One thing that truly sets FDN apart from conventional medicine is our use of excellent tools and the way that we use them - our functional labs are the key.
Our approach is different. We use a well-care, or subclinical model. Our easy-to-do, non-invasive laboratory tests allow us to proactively focus on optimizing the body's core physiological systems. We understand that early detection of hidden health stressors reaches far beyond the alleviation of symptoms. Many health conditions develop over the course of years; exhibiting undiagnosed and various, seemingly unrelated symptoms. All too often, symptoms can be misleading, and treatment plans based on symptoms alone can be unsuccessful in restoring health and function.
This is why, at FDN, we don't guess, WE TEST.
These landmark tests are a breakthrough step in allowing you to take responsibility and control of your own health.
You'll feel better, now and in the future. Once healing opportunities are identified, you will work together with your FDN Health coach to optimize and restore your own health - and you will feel and look better - physically, mentally and emotionally.
How can I help?
As a health detective, my job is to help you identify your root causes through functional lab testing. Lab testing reveals information about your specific condition and provides your benchmark data to statistically measure your improvement over time. Without lab testing, you are guessing which a waste of your time and money.
What it is: PCR stool analysis that evaluates DNA of pathogens in the gut. It also has markers for SIgA and calprotectin, which is a measure of gut inflammation
Why it is important: GI-MAP™ tests for GI pathogens, opportunistic organisms, normal flora, and markers of GI health including:
- Immune function
- Pancreatic function
- Occult blood
DNA/PCR techniques also allow for the measurement of antibiotic resistance genes and virulence factors that contribute to pathogenicity. Both are used to help determine clinical significance and the most effective treatments.
GI-MAP™ - The Superior Solution
Other available stool tests may appear to be DNA-based, but they are in fact only using matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) to identify stool microbes. Their methodology relies on cultures from stool and is not molecular/PCR based assays. With a culture-based test it is not possible to measure strict anaerobes, viruses or virulence factors. They also lack the ability to deliver true quantitation of any of the reported organisms.
Using the same molecular technology, Diagnostic Solutions have developed assays for microbes that are useful for integrative and function medicine practitioners. And unlike previous PCR (polymerase chain reaction) assays, they have fully validated each target organism in our panel, so that you can have confidence in the results.
Comprehensive, functional blood chemistry
What it is: these include markers such as thyroid, hs-CRP (inflammation), CMP, CBC, full lipid panel, iron panel, Vitamin D, homocysteine, insulin.
Why it is important: Identifying areas of imbalance and dysfunction in normal physiology can give you subjective and objective information based on a concept of optimal physiological functioning. You can learn a lot about your health with a basic blood chemistry report, and can use the information to craft an individualized approach toward your healing. It often can also give you piece of mind in knowing your condition has a root cause.
Dunwoody Food sensitivity testing
What it is: A reaction to food is an abnormal response in the gastrointestinal tract that can occur for different reasons. The food sensitivity test I use can detect responses which are associated with a delayed allergic response that is mediated by an IgG response and immune complexes. This test is unique in that it can detect all classes of IgG and complement which results in higher sensitivity.
Why it is important: A food sensitivity test can identify if foods you are often eating are contributing to inflammation that may be causing some of your symptoms. Symptoms associated with food sensitivity include fatigue, insomnia, digestive disturbances, malabsorption, skin issues, and decreased immune function. Removing these triggers can give your immune system a break from the attack and allow it to start the process of healing.
Spectracell Micronutrient Test
What it is: Micronutrient testing measures how micronutrients are actually functioning within your white blood cells. These tests allow your nutritional assessment for a broad variety of clinical conditions, general wellness and the prevention of chronic diseases including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders and metabolic disorders. The Micronutrient test I use measures the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells. Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body's deficiencies.
Why it is important: In order to heal from a chronic condition, you need to have appropriate amounts of micronutrients to facilitate the vital cellular processes involved in the healing process. Without micronutrients, your body cannot function.
Dunwoody Advanced Intestinal Barrier Assessment
What it is: This test measures DAO, histamine, histamine ratio and Zonulin, a key marker of intestinal permeability.
Why it is important: Zonulin plays an important role in the opening of small intestine tight junctions. Increased levels of zonulin could also be demonstrated in diseases associated with increased intestinal inflammation, such as celiac disease and type 1 diabetes. Therefore we measure this molecule as a non-invasive marker of gut wall integrity. Diamine oxidase is the body's primary enzyme for breaking down ingested histamine and a natural defense against histamine excess. If you ingest too much dietary histamine or produce more than your DAO level can handle, reactions can occur. Histamine is involved in many types of allergic and inflammatory processes, including immediate and delayed hypersensitivity reactions. It also acts as a neurotransmitter and regulates physiological function in the gastrointestinal tract. An excess of histamine may be a result of ingested histamine (certain foods), released histamine from storage sites in the body (from food or environmental triggers), or a diamine oxidase deficiency (needed for the breakdown of histamine). Testing histamine along with diamine oxidase (DAO) levels provides important information that standard food sensitivity tests may not reveal. In fact, many clinicians often suspect food sensitivities when the culprit may actually be histamine intolerance.
Dutch hormone Test
What it is: The DUTCH Complete is the most advanced hormone test, offering an extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones and melatonin, along with their metabolites, to identify symptoms of hormonal imbalances.
Why it is important: Many people who have had long battles with infections have HPA axis dysfunction, hormone imbalance and oxidative stress. The Dutch will give you some insight on your hormone production, adrenal output, as well as some key neurotransmitter production through their recently added Organic Acids.
Great Plains Organic Acid Test
What it is: The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a patient's overall health with over 70 markers. It provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine. The Organic Acids Test also includes markers for vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, and is the only OAT to include markers for oxalates, which are highly correlated with many chronic illnesses.
Why it is important: If abnormalities are detected using the OAT, treatments can include supplements, such as vitamins and antioxidants, or dietary modification. Upon treatment, patients and practitioners have reported significant improvement such as decreased fatigue, regular bowel function, increased energy and alertness, increased concentration, improved verbal skills, less hyperactivity, and decreased abdominal pain. The OAT is strongly recommended as the initial screening test.
Once I obtain your lab results, I craft a personalized healing program. This process shortens the timeline often extended with typical &trial and error& methods that often leaves people spinning their wheels, frustrated and still in pain. Most importantly, this process saves you time and money.
My typical client timelines:
- 3 months for moderate improvement
- 6 months for significant improvement
- 1 year for optimal improvement.
This program is a commitment. It's not cheap and it's not quick. You didn't get this way overnight and you can't expect to get out of your condition overnight
If you work with me I can promise you three things:
- I can get you out of pain.
- I will drastically reduce your symptoms
- I will put you on the right path so you can live a happy and healthy life.