“Where can I start?”

I get asked this question all of the time.  Patients typically get blasted with info and medications at once in the doctor’s office.  Doctors typically don’t have time in the insurance reimbursement system to troubleshoot and answer every topic that may come to mind. Regardless, for many patients it is truly information overload.  Add that to the fact that we, as humans, have an incredible tendency to overcomplicate even the simplest of tasks.

Gone are the days of giving general diet and exercise advice.  “Just eat better and exercise…” does not work!  It never has, and it never will!  Think about how general that phrase is.  If no two physiologies are the same, how can that apply to all human beings?  The answer is, it can’t!  No wonder most people fail.  We need a starting point, a platform, from which to start.  Ideally, we will use a set of OBJECTIVE measures that we can utilize to help nudge the approach in one way or another.


Labs are some of the best objective measures I have found and they are incredibly easy to followup on.  You can think you are healthy all day long, but the blood will tell the truth…always.. We, in general, lie to ourselves everyday. We convince ourselves that we are in good shape, eat pretty healthy, and take good care of ourselves.  “Well my doctor told me that I am all good on my labs, so I have nothing to worry about right?” WRONG!  Unless your labs are being reviewed from a functional perspective (see below), there is a chance you could be a ticking time bomb!!  In most cases, your doctor is simply telling you that you do not yet have a diagnosable illness or pathology that needs to be managed with medication.  Chronic conditions ALWAYS have a cause, and most are in fact PREVENTABLE!

You do not just wake up one morning and have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and a spare tire.

If you want to optimize your experience in this lifetime it’ll probably be in your best interest to stop lying to yourself and start using objective measures to reach your goals. It takes a bit of courage to do this, but at least you will have an idea of how healthy you really are or aren’t.  The next step is figuring out what exactly to do about it.  This is where functional lab analysis comes into play.  Utilizing principles of functional medicine, practitioners are able to find patterns and levels that can indicate probability, or lack there of, of future metabolic dysfunction and create a course of care to address the underlying issues.


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