Our providers at the Dynamic Life Health Center use a functional medicine approach with patients.
Many people are living with or are at risk of chronic diseases, hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems, and autoimmune disorders. Yet, they’re falling through the gaps of conventional medical practices and are not getting the help that they need in order to heal and feel their best.
Patients look to medical professionals to help them get better and fix what’s wrong with them. In many cases, their quality of life is affected or grossly disrupted as they get sicker and lose hope. When they see doctors who only focus on addressing symptoms, they can become frustrated with the lack of comprehensive care.
Conventional medicine has its place. It focuses on treating symptoms and diseases through medication and surgery. This works very well for things like acute infections, trauma, and serious life-threatening illness. Surgeries, antibiotics, and other drugs can be beneficial and life-saving. However, in many cases, this is not enough to restore the patient to health and vitality.
A Functional Medicine Approach to Health and Wellness
A functional medicine approach is the practice of finding the root cause of a disease. It also:
- Looks for underlying causes of disease, strives to improve the aging process, and prevents future illness.
- Offers an individualized and customized approach to your specific health needs.
- Provides you with the much-needed time so that all your health concerns can be addressed comprehensively. For example, our office visits range from an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half. This is a stark difference from the standard ten to twenty minutes that you are likely to get in a conventional medicine environment.
- Utilizes the latest preventative and screening tests in order to manage chronic illness proactively and prevent future problems from developing. This includes comprehensive testing, which identifies key markers for illness, risks, deficiencies, and imbalances.
Our Providers in Southlake, Texas, Offer a Program Customized Just for You
Our providers offer a program that includes the labs that they order based on your individual health needs and symptoms.
Your first appointment with your provider is an hour and a half long, so she can take the time to understand your medical history, symptoms, and concerns. She will then determine which labs she needs to get an overall picture of your health and locate the root cause of any symptoms. The initial lab panel can include wellness labs and hormone testing, such as:
- Full thyroid panel to include TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, and Thyroid Antibodies
- CBC with Differential/Platelet
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
- Hemoglobin A1c (depends on health history)
- Lipid Panel
- Insulin (depends on health history)
- Prostate-Specific Ag. Serum (male)
- Sex Hormone Binding Glob., Serum
- Testosterone, Free and Total
- Vitamin B12 and Folate
- Vitamin D
- FSH and LH
- Cortisol (see more information on this below)
This list is only a generalized example, as lab testing will vary from patient to patient, depending on medical history, symptoms, and health goals.
We understand that there are often multiple things that can contribute to declining health. Our program is comprehensive and includes four appointments during the first year. This allows us the time necessary to identify and treat any underlying factors. We find that it can take from six months to one year to treat you appropriately and get your medications titrated as needed.
ZRT Hormone Testing
Hormones and neurotransmitters are synergistic. Both play important roles in production, signaling each other, and metabolism. If hormones are out of balance, it affects the way neurotransmitters function and vice versa.
At the Dynamic Life Health Center, our providers focus on identifying the root causes of symptoms and dysfunction within the body. Often, our patients who have hormonal imbalances also have neurotransmitter dysfunction, which can exacerbate their symptoms and malaise. The ZRT Neurotransmitter testing can identify exactly where dysregulation is occurring.
Dr. Berutti and PA Melanie Martin prefer to use The Genova GI Effects Comprehensive Profile for gut health testing. It is an accurate and scientific stool test that measures biomarkers of your overall GI function. This clinical tool is an important part of gut health testing so that we can address symptoms and root causes of illnesses. This test will measure:
- Inflammation within the gut microbiome
- How your digestive system is performing
- Biomarkers of GI function
- Pathogens that may be causing illness
- Balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria
- A dysfunction that is causing Leaky Gut Syndrome, which causes many autoimmune illnesses
- How well your body is absorbing key nutrients
Because a compromised gut microbiome sets in motion so many chronic illnesses, the Genova GI Effects test is the first step in opening the door to recovery. Diagnosing and normalizing Gastrointestinal Function can have exponential positive effects on overall health.
