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What is Functional Medicine?

What is Functional Medicine anyway?? Alternative? Holistic? Collaborative? Complementary? It can be considered all of those things, but, at the core of Functional Medicine is how your body functions.

Think about your car for a minute. When gas doesn’t get to the engine, your car doesn’t function the way you think it should.  Then, you step on the accelerator and maybe it goes a little, or not at all.  Or, maybe the engine doesn’t even start! So, there are a few things that could be causing the dysfunction of the gas getting to the engine, right? Are you with me? It could be the hoses that bring the gas to the engine, maybe there is leak, or maybe it is plugged up with residue. Could it be the fuel filter, it's so dirty, gas cannot pass through any more. Or maybe, the gas tank is completely empty! For this example, lets say the hoses are plugged.

Root Cause Found

Functional Medicine(FM) looks at your body to see where the dysfunction is actually located - known as the Root Cause.  The root cause of the car problem is one of two things, the filter is so plugged it released gunk and plugged up the hose, or the hoses are just so old, the residue built up causing the plug.  Liken that to your intestines or liver getting gummed up and not working properly. When things aren't working properly, you manifest any number of symptoms. And what if the tank was empty too.  Then, that would be like you not getting the nutrients you need to keep your body running smooth.

 

The Future of Medicine, Now...

Functional Medicine the future of conventional medicine–available now. As a physician, I want to seek to identify and address the root causes of disease. Not put a bandaid on the symptom.  So, symptoms start when your body is starting to dysfunction.  In the car example where the filter or hose became plugged, the symptom you may have experienced as the driver is the car had less “zip” or “get up and go” when pressing on the accelerator.  If we just press the accelerator down more, trying to compensate for the symptom, poor acceleration, this may help for some time, but in the long run, the hose and the filter will continue to clog up. All we did was address the symptom. This is like taking a medication to take away any symptom and the underlying problem remains.

Traditional doctors are realizing that medications do not solve the problems.  Since, lifestyle is responsible for 70-90% of the chronic diseases that kill people in America - heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and autoimmune disorders - then, lifestyle MUST be the ultimate answer.

The body is an integrated group of systems, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties.  Using FM I will discover the underlying causes of disease, then we will create a sensible plan for your whole body to heal.

Clients as Partners in Healing

We will have a therapeutic partnership.  Is this a radical shift from the traditional doctor-patient relationship where the doctor holds all the power? Yes, and that's why I like to think of it as a Coach:Client relationship. However, it is a revolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, we can address the whole person, not just your isolated set of symptoms.

As an FM practitioner, I spend time with YOU! I want to hear your story! Everyone has one, and it is therapeutic to tell it and integrate your current health concerns with your history. Because of the specialized training I have, I can look at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine will support your unique expression of health and vitality.

So, why do we need Functional Medicine anyway?

  • Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. Who do you know?

Why doesn’t traditional medicine know this stuff?

  • The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration, like an accident or infection - like the pneumonia - and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. As a result, physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
  • Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society. It is a known fact that 70-90% of disease is lifestyle driven - what we eat, drink, how we move sleep think and feel.

Traditionally Trained Physicians Are Not Trained for The Treatment of Chronic Illnesses

  • There’s a huge gap between research and the way traditional doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
  • The traditional MD has 7 hours of nutrition training in medical school!! I had more than that my first month of chiropractic school!
  • Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients. Literally, only 25% of physicians have had any significant coursework in nutrition! I know it’s crazy, right!?! They just don’t know anything except drugs and surgery - scripts and scalpels...

How is Functional Medicine Different?

We dig in to what is going on... functional medicine involves seeks the Root Cause

  • Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:
  1. Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. This is about vitality! Feeling amazing everyday! By listening to the patient and learning your story, FM coaching can bring you into the discovery process and tailor treatments that address your unique needs.
  2. FM is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach. We look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in your history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to your illness. Your unique genetic makeup is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect your body’s ability to function efficiently.
  3. I integrate best medical practices. Functional medicine does integrate some traditional Western medical practices with what you may consider “alternative” or “integrative” medicine. The focus will ultimately be on not only prevention, but treatment through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques. We will find what combination suits YOU!
 

Speaking | Webinars | Workshops

Author | Speaker | Coach | Functional Medicine Authority

Dr Sargent speaking at a recent event...

https://youtu.be/VGJ-pukES8g

In 2018 I published my first book, Simply Functional Medicine. I wanted you to have a "How To" manual for your body, so you would know the basics of "how to" take care of your one  and only vessel that houses your soul.

