What Health Problems Does FDN Help Solve?
What Health Problems Does FDN Help Solve?
The short answer is, “all of them”. But there is one secret you have to know. Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) is a fundamental way of looking at health. We avoid diagnosing and treating disease, and try very hard to help each client rebuild health instead. This approach allows us to help just about anybody in any condition. The certainty of this paradigm is illustrated in the following example.
Ms. Smith came to us with complaints of chronic joint pain (already diagnosed with and treating for arthritis symptoms), muscle pain (diagnosed and treating for fibromyalgia), skin problems (psoriasis) and digestive issues (gastritis). She also complained to us that she was somewhat depressed and was tired most of the time.
When her doctor suggested that she start taking yet another medication (anti-depressants), Ms. Smith got fed up with the diagnosis & treatment options being offered by standard medicine. In essence, her biggest complaint was no longer the pain and discomfort she was experiencing, it was the current medical treatment and run-around she felt she was receiving. In her eyes, the medical model itself was contributing to a downward spiral in her quality of life.
Needless to say, when Ms. Smith opted to hire a skilled FDN Practitioner, her entire outlook changed almost overnight. The FDN orientation gave her new insights and the motivation she needed to do something different, to take control of her own health. And the end results were nothing less than miraculous.
Our view of symptoms like joint pain, muscle pain, bad skin, gastric bloating and every other health complaint, is that they all have causal factors to be investigated. Our job includes identifying healing opportunities, as opposed to diagnosing or labeling the symptoms or cluster of symptoms. Even in tough cases, opportunities for physical repair, restoration and healing can be great and, in my mind, the opportunities to employ FDN are equally abundant.
On the other hand, masking a symptom allows the underlying condition to deteriorate, to get worse. Palliative (relief) care is important, but if that’s all you provide then the patient may weaken and soon you’ll need stronger and stronger medication. Eventually, surgery may become necessary. Something I noticed a long time ago, once body parts are removed, they become quite difficult to restore to normal function.
FDN is a type of detective work that seeks to identify and correct the underlying causes and conditions that lead to the patients health complaints. In that sense, FDN is not diagnosing or treating any disease nor practicing medicine. At once, this sits very well with the lay-practitioner.
For licensed providers who have them, any concerns about standard of care conflicts are unwarranted. The truth is, integrating FDN into a practice forces one to raise the bar.
Everything we do is science and evidence based. Skeptical practitioners should be more concerned that FDN has created a new standard of care, and the only conflict is that they are losing their patient base to our good offices.
FDNs use high quality functional lab work to investigate underlying malfunctions of the adrenal glands, mucosal barrier, detoxification systems, metabolic processes, absorption and assimilation, immune and defense mechanisms and steroid hormone balance to name a few. We don’t go overboard, just a handful of labs really. When data from these labs, plus other clues, are correctly interpreted, the opportunities for building health become markedly evident.
I guarantee that FDN will give licensed and non-licensed providers a leg up on any other health building system. What I mean is, take any system you are currently using and add FDN methods and you should arrive at a whole new level. Your ability to help people will be multiplied several times over. At least this is true for our demographic.
We do not routinely deal with acute or heroic interventions. If someone is having an appendicitis attack, or is in the throes of passing a kidney stone, by all means they should head for the nearest emergency room. If they just got hit by a truck, someone should call a lawyer, err, I mean ambulance.
Our demographic is made up of people with health complaints, who want to do something about it, and opt-in to our system in an arm’s length transaction under no duress. Or there shouldn’t be any duress. Practitioners using FDN provide intelligent health care services, not attendant sickness care. For the last time in this memo, I’ll say this: we don’t diagnose or treat disease, we do identify healing opportunities.
However (a big however), people need to know that we do not control outcomes. Understanding and communicating this properly can be the single most important factor in your success as a holistic health care provider.
The truth is, we can’t know the exact results each person will achieve because of the number of variables. We don’t use powerful drugs that artificially control blood pressure, for instance. Our natural therapies require time for the body to heal, to return to normal function. We trust that the body wants to return to homeostasis, good health, and every effort is made to assist it. Therefore, we must manage our client's expectations carefully, as well as our own.
I’m not saying we don’t expect good outcomes, we know they will occur. But we must be disciplined enough to make our recommendations, and simply observe the outcome. We “probe and analyze” as objectively as possible, then make course corrections based on each client’s individual limitations and obstacles to building health. In my experience with thousands of patients, guided by the proper lab work, the general principles of health building will outperform specific treatment almost every time. This cannot be overstated.
Educating patients and clients how to get well and stay well is our paramount task. That means teaching them not to ignore symptoms, but to realize their symptoms are only signals from the body that something is wrong. And if the client gives us a chance to investigate, we may be able to determine what is really wrong. But, again, we do not control outcomes. Course corrections are part of the program. Your ability to get agreement on this single reality may determine the satisfaction you’ll achieve with each one of your clients.
Clients may give you the nod, “Oh yes, I totally understand”. They’ll give you a check, pay good money to hire you as their health detective. “I want to get to the cause”, they promise. Yet, over and over, I’ve had to counsel FDN Practitioners who allowed themselves to be sucked into the sticky web of chasing symptoms at the whim of the paying customer. It's kind of a symptom-removal hell. If you’re going to enjoy the rewarding, low-stress practice I promise you, learn to communicate the realities involved in healing.
The step-by-step intake and acceptance method taught in the FDN Certification Course works very well. In the case above, Ms. Smith was aware enough, and tired enough of chasing symptoms, that she was willing to engage in a new process. She already knew, on a gut level, that she had to get to the cause of her problems so the FDN orientation was music to her ears. Other prospects require a little more effort. But in every case, before we accept anyone as a client, they should know exactly how we’re going to help them, what they can and cannot expect (it's all in the course).
I'm extremely confident in our ability to help almost every patient or client. The secret to success should be evident. If you have any doubt, join the FDN Course today and take the first lesson. If it's not for you, let us know and we'll provide a refund. There are millions of people like Ms. Smith who need your help. And we’re here to help you!
Reed Davis, Founder, FDN Certification Course
Has a patient ever told you, “I’ve tried everything” but is still concerned with:
Can’t Lose Weight?
High Blood Pressure?
Blood Sugar Problems?
Too many prescriptions?
Family with Cancer & Diabetes?
Skin & Hair Problems?
Migraines and Headaches?
Sinuses and Allergies?
Then it's time to stop chasing symptoms and start addressing the underlying causes!
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