Healthy Aging


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With each subsequent decade of life the risk for disease increases. Through preventive and innovative treatment measures, ECI strives to limit the effects of chronic illness and promote the highest possible quality of life through the aging process. ECI views each Elder as a valuable resource, a living treasure, who deserves respect and attention to their concerns.

How we can help

Awareness of the Aging Process

Heart Health:

Some changes in the heart and blood vessels normally occur with age.  However, many other changes commonly associated with heart disease in the elderly are modifiable through prevention and early detection.

Brain Health:

Maintaining cognition includes the ability to learn new things, intuition, judgment, language and remembering.  When cognition is impaired, a person’s daily activities of living can be affected.  Some causes of cognitive impairment are related to treatable health issues.

Bone Health:

Bones provide structure, protect organs, anchor muscles and store calcium.  Adequate vitamin and mineral consumption along with weight bearing physical activity build strong bones, optimize bone mass and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Exercise:

Scientific studies show that physical activity can reduce pain, improve function and mood, and quality of life for aging adults.  It can also help manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and can improve overall health and wellbeing.

Nutrition:

Many ailments thought to be an inevitable result of aging can be prevented through aggressive detection and treatment of nutritional deficiencies.

Social Engagement:

Social isolation has been described as “the hidden killer” as it can cause serious health problems.  Emotional health and the quality of social contact closely correlate with the health of the immune system, heart and brain, as well as with quality of life.

Our Services
Holistic Assessment

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“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  

Artistotle

Seeing each client through a ‘Whole-person’ lens of health and healing is our greatest offering.  Our extensive clinical experience and expertise coupled with a deep respect and compassion for each person’s journey, allows us to provide services tailored to each person’s unique needs.

Our holistic assessment is complemented by attention to the following areas:

  • Cognitive Function
  • Memory Loss
  • Dementia Risk Factors
  • Depression
  • Stress Related Disorders
  • Insomnia   
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Hormonal Imbalance
Individualized Care Programs

Papa

“When you listen, you have love. When you love, you have compassion, you care…. If you have all of these sentiments, this is important, a deep discernment for another human being.” 

Papa Henry Allen Auwae

Dr. Raterink and his staff are committed not only to the art and science of medicine, but also to acknowledging the role of spirituality as it relates to a person’s well-being. Within a person, there exists an indivisible wholeness, an interconnectedness with all living things. This expanded awareness of “reality” is a key component in designing an “Individualized Care Program”.

Individualized Care Programs involve:

  • Honoring the wholeness, spirit and choices of each client
  • Skillful assessment to include “life story” as a key component
  • Interpretation of innovative and conventional diagnostic data
  • Collaborative treatment programs; utilizing the best of conventional, alternative and complementary medicine.

 

Targeted Supplementation

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 10.42.09 PMTargeted supplementation regimens are based upon patient evaluation and skilled interpretation of testing results. These prescribed regimens can offer improved efficacy and greater health benefits compared to “off-the-shelf” regimens.  In designing client regimens, Dr. Raterink spends extensive time researching the most advanced and highest quality nutriceutical, herbal and homeopathic preparations. ECI chooses to partner with companies who provide products that have undergone rigorous testing and quality control. These products are felt to be safer as they have undergone testing inclusive for: identity, potency, biological activity, microbiological (bacteria, yeast, mold, aflatoxins), and heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury). ECI prefers to work with companies that subscribe to the new GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) requirements established by the FDA to ensure the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements.

Nutritional Neuromodulation

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 10.44.25 PMOptimal health is built on a solid foundation. Amino acids are the primary building blocks. In turn, an optimal nervous system is built on a foundation of healthy neurotransmitter levels. A steady supply of amino acids in the diet, along with targeted amino acid formulations can provide a strong foundation for good mental, physical and emotional health.

Hormonal Balancing

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 10.45.51 PMBio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the use of supplemental doses of hormones that have a chemical structure identical to the hormones the body naturally produces (versus patented pharmaceutical preparations such as Premarin and Provera). Hormones serve as powerful chemical messengers that orchestrate many of the body’s internal functions and organ behaviors. If utilized properly, they have the potential to rejuvenate, regenerate and restore.

Intravenous Therapies

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 10.47.07 PMIV therapies are liquid medications administrated through the vein. These may include:

  • Vitamin C formulations for: infections, immune stimulation, complementary cancer treatment
  • Chelation therapy for: detoxification of heavy metals
  • Vitamin and mineral formulations for: chronic fatigue, migraines, asthma, viral illnesses, hypertension, and other chronic conditions.
  • Agents for the reduction of blood vessel plaque and inflammation for the prevention and treatment of Cardiovascular Disease.
  • Lipoic acid palladium complexes (LAPd): is a new category of supplements which protect cell DNA and RNA, and assist the body to produce energy to function properly. This unique complex has powerful antioxidant properties which can help to neutralize the free radicals and convert them into a usable energy source for our cells. It also replaces specific nutrients that may be depleted during certain therapies.
Mind-Body-Spirit Therapies

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Innovative Testing

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-Comprehensive Blood Chemistry

This group of blood tests provides an overall picture of the body’s chemical balance and metabolism. Metabolism refers to all the physical and chemical processes in the body that use energy. These blood tests help to identify certain problems, are useful in following a health condition and help to monitor whether a treatment for a specific problem is working.

