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FirstLine Therapy

Better Lifestyle... Better Life.

FirstLine Therapy (FLT) is a specialized therapeutic lifestyle change program unlike any other.  The FirstLine Therapy system targets the underlying causes of chronic illnesses by incorporating a sensible eating plan, exercise, nutritional supplementation and stress management.  Food as medicine: A therapeutic lifestyle change program is recommended by leading health organizations as a first-line treatment option for many conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, obesity related illnesses, metabolic syndrom, osteoporosis, fatigue disorders and many more.

Illness is not a normal part of aging.

Did you know:

-Most chronic diseases are caused by unhealthy lifestyle habits. For example, 91% of Type 2 Diabetes is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle.

-Chronic diseases also account for one-third of the years of potential life lost before age 65.

-Chronic, disabling conditions cause major limitations in activity for more than one of every 10 Americans.

-The prolonged course of illness and disability from chronic diseases results in extended pain and suffering and decreased quality of life.

-Chronic diseases account for 78% of annual healthcare costs.

You can change your health with FirstLine Therapy.

Everybody wants good health, high energy, mental clarity, full function, and absence of disease well into old age! It's yours for the taking!


What do you want?

  • More strength
  • More sex drive
  • More energy
  • Clearer thinking
  • More "good" days
  • Less stress
  • Weight loss
  • Better mood
  • Less pain
  • Better sleep quality
  • Better mobility
  • Greater control over health
  • More independence
  • More living!

FirstLine Therapy can help you regain health.

FirstLine Therapy (FLT) is a specialized therapeutic lifestyle change program unlike any other. The FLT system targets the underlying causes of chronic illnesses by incorporating a sensible eating plan, exercise, nutritional supplementation and stress management. In fact, the following characteristics are unique to the FLT program:

FLT is not just a weight loss program

-Most programs are focused on weight while FLT is best used as a first line treatment for common, chronic health problems (e.g. high cholesterol, insulin resistance, unhealthy body composition). However weight loss is a common and welcomed side effect.

The FLT eating plan is different

-Most programs are focused on lowfat diets while FLT emphasizes the importance of a low-glycemic eating plan that is consistent with current research.

FLT incorporates medical foods and nutritional supplements

-The appropriate use of medical foods and supplements enhances program effectiveness and shortens the time it takes for you to achieve risk reduction goals.

FLT has been demonstrated to be effective in human clinical studies

-Most programs lack clinical evidence of effictiveness.

At 3rd Opinion we treat people, not diseases.

As the father of modern medicine, Dr. William Osler stated "It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has."

Each person presents to the clinic with his or her own diet, lifestyle, psychosocial issues, environmental factors and genetic influences. At 3rd Opinion we try to understand these unique variables at a deep level. For us the question is not "What disease do you have?" but rather "Why would you have that disease? These are very different questions and they lead to very different opportunities. As an example, if you carry a diagnosis of arthritis, the treatment is anti-arthritis medicine. If you ask the question "Why do you have arthritis?" it may lead to a fundamental understanding of your unique biochemistry.

Understanding your biochemistry can lead to unique solutions. As an example, if we discover that you have an imbalance of essential fatty acids that is inflammatory, we may be able to rebalance the fats in your diet resulting in less inflammation. Understanding the influence of your beliefs and thoughts, fears, and wants combined with your diet, lifestyle and environmental issues have on your genetic expression is central to the work at 3rd Opinion.

Depending on environmental influences, completely different sets of genes are turned on and off. These changes are generally adaptive. But with chronic unhealthy influences such as stress, environmental toxins, poor dietary choices or any combination of other factors, these changes can become maladaptive. It is these maladaptive changes that, over time, lead to disease. By understanding the uniqueness within you, we are better able to optimize diet and lifestyle approaches for better health. This type of medicine is called Functional Medicine. Dr. Sult is on faculty with the Institute of Functional Medicine located in Gig Harbor, Washington.