David Lerner, acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine

Functional Nutritional Counseling

David Lerner, L.Ac., Nutritional Counselor Seattle, WA and Olympia, WA

David offers nutritional recommendations from a functional medicine perspective, with a focus on understanding what is causing your body to function suboptimally.   He'll consider how to improve gut health, immune function, detoxification pathways, hormones, mitochondrial efficiency, and structures of the cells and body.  He'll then suggest dietary and lifestyle choices to best promote optimal health.  

David has been a passionate student of various whole food nutrition philosophies for over 20 years.  He has been particularly influenced by the teachings of Dianna Schwarzbein, MD, Donnie Yance, CN, MH, RH (AHG)Dwight McKee, MD, Dale Bredeson, MD, Paul Anderson, NDDatis Kharrazian, DC, D.H.Sc., MSChris Kresser, L.Ac., Chris Masterjohn, PhDLoren Cordain, PhD, and many of the philosophies of the Weston A. Price Foundation. In addition to dietary suggestions, he will often suggest nutritional supplements and herbs in an effort to create the optimal customized dietary plan for each patient.  While not for everyone, David has been increasingly impressed with the benefits of therapeutic fasting, combined with a ketogenic diet, for patients with various challenges including obesity, diabetes/metabolic syndrome, cognitive impairment, lipid imbalances, and as a supportive tool during and post cancer treatment.

Specialty lab tests that are commonly recommended at the Heart of Wellness Clinic:             

  • NutraEval, Genova Diagnostics - in depth nutritional evaluation that utilizes urinary organic acids, plasma amino acids, omega 3/6 fatty acids, oxidative stress markers and nutrient and toxic elements
  • GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile, Genova Diagnostics - Premier stool biomarker testing that gives insight into digestive function, inflammation/immune function, gut microbiome metabolic activity and composition, and intestinal permeability
  • DUTCH hormone profile, Precision Analytics - Very Comprehensive assessment of sex and adrenal (HPA axis) hormones as well as their associated metabolites
  • Mercury Tri-test and Blood Metals Panel, Quicksilver Scientific - used to assess for heavy metal toxicity
  • True Health Diagnostics - Full service blood testing lab that offers advanced lipid profiling, and a diabetes prevention and management profile.  Offers very affordable cash prices
  • SIBO breath testing, Biohealth Labs 

David currently offers functional nutritional consultations via skype/phone or in office.

To view an interview with David regarding the importance of blood sugar maintenance in promoting optimal body weight:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC5c46I7hwo