Functional Medicine Nutritional Therapy

Functional Nutritional Therapy encompasses a combination of various testing and techniques to determine what is needed by each patient to balance and return the body to homeostasis.  Using our testing and techniques we do not seek to label or diagnose conditions, but we focus on the primary job of rebalancing the body systems so the body can heal.  

blood cells

At Alternative Health Center we use many types of functional lab tests including blood work, urine testing, hormone testing, stool analysis, micronutrient testing and many others.  We also realize that lab tests alone don’t fully picture the total health of each patient.  That is why as part of our Functional Nutrition Assessment we take detailed history of past and current medical conditions, current supplements and medications and truly listen to you, the patient.  We determine what your health priorities are and the health issues that are most important to you.

In addition to using all the best in modern Functional Nutritional Testing, Alternative Health Center uses muscle response testing and nutritional reflex response testing to assess the various imbalances in the bodies autonomic nervous system that relate to nutritional status.    This testing analyzes different areas on the surface of the body that relate to the state of health and to the flow of energy in each organ and function of the body.

This information is derived from the part of the nervous system whose job it is to regulate the functions of each organ.  The use of these organs/areas or meridian access points have become extremely useful in our practice because they are so accurate.  Each area that gives a response represents a specific organ, tissue or function, and indicates the effect that energy/balance or the lack of energy/balance is having on the body.  By testing these organs/areas, we have a system of monitoring your body at each nutritional visit that has proven to be extremely accurate clinically, and that helps us identify, in combination with functional lab testing, exactly what the body needs and how well we are meeting that need with natural support.

Fruits and nutritional supplements

Once your functional nutritional status is established, we are able to determine what nutritional, herbal, or homeopathic supports are best for your health issues.  These nutritionals will most likely come in the form of concentrated whole food or herbal supplements, and/or homeopathic remedies. These nutritionals are prepared using a unique manufacturing process that preserves all the active enzymes and vital components of the whole food the way Nature intended.  Alternative Health Center strongly believes in a whole food, organic concept of nutritional supplement support.  Many nutritionists, chiropractors and medical doctors are using synthetic, non-food based nutritionals. The supplements we use are not available in health food stores or grocery stores. Due to the high quality and purity of these nutritionals, therapeutic treatment and results can be obtained that are not matched by over the counter remedies.  Functional Nutritional Therapy is an extremely effective way to help any patient struggling with health issues to return to optimal health naturally, while honoring the body’s ability to heal itself. Dr. Clouthier prides himself on taking an individual approach to each patient rather than following a “cookie cutter” nutritional program that is often seen in today’s healthcare world.