Restorative Medicine

Restorative Medicine

What is restorative medicine?

A systems biology-based model that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to achieve the highest expression of health by addressing the underlying causes of disease.

Restorative medicine utilizes a unique operating system and personalized therapeutic interventions to support individuals in achieving optimal wellness.

For every chronic condition, there are usually imbalances in two or three different areas of the functional medicine matrix, which are described as follows:

Clinical Imbalances

Digestion and Absorption

Over 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract.  The digestive system is responsible for assimilating food and deciding if the body will use it as fuel, discard it as waste or store it as fat or inflammation.

Are your symptoms associated with food/eating?  Are you taking medications that may impair digestion and/or absorption?  Are your food choices deficient or insufficient?

Immune System/Inflammation

Environmental and/or food triggers can alter the function of our immune system.  It can upregulate or downregulate our body’s response to inflammation.

Have you been exposed to environmental allergens, toxins, stress, infection, trauma?  Are you consuming a balanced diet, rich in phytonutrients?

Oxidative stress

All of the processes in our body require energy.  This energy is provided by the mitochondria within each of our cells and needs antioxidants to function properly/efficiently.

Are you eating foods rich in antioxidants? Or supplementing with proper antioxidant support for your body?

Detoxification

The body’s main organs of detoxification are the liver and the kidneys, followed closely by the intestines and the skin.  If the body cannot excrete waste via urination, defecation or perspiration, it will be processed through phase II detoxification in the liver.  Several minerals/vitamins and other nutrients are required for the processes to take place.

Do you have a history of toxic exposure to chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides?  Are you ‘sensitive’ to heavy perfume, certain smells, etc?

Neuroendocrine

Hormones and neurotransmitters are essential in regulating our body’s functions, including sleep and our response to emotions/stress.

Do you have a family or personal history of cardiometabolic or cardiovascular disease?  Do you have insulin dysregulation?  How about a history or suspicion of sleep apnea or sleep disturbance?  Or maybe depression, anxiety, irritability or fatigue?

Functional Lab Testing

Micronutrient Testing

SpectraCell’s Micronutrient test provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. It is an assessment of how well the body utilizes 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, while conveying the body’s need for these micronutrients that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health. This test provides the basis of a personalized, functional approach in addressing a broad variety of clinical conditions including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders, metabolic disorders and micronutrient deficiencies

 

Vitamins
Vitamin A
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Biotin
Folate
Pantothenate
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin K

Metabolites
Choline
Inositol
Carnitine

Minerals
Calcium
Magnesium
Manganese
Zinc
Copper

Amino Acids
Asparagine
Glutamine
Serine

Fatty Acids
Oleic Acid

SPECTROX™
for Total Antioxidant Function

Antioxidants
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Coenzyme Q10
Cysteine
Glutathione
Selenium
Vitamin E

Carbohydrate Metabolism
Chromium
Fructose Sensitivity
Glucose-Insulin Metabolism

IMMUNIDEX™
Immune Response Score

 

Hormones

The One Day Hormone Check™ is a convenient salivary hormone test that evaluates unbound, bioavailable hormone levels over 24 hours. Specimens collected over 24 hours are examined for levels of estradiol, estrone, estriol, progesterone, the progesterone/estradiol ratio (P/E2), testosterone, cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin.

The One Day Hormone Check provides information about the impact that shifting hormone levels can have in men (andropause or male menopause) and women (perimenopause and menopause). It can reveal imbalances of primary sex hormones and how they relate to other hormones, such as DHEA, cortisol, and melatonin. Using hormone testing, clinicians can customize hormone and/or nutritional therapies and monitor therapy.

Patients with hormone imbalance may present with:

Fatigue
Weight loss or gain
Menstrual irregularities
Loss of libido
Insomnia
Changes in hair and skin
Hot flashes

Adrenal Stress Index

The adrenal glands, otherwise known as the “stress glands,” enable our bodies to cope with stress and survive. Shaped like two tiny pyramids, they sit atop the kidneys and from this central location mobilize the response to changes in our environment.

Whether stress comes from outside in the form of a natural disaster, or from within like the anxiety we experience before public speaking, it’s the adrenals’ job to help us adapt to the situation.

They accomplish this by secreting key hormones:

Cortisol – The primary stress hormone that fine-tunes our response to the stress of everyday living

DHEA – One of the most abundant hormones in the body, and a precursor to estrogens and testosterone; also balances some of the negative effects of high cortisol

Epinephrine / Norepinephrine – Neurotransmitters that mobilize the body’s natural “fight or flight” response in an emergency

Patients can conduct a saliva cortisol test or a urine cortisol test to assess adrenal hormones. This involves collecting four non-invasive samples over the course of one day, from which ZRT is able to generate results with a diurnal cortisol curve. This four-point graph reveals cortisol levels throughout the day and allows health care providers to pinpoint issues with adrenal gland function.

Diurnal cortisol curves – Key to understanding stress, fatigue & insomnia

Adrenal glands that are in balance produce adequate amounts of hormones to power us through the day. These hormones impact just about every process in the body, from energy production and immune activity to cellular maintenance and repair. They are key regulators of glucose, insulin and inflammation, and play a major role in bone and muscle building, mood and mental focus, stamina, sex drive and sleep cycles.

Adrenal glands that are out of balance can lead to:

High Cortisol – Results in insomnia, anxiety, sugar cravings, feeling tired but wired, increased belly fat & bone loss

Low Cortisol – Causes chronic fatigue, low energy, food and sugar cravings, poor exercise tolerance or recovery & low immune reserves

DHEA – Out of balance adrenals can lead to high or low DHEA.

Cardiometabolic Risk

Poor blood sugar regulation and unhealthy triglyceride and lipoprotein levels often present long before a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. SpectraCell’s CardioMetabolic, Pre-Diabetes, and LPP™ Plus Tests offer clinically relevant evaluation to help define risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), progression toward Type 2 Diabetes, and inflammation. These check points, along with a new CardioMetabolic Risk Assessment and Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment, help patients understand that not just one factor, but rather a constellation of factors, contributes to the genesis and progression toward cardiovascular disease including stroke, poor blood glucose control including Type 2 Diabetes, and/ or inflammation. Test results allow doctors to know when guidance, educational referral, and/ or treatment are necessary. Key components of the CardioMetabolic Test are listed below.

CardioMetabolic Test

Lipoprotein Fractionation
Lipoprotein Particle Numbers
Total Cholesterol
HDL Cholesterol
LDL Cholesterol
Triglycerides
hs-CRP
Homocysteine
Lipoprotein (a)
Leptin
Apolipoprotein A-1
Apolipoprotein B
Insulin
Glucose
Hemoglobin A1c
C-peptide
Adiponectin
OmegaCheckTM
CardioMetabolic Risk Assessment
Type 2 Diabetes Assessment
Estimated Average Glucose (eAG)
Homeostatic Model Assessment of
Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR)

GI Effects (stool testing)

The GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile is an advanced stool test that provides immediate, actionable clinical information for the management of gastrointestinal health. Utilizing cutting-edge technologies and biomarkers, this test offers valuable insight into digestive function, intestinal inflammation, and the intestinal microbiome.

The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile can reveal important information about the root cause of many common gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation.

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