An avalanche of chronic illness is bearing down on us. Lifestyle medicine outperforms conventional medicine when it comes to chronic disease. 91% of our overall health comes from our choices – NOT chance. (Dr. Russell Jaffe, M.D.) (1) In the coming years an army of trained health coaches will be needed to fill the gap between clinicians and patients. Dr. Jaffe estimates that we will need between 50,000 and 70,000 new health coaches in the coming years.
What role do health coaches play, and why do they have solutions for this chronic health crisis?
They bridge the gap between medical professionals and patients, assisting with necessary education and lifestyle changes. We call it the needs gap.
Doctors play a directive role in a patient’s care, but one study showed that half of all patients leave their doctor’s visits with little understanding of their health status or what to do about it. (2) Coaches have a collaborative role, however, educating, supporting, and contextualizing every aspect of their clients’ lives, enabling them to understand what they need to do to improve their health.
Unprecedented Chronic Illness
In 2008 45% of the American population had one or more chronic illness. That was about 133 million people. As of 2012 that number rose to about half the population having one or more chronic illness and 1/4 of the population having two or more. (3)
It’s hard to find a person now who hasn’t been directly or indirectly affected by chronic illness.
A huge contributing factor to this new paradigm is nutrition — or lack of micronutrient density in our diets.
Doctors and nutrition
Doctors receive little nutrition training, if any at all, yet people consider doctors the most trusted source of nutrition information.
Here are some shocking numbers:
In 1980 less than 1/4 of medical schools required a single course on nutrition.
By 2004, 30% of schools required one course in nutrition — about 11 – 20 hours of nutrition training. (5)
In the latest update on these statistics, 2010 revealed the lowest nutrition requirement on record in medical schools. (6)
At best, then, doctors are required the equivalent of a long weekend workshop.
It’s health care’s low-hanging fruit. If we emphasized the powerful role of nutrition, we could dramatically reduce suffering and needless death. (Michael Greger M.D. FACLM) (7)
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Reed Davis developed the FDN model while working at the Better Health & Wellness Center in Poway, CA during the 90s. He served as nutritionist and case manager. As every case passed through his triage, he tailored the clinic’s services to clients’ needs. This gave him an opportunity to track progress on many cases. He formed a successful model that became Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®.
Most clients at the clinic had seen at least four doctors and had a long trail of trial and error behind them. They had been offered drugs or surgery and didn’t want that, or they had been told they weren’t good candidates for the available treatment.
He decided he would be the last practitioner they needed to see, and he began running labs that would reveal opportunities for metabolic correction. He worked with clients to adjust lifestyle habits that influenced these areas, and they got better.
He made some surprising observations:
People with the same complaints had different causes. Two people with thyroid symptoms might show up, but one had digestion issues and the other had liver problems because of toxin exposure.
Working non-specifically on general health principles produced better results than laser focusing on symptoms or conditions. A “take this for that” approach did not work on these metabolic issues.
Those making adjustments nearest to the underlying cause made the best progress.
His clients all had one thing in common. He called it Metabolic Chaos®.
As long as clients worked on removing contributors to Metabolic Chaos® symptoms improved, even if far removed from the cause.
As he saw what worked and what didn’t, he developed the D.R.E.S.S. For Health Success® program taught at FDN. DRESS is an acronym that stands for Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress reduction, and Supplementing.
The problem with root cause
The mantra is “get to the root cause,” but there’s a hidden trap in that approach. A belief that one test will reveal a single cause is faulty. Unfortunately, we’re 50 years away from that technology, and we may never know a person’s root cause. Working on general principles of metabolic correction will have a positive influence anyway.
We’ve all seen people who can’t get over a virus or infection. Focusing on the infection, hitting it with more antibiotics, doesn’t heal the body. Priming the environment in the body makes it easier to get rid of the infection, and it stays away. The immune system has been restored. In other words, the infection isn’t the real problem, Metabolic Chaos® is.
Healing occurs when you remove the stressors causing Metabolic Chaos.
The problem with symptom relief
Medicine overrides the body. It’s a laser-focused machine gun, trained on taking out one issue. Without realizing it, we’re treating test results and single complaints, not people.
The main problem with symptom relief is that nothing has been done to remove the upstream stress, and new symptoms will appear somewhere else. Now libido is low, and we start thinking, “I’ll just run another hormone test.” You find low testosterone, and think you found a new problem. They use a testosterone patch, but the improvement doesn’t last. This is a new and different cycle of trial and error, caused by chasing symptoms. It takes discipline to continue working upstream on metabolic correction.
The Metabolic Chaos cascade happens and eventually leads to disease and symptoms in one body system first. If it’s the endocrine system, they see an endocrinologist. They don’t go back to the real problem, and they continue to treat at that end point. Most medicine only works at that end point. We need to relieve the stress on the system.
Health coaches don’t need to diagnose or treat anything specifically. It’s relieving to know that we can help someone with thyroid problems by addressing the whole body non-specifically.
