FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE AND METABOLIC THERAPY

I use a combination of Nutri-Spec testing, Functional Medicine, and over 30 years of clinical experience to determine precise nutritional supplementation.

 

I began using nutrition with my patients in 1985. I was in chiropractic college and at that time there was no such thing as functional medicine, and actually very little diagnostic methods for determining precise nutritional supplementation. The use of labs to diagnose nutritional needs was not really being discussed among health care providers. That advanced level of nutritional work had not yet arrived. Also, serum lab testing was not as easily accessible as it is today, and was much more expensive.

 

Our primary diagnostic methods were analysis of symptomatic patterns, use of health questionnaires, interpreting reflex points, and of course trial and error. We were all looking for the magic bullet, very similar to what the medical industry still does. Finding a pill, lotion, or potion specific to a symptom and hoping it magically goes away. Does this sound familiar? Vitamin C is good for a cold, St John’s wort is good for depression, calcium is good for osteoporosis...there are thousands. You could call it the “Good For” era of nutrition. Sadly, most nutritionists, fueled by limited clinical skills, still operate with this mind set.

In 1991, a nutritionist named Jeffery Bland, founded the Institute of Functional Medicine. So he is credited for inventing Functional Medicine, (FM). My exposure to FM started around 2000 in a weekend seminar. Since then, I have continued to study with as many of the FM gurus as my resources will allow. It is an evolving application of health science as health science evolves.

 

Due to surging popularity of FM, you can find many internet sites that go into great detail explaining it. So I will not discuss it further other than to say I am a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. I whole heartily embrace FM concepts and continually pursue it’s ongoing emerging applications to provide the best use of nutritional supplementation possible.

 

I will however go into some detail regarding Metabolic Therapy and Nutri-Spec, a scientific testing system that is much less practiced and whose name recognition is much less known. Maybe that is because it is much harder to apply and utilize, but worth the extra effort. It requires a strong knowledge of biochemistry and metabolic pathways. Much of the diagnostic information is acquired from testing of vital signs, neuro-endocrine reflexes, and urine and saliva chemistries.

 

With the use of these clinical findings, patterns of metabolic stress are identified. These metabolic patterns define a specific imbalance that can then be addressed with clinical nutrition. Only a few of these markers can be seen on lab tests. For example, a person could have high blood pressure, and all of their lab work could look perfect. By the way, heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. 

 

The development of this testing model is a culmination of a number of brilliant doctors and researchers. Here is a list if you want to dive deeper into their work:
 

  • Dr. Thomas Riddick, engineer and industrial chemist

  • Dr. George Watson, Ph.D in biochemistry

  • Dr. Emanuel Revici, medical doctor

  • Dr. Francis Pottenger, medical doctor

 

Dr. Guy Schenker, a chiropractor is the doctor who engineered a testing system called Nutri-Spec that is based on their scientific contribution, combined with his ongoing innovations since 1989. In 1995 I started studying and applying the Nutri-Spec metabolic testing system, and gratefully much of the guess work stopped.

Nutri-Spec Metabolic Evaluation

 

 

 

The Nutri-Spec Metabolic Evaluation includes a comprehensive set of 46 different chemical and clinical tests which include vital signs, neuro-endocrine reflexes, and urine and saliva chemistries, to determine how your body’s metabolism is out of balance.  From this information we can tell what foods and what supplements will bring you into nutritional balance, as well as what foods and what supplements will tend to harm you. There are five fundamental metabolic control systems that are responsible for keeping your metabolism in balance. The five metabolic control systems are as follows:

 

1)  Water/Electrolyte Balance: Our body fluids are in an aqueous electronegative colloidal suspension. In other words, in normal body fluids, the particles in suspension should remain separate and not clump together. This property is essential so the body can effectively transport nutrients, waste products, enzymes, hormones, antibodies, etc. The following are a partial list of conditions that could result from this metabolic imbalance:

Increased colloidal suspension:

High blood pressure

Hardening of the arteries

Heart attack

Stroke

Poor circulation

Decreased colloidal suspension:

