Optimizing Human Performance

 

It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.

Socrates

Vision

  • The objective of optimal human performance, resilience and healthy lifespan
  • Beginning with the fundamentals of nutrition and lifestyle
  • Harmonizing clinical experience with statistical medical research and client goals
  • Individualizing diagnosis and treatment
  • Making informed risk-reward ratio health choices
  • Superseding reductionism with coordination between medicine & exercise, mainstream and complementary medicine
  • New solutions to new problems without losing sight of accumulated human experience & wisdom
  • The application of neuro-psycho-physiology
  • Using objectivity to conquer bias and identify disinformation
  • Leveraging technology while maintaining privacy

 

Suitable for …

Adults aged 20+.  While acknowledging the role of acute care, the clinic focus is health prior to the acute stage.

Philosophy:

The clinic believes that choices significantly influence what age and disease mean, hence it is for those who contemplate:

  • “it doesn’t matter what you eat” (the clinic believes it does)
  • “it’s all in the genes” (the clinic believes environment impacts on genetic expression)
  • “there’s nothing more can be done” (the clinic believes that is unlikely to be correct)
  • “you should come back when it gets worse” (the clinic believes that is unlikely to be a good plan)
  • “what if I was stronger and faster, for myself and my loved ones” (the clinic relates to aspiration)

Clients:

  • seek a qualified & experienced independent doctor to navigate conflicting health information and medical system silos for improved health & performance
  • seek to identify & address the underlying causes of imbalances or conditions undermining optimal cognitive, physical and emotional health
  • seek to take advantage of the latest independently curated medical research & capabilities
  • optimize their body with movement and exercise
  • are self-motivated to make agreed changes to lifestyle & nutrition
  • are comfortable with using an online Patient Portal for routine interactions including payment by credit card, or able to get family support to assist; while some may have no privacy or accuracy concerns with using email for medical requests, well resourced authorities hold independent prescribing doctors liable anyway

Clinic:

  • does not receive state funding, or profit from the sale of supplements, or have any other funding conflicts of interest
  • cannot know in advance what treatment costs will be (individual diagnosis and treatment is varied and complex); there is room for the doctor and client to manage treatment costs, but there’s a break even point beyond which progress cannot be made
  • works with all diets and lifestyles and is not beholden to any one thought model or medical modality; the clinic is equally cautious with messaging from the Ministry of Health, the Wellness industry and anywhere else, using clinical experience and curated research to determine what’s relevant to each individual client
  • is focused on understanding underlying causes, to avoid quick fixes daisy chaining the next trigger and increasing dietary and lifestyle restriction
  • looks to re-frame past medical experiences with impartial options, from which the client may make their own choices
  • uses a personalized-medicine EHR to create the clinical framework for accuracy and managing medical risk
  • cannot rubber-stamp a treatment plan & prescriptions from another clinician
  • actively eschews google and facebook to genuinely value privacy

 

What health topics might be associated with treatments the clinic provides?

  • Thyroid Disease
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Depression
  • Hormonal Issues
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Slow metabolism, Low Energy
  • Heart Disease
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Memory and Concentration loss
  • Accelerated Ageing
  • Obesity/Weight gain
  • Cognitive decline, Head Injuries
  • Insomnia
  • CIRS
  • Chronic undiagnosed conditions

 

What is involved?

  • Investigation of:

    • Biochemical & BioPhysical: addressing imbalances & deficiencies

    • Biomechanical: from physical imbalances through to surgical options

    • Neuro-emotional: from unconscious programming through to electron/ion communication of neurons

  • Advanced personalized, functional and genetic testing

  • Targeted lifestyle and advanced nutritional treatment

  • Advice on brain health and neuroplasticity
  • Review of medication

  • Advanced prescriptions, supplementation, herbals (e.g. GMP, TGA, USP certified pharmaceutical grade)

    • Supplements are unregulated natural medicinal compounds, usually with side-benefits rather than side-effects

    • Functional doctors are qualified and experienced in the use of supplementation to address imbalances signposted by advanced testing

  • Referrals to specialists where appropriate
  • A documented wellness plan updated after each consultation

  • The digitalhealth app is intended to combine wearable data with clinical workup for improved collaboration

 

Reset health by optimizing cellular ecology, mitochondrial health and working through the layers of digestion, hormonal balance, cardiovascular health, metabolism and neurological health.

