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Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine (FM) utilizes conventional lab work and modern nutritional therapies to optimize your lab findings. FM is an amazing tool to utilize with chronic illnesses, diseases or conditions. Chronic issues don’t often “show up” on lab tests so many patients leave wondering why their lab tests are considered “normal”. In fact, these chronic conditions are in the process of developing 5, 10, 20 years before individuals become ill.

You see, when you have conventional labs run and you find out that your “labs are normal” but you still have symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re normal. They’re likely “normal” but not optimal. What “normal” labs are telling you is that your lab value lands within the High and Low range, that there is likely no serious disease process occurring, and there’s really not much that can be done from a medication standpoint for your current issue other than chase your tail and chase your symptoms.

Consider the following labs commonly run by your Primary care physician:

  • CMP
  • Cholesterol
  • CBC w/ differential
  • Vitamin D
  • TSH, T4
  • Cortisol

Now consider the following labs run by a Functional Medicine Practitioner and our Naturopathic Physicians in our office:

  • CMP
  • Cholesterol, breakdown of Apo A/B
  • CBC w/ differential and platelets
  • Vitamin D
  • TSH, Total T3 and T4, Free T3 and T4, T3Uptake, Reverse T3, Thyroperoxidase antibodies, Thyrobinding globulin antibodies
  • hsCRP and ESR
  • Homocysteine
  • HbA1c and C-peptide
  • Ferritin, Iron, TIBC
  • LDH
  • Uric Acid
  • 24 hour saliva Cortisol testing
  • Full hormone panel- pregnenolone, progesterone, DHEA-s, estradiol, testosterone total and free, DHT
  • Comprehensive stool analysis
  • Genetic SNPs testing
  • Viral testing

The following are common conditions addressed in our office by our FM team and by our Naturopathic Physician:

  • Medical Weight Loss and Zerona Laser Weight Loss
  • Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Failure
  • Diabetes Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 (type 3 is considered dementia and alzheimer’s)
  • Thyroid dysfunction, Hashimoto’s (autoimmune thyroid)
  • Leaky Gut, dysbiosis and intestinal permeability
  • GI infections
  • Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Hormone imbalances and hormone insufficiency associated with tumors, age, and other chronic issues
  • Vitamin D Deficiencies
  • Insomnia
  • Detoxification