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FirstLine Therapy Frequently Asked Questions


Study Suggests Metagenics' FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Program Better Than AHA Diet to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risks in Postmenopausal Women

Why is there a need for FirstLine Therapy?

  • Because chronic illness is often related to patients’ lifestyle choices
  • Because experts now recommended that treatment for many chronic disorders include Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC)
  • Because we address patients' lifestyle issues in the context of a busy and hectic life
  • AND, because FirstLine Therapy makes TLC
    • Easy to implement
    • Cost-effective for patients
    • Yield superior results

What does a TLC program entail?

Addressing the underlying causes of chronic illnesses as a foundation of treatment and helping patients achieve better health through:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Dietary supplements
  • Stress management

Is there scientific justification for TLC?

Research supports the use of TLC for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Insulin resistance syndrome
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Sarcopenia
  • Healthy aging

Is TLC an endorsed protocol?

The following leading health organizations recommend TLC as a fundamental therapy for many chronic disorders:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • American Heart Association
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • North American Menopause Society
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • National Institute on Aging
  • And many others

What are common obstacles to implementing a TLC program?

Lifestyle changes have been difficult to implement in the traditional clinical practice. At Central Illinois Natural Health Clinic, we are dedicated to your health and wellness.  We commit ourselves to your success and good health. We succeed where others fail due to their:

  • Lack of focus
  • Limited staff support
  • Lack of training
  • Lack of effective patient education tools
  • Poor patient compliance
  • Perceived poor long-term success rate

Does FirstLine Therapy help address any of these obstacles?

Yes. At Central Illinois Natural Health Clinic we provide a practical system for implementation of TLC that makes it:

  • Easy to implement
  • Effective for treatment of a variety of chronic health problems
  • Cost-effective for patients

Is FirstLine Therapy a weight-loss program?

No. FirstLine Therapy addresses body composition—promoting maintenance of lean body mass (muscle mass) while patients are losing fat. FirstLine Therapy integrates body composition testing as a part of patient assessment. Most programs only measure weight or body mass index (BMI) and do not offer strategies to maintain or enhance lean body mass while the patient loses fat mass. In fact, many programs result in a loss of muscle mass.

Why is body composition an important measurement?

Weight and BMI do not evaluate body compartments (water, fat, lean tissue), so they cannot measure if weight loss is due to a loss of fat mass or fat-free mass (muscle). Retaining muscle is important because muscle provides protein for antibody production, wound healing, and white blood cell production during illness. Research has shown that chronically ill patients have a lower fat-free mass and a higher fat mass.

How do you measure body composition?

At Central Illinois Natural Health Clinic, we use bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) as a means of accurately measuring body composition. BIA is a simple, in-office assessment that also serves as an excellent measure of TLC progress.

What role do dietary supplements play in FirstLine Therapy?

FirstLine Therapy integrates dietary supplements with diet, exercise, and stress management. We also offer patients the option of using a medical food to promote healthy body composition, and we provides guidelines for science-based supplementation as therapeutic options for individual patients (such as plant sterols/stanols for lowering cholesterol, targeted nutrients to support insulin sensitivity, etc.).

What is the role of "medical food"?

FirstLine Therapy is based around the FDA approved medical food, UltraMeal, produced by Metagenics. This takes the form of a drink mix and bars.  A medical food is held to higher standards than a dietary supplement:  it is allowed to make specific health claims based on research.  UltraMeal formulas have been scientifically studied in clinical trials and proven to control conditions such as high cholesterol and diabetes, as well as increasing muscle and decreasing fat.

What implementation tools does FirstLine Therapy make available for patients?

You get your own FirstLine Therapy patient guidebook, filled with useful information and tools for tracking progress.  At Central Illinois Natural Health Clinic, we tailor the FLT program to you, prescribing a lifestyle treatment plan with individualized program recommendations.

What is the cost of FirstLine Therapy?

The first question to consider is, how much is your unhealthy lifestyle costing you now?  How much do you spend on junk food, fast food meals, or cigarettes?  How much are you spending on medications for your blood pressure, cholesterol, or diabetes?  In that light, this is a small investment in your good health that has the potential to yield priceless long-term benefits!

We can bill insurance for the FirstLine Therapy office visits if your plan covers it.  Our staff will verify coverage for you.  The non-insurance cost of the program is $399 for the 12-week program, plus the cost of labs and nutritional supplements.  For your convenience, we also offer payment plans.

How do I get started with FirstLine Therapy?

Contact us today, and we will be happy to give you a comprehensive overview for this innovative program to improve your health. Please call 217-443-4372 to schedule your free introductory consultation.



Study Suggests Metagenics' FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Program Better Than AHA Diet to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risks in Postmenopausal Women