I am sooo passionate about women taking control of their health and then, taking control of their life and reaching their goals and dreams.

My story: I was sparked by looking for real solutions to my own health issues and I love to share my experiences with you and my audiences to keep things exciting. Like you,  I struggled with my weight and blood sugar related fatigue at 19 years old, PMS issues in my 20’s, digestive and gallbladder issues in my 30’s, postpartum depression, weight issues and hormonal hell after having my kids at 40, and post-menopausal weight challenges at 50. Therefore, I knows what it means to FEEL LIKE CRAP!

Audience member say:

"She is funny and engaging."

"She brings an upfront and frank spirit to the audience."

"Dr Kris is animated and funny."

Workshops and Seminars

Providing workshops and seminars is one of my favorite things to do.  Whether in person or webinar formats to providing education about healthy living will get people back on the right track. Then, you will learn how to have more energy, have healthier habits effortlessly, live a more productive and vital life.   Also, I use relevant examples and understand how to make complicated concepts seem simple. No boring classes!

My workshops are interactive and engaging. No sitting around like some boring college class.  Real world information that can be

Sample Topics:

Slow Down to Power UP

Let slowing down become your super power to endless energy and SPARK your life!

Cut The CRAP and Take Your Health Back

Learn to have more energy and start cleaning up your Health CRAP
C: Clean it Up – Clean Up What You Eat, Drink, Move, Sleep, Think and Feel
R: Recognize the Root & Restore Function – Gut, Immune System, Liver, Adrenals, Hormones
A: Action – You Are In Control of Your Health Choices
P: Personalize Your Plan – Get Expert Advice from Dr Kris Sargent

You’re Not Crazy, You Do Know More Than Your Doctor!

  • Learn what to do when your Doctor says “nothing is wrong” and you still feel like CRAP
  • Navigating the PCP/Specialist Merry-Go-Round
  • Start Your Own Healing Journey
  • 5 Key Ingredients to Having Exceptional Energy

Food: Friend or Foe

  • Food Speaks: “Inflame” or “Unflame”
  • Why potato chips aren’t the worst thing in your lunch
  • 5 Favorite Grab and Go Snacks
  • C.R.A.P!

Digestive CRAP

  • Irritable Bowel is not a life sentence
  • What is Leaky Gut
  • Why is Gluten so evil?
  • What about Dairy, Vitamin D and ‘Dem Bones

Hashimoto’s, Graves and Thyroid 

  • What is a thyroid? Who is Hashimoto?
  • What does the Thyroid do anyway?
  • Solutions for weight loss
  • Cut the C.R.A.P! Take Your Health Back

Auto-Immune 

  • What is it? How do I know if I have it?
  • Leaky Gut and Auto-Immune issues
  • Root Cause is Key
  • Cut the C.R.A.P! Take Your Health Back

Weight Loss 

  • Tried everything and still can’t lose
  • Top 5 Weight Gainers
  • Top 5 Weight Losers
  • Cut the C.R.A.P! Take Your Health Back

Why do I need a COACH?

Health & Life Coaching

It is said that where ever you go, there you are. So, when a client asked me if I was going to coach her on weight loss or about her life, I asked what do the two have in common? 

Yes, Y.O.U. are at the center of whatever is going on in your life. If you're not productive enough, not accomplishing the goals you want - that is all on Y.O.U. 

Why do you need a coach?

You know how when you were in High School and you knew your best friend needed to break up with "that guy"? But, she insisted he was perfect, you knew better and of course.  He was her "blind spot".

As your coach, I will point out those blind spots and limiting beliefs that are keeping you stuck.  

What is Coaching?

Physician Coach

Okay, this is where I get to brag a little about myself and how I can help you.  In the end, this is still really about you and your health goals. Your goals will drive our conversations.

I am uniquely qualified as a physician and certified health and life coach.  My 30, 60 and 90 day programs will get you started down a new road to health. Weekly coaching sessions over the course of up to a year or more may be necessary to get full healing AND mindset shift.

A big chuck of what I do is help you understand the root causes of your health issues and that healing takes time! Then, I guide you to health by creating and implementing a plan to assure the GOOD CRAP stays and the BAD CRAP is pushed aside for optimal health and wellness. You deserve to healthy, vital and full of energy to take on whatever you want to do in your life!  Life is too short to spend it FEELING LIKE CRAP!

