What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®?
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) is a complete methodology (way of thinking with the tools to go along with it) used to help people recover and maintain the best health possible.
There is no interest in diagnosing or treating disease, an area well attended by licensed physicians. Instead, FDN investigates hidden healing opportunities within the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy and nervous systems using functional lab testing. Lab testing along with the trademarked D.R.E.S.S. For Health Success® protocol, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® works to uncover the root causes of hidden stressors and restore your vitality.
The clues collected by objective and subjective assessments are then used to guide holistic lifestyle recommendations intended to coach up function in all areas of the body while coaching down contributors to Metabolic Chaos®, which will ultimately restore health and balance. Metabolic Chaos® is the term we use to describe your unique symptoms caused by chronic stress and conditions. These symptoms and stresses appear in each of us differently as we are all very unique individuals.
For most chronic stress-related conditions, FDN is all a person needs to do to get well and stay well. Chronic stress is caused by multiple factors such as lifestyle, environment, past trauma, and pathogens. Using detailed assessments and the functional lab results we re able to uncover how your body is managing the chronic stress and details the path to recovery. It is important to remember, our goal is to treat the root causes of your symptoms, not to treat or mask the symptoms themselves. Your symptoms are not the problem, they are the result of the problem.
What if I have a serious medical condition?
For those with a serious medical condition, FDN is a proven stabilizer and holistic grounding program, adjunctive to the medical attention they may receive.
We live in a culture today that we chemically band aid our symptoms such a taking aspirin for headaches, not realizing that the headache was caused by a stress elsewhere in the body. As these stresses compound throughout the years and we continue to mask the symptoms and before you know it the issues expand into other parts of the body, which is what is referred to as Metabolic Chaos.
Chasing symptoms is very easy to do and has become the foundation of the current medical system. Under this system the following generally occurs:
- Go to the doctor with a symptom
- Doctor prescribes a band aid
- No actual healing takes place because the root cause was never addressed
- New symptoms or side effects begin to present themselves
- Repeat the process
The Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Process is different! This is how we handle the previous issue:
- Analyze your symptoms AND your lifestyle, environment, and history
- Complete detailed assessments
- Utilize relevant functional lab tests
- Write a detailed D.R.E.S.S. For Health Success® protocol
- Coach lifestyle behavior modification
When your body is not spending all its energy on surviving, it can use its resources for thriving.
What health problems does FDN help solve?
The short answer is, “all of them”. Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) is a fundamental way of looking at health and a type of detective work that seeks to identify and correct the underlying causes and conditions that lead to people’s health complaints. We avoid diagnosing and treating disease, and try very hard to help each client rebuild health instead. This method of non-specific treatment is not only safe and effective, but it also outperforms specific treatment, ending the cycle of trial and error that many clients (and practitioners) get caught in.
The trademarked FDN healing protocol, D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® encompasses five major categories: Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress Reduction, and Supplements.
Diet - We start with eating the correct foods for your metabolic type and avoiding any foods you are sensitive to.
Rest - is very important for healing, so we work to optimize the rest you are getting in both duration and quality.
Exercise - we customize your exercise to optimize your results.
Stress - reduction is a huge part of the puzzle. Chronic stress (of some sort) got you into this pickle, so together we work to take as much burden off your body (and life) as possible.
Supplements - are the final piece and are always optional. It’s another way we can support function in your body where you may be struggling and give you a little push in the direction of healing.
Our bodies are the best doctors, we just need to get out of the way and clear the path.