Rick Gold is the President & Founder of Gold Functional Wellness, Inc. Rick is a certified FDN & Functional Wellness Practitioner and is well-versed in the concepts of functional medicine. Working with clients locally in South Florida and around the world, Rick helps his clients identify and eliminate many of the underlying causes of their symptoms, with a specialization in gut health and circadian rhythms.
Prior to his career in health & wellness, Rick worked for Wall Street firms as a financial adviser, institutional trader, and hedge fund recruiter. So, how did someone working for Wall Street end up as a Functional Wellness Practitioner?
For most of his adult life, Rick suffered from 24/7/365 allergies, frequent colds and sinus infections, indigestion, heartburn, GERD, stomach and joint pain. He was able to find temporary relief using conventional medicine doctors, but the conventional medicine route never identified or fixed the underlying causes of his health issues.
Rick used functional lab testing and lifestyle changes to vastly improve his health. Dietary and other lifestyle modifications essentially reversed most of his health challenges which are now a distant memory.
Friends and family noticed his transformation, and asked for his help in their own personal health journeys. In 2011, Rick’s mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He began spending hundreds of hours researching published scientific studies, reading books, and watching scholarly lectures in an effort to acquire a better understanding of the root causes of all disease. Rick desperately wanted to help his mother. Unfortunately, it was too late for her.
After his mother’s tragic passing, he knew that he had found his calling: to coach and educate people on how to lower inflammation, improve energy levels, and prevent disease. After passing a rigorous course of study, Rick acquired his FDN certification and now guides his clients to better health and disease prevention for a living.
Rick’s work is extremely personal to him. He cares deeply about his clients and spends ample time with them to understand their health challenges, empathize with their pain, and the challenges they face in trying to heal. He is very attune to their needs, and dedicates himself to helping them improve their emotional and physical health through the concepts and philosophies of functional medicine.
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Traci has been a Registered Dietitian for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University. She has practiced as a functional dietitian in private practice as well as for physicians for more than 10 years. Along with her strong nutrition background, she is also a certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Originally from California, she now resides in South Florida with her husband Paul and their four children. Traci firmly believes that to achieve optimal health one needs to heal the body from the inside out.
Rick and Traci collaborate to customize individualized dietary protocols for Gold Functional Wellness clients.
About Gold Functional Wellness
Gold Functional Wellness is a private holistic health & wellness consulting practice based on the concepts and philosophies of functional medicine. Our mission is to help clients lose weight, drastically improve their health, increase energy levels and boost immune function by teaching them how to identify and eliminate the hidden stressors in their life that cause inflammation, adrenal dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, digestive issues, organ dysfunction, and emotional stress.
The “T.E.S.T” Protocol – Test, Eliminate Stressors, Test again!™
Perhaps you have more health concerns than just a few extra pounds? Perhaps you are suffering from a laundry list of symptoms or just a few nagging ones? You’ve been to many doctors. You’ve either been told that you have a disease or condition and you’ve been put on tons of medication. OR, your doctors are telling you that everything looks normal and it’s all in your head. Maybe your medicine cabinet is full of OTC and prescription pharmaceutical drugs that only work to mask your symptoms and you’re getting sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!
If this sounds like you, and you’re ready to DO something about it, then our T.E.S.T Protocol™ is PERFECT for you!
The T.E.S.T Protocol™ is designed to help you FIND and ELIMINATE many of the ROOT CAUSES your symptoms. Another way to term this is “Root Cause Resolution”. It’s the basis on which Functional Medicine operates.
Gold Functional Wellness uses functional lab testing to find the root causes of your symptoms.
The process is as easy as 1..2..3!
1. Test – Based on your symptoms, medical history, and your intake forms, we’ll recommend certain functional lab testing.
2. Eliminate Stressors – The lab testing is designed to find malfunctions, infections, toxicity and/or imbalances in your body that may be causing your symptoms. Once we identify the stressors, we’ll educate you on the changes you can make in your lifestyle that will help to drastically reduce or eliminate them. We’ll focus on your diet, optimizing your sleep, what type of exercise you should be doing, stress reduction (emotional, physical, and biochemical), and intelligent supplementation.
3. Test again – After a period of 3-6 months of using these
lifestyle modifications, you’ll want to retest to see how much progress you’ve made!
Here is just a partial list of what functional lab testing with Gold Functional Wellness can find:
Gluten Sensitivity and/or Celiacs Disease
Problems with Digestion & Absorption
Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies
Gut Bacteria Imbalances
Heavy Metal Toxicity
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