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Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition

Functional medicine involves testing for the root causes of disease and designing a treatment plan to address the root cause of the disorder, not just the symptoms.  Functional Medicine views and treats the body as a whole system.

The use of the word "functional" is key to understanding the functional and integrative medical approach.  Functional lab tests help determine how the body or organ is really working, or functioning, as opposed to other medical tests which measure pathological breakdown and disease.

A sub-optimal functional medicine test may indicate a need for correction even though traditional testing may show everything is within the normal range. This is a subtle but important difference as many sub-optimal health conditions will cause symptoms that get us to the doctor, but then no reason can be found for what is causing our health problem.

Functional Mediine
Clinical Functioal Medicine Nutrition

Functional Medicine Doctors Find and Treat the Root Cause of Illness

Functional Medicine Lab Tests and Genetic Testing May Uncover Factors Which Contribute to Illness such as:

  • Nutritional Deficiencies

  • Hormonal Imbalances

  • Detoxification and Biotransformational imbalances

  • Immune imbalances

  • Inflammatory imbalances

  • Digestive,absorptive, and microbiological imbalances

  • Structural imbalances

  • Methylation issues

  • Genetic mutations, MTHFR and COMT genes

Functional Medicine Conditions:

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About Functional Medicine

  • Insurance May cover standard lab tests, however, some services and labs are not covered by insurance. 

  • We strive to make Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine affordable for everyone and our fees are below what other centers charge.

  • Functional Medicine First Visits are seen by Dr. Ratcliffe on Tuesday and Thursday 

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