What is Health Coaching?

Tell me this...If you don't change anything what does your health look like next year? 

  • What about 5 years from now?
  • In 10 years?
  • Do you like that picture?
  • What can you change today that would improve that picture?

As your physician, I understand what is necessary for your body to heal.  As your coach, I understand the complexity of implementing a lifestyle change in a busy life. Implementation is easy - it’s the long term integration, I like to call TRANSFORMATION, that is really important for lasting results.  As a single mother, business owner and busy entrepreneur, I understand the importance of self care for the strength and resilience necessary to positively move through challenges of life. You can also feel amazing, be resilient, have tons of energy, get great sleep and attain any other health goal you desire.

How?

To heal, lifestyle modifications - eat, drink, move , sleep, think and feel -  and dietary supplementation are essential to actually allowing the body to heal.  Together, those factors work to create optimal function. With 27 years in practice and my extensive knowledge of the use of food as medicine, I will walk you through the changes necessary to Clean it UP – Eat, Dink Move Step Think and Feel. I am skilled in using nutritional supplements safely and effectively to enhance the healing process for you. I can coordinate your care with your other medical providers to develop a comprehensive plan that is most effective. My patient-centered, personalized approach helps to identify the various barriers which you may encounter when making these sweeping changes.

Coaching to Transformation, Not Temporary Change

The coaching side comes during the follow up consultations to help you note only implement but integrate.  There is a difference.  You can implement a new plan for 2-3 weeks but then the honeymoon is over. Integration and true transformation goes a little deeper.  We have to dig in and get to the core of incorporating the mind-body connection to our food and lifestyle choices. Changing your habits from unconscious to conscious will make this sustainable. 

Habits and mindset are at the core of achieving your personal goals You know that feeling like CRAP didn’t happen overnight.  When you get really honest with yourself, you also know that some of your habits are perpetuating your current health status.

Coach moment:

  • Do you feel stuck in your current health issues? 
  • What do you think needs to shift?
  • On a scale of 1-10, 10 being ALL IN, how ready are YOU to learn about what it will take to get healthy?

Coaching isn’t about me just barking out commands and you doing them out of fear – although I can take that approach – JOKE! Coaching is about creating a team, you and I, and discovering what will work for YOU!  Coaching is all about discovering YOU and YOUR best self to get to a healthier YOU!

Peer support is another layer of support. I believe that creating a community of like-minded people is a unique opportunity to meet others who are going through some of the same struggles.  Some have been at it a long time and are well on their way, they will help you as a newcomer with some of their own strategies. Using social media I am creating that community.

The group is more powerful than an individual. This community approach is highly effective in creating behavioral change as the peer support is encouraging and motivational. There are many studies proving the effectiveness of coaching a group setting with significant outcomes in many areas such as lowering hemoglobin A1C for diabetes, weight loss with significant decreases in BMI (body mass index) and smoking cessation to name a few. Accountability, keeping track of the habits you are trying to change and feeling like you are not alone on the journey are well documented to create greater success.

Welcome to Simply Functional Medicine...a different way to approach your health!

Coaching Programs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYvGD2YJ3o0

 

I have several coaching programs to meet your needs.  The best place to start is to set up your Free 15-minute Discovery Call. Let's see if we're a good fit, by understanding what it is you want to change, what you have done in the past and what you're willing to do in the future. This is a no BS call to see if we can work together.  I want the best for you, so it would make sense if we communicate well, and our personalities mesh well. 

Testing & Analysis

Testing & Analysis

Diagnostic Testing from the Functional Medicine perspective is a little different than from a traditional perspective.  The traditional perspective is too look for diseases.  It is important to rule out any potential disease, what I think of as “the ugly stuff” like cancer. Most of the time when people “just don’t feel well” or feel like CRAP, or if you have had long standing irritable bowel, hormone issues, fatigue, etc...it actually isn’t anything ugly and you’re told “your labs are normal and maybe you’re depressed”.

Nutritional Perspective

The Functional Medicine perspective looks at labs from a nutritional perspective.  All of things the labs are testing for are some kind of molecule or cell in the body.  These cells and molecules are made of the nutrients we eat.  Specific types of molecules require specific nutrition.  For example, you need iron to make the hemoglobin molecule that carries oxygen in your red blood cells.  You also need B-12 and folate to process an inflammatory molecule called homocysteine, completely.