How we work: the three phases
A well-trained FDN practitioner will initially provide relief with natural supplements while working on general principles and course correction.
First, we assess the underlying conditions and contributors to Metabolic Chaos with functional labs, and other tools for correlating the whole picture. We identify stressors that can be eliminated in the following systems: hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy production, and nervous systems. (H.I.D.D.E.N.)
Second, we customize a 90 day D.R.E.S.S protocol aimed at reducing stress on the body.
Third, we continue coaching up function and coaching down contributors to Metabolic Chaos®. Coaching is like sailing. Along the way, we make course corrections, as needed. There’s no powerboat to healing. You have to tack and come about. It’s very stress free when you have the right paradigms. This is a way of thinking.
Clients invariably get better.
Causal factors are resolved, weaknesses are revealed, function is restored. As we go, the client is getting educated about how to maintain better health for themselves. They develop knowledge and skills, and they feel empowered to move forward on their own.
By unraveling Metabolic Chaos® you can fill the needs gap and stop the cycle of trial and error
If you are a patient interested in working with a trained practitioner and learning this model of self-care, go to fdnselfcare.com to find a qualified FDN practitioner.
Go to functionaldiagnosticnutrition.com to learn more about our self-paced, online course. Being a health detective is exciting work. Healing happens when we support the whole body.
(1) Jaffe, Russell. 5 Key Strategies to Help Your Patient and Your Practice. drrusselljaffe.com.
(2) Bennett, Heather D., et al. “Health Coaching for Patients With Chronic Illness.” Family Practice Management, The American Academy of Family Physicians, 1 Oct. 2010, www.aafp.org/fpm/2010/0900/p24.html#fpm20100900p24-b13.
(3) “Chronic Diseases: The Leading Causes of Death and Disability in the United States” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 June 2017, www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm.
(4) Adams, Kelly M et al. “Status of Nutrition Education in Medical Schools,” The American journal of clinical nutrition 83.4 (2006): 941S–944S. Print.
(5) Adams, Kelly M., Martin Kohlmeier, and Steven H. Zeisel. “Nutrition Education in U.S. Medical Schools: Latest Update of a National Survey.” Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 85.9 (2010): 1537–1542. PMC. Web. 16 Feb. 2018.
(6) Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on June 8th, 2017. “How Much Nutrition Education Do Doctors Get?” NutritionFacts.org, nutritionfacts.org/2017/06/08/how-much-nutrition-education-do-doctors-get/.
We wanted to share information about this great summit with you. FDN founder Reed Davis will be one of the featured speakers. The summit begins February 26 and Reed’s presentation will be on March 10. If you are looking for an opportunity to grow your business like never before, there will be powerful information in this summit that you can use to do just that!
If you’re in the business of healing, then chances are you’d love to help more people. But, you’ve likely realized that a strictly-brick-and-mortar business model limits your ability to expand.
More than a third of Americans have an online business, and Forbes Magazine predicts that number will rise to more than half within two years. And, with about 77% of online searches being related to health and wellness, if you’re not harnessing the power of the Internet to grow your business, you’re missing out!
The good news is that you CAN get in on the next wave in wellness. My friend, business coach Toni Lyn Davis, is hosting a brand new summit on this very topic, and you’re invited to attend at no cost.
It’s called The 7-Figure Wellness Business Summit, it begins February 26, and you can grab your complimentary spot here: (affiliate link)
When you go to the link above and sign up to join Toni Lyn, me, and 20 other experts in the building and growing of online businesses, you’ll discover actionable, proven strategies you can use immediately to go beyond brick-and-mortar, to reach a wider audience, and to change the world in a bigger way!
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Step-by-step plans for building a brand and marketing your business so you can create financial freedom and lifestyle freedom WHILE healing more people, from anywhere, on your time.
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In short, you’ll walk away with answers to questions you might not even know to ask, grounded with a step-by-step process, and the tools you need to grow your business, serve more clients, and create the freedom of an entrepreneurial lifestyle!
Toni Lyn is the perfect person to host this summit. As a long-time business coach, she’s worked with hundreds of integrative professionals. She’s seen them struggle in their business, and she’s helped them transform their companies into online ventures that truly change the world.
Her mantra: “I help healers heal people.”
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Slow or halting progress can be frustrating for both client and practitioner. Nothing is more discouraging than working hard and getting results that don’t hold or have limited improvement. Oxalates complicate cases and tend to throw us off the trail. Clients who work the hardest often suffer the most because they unwittingly load up on oxalates in an effort to eat healthy, exacerbating their issues. Most of the foods recommended on a typical healthy diet are high oxalate, presenting a challenge for dedicated people. These clients continue to deal with pain, fatigue and other symptoms, and they might see new symptoms develop. Be the practitioner who can unlock this mystery. The FDN Advanced course on Oxalates provides the information you need to move your case forward.
