FirstLine Therapy® Program


The FirstLine Therapy program is designed to guide participants to jump-start a healthy lifestyle focused on their desired health goals. It is a research-based health risk reduction and disease management program created by Metagenics Corporation. FirstLIne Therapy (FLT) begins by attending a 12 week program during which participants attend 6 classes which are more frequent initially to help implement the new lifestyle change program.

The health response to FLT is monitored with Bio-Electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) testing. BIA measures body composition to ensure positive changes for long term benefits. All classes are taught by Ann Heusted, RN, Certified Lifestyle Educator, who also counsels and monitors patients throughout the program.

The Program Focuses On:

  • Body Composition
  • Biochemical Individuality
  • A modified Mediterranean Diet Plan (Low Glycemic Index and Load Diet)
  • Tailored Supplements
  • Prevention, Early Intervention, Improvement of Quality of Life and Chronic Disease

FirstLine Therapy is Designed to Specifically Address the Following:

  • Reduce Inflammation–The Body’s Physical Response to Chronic Irritation
  • Replenish Essential Fatty Acids in the Diet
  • Improve Insulin Sensitization
  • Use Objective Individual Data for Assessment of Progress
  • Prevent Development of Chronic Diseases

The program has been recommended by leading health organizations for treating and reducing the risk of common conditions such as:

  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Conditions Related to Aging

Lifestyle choices are also the key to addressing other health concerns and symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Low Sex Drive
  • Stress-related Symptoms
  • Poor Memory or Lack of Mental Clarity
  • And many others

The personalized FirstLine Therapy program includes:

  • Initial and Follow-up Testing
  • Regular Consultations on How to Make Daily Choices That Will Enhance Your Health and Prevent and Reverse Disease Processes
  • A Series of Classes with an Accompanying Guidebook
  • Solutions for Staying Active
  • Simple Eating Guidelines
  • Progress Tracking
  • Lifestyle Counseling
  • Nutritional Product Recommendations

Free introductory seminars are offered monthly. Click here for schedules.

FLT Patient Feedback

In January of 2010 The Downing Clinic offered its first Firstline Therapy program, a lifestyle management program integrating a healthy diet, mild exercise, meditation and relaxation techniques and supplements to achieve a healthier lifestyle. We found that most participants in the program report relief from aches, pains, sleeping problems and they have more energy and motivation after just 2-3 weeks. After 6 weeks most patients evaluated their response to the program as “enthusiastic and satisfied”. The following are a few examples of statements we hear from those who have completed the program:

  • A brittle insulin diabetic found she didn’t wake up with blood sugar crashes at night and was able to manage her energy and sugar levels during the day and her insulin requirement was declining. She now has the strength to start walking (mild exercise) with her husband, daily.
  • Participants experienced blood pressure normalization that led to the decrease in medication to control it.
  • Everyone who wanted to lose fat and inches lost 2-6 pounds a month.
  • Participants found that their cravings had almost disappeared and when indulging in treats (candy) that it no longer tasted the same and were usually more satisfied with a piece of fruit instead.
  • One patient that had decreased lung capacity (at 300 before starting the class) improved to 375, a tremendous improvement.
  • A patient on diuretics since age 12 is now able to stop taking them.
  • 12 weeks after finishing FLT classes, a 64 year old female states that she is continuing with the program because the beverages and bars curb her food cravings and she doesn’t have the energy crashes she used to. She’s even taking the bars and powders on a trip to Europe.

We expect to continue to hear such positive results about how lives can be changed by just altering your lifestyle. Firstline Therapy has been a terrific fit for The Downing Clinic’s natural approach to healing.

The program also provides educational meetings, assessment appointments and group support. We hope if that is your goal that you will come and join us for Firstline Therapy.

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