Omie Robin Berzin, M.D., is a functional medicine physician and the founder of Parsley Health. Her intention is Vitality, the energy that springs from living in balance. Below she explains how functional medicine can help improve your health.
People seek out a functional medicine practice like Parsley when they’re frustrated. Desperate even.
They feel like they are doing everything right and yet their weight is still climbing, they’re not sleeping enough, they have horrible PMS or low libido, they're bloated and uncomfortable, and they’re exhausted most of the time.
I've found that three functional tests help to identify what's most commonly impacting people’s health. These are tests that only functional doctors like ours at Parsley are doing.
1. Four Point Cortisol Adrenal Health Test
You do this test at home on an average day, which means ideally a work day. It provides a curve of your cortisol over the course of the day. Cortisol should start high in the morning, when you need that get up and go, and come down over the course of the day. If this pattern is off for you, your cortisol could be the reason you have weight gain, high blood pressure, sugar imbalances, and hormone imbalances.
2. The GI Effects or CDSA 2.0 3-day stool test
This test reveals imbalances in the good and bad bacteria in your gut, identifies the overgrowth of yeasts, and finds parasites. It also tells if you have inflammation in your digestive tract and if your digestive juices in your pancreas are low, meaning you are not absorbing nutrients as well. For some people with digestive and autoimmune problems, this test is a game-changer.
3. Genomind Genetics profile or 23&Me
We are just at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding genetics. Now, genes are just potential, NOT a diagnosis. What I mean is that while genes may set you up for a certain type of disease or problem (like you have a gene for Alzheimer’s disease or autoimmune disease or depression), it doesn’t mean you are destined to get that disease.
As we say in functional medicine, genetics load the gun but environment pulls the trigger. This means that we can look at genetics and make specific recommendations for diet, exercise, and supplements that will help you metabolize hormones like estrogen in a healthier way.
I’m all for direct-to-consumer testing (like 23&Me, Ubiome, and Cube) that let you DIY thing like genetics and vitamin D at home. But the truth is, you need a functional medicine team to help you put that information together in a way you can use in the context of your life. Don’t go it alone—you’ll just get confused and scared, and the internet is no way to solve your problems.
Join Parsley today and work with a functional medicine doctor and health coach team who are experts in interpreting your test results, and giving you comprehensive medical and lifestyle advice that will help you solve your health issues in a way your primary care doctor can’t.