What are oxalates?
Oxalates are molecules that appear as sharp crystals in the body, mostly found in plant foods. The human body also produces them. They come from without and within: exogenous contribution from diet and endogenous production.
Oxalates are structure and defense for the plant. The acidic, chalky taste of spinach is due to its high oxalate content. Plants with high oxalates are naturally bug resistant because the crystals destroy bug teeth and kill the bugs who try to eat them.
Oxalate (oxalic acid) is poison. It is used as a corrosive agent in rust removal and can also be found in things like anti-freeze. The CDC lists the lowest lethal dose of oxalic acid between 15 and 30 grams.
Many health-conscious people easily consume 1500mg of oxalic acid in one meal consisting of a green smoothie with spinach, almonds, chia seeds, and maybe a muffin made with almond or buckwheat flour. One meal could provide one tenth of a lethal dose! A day in the life of a healthy eater might include that green smoothie, quinoa flatbread, brown rice, more greens and high oxalate vegetables with potatoes for dinner.
These clients could gain weight in spite of the huge effort they make. Joint pain, fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, would be a few of the symptoms they might experience. They might also experience hormone imbalance, endocrine issues, intractable yeast infections, cortisol disturbances and inflammation. Initially, they feel better because they eliminated allergy and autoimmune triggers, but as their oxalate load piles on, they feel worse with new symptoms appearing. Part of the confusion is that the initial diet change is deceiving.
Common Symptoms Associated with Oxalates
Bladder, kidney, urinary tract:
Genital (vulvodynia) – a burning sensation, not caused by infection
Painful or inflamed joints and muscles (Fibromyalgia or arthritis)
Burning Sensations in the Feet
Low bone density
Unbound oxalates make their way into cells where they damage mitochondria and cause fatigue. Once cell metabolism is affected, many chronic systemic symptoms develop. Much of the available literature written about oxalates focuses on the formation of kidney stones, but it’s important to realize it can also cause chronic health problems, and kidney stones may not even be present.
Since oxalates lodge in tissues, the pain or complications can present in various ways. There are many interactions with genetics and micronutrients, and individual correlation plays a huge role in unlocking the specific issues that need to be addressed. The above is a list of common symptoms, but everyone is affected slightly differently, depending on how they arrived at hyperoxaluria.
What Causes the Problem?
Ingested oxalates only account for about 20% of total oxalate load. What contributes to the other 80% endogenous production?
Compromised gut health: Hyperoxaluria (high oxalate in urine) can be a byproduct of leaky gut. Undigested, high oxalate foods leach directly into the blood stream. Inflammation in the gut lining also allows oxalates to be absorbed.
Dysbiosis: Low levels of good bacteria and high levels of bad bacteria contribute to the conditions that cause oxalate formation.
Antibiotic use, and the use of other medications: Medications can destroy strains of bacteria that are able to degrade oxalates and break them down in the intestines.
Genetic SNPs: Some people produce a high amount of oxalates. Supporting metabolic pathways with B1, B6, B12, vitamin A, and sulfate is part of an overall approach. Testing for these deficiencies would be part of dealing with the bio individuality of that client.
Minerals: Minerals interact with oxalates in a feedback loop. Which came first? The mineral deficiency caused by high oxalates, or the high oxalates caused by a mineral deficiency? Minerals bind with oxalates and carry them safely out of our bodies, or you could say that oxalates bind with minerals making them unavailable for absorption.
Fat malabsorption: Undigested fat floating around in the gut tends to bind with calcium, making calcium unavailable to bind with oxalate, or unavailable for absorption. A stool analysis would determine if this is a problem.
Yeast and fungal overgrowth: These organisms can trigger the formation of oxalates. Environmental exposure to mold can also contribute.
Other foods and supplements can be converted into oxalates. Ascorbic acid, glycine (in bone broth), collagen (also in bone broth), fructose, and xylitol are on this list.
Who Should be Tested for Oxalates?
People with leaky gut
People with genetic SNPs
People with micronutrient deficiencies, such as B1, B6, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc
Anyone with a history of antibiotic use
Anyone with a yeast infection that doesn’t respond to normal treatment
Unexplained pain anywhere in the body
Vegetarians with chronic health problems, and people who have switched to a healthier diet, but are still having trouble getting well
People with learning disabilities
What Tests Are Used?
Great Plains Laboratory Organic Acids Test
GI Pathogen Stool Analysis
Urinary Pyrrole Test
A Strategy for Lowering Oxalate Levels
Following a low oxalate diet can be difficult. There is information in the FDN course, and more information about lowering oxalates can be found on the Trying Low Oxalates Facebook group and at lowoxalate.info.
Reducing dietary intake slowly is very important. Dumping large amounts of oxalate can damage organs and tissues. Clearing oxalates from the blood allows the body to dump them from tissues. A low oxalate diet does not directly lower body burden, but it enables the body to clear them. Eating a small amount of high oxalate food may be necessary at times to slow the process down. Clients need to understand that dumping too much or too fast is not safe.
