Methodology, Methods and Modalities
Holistic Nutrition Labs® (HNL) and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) are at the foundation of my practice. These are systematic, scientifically founded, evidenced based functional nutritional approaches that provide the client to heal by means of root cause resolution.
While HNL and FDN help me to identify and uncover hidden physiological stressors, I also use True Cellular Detox® as my primary detoxification method to help my clients heal at a cellular level; by addressing a vast array of deep rooted toxins, which can be blocking them from achieving true health.
Over time health concerns can not only wear the body down, but they can influence the spirit and mind, thus adding fuel to an already chronically challenged body.
HNL, FDN and True Cellular Detox® serve in addressing the physiological aspects, and where applicable I also implement methods addressing the mental, emotional and spiritual aspect of healing. One is a neurological reprogramming technique which has been proven to rapidly act on the amygdala neurons and neuroglia, to actually change the brain in this moment. So we are able to change the way the brain responds by accessing the neuroplasticity of the brain, rather than circumventing the issue(s). Then another method I implement is Transformational Lifestyle Coaching.
Symptoms May Be Common But They’re Not Normal
Symptoms of autoimmunity and chronic health complaints are indeed common nowadays but they are not normal. These symptoms are our body’s way of telling us that there is a problem, imbalances and malfunctions that need to be addressed. Masking these symptoms with pharmaceuticals isn’t the answer.
This would be like the fire department unplugging or removing a battery from a fire alarm on a building that was on fire. This did nothing to resolve the issue and the building was eventually destroyed. Stopping the noise or suppressing the symptoms without root cause resolution will lead to a mired of other symptoms that cascade into other parts of the body, resulting in Metabolic Chaos® and dis-ease. The pharmaceutical industry doesn’t make its profits on health, just as weapon manufacturers don’t earn their keep when there’s an outbreak of peace.
The human body is designed to move, be healthy and feel good. When we stop moving, we stop living, which is why staying active is the number one desire of people as they age. As such it is important we nourish our bodies and support ourselves in optimal ways.
Unfortunately, in today’s society, applying self-care is becoming increasingly difficult as stress levels and environmental exposure to toxins increase, while our food supply and the food choices thereof we make deteriorate, right along with the level of healthcare we receive.
The Perfect Storm
Fatigue comes in all shapes and sizes. Difficult to precisely define, it is well known to all of us. Acute fatigue is considered to be a normal part of life. If you are healthy, it is usually linked to a single cause, serves a protective role, and is alleviated by rest or simple life-style change such as diet, sleep, activity, or relaxation.
It is never just one factor that causes a person to slip into Chronic Fatigue/ME, Fibromyalgia or other debilitating illness. Conversely, chronic illnesses like this are multi-factorial and multi-systemic conditions created by the “Perfect Storm” of stressful life experiences, compromised immunity, and toxic influences of various kinds.
Additionally, when imbalance and dysfunction go on without resolve, our stress response becomes chronically engaged. A chronically engaged stress response then cascades into other areas to break the body down even further and perpetuates this cycle of inflammation, pain and illness. This can then lead into painful emotional turmoil, anxiety, and relentless depression. Any normal healthy individual who is suffering from Adrenal Fatigue or Adrenal Insufficiency will develop some form of Immunodeficiency.
Long term elevated blood sugar as a result of elevated cortisol from chronic stress also has significant health implications. The outcome of elevated blood sugar that is sustained for excessive duration’s may result in developing pre-diabetes and more severe diabetes.
This cycle of chaos can leaving us isolated and alone and makes it nearly impossible for us to be the best versions of ourselves, to live in the here and now and in a state of love and appreciation, to live our lives to the fullest, or for our mind and bodies to remain strong, vibrant and healthy.
Cutting Edge Functional Lab Testing
By following the functional diagnostic model we focus on physiological function as a marker of health, rather than merely the presence of markers of disease.
Specific laboratory tests aim to evaluate the health status of an individual by measuring how the physiology of the body is functioning, rather than simply looking at indications of disease, which many of the more typical allopathic health practitioners focus on.
As such, comprehensive history taking, cutting edge functional laboratory testing, and specific health assessments are utilized to help identify any underlying hidden causes of dis-ease, versus diagnosing, treating, masking, or by merely suppressing symptoms.
