What's an ACA Internist?

An ACA Internist is a doctor who uses specific diagnostic skills to diagnose and treat a wide variety of internal disorders. These doctors are the “cream of the crop” when it comes to diagnosing chronic illnesses and in many instances can help people who have been told (in many cases by numerous medical specialists) that “there is nothing else we can do for you.” All ACA Internists are chiropractic physicians that have been granted a specialty to help treat a wider spectrum of conditions. You'll see these doctors with many letters after their name like:

Dr. Smith, D.C. DABCI

D.C. stands for doctor of chiropractic. DABCI is an acronym for Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists. After finishing four years of college, then completing five years at an accredited chiropractic college, ACA Internists undergo an additional 300 hours of classroom instruction (over two additional years) which strongly emphasizes examination & diagnosis. ACA Internists believe that doing a proper evaluation (using history, examination, lab testing, as well as radiological imaging) on a patient is vital to getting the right diagnosis and offering the patient the most effective treatment.  These treatments are not meant to merely suppress symptoms but to restore/correct how the body is functioning and to help it function at its optimal level.

ACA Internists are skilled at getting to the core of the problem and treating the cause of the symptoms. They do not treat symptoms, they treat the disease process. Many illnesses that modern medicine has no cure for can be treated by ACA Internists with much success. Illnesses such as fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, IBS, migraine headaches, Lyme disease, heart disease, thyroid disease, infertility, low testosterone and diabetes can be greatly improved and often completely resolved with natural therapies offered by these natural physicians.

Many times, ACA Internists, through specialized diagnostic testing and skills, can pinpoint health problems before symptoms become evident and prevent illness from occurring. These specialized tests are not new, nor are they only used by the ACA Internists, but in the hands of a these trained physicians, these tests are indispensable tools for early detection of serious problems. The tests themselves are the same tests that are run at many clinics and hospitals. It’s how the tests are interpreted and understood which makes the difference.

ACA Internists understand that occasionally a person does need critical or crisis care, and must be sent to the hospital for emergency intervention, but in many cases these crises can be prevented by taking charge of health before the situation becomes critical. It’s this type of healthcare that these functional medicine doctors excel at; the ability to help people overt serious health problems with lifestyle changes and proper nutrition.

Changing habits and balancing nutrition is an effort that takes time and requires the patient’s participation and commitment. Many conditions can be eliminated rather quickly with minor changes to eating habits and nutritional supplementation, but some conditions require a more complex approach and complete health may take a little longer to achieve. Having a healthy body without the intervention of drugs is something that many people wish to accomplish. ACA Internists are very well educated on how to prevent disease, as well as, how to treat it with natural therapies and nutrition.

If you’d like to find an ACA Internist near you, go here: ACA-CDID.com



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