In category: Functional Medicine

What are Functional Medicine Tests?

Our team at Holistic Wholeness Institute is trained in Functional Medicine, an area of medicine that looks for the root of the problem instead of masking the symptom with a pill.  Our experts specialize in looking at the whole person, not just a symptom.  During a comprehensive evaluation, our practitioners typically recommend thorough testing to find the underlying cause or contributing factors to your health issues.  

For example, some individuals suffer from fibromyalgia or migraines and this could be due to a hormonal problem or a heavy metal issue in the body.  Even life-threatening health issues like cancer can be in part due to environmental carcinogens that are present in the body.  Simply cutting out the tumor and killing the cancer does not get to the root of the cause.  Most Western physicians are taught to simply kill the cancer and not explore the in depth hormonal or environmental contributing factors.  

There are other individuals that have chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia that may actually have signs and symptoms of chronic Lyme disease.  While Western Medicine uses traditional tests to test for Lyme, the comprehensive panels we use are more thorough to look for Lyme related symptoms or exacerbating factors. Some individuals have an MTHFR mutation and have difficulty removing toxins from the body.  Our in-depth bioanalysis of specimens is more broad than traditional blood tests.  While our team is trained in analyzing blood tests, we look for optimal ranges of certain levels not normal ranges that are based off of the average person in a certain area.  

Meet Kathleen Gross: How Holistic Wellness Transformed Her Energy & Health Journey Beyond Medical Tests!

The average American is not optimally healthy and is on 4-6 or more prescription medications that often mask a symptom or are designed to keep someone alive, versus thriving.  The number of autoimmune issues in our country is outstanding and on the rise.  The gut is housed with both good and bad flora that can determine energy levels, feelings of wellness, and one’s immune system.  When the body attacks itself, as in most autoimmune conditions, the gut-immune connection is disrupted and must be addressed as the root cause of most disease and dysfunction.  Tests for SIBO, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, or food sensitivities are also commonly performed.  Intestinal hyperpermeability, or leaky gut, as well as nutritional deficiencies, are common tests that can help our practice members find the underlying issues to their symptoms.  Other individuals have been exposed to mold and these mycotoxins can cause a wide variety of health  issues.  These are just a few of the thousands of tests and measures we employ to comprehensively analyze an individual to achieve wellness, not managed sickness.  

Make an appointment today to see what’s causing or contributing to your health issues to get answers and a different approach to your health.  Book a FREE 15-minute Discovery Session with our team or call 732.813.1133 to learn more.

Disclaimer: Holistic Wholeness Institute uses wellness metrics that are not considered medically necessary or diagnostic by Western Physicians.  We use metrics and testing that cannot promise to diagnose, cure or treat any medical condition.  We use wellness metrics to look at chronic inflammation and contributing factors to these ailments to help address them naturally.  We conduct a bioanalysis of saliva, urine, hair, stool, or blood to understand wellness, not diagnose sickness.  Consult your physician before changing or stopping your medications.  Holistic Wholeness Institute is Integrative in that we are not against medicine, we are for an integrative, comprehensive approach to your health to help you feel your best, faster!

Is Autoimmunity Causing Your Strange and Chronic Symptoms?

Autoimmune diseases are one of the most common illnesses today – and you might not even know you have one!

Autoimmunity is when your immune system starts attacking your own tissue, and it can happen anywhere in the body. Typically, it comes along with symptoms like inflammation, but sometimes it can be “silent” and not have any outward symptoms at all. Autoimmune disease is more common than cancer and heart disease combined, and that’s just the diagnosed cases. Many, if not most, cases of autoimmunity are happening without a diagnosis. This is because conventional medicine often does not screen for autoimmunity until symptoms are advanced and severe.

People can also have symptoms that suggest many types of autoimmunity. Although symptoms vary depending on which tissue is being attacked, many autoimmune sufferers experience:

  • chronic fatigue
  • chronic pain
  • declining brain function
  • gastrointestinal issues
  • hair loss
  • weight gain or weight loss
  • brain fog
  • and more!

Fortunately, functional medicine offers lab testing that can screen for autoimmunity against a number of different tissues. We also use strategies such as an anti-inflammatory diet, blood sugar stabilizing, gut healing, addressing toxins, and lifestyle habits that minimize stress and inflammation.

Ask our office if autoimmunity may be causing your strange and chronic symptoms – we can help!

Confused About the Difference Between Homeopathy and Functional Medicine?

Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that believes in the principle of “like cures like.” It uses highly diluted substances (often natural) to stimulate the body’s self-healing processes. It’s gentle, individualized, and aims to treat the whole person, not just symptoms.

Functional Medicine, on the other hand, seeks to identify and address the root causes of health issues. It uses advanced testing and personalized treatments, often combining conventional and alternative approaches. It’s all about optimizing function and restoring balance.

While both have holistic goals, they differ in their methods and philosophies. Homeopathy is about stimulating the body’s vital force, while Functional Medicine focuses on personalized, evidence-based solutions.

Contact our office to start your functional medicine journey!

Age with Grace: Empowering Tips to Embrace Natural Aging and Thrive!

We can prepare our bodies for natural aging in empowering, healthy ways.

If you’re wondering how health and wellness may look different as you advance in age, here are some tips to help you stay proactive:

  1. Take care of your joints – walking regularly is a great tool for this.
  2. Exercise your brain to stave off cognitive decline.
  3. Build and maintain muscle mass.
  4. Get regular checkups to stay aware of how your body is functioning.
Build and maintain muscle mass

By protecting and preparing your body for the inevitable, you may find that later years are some of the most enjoyable.

Contact our office for more information on proactive wellness practices.

Understanding Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe a group of symptoms that occur when the adrenal glands are unable to keep up with the demands of ongoing stress.

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue can include:

  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Weight gain, especially around the midsection
  • Brain fog and difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings, irritability, and anxiety
  • Cravings for salty or sweet foods
  • Low blood pressure
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Muscle weakness or pain

While conventional medicine may not recognize adrenal fatigue as a medical condition, functional medicine takes a more holistic approach and offers a range of interventions to address the underlying imbalances that contribute to these symptoms.

One of the key strategies for managing adrenal fatigue is to support the body’s stress response system. This can include lifestyle changes like reducing stress, getting regular exercise, and improving sleep quality. In addition, functional medicine practitioners may recommend supplements and herbs known to support healthy cortisol levels and promote balanced adrenal function.

Another important aspect of functional medicine for managing adrenal fatigue is addressing any underlying imbalances in the body. For example, nutrient deficiencies, gut imbalances, and inflammation can all contribute to adrenal dysfunction. Our office works to identify and address these imbalances through personalized testing and targeted interventions.

Are you ready to tackle your overall wellness? Contact our team now!

Functional Medicine Labs – How are they Different?

Functional medicine labs are very different than traditional ones. Insurance doesn’t feel the thoroughness functional medicine providers give is medically necessary, but we know it is! Spending time with you is critical and thorough investigations with more comprehensive testing is crucial to you having success to your complex issues. More in-depth analyses are performed with our team to find the root cause and monitor improvements of things that modern medicine doesn’t address long-term, like brain fog, fatigue, low energy, chronic pain, autoimmune issues, cancer, hormone issues, stubborn weight loss, and more. We avoid quick fixes and focus on lifestyles that last with more comprehensive analyses to help you thrive. Book now to learn more.

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