What is FDN?
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) follows the principles of Functional Medicine, which seeks to achieve “root cause resolution.” This means that we evaluate the core systems of your body to look for imbalances or hidden causes that might be contributing to your symptoms. We see these imbalances as “healing opportunities” that help point you in the direction of better health. By evaluating core body systems instead of relying on and addressing symptoms alone, we are more likely to resolve the issue(s) for good. Symptoms don’t appear out of nowhere. They are signs from your body that something is wrong. If you correct the underlying factors, symptoms can naturally fall away on their own without the need for lifelong management. By balancing your body, you help build a strong foundation upon which you can thrive.
Sounds great, but how does it work?
FDN takes a comprehensive and non-specific approach that guides you in building your health from the ground up. "Non-specific" means that we do not address specific symptoms in isolation. The body as a whole needs attention for the best results. It is important to remember that as an FDN practitioner, I do not diagnose or treat specific diseases. FDN has 6 core elements:
1. Thorough intake process
You will be asked to fill out several intake forms prior to our work together. This is an important step in learning about your health story. Some of the forms will be revisited periodically to measure your progress.
2. Functional lab work
FDN follows the motto, “Don’t guess. Test.” Functional lab work helps take the guesswork out by pinpointing your personal healing opportunities. Lab results are always correlated with your personal presentation as we are ultimately concerned with helping you feel better, not just improving the numbers on the paper.
3. Personalized protocol
Suggestions will be put together based on the unique findings from your intakes, lab results, and verbal communication. The areas addressed in your protocol will be Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress reduction, and Supplementation, otherwise referred to as the D.R.E.S.S® for Health Success Program, or D.R.E.S.S® for short. It is important to note that while supplementation is an integral part of the program, it is only one pillar of a five pillar plan. All five pillars need to be addressed for optimal results.
“We don’t medicate, we educate." I want to make sure you understand why the different aspects of your personal protocol were recommended. We will use charts and images as necessary to help you understand how the body functions and what it means for you personally. The most important question in Functional Medicine is “why?” And you should know “why” too. It is your body, health, and life after all.
I am invested in your health and want to see you reach your goals. You will have access to email support from me and follow-ups/check-ins as needed (see package options). I will offer my best support during our work together. In addition, I encourage you to find support from family, friends, and other health practitioners as needed.
Commitment in the FDN context is a two way street. I commit to you by providing the education, assessment tools, and support. By opting into the FDN model, you are committing to self-care and the work involved to get well. We all want quick fixes, but in reality, health doesn’t work that way. A heartfelt commitment to yourself and the healing process is the bedrock of your success. I’m here to help you get there, but you need to do the work.
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