Taking minerals, such as calcium citrate, before meals binds up oxalates in food and stops food from adding to the burden.
Supplementation aimed at correcting micronutrient deficiency and supporting genetic metabolism is important, and it might make sense to begin a program with that support before lowering the amount through diet.
Correcting dysbiosis and using specific strains of probiotics to break down oxalates can be a vital part of the program.
Address yeast and fungi overgrowth.
Why You Should Take the FDN Advanced Course
The FDN Advanced Course on Oxalates will help you identify which clients need help, what their specific contributing issues are, and how to gain control over these difficult problems. There is not much information in circulation about how to manage oxalates. FDN’s Advanced Course is a great way to get a complete information package and arm yourself with the ability to truly help people that few other practitioners are equipped to help.
“The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).”Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4 Dec. 2014, www.cdc.gov/niosh/idlh/144627.html.
Owens, Susan. “What Is Oxalate?” Home-Low Oxalate Diet, www.lowoxalate.info/.
Megyn Kelly’s segment (1) on intermittent fasting on January 4th featured Sumaya Kazi’s 50-pound weight loss success (2) and spoke of the amazing health benefits of intermittent fasting.
Before Megyn Kelly, there was Terry Crews, former NFL star, who did a video for Business Insider in which he stated that intermittent fasting keeps him in shape, and there was Dr. Rhonda Patrick. She spoke about intermittent fasting on the Tim Ferris show last May. He said that it was one of the most popular podcasts he’s ever done.
With all this interest in intermittent fasting, functional health coaches will encounter interested clients.
What is a functional health perspective on intermittent fasting?
On the positive side, intermittent fasting is a well-established health practice. We’ve been trained to think that skipping meals suppresses metabolism, causes muscle loss, or blood sugar problems. Jason Fung, M.D., author of The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended, has demonstrated that these statements are not true.
Regular fasting has been practiced safely since time immemorial. The belief that we need 3-6 meals a day is actually a new, first-world idea, originating in the 60s and 70s, along with mass food production and advertising for prepared food products.(3)
We think of “balanced diet” as a regular intake of balanced meals. The truth is, fasting can bring balance.
The Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® program is about restoring homeostasis.
Fasting is a good insulin regulation, and it is true that insulin sensitivity can be restored with intermittent fasting. Food of any kind raises insulin levels, if even just a little with proteins and fats. When we always eat at regular intervals, without interruption, we create a constant state of elevated insulin. Not eating is a low insulin state. Therefore, pausing food intake brings balance.
When no food has been taken in for about 24 hours glycogen stores in the liver are used up, and the body switches from food burning to fat burning. Since fat storage is meant to supply food in famine, it stands to reason that allowing our bodies some time to switch from food to fat for energy is also a necessary balancing act.
Periods of time where we release our bodies from the heavy burden of digesting food, then, is a good way to balance blood sugar and insulin, and it enables more balanced energy usage as the body is able to use stored fat. Eating and then not eating, as it turns out, is a balanced method of managing these functions.
Does that make it right for everyone, though? FDN practitioners know the answer to that is no. There is no diet or lifestyle that is right for everyone.
How do you tell when someone might not be a good candidate for intermittent fasting? You take them through the regular FDN D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success process, and you correlate the program with the bioindividuality of the client.
Intermittent fasting is no different than any other diet or lifestyle change. FDN practitioners trust their training and keep it in proper perspective.
If we just do what we do, and coach our clients through the proven D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success program. Clients may find they don’t need intermittent fasting.
The following issues present known problems with intermittent fasting:
Many women with existing hormone imbalances.
Those who are in a state of malnutrition from a history of poor eating habits.
Those with toxic overload might find the detox reactions overwhelming. (Who doesn’t have a congested liver these days?)
Those with sleep problems.
Women, more than men, can be sensitive to the hormone changes that take place during fasting.
Hormone changes take place because of a woman’s body’s design to protect an unborn child. Women are wired for pregnancy and have a strong hormone reaction to starvation signals, even when not pregnant. One study showed hormone disruption in rats during intermittent fasting (4) that were severe enough to cause fertility issues and ovary shrinkage. Many women are reporting extreme hunger and difficulty getting started on an intermittent fasting regimen because of these hormone issues. (5)
The body produces more leptin and ghrelin in response to starvation signals, which disrupts hormone production and ovulation. The extreme hunger associated with these signals can cause a client to overeat on non-fasting days, which will exacerbate existing imbalances. They can find themselves caught in a frustrating cycle after starting intermittent fasting.
People with a history of poor eating habits should ease into intermittent fasting.
Supporting nutritional deficiencies before embarking on a fasting discipline is important. Malnutrition causes the body to react to intermittent fasting more extremely. Most people eating the typical American diet would fall into this category, and improving cellular health, cellular energy, and improved absorption should be addressed first.
