Functional Medicine Approach For Optimal Health

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ― Hippocrates

Functional Medicine is an investigative approach to healthcare that is rapidly growing as it is helping people get to the root cause of their condition.

Research over the past decade has pinned the gut micro-biome as crucial for overall health. Many chronic conditions have been linked to the health of our digestive tracts including autoimmune conditions, Type 2 diabetes, autism, ADHD and even heart disease.

Other common contributing factors are:

  • Diet and food intolerances
  • Immune imbalance
  • Hidden infections
  • Lack of exercise and movement
  • Lack of sleep and poor stress management
  • Mold toxicity
  • Genetics
  • Blood sugar dysregulation
  • Lipids/cholesterol
  • Metabolism dysregulation
  • Oxidative stress
  • Nutrient deficiencies

Autism Spectrum Disorders

The GI tract is now referred to as the “Second Brain” and contains 100’s of millions of neurons—more than the peripheral nervous system. Genetic factors such as MTHFR, and environmental factors, such as nutrient deficiencies, toxins, antibiotics, gut dysbiosis and food intolerances all influence inflammation and the gut/brain barrier. This is not about “treating” or “curing” autism. It is simply healing underlying causes of the specific gastrointestinal symptoms and behavioral issues associated with autism so each child can feel their best and reach their full potential without the burdening side effects of many medications. Getting to these core concepts can result in better communication, more focus and concentration and improved behaviors.

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Autoimmune Conditions

1 in 12 women and 1 in 20 men will be diagnosed with an autoimmune condition. Autoimmune disorders can many times be traced to severe inflammation in the body. A combination of genetic factors, dietary triggers, food intolerances and environmental toxins keep the immune system in overdrive which eventually causes the body’s tissues to attack themselves. Finding the underlying cause of the inflammation is key.

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Food additives and food sensitivities can have a huge impact on the inflammatory response in the body. This can manifest in many different ways including lack of focus and concentration and unwarranted behaviors. Finding out which dietary and environmental factors are influencing these inflammatory responses which, in turn impact neurotransmitters and hormone production, can be very beneficial.

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