I believe the body is designed to heal its self. If your lifestyle or an environmental factor is in opposition of this innate healing potential disease will manifest over time. Before disease occurs there are many signs and symptoms that your body will use to warn you. Overlooking these symptoms by taking medications and not addressing the root of the problem will allow the disease process to continue.
There are many ways to interpret blood work and clinical presentations. Waiting for pathology and disease to be present in the blood work is waiting for disease to occur. Functional medicine/clinical nutrition is designed to identify signs and symptoms early and correct the "why" behind the symptoms before a pathologic process has been established. If pathology already exists, the body can still heal if the root of the problem has been identified and addressed.
Dr. Conan Shaw is a certified clinical nutritionist with 19 years of experience. Dr. Shaw works with individuals to help them achieve their health goals, often when their health goals seem out of reach. With the use of an integrated medical approach, he specializes in treating the "why" behind health issues ranging from immune deficiencies, to slow metabolism, from cancer to fatigue and from auto immune disease and Lyme Disease. Dr. Shaw was hired as the Clinical Nutritionist for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014 and has worked with a number of professional athletes over the years to improve their performance, energy, and level of health. A 1998 graduate of Logan College, Dr. Shaw was the recipient of the "Clinical Science Division Award of Excellence". Shortly after graduating he accepted a position in a multidisciplinary Wellness Clinic where he specialized in integrating alternative nutritional therapies with traditional medical treatments. In 2001, following his three year post graduate studies in Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Shaw started private practice in Cranberry Township, PA. He has a Bachelors Degree in Human Biology (BS), is a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (DC), and is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN).