"Where do I start?" The unwell ask in desperation. "Do I need to detoxify my liver? Cleanse my bowel? Eliminate my food allergies? Balance my hormones? Fix my sugar cravings? What about my insomnia, joint pain, migraines, and these nagging restless legs? Can it all somehow be connected?" Having already abandoned the traditional medical approach with its addiction to prescription drugs, some of these same confused souls are now growing disenchanted with the efforts of natural medicine as well, finding the process too laborious, time-consuming or expensive. "Surely there must be a better approach to all of this?" they moan. It was in this context that Functional Bio-Analysis (FBA) was developed and Hope for Health was written.

Dr. Scott Monk, the author of Hope for Health and the founder of Functional Bio-Analysis (FBA), has been treating patients holistically for the last 15 years. Amazed by the sophistication and complexity of the body, Dr. Monk studied in detail the phenomena that came into view with each patient and began asking a few questions. Why is it that people react differently to the same problem? Why do those with the same virus, have different symptoms? One gets a rash and a fever, while the other person has nausea and joint pains. Why does one family member suffer from migraines when the other siblings are just fine.

As it turns out, most people suffer from basically the same things, which are often expressed differently. Hormone imbalances, inflammatory reactions, tissue toxicity and blood sugar abnormalities are at the top of the list. After years of study, Dr. Monk learned that the body had a priority – it knew what it wanted fixed first and the order thereafter. "Since the brain already had it all worked out," he postulated, "then perhaps there was a way to discover this priority and apply treatment accordingly." Indeed there was.

Functional Bio-Analysis is science-based complementary medicine technique helping knowledgeable practitioners navigate the natural monitoring system present in all people. It is the primary goal of FBA to tap into the body's neurological and energetic pathways in order to evaluate the functions within. With FBA, practitioners can follow these ordered steps to find the nutrients a patient's body needs most, called the prime movers.

Presently there is only one method that allows a practitioner to utilize FBA to its fullest potential, namely, manual muscle testing. Despite being solidly grounded in neurology and basic body reflexes, this much maligned and poorly understood approach is still taboo for many. And yet, those curious enough to examine the process for themselves will find that the precision of manual muscle testing along with the power of FBA can bring Hope for Health to those in greatest need.