There are significant differences between how a functional medicine specialist (Depak Chopra, Andrew Weil, myself, etc.) and a traditional medical doctor (HMO or managed care provider) might look at blood work. First, functional doctors are looking at a much narrower range reading on our special blood tests which are usually more comprehensive tests than those ordered by traditionalists. For example, functional doctors will be looking to treat TRENDS in blood markers before the trend becomes a pathology or disease. For example: the “normal” thyroid marker TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) functional range is around 1.8 to 3.0 wheras the traditional or pathological range is around .450-4.50. There is quite a difference there, and if you are having thyroid symptoms and your TSH reading is 1.0 the functional doctor will want to address this wheras the traditional doctor will not necessarily do so. This approach applies not only to thyroid but to lipid (cholesterol), blood sugar, adrenal, liver, immune markers, etc. In other words, the probability is that the functional doctor will find a problem in the warning stages and act to prevent it from becoming a full fledged disease by using diet, supplement and life style changes as opposed to pharmaceutical or drug therapy. Needless to say, the functional approach involves no drugs and therefore side effects are to a large extent non-existent. Even people with pathological readings, outside the range of the traditionalists, can be treated, in most cases safely and effectively, without drugs.

If this approach appeals to you, please call us at Brown Chiropractic Neurology (303) 986-7600 or visit our website – I would love to help! I’m Dr. Scott Brown and I approve this message