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 and can help you understand how to support the underlying physiology so your body can start to heal from within.
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 affecting your overall physiology. Most patients are unaware of certain nutrients they may be lacking in order to achieve a higher level of health or are taking supplements their body simply does not need. 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 60-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. At your second visit, expect to spend about 30-45 minutes with Dr. Charlotte as she helps you review and understand your lab work, correlating the results with your initial exam findings. She will discuss with you any primary concerns with your results and make recommendations to help get you to your optimal level of health. Supplementation and lifestyle changes are evaluated in further detail during this process.
As we progress through the treatment plan, occasional follow-up visits are needed to determine whether changes to our current treatment are needed and to track our progress toward your goals. Follow-up visits are generally 15-30 minutes and 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!
DISCLAIMER: We do NOT claim to medically treat any of the above conditions. If we determine your needs are beyond our scope of practice, we will always offer a referral suggestion to ensure you and your health are held at the utmost top priority. Our primary goal is to help support the underlying physiology with the proper nutrition so the body can begin to innately heal from within. When combined with the natural healing benefit of chiropractic and acupuncture, we can help improve neurological function so all body systems can begin communicating again to allow for an overall balanced system! As a patient in our office, you agree and understand that full compliance to a treatment plan will most likely provide the best results for you and your health concerns.
Learn more about the growing interest in addressing nutrition as a holistic approach to healthcare from the Institute for Functional Medicine here.
If you’re curious about whether or not Functional Medicine is right for you, please call 314-312-2686 or book online today to schedule a FREE phone 15-minute consultation to learn more about the process and what to expect.