WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
While there are many aspects of functional medicine, at its core, it is an approach to healing that focuses its attention on the cause of disease, not the symptoms. Careful history, examination and thorough laboratory testing help us uncover dysfunctions. Functional medicine desires to understand how genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors combine to create the unique manifestations of a patients illness and then treatment programs are created to address each person’s unique bio-chemistry and goals.
WHAT SETS LINDSEY'S APPROACH APART FROM OTHER APPROACHES?
While conventional medicine runs many laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging studies, most of these tests are geared to only find pathology once it has reached an advanced state. In addition, the information is often only used to “name” or diagnose the patient’s condition, without much thought as to “why” the condition is there. Our treatment approach goes far beyond simply naming a condition and prescribing a drug. Instead, holistic programs of care that teach our patients how to eliminate physical, chemical and emotional stressors and regain control of their lifestyle are created.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET RESULTS?
One of the hallmarks of functional medicine is it’s emphasis on patient individuality. While two people may have the same symptoms, their underlying causes may be quite different. In addition, other factors in their history may either slow or speed up the healing process. The vast majority of our patients feel improvement within the first month of care but realize that it will often take months for complete resolution of the problem.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
The easiest way to schedule an appointment with Practitioner Lindsey is to call her office, Designed Health, at (208) 495-6555 or fill out online portal inquiry to set up a phone call. Lindsey will assist you directly to facilitate scheduling your initial consultation.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE LAB TESTS DONE?
Occasionally a person will have recently been tested by another practitioner and Lindsey can use those test results as a basis for your health restoration program. That being said, most traditional medical tests are not designed to show subtle underlying functional problems. The lab tests that we routinely order are specifically designed to help Lindsey tailor a program to your individual needs and eliminate all “guess work” in your case.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE ALL OF THE LAB TESTS AT ONCE?
The specific number of lab tests that will be recommended is based on your unique health situation. Typically 1-3 tests will be suggested for you during your initial consultation. If you are unable to do all of the tests, Lindsey will help you prioritize which test would be most helpful to initiate your care.
HOW QUICKLY ARE LAB TEST RESULTS AVAILABLE?
The timeline for lab test reporting depends on the specific test and each lab but the majority of test results are sent to our office within 2-4 weeks.
WHO REVIEWS MY LAB TESTS AND DESIGNS MY PROGRAM?
Practitioner Lindsey will personally review your lab results and correlate them with your history and your consultation in order to create your personalized health restoration protocol.
CAN I ORDER MY OWN TESTS DIRECTLY THROUGH THE LABORATORIES OR THROUGH MY MEDICAL DOCTOR?
The saliva, urine, stool and food allergy tests are ordered through very specific functional medicine labs that only deal directly with physicians. The blood testing profiles are ordered through LabCorp or Cole Diagnostics and your medical physician may be able to order the same tests but they will require that you first set up an appointment with them and they may not want to order the same panel of tests that we need, thus delaying the start of your care significantly.
WHAT LABS DOES LINDSEY USE AND WHY?
Lindsey has learned over the years that only certain labs maintain the accuracy and consistency required to provide information that we can trust. She has hand picked several labs across the country that are the best at what they do. Saliva hormone testing is done through ZRT laboratories, Urine based testing is done through ZRT laboratories and Great Plains Laboratory, specialty digestive stool analysis is performed through Diagnostics Solutions GIMAP and food allergy panels are ordered through Cyrex Labs
Products / Supplements
HOW DO I ORDER SUPPLEMENTS FOR MY PROGRAM?
All supplements that are recommended for your care are available through our online supplement dispensary. See Supplement tab. OR available for purchase in the office.
CAN I PURCHASE SUPPLEMENTS FROM OTHER PLACES INSTEAD OF THROUGH DESIGNED HEALTH'S WEBSITE OR THE OFFICE?
Unfortunately, not all supplement companies are the same. Quality Issues of ingredients, formulation, and manufacturing process all come together to determine effectiveness and potency. Practitioner Lindsey has thoroughly researched the companies and products that she builds her care plans around and they are all manufactured through the top professional-line companies in the country. If you want to research your own supplements, just know that Lindsey will not be able to provide any specific dosing instructions on them.
I SAW THE SAME PRODUCT PRACTITIONER LINDSEY RECOMMENDED AT A LOWER PRICE ONLINE. SHOULD I PURCHASE IT FROM ANOTHER COMPANY?
The internet is a big place and it is difficult to “police” but if you ever see the exact supplement Lindsey has recommended offered online for a less expensive price, please let us know. The professional supplement companies have set minimum retail pricing and each provider is required by contract to not advertise a lower price online. If you see an advertised price lower than Designed Health, please be aware that you are dealing with “black market” goods and there may be issues with the product such as an past expiration date. Please do your best to support legitimate businesses who are honest in their contractual obligations.
HOW DO I ORDER LAB TEST KITS AND REQUISITIONS FOR FOLLOW UP TESTING?
This would be an item of discussion during one of your consultations with Lindsey but if for some reason, that doesn’t happen, you are welcome to call the office and request that a test kit be sent to you. In that scenario, there is no charge for the phone call but you will be required to pay for the test kit at that time.