Chronic fatigue

Low blood pressure

Depression or anxiety

Low libido

Poor circulation

2)  Anaerobic/Dysaerobic Balance: This is an imbalance in oxygen and lipid metabolism. It has to do with the metabolic use of different types of fats to produce energy with oxygen and to control cell membrane permeability. Anaerobic imbalance has fermentation as an end product of oxygen energy metabolism. Dysaerobic imbalance has free radical production as it's end result of oxygen metabolism. A partial list of common conditions often associated with these patterns are:

Anaerobic (fermentation):

Lack of energy

high blood pressure

Allergies

Arthritis

Osteoporosis

Depression

Constipation

Dysaerobic (free radicals):

Lack of energy

Intestinal problems

Allergies

Auto immune disease

Migraines

Depression or anxiety

Insomnia

3)  Glucogenic/Ketogenic Balance: This system represents how well your metabolism produces energy from fats verses carbohydrates. When this control system is in balance you can selectively utilize the most appropriate energy production pathway to maximize ATP output. A partial list of common conditions associated with this imbalance are:

Glucogenic (fast oxidizer):

Physical/ mental fatigue

High/low blood sugar

Over/under weight

Gall bladder trouble

Depression or anxiety

High cholesterol

Ketogenic (slow oxidizer):

Physical/mental fatigue

High/low blood sugar

Over/under weight

Gall Bladder trouble

Depression or anxiety

Cardiovascular disease

4)  Sympathetic/Parasympathetic balance: The control system represents the dualistic nature of the autonomic nervous system activity. Depending on the activity being placed upon your body, your nervous is switching between “fight or flight” and “rest and relaxation” to accommodate with the proper function for the best response. The following symptoms and conditions that can result when this system is not switching appropriately:

Sympathetic imbalance (F&F):

Poor digestion

Ulcers

Low energy

Poor circulation

Nervous tension/insomnia

High blood pressure

Heart/kidneys problems

Hypoglycemia or diabetes

Low immunity

Food allergies

Parasympathetic imbalance: (R&R):

Indigestion/bowel problems

Ulcers

Low energy

Poor circulation

Nervous tension/depression

Weak heart

Allergies

Hypoglycemia or diabetes

Asthma

Arthritis

5)  Acid/Alkaline balance: The control system represent the dualistic model of two opposite abnormalities of pH. Failure to maintain normal pH is most often a result of the previous four metabolic control systems being out of balance. Conditions and symptoms often seen with this imbalance are:

Acid imbalance:

Poor digestion and assimilation

Arthritis

Rapid heart beat

Shortness of breath

Poor mineral retention

Fatigue

Allergies

Low function of :

Kidneys, lungs and adrenals

Alkaline imbalance:

Poor digestion and assimilation

Arthritis

Fluid retention

Muscle cramps

Asthma

Fatigue

Allergies

Low function of:

Kidneys, lungs and adrenals

As you can see, these five metabolic control systems are the engines that regulate and control:

  • How efficiently your body and mind work.

  • Your energy production.

  • The function of your heart and circulation.

  • The function of your brain and nervous system.

  • Efficiency of digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

  • The chemical balance in your blood and in your cells.

  • Help regulate your hormone balance.

  • Help you efficiently eliminate the toxic waste products of metabolism.

  • Minimize the degenerative changes associated with the aging process.

The key to how we approach metabolic health is by abiding by the concept of biological individuality. What we are saying is, even though our system is based on complex scientific principles of biochemistry, different people have different nutrient requirements for their body to produce energy and all its other functions efficiently. What makes this system so unique is that it is a “patient specific” rather than a “disease specific” approach to clinical nutrition.

               

Our goal is restore balance to your metabolic control systems, thus increasing you over all capacity to adapt to mental, emotional, physical and chemical stress. Accomplishing this will result in:

  • Better resistance to disease.

  • Renewed strength, such that functional and pathological symptoms can be overcome faster.

  • More complete tissue repair and regeneration.

  • More effective handling of stress.

  • A high level of vitality.

  • A slowing of the aging process.

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