What is Nutritional Medicine?
Are you experiencing digestive issues such as heartburn, reflux, or constipation? Are you concerned about high cholesterol or triglycerides? I can help you. Would you like to be tested for food allergies and sensitivities? Nutritional deficiencies? Neurotransmitter imbalances? I can perform these and many other tests. I would like to help you feel relief from digestive distress and fatigue. I can assist you in resolving chronic health complaints.
In nutritional medicine, each patient has a unique puzzle to solve so in our quest to find answers, each patient receives an individualized lab script based upon history, symptoms and diagnosis. Once we get a baseline and identify suboptimal markers, we continue to monitor your labs during treatment until these levels are where they should be. These may include markers of blood sugar, inflammation, anti-body activity, genetic makeup, nutrient status and digestion.
In functional medicine which may also be called nutritional medicine, our perspective encompasses the interconnectedness of systems, so we view disease or dysfunction as a breakdown on several levels. With this in mind we seek to find clues that bridge understanding of the whole person and why he or she is not well. What will help a person return to wholeness, vitality and long term healing?
My own 30-year study of health care has convinced me that warning signs of cancer, gastrointestinal disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses can be detected far earlier than is generally accepted. Such early detection involves more refined laboratory analysis and other new tools.
What does this have to do with nutrition?
With early detection, we can recommend more subtle, non-pharmacological treatments long before "crisis medicine" becomes the only viable option. Research has uncovered a startling fact: the kinds of foods we eat reset genes for illness or wellness. Therefore, food choices have a powerful impact on health and prevention.
The emerging science behind functional medicine now shows clear connections between the causes of disease and deficiencies of essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and amino acids. For example, many people with multiple sclerosis are found to have extremely low levels of vitamin B12, cobalt, iodine, zinc, magnesium and/or vitamin D. These people can experience improvement in their symptoms or reduced attacks when these nutrients are restored. Did you know that food allergens, microbes and toxins are implicated in Alzheimer's Disease? These must be addressed if uncovered along with nutrient needs. Finally, we strive to restore a GI environment of healthy gut bacteria for a robust immune system.