Biohacking, Bioptimization, Biological Medicine (BioMed), Functional Medicine, Nutritional Psychiatry… keeping up with the latest terminology can be a full-time job. Although the implementation or procedures may vary, ultimately this is the practice of leveraging your body’s unique design to DECREASE the negative (pain, stress, anxiety, depression, inflammation, fatigue, etc) and INCREASE the positive (clarity, sleep, energy, motivation, calm, etc).
At MHCA, our BioMed program leverages our medical and mental health professionals to optimize physical, mental and emotional wellness.
What is BioHacking
Biohacking, also known as human augmentation or human enhancement, leverages individual biology aimed at improving performance, health, and wellbeing through strategic interventions.
According to Forbes Magazine some common biohacking techniques, like meditation and intermittent fasting, have been around since ancient times.
Other biohackers use a highly technical approach to engineering their own bodies while attempting to fix their flaws and help themselves improve on physical, emotional, and mental levels.
And as technology and research for technical biohacking becomes more available, when coupled with the knowledge and support of medical professionals, biohacking has the opportunity to decrease stress, anxiety, inflammation, and depression while increasing clarity, energy, sleep, motivation, and happiness.
Why do people want to hack their bodies? Some do it because they don’t feel well and want to go beyond traditional medicine to address mental and physical health concerns. Others want to use engineering to explore unconventional ideas and have full control over their own bodies.
Still, others do it because they want to try to halt the aging process and generally improve their quality of life. At MHCA, our BioMed program is uniquely designed to support your treatment goals and overall mental health needs.
What is Nutritional Psychiatry
As it relates to nutritional psychiatry, research has shown that the food we eat impacts how we feel emotionally and how we feel emotionally impacts what we do or what we don’t do. There are multiple mental health treatments such as psychotherapy, neurofeedback, and medication to help treat mental health.
But more and more research is promoting complementary treatments such as food-mood interventions in addition to allopathic medications to boost their chances of improving mood and anxiety.
Harvard Medical School encourages you to take a minute and seriously think about your nutrition and your brain. Your brain is a motor that never really turns off. It takes care of your thoughts and movements, your breathing and heartbeat, your senses — it works hard 24/7, even while you’re asleep. This means your brain requires a constant supply of fuel and there is no way around it, that “fuel” comes from the foods you eat — and what’s in that fuel makes all the difference. What you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood and overall mental health.
Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protect it from oxidative stress — the “waste” (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells. Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function — and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression.
What is Biological Medicine
There are many complicating factors that influence mental health symptomatology!
Blood sugar issues, iron deficiency anemia, or other forms of anemia. Vitamin D deficiency, hormonal imbalance, circulatory insufficiency, headaches, and neurologic disorders like MS/Parkinson’s/dementia. Malabsorption syndrome or general nutritional deficiencies. Toxicity like heavy-metal poisoning or general exposure to chemicals prevalent in our daily interactions, musculoskeletal disorders creating tension and compression to nerve roots, or overall stress-related disorders.
MHCA is redefining the medical management of mental health disorders.
Finding the right care
can be difficult.
We make it easier.
Without question the need for medical management on higher-level psychotropic medications or drugs related to the treatment of mental health is the most obvious need for medical management but ignoring the above complicating factors in the hopes to create optimal mental health does not make logical sense.
MHCA leverages our medical and mental health providers and optimizes the potential improvement for every patient encountered. Setting MHCA apart not only in its treatment environment and analysis components but in its ability to integrate and comprehensively treat the mind and the body.
MHCA BioMed Benefits and Services
- Many patients are confused about diet and lifestyle changes and would benefit from expert consultation to set them on the right/realistic path.
- Patients have often tried to implement dietary and lifestyle changes but either have not been successful or not seen the desired results.
- Patients want to make changes but do not know where to start.
- Patients who are on several prescription medications and/or struggling with side effects from medications may benefit from dietary/lifestyle changes to reduce or even stop certain medications and improve overall wellness and function.
- Patients may benefit from biometric screening, pharmacogenomic testing, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching to help manage possible side effects and increase the effectiveness of medications.
Mental Health Center of America is a leader in combining the practices of BioHacking, Nutritional Psychiatry, and BioMed into a Functional Medicine discipline to help you achieve better mental health and overall physical wellness.
We use multiple scientific evaluations of your body make-up to determine the best course of action in nutrition, supplements, and physical activity. The goal is a lifestyle and habits based on your body’s needs.
The Scope of our BioMed/BioHacking Wellness Program
BioMed is a 14-week program to help you implement dietary and lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact on your mental health and overall wellness.
People are often confused about diet and lifestyle changes (nutritional psychiatry) and benefit from expert consultations to get them on the right path.
During the 14-week program, you will meet with your provider a total of at least 7 times.
Keep reading to learn more details about the program.
Step 1: Comprehensive Review and Evaluation
You will meet with a medical provider to review and assess physical and mental concerns. Your provider will then order a comprehensive panel of labs to assess biomarkers for indications of underlying influence on your concerns.
Additionally, your provider will do a detailed evaluation of your nutritional intake and physical activity levels. They will use this information to determine if there are changes to make that will support your treatment goals and improve your overall wellbeing.
Your first visit is a comprehensive intake appointment with some lab work for you to complete.
Step 2: Establishing the BioHacking Wellness Plan
You will meet your provider again 3 weeks later (or when results are in from your blood panel) for a second appointment to review the lab results and come up with a lifestyle improvement plan based on those results and your individual treatment goals and your current nutritional and exercise habits.
Step 3: Support and Accountability. Measuring and Adjusting the Plan
The remaining five visits will be brief check-ins to see how you feel with the current plan, and adjust and modify the plan as needed to help you meet your goals.
These visits also serve to support you and hold you accountable for the recommended changes as you embark on a journey towards improved overall health and wellness.
At the end of the 14-week program, the goal is that you will feel more educated on healthy lifestyle choices and comfortable continuing to live a healthy lifestyle that can prevent the recurrence of mental health concerns.
Step 4: Re-Evaluation of Lab Results
You will have the opportunity to repeat the labs on your 6th appointment and at the end of the 14-week program.
On your final visit, you will review and compare your current biomarkers with your initial results in order to see your improvement.
If at any point your provider identifies an issue that requires additional medical intervention, your provider will let you know their concerns and, if necessary, refer you to the appropriate health care specialist.
Conditions that Respond Well to BioHacking / Nutritional Psychiatry
- Low Energy
- Brain Fog
- Lack of Motivation
Ready to Get Started?
If you want to get started optimizing your body and your life, please reach out to our staff and schedule an appointment. You won’t regret making time for self-care and improvement.
Other Mental Health and Wellness Services We Offer
Individual (Adult and Adolescent)
Psychiatric Services and Prescription Management
BioMed: Nutritional Psychiatry and Functional Medicine
Heat Exposure (infrared sauna)
Heat Exposure (red light therapy)