Frequently Asked Questions

Health

We have experienced great success treating these types of problems without medication. If medication is needed we are perfectly comfortable and capable of prescribing it but it is seldom needed to accomplish an excellent outcome.

We have a long history of evaluating and treating adrenal issues and understand its role in your long-term health. Current medical thinking is that the classic term “Adrenal Fatigue” is most accurately reflective of chronic stress impacting the brains signaling of cortisol and our strategy employs evaluation and treatment of the hypothalamus and pituitary function as well as the adrenal gland itself.

  • We employ a very successful program that involves correcting your immune system dysfunction and desensitizing your body’s exaggerated response to allergens. Sub-lingual immune therapy is a great tool for reversing your allergic response and has been employed by physicians for over 60 years.
  • FOOD & ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGIES
    • We use blood analysis to identify both IgE allergens and IgG sensitivities to foods and environmental allergens. If indicated we engage in immune modulating therapy (without shots) to help reverse your allergens and calm your overactive immune response. We have great experience with the proper nutritional strategies to advance your health while resolving allergy issues.
  • Asthma: Can you help me with my recurrent asthma episodes?
    • Asthma is a sign of an over reactive immune system which most commonly is secondary to undiagnosed food allergies. Traditional treatments focus simply on symptom control and don’t attack the cause. It is quite common to see asthma resolve once proper attention to immune dysfunction is addressed.

We treat auto-immune disorders, such as Rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitits, eczema, Hashimotos thyroiditis, Lupus, Multiple Scleorosis, and many others. All auto-immune disorders have common physiologic threads that respond well to immune modulation. We work to uncover the source of your immune insult and try to remove the driving factor. Some of the most common factors include heavy metal toxicity, food and environmental triggers, excessive sustained cortisol, and smoldering unrecognized viral infections.

Dr. Huber takes great joy in sharing his understanding of hormone therapies with anyone that cares to learn. He speaks nationally as a professor for the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine on the topic of Bio-Identical hormone replacement and their proper use in promoting health as well as their role in preventing disease. Bio-Identical hormones are made from plant fats and are “identical” in structure to your own natural hormones. They are exact replicas. Traditional hormone replacement therapy using drugs is worlds apart from the benefit of Bio-Identical hormones.

We offer an approach that serves to reduce the side effects suffered from chemo, radiation and surgical intervention based on the medical literature. There is ample literature reporting modalities that can support the body’s natural ability to resist cancer growth. We work to strengthen your immune system while guiding you in lifestyle habits that reduce cancers ability to grow or recur. We are also happy to work with your oncologist in a united effort that offers you the greatest course of recovery.

There is a distinct difference between gluten sensitivity and celiac disease but yes we are knowledgeable in the full spectrum of these disorders and are capable of differentiating sensitivity from allergy and the potential for autoimmune disease. We have significant experience and will help make this an easy process to heal the bowel and the immune system, and offer clear guidance to help you transition your diet with relative ease.

We see pediatric patients for many different metabolic issues: ADD, ADHD, allergies, immune issues, diabetes, bowel complaints, rashes, behavioral and sleep issues and more.

Diabetes and its treatment is one of the major passions of our staff. We have experienced great success in improving the glucose management of our patients, reducing the need for medication, as well as reducing the long-term consequences of this disease. Insulin resistance and diabetes are both highly impacted by diet, lifestyle and nutritional therapies using supplements. We commonly reverse type 2 diabetes and reduce insulin needs for type 1 diabetics.

We have experience with all elements of diet and nutrition and offer guided plans for the treatment of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and other inflammatory disease. We also address the specifics of an anti-cancer diet. Sports acceleration is a passion of Dr. Huber and we counsel athletes on nutritional strategies that enhance recovery, fuel energy reserves during training and events, reduce injury potential, and promote development and gains.

A reaction to gluten is a big problem for many people. We are well versed in this issue and have developed successful programs. There is a difference between a true allergy, a sensitivity, and the worst possibility, celiac disease. We can help you sort through the confusion and put together a plan that works.

Dr. Huber spent 20 years as an emergency medicine physician treating heart disease under the worst-case scenarios. He has dedicated great efforts to redefine how we recognize and treat this issue BEFORE it elevates to a tragic event. He has published articles in the medical literature detailing the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease and outlined advanced strategies to derail it progression while promoting improved cardiac function. We go well beyond the “standard” cholesterol panel using cutting edge lab technology to uncover your true risk.

We address kidney stones without having to use medications such as hydrochlorthiazide, a drug that increases risk for diabetes and kidney disease. We reduce recurrence rates and address dietary issues that contribute to stone formation so that you can take control.

Dr. Huber teaches students at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy about the proper use and physiologic impact of pharmaceutical grade nutritional therapies and supplements. He lectures to physician through the fellowship program of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine about the proper use of supplement as detailed in the medical literature. Not all supplements are created equal, and so we carry only the finest made, pharmaceutical grade, supplemental therapies available worldwide and carry our selected products because we see consistent results with their use. Our primary focus is your lifestyle and supplements are a secondary tool. The use of supplements either alone or in combination with drug therapy offers a significant advantage to patients seeking good health.

