Functional Nutritional Therapy (FNT)
What is FNT?
If you are wondering what nutrition has to do with your current health concerns, here's a simple explanation. Functional nutrition addresses the underlying causes of a clients' health concerns using a systems-oriented approach, engaging both client and practitioner in a supportive partnership.
Rather than focusing on dysfunction within the body, which expresses itself as symptoms in an individual, we focus on supporting one's underlying functions of the body.
Read more at the Nutritional Therapy Association.
What is it like to work with an FNT practitioner?
FNT practitioners work with bio-individual human physiology and function every day. The results for health and wellness for their clients can be profound. Here's what you can expect during a session.
First, you'll be asked to fill out some important fact-finding paperwork:
- An initial interview form with general questions
- A Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire. This is an online form that contains 300 questions that you tick as you go and takes around 30 mins to complete
- A 3-5 day food diary
- A disclaimer for you to sign, so you understand exactly what your practitioner is certified to help you with
This paperwork is used in the first session with your practitioner, where they will ask you in-depth questions about your history. Did you grow up near farms where pesticides were being sprayed? What kind of birth did you have? Did you have colic as a baby? These are all topics a practitioner will cover in order to get to the root of your health issues.
You may never have experienced being with someone this interested in the intricacies of your overall health, but that's what they do. Practitioners collect facts like a forensic scientist and use them to solve a 'crime' – in this case, the depletion of your vitality.
After the fact-finding mission is complete, the practitioner will perform some simple tests. Termed a Functional Evaluation, this will include:
- Taking your blood pressure and pulse
- Palpating reflex points
You will be asked to lay on your back on a therapy table, and your practitioner will request permission to touch you for the purposes of evaluation only. Using their knowledge of the innate connection between the nerve endings at skin level and the body's internal organs, your practitioner will ask you to rate the level of tenderness as they palpate the reflex point*. Most reflex points are throughout the torso, on your abdomen and rib cage. The aim is to understand which organs are under-functioning and contributing to your body's overall dysfunction, never to hurt you. Your practitioner will encourage open communication at all times to ensure you are comfortable. If you are not comfortable with this part of the process, your practitioner can simply just work with the information they have collected from the forms and initial interview and make general recommendations.
Lingual Neural Testing:
Using the results of the fact-finding and initial examination, your practitioner will test several nutrients that you may wish to consider to assist your body's recovery. They will do this by asking you to place a small sample of a nutrient in your mouth. When the message from the nerve endings on your tongue (your taste buds) has travelled to your brain and out to your external nerve endings (around 15-30 seconds), they will re-test the reflex points that were most sensitive. You will be amazed at how the tenderness rating will change when your body senses the right nutrient to help it heal. That's what we mean about the 'body's innate intelligence' – we are incredibly complex organisms with the ability to heal ourselves if only given the chance.
Your practitioner will then make their recommendations (either in the same session or the next) and help you to understand the reasons for those suggestions. In understanding why you might need to make them, you will be far more committed to the process and more likely to move closer to your health goals with each session.
Working with an FNT practitioner is an ongoing process, with visits anywhere from two to eight weeks apart, depending on where you are in your health journey. Our aim is to work ourselves out of a job and get you self-sufficient within a minimum time frame. However, some people choose to stay with their practitioner on an ongoing basis to keep themselves fine-tuned and in tip-top shape!
* Reflex points connect to the neuro-vascular and neuro-lymphatic pathways which surround every organ system in the body. When an organ is in stress, these pathways accumulate fluid around them (called venous or lymphatic congestion) to support healing. This congestion results in tenderness of the reflex point.
Source: Nutritional Therapy Association
What is Functional Lab Testing (FLT)?
Let's look at Pathological Lab Ranges vs Functional Ranges. How many times have you had lab work done that comes back "normal", but you do not feel "normal?"
Well there is something to that!
If your lab work shows you in the normal range, all that means is that you are not diseased..yet!
