Yes to Life Natural Health
Services in Naturopathy and Advanced Energy Medicine
At Yes2Life Natural Health I take a “functional” approach to restoring and maintaining health. I use laboratory analysis of blood, saliva, urine, and the stool to determine where there is physical imbalance and what might be appropriate natural supplements or alternative interventions. I also use BodyTalk to address imbalances at the energetic level and to determine the most ideal set of therapies that would be the most efficient at not only restoring physical health but also help to balane the entire body-mind-spirit complex.
A “functional” approach to health is one that deals with both prevention as well as addresses underlying causes (not just symptoms) of serious chronic disease. It is a science-based field of health care that is grounded in the following principles:
•Biochemical individuality. It is important to consider individual variations in metabolic function that derive from genetic and environmental differences among individuals. •Individual-centered medicine care, which focus on the care of the individual rather than the disease. •It emphasizes that there is an interaction of internal and external factors that play a role in an individual’s story and state of health or “dis-ease”. The human body functions as an orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than individual systems functioning autonomously and without effect on each other. While it is great to have specialists that know all that is currently known about any one particular organ of the body, it is also very important to take into consideration how the organs and systems influence each other. For example, we now know that immunological dysfunctions can promote cardiovascular disease, that dietary imbalances can cause hormonal disturbances, and that environmental exposures can precipitate neurologic syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease. •Health is not merely the absence of disease but is vibrant, living vitality, expressed in a physical, mental, emotional state of creativity and overall wellbeing. A functional approach to health is based on an analysis of some basic imbalances that underlie various disease conditions. Those imbalances arise as environmental factors such as diet, nutrients (whether healthful or not, and including the quality of air and water), exercise, and trauma are processed by one’s body, mind, and spirit through a unique set of genetic predispositions, attitudes, and beliefs. The fundamental physiological processes include communication, both outside and inside the cell; bioenergetics, or the transformation of food into energy; replication, repair, and maintenance of structural integrity, from the cellular to the whole body level; elimination of waste; protection and defense; and transport and circulation.
The core clinical imbalances that arise from malfunctions within this complex system include:
•Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances •Oxidation-reduction imbalances and mitochondropathy •Detoxification and biotransformational imbalances •Immune imbalances •Inflammatory imbalances •Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances •Structural imbalances from cellular membrane function to the musculoskeletal system
Imbalances such as these are the precursors to symptoms which are then used to detect and label (diagnose) organ system disease. Improving balance – in the patient’s environment and in the body’s fundamental physiological processes – is the precursor to restoring health and it involves much more than treating the symptoms. Functional medicine is dedicated to improving the management of complex, chronic disease by intervening at multiple levels to address these core clinical imbalances and to restore each patient’s functionality and health. Functional medicine is not a unique and separate body of knowledge. It is grounded in scientific principles and information widely available in medicine today, combining research from various disciplines into highly detailed yet clinically relevant models of disease pathogenesis and effective clinical management.
According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, “Functional medicine emphasizes a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function.”
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