By Dr. Lawrence Wilson

October 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


Functional medicine is a term coined by Jeffry Bland, PhD, I believe, around 1980.  It refers to the use of a number of functional tests to assess the body, followed by the use of regular medical methods combined with some holistic methods such as diet and nutrients to restore normal body functioning.

Most of the doctors who practice this kind of health care are naturopaths or holistic medical doctors.  They tend to use many tests such as tests for food allergies, bowel function, amino acids, vitamins, organic acids, and others, along with standard tests for hormones, thyroid activity, blood tests and others.

Among treatment modalities, they use medical drugs, homeopathy, chelation, bio-identical hormone therapy, diets, herbs and nutrients.

The purpose of this article is to clarify that:

1. Functional medicine is very different from nutritional balancing science.

2. I do not recommend functional medicine.




Here are some major differences:


1. Theory.  Functional medicine is basically a remedy science, and is an expansion of the basic allopathic concept of giving remedies to correct symptoms and conditions.

In contrast, nutritional balancing  is a new and complete healing and development science based on concepts that include:

a. The stages of stress (work of Hans Selye, MD)

b. Metabolic typing (work of George Watson, PhD)

c. Yin and yang science (ancient acupuncture concept)

d. Soul science (more esoteric science)

e. Mineral balancing (work of Paul C. Eck)

f. Fractals (modern mathematical concept of how bodies are constructed)

g. Chaos theory (a modern physics concept)

h. Vector science.


2. Assessment methods.  Functional medicine uses ALL standard blood, urine, feces, x-ray and other methods used by standard allopathic doctors.  In addition, they use other so-called functional tests such as bowel function tests, vitamin and other nutrient tests, organic acid testing, and others.

In contrast, nutritional balancing requires a hair mineral analysis in which the hair is not washed at the laboratory.  Other tests are rarely ever used, and amazingly to me, rarely needed.  This saves a lot of money and time, in many cases.


3. Healing modalities.  Functional medicine uses chelation, bio-identical hormone therapy, homeopathy, herbs, and some special foods, diets and nutrients. 

Nutritional balancing does not need or use chelation, bio-identical hormones, homeopathy, or most herbs.  They are simply not needed.  The basis of the correction is a diet very high in cooked vegetables to provide many phyto-nutrients and alkaline reserve minerals.  In addition, a healthful lifestyle is required, along with the proper drinking water.  Also, 5 or 6 detoxification procedures are encouraged, in all cases.


4. Use of hair mineral analysis.  Functional medicine uses hair analysis mainly to detect toxic metals.  Nutritional balancing uses hair analysis in a completely different manner, according to the method of interpretation pioneered by Dr. Paul C. Eck.  For example, we assess the oxidation type, and about 60 other mineral patterns.  Assessing toxic metals is a minor use of hair analysis in nutritional balancing science.


5. Goals of therapy.  Functional medicine goes beyond regular allopathic medical care, in that the goal is wellness or better organ function, not just the removal of symptoms.  This is very good.

However, nutritional balancing seeks something far beyond this called mental or spiritual development.  This is a precise process, and is completely different than just symptom removal or wellness.  To learn about it, please read Introduction To Mental Development on this website.


6. Retracing.  This does not occur much, if at all, with functional medicine.  It is not an important part of functional medicine.

In contrast, physical, mental, and emotional retracing always occurs with nutritional balancing.  If it does not occur with a nutritional balancing program, the person is not following the program correctly.




Functional medicine can be an improvement over simple drug and surgery therapy offered by conventional medical doctors.  However, I find that:


1. Safety. Here nutritional balancing is much superior to either regular allopathic medicine or functional medicine.

2. Symptom removal, including toxic metals and toxic chemicals.  Results are often superior with nutritional balancing.  For example, nutritional balancing removes ALL the toxic metals in all cases.  It also removes hundreds of toxic metals, in ALL cases.

3. Cost.  The cost of the programs is much lower.

4. Prevention. Nutritional balancing is much better to get rid of latent or sub-clinical conditions.  These are conditions that do not show up on ANY tests.  This is a great preventive benefit.

4. Mental development.  Development occurs with nutritional balancing, and this is a significant benefit.  It does not occur much with functional medicine.  To read about this, please read Introduction To Mental Development and many other articles about this interesting phenomenon on this website.



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