FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is Lifestyle Medicine?
Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that's all too prevalent. --American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Both Dr. Eakin and Annalee are certified in Lifestyle Medicine.
2. Can chronic disease really be reversed with lifestyle changes?
In a word, YES! Research supporting the tremendous power of simple lifestyle changes in preventing, treating, and often even reversing chronic disease has been around for decades. Since poor lifestyle habits, not genetics, are the origin of most chronic diseases, it follows that this is where treatment should begin. Unfortunately, the potential impact of a truly healthy lifestyle is underestimated by providers and patients alike. This is where we come in! Rather than managing various disease states with pills and procedures, our approach is to leverage lifestyle changes to help you get healthy and feel better.
3. Do I have to eat 100% plant-based to see health benefits?
The most robust evidence we have regarding diet and disease supports that a diet of predominantly whole plant foods, like whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, and nuts/seeds, is associated with the best health outcomes. Generally speaking, the more plant-based one eats, the healthier they can expect to be. However, any shift towards a more whole food, plant-based diet will reap rewards. It is up to you how much better you want to feel.
4. Do you take insurance?
We are contracted with the following insurance plans: Premera Blue Cross, Lifewise, Aetna, Cigna, United Health Care, Asuris, and Medicare.
Charges may be subject to deductible. It is your responsibility to know your insurance benefits.
If we are not contracted with your health insurance, a superbill can be provided which can be submitted to your insurance company for potential reimbursement.
For those who are cash pay or have out-of-network insurance, please contact us for our self-pay fee schedule. Payment is due in full at time of service. Debit and credit cards are accepted.
5. Do you provide primary care?
While we treat many of the same conditions that are managed in a primary care practice, Coeur Wellness does not provide primary care. What’s the difference? Well, while most primary care practices will prescribe medications and procedures to manage chronic disease on an indefinite basis, our goal is to truly treat your chronic disease at its root level, once and for all. Our services are not intended for indefinite use because we intend for you to get well, thus obviating the need to see us.
Furthermore, you are encouraged to have a primary care provider (PCP) for routine care (such as annual physicals, immunizations, and cancer screenings) as well as for acute illness/injury. Please keep your PCP informed of any changes to your lifestyle habits, health status, or medication regimen.
6. What resources do you recommend?
There are a multitude of books, documentaries, websites, apps, and more about health and wellness, including many about plant-based eating, mindfulness, and other lifestyle interventions. Some of our favorites can be found here.