Functional Medicine is an approach to medicine that is becoming increasingly popular. Broadly speaking, it considers the whole, individual person – body, mind, spirit, and all aspects of lifestyle – and uses appropriate therapies, both conventional and complementary, intuitive and scientific, to support patients in a return to health.
Functional medicine is particularly useful for complex, chronic health problems. Before coming to me, many of my patients have already taken considerable measures to become informed about their conditions and symptoms. They have done what they’ve been told to do to get better, but a return to full health has still eluded them.
I believe that surface symptoms can’t always tell the whole story, which is where thoughtful and comprehensive lab testing – with results interpreted from a Functional Medicine viewpoint – becomes essential. I use sophisticated laboratory testing (blood / urine / saliva / stool) to gain unique insight into the likely underlying causes of your health issues. The lab testing I recommend is not simply about diagnosing illness but identifying hidden health trends away from optimal – and identifying underlying causes of illness to remove them. I will explain the results of these tests to you and provide you with a specific, targeted wellness plan that usually consists of specific dietary changes, lifestyle adjustments, and supplements, with the aim of helping you to get better, faster.
I specialise in treating auto-immune diagnoses including thyroid diseases, as well as hormonal imbalances, migraines, fertility challenges and digestive conditions. Contact me today to discuss your health concerns and to find out if my Functional Medicine approach can help you
Functional lab testing is one of the key aspects that sets this approach from other health-centred approaches. By assessing your biochemistry, hormone levels, gut health, toxicology, energy metabolism and genetics, we can often identify specific and addressable underlying causes of health issues and address them directly. Often, this comes after years of guessing and trying lots of different approaches to no avail. In my practice, the answers that come from these labs is frequently life changing.
These are the tests that I most frequently run in my practice.
DUTCH Complete Adrenal and Sex Hormone Profile
This panel assesses adrenal function, sex hormone levels and detoxification pathways as well as a few key nutrient markers that tell us a bit about neurotransmitter health and anti-oxidant status. This test is helpful in identifying causes of low energy, blood sugar dysregulation, abnormal sleep patterns and hormone imbalances. This is a panel that I recommend as part of a thorough thyroid assessment due to the close relationship between the adrenal glands and the thyroid.
Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology
This panel assesses a variety of helpful markers of gut health including:
– levels of healthy, overgrown and pathogenic bacteria
– levels of yeast growing in the gut
– presence of parasites
– ability to digest and absorb various macronutrients
– markers of inflammation, including those that can indicate inflammatory bowel disease
Organic Acids Metabolic Profile
The organic acids profile allows us pin point different steps of your metabolism and see which steps are working well and which steps need support. This test provides information about:
– your functional nutrient status
– how well you making energy at the cellular level
– how well you are using fats, protein and carbohydrates to make energy
– gut health including digestion, absorption and bacterial imbalance
– neurotransmitter balance
– Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification
Comprehensive Blood Profile
Including the following markers:
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel;
– Uric Acid
– Magnesium, Serum
– Vitamin B12
– Folic Acid
– Percent Saturation
– Vitamin D, 25-OH
– Vitamin D 1,25 di-OH (Calcitriol);
– Lipid Panel with Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio and LDL/HDL Ratio
– Hemoglobulin A1c
– PTH, Intact
– C-Reactive Protein
– Thyroid Panel with TSH
– Triiodothyronine (T3), Total
– Thyroxine (T4), Free, Direct
– Triiodothyronine (T3), Free
– Thyroglobulin Antobody
– Reverse T3
– Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Antibody
– Copper, Serum
– Methylmalonic Acid (MMA), Serum
– Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Differential and Platelet Count
Blood Heavy Metals and Minerals
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