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“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” 

Hamlet Traditional Western medicine and its doctors are the finest in the world for dealing with acute care such as the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or short-duration illnesses in need of urgent care. For example, a traumatic car accident, appendicitis, or a broken leg. For such harrowing situations, I want traditional medicine in my corner! But to stave off chronic problems or diseases, to better control or even reverse disease states and debilitation, and to train people in the art and science of wellness and self-healing, functional medicine is better suited for developing and maintaining a higher quality of life well into one’s senior years.



Until you understand the flaws of the drug-based system you are locked into, you will never be able to understand why you continue to suffer with diabetes, take one drug after another (perhaps including insulin injections), continue to gain weight, continue to lose energy and quality of life, and live with the fear of compli­cations. Common complications are loss of eyesight, heart damage, irreversible kidney damage, impotence, festering ulcers that will not heal, and eventual loss of limbs.

In truth, the “complications of diabetes” are largely created by systemic drug treatments themselves (plus the inferior if not dangerous dietary advice given to patients). There is no other disease process, in my opinion, which illustrates our nation’s healthcare woes more than diabetes.

If you have diabetes and continue to suffer with ill health related to it, if you are sick of being prescribed yet another drug, if you are seeing your life basically boil down to a daily struggle just to get through, then you are likely reading this at exactly the right time.

Many diabetics just like you, in San Mateo County, and across the U.S., have said enough. They have decided to reverse their condition. They no longer accept the sacred medicine mantra that the best that can be done for a diabetic is to choke down one drug after another in hopes of only slowing down the inevitable progression of the disease.

Nutritional testing

Why is Nutritional Testing important?

Nutrient deficiencies are common. 90% of people are deficient, and 50% of those people are already taking supplements.

  • Commonly used prescription medications can cause nutrient depletion.
  • Patients shouldn’t self-medicate with supplements. Over-supplementing can be harmful.
  • Understanding how nutrients correlate with each other is a critical part of a personalized supplement plan.
  • Knowing what deficiencies exist takes the guesswork out of supplementing.
  • You might be over supplementing with unnecessary vitamins, minerals or antioxidants. Too much can be harmful.
  • Micronutrient Testing gives a functional cellular analysis of nutrient deficiencies. This is different from all other nutritional assessments, using t-lymphocytes to not only measure if a nutrient is present but also if the nutrient is being absorbed and properly functioning within the body.
  • Micronutrient Testing gives a 4-6 month window of nutritional history. It is more than just a snapshot. This same evidence links nutritional deficiencies as a contributing factor to chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and arthritis.

  • Overwhelming scientific evidence and published medical research documents the role that essential nutrients play in achieving and maintaining good health.

What Do We Test For?

Vitamin A
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin K
Oleic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Coenzyme Q10
Vitamin E
For Total
Antioxidant Function
Immune Response
Fructose Sensitivity


“I Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Doctor Says My Lab Tests Are Normal”

Brenda is a 44 year old female who was deeply frustrated and at her wits end trying to find answers regarding her symptoms. She stated that she seemingly fell apart after giving birth to her last child approximately 12 years ago.

“I started feeling tired and sluggish all the time no matter how much sleep I had. All though I kept up my habit of exercising in the mornings, my weight began to balloon upward. Being frightened with this I began cutting my calories back to no avail. Within a year I had gained over 20 pounds and I am now over 28 pounds from my original weight prior to my last pregnancy. I now have other symptoms that include periodic headaches in the morning, my skin is dry and my hair is seemingly falling out. My bowel movements are less frequent and I’m feeling bloated, especially after meals. To make things worse, my sleep is becoming interrupted making it even more difficult to make it through my busy day. Of course with all this going on I’ve become depressed and lack the motivation to continue going to the gym.”

Unfortunately, this is all too common and all too often misdiagnosed. You see, Brenda had made the effort to visit her doctor to find answers. From what she understood from trying to educate her self, it certainly seemed that her symptoms could be the result of a thyroid condition. Within a week after her blood work came back, her doctor relayed to her that all was normal; no problems. Now most of us like to hear this, but when you have your health going down the tubes you want answers. Brenda was now further confused and feeling depressed.

