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Scroll the list of conditions for additional information concerning assessment and functional medicine management of chronic health concerns, as well as prevention and wellness optimization.

ACNE is an inflammatory condition of the skin’s sebaceous glands brought about by hormone imbalance. Topically, we use an anti-inflammatory natural aloe vera topical, pharmacy-compounded, with Vit A, D, E, zinc, niacin, and boswellia, in conjunction with our deep pore cleanser. 

AGING is the process of growing older or maturing. Animals, including humans, accelerate the aging process after their reproductive years have come to an end. That is why any anti-aging protocol must include optimal hormone balance through proper supplementation, transport, and metabolism.
 

Lifestyle modification is paramount. The only world-wide scientific validation of life extension is caloric restriction. The most common theory of aging is called the free radical theory.

Anti-oxidants help mitigate free radical damage. Genetic makeup also contributes to aging but we now know that genes do not represent our destiny as much as epigenetic or environmental factors do, such as diet, exercise, sleep, stress, and quality relationships.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our approach to aging focuses on hormone balance so please review our hormone section. In addition, an anti-inflammatory diet plan is proffered with anti-oxidant supplementation and botanical support. This is important for organ systems like the liver, kidneys, and lungs.

 

ALLERGIES result from immune system deficiencies and/or dysfunction. They can be full-blown and immediate like an allergy to peanuts, to more moderate food sensitivities, to lesser food intolerances like lactose intolerance (milk sugar). 

ALZHEIMER’S advances in stages and is best ameliorated with a ketogenic/anti-inflammatory diet and strict attention to mitochondrial health. 

 

ARTHRITIS literally means joint inflammation and swelling. While the cause of arthritis is unknown, it appears to be related to immune system dysfunction.

 

ASTHMA is a chronic inflammatory condition of the lungs. 

 

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE or exercise performance is a person’s ability to use various muscles to gain and maintain physical fitness. It is related to health but they are not identical. Functionally, we focus on hormone balance and optimal energy production.

ATOPIC DERMATITIS or eczema is an inflammation the skin which is related to immune system dysfunction.  As such, there is usually a cross-reaction to allergies and food sensitivities.

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD) is a not uncommon childhood psychological disorder that often persists into adulthood. Research suggests multiple antecedents and triggers including hereditary, vitamin-mineral deficiency, heavy metal toxicity, and food and additive allergy. 

AUTISM is a brain disorder and one of a larger family of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including Asperger’s syndrome, that are characterized by wide ranging developmental problems especially in communication and social interaction.  While the cause and cure remain unknown, advances in functional medicine allow for healthy integration into society where in the past many were institutionalized. 

AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS are conditions caused by an immune system response against the body’s own tissues.  Three factors are implicated, those being a genetic predisposition, a trigger, and gut intestinal permeability, or leaky gut.  Based on this latest research, we focus on the gut beneficial bacteria and adverse food interactions.

 

 

 

 

 

BACK PAIN and neck pain are the most common chronic pain conditions and are the #1 cause of disability in the USA.  It is usually a mechanical issue and amenable to conservative management. It is often over-diagnosed and mismanaged with dangerous drugs with dangerous effects, like opiates. It is particularly amenable to a telemedicine platform. 

BACTERIAL INFECTIONS are usually treated with antibiotics with good outcomes.  At times, resistant strains are more problematic and functional therapeutics include probiotics, iodine compounds, and berberine, a natural antimicrobial.  Care should be taken with antibiotics as unwarranted use leads to antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in the future.

 

CELIAC DISEASE also called celiac sprue is thought to be an autoimmune disorder whereby the body’s immune system overreacts to the protein component in wheat, barley, rye, and less so, oats. These results are damaging to the intestinal lining and malabsorption of nutrients ensues.

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS) is still a medical mystery although some researchers believe it is an autoimmune disorder complicated by hormone imbalance. Functionally, we focus on gaining and maintaining gut health and hormone balance through the Living Matrix Evaluation.  This is consistent with our functional medicine approach in general, and with CFS in particular.

CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD) is a type of lung disease that makes it hard to breath due to damage to the airways of the lung.  While the cause and cure remain unknown, therapy focuses on minimizing difficult breathing, mucus production, and infections.

CONSTIPATION is the infrequent passage of hard, dry bowel movements, usually fewer than three times a week.  It is a symptom not a disease and is caused by many things including hormonal imbalance, dehydration, lack of dietary fiber and exercise , and stress. It is quite common in developed countries. 

CYSTIC FIBROSIS (CF) is an inherited condition which affects the lungs and digestive tract. In CF normal secretions are more sticky and thick.  This can cause nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption issues.  While there appears to be no known cure for CF, many people have minimal symptoms and treatment focuses on their minimization and attendant complications.

Hopefully this brief review of some of the many conditions we address utilizing the functional medicine matrix is helpful to you. There is no chronic health condition that is not amenable to a core dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle modification approach.  This is the essence of functional medicine.

It all starts with a review of the body’s systems biology. It ends with food and conservative therapeutics.  Food is not only nourishment, it is information for your genes and cells.

THE ABC's OF CHRONIC ILLNESS