Q: Are you a health club or a gym?

  A: No. NMC is a medical practice which recognizes functional physical fitness as an essential component of good health.

Q: So you're a physical therapy/rehab program?

  A: Prehab rather than rehab; fitness is for everyone. We don't limit our program only to those who are recovering from a physical injury.

Q: Then what services does the doctor at NMC provide?

  A: Dr. Sutherland is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and the subspecialty of Cardiology and is also a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Specifically, he treats people with metabolic disorders, and a major interest of his is the prevention of metabolic disease.

Q: Do you treat people who are sick?

  A: Dr. Sutherland provides outpatient medical services in his areas of expertise. Because the prevention of metabolic disease has turned out to be a full-time job, he now no longer takes care of patients in the hospital.

Q: What exactly do you mean by "metabolic health"?

  A: The internal machinery of our bodies is remarkably responsive to the outside world. Many chronic illnesses--high blood pressure, cholesterol abnormalities, and diabetes, for example--arise as a result of a prolonged unbalanced input from without.

Q: Who are these "metabolically unhealthy" people you claim to be treating?

  A: Examples of metabolic "unhealth" include conditions that increase our risk for coronary artery disease. Consider the following:

  • 9% of Americans have diabetes.

  • 12% of Americans have high blood cholesterol levels.

  • 29% of Americans have high blood pressure.

  • 30% of Americans are physically inactive.

  • 36% of Americans are obese.

  • 37% of Americans have prediabetes.

  • In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 42 seconds.

  • Each minute, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event.