Hypothyroidism is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions in this country. Typical blood labs used by most practitioners include only TSH, T4, T3 and perhaps free T3. TSH or thyroid stimulating hormone is produced by your pituitary gland and is activated to instruct your thyroid to release mostly inactive T4 which then converts into T3 in the liver, gastrointestinal tract and other various cells such as muscle, heart and nerve cells. Only about 60% of T4 ever becomes a usable form of T3.

There are many physiologic conditions that can hinder this process resulting in the lack of active T3 and therefore thyroid symptoms. Just a few include: gastrointestinal dysfunction, which is all too prevalent today and actually worsened with the “purple pill”; liver toxicity, which most Americans suffer at some level, especially those on toxic medications; and hormonal imbalance, predominately estrogen and progesterone.

Generally, the most common misdiagnose for hypothyroidism in this country is an autoimmune response called “Hashimotos”, named after the Japanese scientist that discovered it.



It is estimated that nearly 70% of Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disorder, mostly undiagnosed. Autoimmune disorders attack your own body tissues due to imbalances in within our protective immune responses. When it comes to “Hashimotos” your own thyroid gland is attacked and destroyed over time. For many years this immune disorder can lay dormant, eventually waking to begin its’ destructive process, triggered by some form of stress.

Here is where the problem lies. When the autoimmune process is activated, thyroid tissue is destroyed and released into the blood often causing hyperthyroid symptoms such as anxiousness, nervousness, heart palpitations and even night sweats. This in turn activates a feedback system that tells your brain to turn off your thyroid. Within days your back to typical hypothyroid symptoms of feeling sluggish, tired and depressed. Because of this autoimmune process not only will your symptoms vary, but so will your blood labs. The typical blood panel to view TSH is simply of no help. In this scenario, TSH will move down when the autoimmune process is activated and back up when it is neutralized. At the time of your blood lab it could be low, high or normal. Unfortunately you lose no matter what. Here is why. In traditional medicine the protocol is to place you on thyroid medication whenever this marker is suggesting hypothyroidism, regardless of the possibility of “Hashimotos”. The problem with this protocol is that it will allow the autoimmune response to continue on its destructive tract and eventually destroy all of your thyroid tissue. Thyroid medication now becomes mandatory.

If you believe you may have thyroid problems, which is much more prevalent if your are a woman, you really should be evaluated properly to rule out autoimmune “Hashimotos” as well as any other conditions that inhibit the conversion of inactive T4 to active T3.


Why Not You?

  • Reduced Pain and Cramps
  • Reduced Tingling & Numbness in Fingers, Toes & Legs
  • Experience Touch without Pain
  • Improved Sense of Balance & Fingers, Toes & Legs
  • Less Dependency on Medications
  • Improved Sleep
  • Less Restless Leg

What To Expect at Your Visit

Our state of the art facilities offer each patient that consults with us an experience like no other clinical environment. Your visit will include an exam that will determine the function of the nerves in your legs, feet and toes. This exam is not a visual exam, but a complete clinical exam of nerve function like none you have ever experienced!

This is what Dr. Colgin has been trained to do. Other clinics do not focus on the cause of your nerve damage, which is what we exclusively determine in your clinical evaluation.

Once Dr. Colgin completes your clinical exam of the nerve fiber function, he will present you with an outlined care plan.

Currently, ordinary medicine has no cure for PN at this time. The extremely powerful drugs dispensed to patients do NOT TREAT the NERVE DAMAGE! They numb the brain to numb the pain. Most patients can not tolerate a drugged existence but feel they have NO OTHER OPTIONagainst this horrifying pain.

Our office offers a solution.

Dr. Chris Colgin has years of experience working with PN patients, he understands that they have very low quality of life; that the pain of neuropathy touches every aspect of affected a person’s existence.

Benefits of our Neuropathy program

  • Reduced Pain and Cramps
  • Reduced Tingling or Numbness in the Fingers, Toes or Legs
  • Ability to experience touch without Pain
  • Reduced Feeling of Cold, Burning or Pain in the Feet and Legs
  • Improved Sense of Balance and Coordination
  • Less Dependency on Medications
  • Improved sleep
  • Less Restless Leg

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