefinitely without being a financial strain. We accept all the same healthcare plans that we always have. So Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, first Carolina Care and Med Cost. Right now it’s adults only, but we’re working on rolling out children and in the second phase soon, and our, our Thrive clients have to be able to come to our clinic at least once a year in North Carolina for their physical exam. And then the rest of the year we offer telehealth for both nutrition and other and primary care visits.
There’s a lot of benefits that we offer compared to regular primary care practice. So we have longer visits, like way longer. Initial primary care visits are 45 minutes and follow ups are 30, so that’s like double and a typical primary care practice. Unlimited consults with your primary care, unlimited with your nutrition providers. Unlimited messaging. We take care of insurance referrals with prescription consulting, I would say. So like helping you be well informed about prescriptions of like what it really means to take a medication and sometimes it is the right thing and helping with those decisions. And then we also value having your, a healthcare experience where like it’s, it fits with your, your lifestyle.

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