Are You Looking For a Smarter Approach to Your Health?

Let's work together to develop a personalized strategy that puts you back in charge of your health and vitality.

Tired of feeling dismissed and unheard?
Looking for answers but don't have them yet? 

We provide a plan, a partnership, and a promise to get to the root cause so you can restore your health!
Do you ever wish that your healthcare provider would take the time to listen to your story and actually hear what you have to say? If you’re not being heard, how can you ever hope to heal?

We believe that both the problem and the solution to your health issues are contained within your story, so we listen attentively in order to determine how to best serve your needs. This saves you precious time and money - neither of which you can afford to waste when you’re not well.

Our recommendations will include the most appropriate functional lab testing, nutritional and lifestyle upgrades, mindset transformations, and necessary supplement support.
Introducing... Functional Medicine Recovery!
A personalized health optimization strategy to address the root cause of your symptoms & restore your health
"Can Functional Medicine help me with _______?"
It is never our intention to "treat" any condition that our patients present with. It is our goal to reverse engineer a patient's presentation by removing whatever is interfering with their health and add what is missing. 

We do not replace medical interventions but instead help our patients become their own health advocates. Our goal is always centered around restoring vitality. We believe that a diagnosis can never paint the full picture of what is going on and only limit intervention options. 

While is not our intention to treat a diagnosis, patients with the below issues have reported significant improvements: 
  •  Autoimmune disease (MS, RA, Celiac, Type 1 Diabetes, Hashimoto’s, Psoriasis, etc.)
  •  Digestive disorders (IBS, SIBO, Crohn’s, Colitis, GERD/Heartburn)
  •  Hormone and endocrine imbalances (PCOS, PMS, Hot flashes, Menopause, etc.)
  •  Weight Loss Resistance, Difficult Weight Loss
  •  Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)
  •  Joint Pain and Stiffness
  •  Ifertility and Irregular Menstrual Cycles
  •  Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia
  •  Adrenal Fatigue, Adrenal Imbalances
  •  Cognitive decline (Brain Fog, Difficulty Thinking, Poor Memory, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s)
  •  ADD, ADHD, Attention Problems, Focusing Issues
  •  Peripheral Neuropathy
  •  Food Sensitivities, Nutrient Deficiencies, Leaky Gut Syndrome
Listen To What Our Patients Have To Say
Katelyn
"Massive decrease in PAIN"
For the first time in many years, Katelyn felt heard. She discusses how she used the principles of healthy living and functional medicine to overcome her fibromyalgia pain. She reports that she is more motivated than ever to stay healthy!
Courtney
"Less Anxiety & Depression"
After struggling with her health for many years, Courtney finally found some answers to her health challenges. Going through the program so far, she has regained her confidence, feeling much better and has become one of our biggest fans!
Scott
"Improved Back Pain"
For the first time in many years, Scott felt alive. He had been suffering with some back pain and other "aches". After unraveling the root cause of his pain he had a remarkable turn around in his health.

How Is Functional Medicine Different?
5 Functional Medicine Myths Uncovered 
Myth # 1 - I've tried "everything"
This is a phrase that we hear over and over on our discovery calls. Many patients feel like they've done everything that they can to get better. However, within a few short minutes it becomes clear that there are many stones still unturned. When a person submits to the thought of having "tried everything" they subconsciously submit to the idea that nothing more can be done. 

Most people we speak to have never had functional lab testing, a mindset-emotional analysis, or an assessment of their living space - all of which can be fundamental to the healing process. Chances are there are many aspects of your health that have not yet been fully explored. 
Myth # 2 - If this worked, my doctor would know about it
Allopathic medicine operates out of a completely different paradigm than functional medicine. Allopathic medicine and practitioners focuses on the name of the disease and implements a one-size-fits-all approach that centers around symptom management and pharmaceutical drugs. This is fine for acute care or emergency interventions to help you feel better in a traumatic or life-threatening situation. However, in long-term chronic care circumstances, treating a disease through symptom management never leads to true healing and can often end up exacerbating the problem. 

In sharp contrast, functional medicine is more focused on uncovering the root causes of your health issues and providing a personalized plan to correct them and help you actually get better. We help coach up your adaptive physiology by treating the entire body as a whole, integrated unit that has the ability to self-heal once it is properly balanced and provided with the correct inputs. We also believe that there is a time and place for intelligent allopathy, and will recommend it accordingly if we feel it’s necessary. 
Myth # 3 - I don't have time
We are all allotted the same amount of time in a day, and that time passes whether you’re healthy or sick. Few things are more wasteful than time spent managing an illness or disease. Think of all the hours spent online researching your illness or sitting in a doctor’s waiting room for a 15-minute visit. When you don’t feel well, you’re also less productive at work, and that can impact your finances - which leads to more time wasted spent worrying about your bottom line. 

