Yes, my doctor is a MD. I know it’s unusual. My doctor tired of just throwing drugs at symptoms and wanted to really help people. She set up a concierge model of practice and I pay a monthly fee in addition to paying for visits (remote for now) and lab tests. She believes that food is medicine and will recommend some supplements when needed.
She works with a physician assistant, functional nutritional therapy practitioner (FNTP), and a massage therapist. When she offered me a consultation with a nutritional therapist, I was suspicious as many encounters with dietitians taught me that they don’t really understand diabetes even though food plays a major role in living with the disease. The consult I did was a nice surprise.
Here are the values of the Nutritional Therapy Association.
The NTA’s philosophy centers on the idea that real health can be achieved through a holistic and individualized approach to nutrition and lifestyle. Our mission is to deliver a science-based education that fosters a community of confident holistic nutrition professionals who harness the power of real food and empower people to reconnect with the innate wisdom and unique needs of their bodies, thereby supporting lasting wellness.*
We believe that many of modern society’s health problems result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations brought on by poor nutrition. We are dedicated to helping healthcare professionals and individuals reverse the negative effects of the modern diet through nutritional therapy. Our foundational, holistic approach focuses on the importance of a properly prepared, nutrient-dense, whole food diet paired with a well-balanced lifestyle.
Here’s info from the Nutritional Therapy Association, the agency that provides training for practitioners.
Throughout our programs, students learn a wide range of educational tools and techniques to identify and correct nutritional imbalances and deficiencies. Our courses cover scientific principles about how the human body functions, both anatomically and physiologically. We also honor the body’s innate intelligence and its incredible capacity to restore, regenerate, and correct itself — when given the tools and nutrients to do so.
Another Functional Medicine MD is Mark Hyman. If you do a YouTube search, you’ll find a great deal of content. Dr. Hyman is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic.
I suspect that you may be able to establish a remote relationship with a functional medicine MD, if you want.