Functional medicine is a form of Western alternative medicine , with a focus on identifying and addressing the root causes of disease, and which views the body/mind as one integrated system, not a collection of independent systems. Healing involves looking at diet, nutrition, and the effects of environmental toxins to predispose people to illness versus health. While I am not a medical doctor or a naturopath, I do have a lot of knowledge about the connection between physical and mental health. This includes understanding digestive issues, such as food sensitivities, intestinal permeability, candida, and their connection to issues such as addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety. I help clients with alternatives to prescription medications such as amino acid therapy and nutritional supplements. My work is focused on getting to the root causes of issues rather than just treating symptoms. I help clients look in the right places to understand and resolve the physical underpinnings of psychological issues. I’m experienced with autoimmune disorders, adrenal fatigue, food issues, insomnia, ADD, fibromyalgia, thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue and pain as well as other issues that involve the body and mind working together.