Functional Medicine & Neurological Health: It’s Not About Treating Symptoms…
Most people who find this site are looking for help with a chronic health condition. Patients I see have diagnoses that include chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, post-concussion syndrome, autoimmune conditions, obesity, anxiety, autism, dizziness, cancer, chronic pain, vertigo, ADHD, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, MTHFR, sleep disorders and many more.
The first thing that probably comes to your mind is how could one doctor specialize in all of these conditions? The answer is simple, I don’t treat these conditions…I treat the causes of many of these problems. You have probably been seeing doctors for years who have been treating the symptoms and where has it gotten you? I have been uniquely trained to look at your history and lifestyle, examine you functionally, run extensive blood, urine, stool & saliva testing and create treatment plans designed to attack the cause of your complaints and turn things around.
My approach is a science-based model of healthcare that approaches the body from a ‘systems biology’ perspective. It understands that the brain and organ systems of the body work together in synchronicity with the environment to maintain health and have tremendous influence over each other in subtle but complex interrelationships. An imbalance in any of these areas can lead to health problems or disease. This is science-based medicine, not “alternative” medicine. It incorporates the most recent scientific literature of physiological and pathological processes into its model of clinical care. Our understanding of the human body is always advancing and evolving. There are always advances in the literature with regard to biophysics, neurology, endocrinology, physiology, nutrition, immunology and genetics pointing to new ways of looking at and understanding health and the risk of developing disease.
My mission is to guide you to discover your own unique neurology, biochemistry & genetics and why it is vital to understand that they are what separate you from everyone else. These metrics and your external environment hold the keys to achieving your optimal well-being.
My focus is on identifying the physiological problems that exist in the body which create my patient’s signs and symptoms. Then, a treatment strategy is created which is directed at these underlying mechanisms, rather than focusing on the symptoms. This is accomplished through careful examination and specialized interpretation of laboratory testing, (blood, urine, stool and saliva) and various health assessment questionnaires. Once these patterns are identified, various rehabilitative, dietary, lifestyle and nutritional recommendations are made.
Common Mechanisms that Lead to Chronic Disease
Our approach is anchored by an examination of the core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions:
- Vestibular and brainstem imbalances
- MTHFR and other SNPs
- Circadian rhythm mismatches
- Musculoskeletal imbalances
- Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances
- Methylation imbalances
- Mitochondrial dysfunction
- Detoxification imbalances
- Immune system imbalances
- Chronic Inflammation
- Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances
Chronic Disease: Prevalent in Modern Society
Due to the Standard American Diet which is calorie dense and nutrient poor, most people suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. In addition to this, most people sit too much, don’t exercise enough, deal with chronic stress, don’t sleep well, have GI issues like reflux, IBS or IBD, are exposed to environmental chemicals and toxins and have a sunlight deficiency. It is no wonder people suffer from so many chronic problems. These things don’t go away on their own and usually worsen over time unless the underlying mechanisms are addressed.
Conventional healthcare, while very effective for acute conditions and life-threatening emergencies, is horrible at addressing these complex conditions affecting multiple systems since most drugs are developed to target very specific and well-defined biochemical pathways. Instead of focusing on the underlying mechanisms, pharmaceuticals are directed toward specific biochemical pathways involved in the signs and symptoms of the patient (ie: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, acid reflux, etc.) It is not uncommon to have a patient come to see me who is taking 9 or 10 different prescription drugs. One woman was on 15 different drugs from 7 different doctors who never conferred about her health! Half of her problems were coming from side effects from the meds.
Our approach creates comprehensive strategy toward wellness, incorporating key lifestyle changes, dietary modification, intermittent fasting, cold thermogenesis, light therapy, nutritional supplements, brain based rehabilitation and many more as part of a whole-body approach to these complex chronic conditions we often see. For many health conditions, this is a more sensible and often more effective and long-lasting approach as well.
At a very basic level, we strive to help ‘biohack’ your physiology to help you get back to an optimal state. The patients we see are motivated to do whatever it takes to get better and we work together to reverse the conditions they present with!