“Blood Doesn’t Lie”

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A Discussion With Jonathan Cohen, Founder of Functional DX.

Jonathan Cohen is a seasoned practitioner who believes that the mind, body and spirit are something that cannot be separated when it comes to treating people’s health, and has understood in his years of experience that often an underlying health issue that is not easily identified could be the cause of mood disorders, and by treating the poor health, the symptom of the mood disorder could be resolved. This is easily identified in bloodwork:

“It helps underline an awful lot. The physiological, the physical side. I’ve said many times: the mind, body and spirit can never be split apart. They’ve got to come together, and I think it’s essential that everybody who is in therapy and dealing with human beings where there’s dysfunction should actually be able to treat them as a complete entity. Too much is compartmentalized nowadays.” 

The reason that Cohen is so adamant that therapists should look into functional blood chemistry more is because he feels that this is a step that GPs have been unable to take, due to the time restrictions that they are under in an NHS setting. 

A GP has nine and a half minutes to actually deal with a patient at a time. By the time they have said ‘hello, good morning’ and dealt with the pleasantries, that time has been taken down to seven minutes. And in that seven minutes, they have to make this really detailed and fast assessment.” 

The standard type of blood tests provided by GPs presents only two results “normal” or “abnormal”, and so if a patient comes through to them with perhaps low iron, but not low enough to the point of “abnormal”, they will be told by their GP that there is nothing to worry about and that they are “fine”. Cohen elaborates: 

“They can look at the blood work and the lab says nothing is wrong, and suggest to a patient ‘go home and rest’, but that patient will return again and again because they are not feeling well, and by now feeling anxious and depressed because their condition is not going away, leading to an diagnosis of anxiety.”

Which will then bring clients to your practice, when their condition is not one of the mind or spirit, but of the body. 

Cohen says that this type of blood testing is the way forward for practices, as they inform better treatments for clients and in turn help client recovery, helping your practice grow. 

“We all want success. The key is if you are successful with people, they tell their friends and family, leading to referrals, and that builds up a practice. The best way to build a practice is through these referrals, and ultimately having a successful outcomes in what you’re meant to deliver. The more tools you have available, the more arrows you’ve got in your quiver, the better it is.”  

In a recent interview with Private Practice Hub’s CEO, Dr Adam Read, Jonathan Cohen, MSc registered Nutritional Therapist and founder of Functional DX discussed the benefits of using blood analysis to diagnose hidden health problems that may be affecting people’s mental health as well as their physical. 

Cohen’s career in nutritional therapy began in around 2006 when he began a master’s course on the subject, which was the first of its kind to be based on the tenets and principles of functional medicine. He claims that this qualification was where he “found his niche” at around the age of 50. He originally began his career studying business in the 1980s, but found his way into studying NLP therapy while it was in its early stages and began an interest in different therapy modalities from there, and told Dr Read in this interview that he has “never looked back” since. 

He began his own practice in applied nutrition after completing his masters, and in the height of the clinic’s growth he came across functional blood chemistry through the work of Dr Dicken Wetherby, who began his studies in functional blood chemistry analysis in 1995. 

“Over the years he and I developed a collegiate friendship, to the point where about four or five year ago, I said to him:  I want to bring functional blood chemistry properly into the UK.”   

Which brings us to the development of their company: Functional DX. 

What Is Functional DX? 

Functional DX provides detailed blood tests and panels, health reporting and also makes the complex nature of these tests simple to understand. 

Differing from standard blood tests, the in-depth health review provided by these tests show a full workup of the subject’s health, rather than a binary “normal” or “abnormal” result, which aids in diagnosing health conditions that may be harder to see before they develop into something more problematic later in life.

The business not only provides these tests, but also deals with teaching and training health professionals to understand them and translate the results into courses of action for patients.  

How Does It Help Therapists? 

Jonathan Cohen believes that the mind, body and spirit are something that cannot be separated when it comes to treating people’s health, and has understood in his years of experience that often an underlying health issue that is not easily identified could be the cause of mood disorders, and by treating the poor health, the symptom of the mood disorder could be resolved. 

“It helps underline an awful lot. The physiological, the physical side. I’ve said many times: the mind, body and spirit can never be split apart. They’ve got to come together, and I think it’s essential that everybody who is in therapy and dealing with human beings where there’s dysfunction should actually be able to treat them as a complete entity. Too much is compartmentalized nowadays.” 

The reason that Cohen is so adamant that therapists should look into functional blood chemistry more is because he feels that this is a step that GPs have been unable to take, due to the time restrictions that they are under in an NHS setting. 

A GP has nine and a half minutes to actually deal with a patient at a time. By the time they have said ‘hello, good morning’ and dealt with the pleasantries, that time has been taken down to seven minutes. And in that seven minutes, they have to make this really detailed and fast assessment.” 

The standard type of blood tests provided by GPs presents only two results “normal” or “abnormal”, and so if a patient comes through to them with perhaps low iron, but not low enough to the point of “abnormal”, they will be told by their GP that there is nothing to worry about and that they are “fine”. Cohen elaborates: 

“They can look at the blood work and the lab says nothing is wrong, and suggest to a patient ‘go home and rest’, but that patient will return again and again because they are not feeling well, and by now feeling anxious and depressed because their condition is not going away, leading to an diagnosis of anxiety.”

Which will then bring clients to your practice, when their condition is not one of the mind or spirit, but of the body. 

Cohen says that this type of blood testing is the way forward for practices, as they inform better treatments for clients and in turn help client recovery, helping your practice grow. 

“We all want success. The key is if you are successful with people, they tell their friends and family, leading to referrals, and that builds up a practice. The best way to build a practice is through these referrals, and ultimately having successful outcomes in what you’re meant to deliver. The more tools you have available, the more arrows you’ve got in your quiver, the better it is.”  Cohen teaches and trains many health professionals across the UK ranging from doctors to chiropractors, acupuncturists and nutritional therapists to understand functional blood chemistry and the benefits of better understanding a client’s health. On the 15th of July, Cohen hosted a webinar session for Private Practice Hub members explaining in depth the benefits of using functional blood chemistry when dealing with clients, the science and the statistics behind it. 

Click this link to view the webinar replay and join Private Practice Hub today to be kept up to date with more ground-breaking webinars that could change the trajectory of your practice for the better. 

Article written by Maisie Violet Wicks, BA Hons. Contact newsdesk@privatepracticehub.co.uk.