Frequently Asked Questions.
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For a while I was referring to myself as a health coach because it seemed like the most convenient and familiar term to use, however the term "coach" didn't resonate with me or my offerings. I call myself to be a strategist because I am looking to work with clients who are already serious and motivated to upgrade their health. Rather than trying to motivate someone to make a change that they are resistant to, a much better use of my time is in providing clear directives and strategies to help them accomplish their objectives. The implementation is up to you.
The practice of health optimization is a real-time management plan that strives to balance and maintain the human system at a foundational level. This is in contrast to illness medicine, which diagnoses and treats disease. Simply put, health optimization detects and corrects imbalances which ultimately promotes a robust and resilient state of health.
The insights you'll gain from genetic testing will help you to understand how to implement nutritional and lifestyle interventions that cater to your unique biology. The best part is that your genes are not your destiny. I am trained in the field of epigenetics which deals with all of the environmental factors that can shift the expression of your genes. Genetic testing can pinpoint which genes need support and my recommendations include strategies that you can use to change the expression of your genes for better health outcomes.
Absolutely not! Unlike 23&Me, which sells their customers' genetic data to insurance and pharmaceutical companies, I take extra measures to ensure that your personal information is not associated with your genetic sample or data. I work with a small lab that performs the analysis and I register the test kits under my name. The only distinguishing feature of each kit is a serialized number that I record and associate with your name.
A functional nutrition assessment looks at metabolic intermediates produced in enzymatic pathways of cellular energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter breakdown, and amino acid metabolism. Elevated metabolite levels may signal a metabolic inhibition or block. This abnormality may be due to a nutrient deficiency, an inherited enzyme deficit, toxic build-up, or drug effect. It is possible for an individual to have normal blood levels of a vitamin in order to maintain homeostasis, while exhibiting signs of insufficiency or deficiency for that vitamin. For this reason, direct testing of individual nutrients alone does not provide a complete picture.
Metabolism is a complex process revealing how vitamins, minerals, protein, fats, and carbohydrates are used to perform thousands of critical biochemical reactions. Nutrient insufficiencies can lead to biochemical disturbances that affect healthy cellular and tissue function, potentially leading to disease.
Clinical conditions where a functional nutrition assessment may offer further insight include:
• Mood disorders
• Cardiovascular disease
• Diabetes/insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome
• Obesity/weight issues/need for dietary guidance
• Maldigestion and malabsorption
• Cognitive decline
• Health optimization
• Increased nutrient demand in physical trauma/healing
Unfortunately, in most cases, no. But I will say that the return on your investment will likely be greater than most of the money you've spent working with an allopathic doctor. It is my intention to have as few repeat clients as possible. My objective is to provide you with the knowledge necessary to claim sovereignty over your own health. Consider it one of the most meaningful investments you can make. Can you really put a price on your own health?
Yes indeed! I work with clients all over the United States. I can have the functional assessments I offer ordered straight to your doorstep anywhere in the lower 48. All meetings are conducted via Zoom or phone call, and correspondences sent via text message or email.