We feel very strongly that thyroid disorders often go unrecognized and yes we typically evaluate thyroid function to a depth not commonly experienced in traditional care. We take an aggressive stance as we realize that thyroid issues occur over a spectrum. It is not a black and white issue. Under-performance leads to increased risk for heart disease, intestinal problems, cognitive and mood decline as well as unhealthy weight gain. We prefer “optimal” function and view clinical symptoms as important clues to be recognized as significant markers to be taken into consideration along with lab findings. A simple blood test does not tell the whole story.

Dr. Huber has developed the most successful weight loss program available anywhere. Our success rate dwarfs numbers reported by the major nationally recognized weight loss programs as detailed in Consumer Reports (Feb 2013). As experts in Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular disease we understand the importance of weight as a contributing factor in heart disease, cancer risk, Alzheimers risk, diabetes, arthritis, and all forms of degenerative disease. We get quick results with an accent toward changing your “mind set” for a long-term benefit. See our testimonials. We take the toughest cases and get amazing results.

Administrative

The most effective form of communication is via phone. Our phone number is (513)924-5300 and can be used to schedule appointments, request medication refills, and present your questions. If your call is not answered, please leave a detailed message, providing your name, issue and best method of contacting you. Our office works to promptly return your voicemail messages. A secondary form of communications is via email at help@huberpm.com. Please use this sparingly.

Any fees or supplement purchases are covered under a standard Flex Spending Account. Supplements recommended by our office are under the direction of a physician as medical treatment.

You will need to check with your insurance plan to see what is covered by your individual policy. Some policies do offer coverage for “preventative medicine” and may cover supplements if recommended by a physician for medical treatment.

We do not participate in any insurance programs consequently service fees fall under the heading of “out of network” coverage. However most labs, imaging and prescribed medication is covered to the extent that your individual policy dictates.

Your standard health insurance will most likely apply towards covering lab expenses to the extent that your policy dictates. We have contracted with Lab Corp, the largest national provider of lab services, to offer traditional lab testing at significantly reduced prices for those wishing to pay out of pocket. Some individuals with a "high deductible health savings account" may choose to employ this as a less expensive alternative.

We do work with patients via long distance and can arrange for phone consults. A majority of what we encompass can be done by phone, however any hormone treatment requires a personal in office assessment for proper evaluation and treatment, even if it is just once a year with phone follow ups in between annual exams.

Although every patient is different, a typical course of treatment involves the initial assessment to outline your present health status and desired objectives. A course of action is agreed upon and a plan set in motion to address the most pressing issues. The need for follow-up appointments is determined by severity and acuity of your present health. Typically patients might meet with Dr. Huber 3 to 4 times in the first year of their care but as health improves and goals are met these follow-ups become less frequent, possibly twice a year or less. Along this course we engage in education to enable you to guide your own personal health with greater results. The ultimate goal is to make you more self-reliant and capable of managing your health with intermittent reassessment by our staff to keep your mind and body operating at optimal levels. Ultimately enhancing longevity while reducing disease risk.

Labs

  • Standard Insurance
    • When having LabCorp draw your lab tests you can simply ask that the fee be submitted to your insurance company for payment. If you have “standard insurance” and you are certain that your coverage has paid for the majority of your testing in the past then this may be the easiest option. I would recommend that you ask your insurance company before the blood draw what your expected financial obligation will be for the lab being ordered. This may help avoid any financial surprises.
  • High Deductible – Health Savings Account (HSA)
    • More and more we see that many people have HSA accounts with high deductibles. This typically means that you will be held responsible for the cost of labs until your deductible has been met. For this situation we have worked with LabCorp to provide a very beneficial option for you. We have negotiated a deeply discounted “pre-paid” lab rate that could save you hundreds of dollars on your lab services. Our negotiated cost for labs is typically 5 to 10 times cheaper than the cost for the exact same lab through your insurance company plan. This lab fee is pre-paid prior to the blood draw so that you now exactly what it will cost you. No surprises. You can then submit this lab fee to your insurance company to be applied towards your deductible or reimbursed if eligible. Medicare: If you have Medicare then make this known as we have secured a lab option through Spectracell that may get your lab done at an even greater discount. We also have direct access to Spectracell results and will assume responsibility for obtaining your lab result prior to your appointment.
  • Medicare
    • If you have Medicare then make this known as we have secured a lab option through Spectracell that may get your lab done at an even greater discount. We also have direct access to Spectracell results and will assume responsibility for obtaining your lab result prior to your appointment.

It is strongly recommended that you have your blood lab tests done thru LabCorp, the largest and most comprehensive lab available nationally. Lab Corp is located here in our office for your convenience 3 days per week:

  • Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. (arrive by 4:30 P.M.)
  • Fridays from 8:00 A.M. until noon. (arrive by 11:30 A.M.)

There are 10 different LabCorp sites located around Cincinnati for your convenience. We have direct access to LabCorp database and will access to your lab results at the time of your appointment. If another specialty lab is needed for specific testing such as ZRT or Spectracell then we will make that clear at the time of need. Most all major medical insurance companies recognize LabCorp as an "in network" provider so whatever lab coverage you have through your insurance policy will apply. If you choose to use another lab then obtaining and providing lab results at the time of your appointment becomes your responsibility. We would have no knowledge of which lab resource you may have used nor any direct access for obtaining those results. Most hospitals and peripheral labs do a very poor job of forwarding your results to medical offices, which results in delays and frustrations at the time of appointment.