To start off your plan with a solid baseline, I like to get labs when we start to work together and then 6-12 months later. The initial Functional Health Panel is done through Evexia and LabCorp. I can order labs in most states through her network.

Optimal vs Standard Lab Ranges 

Another difference between traditional and Functional medicine is that labs are assessed using Optimal Values, not Standard Ranges. Your body can heal itself and will be in the Optimal Ranges when it is functioning in a healthy way. The goal of Functional Medicine is to help your body reach optimal function through filling in the deficiencies and taking out the things that aggravate your condition or cause disease in your body.

Functional Health Blood Panel

Food Sensitivity Testing - check out my blog for more info

Adrenal and Hormone testing - here's how I balance hormones without replacements

Detoxification

Detoxification

Our body does amazing things if you think about it for a minute. We take in food and make new cells with it! Wow! We have our own construction and repair department. Along the way, however, these processes create and our food contains some toxic trash that must be handled properly. Where do those toxins come from? The pesticides on your fruits and vegetables, the preservatives in your processed foods and the bus you were behind on the way to work, not to mention the unfiltered water, excess sugar, alcohol and caffeine you consume.

Our liver and kidneys make up the bulk of the detoxification centers. Our intestines are involved in the elimination portion. These two organs need specialized nutrition to protect you from the toxic waste they deal with every minute of the day. The SAD MUD (Standard American or Modern Urban Diet) which comprises the majority of Americans’ nutrition, causes a breakdown in the efficiency of these organs. Also, if your gut isn’t healthy, this will compound the problem.

Functional Medicine seeks to restore efficiency. Some “detox” programs and supplements, I affectionately call them “Colon Blow”,  may cause you to have excessive stool for a week, but that is not true detoxification. Once you have cleaned up your gut, you can safely work on your liver and kidneys. Your liver and kidneys need specific nutrients to do their job well. Once these nutrients are supplied, your body can go on it’s merry way keeping you safe from the toxins.

Once these
nutrients are supplied, your body can go on it’s merry way keeping you safe from the toxins.

 

Fixing Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is "a thing".   Your traditionally trained MD knows it as "Impaired Intestinal Permeability".  At last count there were over 566 articles published on PubMed.

For more information see my blog, Digestive Issues 101.

To learn how to heal your gut and clean up your diet, start with my free ebook, Clean it Up.

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine

 

What is Functional Medicine anyway?? Alternative? Holistic? Collaborative? Complementary? It can be considered all of those things, but, at the core of Functional Medicine is how your body functions.

Think about your car for a minute. When gas doesn’t get to the engine, your car doesn’t function the way you think it should.  Then, you step on the accelerator and maybe it goes a little, or not at all.  Or, maybe the engine doesn’t even start! So, there are a few things that could be causing the dysfunction of the gas getting to the engine, right? Are you with me? It could be the hoses that bring the gas to the engine, maybe there is leak, or maybe it is plugged up with residue. Could it be the fuel filter, it's so dirty, gas cannot pass through any more. Or maybe, the gas tank is completely empty! For this example, lets say the hoses are plugged.

Root Cause Found

Functional Medicine(FM) looks at your body to see where the dysfunction is actually located - known as the Root Cause.  The root cause of the car problem is one of two things, the filter is so plugged it released gunk and plugged up the hose, or the hoses are just so old, the residue built up causing the plug.  Liken that to your intestines or liver getting gummed up and not working properly. When things aren't working properly, you manifest any number of symptoms. And what if the tank was empty too.  Then, that would be like you not getting the nutrients you need to keep your body running smooth.

The Future of Medicine, Now...

I think Functional Medicine the future of conventional medicine–available now. As a physician, I want to seek to identify and address the root causes of disease. Not put a bandaid on the symptom.  So, symptoms start when your body is starting to dysfunction.  As in the car example where the filter or hose became plugged, the symptom you may have experienced as the driver is the car had less “zip” or “get up and go” when pressing on the accelerator.  If we just press the accelerator down more, trying to compensate for the symptom, poor acceleration, this may help for some time, but in the long run, the hose and the filter will continue to clog up. All we did was address the symptom. This is like taking a medication to take away any symptom.  The underlying problem remains.

Many traditional doctors are realizing that medications do not solve the problems.  Since lifestyle is responsible for 70-90% of the chronic diseases that kill people in America - heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and autoimmune disorders - then lifestyle MUST be the ultimate answer.

The body is an integrated group of systems, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. FM treats the whole body, not just the symptoms. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach.