A functional test will typically involve a breath, blood, saliva, urine or stool sample. The majority of samples can be taken at home, but a client may occasionally be asked to attend the laboratory to provide samples.
These functional tests provide a window into imbalances and/or dysfunction that may exist in areas of digestion, immune function, oxidative stress, hormones, detoxification and intestinal mucosal barrier systems.
Details of some Functional Labs
Comprehensive Stool Test GI-MAP
This GI-MAP Pathogen Screen is a comprehensive analysis of intestinal health. This is the first FDA-approved DNA/PCR assay for GI pathogens (parasites, bacteria including h-pylori, viruses, and yeast/fungus). The test detects the presence of parasites, bacteria, fungi, and also has some health markers for further clues about health. In addition to looking for pathogens, this test panel contains several additional markers which can provide invaluable insight into gut immunity, gut inflammation, pancreatic enzyme activity, and gluten sensitivity.
ParaWellness Research Microscopy Stool and Urine Panel
This lab uses microscopy staining methods to analyze both urine and stool for parasites, yeast and fungus.
Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormone Profile
The DUTCH test is a more complete panel that provides insight into how hormones are processed in the body. This test evaluates both sex hormones and stress hormones giving excellent details about hormone health. An additional maker for the “sleep hormone” melatonin, provides clues about sleep disruption and even gives insight into gut function too.
Intestinal Permeability (IP) Assessment
This lab is an assessment of small intestinal absorption and barrier function in the bowel. Otherwise known as a “Leaky Gut” test. This IP gastrointestinal test directly measures the ability of two non-metabolized sugar molecules to permeate the intestinal mucosa.
Organic Acids Test
The OAT provides insight into the body’s cellular metabolic processes. Organic acids are metabolic intermediates that are produced in pathways of central energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter breakdown, or intestinal microbial activity. Marked accumulation of specific organic acids detected in urine often signals a metabolic inhibition or block. The metabolic block may be due to a nutrient deficiency, an inherited enzyme deficit, toxic build-up or drug effect. Several of the biomarkers are markers of intestinal bacterial or yeast overgrowth.
SIBO Lactulose Breath Test
The SIBO lab test screens for the presence of bacterial overgrowth in the small intestines. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is becoming more widely prevalent these days and is often a major player in IBS, bloating and gas, chronic heart burn, diarrhea and/or constipation, vitamin deficiencies, chronic pain/fatigue, and much more.
Complete Thyroid Panel
A comprehensive thyroid test can give more insight into imbalances with thyroid function. It includes central thyroid gland regulation and activity, thyroid production and secretion, peripheral thyroid conversion, and thyroid autoimmunity. Thyroid hormones are primary regulators of the body’s metabolism and imbalances can affect metabolic process in the body creating significant effects on mood and energy levels. This panel tests for: TSH, Free T3, Free T4, T4 Total, Thyroglobulin, Thyroxine-binding Globulin, Anti-Thyroglobulin Ab, Anti-TPO Ab, (and Reverse T3 is also available).
Microbiology DX Nasal Swab
A nasal swab to assess for the presence of staph, MARCoNS, and fungal overgrowths in the nasal cavity. Overgrowths and infections in the nasal cavity are known to contribute to intestinal dysbiosis and keep the immune system activated, resulting in systemic inflammation.
Nagalase Blood Test
This test is an immunological screening that measures an enzyme known as Nagalase. Nagalase is known to disarm the immune system by disrupting macrophage activity. Macrophages are white blood cells responsible for engulfing and digesting pathogens, toxins, and any protein that does not resemble healthy, human tissue. There is a high correlation between high nagalase levels and chronic fatigue, brain fog, cognitive impairment, and much more.
The Neurogistics NeuroFocus Panel tests neurotransmitters in urine and provides a customized Brain Wellness Program to restore natural brain balance.
Kryptopyrrole Quantitative Metabolic Panel (Pylorria)
Includes Kryptopyrrole Urinary Quantitative, Copper Serum, Zinc Plasma and Whole Blood Histamine testing (Requires a urine specimen and blood draw). This panel of testing was comprised by the Original Pfeiffer treatment center. The Metabolic Panel identifies imbalances that have been associated with Autism, Aspergers syndrome, ADD/HD, anxiety, Bipolar disorder, assaultive/aggressive/violent behavior, other mental and emotional conditions and schizophrenia.
