Functional Medicine; Genetic & Functional Lab Testing
The Functional Medicine Domain
When we suffer from a condition or set of symptoms we are often given a diagnosis that labels those symptoms. Based on that label we are given a prescription that is supposed to address the symptoms. The result is that millions of us are on drugs that affect other parts and systems within our bodies while our overall health and vitality are not at all made better.
Functional Medicine and the use of Genetic and Functional Lab Testing approach health and health care from the root cause. Conventional medicine tends to focus on symptoms and diagnoses and labels them with disease and condition names based solely on those symptoms. Functional Medicine looks at the root cause and seeks to answer why the symptoms occur- why a body's systems are imbalanced and producing the symptoms- and restore balance and vitality through non-drug interventions.
Imbalances can be hormonal, immunological and inflammatory, structural, cellular, absorptive and microbiological among others. Functional lab tests use markers found in our blood, urine and stool to uncover where we may have deficiencies and levels that are not within healthy range or properly aligned, much like some common conventional medicine lab tests. The difference is that with functional lab testing the doctor's are going deeper- looking at things like allergy, genetic predisposition and micronutrient levels. And rather than using the broad one size fits all ranges of conventional medicine, functional medicine takes into account your unique biochemical makeup and individual genetics to ascribe healthful ranges and guide treatment recommendations.
Genetic and Functional Lab Testing
The functional medicine approach is entirely scientific and based on quantifiable data and results. Rather than label our symptoms with some disease or condition name functional medicine doctors -traditionally Naturopathic Doctors - use advanced lab testing to pinpoint where our body's organs and systems are imbalanced.
The labs we use are far different than the labs your hospital based or insurance plan doctor will order. They tell you much more about your body and measure quantifiable aspects of your body that express your health and the health of your organs and body systems in a much more advanced way. They are also easier to read and understand because they include explanations of what each measure is and what it indicates. This is the future of lab testing and based on proven science.
For most doctors and the systems that pay them they are simply too expensive to be provided to the average patient. At KOI Wellbeing we are able to make them affordable because we contract with these high tech labs and receive exclusive pricing not available to large insurers who tend to be very slow in paying their bills.
Functional Lab Test Targets
Gastrointestinal Health + Food Intolerance
Inflammatory Markers + Autoimmune Function
Gluten Intolerance + Thyroid & Adrenal Function
Blood Sugar Regulation + Cholesterol & Cardiovascular Risk
Intracellular Micronutrient Levels + Hormonal Balance
Testosterone Levels + Neurotransmitter Function
Genetics + Blood Chemistry
Lab Test Packages are often the Best Option
Take advantage of a free consultation with one of our doctors to discuss your concerns and health goals or simply choose one of the packages below if you are clear about what you want to know and achieve. These panel plus Doctor follow up packages produce profound results based on which you will receive a plan of treatment and guidance to optimal health.
1. Detox Functional Lab Panel Package
+ Food Sensitivity
+ 20 minute consultation with the Doctor.
2. Food Sensitivity Functional Lab Package
+ 20 minute consultation with the Doctor.
3. Men’s or Women’s Comprehensive Health and Hormone Functional Lab Package
+ 20-30 minute consultation with the Doctor
4. Gut Microbiome Test Package
Physician required complete microbiome DNA test
Review results and recommendations
20-30 minute consultation with the Doctor
The KOI Wellbeing Approach to Functional Medicine
Our approach is patient centered, focused on your individual makeup, lifestyle and health goals. Book your appointment online or by telephone. Meet with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for a full hour initial consultation at our beautifully appointed offices, where our approach to good health begins with creating a pleasant environment and service built on the patient experience.
Your doctor will listen to your concerns and ask questions about your health goals, history and lifestyle. With that he or she will order the right array of functional and specialty lab tests. Results are usually back within two weeks and your doctor will analyze the results as a foundation for creating your treatment plan.
At your followup appointment results will be presented and explained along with an explanation of recommendations for improving function and addressing issues. You'll have a full hour to discuss and ask questions, and your doctor will give you an organized folder that includes your individualized plan, lab results and recommendations.
In most cases your doctor will make diet change recommendations along with suggestions for lifestyle adaptations and perhaps supplements to ensure your body has everything it needs- based on the scientific evidence revealed in lab testing- to thrive and restore balance.
Prescribed supplements range from vitamins and minerals to adrenal support and amino acids. Functional lab testing may reveal hormonal imbalances in which case your doctor may prescribe bioidentical hormones or testosterone.
Functional Medicine is all About Your Uniqueness
No two of us are exactly alike. Functional medicine as practice by Naturopathic Doctors- the only doctors that study functional medicine as their core curriculum- holds this recognition of our individuality as its foundation for treatment and care planning. As such your treatment plan and how often your doctor wants to retest to mark progress is based on whats being treated, your health goals and feedback. The functional medicine approach relies on quantifiable results-based diagnostics, and is typically absent the sort of symptom masking an side-effect causing drugs prescribed conventionally.