• Prevention reigns
• Personal health guidance from practitioners who stay current with the latest research is made accessible and affordable.
• Everyone has the opportunity to gain the health knowledge they need so that they can live their fullest lives and take control of their own health outside of the medical system.
Because of my father’s journey through Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), I spent the past 20 years learning all I can about possible AD prevention, mainly for my own health and future. When I began my research, there was not much hope for prevention or treatment of AD but things are changing quickly with the new focus on genetics and lifestyle modifications. While it is true that the understanding of the pathology of AD is still in its nascency, new evidence is pointing to possible prevention through lifestyle modifications around nutrition, exercise, sleep, rest, spiritual practices and emotional states. And perhaps even more important is that these lifestyle modifications can result in a better life overall through improved general physical and mental health, disease prevention and longevity.
Stress, diet, movement, stillness, rest and sleep all play critical roles in the quality of our lives. I’d been going about it backward: cognitive health is a result of whole health, not the other way around.
The problem was that I didn’t know what changes to make; it felt overwhelming as I tried to implement a host of new lifestyle behaviors simultaneously. I would inevitably stop trying after a short while. Eventually, I began to get sick quite often and my normal state was exhausted.When I finally landed in the ER for a life-threatening infection, it became clear that I needed to find my way back to health and fortunately, I was armed with the knowledge I needed to do that. I just needed to alter my approach.
When I learned how to improve my health the following things happened:
• My mood and cognition improved
• The regular bouts of general physical ailments that plagued me for many years all but disappeared, and
• Life in general got a lot better.
This is why I want to bring what I’ve learned to others: lifestyle changes have dramatic positive effects on one’s health, future, well-being, and ultimately, the ability to live the best life possible.
I use the Functional Medicine approach because I believe it is the most thorough approach to health as it looks for root causes instead of focusing on symptoms. It also focuses on the whole person including spiritual practices, stress, relationships and emotional states; factors often overlooked in conventional medicine. When I implemented Functional Medicine protocols prescribed to me by my Functional Medicine physician, my overall health including my mood, improved in ways I did not think possible.
Functional Medicine can be cost-prohibitive and most of it is not covered by insurance, yet. This is why I became a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P) and Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach: to help clients find their way back to whole health in a more affordable way. I am able to use lab tests to find healing opportunities for my clients and am trained in the functional medicine ethos. While I’m not a physician, many aspects of the Functional Medicine approach can be implemented without a physician. Still I always recommend that my clients see a physician who specializes in Functional Medicine if warranted.
Twenty years ago I wanted to be part of the machine that cured Alzheimer’s Disease; now I want to be part of the movement that seeks to bring whole health to a person.
The following are the foundation pillars of my Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach practice and brand.