What is Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®?
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioners are health detectives. We use self-directed functional lab work and clinical correlation (your input) to uncover the root causes of dysfunction in the body. Rather than simply chasing symptoms in an endless cycle of trial and error, an FDN Practitioner will help you to understand why those symptoms are happening in the first place. While an FDN Practitioner® is assigned to your “case”, we work tirelessly, spending hours of research to connect the dots between your lab work, health timeline, and symptom history.
We compile all of these clues to root out sources of stress on the body and identify healing opportunities. In doing so, we aim to coach you to restore your body to normal function without having to “diagnose” or “treat”. Ultimately, the goal of the FDN Practitioner is to guide you through customized diet and lifestyle programs so that you are able to recover your health and learn to remain healthy for a lifetime.
I've Tried Everything...Can The FDN Approach Really Help Me?
Your body is designed to perform at 100%, and the functional approach helps to get your body back to optimal function. Whether you’re experiencing fatigue, depression, or unexplained weight gain, the functional approach maintains that your symptoms are not the problem, they are the result of the problem. Unfortunately, many of us spend years stuck in a cycle of trial and error in an attempt to alleviate those symptoms. Rather than wasting energy suppressing symptoms, the functional approach aims to “reverse engineer” the root cause of hidden stress in the body. We may never be able to label the root cause, but by working to restore balance overall, your body will restore function and you will feel better.
What You Can Expect:
Here's what you can generally expect during our engagement together.
Order Labs & Complete Intake Forms
The first step will be to order lab kits that might be relevant to your case. As you wait for those kits to arrive, several intake forms will be e-mailed to be filled out at your earliest convenience. You will also be asked to fill out a 3-day food and mood journal. Once complete, we can schedule our initial intake conversation!
During your initial intake, we will review your intake forms and food and mood journal. We will discuss the nature of the coaching relationship, health history, and goals. This all helps me to create an individualized plan for your unique needs. Around this time, you should have most of your lab samples collected and returned. Expect up to 4 weeks for all lab results to arrive.
Results & Recommendations
Once the lab test results have arrived, we will schedule a 90-120 minute Results & Recommendation session. The results will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours ahead of this session. Together, we will walk through detailed analysis and clinical correlation of your lab results and your comprehensive 90-day diet and lifestyle protocol. Supplement and nutraceutical recommendations, when appropriate based on findings, will be offered to you via Fullscript at discounted rates.
Several 45-60 min follow-up sessions will be booked at an agreed-upon frequency based on your needs for the next 3-18 months depending on your package. These sessions are intended to help track progress, troubleshoot, and provide you with any guidance that might be needed to help you through your journey. These sessions are held via video conference. I will always be on video so you can see me, but you are always welcome to join without video based on your comfort level.
During our final session, we will reassess your symptoms, and evaluate room for further improvement. Emphasis will be placed on continuing your new healthy habits far beyond our time together. Remember, the road to health is a lifelong journey, and doesn’t end with our coaching relationship!
It is often the case that follow-up testing is recommended in order to track progress, or in light of additional clues that come up along the way. Additional lab reviews are offered to existing clients for $75/lab. The client pays the lab fees directly to the lab.
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Package Options
**These are example packages, actual packages are customized to your needs and goals.
|Lab Access & Expert Interpretation||✓||✓||✓|
|Metabolic Typing Analysis||✓||✓||✓|
|Labs: HPA Axis & Hormone||✓||✓|
|Labs: Food Sensitivities||✓||✓|
|Labs: GI Pathogen, Digestion, & Detoxification||✓||✓|
|Labs: Genetic Analysis||✓|
|Labs: Intestinal Permeability||✓|
|Labs: Heavy Metal Toxicity||✓|
|Labs: Micronutrient Profile||✓|
|Screening Questionnaires & Personalized Analysis||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Initial Customized Protocol||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|15% Discount on Supplements||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|90-Minute Initial Results & Recommendations Session||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Ongoing Protocol Optimizations||✓||✓|
|Mid-Session Check-in Email||✓||✓||✓|
|45-Minute Video Call Coaching Sessions||5||10||14|
|Complimentary Reassessment Sessions||1||3|
|Optional / Additional á-la-Carte Lab Tests||✓||✓||✓|