EXPERT FUNCTIONAL MEDICAL NUTRITION & PRODUCT GUIDANCE By Phone 205.915.0474
Expert guidance in the most effective strategies for helping YOU reduce your risk of cancer & other chronic conditions, based upon your family history & genetic/metabolic individuality. See our 12 Week Weight Loss & Health Transformation Program.
Expert guidance in transitioning to a healthier, more plant-based diet, whether your goal is a modified vegetarian or vegan diet (or even just add more vegetables & fruit to your diet) while meeting all your nutritional needs.
Enjoy healthier versions of traditional meals; holiday options; family meal planning. Ethnic meal plans customized to your preferences, dietary needs & health goals. See our 12 Week Weight Loss & Health Transformation Program.
There are so many diets out there! No cookie-cutter approach here. Every patient's program is customized to his or her specific needs.
At times functional medicine testing is necessary to help us better identify the nutritional roots of health issues. I offer convenient testing at competitive pricing.
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Master the most important nutrition (diet & supplements) & lifestyle practices for reducing risk of breast cancer, based upon your diet, family history, genetic factors, past exposure to carcinogens, & xenoestrogens.
Receive expert guidance for the botanical regimen most effective for your specific needs, with careful attention to drug-herb interactions or contraindications.
As part of all 12 session packages learn the most highly effective techniques, baked by clinical studies, to improve your success in developing & enjoying healthy lifestyle practices.. EFT & other modalities.
We offer nutritional evaluations prior to bariatric surgery, as required by insurance providers. We promptly fax your paperwork to your doctor within 24 hours of your appointment. CALL US FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Special packages, customized for patients who consult us for their pre-surgery nutritional needs, Three or six monthly sessions are usually required by insurance providers. CALL US FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Customized weight loss packages for your special needs, with expert guidance in accelerated healing, advancing your diet, targeting metabolic issues & emotional eating. CALL US FOR MORE INFORMATION.
SPECIAL DIETS (An abbreviated list)
Patient meal plans are customized to individual needs. No one particular diet meets a specific patient’s needs. Every patient receives a customized diet and meal plans that are completely individualized to his or her needs and taste preferences. (Vegetarian, vegan, Kosher & ethnic meals & menus are available). The meal plans & menus I provide are NOT print outs from a computer data base & are NOT general recommendations. They are specific tools for helping YOU reach YOUR health goals by controlling such nutritional factors as macronutrient levels (protein, fat & carbohydrate) & ratios, sensitizing- & allergenic foods, vitamins, minerals, phytoestrogens, tolerance for oxalates, tyramine, histamine & salicylates, time for meal preparation & more.
Allergy Substitutions - Expert dietary makeovers starring foods to which you are non-reactive!
Casein-Free - Free of the most highly allergenic dairy protein
Diabetic Diet - In the exchange system foods with a similar amount of carbohydrate are grouped together. Proteins, fats and low-carbohydrate vegetables are also grouped together. A weakness in this diet is that the carbohydrate serving sizes are not adjusted to reflect the level of carbohydrate which is actually absorbable, becsuse the exchange system does not account for the fiber (which contains carbohydrate which is not absorbable). In my nutrition planning I use a modified form of the exchange system which allows patients tighter control over thier intake of absorbable carbohydrate (impact carbs).
Beyond DASH - Goes far beyond the National Institute of Health’s recommendations (Dietary Approaches To Stop Hypertension - DASH) to address potassium, magnesium and nitric oxide production as well as insulin production and for controlling high blood pressure.
“Gluten”- Free - Free of the most inflammatory gluten (alpha gliadin) in wheat, barley and rye.
Keto- Diets and Keto-Friendly Nutrition Plans - Customized to your specific metabolic needs. Carbohydrate tolerance varies tremendously between patients and changes with time. If you consume too few carbs for an extended period of time you may develop adrenal exhaustion and if you consume too many you may stall your weight loss and/or increase the inflammatory processes in your body. You need an individualized program that addresses your metabolic individuality, which also takes into account all your other medical issues and risk factors.
Carbohydrate-controlled/Low Glycemic - Assists in weight loss, controlling blood sugar, triglycerides, and in reducing systemic inflammation and in improving quality of life in COPD and in other lung diseases.
Cardiac Prudent - Sodium-controlled with specific recommendations for amount and types of dietary fat, to help control lipid levels; optimal in magnesium and potassium.
Leaky Gut Syndrome - Designed to repair lining of the gut and to re-establish healthy microbiome.
Low FODMAP - Low in fermentable oligosaccharides-, disaccharides-, monosaccharides and polyols- which may be triggering digestive symptoms like bloating, gas and stomach pain.
Low Fructose - Assists in weight loss, blood glucose control and fructose sensitivity/ malabsorption(which may present as IBS symptoms).
Low Histamine - Assists in controlling histamine sensitivity.
Low Oxalate- Helps reduce occurrence of oxalate-containing kidney stones and severity of vulvodynia.
Low Purine - to reduce uric acid levels (a major factor in the development of gout).