-Prevent-An-Event™ Cardiovascular Screening

Prevent cognitive decline and memory loss through ECI’s unique cardiovascular screening program.

-Urinary Neurotransmitter Testing

This urine test assesses for neurotransmitter (chemical messengers) imbalance. The nervous system serves as a central control mechanism for nearly every bodily process. The brain maintains balance within the body through the use of neurotransmitters, which act as chemical messengers for the connections between the brain and all other organs. These imbalances may lead to the manifestation of psychological, somatic (body) and mood disorders, as well as related clinical complaints.

-Hormone Evaluation

A saliva or blood test which assesses hormone balance and evaluates total hormone levels.  It is especially suggested for patients utilizing hormone therapy, including bio-identical hormones. This evaluation includes assessment of estrogens, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid hormones. The goal should always be hormonal balance based in science vs. guessing. So when utilizing hormone replacement therapy, the best philosophy is “Test…don’t guess!”

-Adrenal Salivary Index

A saliva test which measures the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and provides an evaluation of how cortisol levels differ throughout the day. This test is used to assess conditions such as chronic stress, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, obesity, diabetes, depression, insomnia and many other chronic conditions.

-Heavy Metal Toxicity Testing

This urine test provides an analysis of the levels of toxic metals after the administration of a metal detoxification agent. It is an objective way to evaluate for the accumulation of toxic metals in the body. Chronic low level exposure to toxic metals can result in significant retention. This retention can be associated with a vast array of adverse health effects and chronic disease.

-Telomere Testing: Crucial Biomarker of Aging

A telomere test is a blood test that measures the length of telomeres which are the protective structures of DNA located at the tips of chromosomes. Telomeres protect all of the other DNA strands on the chromosomes. Short telomeres are associated with almost every affliction of old age. Long telomeres are associated with healthy aging and longevity. This test is intended to reveal a person’s biological age. This test can also be helpful as a marker of risk in cardiovascular and other disease processes associated with aging.

-Genetic markers for memory loss

Many disorders may be associated with gene mutations to include: Alzheimer’s, neurodegenerative disorders and depression.  Awareness of genetic mutations can assist in determining the need for preventive treatment.

Support and Guidance

A. Education

Education and active management can help improve the health and vitality of individuals who suffer from chronic disease. Education allows for positive lifestyle changes and encourages patients to be proactive in managing their health. Information related to treatment options, community resources and prognosis can be instrumental for “informed decision making” and may serve to decrease stress when planning for future care.

B. Clarifying Goals of Care

Understanding the risks and benefits of various therapies help clients and families to gain perspective about their treatment options. Clients are empowered with the necessary knowledge to select treatments consistent with “who” they are, “what” they are willing to accept, and their personal goals. With quality of life in mind as a guiding principle, clients can choose to avoid treatments which do not positively support their desired outcomes.

C. Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you happen to become unable to speak for yourself. The decisions are based on your personal values, preferences, and discussions with loved ones. It is imperative that family members understand your wishes.

Advance care planning includes:

  • Getting information on the types of life-sustaining treatments that are available.
  • Deciding what types of treatment you would or would not want should you be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
  • Sharing your personal values with your loved ones.

Your wishes can be formalized through:
A Health Care Power of Attorney (Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care):
A document in which the patient appoints someone to make decisions about his/her medical care if he/she cannot make those decisions.

A Living Will:
A written document in which a patient’s wishes regarding the administration of medical treatment are described if the patient becomes unable to communicate at the end of life.
Some documents are combinations of the two.
We can assist you with these documents. Completion of a directive is a gift you give to your loved ones, as it eases the burden and guilt often associated with complex medical decision making. It may also ease the grief process in the future.

D. Family Care Conferences

A family care conference is a meeting involving: the patient (if decisional), family members and a skilled medical provider(s) who facilitates a discussion around complex health issues. The purpose of the meeting is to provide clarification of prior history, current diagnoses, treatment options, prognosis, medical advance directives and planning for future care needs. Complex psychosocial issues may also be addressed and guidance offered.

E. Discussions and Planning for End of Life Care (EOL)

Decisions about EOL care are deeply personal, and are based on your values and beliefs. Because it is impossible to foresee every circumstance or illness, it is essential to think in general about what is important to you. Conversations focusing on your wishes and beliefs will relieve loved ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what you would want.