How is Functional Medicine Different?
Functional Medicine is a smart, natural approach to getting well and staying well, by looking at whole-body 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.
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.
"Dr. Carrick taught me that we all have individual needs and what works for one may not work for another. Dr. Carrick cares for her patients and spends quality time with them. I would highly recommend her."--N.K. *
*Your results may vary
Have you tried to fix a persistent physical problem yourself? Are you discouraged about the lack of improvement? Our bodies are wonderfully complex. A thorough diagnosis and effective treatment require the right tools, the right timing and years of study, training and experience. Let us help you navigate your healthcare maze.
In-Depth Lab Testing
Organic Acids 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 Stool 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 allopathic allergist do, who look at only 23% of the immune system (only the IgE immune system); this test measures reactions in other parts of the immune system (IgA and IgG)
Female Hormone Testing - 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; whether women are clearing out estrogen through a non-cancer-producing pathway
Urine Test for Environmental Toxins - reveals what toxins what toxins (such as black mold, mercury, etc.) are most affecting patients
Immune System Pathogen-Related Test (blood test) - reveals what molds, tick-related illnesses, and common viruses are affecting the immune system
Immune System Latent Antigen Test - is for patients who need to know if their environment or personal-care products (shampoo, moisturizer, etc.) are making them sick. For example, it will reveal if bisphenol A (a plastic) is overstimulating their immune system
Array 11 - determines if environmental chemicals are affecting the immune system, such as pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, etc
Multiple Autoimmune Reactivity Screen - measures predictive antibodies for autoimmune conditions (some may appear up to ten years before the onset of disease)
In-Office Testing and Treatment
Quintessential Applications of Applied Kiniseology - a diagnostic process that prioritizes what should be done with a patient first, next and last.
1. How are physicians trained in AK different?
Information travels between the brain and the body via the nervous system in the spinal cord. Noting the excitation and inhibition of neural pathways , Quintessential Applications of AK (muscle testing) is a highly specialized form of Applied Kiniseology. Decades of study with a Functional Neurologist distinguishes Dr. Carrick from other practitioners. She gathers neurological information by testing muscles and noting responses. This testing provides an excellent clue to brain health, as well.
2. How does Quintessential Applications help to limit cost?
QA helps to narrow or to confirm areas of dysfunction--a key aid in avoiding too-general lab tests or unneeded supplements. For instance, if a blood tests reveals that MCV (mean corpuscular volume) is too high, is there a need for B6, B12, or folate? Any Functional Medicine physician would know that one or all three of those supplements are lacking; however, only someone trained in QA would know, with in-office testing, specifically which one of those three might be needed at that time.
3. How can old injuries be addressed by Quintessential Applications?
To respond quickly to danger, everyone has an automatic reflex (the flexor-afferent reflex) that doesn't wait for direction from the brain. When touching a hot stove, we pull away quickly, because information goes to the spinal cord to trigger the flexor muscle, pulling the hand out of danger. Every injury involves this reflex, and the nervous system adapts. In some cases, long after the injury has healed, the body continues to react as though the injury is recent. This makes the body work harder and wastes energy. Doing micro-manipulation of joints, however, gives the brain new information: it does not have to keep paying attention to the old injury because enough healing has occurred.
- Functional 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 pancreatic insufficiency
- Multiscan — uses biosensor and LED technology 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
- 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 intra-cellular 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
- Pharmaceutical Grade Nutritional Supplements -- may be used when needed, for a period of time; but the goal is for the body to heal to the point where diet and a healthy lifestyle supply what is needed.
Detoxification Done Right
1. What Are Toxic Substances?
Toxins interfere with the body's normal function. They are found in water, air, soil, food, and personal-care products. Specifically, toxins are heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, phthalates, BPA, etc. Our bodies are bombarded daily with compounds that the body recognizes and can clear on its own. Unfortunately, our bodies are also confronted with unnatural compounds that cannot be cleared naturally. For instance, Organic Pollutants (known as POPS) can take decades to clear from the body. They are resistant to biological degradation. One example is DDT, which was banned in the US in 1972 and yet is still measurable in every person who is alive today and even in polar bears living in the Arctic, as well.
2. How Are Toxins Related to Diseases like Diabetes?
The more toxins there are in the body, the higher the risk for diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Diabetes is the end result of Metabolic Syndrome, which is insulin insensitivity. There are ten-to-fifteen times more diabetics today than there were fifty years ago. Toxins like arsenic keep the pancreas form making insulin, and other toxins--such as phthalates and BPA (bisphenol A)--block insulin receptors in cells.
Everyone is being exposed to different toxins daily, and each person's physiology is different; therefore detoxification is not a one-size-fits-all process. There are many different kinds of detox diets available today, but the problem is that the procedure for detoxing, as well as the detox diet itself, may do more harm than good. Dr. Carrick tests each patient to determine what particular toxins (black mold, mercury, pesticides etc.) need to be eliminated and then tests again to make sure this has been accomplished.