By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND As a past engineer, I tend to be very analytical in how I see health, wellness and trends. One thing that I often say to new patients, especially ones with complex health issues is that a big part of how I work is by pattern recognition. What this means is […]
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What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is individualized medicine, addressing the root cause of illness with a science-based approach that focuses on the patient rather than the disease. It is a unique and comprehensive form of medicine that starts at the roots with nutrition, sleep, movement, stress and relationships, and then moves up through genetic susceptibilities, environmental triggers, and life events.
Functional medicine organizes your health information and symptoms into systems which can become imbalanced, rather than labeling as a disease. What this means is that by creating balance within the systems, creating a stronger base at the roots, and eliminating obstacles, we can reverse disease and restore health. It puts you as a patient into an empowered position of health optimization for the long-term.Learn more here...
The Cognitive Wellness Program
"Cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's Disease can now be reversed, and improvement sustained, using a personalized programmatic approach that is targeted to the underlying pathophysiology." - Dr. Dale Bredesen.
Naturopathic and Functional medicine together create a dynamic system of care bringing together a strong foundation in natural health, with the latest science and evidence-based medicine. You can expect a very thorough health assessment, targeted lab testing and the best in integrative health care.
Remember that the Cognitive Wellness Program is fully customized to each individual. The following framework outlines a typical line-up of appointments, but can vary depending on individual need, complexity of your health, and need for support. This program is suited for all three points of access described above: Prevention; Early Cognitive Changes; Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI); and early Alzheimer’s diagnosis.Learn more here...
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND As most of you know, I’m a big fan of lab testing – the ‘test don’t guess’ approach. Here are some scenarios when hormone testing can be extremely helpful: (1) Getting a hormone baseline This is helpful especially in your 30’s or even early 40’s to have a baseline before […]
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND Histamine intolerance and many health conditions associated with histamine appear to be on the rise in the past couple of years. In this brief article, I wanted to link some symptoms, conditions and underlying causes which I hope may help you to get to the root of your health, and […]
By Dr. Shawna Darou, ND I’m seeing people exhausted rather than refreshed after the December break. If you think about it, after almost 2 years of pandemic, we flew into 2022 at high speed and none of us started the year in great shape. Not surprisingly, I’m seeing so much fatigue, burnout and hormone imbalance […]