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Chronic Illness

Why Functional Nutritional Testing Is a Good Idea

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Maybe you take vitamins. Maybe you do not.  Or, perhaps, like myself, you diligently take your multivitamin regiment since you are fully aware you do not eat all the fresh veggies and protein you need daily. Maybe nutritional testing is a good idea.

But here is the question… are you absorbing those nutrients?  Are those the right nutrients for your body, genetic make-up, or lifestyle?  After all, we are all metabolically unique. How do we know if what is right for me is right for you?

My big shocker came the day I received my own nutrient test results. I had been spending top dollar on a legitimate all-encompassing liquid vitamin. (I should have been clued in when everyone else felt great on it but me. I still felt tired). My test results came back. I was still severely low in most of my B vitamins. The company isolated a genetic factor called MTHFR that explained why my body wasn’t utilizing the B vitamins I was taking.  Lesson learned!!! I immediately switched to a form that was bioavailable for my body’s genetic constitution. My energy levels increased. I felt great.

Let’s fast forward two years.  I am a cancer “survivor” (I still do not like this label). I know I should not be consuming dairy. But I am eating it; in all forms. I fantasize about yogurt, sour cream, and cheese.  A few slices of goat cheese could constitute a meal. “Why?” I wondered. I was never a dairy lover before.  Once again, I decided to contact Spectra Cell laboratories to find out what was going on. Were my new multivitamins paying off?  Was I missing something?

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Stress, Anxiety, and that Endless Chatter Inside of our Brains-A Discussion with Dr. Liz and Dr. Lorri

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Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics”.-Albert Einstein

Lately it seems like the subject of words and how we use them has shown up repeatedly in my life. Throughout the past several years I read many books related to the subject. For example; books about water molecules and words, Books like “The Secret” or “You’re a Badass” or anything by Tolle. Recently, I watch Ted Talks on the power of words.  My own mentor continues to advise me to be mindful of  spelling and my choice of words, and a good friend asked me if I would “talk to a stranger the way I talked my own self inside of my head?”  Hmmm. The chatter inside my own brain isn’t always so positive. Interesting, right?

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What’s Your History?

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Remember that time you got sick…way back when?

Why your health history is actually much more than those forms you are filling out.

You may come to our doctors’ office or you go to any doctor’s office and you are asked to do it.  You need to fill out that dreaded health history form.  Long, arduous, detailed, and necessary. Name address, height, weight, primary concerns, major medical issues, recent surgeries, procedures, medications, supplements, family health history, etc.  Our office will ask you to fill it out too…and possibly more.  You see, we believe, that those medical forms look for major red flags, health catastrophes, and serious disease. However, if you come to our office, we assume you have came because you have suffered from something chronic such as infertility, pain, or illness of unknown origin.  Something that has not been yet addressed completely. So, our office will look for the nuances listed between those lines.  The possible gray areas in your person health history. Just so you understand, when you come to our office, we will have a long conversation about your history, your real health history. continue reading »