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Functional medicine comprises a therapeutic paradigm that has evolved from the understanding of the chemical and biochemical reactions and functions in the organism. It consists of the use of substances that are usually found in the organism, but often at larger dosages, for example: enzymes, vitamins and amino acids. The use of probiotics, when considered useful, is also part of this regimen.
To determine what could be the best approaches to treatment, Dr. Merizalde recommends tests that may not be ordered by conventional physicians, such as nutritional and food allergy panels, stool cultures, heavy metal analysis, or comprehensive hormone panels. Which will be the more useful tests will depend on the particular set of symptoms and conditions that you are presenting at the time of the consultation.