If you’re tired of sifting through the thousands of health practitioners out there in an effort to find someone who actually stays abreast in the current research and has lots of clinical experience, you need to read this.
If you’re reading this right now, I already know something about you. Youre ready to figure out the underlying cause of your health struggles and what you need to do to overcome it without drugs and surgery. You’re ready to feel good again consistently, every day.
But you’re getting really frustrated in your search for someone who can actually help you. You’re looking for someone who can hear your whole story, order the right lab tests, interpret those lab tests correctly, and collect the missing pieces of the puzzle. Finding the right practitioner can be exhausting in itself.
You’re tired of having to cancel your weekend plans or call in sick for work because you have to be near a toilet all day or don’t even feel like getting out of bed because of fatigue or a terrible migraine.
Trust me. I have been there. Nobody could figure out why I had migraine headaches, anemia, and muscle wasting, and I spent over $100,000 trying to find the answers. But eventually I did discover the root cause and got my health back. And I have since gone on to help others so the same.
The first step in finding the right practitioner for you is to know what the common mistakes are when trying to heal.
Here Are Four Health Mistakes That Don’t Work (And How To Avoid Them)!
You’ve probably seen practitioners doing this before.
- Trying to heal yourself through a special diet only. You can end up driving yourself crazy, being afraid to eat anything at all, or just chasing down the wrong rabbit hole. Whether it’s the SCD diet, the autoimmune paleo diet, the Wahl’s Protocol, the GAPS diet, the raw vegan diet, the macrobiotic diet, or total elimination of every food indicated on an ALCAT test, there is no “perfect” diet that is going to solve the entire puzzle. Of course food is medicine, but diet is not the end all be all when it comes to healing. Be wary of practitioners who are only focused on what you’re eating.
- Trying to heal through taking lots of supplements. Supplements are to be used in coordination with the right dietary protocol for you. They can help heal your gut lining and they can supply you with extra nutrients required for total healing. Nutrient deficiencies are common, especially if you suffer from malabsorption, celiac, diarrhea, or are under a lot of stress. However, steer clear of practitioners who try to sell you truckloads of supplements.
- Expecting a far-out alternative treatment to “cure” you. Things that fall into this category include: juice fasts, colonics, coffee enemas, liver cleanses, gallbladder cleanses, and similar. These can often do more harm than good. Even worse, practitioners who rely on these strategies may tell you that any side effects from these “miracle cures” are the result of “detoxing.” It’s just not so.
- Treatment by chasing symptoms. I see this all the time in my practice. This often results from reading too much on the internet when you’re brain fogged and desperate. Your symptoms sound a lot like candida, so you decide to do a 30-day candida cleanse with a month’s of anti-candida pills. Then you read something on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and start wondering if it may be that instead. It’s definitely good to listen to your body and know when something’s off, but you shouldn’t diagnose yourself without actually conducting the proper testing. (And a 20-question symptom quiz on the internet is not the equivalent of an actual lab test of either blood, saliva, urine, or stool.) If you aren’t testing, you’re just guessing. I’ve seen medical doctors and holistic practitioners both make the symptom-chasing mistake. The medical doctor will prescribe anti-depressants without actually testing your neurotransmitters, and the holistic practitioner will recommend milk thistle without knowing anything about the health of your liver. Even worse than that, I’ve seen people spend hundreds — sometimes thousands of dollars — on bogus lab testing with completely inaccurate results.
Three Signs A Practitioner Has What It Takes To Help You
When you’re trying to heal your body from a chronic conditions, there are usually several body systems that are out of balance.
How do you find a practitioner who is knowledgeable about your conditions and who truly wants to see you get well?
What questions must you ask when seeking a functional medicine practitioner?
There are three signs that a functional medicine practitioner is right for you. These signs are:
- They understand that all the body systems are related, and they know how to order the right Functional Medicine lab tests for each system that is likely to be out of balance.