So let’s explore some differences in the most common testing people have done in my practice - blood chemistry, thyroid function, stool testing (GI MAP) and food sensitivity panels (ALCAT)
So let’s explore some differences in FLT - stool testing, food sensitivity panels, thyroid testing and blood chemistry.
One of the great discoveries of modern medicine is that humans are inhabited by trillions of bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. These living microbes are not just in your gut, as once believed, but in tissues throughout your body. You are not one, but many, and in an optimal state of health, you coexist with your microbes.
The largest and most complex microbiome is that of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which is estimated to contain as many as 1,000 microbial cells in every gram of stool. Although conventional stool testing looks at a limited number of markers and pathogens, microbiome mapping fully analyses your gut flora, as well as looking for multiple markers of inflammation or poor digestion which may also contribute to a whole host of issues from skin conditions, dysregulation of thyroid or sex hormones and mood disorders.
Functional microbiome mapping stool tests look at many biomarkers far beyond standard stool tests, including:
Digestion & absorption levels
Presence of a large variety of species - parasites, yeast overgrowth & worms
A full gut microbiome breakdown
Bacteria including H.Pylori, Campylobacter, Clostridium difficile & many more
Food Sensitivity Panels
Food sensitivities are different from food allergies and different again from food intolerances, even though these terms are often used interchangeably.
Often Confused: IgE And IgG Food Allergies
Many times when a person suspects a food sensitivity they are sent for food allergy (IgE type 1) testing. When those tests are found to be negative people are often told everything is fine even when they sense that something is wrong.
Difference between classic IgE food allergies and delayed IgG food allergies
There are various reasons why a food can cause problems, among them a classic IgE food allergy (type I) and a delayed IgG food allergy (type III), the latter is also referred to as food intolerance. What both allergies have in common is that the immune system is involved. However, there are some differences in the way it responses.
Classic IgE food allergy
A classic type I allergy is when the immune system produces specific IgE antibodies (immune globulins of the subclass E). These antibodies lead to an immediate allergic reaction. The symptoms appear within seconds or minutes: severe swelling, breathing difficulty, rash, itching skin or even anaphylactic shock.
Someone who has a type I allergy will most probably know which food is causing problems, because the symptoms appear right away. Therefore, blood testing is not necessarily needed to identify this kind of allergy. IgE tests are mainly performed for confirmation.
Delayed IgG food sensitivity
A type III food sensitivity is when the immune system produces specific IgG antibodies (immune globulins of the subclass G). These antibodies can lead to inflammatory processes. The symptoms appear up to three days after the consumption of a trigger food.
It is very difficult to pinpoint which food causes you problems because of the delayed appearance. An IgG test helps to localise and limit the suspects.
The same is true with thyroid conditions. The thyroid is a very important organ of metabolism, so it’s function has a huge impact on how we feel. But when you don’t have all the data about how it’s functioning, you’ll often be told that you’re fine when in fact you might have all the signs of a thyroid condition and failing to correct it can eventually result in you becoming a lifelong patient, often finding yourself on medication for life. That’s because most conventional medical doctors are limited in the number of bio markers they can order to assess thyroid function - often only ordering TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) testing, which is only a small part of the thyroid story.
Blood tests for thyroid function should include all of the following - TSH, total T4, free T3, reverse T3, TBG, TSI, and the presence of antibodies. These are all important for understanding how well our thyroid is working. Without fully evaluating total thyroid function, it’s easy to assume 'nothing is wrong with your thyroid' while you still may be experiencing many thyroid related symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss or gain, hair thinning and brittle nails.
Blood Chemistry Testing
There are two main types of ranges in the field of blood chemistry analysis: a pathological range, and a functional range. Most conventional health models only look for the pathological range and don’t assist patients in working towards the ideal functional range.
The pathological range is used to diagnose disease; the functional range is used to assess your risk for disease, before the disease develops. The references that are provided with laboratory test results are referred to as “the pathological range,” because if the test results are out of range, it usually indicates potential for pathology or disease.
