Your Lab Tests Are Normal But You Feel Sick: What Your Doctor Is Missing

Episode 52 45m


Conventional medicine approaches illness as a name it, blame it, and tame it game. But these labels or diagnoses are just names we associate with a collection of symptoms. They have nothing to do with why you have those symptoms—with the root causes of the “disease.” Conversely, just because your standard lab panel comes back normal does not always mean you are experiencing optimum health.

In this episode, Dr. Hyman speaks with Dr. Todd LePine about how Functional Medicine seeks to get to the root cause of health issues. They dive into the world of unconventional and advanced lab testing that they use to identify dysfunction in the body and optimize health. Dr. LePine graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, specializing in Integrative Functional Medicine. He is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner.

Prior to joining The UltraWellness Center, he worked as a physician at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA, for 10 years. Dr. LePine’s focus at The UltraWellness Center is to help his patients achieve optimal health and vitality by restoring the natural balance to both the mind and the body. His areas of interest include optimal aging, bio-detoxification, functional gastrointestinal health, systemic inflammation, autoimmune disorders and the neurobiology of mood and cognitive disorders.

Dr. LePine teaches around the world, and has given lectures to doctors and patients at American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG), the University of Miami Integrative Medicine Conference, The Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA, and is on the faculty for American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). Dr. LePine is the head of the Scientific Advisory Board for Designs for Health and a consultant for Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory. He enjoys skiing, kayaking, hiking, camping and golfing in the beautiful Berkshires, and is a fitness enthusiast.

In this episode, Dr. Hyman and Dr. LePine discuss:

  • The myth of diagnosis
  • Using conventional lab testing in conjunction with advanced, unconventional lab testing
  • Testing for heavy metal toxicity
  • Testing for gut health beyond standard stool testing
  • Assessing immune health and inflammation markers
  • Using lab testing to get to the root cause of low-energy, fatigue, adrenal and mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Advanced testing for Lyme disease, tick infections, Epstein-Barr virus, and more
  • EMF testing


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Dr. Todd Lepine: Diagnosis means nothing, right? It's just a label that we put on it. You may label it as a tic disorder, but there could be 50 ways of getting a tic disorder. The same thing with diabetes or brain fog or whatever. So, the whole concept of disease is thrown on its head, because we look at it from an entirely different perspective. Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to the Doctor's Farmacy. This is a special episode of the Doctor's Farmacy called House Call. In series, I sit down with my colleagues from the UltraWellness Center and talk about functional medicine approaches to all sorts of things. Today, I'm joined by Dr. Todd Lepine, who's been one of my colleagues for over almost three decades now...

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Ep. 52 - Your Lab Tests Are Normal But You Feel Sick: What Your Doctor Is Missing