Clients as Partners in Healing

We will have a therapeutic partnership. That is a radical shift from the traditional doctor-patient relationship where the doctor holds all the power. And, that's why I like to think of it as a Coach:Client relationship. However, it is a revolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, we can address the whole person, not just your isolated set of symptoms.

As an FM practitioner, I spend time with YOU! The client. I want to hear your story! Everyone has one, and it is therapeutic to tell it and have someone listen and integrate your current health concerns with your history. Because of the specialized training I have, I can look at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine will support your unique expression of health and vitality.

So, why do we need Functional Medicine anyway?  

  • Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. Who do you know?

Why doesn’t traditional medicine know this stuff?

  • The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration, like an accident or infection - like the pneumonia - and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. As a result, physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.
  • Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society. It is a known fact that 70-90% of disease is lifestyle driven - what we eat, drink, how we move sleep think and feel.

Traditionally Trained Physicians Are Not Trained for The Treatment of Chronic Illnesses

  • There’s a huge gap between research and the way traditional doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
  • The traditional MD has 7 hours of nutrition training in medical school!! I had more than that my first month of chiropractic school!
  • Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients. Literally, only 25% of physicians have had any significant coursework in nutrition! I know it’s crazy, right!?! They just don’t know anything except drugs and surgery - scripts and scalpels...

How is Functional Medicine Different?

We dig in to what is going on... functional medicine involves seeks the Root Cause

  • Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:
  1. Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. This is about vitality! Feeling amazing everyday! By listening to the patient and learning your story, FM coaching can bring you into the discovery process and tailor treatments that address your unique needs.
  2. FM is an integrative, science-based healthcare approach. We look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in your history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to your illness. Your unique genetic makeup is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect your body’s ability to function efficiently.
  3. I integrate best medical practices. Functional medicine does integrate some traditional Western medical practices with what you may consider “alternative” or “integrative” medicine. The focus will ultimately be on not only prevention, but treatment through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques. We will find what combination suits YOU!
 

Speaking | Webinars | Workshops

Author | Speaker | Coach | Functional Medicine Authority

 

In 2018 I published my first book, Simply Functional Medicine. I wanted you to have a "How To" manual for your body, so you would know the basics of "how to" take care of your one  and only vessel that houses your soul.

I am sooo passionate about women taking control of their health and then, taking control of their life and reaching their goals and dreams.

My story: I was sparked by looking for real solutions to my own health issues and I love to share my experiences with you and my audiences to keep things exciting. Like you,  I struggled with my weight and blood sugar related fatigue at 19 years old, PMS issues in my 20’s, digestive and gallbladder issues in my 30’s, postpartum depression, weight issues and hormonal hell after having my kids at 40, and post-menopausal weight challenges at 50. Therefore, I knows what it means to FEEL LIKE CRAP!

Audience member say:

"She is funny and engaging."

"She brings an upfront and frank spirit to the audience."

"Dr Kris is animated and funny."

Workshops and Seminars

Providing workshops and seminars is one of my favorite things to do.  Whether in person or webinar formats to providing education about healthy living will get people back on the right track. Then, you will learn how to have more energy, have healthier habits effortlessly, live a more productive and vital life.   Also, I use relevant examples and understand how to make complicated concepts seem simple. No boring classes!

My workshops are interactive and engaging. No sitting around like some boring college class.  Real world information that can be

Sample Topics:

Slow Down to Power UP
Let slowing down become your super power to endless energy and SPARK your life!

Cut The CRAP and Take Your Health Back

Learn to have more energy and start cleaning up your Health CRAP
C: Clean it Up – Clean Up What You Eat, Drink, Move, Sleep, Think and Feel
R: Recognize the Root & Restore Function – Gut, Immune System, Liver, Adrenals, Hormones
A: Action – You Are In Control of Your Health Choices
P: Personalize Your Plan – Get Expert Advice from Dr Kris Sargent

You’re Not Crazy, You Do Know More Than Your Doctor!

  • Learn what to do when your Doctor says “nothing is wrong” and you still feel like CRAP
  • Navigating the PCP/Specialist Merry-Go-Round
  • Start Your Own Healing Journey
  • 5 Key Ingredients to Having Exceptional Energy

Food: Friend or Foe

  • Food Speaks: “Inflame” or “Unflame”
  • Why potato chips aren’t the worst thing in your lunch
  • 5 Favorite Grab and Go Snacks
  • C.R.A.P!

