Functional Question | Holistic Nutrition Lab by functional nutritionist Andrea Nakayama

Functional Question

A functional question is a question about the terrain—it’s a question about the person, not the diagnosis. A functional question uses the principles of functional empathy as well as the functional nutrition matrix to make inquiries that lead to information about the bioindividuality of the client. Asking the functional questions more readily leads to root…


Therapeutic Partnership | Holistic Nutrition Lab by functional nutritionist Andrea Nakayama

Therapeutic Partnership

One of my favorite tenets of the functional medicine model is that of the therapeutic partnership—a constructive relationship established between patient and practitioner. Yet my concern with the common interpretation of this term is that we continue to put pressures and expectations on the role of the physician or other clinician, to walk over hot…


The Empathy Trap | Holistic Nutrition Lab by functional nutritionist Andrea Nakayama

The Empathy Trap

It’s disheartening when one of your greatest assets—your empathy for seeing and caring for patients with deep compassion—actually works against you. I know this because I’ve experienced it myself, but moreso because I see it happening for the nutritionists in my own clinic and those that I teach and mentor in Holistic Nutrition Lab. You…