Functioinal Medicine Protocols & Clinical Testing
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Functional Medicine is an evolution in health care and is a better way of addressing the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person,not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental,and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way,functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. Click Here for more about Functional Medicine
Toxicities and Deficiencies within the body are the cause of most health conditions individuals are plagued with today. For you to be truly healthy, it is absolutely vital
to understand how the trillions of cells that make up your body are functioning and address all toxicities through proper detoxification and remove deficiencies with diet
and supplementation. Be Well offers Clinical Lab Testing to identify the true function of your cells, as well as protocols to allow you to achieve optimal health.
We work with only the highest quality, technologically advanced Labs in order to provide the clinical assessments we need to help you with all of your health concerns.
Functional Medicine Practitioners don't guess - they test; testing is ordered based on patient history and specific to patient needs. Below you will find a few of the most common tests we currently offer patients. Skype Based Consultation and Coaching is also available; Click here for details.
Metametrix GI Effects Stool Test- "GI Effects is unlike any other stool analysis profile, going beyond the standard parameters for identifying gastrointestinal disorders. The GI Effects Profile uses DNA analysis to identify microbiota including anaerobes, a previously immeasurable area of the gut environment. DNA assessment is specific and accurate, avoids the pitfalls of sample transport, reports results as specific numbers, and is more sensitive than classic laboratory methods.
ALCAT Food Sensitivity Testing - "The ALCAT Test differs from other food allergy or intolerance tests as it accurately and
objectively measures leukocyte cellular reactivity in whole blood, which is a final common pathway of all mechanisms. The test utilizes
electronic, state of the art, hematological instrumentation. Visit www.alcat.com for more information and schedule a free consultation.
Adrenal Stress Index™ (ASI™) - "Introduced in 1989 to evaluate stress, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Additional tests have been added to evaluate glycemic control using multiple salivary insulin measurements, and to evaluate adrenal capacity to produce cortisol using 17-Hydroxyprogesterone." (DiagnosTechs Lab)
Expanded Hormone Panel - "A non-invasive test consisting of 11 saliva specimens collected during specified time periods throughout the menstrual cycle. The ovaries are a major component of the female reproductive cycle and they release hormones in a cyclical manner which is referred to as the menstrual cycle. The Female Hormone Panel™ provides a dynamic mapping of the free fraction levels of Estradiol (E2) and Progesterone (P) throughout one cycle. In addition, the cycle average of Testosterone (T) and DHEA are measured. The Female Hormone Panel™ includes: Estradiol (x11), Progesterone (x11), cycle average Testosterone and DHEA/DHEA-S, 3 Progesterone production indices, 4 Estradiol production indices, a full cycle P/E ratio graph and an example of a restorative plan. The expanded Female Hormone Panel™ (eFHP™) includes an additional five (5) FSH and five (5) LH measurements." (DiagnosTechs Lab)
IntraCellular Micronutrient Testing - "Overwhelming scientific evidence confirms that vitamin deficiencies are associated with disease processes and the overall condition of one's health. Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function and contribute to chronic degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer's, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This body of research has been reaffirmed by the Journal of the American Medical Association (June 19, 2002-Vol 287, No 23)." (SpectraCell Laboratories)
Nutrient & Toxic Elements Hair Analysis - "Hair has a long history of successful use in detecting chronic exposure to toxic heavy metals in humans and animal models because hair concentrates heavy metals several hundred fold above concentrations found in blood. When any of the toxic heavy metals are elevated in hair, there is reason to investigate the origin of exposure. High levels in hair may reflect early chronic exposure before other signs and symptoms appear." (Metametrix Laboratory)
Urine Toxic Metals - "Analysis of the levels of toxic metals in urine after the administration of a metal detoxification agent is an objective way to evaluate the accumulation of toxic metals." (Doctor's Data)
Essential Fatty Acids Profile - "Measures key omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and calculates key indicators to establish your optimal balance. Trans fatty acids (the "bad" oils in processed foods) are also measured." (Metametrix Laboratory)
Comprehensive Metabolic Profile -"Provides a view into the body's cellular metabolic processes and the efficiency of metabolic function. Identifies metabolic blocks or problems with detoxification, gut dysbiosis, or oxidative stress." (Designs for Health/Metametrix Laboratory)
Energy Essential Profile - Measures the body's cellular energy. This profile measures compounds that relate most directly to how efficiently your cellular engines (called “mitochondria”) produce energy. All body processes depend on this key activity. Inadequate energy production at the cellular level can affect any aspect of your body’s function and can have dramatic impact on a wide range of health
conditions. (Designs for Health/Metametrix Laboratory)
Dysbiosis Profile - "An organic acid test measuring the by-products of microbial metabolism, and is particularly useful in detecting the presence of pathogenic microbial overgrowth." (Metametrix Laboratory)
Visual Contrast Sensitivity Testing - One of the most accurate tools used to detect neurotoxic illnesses such as Lyme Disease and heavy metal poisoning.
Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy - Measures Vitamin D levels within the body. Many symptoms can be linked to Vitamin D deficiencies, as well as hormone related problems and 17 different types of cancers.
Detoxification (clearing the body of toxic substances) is critical for proper cell function. Once we have determined the cause of your symptoms, a specific protocol for avoidance, removal, and prevention of toxicity re-absorbance will be administered. We will also ensure all mineral and nutrient deficiencies are addressed; your cells will be properly nourished through a specific cellular healing diet and nutritional supplementation, if necessary. For more information about common
toxicities and chemical exposure, please visit the Environmental Working Group.