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No more guessing. Find out exactly which vitamins your body needs!

Just because everyone seems to be downing a certain trendy vitamin doesn’t mean you should. You may not need it. It might even be harmful to your health. Instead, know for certain which vitamins your body needs through at-home diagnostic tests.

At, you can submit tests online that were previously only offered in doctors offices and receive the scientific results by email. Easy to read and understand, your test results reveal the vitamins and nutrients needed by your body to support your health.

Start with Dr. Springer’s tests:

These are detailed questionnaires you can complete online for free.

It takes 10-20 minutes to fill out your confidential answers to questions about various symptoms, complaints and health tendencies. You’ll receive back a list of specific product recommendations tailored for your unique health situation. Get Dr. Springer’s Health Assessments.

TIP: Do our free Metabolic Test  or for help focusing and with our Stress Test for Brain Health for a natural medicine approach to support your healthy aging. If you are already suffering slightly to moderately in any area use our more comprehensive Brain Test  and Blood Test.

Read on for more information about the natural medicinal approach that lays behind these tests.

Natural Medicine

Some basic tenets of natural medicine (aka functional medicine) are:

Uniqueness of Each Patient. Effective treatment should be custom-tailored specifically to meet your specific needs.

Unlike conventional medicine, natural medicine emphasizes the uniqueness physiologically (functionally) of each patient.

To paraphrase, the key is finding the basic cause that leads to all the symptoms and not treating the symptoms only.

Those who understand this believe that each patient’s physiological system marches to the beat of a different drummer.

 Blood Tests support this fundamental principle by analyzing subtle differences in an individual’s molecular biochemistry, hormonal secretion patterns, cellular environment, immune responses, etc., allowing for focused, precise, and individualized therapy.

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Attention Paid to Even Minor Symptoms. Even slight imbalances in the body can set the stage for more serious diseases down the road. This often happens by virtue of a “ripple effect”, whereby a “minor” imbalance sets into motion a cascade of biological triggers that eventually leads to sub-optimal health, chronic illness, and degenerative disease.  Do our Metabolic Test

For this reason, a “let’s-wait-and-see-if-this-develops-into-anything-serious” attitude is not an acceptable approach in functional medicine. By implementing the most advanced and sensitive technology available, diagnostic laboratory tests can reveal the most subtle imbalances within the body, allowing for timely intervention to prevent more profound health problems in the future.

Using a Holistic Approach. The body is best examined and treated as an integrated whole, not simply an isolated set of parts.

Holistic medicine looks at effects created on each part of your body and how they interact. For example, if your holistic practitioner treats a liver problem by helping you to detox, he will recommend the best way to detox without the toxins affecting the rest of your body adversely. It’s not enough just to get the toxins out of your liver; they must be safely removed so as to not affect the rest of your body.

Getting a Functional Assessment

Evaluating organ “function” versus “pathology” (or addressing disease only) is one of the principles of functional medicine, and a number of assessment tools are available to determine a person’s functional status. The tests are non or only minimally invasive, using samples of stool, urine, saliva, blood and hair. The results focus on how well the body is doing in these important areas:

  • Digestion (Gastrointestinal),
  • Nutrition,
  • Detoxification/Oxidative Stress,
  • Immunology/Allergy,
  • Production and Regulation of Hormones (Endocrinology), and
  • Heart and Blood Vessels (Cardiovascular).

Functional Medicine vs. Pathological Medicine

Sometimes a person will accept treatment for a health problem they are experiencing without evaluating whether or not the treatment is a quick fix addressing only one symptom or a permanent solution that addresses the cause of the problem and bases the treatment on his or her individual body, taking into account all of its nuances.

The Pathological Model

The primary goal of Pathological Medicine is to fit the series of symptoms and signs of illness a person is experiencing into a category that has already been established. The treatment is then administered and managed according to the diagnosis – not the patient. In fact, the treatment is nearly identical for all patients.

In this model, dietary and lifestyle management are rarely emphasized. Competency in this model is based on the standard of care specified by a series of rules followed – not by individual patient results.

For example, the Pathological Medical Model may treat a patient for trouble with breathing by diagnosing “asthma” as the condition and prescribing a Singulair inhaler. The individual’s physical activity or lack thereof, and the amount of fat the person ingests on a daily basis would not be taken into account.

The Functional Model

Functional Medicine is a science-based healthcare approach that assesses and treats the underlying causes of a person’s illness through individually tailored therapies designed to restore health and improve function.

With laboratory assessment and early intervention, this approach focuses attention on biochemical individuality, metabolic balance, ecological context and unique personal experience in the dynamics of health.

In this model, nutritional support is specific to the patient and not the diagnosis, and diet and lifestyle management are strongly emphasized. The management of the treatment is virtually different for individuals with the same exact diagnosis.

Competency in this model is based on reviewing and managing altered physiology versus diagnosis.

Here is an example which illustrates the difference between the Pathological Model and the Functional Model:

If your refrigerator suddenly started being too warm, so you could not keep your food fresh, it is likely that you would want to know why, so you could remedy the situation.

Imagine your repairman diagnosing “a leak in the freezer” and then selling you numerous cans of “gook” to pour in freezer unit every morning so that you could keep your food fresh. While the gook may be a temporary solution, it would not address the actual leak – it would address the symptom of that leak (the food getting spoiled). Repairing the freezer would be the permanent solution. Moreover, you would want to make sure the repairman you hired was knowledgeable in your type of fridge, since manufacturers differ in how they build their fridges.

Just like there are different models of home appliances, there is not a “one size fits all” approach to the human body. For example, up to 40% of people in the US cannot convert Folic Acid (vitamin B9) into the active form and need the enzyme form! If you went with the “quick fix” pathological model, the doctor might not know to check if you are the kind of person who can properly convert B9, or if you need to take it in the enzyme form. He might give you a generic multi-vitamin without looking at your individual needs.

Your doctor would be wise to be familiar with your personal needs, just like you would not expect a repairman to fix your icemaker when your fridge doesn’t have one in the first place. Familiarity is one key to improvement!

Testing and treating your individual makeup is a sure-fire way to receive personalized care and skip missing critical steps: Doctors who practice Functional Medicine will often use many of the specific brands and vitamins offered here at – like any of the Throne B Complex in the Active Forms of the Vitamins, the ones which need to be converted, are often included in the vitamins we offer and this will ensure your body can use the vitamins you take.

Now that you better understand our outlook, we hope you are ready to take our FREE Metabolic, Neurotransmitters, Brain and Blood Tests linked above and find out how Natural Medicine will speed your progress toward better health.