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heart health

Are you in control of your cardiometabolic health?

The CM Vitals Program

Cardiovascular disease is a well-known term that generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain, or stroke.


The term cardiometabolic describes a spectrum of conditions beginning with insulin resistance, progressing to metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, and finally to more severe conditions including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.


These conditions are called cardiometabolic diseases because they are all related and share risk factors, such as being overweight, having elevated cholesterol, and high blood pressure.


Reducing cardiometabolic risk is a priority because cardiometabolic diseases are the number one cause of death in the world.


The common solution to reducing cardiometabolic risk is a prescription: a statin for cholesterol, beta blocker for blood pressure, or metformin and insulin for blood sugar.

This style of treatment is called a polypharmacy approach, which is when health care practitioners prescribe multiple drugs to help manage certain symptoms like elevated lab results and vital signs.


Unfortunately, this approach does not seek out the root cause or consider why these numbers are elevated, leaving you feeling confused, frustrated, and helpless.


The great news is that most of these symptoms and conditions are reversible and can often be prevented.


A functional approach to lowering cardiometabolic risk breaks the polypharmacy mold and puts you back in control of your health. This approach uses lifestyle medicine to attack the root cause of why you are experiencing symptoms while considering the connections between them.


We can provide you with a comprehensive and targeted solution for improving your cardiometabolic health that looks beyond the numbers and considers the why.


Finally, you will have answers so you can take back control of your health!

Inflammation is your body’s defense and repair system. Healthy, short-term inflammation ensures you can defend yourself from a virus or repair your skin after getting a cut.


Depending on how long the trigger of inflammation lasts, inflammation can be either acute (healthy) or chronic (unhealthy).


Chronic inflammation is commonly the cause of cardiometabolic risk.


If left unaddressed, your risk can then turn into full cardiometabolic disease.


Luckily, your risk can be significantly improved by using the power of lifestyle medicine to help lower and control chronic inflammation.

heart health

Are you in control of your cardiometabolic health?

The CM Vitals Program

Cardiovascular disease is a well-known term that generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain, or stroke.

The term cardiometabolic describes a spectrum of conditions beginning with insulin resistance, progressing to metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, and finally to more severe conditions including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

These conditions are called cardiometabolic diseases because they are all related and share risk factors, such as being overweight, having elevated cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Reducing cardiometabolic risk is a priority because cardiometabolic diseases are the number one cause of death in the world.

The common solution to reducing cardiometabolic risk is a prescription: a statin for cholesterol, beta blocker for blood pressure, or metformin and insulin for blood sugar.

This style of treatment is called a polypharmacy approach, which is when health care practitioners prescribe multiple drugs to help manage certain symptoms like elevated lab results and vital signs.

Unfortunately, this approach does not seek out the root cause or consider why these numbers are elevated, leaving you feeling confused, frustrated, and helpless.

The great news is that most of these symptoms and conditions are reversible and can often be prevented.

A functional approach to lowering cardiometabolic risk breaks the polypharmacy mold and puts you back in control of your health. This approach uses lifestyle medicine to attack the root cause of why you are experiencing symptoms while considering the connections between them.

We can provide you with a comprehensive and targeted solution for improving your cardiometabolic health that looks beyond the numbers and considers the why.

Finally, you will have answers so you can take back control of your health!

Inflammation is your body’s defense and repair system. Healthy, short-term inflammation ensures you can defend yourself from a virus or repair your skin after getting a cut.

Depending on how long the trigger of inflammation lasts, inflammation can be either acute (healthy) or chronic (unhealthy).

Chronic inflammation is commonly the cause of cardiometabolic risk. If left unaddressed, your risk can then turn into full cardiometabolic disease.

Luckily, your risk can be significantly improved by using the power of lifestyle medicine to help lower and control chronic inflammation.

digestive health

Does your gastrointestinal system need strategic & targeted support?

The Pillars of GI Health Program

Have you ever heard the saying "listen to your gut", or "it's a gut feeling", or "a gut reaction"?


Almost instinctively, we know that we should pay attention to our gut but we rarely stop to consider how important this actually is.


Our gastrointestinal (GI) system has a far-reaching influence that impacts not only our digestive system, but also the emotion centers of the brain and even our outermost layer of skin.


Take Jane, for example. She juggles a full-time job and full-time parenting, while feeling persistently stressed and anxious. Jane notices more frequent headaches and has discovered that she is sensitive to foods she once enjoyed, like pasta and milk. Her bowel movements are not great and have become fairly irregular.

After months of discomfort and a nagging feeling a more serious issue could be causing her symptoms, Jane listened to her gut and shared her concerns with her functional practitioner. There Jane learned that her chronic symptoms and heightened feelings of stress could be related to issues with her gastrointestinal system. With her practitioner’s guidance, Jane took back control of her health, and finally found relief and recovery.


