Functional medicine is more than just a different approach to healthcare, it is an entirely different philosophy about how we both provide and consume healthcare. I can honestly say that in my practice, I don’t treat diseases, but rather I treat patients; some of whom have diseases and some do not. I focus on normalizing the underlying physiology and restoring healthy function through nutrition and lifestyle changes.
People often have significant symptoms and they feel sick, but they don’t meet the technical requirements for a particular diagnosis. Their problems are based on what I call “derangements or blockages in normal physiology” and present as dysfunctions in one or more organ systems that left unchecked would ultimately lead to disease and pathology. Typically these patients come to us having usually been told that everything looks normal based on the standard tests routinely run by their doctor (physical examination, urinalysis, blood tests etc.) In many offices this means that they don’t get any treatment at all, but for my patients, this is just the beginning. I work with my patients to discover the dysfunctional patterns that lead to their symptoms, and then develop strategies to correct these patterns and restore optimal health.
Conventional labs detect disease that is full-blown. Functional labs detect imbalances that happen before actual disease. Functional labs help prevent disease. They also help you achieve optimal health now. Conventional lab ranges are taken from bell curves of our population. Bell curves are supposed to represent “averages” or “within normal limits.” The problem is, these curves aren’t usually based on healthy populations! Healthy people tend to get blood labs less often than sick people. Do you want to be measured according to the average ranges of sick people? Functional ranges tend to be more narrow. They aim for optimal ranges, not just being inside a bell curve. One of the most important things to learn about is your potential nutrient deficiencies. There are certain nutrients that are very important to look at. This includes vitamin D. However, to get a full picture of vitamin D, we also need to look at parathyroid hormone and a marker called calcitriol. Vitamins B12 and folate are important. Vitamin B12 deficiency is very common. Folate and homocysteine give us a first flash picture of how you are metabolizing folate from your diet and if you have enough. Folate is crucial for a biochemical process called methylation, which is happening in every cell of your body all of the time. Genetic mutations that make methylation more difficult are very common.
A simple saliva test will indicate what levels need to be corrected for each individual’s needs. Why not use a blood test? Blood tests are not accurate since they only count protein-bound hormones, which are not even bioavailable to the body! (Blood carries water-soluble substances and sex hormones are fat-soluble.)
Comprehensive Panel Includes the following Hormones:
5 Cortisol Tests • DHEA • Progesterone • Estradiol • Testosterone
Food Intolerance Tests • Gliaden (Gluten Intolerance)
Live Blood Analysis
Live Blood Analysis is a simple procedure for obtaining a quick and accurate assessment of your blood. With only a sample, taken virtually without pain from your finger, [the test] is able to provide a composite of over 25 aspects from your live blood. Darkfield microscopy now allows us to observe multiple vitamin and mineral deficiencies, toxicity, tendencies toward allergic reaction, excess fat circulation, liver weakness and arteriosclerosis. Because the precursors to serious health imbalances may be observed in the state of ever-present floras found in the blood, health imbalances may be averted by reading these early warning signs and making the necessary changes that will allow one to rebalance the physiology. These markers are also applicable in the course of tracking the progression and reversal of degenerative conditions that may already be in motion.