Why a Functional Approach Works
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to optimizing your health or you’re tired of trying the latest and greatest diet, supplement, or various other recommendations that give you lackluster results and leave you wanting more, then it’s time to choose a Functional Holistic Health Approach.
Our bodies are one organism with many different parts. A functional approach addresses the whole body to improve overall health bringing it into balance. Just focusing on individual systems will continue to leave you feeling unwell and will likely lead to further imbalances.
Optimize to Thrive’s Unique Holistic Health Approach
- Takes the guess work out of which diet to follow
- Uncovers root causes of your disease
- Returns the body to a state of homeostasis
- Addresses Biochemical Individuality
- Implements a coaching and support system that translates to meaningful change
- Uses a whole body approach that focuses on your overall health, getting you back to optimal
Functional Medicine vs. Conventional Care
If you, like me, have experienced the conventional healthcare model, then you may be as disenchanted as I have been. Perhaps it's more frustration than disenchantment, but nevertheless it is not what I would want or expect to experience when trying to get better.
Treating symptoms is something that the conventional model does so well. In fact, a symptom (think migraine, constipation, insomnia, acne, reflux, joint pain, fatigue) was probably why you last visited your Doctor. In fact, it's why most people visit their doctors.
Treating these symptoms, though it offers relief (sometimes), doesn't even begin to uncover what the true problem is. It's the proverbial Band-Aid. Instead, the treatment will often mask the issue, all while allowing it to fester and potentially cause bigger issues down the road (think more or worse symptoms, possibly not even connected to your initial symptom).
This is the downfall of the current western medical model; they aren't seeking out clues or taking the necessary time with you to fully understand how your symptoms are related to a causal problem at a deeper level. Conventional medical practitioners deal with the surface level issues and then move on to the next patient. After all, how can they spend the necessary time with you to find out this information when they have to see another patient every 5 to 15 minutes. Many Physicians have to see 200 patients a week just to cover their overhead. No wonder they don't investigate true cause and go after surface symptoms--it's all they have time for.
To be fair, it's not the practitioner's fault. The medical system in the US is flawed. It's biased. The benefactors in the US conventional medical system are the pharmaceutical companies. Beyond the fact that we just have no idea what the long-term side effect of most medicines are, there are some scary statistics on what they are doing right now.
"The American medical system kills 225,000 people per year—106,000 as a direct result of pharmaceutical drugs." (1)
How's that for being effective?
What's the alternative? Many patients have evolved their healthcare to the point where they are working with Functional Practitioners. One of these alternatives is to work with someone trained and certified as a Functional Diagnostic Nutritional Practitioner.
What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®?
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN®) is a holistically based program that utilizes several personalized methods combined with Functional Lab Testing to help better assess your current health complaints or symptoms.
This allows me as Certified FDN®-P to help you uncover the root causes of your complaints/symptoms while working in a non-specific manner to build your body's vital reserve, allowing you to reclaim your function and vibrancy.
When you start experiencing symptoms, it's a sign that one or more of your core Pillars of Health are compromised. Just looking for symptom relief at this point can be a huge mistake as it won't allow you to address the imbalances that are contributing to the symptoms.
Symptoms are your body's way of saying
"Hey, you better get a handle on this."
What are your disease symptoms trying to communicate to you?
The majority of common symptoms people experience are stemming from the following key areas:
- Poor Immune Function
- Hormone Dysregulation
- Compromised Digestion
- Compromised Detoxification
- Compromised Sleep
- Lack of Movement
What's interesting, is that despite the fact that these areas are responsible for much of a patients symptoms, complaints and frustrations, they are hardly ever assessed by the typical medical professional. With my functional testing and assessment approach I can properly evaluate these important areas for my clients, which will lead to uncovering the root causes.
Ignoring the root causes just isn't working.
Suppose you had a leak in your plumbing that ended up seeping through your drywall ceiling. What's the best thing to do? Replacing the drywall every couple of months without addressing the leaking pipe OR fixing the leak then replacing the drywall once?
By looking at your diagnostic test results and reviewing your symptoms, it allows us to work together to get you back to a state of health that you may not have thought was possible before starting a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition program.
This is all accomplished via questionnaires, specific lab testing and comprehensive intake forms that are tailored to you and your specific issues. By using this individualized approach it lets me, the FDN practitioner, see your health through your eyes which then lets me design an approach that is right for you.
This is not a one-size-fits-all approach nor is it guesswork. If you guess, you will most certainly have a mess.
If you continue to address your symptoms the way you have always been, then you will continue to have these symptoms until you address the underlying causes.
If you have been feeling "not so great" and continue to address things from the "symptom" level, you will not get better. In order for things to change, you have to change. You have to change the assessment of your situation. You have to change your mindset. You have to challenge and change your assumptions about your condition(s)/symptoms.
If getting to the root cause of your digestive, fatigue, sleep and weight loss issues sounds appealing, then consider becoming a client or, at the very least, schedule a free consultation to learn more about Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. Let's spend a little time together on video chat so that I can outline for you how I may be able to help if we were to work together. Isn't it time that you addressed these issues head-on so you can finally get the results and relief that you deserve?
As an FDN practitioner, once I understand where you currently are as it relates to your health issues, then you and I can really begin to zero in on what's important to you. We can look at the pitfalls and problems that may have happened to you in the past which will allow us to skip over all those things as we form a strong relationship now and in the future. We can discuss the right package for you and get you moving forward.
(1) “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?”, by Dr. Barbara Starfield (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 26, 2000).