Functional Medicine and Testing & Treatment
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is a smart, natural approach to getting well and staying well, by looking at wholebody systems (gastrointestinal, hormonal, immune, etc.) to find the underlying cause of ill-health. The Multi-Scan, genetic testing, and laboratory blood, stool, urine, and saliva tests are used as diagnostic tools.
How does Treatment Differ from Standard Medical Care?
Functional Medicine seeks to identify specifics that irritate a patient’s system; to help patients to stop doing things that make their health worse; and to use very strategic minerals, vitamins, herbs and probiotics to aid the body in healing. The goal is to treat by giving the body what it needs to heal itself, rather than relying on symptom-targeting drugs with side effects.
THOROUGH DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS
Comprehensive Lab Testing. When Needed.
Oragnic Acid Test - can reveal yeast or bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine; whether a patient is able to make enough energy (mitochondrial function) or has enough vitamins
GI Map Test - reveals bacterial balance (good & bad) and parasites; detects microbes associated with autoimmunity and gluten sensitivity; provides a picture of overall gut health
Comprehensive Food Allergy & Sensitivity Testing - surpasses what allergiest do; they look at only 23% of th immunte syste (only the IGE immune system), this measures reactions in other parts of the immune system (IGA and ICG)
Female Hormone Salive Testing - can measure hormonal fluctuations throughout the cycle; can reveal whether or not a woman is in menopause or whether a post-menopausal woman would benefit from hormonal replacement therapy
Array 14 - is a screen for multiple mucosal immune reactivity (the immune system's reaction to what is going on in the gut)
Urine Test for Environmental Toxins - reveals what toxins what toxins (such as black mold, mercury, etc.) are most affecting patients
Diagnostic Tools and Treatment
- Multi-Scan—uses biosensor and LED techonology to reveal problem areas in physiology before they develop into pathology; is a helpful predictor of future heart, circulatory and lymphatic difficulty; reveals reduced blood flow to the brain or other organs, the level of arterial stiffness, poor lymphatic drainage areas, the amount of extracellular water present, and much more
- Quintessential Applications of Applied Kinesiology (not a primary diagnostic tool)—Dr. Carrick uses the Multi-Scan and laboratory blood, urine, stool, and saliva tests as diagnostic tools, but she may use applied kinesiology as a way of gathering more clues about problem areas, confirmed by other means of testing
- Urinalysis—reveals how well protein, fats and carbohydrates are being digested; shows whether there is a problem with the GI microbiome (community of good and bad bacteria in the body); detects bowel toxemia and both digestive-enzyme and pancreative insufficiency
- Cold Laser Therapy for Injuries—non-thermal photons of light penetrate 2-5 centimeters below the skin, where the light is absorbed and interacts with light-sensitive elements inside cells (similar to photosynthesis in plants); the absorbed energy increases intracellular metabolism, which reduces pain, inflammation, edema and healing time
- Ultrasound Therapy—uses sound waves above human hearing to increase circulation to sore muscles; useful for some patients, at times, to decrease swelling