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Functional Medicine Specialties
Thyroid health can influence nearly every body process including heart function, metabolism, reproductive health, cholesterol levels and more. It is closely related to adrenal gland health and can be evaluated by assessing blood, hair, use of thyroid questionnaires or basal metabolic temperature testing, (although least reliable). Typical blood tests include measurement of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, T3, T4, Free T3 and Free T4. Additional tests include Reverse T3 measurements, Thyroperoxidase Antibody and Thyroglobulin Antibody testing for autoimmune dysfunction. Hair analysis evaluates how thyroid hormone is functioning at a cellular level by assessing calcium and potassium and can frequently detect an issue before it is identified in the blood. These levels can be within "normal limits" , however, the patient is still experience symptoms, This is where holistic approaches are extremely useful and restorative.
The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and secrete steroid hormones throughout the day in a cycle called the circadian rhythm. Abnormal rhythm can influence many functions in the body including energy production, immunity, bone health, fertility, sleep quality and thyroid function. A simple non-invasive test can determine if you are in adrenal stress or fatigue. Dr Tassie likes to educate patients on what that means for them, and how to reverse the process and the hormonal cascade of adaption.
Gut Panel: The health of the gut is often described as the health of a person. It no longer matters if you travel outside of the U.S. or not to be exposed to a wide variety of parasitic infections and with the number of gut disorders there is no shortage of symptoms that people can experience on a daily basis. Clinical indications for testing of the gut include inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea, constipation, fat/grain/food intolerance, bloating, heartburn, excess gas or abdominal pain.
Anti-aging and Inflammation
Chronic inflammation contributes to aging, especially to the cardiovascular and nervous systems. It is now recognized as one of the key risk factors for heart disease and stroke and viewed as a contributor to age-related degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Keeping inflammation under control can be a part of anyone’s anti-aging strategy, but some people are more susceptible to chronic inflammation than others. Identifying how much inflammation is in your system is an important first step in the anti-aging process. Certain blood tests like an Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate, (ESR), fibrinogen and C-Reactive Protein, (hs-CRP), can be general inflammation indicators. Additional blood tests may also be useful. Measuring gut health through the gastrointestinal panel or the overall biochemical profile through a hair analysis can provide a general profile of complete health and can guide decisions about diet and nutritional supplementation. Recommendations for anti-aging and reduction of inflammation levels may include changes in dental hygiene practices, exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation and including components of an anti-inflammatory diet as often as possible.
Lifestyle/ Nutritional/ Bio-Identical Hormone Recommendations
As part of the comprehensive report of findings provided once test results are received, lifestyle, supplement or hormone recommendations may be given. We utilize saliva from Diagnos-techs. Testing from Cyrex, labs, Alcat food sensitvity testing, as well as others. Pharmacuetical grade, physician only nutritional support from, Standard Process, Metagenics, Nutrio-west, Ortho-molecular, and others. All recommendations are made based on the unique needs of each individual and no two programs will be alike.