Some people have severe food allergies to foods such as peanuts or shellfish and can have life-threatening reactions which require them to carry an Epi-pen. This test is comprehensive and will identify any food allergies.
Symptoms of food allergies can range from mild to severe. However, the symptoms will usually begin within minutes of ingesting the food. They can include:
- Itchy mouth
- Tightness in throat
- Sneezing/dry cough
- Swelling of lips, tongue, or throat
- Trouble swallowing
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Drop in blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
- Weak pulse
- Anaphylaxis shock
Many others have sensitivities, which, while not life-threatening, can still affect their health in adverse ways. With food sensitivities, the immune system reacts abnormally to a component of food, which then produces a response or symptoms. The National Institute of Health estimates that up to 20% of the population suffers from food sensitivities/intolerances.
Symptoms of food sensitivities can be quite varied, and you may not see the correlation between the foods you eat and the symptoms you are experiencing. Some of these symptoms can include:
- Stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and itchy or swollen eyes
- Hives or itchy skin
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Stomach cramps
- Shortness of breath/wheezing
- Joint pain
- Fatigue or tiredness, even after getting a full night’s sleep
At the Dynamic Life Health Center, we focus on identifying the root causes of symptoms and dysfunction within the body. Dr. Berutti is Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Anti-Aging Medicine, and Functional Medicine. She offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise and understands the importance of accurate gut testing for proper diagnosis and treatment.
That’s why Gut Zoomer is such an effective tool: It measures over 170 species of bacteria to help detect the root causes of an illness stemming from the GI tract. It also tests for an array of pathogenic bacteria, yeast, viruses, and parasites that are known to cause serious health problems.
What’s more, the proprietary technology of Gut Zoomer reduces the error that can occur with microbiome testing. Plus, it can assess a large number of microorganisms in a short amount of time, eliminating the false positives and false negatives that are common in other gut health testing methods.
Your gut microbiome is essential for your overall health and well-being. That’s why Gut Zoomer is such a necessary test.
Symptoms of an Unhealthy Gut Can Include:
- Intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
- Gastrointestinal inflammation
- Migraine headaches
- Autoimmune diseases
- Memory loss or brain fog
- Excessive fatigue after meals
- Joint pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Increased anxiety
Cortisol is a “stress hormone” and is the most important hormone to keep balanced. It’s needed to live, sleep, manage stress, regulate mood, balance blood sugar, regulate blood pressure, and modulate the immune system. With constant stress, your cortisol levels can initially rise, eventually causing you to deplete your “reserves.” This can lead to adrenal fatigue.
Cortisol testing is a crucial component of balancing all hormones, including thyroid and sex hormones, for both men and women. This is because adrenal health affects the entire endocrine system to such a degree that if this step is omitted, it is difficult to balance other hormones or achieve optimal health. Additionally, if the thyroid is not functioning properly, prescribing thyroid hormones without addressing cortisol and other adrenal hormones can lead to adverse side effects.
Micronutrient testing is a service offered by our providers that can tell you exactly what nutrients your body is lacking. According to Health.gov reports on dietary guidelines in the US, approximately three-fourths of the population has an unhealthy eating pattern.
The “Standard American Diet” is rich in processed foods and low in nutrient-dense foods. Because this way of eating has become the norm for so much of our population, many people are actually malnourished. Even people who lead healthy lifestyles and eat clean can still struggle with nutrient deficiencies. With this test, we can see nutritional issues on a cellular level.
The Galleri Multi-Cancer Early-Detection Test can detect over 50 types of cancer through a simple blood draw. This test detects cancer DNA in the bloodstream.
This is a breakthrough in early cancer detection. Before, medical professionals could only screen for the early detection of breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and, to a lesser extent, lung cancer. Now, with the Galleri Test, we can screen for many cancers that have been extremely difficult to detect in the past.
Contact our New Patient Coordinator for more information
When many patients come to see us, they have lost hope because they’ve felt unwell for so long and don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. It’s rewarding as a practitioner to help so many people realize a much better “normal” and a regained sense of vitality!
Please call us to get more information about how our providers can help you with your health goals and to schedule an appointment.
We look forward to the opportunity to restore your health and regain your vitality for life!
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