functional diagnostic nutrition

unlock the power of food to heal your body, prevent disease, and achieve vitality

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) allows us to work in partnership with your body while we explore the most appropriate food and nutrients to keep you functioning well and feeling good. As a Functional Diagnostic Practitioner (FDN-P), my job is to help uncover the underlying contributors to your body’s imbalance. Everyone is different. The one thing we all have in common is this, in “every body,” symptoms are the last thing to occur.

Using functional diagnostic lab testing as appropriate, clinical correlation of symptoms, and a complete holistic process, we uncover the hidden food and chemical triggers, hormone imbalances, compromised immune and organ function, all causing distress within your body. These findings allow us to identify the healing opportunities that will enable your body to engage its innate healing response, build your vital reserves, and resolve the underlying root cause of your symptoms. This process, over time, can restore your health.

It all begins with a comprehensive health history and a conversation exploring your current lifestyle habits: how you eat, how you sleep, how you move your body, and how you cope with everyday stress. As we work together, I’ll explain the different types of lab testing available – the diagnostic tools that offer you a more in-depth look at the function inside your body. Think of it as insider information explicitly designed to help us move more expeditiously, uncovering the hidden stressors that are depleting your vital reserves and contributing to a whole host of symptoms.

Those symptoms you’ve been living with like bloating, cramping, gas, constipation, diarrhea, eczema, psoriasis, acne, headaches, sleep issues, anxiety, dizziness and fatigue are not normal.

They are imbalances in your body that have been holding you back from living your best life. With the information we discover through the lab testing, as well as learning about your emotional and environmental stress, we will create a personalized self-care lifestyle protocol just for you. Over time on this program, we aim to see your symptoms diminish and eventually disappear.

deeply understand & experience the healing powers of functional nutrition

  • How to stabilize your mood, fight fatigue, and promote mental clarity through the power of food so that you can feel rejuvenated and more alive than you ever thought possible.

  • The ins and outs of today’s most popular diets, how food informs every cell of your being and determines which foods work the best for your body.

  • Protocols to help balance your blood sugar and your hormones, slow the aging process, and support organ function so you can achieve an optimal state of wellbeing.

  • Heal your gut and heal associated health complaints..

  • How to improve your digestion, fight inflammation, get glowing skin, and sleep better, so you can take back control of your body, and ultimately, your life.

  • Eating as a practice of stewardship and sustainability for people and the planet.

  • Lifestyle changes you can make to prevent disease, enhance function, and promote longevity.

By nature’s divine design and innate intelligence, the human body is always working to bring itself back into balance. Too often, it is the hidden imbalances inside your body that have been holding you back from living your best life. Treating your whole body, non-specifically, and correlating your symptoms with the information we gather from diagnostic lab testing, as well as learning about your emotional and environmental stress; we will create a personalized protocol just for you. Overtime on this program, we aim to see your symptoms diminish and eventually disappear.

emergewell + co functional nutrition program

We customize each program to fit our clients unique wellness needs and stage of care. Below is an overview of our approach.

Overall Philosophy: Food, Thy Medicine

At our core, we believe in using food as medicine. We believe food should be functional, or as Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be food.” Your diet should work for you. It should fight inflammation, heal the gut, make skin glow, balance hormones, and more. In this program, Sheila dives deeper into the philosophy that food is a trail to optimal wellbeing.

Food Intolerances & The Elimination Diet: Discovering the Foods that Hinder Your Body, Mind, and Mood.

Unfortunately, for many of us, certain foods (even some labeled the “healthy” ones) can have adverse reactions inside the body and unwanted side effects when we consume them. In this module, you’ll discover what food intolerances look like, what science has to say about them, and then explains how to clarify the best foods for every person’s system through an elimination diet.

meet your practitioner

Sheila Jackson

I turned to alternative healthcare nine years ago after being diagnosed with a hepatic portal vein thrombosis – a blood clot in the portal vein of my liver. After spending days in the hospital, months receiving coumadin injections in my stomach, and a battery of tests that came back “inconclusive,” my most disheartening moment was when the internal medicine specialist said, “This condition is so rare. It just doesn’t ever happen to people.”

Suddenly, I was seeing one medical specialist after another. All were reporting the same thing – there was nothing that they could find that would explain how this had happened inside my body. Once it was confirmed that I did not have a blood clotting disorder, conventional medicine’s response was this, “Understand that this life-threatening condition has happened once, and it could happen again.”

Feeling overwhelmed and lacking clarity on what caused my body to respond this way, I couldn’t accept the explanation that there wasn’t anything more I could do.

We all agreed; my body was malfunctioning. I learned that it would be up to me to get to the root of the problem.

I left knowing that I was going to have to take a more assertive role in my own health if my real aim was to age well, prevent disease, and feel good in my own body.

Since then, I have dedicated myself, hundreds of hours, and thousands in resources to the ongoing study of nutrition, botanical therapies, holistic healthcare, and drug-free mind-body medicine.

I completed my first study of Nutrition at Cornell University, became a Functional Medicine Health Coach (FMCHC), Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P), and a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). The changes I made alleviated the stress on my liver, and the function was restored.

It wasn’t until I witnessed up close the rapid decline of the human body as a business partner lost his life to stage four pancreatic cancer, and my “healthy” younger husband was facing his own cancer diagnosis that my desire to align my passion and profession was propelled to the forefront of what it is today.

My mission revealed itself – facilitate a process that equips people to navigate their own healing journey effectively, bring life back into balance, and reclaim the vitality we are inherently designed to achieve.

EmergeWell + Co. is an emergent space where people, practitioners, and products of the healing kind come together, embracing a multi-dimensional approach for healing.

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With over 25 years of entrepreneurial, clinical and professional experience, I’ve worked with the deathly ill and utterly hopeless who were desperate for change. These were people looking for answers in a confused world filled with food rules, senseless and unscientific media headlines, and dozens of health experts all stretched beyond their measure. Eventually, my clients find out that the power to overcome their health issues has been rooted within them the whole time.

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