Digestive CRAP

  • Irritable Bowel is not a life sentence
  • What is Leaky Gut
  • Why is Gluten so evil?
  • What about Dairy, Vitamin D and ‘Dem Bones

Hashimoto’s, Graves and Thyroid 

  • What is it? How do I know if I have it?
  • What does the Thyroid do anyway?
  • Solutions for weight loss
  • Cut the C.R.A.P! Take Your Health Back

Auto-Immune 

  • What is it? How do I know if I have it?
  • Leaky Gut and Auto-Immune issues
  • Root Cause is Key
  • Cut the C.R.A.P! Take Your Health Back

Weight Loss 

  • Tried everything and still can’t lose
  • Top 5 Weight Gainers
  • Top 5 Weight Losers
  • Cut the C.R.A.P! Take Your Health Back

Why do I need a COACH?

Health & Life Coaching

It is said that where ever you go, there you are. So, when a client asked me if I was going to coach her on weight loss or about her life, I asked what do the two have in common? 

Yes, Y.O.U. are at the center of whatever is going on in your life. If you're not productive enough, not accomplishing the goals you want - that is all on Y.O.U. 

Why do you need a coach?

You know how when you were in High School and you knew your best friend needed to break up with "that guy"? But, she insisted he was perfect, you knew better and of course.  He was her "blind spot".

As your coach, I will point out those blind spots and limiting beliefs that are keeping you stuck.  

What is Coaching?

Physician Coach

Okay, this is where I get to brag a little about myself and how I can help you.  This is still really about you and your health goals, which will drive always our conversations.

I feel I am uniquely qualified as a physician and certified health and life coach.  Many physicians think that putting a plan together for a patient is enough, and the patient “should” follow the plan. I know physicians who don’t even see their patients for 3 months after their plan is revealed.  That works for them, but I have not seen that to be effective for the patient. I believe monthly follow up coaching sessions over the course of up to a year or more may be necessary to get full healing AND mindset shift.

I feel like a big chuck of what I do is help you understand the root causes of your health issues and that healing takes time! Then I guide you to health by creating and implementing a plan to assure the GOOD CRAP stays and the BAD CRAP is pushed aside for optimal health and wellness. You deserve to healthy, vital and full of energy to take on whatever you want to do in your life!  Life is too short to spend it FEELING LIKE CRAP!

Here’s what coaching looks like:

Picture your current health status. If you do not change anything what does your health look like next year? or in 10 years? “Do you like that picture?” What can you change today that would improve that picture?

As your physician I understand what is necessary for your body to heal.  As your coach I understand the complexity of implementing a lifestyle change in a busy life. Implementation is easy - it’s the long term integration that is  really important for lasting results.  As a single mother, business owner and busy entrepreneur, I understand the importance of self care for the strength and resilience necessary to positively move through challenges of life.

To heal, lifestyle modifications - eat, drink, move , sleep, think and feel -  and dietary supplementation are essential to actually allowing the body to heal.  Those factors work together to create optimal function. With 26 years in practice and my extensive knowledge of the use of food as medicine, I will walk you through the changes necessary to Clean it UP – Eat, Dink Move Step Think and Feel. I am skilled in using nutritional supplements safely and effectively to enhance the healing process for you. I can coordinate your care with your other medical providers to develop a comprehensive plan that is most effective. My patient-centered, personalized approach helps to identify the various barriers which you may encounter when making these sweeping changes.

Coaching to Transformation, Not Temporary Change

The coaching side comes during the follow up consultations to help you note only implement but integrate.  There is a difference.  You can implement a new plan for 2-3 weeks but then the honeymoon is over. Integration  and true transformation goes a little deeper.  We have to dig in and get to the core of incorporating the mind-body connection to our food and lifestyle choices. We will help you develop a new way of eating - and other habits - that are sustainable for you.

Habits and mindset are at the core of achieving your personal goals We all know that feeling like CRAP didn’t happen overnight.  When we get really honest with ourselves, we also know that some of our habits are perpetuating our current health status.

Coach moment:

Do you feel stuck in your current health issues? “Do you have any idea what needs to shift?” On a scale of 1-10, 10 being ALL IN, how ready are YOU to learn about what it will take to get healthy?

Coaching isn’t about me just barking out commands and you doing them out of fear – although I can take that approach – JOKE! Coaching is about creating a team, you and I, and discovering what will work for YOU!  Coaching is all about discovering YOU and YOUR best self to get to a healthier YOU!

