Nutrition is the process of obtaining and consuming food and breaking it down to use for energy by the body. Why is it important to have good nutrition using diet and nutritional supplements? By practicing a healthy diet, many health issues can be avoided.

A poor diet may have an injurious impact on the body, causing health-threatening conditions like obesity, metabolic syndrome, hormone imbalances and common chronic systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Diane counsels her patients using Functional Medicine, detoxification and prescribes dietary supplements to treat her patient’s conditions.

What is Functional Medicine?

Do you suffer from symptoms that cannot be diagnosed by your healthcare provider? The Functional Medicine approach may be able to help you. In Functional Medicine, disorder or imbalance is identified before it manifests as full blown disease. Most people have symptoms for years before a diagnosable problem arises. Standard lab tests do not detect disease in the early stages. In conventional healthcare, symptoms are improperly treated and people remain ill. Common symptoms may include fatigue, joint pain, clouded thinking, depression, sleep issues, digestive problems or general malaise. The standard western approach is to prescribe medication to treat such symptoms and ignore the root cause. Functional medicine considers these symptoms as significant signs of imbalance and works to find the foot cause.

  • How does functional medicine diagnose and treat?

    Functional Medicine uses laboratory tests of blood, saliva, urine and stool but test result ranges are broader. For example, early stage hypothyroidism and associated symptoms can be treated nutritionally by looking at functional lab ranges long before acute hypothyroidism is diagnosed. The Functional approach uses diet and lifestyle changes to treat the patient. The Conventional approach uses synthetic agents and hormones.

  • What kinds of conditions can be treated with functional medicine?

    Functional Medicine is used to treat a wide range of conditions such as Blood sugar disorders (insulin resistance, hypoglycemia, diabetes), Thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism, autoimmune thyroid disease), Female and male hormone imbalances (menopause, menstural cycle disorders, infertility, andropause), Gastrointestinal disorders (chronic constipation or diarrhea, gas and bloating, acid reflux disease), Autoimmune diseases (Hashimotos, Graves Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Crones Disease), and Blood disorders (iron deficiency anemia, B-12 anemia, iron overload disorders ).

  • How long will it take?

    Healing with Functional Medicine may take time to see results. Depending upon the severity and progression of the disease, it can take up to one year. It is important to be compliant and patient, but the results will be rewarding. In addition to feeling better, follow-up labs will confirm success.

  • Why take nutritional supplements?

    Even the most carefully thought out diet may be deficient in key nutrients. Not all supplements are created equal. In fact many supplements may not be absorbed at all. Diane’s training as a nutritionist means she has selected only the highest quality, most absorbable supplements available on the market.

  • What kind of supplements will I need to take?

    Diane may prescribe various botanicals, vitamins and minerals for treatment. In addition, antioxidants may be beneficial. Antioxidants are depleted from our bodies by toxins, stress and pollution. Inflammatory conditions and diseases deplete them as well. They are essential to good health and without them we become ill.

Diane understands the importance of proper nutrition and can customize a nutritional program based on your particular condition.

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Detoxification

Detoxification is a widely used treatment in alternative medicine. Illness is caused by the accumulation of toxic substances (toxins) in the body due to poor diet and environmental chemicals. Eliminating existing toxins and avoiding new ones are essential to healing.

Detoxification is helpful for those patients suffering from any chronic disease or condition. These including allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic infections, depression, diabetes, headaches, heart disease, high cholesterol, low blood sugar levels, digestive disorders and obesity. Detoxification is also useful for those suffering from immune system diseases that conventional medicine is unable to diagnose or treat. Chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, fibromyaligia, hashimotos and chemical sensitivity disorders, such as mercury toxicity, are examples. Symptoms for those suffering from these conditions include fatigue, chronic allergies, hypersensitivity to common materials and foods, indigestion (diarrhea, constipation and heartburn), chronic pain, low grade fevers, headaches, insomnia, depression, chronic sore throats and lowered resistance to infection. Detoxification can be used as a beneficial, preventative measure and as a tool to increase overall health, vitality, and resistance to disease.

  • Types of Toxins

    There are two types of toxins: Exogenous Toxins are environmental and outside of the body. Pesticides, smog, fertilizers, electromagnetic fields, MSG, synthetic sweeteners and plastics are examples. They lodge in the body’s cells and tissues and are often not easily eliminated.

    Endogenous Toxins are byproducts of normal metabolic processes. Lactic acid, carbon dioxide, ammonia and urea are examples. In other words they come from the food and liquids you consume. Usually a healthy body is well equipped to eliminate these endogenous toxins from your system. However with compromised health efficient elimination becomes more difficult.

    An often overlooked source of endogenous toxins is an unhealthy digestive system. Over time, a diet that’s rich in highly refined foods, poor eating habits, and emotional stress can lead to an unhealthy balance of microorganisms in your gastrointestinal tract, a state that’s called intestinal dysbiosis. This process produces undesirable yeasts, fungi, bacteria, and parasites. Gaseous by-products include aldehydes, alcohols, indols, phenols and skatols. .Some of these endogenous toxins are eliminated while others make their way into the bloodstream and are stored in the cells.

  • History of Detoxification

    Detoxification methods of healing have been used for thousands of years. Fasting is one of the oldest therapeutic practices in medicine. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek known as the “Father of Western medicine,” recommended fasting as a means for improving health. Ayurvedic medicine, 3,000-5,000 years old has developed utilizes detoxification methods to treat many chronic conditions and to prevent illness.

  • Discussion

    Detoxification treatment has become one of the cornerstones of alternative medicine. It has also become important as people have become more aware of their diets and environmental pollution. Toxins have become unavoidable. Pesticides that are used only on crops in the southern United States have been found in tissues of animals in the north of Canada. DDT, a cancer-causing insecticide that has been banned for decades, is still regularly found in the fatty tissue of animals, birds, and fish, throughout the world, even at the North Pole. The difficulty with toxins in the environment is compounded because humans are at the top of the food chain. We are exposed to an accumulation of toxic substances in the food supply. Non organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are heavily sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. These chemicals are stored at the cellular level of humans and animals and impossible to eliminate without the aid of detoxification.

    Pesticides and herbicides are used on animal feed, consumed by the animals and stored in their fatty tissue. In addition, animals are often injected with synthetic hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals. When humans eat meat products, they are consuming all chemicals and additives given to the animals. Detoxification specialists call this repeated exposure bioaccumulation. It is responsible for many physical and mental disorders, especially those that are increasing dramatically. These include autoimmune disorders, neurological diseases and cancer. As a result, detoxification therapies are even more important.

Diane has special interest in this topic and will be very happy to customize a detoxification program for you that includes dietary modifications and herbal supplements.

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