Eating nutrient dense, real food is important for successful fasting and for avoiding the hormone imbalances that can result if the body does not have healthy storage to endure the time off from eating. Starvation signals are more likely to cause strong reactions if the body is already deficient.
Lifestyle changes that include better nutrition takes time and coaching. Our clients should understand their body’s need for nutrition, and not think of fasting as a magic cure.
People with congested livers would have some difficult detox reactions to intermittent fasting.
Liver function would also be supported through better nutrition and cleansing before graduating to a fasting lifestyle. It would result in more stable success because it would be more comfortable for the client.
Many clients present with insomnia.
Poor sleep is often a client’s main complaint, and this can be a problem with intermittent fasting because cortisol and insulin are hormones involved in sleep. They also tend to be thrown off with fasting in people who are not sleeping well.
Metabolic chaos presents with fatigue, brain fog, memory problems, digestion, hormone imbalances, malnutrition, weight loss or weight gain, and blood sugar imbalances – things that often don’t warrant conventional medical treatment but are increasingly lowering our quality of life. Fasting too soon could cause these problems to worsen and send the client on a roller coaster of hormone imbalance.
These people need functional coaching in order to bring about the balance that would eventually make for successful fasting.
Our proven program uncovers stressors in the hormone, immune, detoxification, digestion, energy production, and nervous (HIDDEN) systems. We begin by using the BioHealth 205, DUTCH test, BioHealth 101, and other labs, to reveal malfunction in these systems, and we start by coaching the client back into balance through diet and lifestyle changes, along with some supplements. As we walk our clients through this process, balance is resumed, and symptoms begin disappearing. The client is empowered and educated about how to get healthy and stay healthy.
After achieving better balance, the bioindividual needs of the client may point towards intermittent fasting. At that point, trying intermittent fasting will not be a very difficult task, and they will be more successful, anyway.
Want to access lab testing for your clients?
Become a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and get your hands on our tests to begin helping your clients achieve balance! They might still be interested in intermittent fasting, and if they are, they will be part of the group finding success with it. It won’t be another tried and failed attempt at dieting.
If you are a patient, looking to learn more about self-care, and would like to work with an FDN practitioner, go to fdnselfcare.com.
Kelly, Megyn. “Meet a Woman Who Lost 50 Pounds Through Intermittent Fasting.” Meet a Woman Who Lost 50 Pounds through Intermittent Fasting, The Today Show, 4 Jan. 2018, (1) https://www.today.com/video/meet-a-woman-who-lost-50-pounds-through-intermittent-fasting-1129151555597.
Kazi, Sumaya. “My Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle: How I Dropped 50 Pounds.” Medium, Personal Growth, 19 July 2016, medium.com/personal-growth/myifguide-38037b3b1ec4.
Fung, Jason, and Jimmy Moore. The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting. Victory Belt Publishing, 2016.
Kumar, Sushil, and Gurcharan Kaur. “Intermittent Fasting Dietary Restriction Regimen Negatively Influences Reproduction in Young Rats: A Study of Hypothalamo-Hypophysial-Gonadal Axis.” PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, 29 Jan. 2013, journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0052416.
This event is being co-sponsored by FDN-P Wendy Meyers and is sure to contain a lot of great information that will be useful for both you and your clients!
You can’t escape environmental toxins. No one can. Heavy metals are interfering with your life. They’re everywhere. In our food, water, air, even our household goods…and they’re destroying health.
In fact, everyone has some level of mercury toxicity. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, allergies, even autism…there is so much more you need to know about heavy metals!
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The connection between toxins and disease is now undisputed, but it’s still being ignored by conventional medicine.
Wendy Myers, FDN-P, NC, CHHC, Christine Schaffner, ND, and Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, have spent the last few months gathering the right experts, information and protocols to help you understand the danger of environmental toxins and what to do about them.
Every day, they help their patients regain health, in some part through heavy metal detoxification. People with incorrect diagnoses of multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia or thyroid issues, just to name a few, have found relief through their innovative and individualized protocols to reduce the burden of heavy metals.
They’re here to help you by sharing that wisdom.
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At first glance, personal training appears to be a glamorous job. In most cases you get to set your own hours, be your own boss, spend all day being active, wear the trendiest athletic clothes as your uniform and being healthy is part of the job.
But over time, most personal trainers start to hit their own wall personally and/or professionally. The spread of early morning to evening appointments and accommodating clients’ schedules starts to wear on you. You get frustrated with your clients when they aren’t getting results or lack commitment. You desire to do more with your clients because you see there is more to health than just diet and exercise, but there’s just not enough time or focus in a training session to touch on every aspect.
Going to the gym day in and day out starts to feel like Groundhog’s day and you begin to long for a sense of freedom. And eventually, your personal health takes a hit from the strain and stress of keeping up with it all, and you start to wonder if this is manageable long term.
