FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE SERVICES

HORMONE BALANCING

 - Hormone depletion results from natural aging, excessive stress, as well as surgery.
- Hormones are essential as they affect many important body systems including the  heart, brain, bone, digestive, immune, in addition to reproduction and  sexual function.
- Properly balanced hormones eliminate symptoms of PMS and menopause, decrease  risk of cancer, diabetes, heart attack and stroke, and osteoporosis.
- Along with proper diet and exercise, BHRT helps to maintain healthy weight, and manage stress.
- Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement (BHRT) uses hormones with the identical molecular  and chemical structure as the body's natural hormones.
- BHRT hormones are typically made from plants like soy or yams.
- Proper balance may restore optimal health and vitality.
- Hormones most commonly requiring replacement and balancing include:  Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA),  Thyroid, Vitamin D and Melatonin


Common hormonal conditions treated:

- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - hint: it is not an ovary problem

- Peri-menopause 

- Menopause

- Andropause

- Low thyroid

FOOD SENSITIVITY

 - Most people are familiar with food allergies that only 5% of us have.

- Very few are aware of food sensitivities or intolerances that about 80% of people have.

- Similar to food allergy, a food sensitivity is an immune-mediated reaction to a food.

- They differ in two important ways.
1. A food sensitivity is an IgG-mediated reaction that can occur up to 72 hours after eating the offending food. A food allergy is IgE-mediated reaction that occurs within minutes.
2. A food sensitivity can be reversed whereas a food allergy is permanent.
-  A food sensitivity is often confused with other medical conditions  because they can cause an extensive variety of symptoms including  headache, fatigue, joint pain, rash, infertility, weight gain,  inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), gas and bloating, mood swings, ear  infections, sinusitis, and other auto-immune diseases.

- People  are often surprised to discover sensitivities to foods that they love,  consume frequently, and had no idea how much they were suffering from  eating it until a simple blood test showed them.  Similarly, others  thought they were always allergic to a food that they had no reaction to  at all. 

DETOXIFICATION

 - Everyone is exposed to chemical toxins and heavy metals from smog to pesticides, from cigarette smoke and car exhaust to contaminated food.
- We all ingest toxins through our skin, noses and mouths.
- Our bodies must detoxify these dangerous substances and remove them  before they harm us.  This is done primarily by the liver and kidney,  large intestines, gall bladder, lungs, and skin. 
- A diet high in sugar, carbohydrates, unhealthy fat, caffeine,  artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and medications damages the liver and  kidneys which reduces their ability to detoxify the body.
- Detoxification  may be further compromised by the depletion of specific anti-oxidants,  vitamins and minerals essential to the detoxification processes.

ADRENAL FATIGUE

 The adrenal glands secrete adrenaline, cortisol, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) when we are under stress to help us manage our stress.
- DHEA  is a precursor to testosterone and estrogen and helps protect against  cancer, heart disease, diabetes, fatigue, and auto-immune diease.
- Cortisol is anti-inflammatory and it stimulates the body to break down  protein and fat to make more glucose for the body's cells to use for  immediate energy.
- Adrenaline (epinepherine) gives boosts of energy.
- However, when we are under chronic stress, our adrenal glands may  become unable to keep up with the constant demand for the hormones and  become "fatigued".  In this situation, cortisol and DHEA levels fall and  symptoms of fatigue, irritability, depression, and digestive  abnormality usually occur.

LOW DOSE NALTREXONE (LDN)

- Naltrexone is an opiate antagonist which is used in high doses (50-300 mg) to treat alcohol and opioid addiction.
- LDN (3-4.5 mg) is believed to modulate the immune system and control inflammation through the endorphin system. 

- LDN may help symptoms of auto-immune disease (MS, Crohn's, Hashimoto's,  RA), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Chronic pain, headaches,  depression, autism, severe allergies, skin conditions (psoriasis,  eczema), GI disorders (Celiac, IBS), and cancer.

CBD

  Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of dozens of non-psychoactive cannabinoids  found in the hemp plant and is the main one which binds to the receptors  in the immune system.
- CBD was patented by the US government in 2003 as a neuroprotectant and antioxidant
- CBD interacts with CB1 and CB 2 receptors in the brain and nervous system.
- CBD is available in several forms including sublingual oil and topical creams.
-  CBD may benefit inflammation, headaches, nausea, joint/muscle/back  pain, anxiety, digestive issues, spasticity, insomnia, cramps, frequent  urination, irritated skin (eczema, psoriasis.

ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet for better health and nutrition intermittent fasting

ProLon FASTING-MIMICKING DIET

 -  ProLon is a 5 day Fasting-Mimicking Diet shown to provide protective,  regenerative and rejuvenating effects, while providing balanced  nourishment.


Based on Dr. Victor Longo's research as explained in his book, "The Longevity Diet."


Benefits include:
- decreasing body weight / fat while preserving lean body mass 

-  healthy levels of fasting blood glucose, BP, cholesterol,  triglycerides, inflammatory markers (c-reactive protein), stem cells,  Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) 

- improved energy / less fatigue
- softer, shinier skin
- a positive impact on lifestyle, making healthier choices

Brain Span tests for omega 3 levels, cellular inflammation for optimal brain health

BRAIN SPAN

 - Measure, track, and optimize brain health

- Omega 3 levels determine cellular inflammation and toxicity

- Improve attention, memory, performance

- Decrease inflammation, chronic pain, risk of dementia, cellular aging, weight gain