This component is often referred to as Functional Medicine, and involves evaluating and treating the body’s metabolic imbalances. All systems and organs are linked together in one manner or another. Therefore, we explore patterns between organ systems and determine what underlying mechanisms are contributing to a person’s hormonal, nutritional and/or bio-chemistry imbalances. Treatments are directed through the use of specifically targeted nutritional protocols that have been determined to address each person’s unique metabolic needs.

TESTING

Metabolic testing is performed using specific blood, saliva and stool tests, such as:

• Adrenal Stress evaluation
• Complete Blood Analysis, to include inflammatory markers
• Comprehensive Thyroid Panel
• Gluten Reactivity & Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods
• Hormone testing
• Immune System evaluation
• Intestinal Function & Intestinal Permeability testing
• Sensitivity Testing (food sensitivities/allergens)

Genetic Testing

The above tests can reveal hidden factors that are preventing your healing, such as:

• Blood glucose levels – glucose and oxygen are needed by the brain to function properly.
• Food sensitivities and/or allergies increase inflammation in your gut, brain and entire body. Here is a limited list of the types of symptoms that this increased inflammation can lead to: chronic pain or fatigue; frequent indigestion; bloated after eating; frequent loose bowel movements; constipation; mouth ulcers or sores; nausea/vomiting; headaches and joint/muscle pain and stiffness
• Abnormal cortisol levels – can lead to insomnia, bone loss, weakened immune system and hormonal imbalances to name a few.
• Antibodies that indicate autoimmune disease and other immune imbalances. Many chronic pain/chronic fatigue patients that Dr. Siegel has treated have tested positive for thyroid antibodies and they were actually mis-diagnosed. If your thyroid tissue anti-bodies (TPO &TBG) are high, you are suffering from Hashimoto’s disease, an auto-immune condition. The only way to find out is to test for thyroid tissue antibodies via blood work. Your immune system could be attacking your nervous system which would cause pain, numbness, fatigue and a whole myriad of complaints. The ONLY way to know is to run the tests.
• Presence of Leaky Gut Syndrome – a condition of altered or damaged bowel lining, caused by antibiotics, toxins, poor diet, parasites or infection.
• Low or elevated hormone levels – which can lead to depression, fatigue, mental fogginess, mood swings, hot flashes, sweating attacks, weight gain and decreased physical stamina, to name a few.
• Inflammation – found via markers such as homocysteine and C-Reactive Protein. Most patients suffering from any sort of chronic health condition, such as cancer, diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, migraines, depression, fibromyalgia and more WILL have some form of chronic inflammatory process.

TREATMENTS

Treatments are directed through the use of specifically-targeted nutritional protocols that have been determined to best address each patient’s unique and individualized metabolic needs. It is NOT a one-size-fits-all approach, nor is it about loading a person up on excessive amounts of nutritional supplements. We work towards achieving balance of function so that your body’s ongoing need for large amounts of supplements goes down drastically.

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