This exactly what happened to our very own Jenn Malecha and how she came to be a FDN Practitioner.
Join Reed Davis in a candid conversation with FDN Practitioner, Jenn Malecha, about how she went from being a tied down personal trainer making less than $50,000 a year to becoming a successful FDN Practitioner, tripling her income and finding personal AND professional freedom.
As a personal trainer, Jenn quickly moved up the career ladder- eventually managing a multimillion-dollar fitness facility. After 4 years of full-time personal training and fitness facility management, she left the fitness industry in search for something more and landed a job in corporate wellness where she thought she would reach more people. As her career progressed in corporate wellness and her own health began to decline, she quickly recognized the gaps in the U.S. health care system and wanted to make a bigger impact on a more personal level.
In search of a new career path, Jenn was connected with FDN through a webinar with Sean Croxton and immediately knew this was the answer she had been looking for. Now, as a certified FDN Practitioner, Jenn has a thriving health coaching practice with clients all over the world that gives her the freedom to travel the globe and maintain her own health.
In this interview, Jenn will share:
How she made the leap from being a personal trainer and working in the corporate world to becoming an adventure seeking entrepreneur
What she can do for her clients now as an FDN that she could never do as a trainer or in corporate wellness
How learning the DRESS principles has helped her navigate her own health issues with Hashimoto’s and mold illness
Why being an FDN Practitioner is her last stop on the career train
A Google search for “root cause and functional health,” turns up almost seven million results. Finding the root cause is a defining principle of functional medicine, and it is a worthy endeavor. We will never stop searching for it, but it also may never be known. It can be elusive, or it may be far removed from where symptoms appear in the body. Sometimes, when you think you’ve got a handle on it, the body does a jiu jitsu move and you’re in a new battle. What then?
Great news. The powerful principles taught at Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) work non-specifically on the whole body, and the root cause, even if it is never clear, can still be positively affected.
Let’s take the thyroid, for example. Your client presents with a cluster of classic thyroid symptoms. You run a thyroid panel, which comes back positive, and you think you’ve found the problem. The client doesn’t get better, though, or they get a little better and then come back later with a hormone imbalance. Are we just applying pressure to watermelon seeds forcing symptoms into another body system, or are we seeing restoration?
Adrenal insufficiency can present similar issues. We assess adrenal function by output of cortisol and DHEA, however, the glitch can be further upstream in the brain where the HPA axis signals hormone production. Since FDN principles work on the whole body, they would have a positive affect on both brain health and adrenal health. We nurture the whole body back to balance and function. It may never be clear where the problem originated, but function is still restored.
Metabolic chaos® is a state that exists because of hidden complexities in metabolism and under-appreciated influences from the environment. —Reed Davis, CNT, founder of FDN
We are assaulted by the environment. Dr. Russel Jaffe, MD said, “We’re all marinating in a toxic soup.” It’s a toxic soup of stressors that are applying pressure to our whole system. Add to that the chronic stress most people are living under, and the poor eating habits and lifestyle habits we have today, and you’ve got chronic illness that develops slowly as the body breaks down. Our metabolism is infinitely complex. It makes adjustments, but it is also sensitive, and it can only handle so much before the balancing act tips too far, and symptoms of illness appear.
The body has a finely balanced hormone network, and it basically robs Peter to pay Paul when a stressful incident occurs. When the stress is gone, balance is returned and Paul is paid back. Normal hormone production resumes. This is called homeostasis. The body makes these adjustments constantly. When stress is chronic we get depleted, and there is no longer anything to shunt from one pathway to another. There may be deficiencies that prevent the body from producing what it needs to recover, or it may be unable to produce enough energy at a cellular level to run this balancing act. That’s often when a symptom appears. The body has tilted and lost its balancing act.
In FDN practice, we use labs to assess function and find a starting point. As we continue the detective work we gain deeper insights, and we are coaching the client in lifestyle changes that nurture the body back into balance. As we go, we’re looking for stressors on the body that contribute to metabolic chaos, and we eliminate those things that are putting pressure on the body. In this process of assessment and correction, we may learn what the root cause is, or we come close enough to it that the client is brought to a healthier overall balance. In other words, we’re having an effect upon it, and we’re happy.
Healing happens when you remove as many contributors to metabolic chaos as possible.
This dynamic process of resuming balance is ongoing in the body, and it will often return to function when it has what it needs.
H.I.D.D.E.N. Stressors that contribute to metabolic chaos.
The areas we assess through testing spell out the acronym H.I.D.D.E.N.
Hormones – We assess stress and steroidal hormones.
Immune System – We get clues to immune function through hormone patterns and further GI assessments.
Detoxification – Liver function is fairly easy to assess.
Digestion – We look at how well food is being broken down.
Energy Production – The right diet for each person, which enables efficient cellular energy production.
Nervous system – Balance in the autonomic nervous system between the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches.
