Making the right lifestyle changes can often be enough to get someone feeling their best. At other times the body may need additional support with the right nutritional supplement program. We rely on our assessments, questionnaires, and laboratory test results to determine which supplements will be supportive for you in this process. With the combination of positive lifestyle changes and supplement recommendations based on cutting-edge laboratory testing, we can feel confident that we are providing the body with the building blocks it needs to begin functioning optimally. It is important to remember that no supplement program can bring a body into balance if certain basic physiological principles are not being met.
Functional lab testing is the use of advanced clinical laboratory testing to assess the functions of the body’s various systems in order to identify underlying malfunctions and get to the root causes of our client’s health and wellness issues. Each lab test serves as a window into how the body currently functions and helps us to form a clear impression of the client’s current situation so that the appropriate steps can be taken to improve and restore normal function. In many cases, the dysfunction can be corrected if the proper interventions are made. Which tests are ordered depends on the client’s particular condition, goals, and complaints. We use only the leading national laboratories, all of which are fully licensed and accredited.
The goal of using nutritional supplements is to give the body the internal push that it needs to be able to begin functioning optimally on its own. Not all supplements, however, are created equal. While it may seem wise in the short term to try and purchase supplements from a local health food store, the results of such programs can be inconsistent and disappointing if the supplements are of inferior quality. Therefore, it is in many ways more sensible both financially and in terms of achieving consistent results to use the highest quality products available. We provide detailed information for each of the supplements we recommend, which includes a list of ingredients along with their respective scientific references from peer reviewed journals and studies.
When should I consider doing lab testing?
If you are not responding to general diet changes and supplements after 3-6 months, there may be something interfering with your ability to see and feel positive health changes. Lab testing can help us to identify underlying malfunctions in major body systems so that the appropriate interventions can be made.
If you have a long history of health problems and have symptoms that remain unexplained or not properly addressed such as fatigue, weight gain, immune problems, etc., functional lab testing can help to uncover the mechanisms behind these common conditions.
If you are interested in early detection or the prevention of potential malfunctions that could be taking place or on its way to taking place, lab testing can help to identify malfunctions before they become more of a problem.
If you are interested in improving your performance at work or sport, fine-tuning with lab testing and supplements can help you to perform at your highest potential.
Can my medical doctor order the same lab testing for me?
These lab tests are used almost exclusively by alternative health care practitioners, and are often more comprehensive and technologically advanced than those used in the standard health care model. Furthermore, many traditional doctors either cannot or will not order certain lab tests if they are not covered by insurance.
How does it work?We will provide you with the test kits that you need. With the exception of tests that require a blood draw, you will be able to collect your test samples in the privacy and convenience of your own home. All samples are sent directly from you to the laboratory, and each home test kit comes with pre-posted mailing supplies as well as instructions on how to complete the test. It usually takes around two weeks or less to receive test results from the lab. Should your testing require a blood draw, we will help you arrange to have your blood drawn by a licensed medical professional in your area. You will receive copies of all test results for your records.
We are NOT medical doctors and DON’T diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any symptoms or diseases as this is NOT what our services are intended for. We are holistic health consultants that provide a different type of interpretation for lab tests called a “Functional Interpretation”. A functional interpretation is NOT a medical interpretation, but rather a way of looking at different body systems in tighter lab ranges, and often more lab markers not routinely tested, in order to assess function of the major body systems.
We work to provide adjunctive therapy with nutrition-lifestyle recommendations and pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements in order to support the healing process of the major body systems. Our interpretations and recommendations are NOT and should NOT be a replacement for your own physician’s medical interpretation, advice, and appropriate drug interventions. We believe that such an act could be detrimental to the health and well-being of a patient. Our nutritional supplement recommendations are only and should only be used in a supportive role in any conditions or diseases that a patient is medically being treated for.
Although we are not doctors, we do consult directly with seasoned doctors on a regular basis in order to take advantage of their vast knowledge and clinical experience. The result is that you get a team of people working to resolve your particular health issues.
We do not accept insurance or work with insurance companies. If clients are able to get the lab testing fees covered by flexible health spending accounts, we can provide documentation to be submitted to insurance companies.