Personalized Medicine with Dr. Courtney Hunt
Dr. Courtney Hunt has made it her mission to use a systems-based approach rather than compartmentalize people by diagnosis codes or organ systems. Dr. Courtney Hunt has made it a mission to learn about gene mutations that specifically correlate to the conditions she treats. She is a pioneer in the fields of quantum biology, mitochondrial health, nutrigenetic medicine, hormonal health and has been using this to treat patients with a wide range issues, including MTHFR, which is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of nutrigenetic mutations. She works with depression, anxiety, attention deficit, thyroid conditions, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, neuroimmune syndrome, migraine, vertigo, POTS, gut issues, hormonal issues, PCOS, histamine intolerance, mast cell activation syndrome and autoimmune disorders. If your doctor can't give you a diagnosis or provide the guidance you need to heal, Dr. Hunt will work tirelessly to find a solution.
Dr. Hunt also utilizes the field of epigenetics, or the effect of your environment, including food, sunlight, stress, and toxins, on your DNA. Epigenetic changes can also be handed down from parents to children and she works with parents-to-be to help them prepare for a healthy and successful pregnancy.
She can help you work through all of these factors and make a personalized plan for you.
If you want to heal, you have to start aligning your body with sunlight. Your body is meant to be in the sun, and exposure to sunlight during the day is crucial to your wellbeing. In addition to producing Vitamin D, which is an essential ingredient for overall health, sunlight also sets your circadian rhythm by regulating the levels of serotonin and melatonin produced by your brain. People who don’t get enough sunlight have altered immune defense mechanisms that predispose them to excessive inflammation, which can result in autoimmune disease.
Many women and men experience hormonal imbalance as they age, but what most people don't know is that hormonal imbalance can happen at any age. Because the symptoms that accompany hormonal imbalance are common to other conditions, they often are misdiagnosed. The most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance include fatigue, difficulty sleeping, reduced mental focus, mood changes, decreased libido and weight gain. You may have been told in the past that the symptoms described are "just what happens with aging", but they don't have to be. We make every effort to help you regain natural hormonal balance without replacement if desired. If that’s not possible, as in the case of menopause or other illness, we offer bioidentical hormone replacement and hormone pellet therapy for both women and men.
Nutrition and Health
In essence, your body is an energy producer that follows a set of biological blueprints provided by your DNA. Understanding how your genes control the way you process food and affect your health is an important piece of the wellness puzzle. Nutrition is both the process of being nourished by food and the study of how nutrients are used in human metabolism, growth, and repair cycles. Your genes can determine how sensitive you are to salt, if you are lactose intolerant, how likely you are to become vitamin D deficient, how well you tolerate caffeine, and even how efficient your body is at repairing injuries. Our goal is to work with you to develop a personalized nutrition plan that matches your diet to your DNA.
As the producers of your cellular energy, mitochondria (the batteries of your cells) are vital to nearly every biochemical reaction and cellular process in your body. Therefore, increasing mitochondrial function is one of the most effective ways to increase your
overall energy levels and potentially slow down the aging process. Mitochondrial dysfunction occurs when the mitochondria don't work as well as they should due to another disease or condition. Mitochondria receive information from oxygen, food, and sunlight. When you fix these 3 inputs, you improve your hormone function and your energy, clean your neurons to improve your memory, and remove the plaque from your vessels.
Thyroid dysfunction is a common cause of hair loss, fatigue, and difficulty losing weight. The thyroid gland releases important hormones into your body, which play a vital role in regulating metabolism. There are many different causes of thyroid dysfunction, which include environmental exposure/ toxins, side effects to medications we take, and genetic predisposition. Dr. Hunt takes all of the necessary steps to appropriately screen your thyroid. Not only does she use blood tests to determine thyroid function, but she also incorporates analysis of symptoms, ultrasound and even genetics. She works to treat thyroid imbalance in the most natural way possible, beginning with diet and exercise, supplements, and incorporating prescription medications if necessary. Her goal is to reverse thyroid disease and help you eventually wean off of medication.