Functional Medicine

Dr. Stephen Beyer

How do we do “Functional Medicine” at our clinic?


The KEY difference between a “nutritional” plan…which many “natural/holistic” doctors can provide…and one that is a true “Functional Medicine” one, is the use of Labs to both identify the issues (rather than guess), as well as guiding the treatment recommendations.

So a key part of the initial consultation is to determine based on your complaints, past history, etc…what if any other labs besides our blood chemistry panel (which alone is FAR more in-depth than most other doctors), need to be completed. Some examples are:

  • Stool Microbial Analysis:
    This determines both the levels of “normal flora” in the gut as well as if there are any abnormal “bugs”, such as yeast, parasites, and/or bacteria.

  • Food Sensitivity Testing

  • Hormone and Urinary Metabolites Assessment Profile (HUMAP):
    This not only Measures MANY major hormones (E1, E2, E3, progesterone, DHEA, cortisol, Testosterone etc..), but also how the body is breaking down or metabolizing these hormones, which is especially important to know with women.

Functional Evaluation of Labs

Many people are unaware that the ranges the lab established are from averages of all the people tested, so don’t represent “healthy”. A key step in our plans is to not rely on the lab's determination of if something is “high” or “low”, but to generate a report that checks whether or not what we measured falls within the “functional/healthy” range.

At the second visit, we provide you copies of both the report from the lab, but also a “functional” report. This report will have a summary of the main issues that we identified as problematic, and this will be explained to you. Additionally, you’ll get a typed-up “phase 1” treatment plan at this visit. The “treatments” are a natural approach utilizing dietary plans combined with targeted Nutraceutical products. Occasionally the use of Bioidentical hormones may also be needed (Link to BHRT page) to correct an issue.

Follow-up visits

Your plan will include a “Phase 2 & 3” visit to review progress and implement the next needed dietary and Nutraceutical intervention. These are usually 6-8 weeks apart, and allow you to not feel overwhelmed at the Phase 1 visit, as well as for the doctor to make any needed “tweaks” to your plan based on progress.

Then approximately 3 months after finishing the phase 3 treatments, a follow-up of the blood chemistry (and sometimes other labs) will be completed and reviewed with you to objectively show your improvements.

Dr. Beyer has over three decades of experience and success in helping thousands of chronically sick people regain their quality of life, as well as helping others maximize their health and wellness. Come and be the next success story!

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