Functional Medicine Defined
As a Doctor of Chiropractic certified in Clinical Nutrition, understanding the disease process enables me to recommend functional diagnostic laboratory testing in an effort to identify the underlying causes of many health conditions. These are not your standard medical tests; these tests provide information of the biochemical and metabolic glitches likely to lead to a specific disease process. By having this information, measures can be taken to reverse, slow or stop the disease process and its related symptoms.
The following are some examples of tests that are available through Dr. Acuna’s office:
Traditional Blood Work for the purpose of determining nutritional deficiency
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
Adrenal Stress Profile
Pre-Menopause Hormone Panel
Post Menopause Hormone Panel
Male hormone panel
Gliadin (gluten protein) Antibodies
A comment that makes my skin curl is “everything came back normal” especially when a patient sought a medical office visit with health complaints. I use a service that takes specific blood test results either from the patient’s doctor or from blood work that I order and provides a Functional Health Report. This report is very detailed yet easy to understand the relationship of the different blood values. Dietary changes and/or nutrients are recommended to improve the out of range results and health.
The functional labs that I offer are from federally accredited labs and are commonly used by doctors trained in functional medicine. These tests assess the physiological functions not seen in traditional blood work or labs. They might just be the answer to an unresolved health problem!