While not all situations are as severe as Jane’s, her story illustrates an important point: Your gastrointestinal system plays a vital role in nearly every system of the body, and many seemingly unrelated symptoms are rooted in your gut.


If you are experiencing any gastrointestinal symptoms, whether chronic or manageable, we can help you get to the root cause so you can start to feel better.


Chronic digestive issues can manifest in a variety of symptoms and conditions, including:

  • Gas or bloating
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Acid reflux or heartburn
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Food sensitivities
  • Frequent colds or flu
  • Stress
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, acne, or rosacea

digestive health

Does your gastrointestinal system need strategic & targeted support?

The Pillars of GI Health Program

Have you ever heard the saying "listen to your gut", or "it's a gut feeling", or "a gut reaction"?

Almost instinctively, we know that we should pay attention to our gut but we rarely stop to consider how important this actually is.

Our gastrointestinal (GI) system has a far-reaching influence that impacts not only our digestive system, but also the emotion centers of the brain and even our outermost layer of skin.

Take Jane, for example. She juggles a full-time job and full-time parenting, while feeling persistently stressed and anxious. Jane notices more frequent headaches and has discovered that she is sensitive to foods she once enjoyed, like pasta and milk. Her bowel movements are not great and have become fairly irregular.

After months of discomfort and a nagging feeling a more serious issue could be causing her symptoms, Jane listened to her gut and shared her concerns with her functional practitioner.

There, Jane learned that her chronic symptoms and heightened feelings of stress could be related to issues with her gastrointestinal system.

With her practitioner’s guidance, Jane took back control of her health, and finally found relief and recovery.

While not all situations are as severe as Jane’s, her story illustrates an important point: Your gastrointestinal system plays a vital role in nearly every system of the body, and many seemingly unrelated symptoms are rooted in your gut.

If you are experiencing any gastrointestinal symptoms, whether chronic or manageable, we can help you get to the root cause so you can start to feel better.

Chronic digestive issues can manifest in a variety of symptoms and conditions, including:

  • Gas or bloating
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Acid reflux or heartburn
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Food sensitivities
  • Frequent colds or flu
  • Stress
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, acne, or rosacea

immune health

Can you count on your immune system?

Immune Foundations Program

Your immune system is working hard from moment you are born until you take your last breath.


It is constantly adapting to your environment, handling stressors and pathogens, and working to keep you safe and healthy.


During your lifetime, there are several critical moments that determine whether your immune system will be strong and capable or weak and susceptible.


Your immune system will be faced with common challenges like colds, the flu, and sinus infections, or possibly more serious conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn's disease.


These are just a few of the reasons why supporting your immune system and understanding the root causes of weakness in the immune system are so important.

Your daily choices compound over time and either positively or negatively influence your immune system. Some of the choices most detrimental to the health of your immune system are those that negatively impact the healthy barrier function within your intestines, lungs and mucosal lining.


These barriers keep pathogens, foreign substances and undigested food out of your bloodstream, and any breaches can present major immune challenges.


Even small changes or tweaks to your daily lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on the health of your immune system.


Risk factors for immune system decline include:

  • C-section delivery
  • Antibiotic use
  • Vaccines
  • Food choices like wheat & dairy
  • Excessive stress
  • GI conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic lack of sleep
  • Lack of recovery time after exercise
  • Excessive sugar intake
  • Exposure to environmental toxins like smoke, smog, BPA, & lotions
  • Exposure to allergens like mold, pollen, & dust

immune health

Can you count on your immune system?

Immune Foundations Program

Your immune system is working hard from moment you are born until you take your last breath.

It is constantly adapting to your environment, handling stressors and pathogens, and working to keep you safe and healthy.

During your lifetime, there are several critical moments that determine whether your immune system will be strong and capable or weak and susceptible.

Your immune system will be faced with common challenges like colds, the flu, and sinus infections, or possibly more serious conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn's disease.

These are just a few of the reasons why supporting your immune system and understanding the root causes of weakness in the immune system are so important.

Your daily choices compound over time and either positively or negatively influence your immune system.

Some of the choices most detrimental to the health of your immune system are those that negatively impact the healthy barrier function within your intestines, lungs and mucosal lining.

These barriers keep pathogens, foreign substances and undigested food out of your bloodstream, and any breaches can present major immune challenges.

Even small changes or tweaks to your daily lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on the health of your immune system.

Risk factors for immune system decline include:

  • C-section delivery
  • Antibiotic use
  • Vaccines
  • Food choices like wheat & dairy
  • Excessive stress
  • GI conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic lack of sleep
  • Lack of recovery time after exercise
  • Excessive sugar intake
  • Exposure to environmental toxins like smoke, smog, BPA, & lotions
  • Exposure to allergens like mold, pollen, & dust

pain recovery

Think twice about the way you choose to treat pain.

