FDN takes a comprehensive and non-specific approach that guides you in building your health from the ground up. "Non-specific" means that we do not narrow in on specific symptoms. We know that the body as a whole needs attention for the best results. It is important to remember that as an FDN-P, I do not diagnose or treat specific diseases.
FDN has 6 core elements:
You will be asked to fill out a comprehensive intake form to teach you about your own personal health history. This consists of a health history summary, functional matrix and timeline that you will be given at the time of your meeting.
FDN has a motto, "Don't guess. Test." Functional lab work helps take the guesswork out by pinpointing your personal healing opportunities. We educate what the results of your labs mean and how they may correlate to your health conditions.
You will be educated on how to create your own health building protocol using the information from your health history and other information. The areas addressed in your protocol will be Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress reduction, and Supplementation, otherwise referred to as the D.R.E.S.S® for Health Success Program. All five pillars need to be addressed for optimal results.
"We don't medicate, we educate!" We are the ultimate health educators of the highest order. We use our clinical and research skills to guide you to make better decisions toward optimal health. We will use charts and images as necessary to help you understand how the body functions and what it means for you personally. The most important question in Functional Medicine is "why?" And you should know "why" too.
We are invested in your health and want to see you reach your goals. You are not alone in the process, we are here to guide you. In addition, we encourage you to find support from family, friends, and other health practitioners as needed.
Commitment is a key attribute in achieving optimal health. By opting into the FDN model, you are committing to self-care and the work required to improve your health. We all want that "magic bullet", but in reality, health doesn't work that way. A heartfelt commitment to yourself and the healing process is the driver of your success. We are here to help you get there, but you need to do the work.