WHY I DO WHAT I DO
What drove me to practice Functional Medicine?
In a word... LOVE
Read on to understand why.
Inflammation is a normal part of the body's immune response, and is necessary for survival. Infections, wounds, and any damage to tissue would not be able to heal without an acute or short term inflammatory response. However, chronic or continued long-term, low level inflammation is dangerous and can eventually cause several diseases and conditions.
The typical American diet & stressful lifestyle, as well as exposure to a multitude of toxins in our air, food, and water leads to the development of chronic, or long-term, inflammation.
Chronic inflammation has been found to damage our bodies at the cellular level, and is the underlying common link behind most common degenerative diseases which plague us, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, lung disease, Alzheimers and dementia, obesity, and even the dreaded "Big C"...cancer.
Unfortunately, I learned this the excrutiatingly hard way by losing my wife, Linda...the love of my life for 30 years...to a very rare, extremely aggressive cancer called AngioSarcoma. Once diagnosed, she was given a "death sentence" of just 3 - 6 months to live by the top doctors in the field. They simply stated that there was absolutely nothing that they could do...she should basically just go home and kiss our children goodbye. As a result, I intensely studied the causative factors behind cellular diseases like cancer so that I could try my best to improve her quantity and quality of life, as well as teach others how to decrease their risk. This is when I discovered "the inflammation link" to not only cancer of all types, but to most of all chronic diseases which are slowly killing us each day. Following my protocols, Linda lived 3 1/2 years...precious time together that would not have been possible had we just thrown up our hands, as her traditionally-thinking doctors did.
In her final moments, I made her a solemn promise. I swore that I would not let her suffering and death simply be another notch in cancer's belt, but instead her harrowing experience would be the catalyst for a significant redirection not only in my life, but in the lives of all those I could reach and inspire to make change.
This is my Passion. This is my Purpose. This is the all-important "why" behind what I do.
There simply has to be a better way.
Traditionally, a person waited to go to the doctor at the first signs of a symptom. Today, individuals are looking for way to not only manage illness with personalized treatment plans, but they are also seeking to achieve a higher level of wellness focused on prevention, and desire a natural "restorative" approach for times when illness has already gotten a firm grip. This restorative approach has become my forte', not by choice, but by necessity, in response to the pain and illness produced by our living in our toxic world.
It's well known that nutrition plays a key role in controlling chronic inflammation for optimal wellness, chronic disease prevention and managing the aging process. However, just eating a "balanced" diet, exercising, and taking a general multivitamin is simply not enough. Each person's body is unique in its own way. You need to discover exactly what your body's particular nutritional needs are and address them through a personalized eating plan and supplement support system, based on your own unique biochemistry and genetic profile.
Due to the complexity of the human body, an individualized healthcare approach is the only way to guarantee optimal results. Through an in-depth health history of 200+ questions followed by a few advanced tests, I can evaluate and determine:
your personal level of both cellular & overall whole-body inflammation and degree of cardiometabolic risk, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and yes...even cancer.
which specific foods you as an individual should eat or avoid to help control your inflammation and lower your cardiometabolic risk based on your blood work...no two people's eating plans will be exactly the same
which nutrients are deficient in your cells and exactly how to replenish them for optimal cellular health, including their impact on your overall immune system health
which of your various bodily systems are dysfunctional, and exactly which whole-food nutrient & lifestyle combinations are necessary to help them function at their best