Dr. Ian Yamane started Valhalla Wellness Centers to bring a different approach to medicine. His practice of functional medicine comes from a deeply personal experience as a child. He was treated with an unusual, holistic approach that cured his scoliosis. He believes in a partnership between doctor and patient.
Dr. Yamane tells all patients he sees that the treatment of their diabetes requires them to take an active role in their own care. It is a partnership— much more than it is just a doctor treating a patient.
Patients with diabetes might have many traditional doctors treating their various symptoms, with pages worth of medicine they have been prescribed by each doctor, and no one communicating between them. Medications taken for the control of diabetes have a certain level of risk in and of themselves.
Valhalla Wellness Center endeavors to not only relieve the symptoms and treat the underlying causes of their patients’ diabetes, but also to educate and empower their patients to help themselves get well.
We work hand in hand with our patients and their doctors to create a treatment plan for their diabetes. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate the amount of medication our patients take to control their diabetes, because our goal is not to just control, but reverse the diabetes diagnosis.
Patients with Type 1 diabetes have an immune system that mistakenly attacks insulin producing cells, making it impossible for the body to produce enough insulin on its own.
However, for patients with Type 2 Diabetes, the need for insulin injections and other treatments doesn’t necessarily have to be a requisite. With our treatment plans, patients can see the reduction of symptoms, the reduction of need for medication, and possibly the complete reversal of the diabetes diagnosis.
"The treatment of diabetes at our office is it's really a partnership. It's not only the doctor, it's an absolute partnership in their care. So that I always tell the patient, they have to take a proactive role in their health.
They have to take control.
When a patient comes in, they typically come in with a couple pages full of medications that they're taking. And they're just not getting better. So I tell them you got to take a proactive a role. Because they're seeing all these different doctors who once again are very busy, and in a lot of instances, as far as from what I've seen, they don't correlate treatment.
So our approach at Valhalla, is more of a hand-holding approach with their medical doctors, so that we can help to heal the underlying problem. And at the same time, as the doctor sees that their labs are improving, as their symptoms are improving, that at that point the doctor can help them reduce their dosage of the medications."
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