Category «Functional Medicine»

The Negative Effect of Stress on Your Gastrointestinal Tract

We are all affected by the stresses in life. Stress is a threat to the homeostasis in our body. The threat can be either real or perceived. And it is our response to these life stressors that impact our physiology.Excessive stress results in alterations in brain-gut interactions (“brain-gut axis”) that can lead to many GI …

Health Starts In The Gut

Most of the people who come to our clinic for help actually have an underlying cause of their symptoms that starts in the gut. Healthy function of your gastrointestinal system is vital to improving your health.A healthy microbiome (gut bacteria) helps you digest your food, protects you from infections and keeps your immune system regulated …

Fatigue: The Great Energy Bandit

Your adrenal glands secret hormones that are necessary for life. Cortisol, which is extremely important for keeping our body systems in balance, is one of these hormones. The functions of cortisol:controls the immune system and plays a role in preventing infectionsmaintains normal blood sugarregulates blood pressurea reliable indicator of the amount of stress in your …

Why is an Elimination Diet Important?

As a practicing functional medicine physician, I always start with the basics: food. If you are suffering from: digestive issues – bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux chronic pain fatigue joint and muscle aches and pain chronic sinus congestion generally “not feeling well” An elimination of certain foods from your diet can help you begin …

Do you want to get well?

Functional Medicine is often the answer to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases for the following reasons:The sharp increase in the number of people suffering from complex, chronic diseases such as:diabetes/insulin resistanceheart diseasecancermental illness/dementia, cognitive declineautoimmune disorders, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroiditisConventional medicine is oriented toward acute care, treatment of trauma that is focused …

Why I Love To Practice Functional Medicine

All my life I have aspired to a higher calling. First, it was to traditional medicine, and I answered that call by becoming a pediatrician. After more than a decade of work as a practicing pediatrician, I became greatly disturbed by the lack of understanding of the underlying causes of the suffering of so many children.  …

Fall Foliage Hikes… Don’t Miss Out!

Autumn Leaves

With the arrival of autumn, everyone is talking about the changing colors and the fall festivities. When we think of fall, we think of hiking, biking, and many other outside activities. It all sounds so exciting and enjoyable, but then you remember the soreness that follows, or back pain that accompanies it.Don’t let those thoughts …

Functional Medicine is the New Medicine

Our society is experience a dramatic increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases. Traditional medicine has not been able to address this crisis in the health care of our human family. Functional medicine is the answer to this crisis. As a functional medicine physician, I fully embrace this systems-oriented approach …