Once imbalances are identified, clients are educated, coached, and supported in the areas of diet/nutrition, rest, exercise, stress reduction, and targeted supplementation. This process is very empowering as it teaches the client new skills and arms them with tools they can use as part of an “opt-in”, self-care program. This time tested proven approach has great potential to help clients restore normal function and create long-term sustainable wellness.
Cooperative Partnership, Encouragement, Strength and Empowerment
The best option to your continued healthcare is a functional approach as the frustrations that come with being told that everything is “normal” despite chronic health issues from your standard allopathic provider don’t provide answers. The functional model aims to provide root cause resolution in restoring health and vigor within a cooperative partnership between client and practitioner, providing encouragement and guidance. This method strives to help people regain their health and vitality within an empathetic, collaborative, and supportive framework.
Additionally, the functional approach is diligent in respecting individuality. We understand that you are a unique person, not a test result, and that what is “normal” for one person may not be ideal for you. Healing protocols are designed and patterned according to each client’s specific biochemistry, demands and life style. Once imbalances are identified, clients are educated, coached, and supported in the areas of diet/nutrition, rest, exercise, stress reduction, and targeted supplementation.
Strength, confidence and empowerment are gained through this process, as it teaches clients the skills and provides them with resources they can use as part of an “opt-in”, self-care program. It is tailored for clients who want to take charge of their own health and wellbeing. This time tested proven approach has great potential to help clients restore normal function and create long-term sustainable wellness.
The functional health model is a proven system that has helped thousands of people get well – and stay well – naturally. The ultimate goal is to bring the person as a whole back into balance and support the body’s innate healing ability.
We don’t diagnose or treat any disease specifically, but instead help each client rebuild his or her health. Instead of chasing symptoms, we work to bring the body back to balance from the inside out.
Get Help, Repair and Prosper
I Don’t Medicate…
The partnership I create with my clients is one of mutual trust, respect, empathy, compassion, support, collaboration, inspiration and commitment to a common goal. This connection leads to compliance, retention and root cause resolution.
It is my goal to support and guide my clients in achieving their health goals in a cost effective and timely manner, which is something I wasn’t ever able to find during my own journey with most of the practitioners and modalities I encountered. I know pain on so many levels, and I can relate to yours.
I am passionate about helping others, specifically positively influencing individuals’ lives. Educating them about how chronic illness develops and how to construct a plan to resolve it and then how to prevent chronic illnesses from re-occurring and where possible, to never occur in the first place. I understand the frustration, anxiety, depression, suffering, confusion, shame, and isolation that come with ongoing and poorly understood health conditions.
One of the most troubling beliefs (for practitioners and clients) is that we can move from A to B in a straight line–that ailment (x) has a quick or basic solution (y). Healthcare would be simple if this were the case! But it’s not. In order to treat the chronically ill, we need to look beyond the quick fix and begin to think differently. In order to solve the unsolvable cases, we need to take a functional approach. This requires letting go of the one-size fits-all fantasy and move into a new paradigm where we look at each person as a unique individual. I am also well aware of how limited our current medical paradigm is when it comes to chronic health challenges; particularly chronic, life-altering fatigue and pain syndromes.
While labs and supplements are many times necessary, you cannot supplement your way to good health, supplements alone cannot sustain wellness and while labs can help uncover hidden clues, it’s up to the client to do their due diligence, put in the hard work and not blame any other person, or any other thing. I can guide clients along and show the way and offer support, but in the end it’s up the individual to put in the time and effort to do change and make a difference.
Since I’m a FDN practitioner and coach, I provide my clients with solutions that will help correct physiological imbalances, improve lifestyle and address the mind-body connection. I navigate my clients through a personalized process to:
Additionally, in order for the body to shift from illness to health, we need to ask ourselves what has contributed to us becoming ill to start with, learn from it and adapt. During our sessions I welcome inquiry, encourage discussion, and provide an open positive peaceful atmosphere for insightful communication, which allows a safe place for clients to come and discuss all aspects of their lives to allow deep healing to begin.