We believe that being healthy is one of the best ways to free up more time for you to do the things you enjoy the most with the people you love the most. In order to help you make the most of your time, we offer the option and convenience of telephone and recorded video consultations to provide you with clear, concise directions on how to finally take control of your health and your life. The next 24 hours are going to pass regardless of what you do. Why not spend them pursuing better health?
Myth # 4 - Functional medicine is expensive
This is the biggest misconception about functional medicine - primarily because we’ve been conditioned to expect insurance to pay for everything. In doing so, we have unwittingly surrendered control of our wellness over to the lowest bidder - at the expense of our own health. In reality, functional medicine is the most affordable form of healthcare on the planet, especially when you consider that the average person spends more money in their lifetime in the allopathic model managing a disease or illness without ever truly healing. 

Thankfully, some forward-thinking insurance companies and governments are now running pilot-projects to demonstrate the significant cost savings to both patients and healthcare systems using a functional medicine model, while at the same time helping participants achieve increased positive health outcomes.  

Sometimes the true cost of services being rendered isn’t just measured in dollars and cents, and just because something is covered by your insurance company does not make it cheaper. We’re proud of the fact that the average Chicago Natural Health Care autoimmune patient saves over thousands of dollars each year in medical expenses, while at the same time learning a liberating life skill that can be taught to their own children and loved ones. When choosing a healthcare provider, it’s important to look beyond the cost of something, and instead consider it’s value. In this manner, functional medicine wins every time. 
Myth # 5 - I can figure this out on my own
We live in the era of information, and the entirety of the world’s knowledge is available at your fingertips. Yet the most valuable information you need for true healing is the knowledge of what’s going on inside your body, and until now you weren’t allowed to access this information without the permission of your doctor or insurance company. The Chicago Natural Health Care team is trained to ask you the right questions and order the right lab testing to provide you with a deeper insight into your personal health challenges and how to overcome them. 

Functional lab testing clues you into information that you or your doctor would never know otherwise. Our goal when partnering with you is to help identify the root cause of your health problems, teach you the appropriate life skills you need to remedy them, and support you as needed. Self-navigating through the sea of conflicting information ends up costing you both your health and your sanity. We don’t recommend it.
Our Functional Medicine Program
What Our Patients Have To Say
"I feel more energized!"
I started having strange symptoms such as cold hands and feet, stomach issues and headaches. Within just a few visits my symptoms had completely resolved. I still see Dr. Crifase for a variety of issues and he is always able to provide me with natural solutions for them which I am very thankful for.

"My health is improving"
Dr. Crifase is a well rounded Doctor. I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease at 17 and he was able to come up with a plan fairly quick and already made suggestions on certain labs that need to be done for me. Definitely a person to see no matter your issue!
"My pain has disappeared"
Dr. Crifase has helped opened my eyes to the world of nutrition and the immense health benefits that result from improving it. My chronic pain has disappeared, I have more energy, sleep better, and am overall happier in my everyday life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is lab testing necessary for the program?
Yes! Labs are a vital part of the process in uncovering hidden malfunctions, discovering healing opportunities, and getting to the root cause of your health issues. Without the data and information that labs provide us, we would just be guessing what's wrong with you. We don't guess...we test.

How much do lab fees cost?
We will determine which lab test(s) will be necessary during our initial discovery session and will depend upon the information discussed at that time. On average, you can expect to spend between $500-$1500 for initial testing. In some cases, follow-up testing may be advisable to monitor things such as hormone balancing or the eradication of a gut pathogen. Regardless of how much you pay in lab fees, we’ve made every effort to ensure that you’re receiving direct-lab wholesale pricing on all lab tests.

Do you offer financing?
Yes! We offer many different options for patient financing. Request more information about what plan might be best for you.

Do you offer a family discount?
Yes! We offer a 10% discount for each immediate family member (spouse and children under 18.)
How long does it take to heal?
There are many factors involved in determining how long it will take for an individual to heal, such as your individual health issues, your level of participation and commitment, and your current state of vitality. It’s important to understand that it’s not reasonable to expect to undo decades of damage in just a few weeks. We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to healing, because we’re all unique individuals with different histories, lifestyles, abilities and needs. This means the healing process will be as unique as you and we like to allow it to unfold naturally as your body permits. No matter how long it takes, our entire team is here to support you throughout your healing journey.

Can we continue working together when the program is over?
Yes! While we endeavor to provide you with everything you need to become liberated from the “symptom-management” system, many patients come to realize that a healthy mind, body, and spirit is priceless, and as such they find comfort and value in continuing with ongoing support from our team. Whether you choose to adopt a proactive approach to maintaining your health, or if you require additional support after your program is complete, we make it easy and affordable for you with a few options. Our goal is to provide the right amount of support to facilitate your goals. 

Regardless of what you choose, you have lifetime access to our interactive online Chicago Natural Health Care Community with thousands of other heart-centered health-seekers, as well as our online self-care courses.
A Final Word From Our Founder
Dr. Anthony Crifase
Founder
“I created Chicago Natural Health Care from the ground up to be the most comprehensive, practical, and affordable healthcare strategy around. I've curated compassionate, heart-centered team members to make this a truly rewarding journey for you.

Set up a time to speak with us and let's figure out if working with us is the right next step for you"
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