Health Is a Virtue—Just Ask Virtue of Health!
by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer
When it comes to holistic modalities, the term function medicine has gained considerable traction in recent years. This approach is unique in that it modifies and personalizes the mode of treatment in accordance to the individual being treated.
With this intention at the helm, functional medicine has the capacity to delve beneath mere symptoms of discomfort and pain in order to establish the root cause of an illness or health concern. As a result, issues are not only diagnosed and remedied—they are prevented in the future, so that long-term wellness can be restored. In a vibrant, energetic and health focused community like Sarasota, it stands to reason that functional medicine would enter the public consciousness as a dynamic form of alternative healing.
This framework examines a multitude of factors that could impact the well-being of a person such as nutrition, environment, genetics, lifestyle and other mediators which can predispose someone to a health condition. Moreover, one establishment, in particular, has made the benefits of functional medicine both palatable and accessible to those right in our own backyard. So on this note, enter: Dr. Jaqlyn Tinaro, a certified Microscopist and doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, who founded her local practice Virtue of Health in the aftermath a crusade to heal from a litany of diseases in her own life.
“Virtue of Health is a multi-disciplinary clinic that treats a wide range of health conditions,” Dr. Tinaro explains. We treat patients of all ages, particularly those with cancer; auto-immune diseases such as lupus, Hashimoto’s or fibromyalgia; and chronic infections such as Lyme, SIBO or Epstein Barr. We also treat people with gastrointestinal issues, energy or fatigue concerns, and even athletes looking to boost their performance.”
And how are these diverse ailments successfully tended to? Dr. Tinaro continues, “While each treatment is customized to the individual, we use modalities such as IV heavy metal chelation, IV nutritional therapy (e.g. Vitamin C and Glutathione infusions), IV ozone and UVBI therapy, and nutrient injections such as therapeutic doses of Vitamin D. We also address the influence of nutrition, supplements, and environmental or lifestyle changes as needed.
“We also have methods to treat hormone imbalances such as PMS or PMDD, fertility issues, low libido, menopause symptoms and testosterone deficiency. We offer Bio-identical hormone replacement therapies in the form of BioTe Hormone Pellets and specialty compounded hormones which can be taken as an injection, cream, lozenge or capsule.
“These modalities tend to be clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, acupuncture, Nutrigenomics, prescription medication, IV and injection therapies, chelation therapy, and prevention or lifestyle counseling.” These treatment protocols are decidedly on the more alternative end of the spectrum, but as Dr. Tinaro also points out, they are effective adjuncts for traditional modalities too.
“I believe that both mainstream and functional medicine have their places, and can be complementary to one another,” she posits. “Functional medicine focuses on alleviating the root cause of dis-ease. It is a patient centered and science based approach that focuses on treating the individual, not just the medical issue. It recognizes that each person is biochemically unique and requires a different mode of treatment. Functional medicine understands the body is effective at self-regulation and healing when provided with all the tools it needs.
“Mainstream medicine in its current form tends to be more focused on symptom and disease management. It treats the medical issue first and the individual second. Many pharmaceutical treatments have side-effects that are worse than the condition being treated. Mainstream medicine works until it doesn’t, as can be evidenced by the fact that a number of our patients have exhausted traditional medical avenues before seeking out our clinic.”
For Dr. Tinaro, this desire to champion the benefits of functional medicine throughout our community is the result of personal motivation and firsthand experience. “I was diagnosed with systemic Lupus at an early age and suffered from severe hormone imbalances (e.g. PMDD) hypothyroid and more. I was prescribed both steroids and protocols that caused me to feel worse and gain over 40 pounds. No physicians looked at my diet or nutrient levels—they just prescribed more drugs which did not alleviate my conditions.”
She goes onto enumerate, “At this point, I decided to take my health into my own hands and pursue an education in Orthomolecular Nutrition. Armed with this newfound knowledge, my health improved, and I knew that I had found the answer to regaining my health. As I continued this education and studied under bio-chemists, pharmaceutical doctors and medical physicians, I decided to complete my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and open a clinic to assist in the healing of others like me with the same knowledge base which has helped me to both reclaim and maintain my own health.”
This breakthrough of wellness has spurred Dr. Tinaro on a subsequent odyssey to make the “virtue of health” attainable for everyone. She concludes, “I have been practicing as an Orthomolecular Nutritionist and Microscopist for the past eight years, and completed my doctorate and training as a Naturopath two years ago. What makes Virtue of Health different from other healing practices is the fact that we create a systematic approach to healthcare which does not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all mentality.
“Each protocol, dietary regimen and IV nutrient formula is customized specifically to the person. We care about our patients and restoring their quality of life. The most rewarding outcome is when they are transformed into happy and healthy individuals. We do not rest until the patient feels they have been healed.”
Dr. Jaqlyn Tinaro, NMD, CNC, is the owner and main practitioner at Virtue of Health, located at 3333 Clark Road, Suite 190, Sarasota. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 941-724-6399 or visit VirtueOfHealth.com.
Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota–Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog HealthBeAHippie.Wordpress.com features practical tips for embracing an active, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.
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