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Root Cause Approach

Conventional Western Medicine thrives on treating your symptoms with a pill. This can help and sometimes alleviate your symptoms but it is also like placing a Bandaid on a host of different issues that could be making you sick. Root Cause Medicine focuses on treating the whole person and finding the "why" behind your symptoms. This approach looks at nutrition, stress levels, sleep quality, stealth infections, environmental toxins, mold and mycotoxins, gut microbiome dysbiosis, heavy metals and how they may be affecting your overall health. Each individual has a different or multiple root causes contributing to your symptoms but addressing the root cause of what is making you sick, will often eliminate your symptoms for good and restore your health and vitality.

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Common Root Causes:

  • Mold & Mycotoxins

  • Heavy Metals

  • Pesticides & Herbicides (including Glyphosate)

  • Lyme Disease and it's Coinfections (Babesia, Bartonella, Mycoplasma, Ehrlichia)

  • Parasites

  • Trauma and Stress

  • Environmental toxins (parabens, phthalates, vinyl chloride, VOCs, etc)

  • Radioactive elements

  • Dental infections

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My Approach

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If you are someone that struggles with chronic health conditions, have been told your labs are normal despite still feeling "off," are tired of using medication as a bandaid for your symptoms, and are looking for help along your journey to health, I would be honored to help you restore your health and reach your goals. Together, we'll journey through these steps and create an individualized program to help you reach optimal health and vitality.


Johanna Golke

Functional Medicine Physician Assistant

Education: Des Moines University - Masters of Physician Assistant Studies 2017

Integrative Health Practitioner Certification 2022

Cellcore Biosciences Practitioner

Work Experience:

Northwest Spine and Pain Medicine 2017-2020

Kootenai Clinic Neurosurgery 2020-2022

Northwest Integrative Family Medicine 2022

Integrative Medicine NW - present

What I specialize in?

I specialize in Functional Medicine - the practice of finding the ROOT CAUSE of what's making you sick.

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Step 1: Find the Root Cause

Discover the underlying Root Cause(s) through functional medicine labs and muscle testing

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Step 3: Remove the Root Cause/Toxicity

  • Now that your drainage pathways are open, we begin to remove the toxins and pathogens contributing to your symptoms. This may including removing parasites, heavy metals, mold and it's mycotoxins, viruses, bacteria, chemicals, pesticides, and yeast/fungi.

  • We will use specific supplement routines to remove your toxins and pathogens.

  • This can take several months for some individuals.

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Step 2: Drainage and Energy Support

  • Open up your drainage pathways and support your mitochondria.

  • Drainage refers the to the pathways through which fluids, debris, and waste are removed from the body. If these pathways are clogged and you begin removing toxicities from the body, you are more likely to get Herxheimer reactions as there is nowhere for the toxins and pathogens to go.

  • Mitochondria refer to the "powerhouse" of the cell. Supporting your mitochondria to make more energy improves all bodily functions and prepares the body for detoxification.

  • Drainage and mitochondria will need to be continuously supported throughout the removal of toxins

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Step 4: Restore Nutritional Deficiencies

After we remove the toxins and pathogens, we can work on rebuilding the body and replacing any nutritional deficiences.

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Step 5: Restored Health & Vitality

Once we have removed the toxins and pathogens, restored nutritional deficiences, and improved mitochondrial function, you should feel better than you have in years. Just remember, we are exposed to toxins on a daily basis and you will need to continue to eat food that nourishes the body, reduce stress, and  complete additional cleanses/detoxes on a yearly basis to keep your body functioning at optimal health. 

Roadmap to Health

Following this Roadmap to Health ensures that your body is properly ready for detoxification. First, you support the mitochondria aka "powerhouse" of the cell and open up the drainage pathways. This minimizes the likelihood of Herxheimer reactions and ensures that the body has sufficient energy to get rid of those unwanted pathogens/toxicities.

Working through this step by step process ensures that the underlying ROOT CAUSE of your symptoms are adequately addressed.

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Drainage Funnel

The first step in detoxification is opening up your drainage pathway. This starts with your colon and making sure you are having 2-3 healthy bowel movements per day.

If the bottom of the funnel gets "clogged" you can see how toxins start to pile up all the way to the cellular level. Throughout your detox program, we will address each level of the drainage funnel to ensure that your body can properly get rid of the toxins/pathogens contributing to your symptoms.

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Personalized Wellness Plan

As someone who has been through my own personal health struggles, I understand the importance of treating each person as an individual. Often, people will present with similar symptoms but have a completely different Root Cause.

Your Personalized Wellness Plan will include:

  • Toxin and Pathogen Removal with supplements selectively chosen to fit your needs

  • Adjuvant therapies - Acupunture, Chiropractor, Myofascial work, Infrared Sauna, Coffee enemas, Earthing, etc.

  • Individualized Diet Plan

  • Stress Reduction Techniques

  • Resetting your Nervous System (SNS and PNS regulation)

Each wellness plan will be customized to YOUR specific needs as you are a unique individual, deserved to be treated as such, and everyone responds to treatment differently.

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