We know these systems should be working well. With an organized system of detective work, you can assess those areas and find healing opportunities. We then nurture these systems and educate the client about lifestyle changes to maintain their new better health.
The Solution to the Problem
H.I.D.D.E.N. stressors are the problem. The D.R.E.S.S. For Health Success® program taught at FDN is the solution. It treats every cell, every tissue, every organ, and every system in the body. It treats the whole organism.
We teach our clients self-care in these areas, and they improve.
Symptoms disappear as the body regains homeostasis, builds up its reserves, begins producing enough energy, comes out of sympathetic nervous system mode, and circulation through movement is restored. Supplements are occasionally necessary in addition to diet and lifestyle changes. The client focuses on improving overall health habits. They learn they have a level of control over their health because in most cases, they see rapid improvement. Healing happens as they learn and continue down their health journey, and we’re there to guide them.
If you are a patient, interested in working with a trained practitioner and learning this model of self-care, go to fdnselfcare.com to find a qualified FDN practitioner.
To get trained in this exciting method of treating the whole body go to functionaldiagnosticnutrition.com to learn more about our self-paced, online course. Being a health detective is exciting work. Healing happens when we support the whole body.
Treating thyroid problems can be like sleuthing a medical mystery. Hormones are prescribed, but the client keeps returning with new complaints and still tired.
The Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® approach to whole-body balance is a better way to deal with thyroid health because the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis, the liver, and the gut are all involved in hormone production. The problem may not be in the thyroid. A holistic approach supports every metabolic pathway used by thyroid hormones, and casts a wide net over the whole matrix.
A master hormone
Every cell in the body has a receptor for thyroid hormone. It is fuel for cell metabolism, which means every function in the body depends upon it for energy. Many symptoms are associated with thyroid malfunction because without good energy, cells can’t do their job.
We see a lot of congested livers and dysfunctional guts. Two of our foundational tests at FDN look at these functions. Clearing these issues often fixes things far removed from the liver and the gut. The body simply goes back to functioning well, as malabsorption in the gut is corrected, gut flora is balanced, the liver begins converting T4 to T3 more efficiently, and rT3 is balanced with T3.
The chain reaction begins in the brain with the hypothalamus.
The hypothalamus (TRH) — pituitary (TSH) — thyroid (T3 and T4)
The Liver has three jobs when it comes to thyroid function:
It converts T4 to T3 (the only usable form of thyroid hormone). The enzyme used in the liver for this conversion process is dependent upon selenium. Many people suggest taking selenium for thyroid problems, but it’s important to realize that selenium supports liver function.
It binds T3 to thyroxine-binding globulin (TBG). This function helps regulate delivery of the hormone to the right cells.
It produces reverse T3 (rT3). A healthy ratio between T3 and rT3 keeps our cells from burnout. High T3 is like pouring gasoline on logs in a fire. It burns the logs up quickly and the house isn’t warmed. RT3 helps control cell burnout by putting a limit on how much T3 is produced in the liver.
Therefore, there are three problems with a dysfunctional liver:
Too little thyroid-binding globulin – high T3. Burnout.
Too much thyroid-binding globulin – low T3. Thyroid symptoms.
Too much RT3 – low T3. Thyroid symptoms.
Good gut bacteria and bad gut bacteria both influence T3.
Good bacteria, friendly flora, reactivates T3 sulfate and T3 acetic acid in the gut. This source of T3 makes up a fifth, or 20%, of your available thyroid hormone.
Bad bacteria releases neurotoxins called lipopolysaccharides in the gut, which disrupt conversion and wreak havoc in other parts of the body.
Neurotoxins, a byproduct of bad bacteria:
Suppress conversion to T3 in the gut.
Migrate through leaky gut, end up in the liver, contributing to dysfunction there.
Enter the bloodstream, migrate to the pituitary, resulting in low TSH, and then low thyroid production.
Lipopolysaccharides, and other toxins, affect receptorship inside the cells.
Neurotransmitters and Inflammation:
Gut dysfunction affects neurotransmitter production, such as serotonin. Neurotransmitter disruption affects the hypothalamus, causing low production of TRH, right at the beginning of the chain.
Inflammation also often originates with gut dysbiosis, and it also affects hypothalamus function.
Dysbiosis, leaky gut, and liver dysfunction are a vicious cycle. They create a bad feedback loop, and thyroid hormone production takes a big hit. Weight gain results. Fat cells produce inflammatory cytokines that cause problems with the HPT axis, HPO axis (ovarian), and HPA axis (adrenal).
This is why a whole-body, holistic approach is necessary for thyroid health
We’ve looked at the liver’s conversion and binding processes. We’ve looked at the need for thyroid-binding globulin and rTS. We’ve looked at how 20% of thyroid hormone is coming out of the conversion happening in the gut with good, healthy flora. We’ve seen how the production of bad bacteria in gut dysbiosis will have a suppressive effect on the hypothalamus and the pituitary, and cause liver dysfunction. Lastly, we’ve seen how inflammation can have a direct effect on receptorship within cells.