For instance, if you have hypothyroid symptoms, a skilled practitioner will not just run a TSH test. She will order a full thyroid hormone panel, as well as a test for autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. She may also test for rogue infections, gut hyperpermeability (leaky gut), environmental toxicity, parasites, and nutritional deficiency.
Some tests can be done in the privacy of your own home, while others can be done at a local walk-in lab center such as Labcorp. Instead of ordering every lab test in the book, a skilled practitioner will know the top 2 or 3 tests that need to be done until there are some initial findings. A good Functional Medicine Practitioner should have knowledge and experience with a variety of lab tests from a few different diagnostic companies.
- They understand that patients with complex cases require treatment strategies that address more than one system of the body.
For instance, in the case of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (the most common cause of hypothyroidism), a skilled practitioner will understand that the treatment strategy shouldn’t just focus on the thyroid gland alone. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis typically occurs as a result of a complex interplay between genetics, intestinal hyperpermeability (leaky gut), chronic stress, environmental toxicity, and a “tipping point” such as infection with Epstein Barr, Lyme Disease, or parasites. Depending on your test results, your treatment strategy may include therapies for killing infections, repairing your gut, supporting your adrenal glands, eliminating stored toxins, and providing extra nutritional support for your thyroid. A good practitioner will realize that your diet is important, but it will take more than “food hacks” to ensure a complete healing process. If you have an infection or adrenal burnout, no amount of “gut healing” protocols or special autoimmune diet protocols will restore your health.
A skilled Functional Medicine Practitioner is a health detective who works to find the root cause of your health condition, and then carefully crafts a multidisciplinary treatment protocol to address all systems that are out of balance.
- They know what it’s like to struggle with an illness that may be overlooked or poorly addressed by the medical establishment.
Someone who has dealt with a chronic illness and has implemented dietary, supplemental, and lifestyle strategies to successfully heal herself is more likely to understand what’s you’re going through emotionally as well as physically. She is keen to the fact that anyone with the will to heal can get better.
The right Functional Medicine Practitioner for you understands the right tests to order to find the root cause of your health condition and can skillfully craft an individualized therapeutic protocol to reverse the condition. Oftentimes there are several things that are hindering your ability to get well, and all of these things must be addressed.
Please be cautioned against charge you thousands of dollars during one appointment, or who promise that some longshot alternative strategy such as a liver flush, ozone machine, juice fast, etc. will bring about a “cure.” Don’t rely on a practitioner’s alleged credentials alone. Find someone who is down-to-earth and has the ability to listen to you!
Get Help From a Skilled Functional Medicine Practitioner Now
Someone who has been trained in Functional Medicine and who has years of clinical experience using it in combination with other modalities such as acupuncture, herbs, and facial diagnosis are still extremely rare and difficult to find. During my eight years of clinical practice, I advertised publicly for about one month. Since then, my practice has been primarily word-of-mouth. When I began to discover how many people are looking for a skilled functional medicine practitioner like me, I felt like I was doing them a disservice by not making myself more publicly known. It’s the reason for this website and services that I’m offering to you, regardless of your geographic location. If you are ready to heal, then I am ready to help you.
I understand the human body as a complex macrosystem consisting of interrelated microsystems. Optimal health is impossible when one or more microsystems are thrown off balance. My own health struggles and intrigue with the human body is what motivated me to obtain my degree in Chinese Medicine and then go on to learn Functional Medicine. Both of these together have helped me overcome my own health conditions and also help many others do the same. Will you be the next person to succeed with the protocols that have helped so many individuals like you?
I would love to work 1-on-1 with you!
If you want to get help with…
- Getting the appropriate lab tests done from reputable companies
- Working with someone who understands your struggle
- Figuring out what the root cause of your illness actually is
- Overcoming environmental toxicity, leaky gut, infections, fatigue, etc.
- Seeing your body as more than just the combination of its parts and symptoms
- Customizing your diet for recovery and optimal health
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical doctor. I’m a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine who is Board Certified and Licensed. I do not diagnose or treat any disease or illness. A consultation with me and any information on this website is for educational purposes only.