Peer support is another layer of support. I believe that creating a community of like-minded people is a unique opportunity to meet others who are going through some of the same struggles.  Some have been at it a long time and are well on their way, they will help you as a newcomer with some of their own strategies. Using social media we can create that community.

The group is more powerful than an individual. This community approach is highly effective in creating behavioral change as the peer support is encouraging and motivational. There are many studies proving the effectiveness of coaching a group setting with significant outcomes in many areas such as lowering hemoglobin A1C for diabetes, weight loss with significant decreases in BMI (body mass index) and smoking cessation to name a few. Accountability, keeping track of the habits you are trying to change and feeling like you are not alone on the journey are well documented to create greater success.

Welcome to Simply Functional Medicine...a different way to approach your health!

Coaching Programs

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I have several coaching programs to meet your needs.  The best place to start is to set up your Free 15-minute Discovery Call. Let's see if we're a good fit, by understanding what it is you want to change, what you have done in the past and what you're willing to do in the future. This is a no BS call to see if we can work together.  I want the best for you, so it would make sense if we communicate well, and our personalities mesh well. 

Testing & Analysis

Testing & Analysis

Diagnostic Testing from the Functional Medicine perspective is a little different than from a traditional perspective.  The traditional perspective is too look for diseases.  It is important to rule out any potential disease, what I think of as “the ugly stuff” like cancer. Most of the time when people “just don’t feel well” or feel like CRAP, or if you have had long standing irritable bowel, hormone issues, fatigue, etc...it actually isn’t anything ugly and you’re told “your labs are normal and maybe you’re depressed”.

Nutritional Perspective

The Functional Medicine perspective looks at labs from a nutritional perspective.  All of things the labs are testing for are some kind of molecule or cell in the body.  These cells and molecules are made of the nutrients we eat.  Specific types of molecules require specific nutrition.  For example, you need iron to make the hemoglobin molecule that carries oxygen in your red blood cells.  You also need B-12 and folate to process an inflammatory molecule called homocysteine, completely.

To start off your plan with a solid baseline, I like to get labs when we start to work together and then 6-12 months later. The initial Functional Health Panel is done through Evexia and LabCorp. I can order labs in most states through her network.

Optimal vs Standard Lab Ranges 

Another difference between traditional and Functional medicine is that labs are assessed using Optimal Values, not Standard Ranges. Your body can heal itself and will be in the Optimal Ranges when it is functioning in a healthy way. The goal of Functional Medicine is to help your body reach optimal function through filling in the deficiencies and taking out the things that aggravate your condition or cause disease in your body.

Functional Health Blood Panel

Food Sensitivity Testing - check out my blog for more info

Adrenal and Hormone testing - here's how I balance hormones without replacements

Detoxification

Detoxification

Our body does amazing things if you think about it for a minute. We take in food and make new cells with it! Wow! We have our own construction and repair department. Along the way, however, these processes create and our food contains some toxic trash that must be handled properly. Where do those toxins come from? The pesticides on your fruits and vegetables, the preservatives in your processed foods and the bus you were behind on the way to work, not to mention the unfiltered water, excess sugar, alcohol and caffeine you consume.

Our liver and kidneys make up the bulk of the detoxification centers. Our intestines are involved in the elimination portion. These two organs need specialized nutrition to protect you from the toxic waste they deal with every minute of the day. The SAD MUD (Standard American or Modern Urban Diet) which comprises the majority of Americans’ nutrition, causes a breakdown in the efficiency of these organs. Also, if your gut isn’t healthy, this will compound the problem.

Functional Medicine seeks to restore efficiency. Some “detox” programs and supplements, I affectionately call them “Colon Blow”,  may cause you to have excessive stool for a week, but that is not true detoxification. Once you have cleaned up your gut, you can safely work on your liver and kidneys. Your liver and kidneys need specific nutrients to do their job well. Once these nutrients are supplied, your body can go on it’s merry way keeping you safe from the toxins.

Once these
nutrients are supplied, your body can go on it’s merry way keeping you safe from the toxins.

 

Fixing Leaky Gut

Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is "a thing".   Your traditionally trained MD knows it as "Impaired Intestinal Permeability".  At last count there were over 566 articles published on PubMed.

For more information see my blog, Digestive Issues 101.

To learn how to heal your gut and clean up your diet, start with my free ebook, Clean it Up.

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