How is my approach different from other practitioners?

My approach addresses the five most chronic symptoms of weight gain, fatigue, depression, hormone imbalances and digestive problems that are typically misunderstood/misdiagnosed by conventional medicine practitioners who address the symptoms and the root cause/damaged system.

My approach is a lab based natural health protocol that tests and identifies the dysfunction of the three main body systems.  Typically these three main systems have become compromised long BEFORE the symptoms appeared.  The lab tests are used to determine the required natural support needed to return your body to optimal functioning.

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What is the functional medicine approach?

My functional medicine lab based approach is focused on identifying the root cause of your symptoms.  We use functional medicine testing of the three body systems to identify which systems are broken.  Treatment is focused on regaining the optimal functioning of the entire body and its organs.  An individualized restoration program is developed.  This science based program includes one or more of the following:  high quality nutritional supplements, exercise modification, diet changes, lifestyle and stress management recommendations.


The severity of your current situation will determine the length of the program.  Mild dysfunction usually is restored within 3 months.  More severe dysfunction or multiple system issues will take longer to correct, usually 6-12 months.  The goal is to restore system functioning and then stop the program.

At certain intervals, we will retest the system to see if any modifications to the program are necessary.  It is so exciting to watch the changes in the labs as you restore your health and begin feeling better.

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What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine treats chronic disease by discovering the underlying cause of illness.  It is systems focused, rather than symptoms focused.  The primary goal is to prevent or reverse chronic illness.  We do this by testing and correcting the three body systems.  We are looking for the underlying cause of the symptoms.  Your symptoms are clues that we use to determine what testing is needed.  The underlying cause is discovered by analyzing your test results.  An individualized program is created to correct the underlying cause of your symptoms.  When this occurs, your symptoms disappear.

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Meridian Point: Large Intestine 4

Large Intestine 4 is one of the most important and influential acupoints in the entire body. The Chinese name for Large Intestine 4 is “He Gu” meaning union valley or converging valley. The point is located on the hand in the web between the thumb and index finger, also described as the depression where the index finger and thumb bones part. This area of the hand is often described as “valley like” hence the name converging valley. continue reading »

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Germ Theory: 101

Why do some people always catch a cold, and others don’t?
Viruses, germs, and bacteria are everywhere. They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink, but not all of them are bad or harmful.

Think of the immune system as your body’s security detail. The cells, tissues, and organs that comprise it help repel foreign invaders like harmful bacteria, parasites and other microbes that can cause infections. Disorders of the immune system range from everyday annoyances like mild seasonal allergies to serious illnesses like leukemia. Stress, lack of sleep and other common conditions can contribute to a weakened immune system, which can make you vulnerable to infections. continue reading »

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