The main difference between the functional range, and the pathological range, is the degree of deviation allowed within their normal range. For example the functional range for glucose may be 3.7 – 5.6 mmol/L, but the pathological range may be 6.0-11.0 mmol/L
Levels above the pathological range may indicate diabetes. Levels above the functional range, before they reach the extremes of the pathological range, may indicate insulin resistance and future risk for developing diabetes.
The pathological lab values provided on the lab results are actually based on a “bell curve analysis” of all the people that have been to the lab over “x” amount of time.
If you go to the same lab in two different cities, you will find that the reference ranges are actually different. It is important to look at functional ranges, so you are not considered “normal” or “healthy” because your lab tests fall in the same range as the majority of the sick people that have been to that lab. The sicker the population gets, the wider, and less useful the lab reference ranges become.
The crux: the quality of lab testing can determine the success of someone’s health goals.
In the conventional model of healthcare, if pathology is not identified on their level of lab testing, the patient is considered “healthy.” But in fact we as functional nutritionists know that disease does not occur spontaneously overnight but slowly develops over years with the body giving us many early warning signs that big trouble is on the way.
By looking at Blood Tests from a functional perspective we can identify early on trends occurring that are leading us toward poor health. More importantly it provides a window of opportunity to do something about it through restoring and supporting normal function, not overriding the body through medication (and their associated side effects) when trouble sets in.
The main difference basically boils down to our conventional definition and view of health.
Some define “health” as the absence of disease or symptom, and therefore if you are not diseased then you must be “healthy.” Other define “health” as being free of symptoms and disease but also having adequate energy levels, healthy digestion, ideal physiological and mental function, etc. Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defines health as: “A state of optimal physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity”.
We use the functional range when evaluating our clients. We get incredible results with very difficult chronic health histories because we are willing to take a step back, look and nutritionally support the WHOLE person, not just a diagnostic label.
When we see shifts out of the functional range we are going to analyze that in conjunction with a detailed history and physical functional clinical assessment
Glancing down at a lab report and saying everything is “normal” because all the values fall within the “pathological reference range,” ignores critical opportunities to achieve long term optimal health.
The information obtained from the Functional Lab Analysis allows us to give you critical nutritional advice on your chemical state and your internal terrain. Following this analysis, our practitioners can tell you what specific nutrients maybe lacking in you diet and how to return your body to optimal function. Abnormal physiological levels are used as warning signs that action needs to taken to improve lifestyle to avoid future health issues.
Functional Lab Testing can help you on the road to achieving a healthier and happier you!
What is PSYCH-K®?
PSYCH-K® is a simple, user-friendly way to change the software of your mind and the printout of your life. It is a verifiable and simple process that helps change self-limiting subconscious beliefs to new self-supporting ones in all aspects of your life.
“PSYCH-K® is a set of Principles and Processes designed to change subconscious beliefs that limit the expression of our full potential as a spiritual being having a human experience”, Rob Williams, originator of PSYCH-K®. The method is a simple way to get your life travelling in the direction you want it to, from aged seven and upward. We are now at a time in history where we can quickly grow towards self realisation.
In a typical PSYCH-K® session, you can expect to discuss issues you’re facing and identify the limiting beliefs that are likely driving those situations and behaviours.
Aspects of life facilitators work with include:
Self-Love, Self-Esteem, Self-Acceptance, Confidence
Relationships, Communication, Connection
Career Success, Purpose, Fulfilment
Body Composition, Performance
Spirituality, Divine Connection, Intuition, Transformation
Money, Finances, Abundance
Traumas, Distressing Situations, Fears, Phobias
Addiction (smoking, alcohol, etc.)
The outcomes you can gain from a series of PSYCH-K® sessions are many and varied. A lot depends on the type of issues you're dealing with and how well you undertake integration strategies - ACTION STEPS - into your daily life.
Sessions are currently in-person and generally run for 45-55mins. Enquire for furher information and pricing.