Dr. Raisen believes in getting a thorough history and interview from her patients. Conversation and questionnaires help focus in on where the physiology is functioning well vs. poorly. In addition, even the first set of blood tests give functional medicine information: for example, are B-12, iron and vitamin D levels in the optimal range, and why or why not? Is there the past or current infection of Epstein-Barr virus or H. pylori, that may be affecting immune or digestive well-being? Further blood, urine, saliva and stool testing can give a personal evaluation of a person’s digestive, immune, and endocrine systems. This information is related to how a person is feeling now, as well as how to prevent future problems. Genetic testing also factors in for a person’s optimal health and physiologic function. Another testing can look at heavy metals and other toxins in the body. The microbiome, or bacteria that lives in your gut, can influence items as far as mood and infections.
Dr. Raisen's philosophy and treatment programs are based on using “whole, real foods.” The program is based on the basic guidelines of eating high nutritional content foods and mostly plants. In the nutritional program, patients will stick to a plant-based diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods. These provide the highest nutrigenomic index based on:
Food sensitivities which present later in life are one of the most powerful triggers for chronic symptoms and an aggravated immune system. During the program, a 2-3 week trial period will occur where an elimination diet will be required to help Dr. Raisen determine what is causing an adverse reaction. Food will be systematically reintroduced, once an accurate diagnosis can is made. Lab tests used by the office can help to fine tune what foods a patient is sensitive to and allow them to change their diet.
The digestive tract contains 60% of our immune system, and our nutrient intake can significantly impact our health. In combination with a gastrointestinal history, Dr. Raisen will utilize diagnostic tests to identify gluten and food sensitivities, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), inflammation in the GI tract, and unnoticed ailments such as parasites or yeast. When/if an issue is discovered, aggressive treatment will begin. Depending on the situation, the office might use herbs, antibiotics, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and anti-worm medications or botanicals. Treatment will often involve the use of digestive enzymes, pre-biotic foods which promote healthy bacteria, probiotics or good bacteria, and nutrients such as zinc, omega 3 and 6 fats, glutamine, and anti-inflammatory botanicals.
Vitamins and minerals are necessary for every biochemical reaction in your body. Without adequate amounts for optimal health, your biochemistry gets stuck, and you get sick. Nutritional optimizing can include increased: