Functional Medicine / Nutrition

Using a functional medicine approach to health, Advantage Health and Wellness is able to locate the root cause of dysfunction and physiological imbalance. It is important to get a complete understanding of a patient’s health from past to present. After a complete health and records review, we recommend the appropriate testing as the first step towards creating the healthy body and life you want! If you want to know WHY you have certain symptoms but your lab tests are normal this may be the missing link!

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Functional Medicine is an approach to health that searches for the root cause of chronic conditions. The focus is to reverse disease processes and restore health naturally and without the use of medications. Functional Medicine allows the practitioner to look at the body as a whole, instead of focusing on only one system at a time. The human body is highly integrated and each system affects how the rest of the body functions. No nutritional recommendations are made until the objective results have been thoroughly analyzed. A patient’s symptom is usually only the tip of the iceberg, with the altered physiology lying just below the surface. Do you want to learn about the cause of your illness instead of learning how to live with it? Call Advantage Health and Wellness for your initial consultation today!

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Whole Foods Learn more »

Each individual has basic nutritional requirements to survive and prosper. Our ancestors survived on a basic diet of nutrient dense food. These same foods that are available today do not have the same density of nutrients as they did even 20 years ago. This is due to several reasons, the soil has become depleted from overuse and new industrial techniques focus more on quantity than quality. Our population is constantly bombarded with a high visibility and marketing of foods that have NO nutritional value; chips, cookies, sugary drinks and sodas. These foods are cheaper, quicker and more accessible than the vegetables and meats that have to be prepared. When did everyone run out of time and desire to eat and prepare good food?

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Testing Learn more »

Advantage Health and Wellness utilizes laboratories that are state of the art and in the forefront of scientific research. Some of these include: Metametrix laboratories, Diagnostechs, Principal Labs through Lab Corp and Cyrex Laboratories.

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COVID Science

Immune System Information and effectively dealing with viruses.

In case you’ve been under a rock for the past year, you may have missed the talk about viruses lately.  Pretty much all human life has been aware and negatively affected by a virus recently, either directly or indirectly.  For some, this seems like an apocalypse and hysteria seems rampant.

It may be a good time to remind everyone that humans have evolved with viruses for millennia.  Please do not mistake this as implying this recent virus is not a considerable foe, because it assuredly is. But, also please remember that there is no better antiviral approach out there that has the sophistication and capability to handle a virus than a finely tuned and properly functioning human immune system.

So here are some very basic tips to help assure yourself immune system is ready to get in the ring!

Vitamin C and lysine can help fight viral infections in different ways. Vitamin C slows down or blocks viral entry and spread in the body and improves immune function and resistance against viral infections.  Vitamin C also inhibits viral multiplication in infected cells and induces suicide (apoptosis) of virally infected cells so that the spread within the body is limited. Vitamin C can be taken orally or by IV and dosages can vary but a reasonable approach may be around 50 mg per pound of body weight at a time like this.

The amino acid lysine blocks enzymes that all virally infected cells secrete. These enzymes cut through surrounding connective tissue (e.g. collagen). When lysine blocks enzymes it inhibits the spread of the virus in the body by limiting the effect of weakening this connective tissue. An adult may take 2-3000 mg per day of lysine while trying to beat a virus.

The combination of vitamin C and lysine is particularly advantageous because these micronutrients target different mechanisms. Both of these micronutrients cannot be produced in the human body and are therefore called “essential micronutrients”.  You must ingest them.

At Advantage Health and Wellness we can prescribe these supplements and others, from quality vendors and have them delivered to your door.

The essential disclosure for everyone is that I am not a medical doctor. Hopefully your medical doctor understands this important information and can assist you. Nutrient supplementation can interact with prescription drugs and should be considered every time with your medical provider.

References and more information that allows for a much broader understanding can be found at or google Dr. Matthias Rath “open letter the governments and people of the world”. Be sure to delve into the links. It’s a long read but worth it at a time like this. And don’t we all have a little more time right now?!

Functional Medicine Blog

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products and recommendations are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Disclosure:  Per the guidelines provided by the WV Board of Chiropractic, WV Board of Medicine, and the WV Board of Nursing we wish to disclose our intentions as a “Functional Medicine Facility” and “Functional Medicine Providers”.

It is important for you, as our patient, to understand that Functional Medicine is not a specific specialty of ANY healthcare profession and is not supported as such by any legal entity representing any healthcare profession. Although providers of Functional medicine do engage in an education and certification process AND is within the scope of practice by these healthcare professionals, there is no formal specialty recognition of such a practice. We, therefore, are not holding our facility or ourselves as providers, out to the public as a specialty practice or specialist providers of Functional Medicine.

Neither a Functional Medicine Practice nor a Functional Medicine Provider have a scope of practice to include the treatment of disease. Functional Medicine approaches health from the perspective of not treating a disease. Conversely, the approach is targeted at removing barriers that might inhibit the body’s natural ability to achieve health. this IS within the scope of practice and is our intended purpose.

The use of the terms Functional Medicine Practice or Functional Medicine Provider or Doctor is not to insinuate a specialty or to create confusion or deception. These terms may only be used to create a commonality of the language used between providers and their patients that are usual and generally understood by the public to describe a healthcare approach.