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Do you feel like you are doing everything right? Have you tried every diet out there? The latest exercise program, detox, weight loss pills, supplements,..? Are you eating clean to your knowledge, exercising, getting enough sleep etc. and still don’t feel good? Do you suffer from things like constant fatigue, anxiety, depression, stubborn belly fat, headaches, digestive discomfort, inflammation, skin issues like acne and eczema, insomnia, irregular cycles etc., no matter what you try?

You may be suffering from undetected H.I.D.D.E.N. stress 

The fact is, making dietary and supportive lifestyle changes is absolutely important when it comes to building health and wellness and is where I encourage everyone to start. These things should lay the foundation to ANY health program, but they may PALE in comparison to hidden stressors that may be going on inside your body.

So, what is H.I.D.D.E.N. stress?

Before I get into what H.I.D.D.E.N stress is let me first explain stress in general. We all experience stress in a variety of forms on a daily, weekly and yearly basis. In fact, 70-80% of all doctor visits are for stress-related illnesses and 50% of all illnesses are caused by stress! Defined by Reed Davis (founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Program) stress is “any influence, internal or external, that causes or leads to malfunction”.

The way our bodies experience stress can be broken down into three different categories:


  • fear
  • worry
  • excitement
  • anxiety
  • relationships
  • lack of purpose
  • negative perceptions
  • bad attitude


  • trauma
  • fractures
  • muscle injuries, weakness
  • nerve compression
  • reptitive or positional injury
  • intense and prolonged exercise
  • poor posture
  • accidents


  • Inflammatory foods, additives
  • pesticides, herbicides, GMOs
  • alcohol, caffeine, blood sugar
  • prescription medication
  • recreational drugs
  • chemicals, metals
  • radiation, EMF’s
  • antibiotics/over the counter meds
  • birth control pills
  • parasites, bacteria, fungi, viruses
  • sleep deprivation, no exercise
  • allergies/over active immune system.

When our bodies experience stress from ANY of these things it contributes to dysfunction and imbalance in the body and if left unchecked will lead to an overall weakened state of health and multiple symptoms and health complaints down the road.

All of the stressors listed above are usually easy to identify if we take the time to examine our lifestyle. When building health, it is important to work on removing any and all stressors that may contribute to dysfunction within the body, however some stressors are not so easy to identify and may require a little extra detective work!

This is what is known as H.I.D.D.E.N. stress which stands for stress within the Hormone, Immune, Digestion, Detoxification, Energy Production and Nervous Systems.

Unless functional labs are run, stress within any of these systems could remain undetected and untreated for years!!

H.I.D.D.E.N stress that is left undetected and untreated puts your body in a state of chronic stress and will prevent you from EVER reaching your health goals. When our bodies are in a state of chronic stress, it leads to hormone imbalance, gut dysfunction and so much more, followed by multiple symptoms and health complaints.

It’s time to put an end to this game of trial and error bouncing from one program, diet, supplement, detox, practitioner etc. to the next wondering what and who is ever going to be able to help you!

Through a series of functional labs that I am certified to interpret, we can get to the root of your main health complaints instead of just chasing symptoms and playing the guessing game.

Think of me as your health detective. As your health detective, it is my responsibility to find as many clues as possible of H.I.D.D.E.N. stress that are preventing you from feeling your best and living the life you love. Each clue that I find will lead me closer and closer to the root cause of your symptoms and will provide YOU with more healing opportunities. As your health detective I will NEVER diagnose any disease or treat any one specific symptom. Treating symptoms may make you feel better temporarily but will only lead to worsening of the underlying issue.

Your symptoms are not the problem. They are the RESULT of the problem.

Your symptoms do not tell me what is wrong with you, they simply tell me that something is wrong.

Functional lab testing allows us to end the cycle of trial and error, stop guessing what is wrong with you and find real answers and solutions!

As your health detective I will do my best to find all H.I.D.D.E.N. stressors within the hormone, immune, detoxification, digestion, energy and nervous systems that I can, and then coach YOU on how to build your health and take care of yourself for the rest of your life!

This process takes time, patience and a prioritization of your health if you truly want to heal. There is no one size fits all or quick fix when it comes to health.

Common Health Complaints addressed by FDN

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain and weight loss
  • Allergies, acne, rosacea
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Headaches, Migraines, Fogginess
  • Indigestion and bloating
  • Inflammation and joint pain
  • Insomnia and trouble falling/staying asleep
  • PMS, skin and hair problems
  • Low sex drive/low libido
  • Menstruation irregularities
  • Chronic pain
  • Blood sugar problems

My Working Outline

  1. Free Consult-During our 30 minute call we will discuss what your main complaints are and will determine if we will be a good fit for one another
  2. Initial Intake-Upon signing up for any of the functional lab testing programs I have available, you will receive an email that will include comprehensive intake forms, a medical history form, and a service agreement. All of these forms MUST be completed prior to our going deeper session.
  3. Going Deeper-Once all intake forms are received and the service agreement form is signed, we will set up a session where I will review all of your intake forms with you and dig a little bit deeper to gather as much information as I can about you! By the end of this session I will be able to recommend which specific lab or labs will be best for you to start with. This session will be very important for me when I am putting together your customized health building protocol after your test results are received. All test kits that you are recommended to start with will be shipped directly to your door immediately after this session is over.
  4. Getting Started-It takes sometimes a couple of weeks for lab results to come back in, but I don’t want you to have to wait that long to get your program started. While waiting for test results, we will set up a session to set practical and realistic goals in the area of nutrition, rest, exercise and stress management that you can start working on immediately!
  5. Run Labs-Once you receive your test kit, most tests can be completed in the privacy of your own home with the exception of any tests that require a blood draw. For tests that require a blood draw, specific instructions will be given as to where you should go for this service. All tests that are shipped to your door will include detailed instructions, return shipping materials, and a payment form. The lab fee will be paid directly to the lab, not me, unless otherwise noted. You are paying me for my coaching and interpretation of all test results and recommendations.
  6. Results and Recommendations-Once I receive your test results, I will put together a customized health building protocol including more detailed recommendations for diet, rest, exercise, stress management and natural drug-free supplementation. We will go over all of this in this session together and discuss any further testing that may be recommended based off of the results that I find.
  7. Continued Coaching– follow up sessions and a retest session are included in your coaching package when running functional labs with me that will allow me to check back in with how you are doing, see what challenges or successes you have had, make any adjustments to your program that are necessary and discuss any further testing that may be needed.
  8. Program Completion-This is not a quick fix program. Healing the right way takes time and patience and will be different for everyone. Each package has a set amount of sessions that you will pay for and then, once those are complete, you will have the opportunity to set up follow-up sessions with me based off of how much accountability and help you need moving forward. We can discuss your options for this once we begin working together and the time is appropriate.

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