Conventional medical testing—like conventional medicine—addresses acute, advanced illnesses that have already manifested themselves. As a result, vague and undiagnosed symptoms may go on for months—or even years—before a chronic condition fully develops, as it does not take into account the many individual factors that lead to disease.
The truth is that every person has a unique biochemistry based on many factors, such as genetics, diet, lifestyle, environmental exposure to chemicals and metals, as well as psychological and physical stress. Functional testing helps identify your unique biochemical makeup and the potential for degenerative diseases, in order to prevent it from happening in the first place.
While a standard medical test may reveal that “everything is within the normal range”—functional testing identifies the many physiological precursors that lead to chronic conditions and degenerative diseases. It’s important to note that functional testing is only one part of a comprehensive health and wellness assessment performed. A thorough evaluation of the results by your healthcare professional is crucial in designing a detailed, individualized map for disease prevention and/or recovery.
Functional testing does not lead to a “quick medical fix.” It requires you to work closely with your healthcare professional to resolve the identified problems, which may have been present for a long time. Sticking to the plan you develop with your healthcare professional is crucial to the success of a well-designed map for recovery and good health.
Functional testing can help identify many chronic conditions, including:
- Digestive dysfunctions such as nutrient malabsorption, Leaky Gut Syndrome, chronic Constipation, Diarrhea, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- Food intolerances and allergies.
- Nutritional deficiencies.
- Hormone imbalances, such as those that occur in Premenstrual Syndrome, and Menopause.
- Metabolic dysfunctions, such as Syndrome X.
- Heavy Metal Toxicity.
- Autoimmune disorders, such as Fibromyalgia, Lupus, and Chronic Fatigue
- Causes of chronic pain.
- Chemical sensitivities.
- Fatigue although blood results from the doctor are “fine”
- Methylation (inflammation and epigenetics)
- Sleep disorders, such as Insomnia as a result of Circadian Rhythm Disorder and
- Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- Immune disorders, such as chronic Sinusitis.
- Endocrine disorders such as Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome and Thyroid metabolic issues