The MSK Solutions Program

Before you reach for an over-the-counter or prescription medication to resolve your pain, consider this: What if there was a powerful medicine available that did not require a prescription or a trip to the drugstore?


The human body was designed with the amazing ability to heal itself and maintain health when provided with the right environment or the right signals.


Think about it: The choices you make each day send signals to your cells that either promote health and healing, or damage and disease.


When harmful signals are removed, and appropriate signals are enhanced, cells and organ systems can create healthy outcomes. Your food choices, physical function and psychology have the greatest impact on your pain, inflammation and quality of life.

Your musculoskeletal system does more than just provide structure. It's not just a coat rack on which the other organ systems are held. The musculoskeletal system constitutes more than 60% of the human body and provides valuable insight into the health and function of the other organ systems.


Imbalances within the musculoskeletal system limit the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis and recover from injury and disease. Most people understand that their musculoskeletal system is important, but they are unaware of the specific ways it impact whole-body health.


Musculoskeletal pain serves as an indicator of deeper health issues, making it a powerful motivator for immediate action.

  • Sciatica and leg pain
  • Low-back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle soreness and fatigue
  • Decreased bone density
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Injuries from a car accident

pain recovery

Think twice about the way you choose to treat pain.

The MSK Solutions Program

Before you reach for an over-the-counter or prescription medication to resolve your pain, consider this: What if there was a powerful medicine available that did not require a prescription or a trip to the drugstore?

The human body was designed with the amazing ability to heal itself and maintain health when provided with the right environment or the right signals.

Think about it: The choices you make each day send signals to your cells that either promote health and healing, or damage and disease.

When harmful signals are removed, and appropriate signals are enhanced, cells and organ systems can create healthy outcomes. Your food choices, physical function and psychology have the greatest impact on your pain, inflammation and quality of life.

Your musculoskeletal system does more than just provide structure. It's not just a coat rack on which the other organ systems are held. The musculoskeletal system constitutes more than 60% of the human body and provides valuable insight into the health and function of the other organ systems.

Imbalances within the musculoskeletal system limit the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis and recover from injury and disease. Most people understand that their musculoskeletal system is important, but they are unaware of the specific ways it impact whole-body health.

Musculoskeletal pain serves as an indicator of deeper health issues, making it a powerful motivator for immediate action.

  • Sciatica and leg pain
  • Low-back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle soreness and fatigue
  • Decreased bone density
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Injuries from a car accident

stress reduction

Is chronic stress negatively affecting your health?

The SOS Stress Recovery Program

Chronic stress silently deteriorates many aspects of your health, including hormone imbalances and modifications to the structure and function of your brain.


These changes make it more challenging to cope with daily stress, decrease concentration and memory, and eventually will lead to a mental or brain fog.


Other than shrinking brain cells, stress may cause fluctuations in blood sugar, weight gain, a weakening of your immune system, and high blood pressure. It also puts you at risk for a heart attack, contributes to oxidative stress, and accelerates the aging process.


Often, the effects of stress go unnoticed until the accumulation manifests as mental or physical exhaustion or burnout. Due to the overall compromised health and chronic disease stress causes, it has often been referred to as "The Silent Killer."

According to the American Psychological Association’s 2019 “Stress in America” survey, 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress at least once per month.


Nearly half of the participants reported their stress levels had increased in the previous year.*


Leading busy and stressful lives has become the social norm for Americans, and it has done so with great consequences.


Ongoing stress, with the addition of unforeseen circumstances, such as financial challenges, workplace tension and personal/relationship conflicts, has unleashed a cascade of harmful effects on the brain and body.

*For more facts about stress, visit www.gostress.com/stress-facts

Examples of symptoms and conditions that can result from chronic stress include:

  • Decreased concentration
  • Mental or brain fog
  • Decreased memory capacity
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or back pain
  • Blood sugar dysregulation
  • Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Hormonal and thyroid imbalances
  • Weight gain
  • Addictions like smoking, alcohol, or drug abuse
  • GI conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Frequent infections like a cold or the flu
  • Accelerated aging

stress reduction

Is chronic stress negatively affecting your health?

The SOS Stress Recovery Program

Chronic stress silently deteriorates many aspects of your health, including hormone imbalances and modifications to the structure and function of your brain.

These changes make it more challenging to cope with daily stress, decrease concentration and memory, and eventually will lead to a mental or brain fog.

Other than shrinking brain cells, stress may cause fluctuations in blood sugar, weight gain, a weakening of your immune system, and high blood pressure. It also puts you at risk for a heart attack, contributes to oxidative stress, and accelerates the aging process.

Often, the effects of stress go unnoticed until the accumulation manifests as mental or physical exhaustion or burnout. Due to the overall compromised health and chronic disease stress causes, it has often been referred to as "The Silent Killer."

