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Time of average doctor visit

The Problem with the 7-Minute Doctor Visit

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

November 16, 2018 | Category: Functional Medicine

One of the key issues undermining health in the United States and especially here in Tampa, Fla., is the simple fact that our modern healthcare system treats patients as consumers instead of as partners in health. The average primary care physician sees three to four patients per hour. That averages out to about 15 to 20 minutes per patient visit, not counting the time the doctor spends between patients and time spent writing prescriptions, ordering and reviewing test results, and so on. Subtract that time, and we estimate the average time a doctor actually spends communicating with a patient is about seven minutes.

Time of average doctor visit

Seven minutes is certainly enough time for a doctor to hear a patient describe one or two primary symptoms and to write a prescription or make a referral to a specialist. However, it is not nearly enough time for a doctor to establish the sort of partnership with a patient that enables doctor and patient to work as a team to restore optimum health. Seven minutes is not even enough time to sort through the long list of possible physical, emotional, environmental, and lifestyle factors that could be contributing to a patient’s illness and work with the patient to address these potential underlying causes.

Doctors don’t limit their time with patients by choice. Most doctors would like to spend more time with each patient, but they’re restricted from doing so by insurance companies or the practice in which they work. Compensation for most general practitioners is tied not to effective treatment outcomes or patient satisfaction but to the number of patients they see. As a result, doctors who spend less time with patients generally: continue reading


BioDesign Discovery Can Tell if Your Home is Making You Sick

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

November 9, 2018 | Category: BioDesign Discovery

Many people are justifiably concerned about outdoor air pollution, especially in urban areas and near manufacturing or power plants. However, indoor air pollution often poses a bigger and more widespread risk, especially in water damaged buildings (WDBs).

According to a study published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology, “Studies have demonstrated that the indoor air of WDBs often contains a complex mixture of fungi, mycotoxins, bacteria, endotoxins, antigens, lipopolysaccharides, and biologically produced volatile compounds.” All of these ingredients mix together and place a potent burden on a person’s immune system. When the burden overwhelms the body’s ability to eliminate it, the result is a condition commonly referred to as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).

Recognizing the Symptoms

Inflammation gives rise to a wide variety of medical conditions. In fact, nearly every medical condition whose name ends in “-itis” is an inflammatory condition — arthritis (inflammation of the joints), sinusitis (inflammation of sinus tissues), colitis (inflammation of the colon), gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), and the list goes on.


CIRS is a multi-system, multi-symptom illness. For one patient it looks like itchy skin, brain fog, and sinusitis. Another patient may have fatigue, joint pain, leg cramps, and memory loss. Many patients have more than a dozen symptoms impacting various systems of the body, including immune, hormonal, neurological, musculoskeletal, brain, digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular.

Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, who named the illness and was the first to describe it, has identified 13 distinct symptom clusters related to Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome: continue reading

Meet the Staff: BioDesign’s Director of Nutrition, Cameron Ackerson

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

October 25, 2018 | Category: Meet The Staff

Cameron Ackerson, CSCS, is Director of Nutrition here at BioDesign Wellness Center, where he runs our nutrition/weight loss division. Cameron joined us in October of 2017 as a Nutrition Coach specializing in weight loss. Our doctors were so impressed with his knowledge, professionalism, and his kind candor with our patients that he was promoted to his current position in July of 2018 — less than a year after his arrival at our Tampa functional medicine practice.

Cameron educates our patients on how to find a meal plan that is not only sustainable for them but also enjoyable to prepare and consume. His job involves taking complex dieting concepts and breaking them down into smaller, more practical courses of action. He meets with many of our patients on a weekly basis and holds them accountable to a mutually agreed-upon diet so they can attain the best results possible when it comes to adhering to our doctors orders.

We asked Cameron to tell us a little about his education and work history, along with other personal details concerning his life — and a few silly questions to round out the picture. Here’s what he had to say: continue reading

10 Do’s & Don’ts When Choosing a Mold Remediation Inspection in Tampa

By: BioDesign Wellness Center Staff

October 16, 2018 | Category: Environmental Toxins

If you visit our functional medicine office in Tampa and we determine you might have a health issue related to exposure to mold, we believe a physical checkup of your residence and/or workplace is every bit as important as the medical checkup and treatment you sought through us in the first place.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued a report claiming 50 percent of all buildings in the United States are water damaged. And here in Tampa, we believe that percentage to be much higher. We also believe that finding a professional to conduct a home or office mold inspection should be taken as seriously as it was for you to discover that BioDesign Wellness Center had the expertise and track record to help you regain your health through the proper treatment of mold-related disorders.

Worker replaces ceiling panel during mold inspection

Unfortunately, we have seen too many patients ignore our advice about a home or workplace “mold checkup” and, as a result, their mold issue remains unresolved. By taking such inspections as seriously as you would your treatment, you will go a long way toward securing the clinical results you desire.

The Mold-Genetics Connection

A quarter of the population possesses genetics that don’t allow their bodies to fight certain mold toxins and other biotoxins that are often present in a water-damaged home or office. For these patients, making certain that the environments they live and work in are safe is an continue reading

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