16: Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

16: Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

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Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Hormones

This week, Reed Davis of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Program and I talk about practical nutrition for hormone health, weight loss, bone health and much more.

Random fact: People with a lot of moles tend to live longer than people with a lesser number of moles. Also, one human hair can support 3.5 ounces. That’s about the weight of two full size candy bars, and with hundreds of thousands of hairs on the human head, makes the tale of Rapunzel much more plausible, just still fictional.

Reed is Founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) Certification Course. He is a Clinical Advisor at BioHealth Laboratory where he helps practitioners to interpret test results and develop natural protocols that restore function instead of just treating symptoms. Reed is one of the most successful and experienced clinicians in the world, having provided functional lab assessments to over 11,000 people for hormone levels as well as adrenal, digestion, detoxification, immune system, bone density and chronic, stress-related health problems.

In this episode,we talk about

  • What the endocrine system is and how it affects the entire body.
  • What happens when part of the endocrine system like the thyroid, adrenals, hypothalamus, etc get out of whack?
  • What are some of the most common problems that happen when the endocrine system gets out of balance.
  • Why conventional treatments don’t always work for hormonal and endocrine problems and what actually does work.
  • The role stress plays in hormone balance and health.
  • Practical ways to address stress and hormone balance
  • Some warning signs to look for when hormones are out of balance

Reed also delves in to the specifics of how to help conditions like PCOS, endometriosis, and infertility with nutrition.

Reed’s advice for a healthier life? Wake up with a positive attitude. He also recommends the book “The Richest Man in Babylon” as one of his favorite books.

You can find out more about Reed and his Functional Diagnostic Nutrition training program here. He also has a program for patients called FDN self care where you can get lab tests and specific help.

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  1. I have an off-the topic question. Recently I have been reading the book “Nourishing Traditions,” and it says healthy (butter, coconut oil, egg yolk) fats are good for you…Grains are bad….This is of the Weston A Price Foundation…..Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions, is the president of The WAPF, ……She is fat. She’s fat?! Can you explain to me why all of these paleo/primal people are fat?! I have quit grains and feel alot healthier, but I don’t want to look like an apple like Sally Fallon does. Help!

    • I understand that you have an image of the way you want your body to look, but realize 2 things: health does not equal skinny, and health does not equal fat. Health equals health. Sally is one person who follows this diet. There are many many people who follow this diet for health reasons and are thin, and many many people who follow the same diet and are not slender. The important thing is the health. And frankly, it’s generally healthy for a woman to have a shape.

      • Thank you:)

      • PS to the “Thank you,”
        I just bought a milk cow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Super excited:) We live on a farm and pasture-raise our animals….We make our own hay and grow our own grain. (For the animals) Just bursting with excitment and had to tell my fav blogger!

  2. I am 51 and have begun the menopausal journey. What can be done to minimize hot flashes and night sweats naturally? I have been trying to clean up my “act” and eating better and quit birth control about 3 months ago after years of being on them. As I said, 2014 I began the journey to clean up my body in hopes that it is never too late to begin doing the right things in life. I began taking gelatin about two weeks ago and added black cohosh extract just this week.

    • Rhonda, after a lot of research and now having these symptoms myself, I am finding Maca (capsules or powder), primrose oil (capsules) and Women’s tea to be very helpful. I haven’t tried the black cohosh yet, but may on the future. I just make sure to be diligent about the sourcing of these type of supplements and the use of any supplements. And, always consult your physician. Taking care of yourself is #1: reduce stress, eat well, exercise sensibly. I find deep breathing, relaxing baths and lavender aromatherapy useful. Next, I’m going to try some cooling bedding.

  3. I have been in contact with FND Self care concerning their testing program but am uncomfortable sending them 2800.00 with out knowing something more about them. I can not find any review or independent testimonials anywhere.

    I would feel so much better if I knew their rate of success with their patients (at the very least) or something independent of FND. Since I first learned of Reed Davis from your podcast I was hoping you would have investigated the program prior to having him as a guest speaker.

    Any suggestions

    • I know that Sean Croxton (http://undergroundwellness.com/) is an FDN grad, though I don’t have any personal experience with the self care program. Depending on what your struggles are and what labs you specifically need, you may consider going through other companies first. For instance, I did the 23andMe genetic test and it provided a lot of information that really helped me dial in my health issues (thyroid, mthfr, etc) but that isn’t a test that is traditionally recommended or given in regular panels. Also, if you have a functional medicine doctor near you, you might be able to get the labs less expensively there (and have some of it covered by insurance!)

      • It’s interesting to see they did put your website logo on the front page under “FDN IS RECOGNIZED BY” title.

        This gave me an impression you actually studied with them so I’m glad I found this comment that clarifies it for me.

  4. I’ve been using Clarysage essential oil, on my wrists each morning. I use almond oil for a carrier, half and half, then 1 or 2 drops. I forgot it once on a trip, after three days the hot flashes returned.

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