The Future is Functional

Conventional, allopathic medicine (treating acute/chronic disease or injury with pharmaceutical drugs or surgery) is excellent in matters of life-saving emergency.


But as a methodology for restoring and supporting longevity, vitality, and optimal mind.body function - it simply isn't designed or delivered to address the cultural impact of the disease-promoting lifestyles we now live.


This is where Functional Medicine shines - addressing the root causes of chronic illness, championing community for achieving sustainable results, and supporting the whole person - mind.body.heart & soul.


Chronic illnesses are largely the result of lifestyle illnesses.


We are seeing unprecedented rates of chronic physical and mental illness because we have lost touch with our own biology - one that is deeply rooted in nature.


We are nature by every sense of the word.


In order to break this catastrophic cultural cycle that feeds illness, our healthcare system needs to (re)align with the laws of the natural world that govern the biology of all living beings. Functional Medicine fulfills this promise.


The Future is Functional: Foundations of the Functional Medicine Approach

  1. Health is defined as positive vitality rather than just the absence of disease.

  2. Holistic approach that considers nutrition, lifestyle, community, and our  mind.body.heart & soul - the whole range of the human experience.

  3. Personalized interventions based on the biochemical uniqueness of a person’s genetic predispositions, epigenetic gene expression, and past/current environmental exposures.

  4. Honors the interconnectedness of our body systems: digestion, circulatory, immune, detoxification, hormones, nervous system, musculoskeletal, and energy production - disease and (im)balance does not occur in isolation!

  5. Focuses on prevention, early intervention, and root cause resolution to correct underlying cellular and lifestyle (im)balances that often lead to illness and disease if they were allowed to continue or worsen.


A few examples of clinicians who are applying a Functional Medicine approach to improve or reverse chronic illnesses on the national stage:

  1. Dr. Dale Bresden & the Bresden Protocol has shown how to reverse early Alzheimer's decline in a ground-breaking model for prevention with nutrient-dense nutrition, lifestyle changes, and targeted supplementation.

  2. Dr. Terry Wahls & the Wahl’s Protocol reversed the decline of her own progressive autoimmune condition of Multiple Sclerosis and is now in the process of leading clinical trials on her methodology.

  3. Dr. Dean Ornish & Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn have shown how to reverse even the most serious cases of life-threatening heart disease using a diet and lifestyle approach.

  4. The Cleveland Clinic, one of our country’s finest medical hospitals, now houses The Center for Functional Medicine and groundbreaking research initiatives are now underway on the Functional Medicine approach at Harvard Medical School, arguably the best medical school in the world.


Additional Resources:

Institute for Functional Medicine

Knew Health Cost-Sharing Healthcare Plan

Functional Nutrition

Functional Nutrition is personalized nutrition for your unique genetic code & expression, environmental exposures, personal preferences, and symptoms & (im)balances to support you in healing.


A Functional Nutritionist is a nutritionist trained in the functional medicine approach. Functional Nutrition is not diagnostic and does not replace primary care by a licensed physician, but working with a functional nutritionist and health coach is a complimentary, cost-effective, and highly personalized to lay the foundation for a lifestyle rooted in wellbeing. Functional Nutrition is even more valuable if a conventional medicine physician is your primary mode of healthcare.


Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Consultations often include:                             

  1. A holistic and in-depth evaluation of the nutrition and lifestyle factors contributing to your unique set of symptoms and/or (im)balances

  2. A personalized, nutrient-rich, whole food nutrition plan

  3. Lifestyle recommendations

  4. Functional lab testing recommendations and/or referrals

  5. A targeted, high-quality supplement protocol to address deficiencies


Functional Nutritionists & Functional Medicine Practitioners will help you restore function naturally and fuel your mind.body optimally for symptom relief or peak performance to experience:

  • more energy than you've had in a long time

  • a positive mood & mindset

  • pain-fee days & nights

  • glowing, clear skin

  • mental clarity & focus

  • more restful sleep

  • happy digestion

  • a healthy weight

  • resilience to the unrelenting stress of our modern culture!


The Wild at Heart Method is uniquely designed to help you transition into a lifestyle that awakens your inner wild and supports your wellbeing. A lifestyle reset can be simple, sustainable, and fun when you (re)align yourself with nature.


Subscribe for reWilding inspiration and download the reWilding Retreat Guide: a nature-infused, self-guided retreat to explore on your own or with family and friends designed to help you de-stress, disconnect from technology, soulfully connect with loved ones & nature, nourish your mind.body with healthy whole food, and provide the mental space for mindfulness.


I look forward to supporting you with the right program, service, or referral on your healing journey. Let's walk together for awhile...


We'll stop and smell the wildflowers. Smile a lot. And wander down the road less-traveled.


See you in the wild,

Aj


Angela Juhl, MS, CHWC, CYT

Master of Science in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine

Wellcoaches™ Certified Health and Wellness Coach

Wild Woman Project Circle Leader

Certified Yoga Teacher


Wild at Heart was founded on the mission: to take a stand against unsustainable cultural norms by empowering YOU to realign your lifestyle & mindset with the wisdom of nature for mind.body.heart & soul healing and rekindling a soulful relationship to the natural world...for yourself, your loved ones, our communities, and our beautiful planet.


reWilding

an intentional choice

to honor the wisdom of nature, 

(re)kindle a soulful relationship

with the natural world,

and (re)store health & wellbeing

with nutrient-rich whole foods

and nature-infused self-care,

mindfulness, & lifestyle transformation

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