According to the American Psychological Association’s 2019 “Stress in America” survey, 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress at least once per month.

Nearly half of the participants reported their stress levels had increased in the previous year.*

Leading busy and stressful lives has become the social norm for Americans, and it has done so with great consequences.

Ongoing stress, with the addition of unforeseen circumstances, such as financial challenges, workplace tension and personal/relationship conflicts, has unleashed a cascade of harmful effects on the brain and body.

*For more facts about stress, visit www.gostress.com/stress-facts

Examples of symptoms and conditions that can result from chronic stress include:

  • Decreased concentration
  • Mental or brain fog
  • Decreased memory capacity
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or back pain
  • Blood sugar dysregulation
  • Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Hormonal and thyroid imbalances
  • Weight gain
  • Addictions like smoking, alcohol, or drug abuse
  • GI conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Frequent infections like a cold or the flu
  • Accelerated aging

resilience & wellbeing

Lessons from people who

live long and healthy lives

The WellMatrix Program

Today, there are places in the world where people live long and healthy lives. These areas are called Blue Zones. The five most commonly discussed are Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya, Costa Rica. The population in these areas often live well into their 90s, with many into their 100s.


They have lifestyles that are low on stress and have strategies to help them cope. They are family focused and eat a plant-based healthy diet while following the 80% rule, eating until almost full.


Most of them live in areas that are low in pollution, with clean water to drink and bath in, as well as fresh air to breathe. They move naturally throughout their day, grow gardens and walk to their neighbors house or to work. Spirituality is important to them and they have a feeling of purpose, belonging to social circles that support healthy lifestyle choices.

This lifestyle is in stark contrast to the American lifestyle. Many of us eat poorly. We overeat and eat alone, often skipping meals. Our biggest meal is often dinner and we barely chew our food.


We consume high amounts of simple sugars and red meat with almost no fish, seeds or nuts. We use bad fats such as vegetable and canola oil and consume low amounts of good fats such as extra virgin olive oil.


We live high stress lives, often without a purpose. We live sedentary lives; but when we do exercise, it is often overdone.


This lifestyle often leads to nutrient depletion, loss of metabolic reserve and chronic disease.

resilience & wellbeing

Lessons from people who live long and healthy lives

The WellMatrix Program

Today, there are places in the world where people live long and healthy lives. These areas are called Blue Zones. The five most commonly discussed are Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya, Costa Rica. The population in these areas often live well into their 90s, with many into their 100s.

They have lifestyles that are low on stress and have strategies to help them cope. They are family focused and eat a plant-based healthy diet while following the 80% rule, eating until almost full.

Most of them live in areas that are low in pollution, with clean water to drink and bath in, as well as fresh air to breathe. They move naturally throughout their day, grow gardens and walk to their neighbors house or to work. Spirituality is important to them and they have a feeling of purpose, belonging to social circles that support healthy lifestyle choices.

This lifestyle is in stark contrast to the American lifestyle. Many of us eat poorly. We overeat and eat alone, often skipping meals. Our biggest meal is often dinner and we barely chew our food.

We consume high amounts of simple sugars and red meat with almost no fish, seeds or nuts. We use bad fats such as vegetable and canola oil and consume low amounts of good fats such as extra virgin olive oil.

We live high stress lives, often without a purpose. We live sedentary lives; but when we do exercise, it is often overdone.

This lifestyle often leads to nutrient depletion, loss of metabolic reserve and chronic disease.

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Where Should I Start?

Deciding where to start is often the most difficult part of your health journey. The easiest way to know what to focus on first is to take this free assessment and then talk with Theresa to discuss your results.

Theresa is not a medical doctor. Therefore, she does not diagnose or treat specific disease. Instead, she provides education so that you can become empowered and start to make better, more educated and informed decisions regarding your health. The information provided on this website, by Theresa, or any member of the Empower and Flourish team is intended to be construed as education, not medical advice. Please refer to our disclaimer, privacy statement, and terms and conditions for more information.

Did you know that you can access lab testing without an order from your physician? Theresa can answer your questions and provide education about this. Schedule your free call here.

There’s an easier way to refill supplements! We’ve partnered with Fullscript, an online dispensing platform that ships recommended products to your front door! Create your free account now.

Where Should I Start?

Deciding where to start is often the most difficult part of your health journey. The easiest way to know what to focus on first is to take this free health assessment and then talk with Theresa to discuss your results.

Our staff are not medical doctors. Therefore, we do not diagnose or treat specific disease. Instead, we provide education so that you can become empowered and start to make better, more educated and informed decisions regarding your health. The information provided on this website, by Theresa, or any member of the Empower and Flourish team is intended to be construed as education, not medical advice. Please refer to our disclaimer, privacy statement, and terms and conditions for more information.

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