IG: TEST, don’t guess! 🙌🏼 Even though I’m a HUGE supporter of the alternative/natural health industry, this is one of my biggest issues with it. And I can say this because I’ve experienced it not only as an alternative health practitioner myself, but also as patient who was searching for answers to my own health issues for years. We do way too much guessing based on the presentation of symptoms, and not enough testing! Far too often, “diagnoses” (guesses) are made by us alternative health practitioners; “You have candida, take these herbs and do this diet.” “You probably have parasites, do this cleanse.” “You don’t have enough good bacteria, take this probiotic.” “You’re tired? You’re probably low in B-Vitamins, so take these.” “Can’t digest anything? Slam down digestive enzymes at every meal for the rest of your life.” But if you’ve never actually been tested, this is all guesswork and you’re likely never going to get to the true root cause of whatever is going on. You’re also likely to spend WAY more money than you need to, WAY more time searching for answers, and struggle far more than you need to while you’re sick and maybe even getting worse. I did. I spent THOUSANDS of dollars on the best supplements and recommendations from naturopaths, Holistic nutritionists, a Chinese medicine practitioner, a homeopath, an osteopath, you name it. I lost hope so many times and experienced anxiety and depression because I was covered in itchy eczema and couldn’t digest anything. I even took so many probiotics along the way that I actually had TOO MUCH beneficial bacteria in my gut (yes, this is possible). Fast forward to 2017. It wasn’t until I found functional medicine that I FINALLY began to heal. We test to see what’s really going on instead of guessing, and that made SOOO much sense to me. I’ve posted my results from 2017 when I first started working with @drnavazhabib as well as a year later. 1st image: Results from my GI-Map diagnostic stool test results from 2017 (when I started as a patient of functional medicine) to exactly 1 year later… (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS⤵️)


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Laura Franklin, CNP, CFMHC

Laura Franklin, CNP, CFMHC

Functional Medicine Health Coach & Holistic Nutritionist at Fresh & Frank Wellness
Laura Franklin is the owner of Fresh & Frank Wellness and curator of freshandfrank.com.
She is here to preach what she practices and help you to prepare amazing whole food meals from scratch, grow your own organic food and optimize your lifestyle and environment to promote the most vibrant, glowing and energetic you.
Laura is currently based in Dundas, Ontario, Canada but works remotely with people from all over the world!
Laura Franklin, CNP, CFMHC

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