What is functional medicine?
Functional Medicine is a science-based whole body system approach to health addressing the underlying causes of disease. Disease affects the structure and function of the body producing clinical symptoms in which Functional Medicine analysis helps determine the fundamental cause. The patient’s condition can be analyzed through blood work, urine, salivary, stool, and hair analysis along with an extensive history report. Upon evaluation, nutrition, supplements, and overall lifestyle modifications are thoroughly discussed.
Why would I need a nutrition consultation?
If you’ve ever considered a change in your current lifestyle habits, or if you’re just tired of always feeling run down, it may be time to evaluate what type of food and supplements you utilize to fuel your body and your brain. Every individual is different, even at the biochemical level, so what works for one person may not work for the other. Dr. Charlotte is dedicated to putting the puzzle pieces together to help find the root cause of your condition.
Will I be put on a diet?
Every patient’s goals are different. Each consultation involves a very throughout evaluation to determine areas in your current diet that may be deficient or in excess. Most patients are unaware of certain nutrients they may be lacking in order to achieve a higher level of health. Dr. Charlotte evaluates what each individual body needs to function optimally and helps encourage lifestyle modifications that are easy to assimilate in your daily life. As the body begins to heal, certain diet restrictions can be reassessed to determine true food sensitivities that may be causing your health concerns.
What can I expect?
History Gathering & Exam:
We always begin with a 30-45 minute Initial Nutritional Consultation that includes a detailed history and exam to determine a starting point for our treatment plan. Dr. Charlotte utilizes muscle testing to screen potential food sensitivities to help jump start the healing process by eliminating excess inflammation. Depending on the current concerns and goals of each patient, we follow up with ordering appropriate lab work to provide objective data that helps guide our treatment recommendations.
Report of Findings & Treatment Plan:
Once the lab work has been received by our office, Dr. Charlotte takes the time to write up a comprehensive report and treatment plan. She will discuss with you any primary concerns with your results and make recommendations to help get you to your optimal level of health.
As we progress through the treatment plan, occasional follow-up visits are needed to determine whether changes to our current treatment are needed. Follow-up visits will review changes in symptoms, re-evaluate any necessary muscle tests, and periodically include additional lab work to help track our progress. Any additional recommendations are made at that time.
What kind of conditions can you help with?
Along with proper nutrition and regular exercise, we can help improve many common conditions, including:
- endocrinology disorders
- thyroid disease
- adrenal fatigue
- brain fog
- hormone imbalances
- estrogen and testosterone dominance/deficiency
- digestive disorders
- leaky gut
- food allergies and sensitivities
- small intestine bacterial overgrowth
- overall wellness concerns
- and MANY MORE!
If you’re curious about whether or not Functional Medicine is right for you, call 314-312-2686 today to schedule a FREE 15 minute in-office consultation to learn more about the process and what to expect.