Protein-Controlled (in kidney disease, for example) - supplemented with essential amino acids to reduce kidney stress and to ensure that protein needs with a much lower intake of dietary protein.
Potassium-, Sodium- and Phosphorus-controlled (in kidney disease).
Renal Diet - individualized protocols updated based upon latest research and clinical pearls to aggressively control kidney stress, electrolytes, albumin and dozens of other laboratory values which are important in maintaining or improving kidney function.
Low Salicylate - Controlled in this substance found in aspirin and in plants, in general.
Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) - Grain-free diet low in natural sugars and lactose with no added sugars.
Low Tyramine - Controlled in foods because it can trigger migraines or increase blood pressure.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE NUTRITION SERVICES & PROGRAMS
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE TESTING
I offer comprehensive functional medicine testing through my private practice to help us identify the nutritional roots of health issues. However, these tests are often unneeded. Frequently the metabolic roots of health issues are very apparent. Most patients have already had basic blood work performed by their primary care physician. I am expert in reviewing your laboratory test results with you and can provide guidance in regard to additional needed testing. I am always working to help patients minimize their out-of-pocket costs. Some testing may be covered by insurance if your primary care physician orders it. In this case I will refer you to him or her for certain tests. However, most physicians do not have contracts with the highly reputable laboratories that perform state-of-the art functional medicine testing. Also, certain diagnoses may be necessary for insurance coverage even if the test is very helpful in identifying another condition. For all these reasons I offer functional medicine testing through my private practice.
Some of the more common tests from which my patients benefit are: saliva testing for hormone levels, adrenal stress profile (DHEA, cortisol), neurotransmitter levels (urine), comprehensive digestive stool analysis, organic acids test (OAT) (urine), glyphosate levels, heavy metals, intracellular nutrient analysis and various bio-markers for anxiety, depression and mood disorders. I have an account with DHA Laboratories which is able to offer lab work at a reduced rate due to its contracts with LabCorp. For most tests my patients pay the lab directly. Most all tests available through LabCorp are available through my private practice. This is in addition to the functional medicine testing that I offer through specialty labs. I most often utilize DHA Labs to quantify the bio-markers associated with anxiety, depression and mood disorders. These levels are so helpful in helping our patients improve their mental health and, sadly, they are rarely checked by MD’s, even psychiatrists. In addition, these biomarkers must interpreted based upon the most up to date research, not based upon the ranges allowed by most labs without being flagged. Feel free to call with any questions (205.915.0474). We love questions and are anxious to answer yours!
TESTING FOR FOOD ALLERGY & SENSITIVITY
In the Birmingham/Hoover area of Alabama I enjoy referring patients to Dr. Robert J. Sciacca of Alabama ENT Associates (ENT - Otolaryngic Allergy). I worked with Dr. Sciacca from 1999 to 2004 as coordinator for his wellness program and say many of his allergy patients. He offers highly accurate allergy testing and is a very skilled physician/surgeon who provides exceptional patient care.
One of the labs in which I have great confidence is Allermetrix Labs, In fact, I often help patients from other areas find a physician near them who also uses their lab for testing IgE and IgG4 for foods. Allermetrix offer highly accurate testing while some labs will miss all Class I and a portion of Class II allergic reactions because the technology employed is not truly state-of-the-art. Testing IgE and IgG4 reactions to foods is the best first step in identifying food allergies and sensitivities. If, however, we suspect that other type reactions are playing a significant role in a patient’s health I may recommend the MRT (Mediator Release Test). For this test blood is drawn and sent Airborne to the lab where the blood is exposed to foods, dyes and other commonly ingested chemicals. The blood samples are viewed with a microscope and red blood cells are measured. If cells shrink or swell significantly this indicates a food sensitivity that is separate from the immune system. Traditional allergy testing does not identify red blood cell reactions. A copy of the test is sent to both the practitioner who orders the test and the patient. I design a diet for patients in which we remove these reactive foods for a few weeks then attempt to re-introduce some of them. Many patients tolerate certain somewhat reactive foods -- to some extent -- in their diet.
The MRT is very helpful in identifying food sensitivities that my be involved in headaches, digestive challenges, fibromyalgia and AD(H)D. From 1999 to 2004 I was the Coordinator For The SMART Wellness Program within Dr. Robert Sciacca’s practice and we often utilized the MRT. It was instrumental in helping us identify and bring relief to many patients who were experiencing food reactions other than those that involved classical food allergies.
Some patients may be unable to afford the cost of allergy or food sensitivity testing. In this case we can move forward with an Elimination Diet in which we identify foods that are likely the culprits, create a tasty but simple diet of these foods, systematically add back foods and watch for a reaction. Often patients tolerate even somewhat sensitizing foods if they are rotated and limited in the diet (a Rotation Diet).
I am always anxious to help my patients in any way possible to afford the functional medicine tests and allergy tests that they need. When budgeting for testing that is not covered by insurance (as many patients may need to do) helping them set priorities for testing with good insight into the likely culprits of their reactions is very important. Here at Beautiful & Healthy Transformations this is something that we do very well!
Feel free to call us for more information (205.915.0474). We love questions and are anxious to answer yours!