Dr Cindy de Villiers

What is an example?

A client presents with sleep or energy issues and wanting more.  Diagnosis & treatment might include:

  • Clinical presentation and investigation (e.g. blood tests) might suggest hormonal or metabolic problems e.g. thyroid, dopamine, insulin, estrogen or testosterone imbalances.

  • Consideration of progress/relief via direct prescription/supplementation, or indirectly via a related pathway.

  • Evaluation of nutrition and gut health.
  • Deduction of whether a deficiency or imbalance is due to a hormone not being produced, whether it’s not being used effectively (blocked), or whether it is not being metabolized optimally.

    • As well as blood tests, the combination of an OAT, DUTCH or Gene test might help to clarify e.g. from a urine test, it may be possible to work out whether an iodine insufficiency is contributing to thyroid problems. Perhaps oestrogen dominance (e.g. man boobs or period pain) may be partially due to genetic SNPs combined with lifestyle factors like alcohol consumption, both of which decrease the breakdown of estrogen.

  • Evaluation of environmental factors.
  • Are thought processes and unconscious programming contributing?

    • Referral to a neuro-cognitive practitioner

  • Consideration of the risks and benefits of pharmaceuticals and whether these can be reduced or not.
  • With an understanding of the underlying factors, a wellness plan can be agreed and progress monitored using the digitalhealth app.

 

How is it different?

The wellness industry takes one approach and state funded medicine another, so where does Cindy sit? 

  • There’s no such thing as too much data for those wanting to take investigation and intervention to another level; Cindy’s strengths are evident when surrounded by symptoms & data points
  • Realistic time and resource allocation to safely collaborate around which combinations of treatment modalities to pursue
  • The qualifications and experience to connect the dots and recognize patterns arising from 29 years of medical diagnosis across 3 continents
  • A pragmatic focus on early wins and then building resilience
  • Wide experience across all conventional and complementary modalities
  • Use of specialty lab testing with current optimal reference ranges
  • Assessment of specific genetic SNPs alongside relevant laboratory/nutritional and blood testing
  • Prescribing options include compounding pharmacies in New Zealand and Australia
  • Independent and without a reductionist agenda and only the client’s interests are being served
  • No funding conflicts of interest.  Just a doctor with a focus on individual outcomes & privacy

 

The fees to see an independent doctor

Clients need to be seen at least every two years. Clients not seen within 2 years are de-registered.  If you haven’t seen Cindy within the last 2 years, please click on Apply to Register to see whether the clinic’s services are suitable for your present requirements.

The following maintenance fee schedule applies as a client seen by Cindy within the last 2 years:

  • Consultation 60 minutes: $300.00 (if not seen for > 1 year, a minimum 60 min appointment is required)

  • Consultation 30 minutes: $150.00

  • Online Medical Inquiry through Online Portal Secure Message: $30.00 / message or per 10 minutes

  • Repeat Prescriptions: $15.00

  • Nurse Consult/Injection: $15.00 per 15 minutes

The fees partially recover overheads including premise and staff, multiple medical body registrations, insurances, medical systems, equipment, consumables, CPD and continual research.

 

What is the cost of prescriptions through Cindy?

Cindy in her specialized role typically prescribes:

  • Non-subsidized medication
  • Medication prescribed for non-endorsed conditions
  • Compounded medications

Any subsidized medications prescribed by Cindy will cost a maximum of $15 per item from a pharmacy rather than a maximum of $5 per item through a funded GP service.

 

What about my GP?

Clients should be enrolled with a GP for acute and emergency medicine, which the taxpayer funds via the state through your GP. The clinic doesn’t provide acute or emergency medicine.

Treatment for underlying causes cannot begin while clients are in the acute stage e.g. very high blood pressure or intractable distress should be assessed by a GP before looking at advanced treatment options through Cindy. If initial assessment results are not available, diagnosis and treatment will take longer and cost more.

Often Cindy and her colleagues specializing in personalized medicine work alongside GPs for outcomes.

Other times, a GP and Cindy provide clients with more options from which the client may choose what is best for them.