Taking T4, like Synthroid, isn’t going to fix this metabolic chaos®.
We test for malfunction, and we educate clients in a model of self-care that enables them to reverse these conditions. We teach them to remove inflammatory foods, and take care of anything else that contributes to this chain reaction. As they learn self-care and we support their whole body through functional tests that reveal healing opportunities, we see restoration.
If you are a patient, interested in working with a trained practitioner and learning this model of self-care, go to fdnselfcare.com to find a qualified FDN practitioner.
To get trained in this exciting method of treating the whole body go to functionaldiagnosticnutrition.com to learn more about our self-paced, online course. Being a health detective is exciting work. Healing happens when we support the whole body.
It can be a challenge for clients to find quick, simple, healthy and tasty meals to feel themselves and their family. And yet it is important for them to have a variety of recipes that they can rely on to provide meals that will help support the healing of their body…and that they can get the family to eat as well! This Southwestern Chicken Chowder recipe fits the bill.
It is quick and easy to make, is nourishing and required only a little prep. It is also incredibly flavorful. It is easy to adapt for many different dietary needs as well. One way to boost the nutrient content of this soup and make it beneficial to gut health is to use bone broth
This recipe calls to be done in the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. This allows for quick cooking time. But it can easily be done in the slow cooker as well. The instructions for slow cooker preparation are in the recipe notes below.
This recipe is Paleo, grain free, gluten free and dairy free. If you can tolerate dairy, feel free to substitute raw milk or heavy cream for the non-dairy milk in the recipe.
Southwestern Chicken Chowder
This simple soup recipe is quick and easy to make and full of flavor.
1 lb chicken breasts or thighs (boneless and skinless)
1 1/2 cups broth
2 cups salsa (homemade or organic)
1 cup onion (chopped)
1/2 cup bell pepper (chopped)
3-4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp unrefined sea salt
1 can diced tomatoes (organic, no-salt added, BPA free can)
1 cup non-dairy milk
Add all of the ingredients to the Instant Pot, except non-dairy milk
Hit Soup button and let cook for 10-12 minutes.
Allow the natural release of the steam.
Add non-dairy milk and mix well.
This recipe can also be done in the slow cooker.
Slow cooker version
Add all ingredients to slow cooker except non-dairy milk.
Today’s practitioner spotlight features Daniel Walsh. Daniel’s story starts out much like that of most FDN Practitioners. He decided to change careers after he had overcome some extreme health challenges. At 35, Daniel, a certified EMT, suffered a heart attack (V-Tac, or raising heart beat) from taking a concentrated ephedra supplement (weight loss/fat burner). This led to three days in a cardiac unit and a long path of pharmaceutical management to keep tachycardia/A-fib under control. After 9 years Daniel developed anxiety, a 45-lb weight gain, GERD, chronic knee inflammation, and high cholesterol. He was taking multiple medications like they were candy.
I knew I had to shift this. My condition was getting worse and I thought I might die suddenly.
Daniel started walking 2 miles every day and cleaned up his diet. It took him 3 years to ween off all his med’s. The beta blocker was the hardest to kick but he got approval from his cardiologist after he discovered Hawthorne berries and leaves for heart rhythm. After 6 months and Hawthorne supplementation, he was finally able to kick the beta blockers. After finding FDN, he was able to identify and resolve his chronic knee inflammation—after 3 surgeries and reoccurring inflammation—via food sensitivities! He also had to overcome a switch from a vegetarian diet to an autoimmune paleo diet. This taught him valuable lessons about bio-individuality and transformed his thinking on diet and food.
All I had hoped for was to live again in a somewhat healthy state. I never imagined that I could actually be optimally healthy again. My 48th year I ran a 5:50 mile and my 49th year I bench pressed 285 lbs. I am 55 now and running and working out and loving my life.
Daniel’s passion is helping people with chronic issues–autoimmune to Lyme. Besides being a FDN-P, he is a certified western clinical herbalist, IIN health coach and EMT. He has been very successful with a lot of people over a relatively short period of time by using FDN’s foundational components and some very specific components as a clinical herbalist.
Daniels’s words of advice for FDN Practitioners is to:
“Treat the person not the lab! Stay foundational. If your protocol isn’t working, dig deeper and/or shift it.”
The most common client challenges that Daniel has encountered is the dietary component. He has learned to make it very clear to his clients about the benefits of dietary changes. He personally uses a white board to graphically illustrate his points so the client gets it.
Daniel’s business tips include:
Learn to gain a high expectation that your clients will have positive results with your protocols. Know it and they will feel it and it will happen.
Communicate clearly that this is a not a straight path. We need to constantly adjust and therefore…
Stay in touch weekly by E- mail. This lets your clients know you are there for them. They feel held by you and they will therefore do their best.