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  • July 2018
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An infusion of wellness — Green Bay Integrative Health focuses on all facets of health

“To introduce, as if by pouring; cause to penetrate; instill” — “to imbue or inspire.”

Infuse is a word that isn’t subtle when it comes to conveying its mission. It naturally has a refreshing and lasting effect. It’s fulfilling, beneficial and real. It can be literal or figurative, and Dr. Steve Bittorf has both connotations covered — both in his work and his approach.

His own story is infused with determination and a motivation to think outside the box when it comes to traditional medicine. With a PhD in biomolecular chemistry, an MD from the University of Wisconsin-Medical School, training at the Mayo Clinic and residency and fellowships in pulmonary and critical care, he undoubtedly had all the right tools to care for anyone and everyone.

But something was missing.

“I found myself more at odds with the prevailing philosophies,” he says. “I saw a lot of blanket diagnoses being made on minimal information. A lot of medical problems and complaints are common amongst us so you’ll get the common treatment. But we’re all unique.”

Dr. Steve opened Green Bay Integrative Health (GBIH) in January 2014 for those who are looking for an alternative approach to their problems, with a different perspective and unwavering support and collaboration.

“I can consider both the traditional medicine approach and help evaluate that in a nonjudgmental way. We can also use patients’ own belief systems and bring that into it. Integrative medicine really is a collaborative approach.

“…it is one-on-one care with the emphasis on the relationship between the physician and the patient. It aims to incorporate both traditional care and alternative care... it’s an emerging subspecialty of medicine. In the mid-2000s it was kind of a whisper in the woods. But I was listening to that whisper.”

An array of alternative treatments

GBIH focuses on all facets of an individual’s health and implements a full array of alternative treatment options, including supplement care, food sensitivity and allergen testing, aesthetics (like Botox and Juvederm), general medicine, hormone replacement therapy and vitamin infusions to treat a variety of ailments and to prevent further medical intervention.

Dr. Steve’s medical understanding allowed him to review anecdotal studies about the use of high dose vitamin C and found that it can be beneficial for people with any type of cancer. He explains that cancer cells accumulate the vitamin C and produce hydrogen peroxide inside the cell, thus allowing it to be selectively toxic to cancer cells.

“If you take vitamin C by mouth, you can only absorb so much into your bloodstream,” he explains. “Super high doses of it by vein transiently flow in the bloodstream. It does not cause illness to normal cells or to the individual… we’ve had great results.”

The process begins with someone who has active cancer scheduling an initial visit and consultation with Dr. Steve to ensure they’re a candidate.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) facials are another of GBIH’s alternative treatments gaining more popularity. Drawing your blood, Dr. Steve separates it into plasma, a thin line of platelets and white cells and then red blood cells. He explains that platelets are celluloids filled with granules that have the kinds of factors that recruit immune cells for healing and wound repair.

When you inject the PRP into the face, fine lines and wrinkles are alleviated. The skin looks healthier, thicker and has a glowing effect, rejuvenating the skin. Dr. Steve is also able to inject it into tendons where there’s been injury like tendonitis, as it draws in the cells to heal the area.

“There’s nothing artificial about it,” Dr. Steve explains. “You’re not using any kind of chemical. You’re using your own body’s natural healing power. And you can do it as often as you like.”

Lifestyle changes for optimal health

Dr. Steve explains that while we’re lucky that one of the benefits of living in a modern world is that we have a lot of products to choose from, it also means we’re exposed to chemicals in our environment often, even when we’re not aware of it.

“I think it’s pretty clear that we’re exposed to harmful chemicals in our environment. How do we protect ourselves?” he asks. “Detoxing a couple of times a year is a great option. And we offer a six-day detox kit.”

Not all detoxes are created equal, and Dr. Steve urges people interested to research so they’re aware of exactly what they’re getting. GBIH is a distributor of XYMOGEN Nutriceuticals, a medical-grade supplement company to ensure he and his patients know what they’re receiving in the form of vitamins.

That goes for prebiotics and probiotics too.

“There’s a famous quotation, ‘There are 30 trillion organisms in your gut and only 3 trillion cells in your body. In an organism sense you’re only 10 percent human,’” Dr. Steve laughs. “It’s important to use a complete probiotic for gut health.”

“Complete” refers to the probiotic being a live culturable bacteria with 30 billion colony forming units (CFUs), an industry standard.

“A lot of times people aren’t getting what they think they’re getting or in the right concentration... (At GBIH) you will receive the highest quality formulas on the market and the best customer service in the industry... we care that you want safe, effective formulas on which you can rely. I am proud to be affiliated with a team helping to bring patients what they are searching for — better health and wellness.”

A major roadblock on the path to that better health and wellness? Processed food. Dr. Steve says that it all boils down to the fiber in our diet. Food companies produce what he refers to as “chemistry set food” instead of keeping the nutrients intact.

“They bring a grain into the processing center and separate out the fiber and the vitamins. Then they take everything out of the grain so you’re left with sugar. You add a few ingredients, some red dye and you have Cheetos! I love Cheetos, they taste great, but are they good for you? No.

“In the end, it’s unhealthy,” he says. “Fiber is essential to our diets and to our prebiotics. More and more diseases — Alzheimer’s, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis — all revolve around inflammation. It’s becoming a central theme in every disease.”

The rest of the world is beginning to catch up to Dr. Steve’s holistic approach to treating patients as individuals and also partners in their health care.

“This past year, I’ve liked seeing the things that I’ve been preaching about for the last four years out in the popular press more,” Dr. Steve says. “It’s good to feel validated and it’s rewarding to feel like we’re on the right side of history. We’re helping people make better decisions about their health.”

Stay tuned to Green Bay Integrative Health!

Holistic health is important at GBIH, and they’re currently creating a program with a nurse practitioner to guide educational sessions for successful lifestyle changes and weight loss.

“It will focus on the spiritual aspect of maintaining health over a period of time,” Dr. Steve says. “A focus on the human aspect. Not necessarily in a religious sense but how you’re looking at things from a broader perspective.

“A lot of people already know the basics of what a good diet is. The problem is being compliant. How do you follow up, what are the logistics? How can we help you maintain your progress?”

Dr. Steve is also gearing up and looking forward to the future when individualized health care will go even further: helping people sort through their personalized genome database and designing medical treatments and supplement treatments specifically for them.

"My approach to medicine is based upon a model of health and wellness, as opposed to a model of disease. Whenever possible, integrative medicine favors the use of low-tech, low-cost interventions. I incorporate these techniques in every visit.” —Dr. Steve

 

Green Bay Integrative Health also offers a natural line of soaps and special products made from chaga, a fungal growth that occurs on white and yellow birch trees in northern climates.

“The fungus develops on the base of the tree and the tree responds with its own immune system,” Dr. Steve says. “It’s been reported to have medicinal properties – anti-immune, people use it for cancer. We have it in salve form, and you can use it in teas and tinctures.”

"We’re here to help… my favorite part of the day is when someone comes in and tells me, ‘I have never been happier,’” Dr. Steve says. “The positive feedback is really tremendous.”


Green Bay Integrative Health

926 Willard Drive, #236

920-489-8349

www.greenbayintegrativehealth.com

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